Pg. 2 In the 1950s Detroit’s schools were the finest in the country. Liberal policies caused people to leave starting in the late ‘50s and continued, until today the population is it is even below the 706,000 Jeffrey sites.. It is now below 700,000. The people who left were those who were financially able to do so with the result that although Detroit lost more than half its population it lost 80% of its wealth. The schools system is the worst in the country, crime is among the worst and much of the city looks like a bombed out war zone. All due to Democrats and their liberal left wing policies.