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A Hundred Percent of Nothing

David4 Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 2:27 PM
An adjective that Walter Williams used, "third world", is telling. Coleman Young became mayor of Detroit and ruled with policies that are now called "third world". Kwame Nkrumah and others won independence for African nations, in the same time period, and ruled with policies that are now called "third world". Worse is that both sets of constituents, in Detroit and in African nations, thought of self-government in those same third-world terms. Often they clamored to be ruled by such men. That is the world they have chosen and that they must now live in.

JoAnn Watson, Detroit city council member, said, "Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president, and there ought to be a quid pro quo." In other words, President Obama should send the nearly bankrupted city of Detroit millions in taxpayer bailout money. But there's a painful lesson to be learned from decades of political hustling and counsel by intellectuals and urban experts.

In 1960, Detroit's population was 1.6 million. Blacks were 29 percent, and whites were 70 percent. Today, Detroit's population has fallen precipitously to 707,000, of which blacks are 84 percent and whites 8 percent....