Edward White

Detroit, a once great city, is now an apocalyptic mess.

As the Mackinac Center for Public Policy recently noted, Detroit in 1950 was the wealthiest city in the country on a per capita income basis. It is now the second poorest major city in America.

Detroit used to be the fifth largest city in America, with a population of about two million. It is now the eighteenth largest city, with a population of about 700,000. Its crime rate, especially violent crime, is now stunningly high, as is the functional illiteracy rate: forty-seven percent of the adult population.

The downtown is no longer crowded with people. Buildings, many architecturally beautiful, are empty, decaying, or no longer there.

Contrast today’s Detroit, here,with the Detroit that put in a bid to hold the 1968 Olympics, here and here. It was then a city on the move up. No more.

A contributing factor to Detroit’s decline has been the liberal, progressive policies implemented over the past fifty or so years. As one commentator has explained: “Detroit . . . was going to be the ‘Model City’ of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, the shining example of what the ‘fairness’ of the welfare state can produce. Billions of dollars later, Detroit instead has become the model of everything that can go wrong when you hook people on the idea of something for nothing—a once-middle class city . . . is now a poverty-stricken city.”

Through these liberal policies, people have become more and more dependent on government, leading Detroit to become the “most liberal major city” in America, where liberal candidates receive close to 94% of the vote.

The cycle perpetuates: politicians are voted into office providing the illusion of hope, but whose policies only make people reliant on government. The reliant, growing in number each year, then vote for politicians who continue the same policies or variations thereof.

Edward White

Edward White is an accomplished attorney with a 20-year legal career that includes extensive experience with federal law.