Detroit, that bastion of “War on Poverty” and “Great Society” modeling for social spending, has failed utterly. Countless “urban renewal” projects from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, sinking tens of billions of Federal dollars into the city, have come to naught.
Almost half the population of the city is illiterate. Think about that. In 2013. 47% of adults cannot read and write. Where will the blame go? Racism, of course. As if the white man is preventing black children from being educated. A third of the city is derelict. With rampant crime and nearly 50% unemployment, there is little prospect of economic success on any scale. The situation is as close to Anbar Province as you can find in America.
Most Americans are against such a foolhardy, expensive, and ultimately fruitless venture as a bailout of the once-great City of Detroit. But, also very predictably, the results of the poll question fall along party, but mostly racial lines.
Republicans and Independents are tired of pouring money into the social and fiscal sink hole that is Detroit. To them, enough is enough.
The majority of Democrats think the problem is that we haven’t spent ENOUGH of the taxpayers’ treasure into that pit of graft, corruption, and dead-end economic prospects.
African Americans? They overwhelmingly favor a bailout. So does Barack Obama, despite his protestations to the contrary.
So Detroit will get a massive bailout that will find its way into the pockets of Obama supporters, and in three or four years there will be as little to show for the effort proportionally as there has been for his “stimulus package” in 2009, which cost more in one stroke than eight years of the Iraq War, and which mostly went into union coffers and the pockets of political patrons.
Detroit’s population is overwhelmingly African-American. Its problems have been greatly exacerbated by the heroin-like addiction of Federal programs that have destroyed business incentive, encouraged a destructive and self-perpetuating culture of gangs, drugs, and neglect. That, mixed with a lack of even basic education which makes a great swath of the populace unemployable by anyone. We will be told that to oppose a Federal bailout of the city, to be against another shot of the Federal needle, is cruel and unjust. And that any who speaks against that bailout? It isn’t because they see the waste and expense, without return on investment. Nor because they identify one of the root causes of the decay of a once magnificent city. No siree.
Any who oppose a Detroit bailout? Dey be RACIST! So the Federal cash, like a shot of heroin, will flow again. And the dependence and decline will continue unabated. But hey, we know how they will vote, those that survive.