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Detroit's Decline

HermanBB Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 12:12 PM
To Phuket Democrats cause this problem? A safe answer. Lack on individual responsibility is the problem.
wiseone Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 12:48 PM
Democrats, especially the UAW and public employee unions, destroyed Detroit.

The 'early frost' came sometime around 1973, when the UAW 'targeted GM for a strike demanding '30 and out and dental care' because 'people aren't going to keep buying cars like this forever.'

Auto sales have increased every year of my life, including every year since 1973 when the UAW predicted a peak followed by a decline.

The only things that declined were the market share of US automakers and the standard of living in Detroit.

Since the Motown sound went silent -- except on oldies stations -- and General Motors and Chrysler (but not Ford) required life support from Washington, there has been little to recommend Detroit, Mich., to visitors, much less its residents.

The recent conviction of Kwame Kilpatrick, the former mayor of Detroit, on multiple charges, including racketeering, fraud and extortion, adds another insult to the city's injury, increasing its misery.

During the mid-20th century, Detroit was a vibrant city with a population of almost 2 million. Today, it stands near ruin. The number of residents has now been estimated at just over 700,000....