A Government Bailout Saved the Auto Industry, but the City of Detroit Was Left Behind
The article below is from the New York Times, so you can understand my reading it with a
grain bag of salt. The author doesn’t do too badly actually – he only throws ‘it’s YT’s fault’ in a few times. But then I got to this sentence and knew I’d been taken for a fool: ” The solution may be in the suburbs that have siphoned off Detroit’s money and jobs and talent for decades.” Siphoned off Detroit’s money? Really? Well, let me put the author straight. Whites fled Detroit for the safety of the suburbs because of the Black takeover of Detroit, which increased the crime in the city. As a result, the working Whites took their taxes with them. Today their suburbs flourish, and Detroit remains a hell-hole. Black mayor after Black mayor has tried to save their beloved 83% Black city without success. You see, Blacks don’t create wealth or know how to manage it and when your population is 83% Black and not paying taxes of any note, then you have a slight financial problem. Detroit is set to run out of cash by April. It’s a crime-ridden dump. This is not a new phenomenon. Four other Black-run Michigan cities are under State management. Of course the Blacks and union blame it on White racism as the state Governor Rich Snyder is a Republican. The author speculates if this is a way to punish the Blacks and unions. Nah, that’s not the answer. What will happen in the future? The Blacks will start invading the nice, peaceful White suburbs, bringing their wonderful crime rates with them. Then they’ll start to complain that there aren’t enough Blacks in positions of power in their new suburbs. White guilt will dictate that they employ a few Blacks to ‘diversify’. Soon the crime rate rises and the next wave of White flight takes place. The cycle repeats ad nauseum until the White population learns to stand up for themselves. Detroit lies in ruins because this is what Black management and unions have done to the state. Blacks can live off their EBT welfare cards for only so long before the money runs out and they need YT to bail them out again. Yes, Mr New York Times author, you can keep on skirting the real issue whilst the people live the truth. Decent Conservative Whites don’t like living amongst people who don’t behave, aren’t civil or who don’t pull their own weight and take responsibility for their own lives. When are the Left going to get it?
Sometime soon, probably by the end of April, the city of Detroit is likely to run out of cash. Its revenues are falling and its expenses are growing. If that happens, paychecks will not be issued, doors of public buses and city agencies could be closed, and streetlights will be shut off in more neighborhoods.
Having lost so much — a quarter-million people in just a decade, its industrial base, its political clout — Detroit is now on the verge of losing control of its ability to make its own decisions. If it does not find a way to quickly stabilize its finances through spending cuts and union concessions, the state may appoint a manager to take over its budget from the mayor and the City Council.
No one, least of all the state, wants that to happen. In Michigan, emergency managers can break union contracts, fire city officials and sell off city assets. That has already begun in four other cities, all of them largely black, that the state has taken over in the last few years. Black officials and union leaders have charged that Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican elected in 2010, has an ideological and racial agenda, and taking over Detroit, which is 83 percent black, would only magnify the tension.
Muscling the city aside would clearly be undemocratic, and it is not even clear how effective it would be. The state took over Detroit’s schools in 2009, and has little to show for it yet except for more closed schools and a continuing exodus of students and teachers. But an emergency manager may be inevitable.
Detroit simply does not have a large enough tax base to pay for city services and billions in long-term liabilities. The turnaround in the auto industry brought about by the government bailout has been good news for Michigan and the region, and has helped lower the state’s jobless rate to 9.3 percent from 14.1 percent in 2009. Little of that, however, has trickled inside the city limits, where the unemployment rate is estimated by city officials at close to 30 percent.
The city that once teemed with auto plants now has only two, a Chevrolet and a Chrysler factory. Chrysler’s gritty new slogan, “Imported From Detroit,” is a bit painful to local residents who know that the Chrysler 200, featured in an Eminem ad, is made in the suburbs, and the 300 and the Town & Country are made across the river in Ontario.
Chrysler’s gleaming Jefferson North plant on the east side of town does churn out Jeep Cherokees and Dodge Durangos, and President Obama noted in a speech last week that it has been adding new shifts. But it is not enough. Just blocks from the plant is some of America’s worst urban devastation, acre upon acre of vacant land, abandoned houses, burned-out stores. A city that held nearly two million people in the 1950s is now down to 714,000, more than a third of whom live in poverty.
There are glimmers of hope on the city’s southwest side, where newcomers from Mexico and other countries have revived several avenues with restaurants, groceries and other stores. “More diversity, more immigrants — that’s the key for the future,” said Jordi Carbonell, born in Barcelona, who runs Café con Leche, a coffeehouse crowded with young patrons and laptops.
But rebuilding the city with coffee cups will take too long, and Detroit is running out of time. Crime is going up, buses are breaking and left unrepaired, and the exodus continues. Even if City Hall can stave off a takeover with union givebacks, layoffs and pension cuts, it will only be for a short time.
The solution may be in the suburbs that have siphoned off Detroit’s money and jobs and talent for decades. A true emergency manager, as many people here have suggested, would have the power to begin merging the tax base of the city with that of suburban counties in hopes of saving the region. Bailouts can come in many different forms.