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25 Facts About The Fall Of Detroit That Will Leave You Shaking Your Head

Detroit - Photo by Bob JagendorfIt is so sad to watch one of America's greatest cities die a horrible death.  Once upon a time, the city of Detroit was a teeming metropolis of 1.8 million people and it had the highest per capita income in the United States.  Now it is a rotting, decaying hellhole of about 700,000 people that the rest of the world makes jokes about.  On Thursday, we learned that the decision had been made for the city of Detroit to formally file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.  It was going to be the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the United States by far, but on Friday it was stopped at least temporarily by an Ingham County judge.  She ruled that Detroit's bankruptcy filing violates the Michigan Constitution because it would result in reduced pension payments for retired workers.  She also stated that Detroit's bankruptcy filing was "also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy", and she ordered that a copy of her judgment be sent to Barack Obama.  How "honoring the president" has anything to do with the bankruptcy of Detroit is a bit of a mystery, but what that judge has done is ensured that there will be months of legal wrangling ahead over Detroit's money woes.  It will be very interesting to see how all of this plays out.  But one thing is for sure - the city of Detroit is flat broke.  One of the greatest cities in the history of the world is just a shell of its former self.  The following are 25 facts about the fall of Detroit that will leave you shaking your head...

1) At this point, the city of Detroit owes money to more than 100,000 creditors.

2) Detroit is facing $20 billion in debt and unfunded liabilities.  That breaks down to more than $25,000 per resident.

3) Back in 1960, the city of Detroit actually had the highest per-capita income in the entire nation.

4) In 1950, there were about 296,000 manufacturing jobs in Detroit.  Today, there are less than 27,000.

5) Between December 2000 and December 2010, 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in the state of Michigan were lost.

6) There are lots of houses available for sale in Detroit right now for $500 or less.

7) At this point, there are approximately 78,000 abandoned homes in the city.

8) About one-third of Detroit's 140 square miles is either vacant or derelict.

9) An astounding 47 percent of the residents of the city of Detroit are functionally illiterate.

10) Less than half of the residents of Detroit over the age of 16 are working at this point.

11) If you can believe it, 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in poverty.

12) Detroit was once the fourth-largest city in the United States, but over the past 60 years the population of Detroit has fallen by 63 percent.

13) The city of Detroit is now very heavily dependent on the tax revenue it pulls in from the casinos in the city.  Right now, Detroit is bringing in about 11 million dollars a month in tax revenue from the casinos.

14) There are 70 "Superfund" hazardous waste sites in Detroit.

15) 40 percent of the street lights do not work.

16) Only about a third of the ambulances are running.

17) Some ambulances in the city of Detroit have been used for so long that they have more than 250,000 miles on them.

18) Two-thirds of the parks in the city of Detroit have been permanently closed down since 2008.

19) The size of the police force in Detroit has been cut by about 40 percent over the past decade.

20) When you call the police in Detroit, it takes them an average of 58 minutes to respond.

21) Due to budget cutbacks, most police stations in Detroit are now closed to the public for 16 hours a day.

22) The violent crime rate in Detroit is five times higher than the national average.

23) The murder rate in Detroit is 11 times higher than it is in New York City.

24) Today, police solve less than 10 percent of the crimes that are committed in Detroit.

25) Crime has gotten so bad in Detroit that even the police are telling people to "enter Detroit at your own risk".

It is easy to point fingers and mock Detroit, but the truth is that the rest of America is going down the exact same path that Detroit has gone down.

Detroit just got there first.

All over this country, there are hundreds of state and local governments that are also on the verge of financial ruin...

"Everyone will say, 'Oh well, it's Detroit. I thought it was already in bankruptcy,' " said Michigan State University economist Eric Scorsone. "But Detroit is not unique. It's the same in Chicago and New York and San Diego and San Jose. It's a lot of major cities in this country. They may not be as extreme as Detroit, but a lot of them face the same problems."

A while back, Meredith Whitney was highly criticized for predicting that there would be a huge wave of municipal defaults in this country.  When it didn't happen, the critics let her have it mercilessly.

But Meredith Whitney was not wrong.

She was just early.

Detroit is only just the beginning.  When the next major financial crisis strikes, we are going to see a wave of municipal bankruptcies unlike anything we have ever seen before.

And of course the biggest debt problem of all in this country is the U.S. government.  We are going to pay a great price for piling up nearly 17 trillion dollars of debt and over 200 trillion dollars of unfunded liabilities.

All over the nation, our economic infrastructure is being gutted, debt levels are exploding and poverty is spreading.  We are consuming far more wealth than we are producing, and our share of global GDP has been declining dramatically.

We have been living way above our means for so long that we think it is "normal", but an extremely painful "adjustment" is coming and most Americans are not going to know how to handle it.

So don't laugh at Detroit.  The economic pain that Detroit is experiencing will be coming to your area of the country soon enough.

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  • saganhill

    Steve, you left out the fact that republicans gave incentives for manufacturers to move jobs over seas. If you’re going to play the blame game play it correctly.

    • MaxEffectUSA

      The biggest incentives to move industry out of the US is to decrease company profits by 1) Increasing taxes in the US. 2) Unions increasing wages to much higher than foreign labor can be paid overseas. The last I checked the Democrats just ended the Bush Tax CUTS. Unions are losing power and membership because in some states because in some states employees can no longer be FORCED to join a union to get a job.

  • Grace

    Major fallacy: the rest of the country will not be like Detroit in that the rest of the country does not have a 47% illiteracy rate.

    • jesmeen9

      w­w­w.j­o­b­s­3­1.c­o­m

      check it now.

    • mtman2

      “Well”, WE are getting there, albeit slower.

  • Leon Welch

    Then show me something, show me anything. I have seen nothing but a city turn into a rat hole. I have more compassion in my little toe than you have in your complete body. I am just a firm believer in helping your self. So far I have not seen any evidence of this what-so-ever. I will show compassion but I will not feel sorry for anyone who will not get up off their rear ends and do something.

  • MaxEffectUSA

    26) Detroit has been run by Democrats for the last 60 years.

  • http://uncensored.citadel.org/ IGnatius T Foobar

    Detroit has failed. it’s time to shut the city down and level it. Also, the Democrats responsible for this should be tarred and feathered.

  • Mark Lech Jaworski

    Do not forget that so called racial riots in Detroit or Watts were not between whites and blacks. They were between poor blacks brought there by Martin Luther King with Soviet help, and middle class blacks who had a jobs in Detroit. Soviets were fueling union demands which cost about $2000 per car, for pensions of former emploees.
    Japan, South Korea and Germany benefited by billions of dollars.

    • mtman2

      Partly very true, however MLK-jr was NOT involved in creating violent riots but peaceful marches for specific purposes. ‘Detroit’ was not of his jurisdiction.

  • Leon Welch

    This is how our government works. A person comes to another person and says, “look I am having a hard time and I can not feed my family”. The other person says, “look I will lend you this acre of land and I will give you the seeds and tools you need to plant and grow you some food”. Now if you are to busy sucking dust up your nose or just to sorry to plant then we will do the same deal next year in hopes that you will do better”.

    Here is how our government should work. A person comes to another person and says, “look I am having a hard time and I can not feed my family”. The other person says, “look I will lend you this acre of land and I
    will give you the seeds and tools you need to plant and grow you some
    food”. Now if you are to busy sucking dust up your nose or just to sorry to plant then we will feel free to let you starve.

    • mtman2

      Reality is the best teacher. As children develop they must be allowed to fall, fail and try again + again to gain confidence + self respect to then respect others person, property + accomplishments.

  • royals85

    Detroit is a great place! I love Hard Core Pawn.

  • JanetMermaid

    Why don’t these companies that outsource everything bring those jobs back to Detroit. They can buy buildings/land for pennies on the dollar. There are thousands of unemployed people available to hire. The South Bronx was saved. Why not Detroit?

    • Binky

      Probably because the thousands of unemployed people left in Detroit are uneducated; illiterate; have never worked; don’t want to work; are on welfare/food stamps; or are drug users. Any combination of the above, you pick.

      Buy buildings, land?? You have obviously never been to Detroit.

  • Jerrold

    America is no better than any other country in the Rothschild money system. It will destroy the world.

    • mtman2

      Partly true however America is not any other or like any other country, there is major differences in a multitude of ways that have allowed us to sail above the fray of world events other than OUR ability to save the world from itself for 100-yrs[not-perfectly but who is?]

  • Shawn Walsh

    waiting for new detroit and robocop.

  • IBWHITE

    Look at any city, or country for that matter, with a large Black population and you will find illiteracy, filth, corruption and high crime rates. That is the Black lifestyle and White’s have nothing to do with it.

    • Zaidi

      Says you, who clings tightly to your badge of “white privilege.”

      • IBWHITE

        You lefty loons with your constant excuse making for Black behavior has pretty much played out. This country (White taxpayers) has spent billions if not trillions of dollars trying to help the Black population without the slightest positive result. Yet libiots like you still want to snivel and bellyache about violent, criminal Black behavior being Whitey’s fault. If you really believe that Whites are at the root of all these problems then you and your ilk should demand immediate racial separation in this country. But you won’t – because the leech needs a host and you know it.

        • Frimp

          I have a question for you: what comes to mind when you think of a Korean person? Humor me, if you will.

          • mtman2

            Sadness for the North Koreans, gladness for the South Koreans.

        • mtman2

          It’s not a white/black issue it’s the result of the undignified “Great-Society” for the black vote by keeping them dependent to the Lefty/Dem/Lib/Prog elitist power and control plan for the future. The ‘black-community’ is to be kept here used as pawns. Conservs/libertarians wish to let everyone do well as an individual working in league as equals in the pursuit of the American dream, w/self-respect+sufficiency; NOT handouts – a hand-up!

          • IBWHITE

            Nonsense! Blacks behave the same way wherever they live – be it Detroit or Sweden Blacks rape, murder and rob. It’s simply a race issue but some people are to thick headed to realize the truth.

          • mtman2

            Well that’s not the history or the case, unless it’s UR unbending narrative to believe this as the case. When the Christian message impacts all races the pride of life[swagger, power-dominance] is vanquished and the true understanding of the Samaritans message is the case. ANYWHERE in the world but America as de Toqueville said IS the Christian exception in ALL history!!!

          • IBWHITE

            My unbending narrative is based on facts, you fool.But go ahead and preach the bible while Blacks slaughter Whites if it makes you feel better about yourself. And if you look at FBI statistics you will notice that Asians don’t behave this way and they’re subjected to the same liberal/democrat propaganda as Blacks. People like you are as much of the problem as Black criminals are because you excuse their behavior with self righteous tripe..

          • mtman2

            “Well”, I’m far from a fool but will take a little time to school you in UR limited knowledge, grasp or vocabulary. Asian people IB, that come here have seen the worst of humanity to ever exist in mans cruel history. Whether Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipino, Korean or Japanese. Murdered + butchered by the millions at the hands of their own or even one another. Coming to America is like a dispatch to heaven on earth;
            [THE shining city on a hill]. Liberty + freedom is of great worth and opportunity to their posterity. The black family in America had a higher rate of -married birth-than whites, until the LBJ’s-Great Society encouraged + paid families to not stay together, eventually not even bothering with marriage having multiple fathers who aren’t there[72%now]. They did NOT come from societies that knew how opportunity works]
            [like Asian peoples] but from slave camps then ostracized to isolated farm-camps+ghettos of despair eventually used as drug fodder for mob drug profits. Those that find their way out by Faith, hard work and education, since Fredrick Douglas, Booker T. Washington thru to Dr. Walter E Williams, Dr.Thomas Sole, Dr. Benjamen Carson. Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, Dr. Alan Keyes or Alan West, Herman Cain, Star Parker, Dineen Borelli and many more greatly accomplished black Americans are assets to ALL of us.
            What I have noticed is UR “unbending” ignorance to NO end!? Don’t you have anything better to do on the planet these days, like take a few years to actually research + study useful geo-political history before showing no knowledge with no hope or answers! People read U as a racist! Your mindset really doesn’t allow for enough knowledge to carry on a useful conversation for actual hope and potential. This is not helpful for you or others. Try to work harder, it will pay off with useful wisdom. Hatred won’t help anyone. Good luck.

          • IBWHITE

            It’s not hate if the facts back me up fool – and you are a fool. Asian’s have been subjected to the same lib/ dem nonsense as all other races in this country yet their rate of criminal activity is well below that of blacks-check the FBI statistics instead of blubbering some bible quote for a change. Look at rape statistics; A White female is much more likely to be raped by a Black male than a male of any other race. However a Black female has as much chance of being raped by a White male as she is to be struck by lightening. These are verifiable facts. As far as being called a racist it doesn’t bother me in the least so save your name calling for someone who cares. People like yourself who endlessly grasp at any reason to excuse Black behavior is our biggest problem in this country. It makes you feel morally superior while other people pay the price for their unending violent acts. This is my last response on the matter since I have much better things to do than argue with a fool.

          • mtman2

            It’s obvious UR upset + disturbed ! Name calling hasn’t been directed to U, what everyone can see was stated. To help UR future grasp of the bigger picture when U mature enough to realize these things were put to UR scrutiny, U have none yet + won’t learn until U can value solutions, Death seems to be UR only answer though unspoken. That is a ‘skinhead’ mindset, handed down from scammers for control over UR life. Evidently it has been effective + closed UR mind. UR pride must be forfeited to move up the ladder of human understanding. Facts are manipulative tools that can be used thru various relevant omissions. U must learn discretionary wisdom as the tool to speak truth to real power, which only emanates from a Godly perspective.

  • me

    Even though I think its really sad what’s happening; “one of the greatest cities in the history of the world” is a bit of a laugh.

  • roberta

    society needs to live within their meens, it has nothing to do with color or status. i’m sure there are people out there that are doing fine no matter what their income level because they didn’t overspend and saved some money.

    • Chitown Jason

      Well said !

    • Franklin Bacon

      Those who had income took it with them…those who had problems with their money, for whatever reason, remain…they were unable to afford to move, then their property values dropped and they were even less able to sell at a price that would allow them to buy elsewhere.

  • Chitown Jason

    The people of Detroit I truly feel empathy are the ones that had jobs and were not being stupid and signing every loan that the bs banks and market pig blowing snorting whore buying creeps were trying to shove down these people’s throats.Truly empathic for those real decent people who tried on their own steam and their will.

  • Chitown Jason

    A lot of society thinks that they are entitled to this that a new car house loans etc..it’s called selfishness and self will .yet enough power and sweet talk Henry Paulson to convince you ,its A ok to sign and buy.That guy should stand trial ,but were is Henry Paulson .

  • Kimberly

    Tear down the derelict houses and buildings. Fill in with good soil and teach the people how to grow community gardens. Everyone works them, everyone shares the food. A sense of pride and purpose all at the same time.

    • Franklin Bacon

      Would you happen to have the money to pay for tearing them down? Yet, then what have you left? Empty lots full of weeds and trash. No one wants to invest what it would take to educate locals how to grow gardens.

    • mtman2

      Nice idea but that was tried by the Pilgrims before they learned the hard way a large % of people will eat from the commun-ity plot without any work. So they then said work your own or don’t eat[this IS free enterprise ie the American dream].

  • blah

    None of this would happen if bankers ever went to jail.

    • mtman2

      That would mean the federal regs ensconced in Fannie Mae + Freddie Mac[aka Baawny Fwank and Chris ‘waitress-sandwich’-Dodd.
      As well as ACORN and Maxine Waters, with the-lot of corrupt Dems in charge.

  • Alan Westerman

    Those who blame problems in Detroit on Democrats are misinformed and naive.

    The problem in Detroit is simple. Build a city around one big industry that chooses at some point in its history to outsource its jobs to foreign countries in an attempt at higher profits, then have that industry fall far behind the Japanese in nearly every way.

    The American Automotive Industry is to blame. It is not a question of which political party is at fault. If what Americans refer to as “Liberalism” were to blame, most of Europe and Canada would look like Detroit. It doesn’t. So learn facts.

    • mtman2

      There’s only one fact that has prominence here UNION corruption[in bed w/Dems]!

      • Alan Westerman

        Or you can refuse to do research and instead believe what the pundits tell you to believe. I really don’t care.

        • mtman2

          My research Alan goes back to the 50′s when the writing was on the wall with the corrupt unions then. I, don’t need ‘pundits’, I stand on the truth of reality! The corrupt unions bled these companies at the sheeple public expense for way over cost for cars and wages/bennies/retirement for 1/2 hearted work[because I'm in the union+ can't be fired]! It NEVER was the real world of balanced outcome, this was inevitable!!!
          It’s the same with govmint bureaucracies/bureaucrats/agencies as mostly parasitic. Real world business people CAN NOT survive wast, fraud and poor production.
          The only way ANYBODY can understand this is to work hard enough in their own business to be successful or even go broke to truly understand how the reality of the free enterprise system really is + functions as a valid necessity for society to be healthy.
          To be in shape, you must be in shape; IF you don’t understand that reality you will miss the point of what it is + means.
          THE FACT is that the big unions have ALWAYS backed Dems, which both have become more Left at every turn starting in 1913. My research Alan would terrify the average ner’do-well for thousands of hours spent! Per year.

  • Or maybe…

    Did anybody read this? It says Detroit lost close to 300,000 well paying jobs. It doesn’t matter if you are black, white, yellow or purple, you can’t do anything without an income. Your main industry chose to move to Mexico in order to make more money for themselves. That has nothing to do with race or political affiliation. It has to do with corporations abandoning the people that built them. And neglecting the folks that actually pay for their products. America doesn’t need another race war. It’s ridiculous. All the poor folks pointing fingers at each other while their government gives huge subsidies to huge corporations/rich folk who don’t invest it back in America. You’re all Americans. Stand together for God’s sake. That’s what made America great in the first place. People working together – free and capable. Your neighbours are not your enemy – no matter how much sun light is reflected by the pigment in their skin.

  • Brian

    What ignorance in these comments! Detroit is broke because it continues to give massive subsidies to corporations and build hockey stadiums while raiding pensions. Capitalism gone amuck.

  • Andy

    All the while the suburban “Detroiters” who claim the city as their own, know nothing about why the city they associate with is the way it is. There’s a lot of factors contributing, and this is no new news. There are clearly a lot of issues that need to be addressed. But negative press is FAR from what Detroit needs right now. If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Quit sharing this link on Facebook saying “SMH” then doing nothing about it. If you don’t engage in the city, you’re supporting it’s demise. Shame on you, “Detroiters”.

  • Jesse F Goodwin

    A lot of these so called facts are exaggerations or outright lies without documentation and a few are part of the propaganda strategy of our Emergency Financial Manager . The financial problems of Detroit must be viewed in the context of events that it had little or no control over such as population loss, decreased State support, the recent recession,unemployment, state laws that encouraged city employees to locate in the suburbs etc. This does not absolve criminal actions of members of the past city administration where justice has been met. This unauthenticated article about Detroit is unfair and dangerous.

    been forced

  • Collin Hawkins

    Jesus, is this website a Stormfront affiliate?

  • IstvanIN

    The biggest reason: it has the same demographics as Haiti.

  • schwabsauce

    A big factor in this (familiar) urban situation is that the suburbs serve as tax shelters for people who make extensive use of the programs that the city budget pays for. It’s not a simple problem to fix, but it’s the one that makes the most sense to focus on. Refer to regional tax sharing in Minneapolis for one alternative. Myron Orfield can help!

    • PostTosties

      This well be fixed by “smart growth”. Anytime the government uses SMART. Means it will eventually stink for the citizens.

  • Joe Mama

    Chicago will be next.

  • Artstrada Magazine

    Time machine back and eliminate the GW Bush presidency and use that money that was burned in that funeral pyre to reinvest in Detroit

  • A sensible man.

    Steve. Reagen got the US into a tremendous amount of debt. So did G.W.Bush…His wars on ‘terror’ (a non-specific enemy in a non-specific place) is what has caused your country to be in such spectacular financial ruin. Democrats are infinitely better than ‘freedom loving’ republicans that want to ban abortion, curb gay marriage and ban everything that a civilised society should acknowledge as right, so don’t give me that redneck, southern, racist BS. Black americans still face prejudice… If you travelled to England you’d know that black people get on fine with their daily work and on the whole cause very few problems. The fact that most people in your country are scared, packing heat and openly racist and ignorant doesn’t help. Good day.

    • Donkey Kong

      Sure why dont you go save Detroit, go get beat up and murdered by the blacks and tell me its ok.

  • Neal Shultz

    Eight grammatical errors and spelling mistakes in 12 lines.

  • Janelle

    The police response time is 58 minutes?! Ha that would be great! They just don’t show up at all in reality!

  • starumbra

    You also left out the fact that the city was run by Corporate America, whether Dems or Repubs, and that the people of America abandoned the auto industry and the city/state didn’t diversify. This didn’t happen over night.

    • IndyMike

      If that’s true, how come ALL 11 states that are in the death spiral (more people on assistance than working) and all the failed cities have been under liberal democrat control for decades, and NOT ONE has had conservative Republican leadership in less than 40 years????

    • mtman2

      Nope, it was run by unions with power and expensive tastes, with no concept of reality and it’s future.. And that is who BHO bailed out, not the car co.; the investors money was lost in this faux bailout. In their lack of realistic perspective Lefty Dems were installed regularly and were just as corrupt and crooked as the unions.

  • Joe Montoto

    Did you watch STOSSEL’s show on Detroit last night? Pretty funny that when the “authorities” in Detroit are asked to sell off assets (such as hundred million dollar paintings in their museums or a barrier island that an investor group is willing to pay $1 Billion for), the immediate kneejerk reaction of the socialist thieves who’ve been elected to run the place into the ground is to bloviate that the (island or paintings) BELONG TO THE PEOPLE! How cute, and how communal comrade! Unfortunately, these idiots and their followers are too stupid to realize that technically, they belong TO THE LAWFUL CREDITORS THAT LENT THEM THE $$$ THEY SQUANDERED!!!!

    But in an age of Obama Cash For Clunkers, and Obama Mortgage and Student Loan Forgiveness, and Obama Phones, why would they pay attention to a little technicality like that?

  • Binky

    White flight didn’t really begin in earnest until after the 1967 riot, which was the #2 worst riot in the USA.

    “Lucrative” businesses left the city because they could not control the losses due to shop-lifting, theft, vandalism and poor police protection (they were busy with the “murder capitol” of the USA business)

  • Lindros

    You idiots think that it’s a red or white issue… Truly amazing how retarded most of you are!!!

  • Epiminondas

    We could easily destroy our enemies by merely air dropping the population of Detroit into their midst.

  • STeve

    I agree with Steve below. Tired of supporting them too!

  • Eric

    If you make politically based arguments, you’ve already lost. Reset, read and try again. Oh… it’s a choreographed white-flight, repurchase under tax breaks type of method in place in this state for decades. A means for corporation, whether domestic or foreign, to be able to trade and hold assets in exchange for the debt instrument you call the dollar. Once you connect some dots, you will see the structure of partisanship as a tool of the bankster.

    • PostTosties

      You are probably young and wasn’t here in the 50/60′s. The U.S. was very different before 1965.

  • mvhdheu

    Everyone who had the money to leave Detroit has. The only people left are the very poor and with that comes countless social problems.

  • Donkey Kong

    The blacks have created this

    • PostTosties

      The government created this..there are no jobs. They sent all our jobs to other countries. This would not have been acceptable in the past. We had manufacturing here. Now they allow illegals to enter the U.S. and take our jobs. The government can break the law we can’t.

  • Thehopefulcynic

    Steve you’re obviously a bigoted individual with a mini brain in a box. Why don’t you go and find out the race of all the CEOs of the banks that failed as well as the car companies; now bigot your way out of that. I guess white collar crime gets a pass in your book as opposed to lowly “colored” blue collar crime. People like you always look for a scape goat in someone you view as inferior. At one point Detroit was one of the most prosperous US cities and it was full of blacks. Which way do you want it?

  • Sniper

    Blame the CIA for the Fall of the city of Detroit. The CIA needed money to Remove from country of South America any President or Business who did not like the USA Government. The CIA introduced DRUGS like Cocaine and Mariguana in the city of Detroit and in less that 2 years the city started to have a lot of Violence, Rapes and Murgers because the Drug Addicts wanted more Drugs. The CIA at first gave them Pure 98% Cocaine to attract new customers but then they reduced the taste and purity of the Cocaine to 40% so the Drug addicts had to take a lot more Drugs to get the level of Drugs of 90% purity to santisfy their needs. The CIA went Laughing all the way to the Bank after they got 2 Billion Dollars selling Drugs in the city of Detroy to fight Secret Wars with Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Brazil. In fact Dan Mitrione the Chief Torturer of the CIA that was working in South America he kidnapped poor Christian people from the streets and experimented on them Chemicals, Waterboarding and Electric Current, all that was paid by the CIA from the Drug Money they got from the city of Detroit. The CIA is responsible for DESTROYING the city of Detroit. The funy thing is that no one and no Senator from the city of Detroi wants to take the CIA to the High Court for what they have doen to the city of Detroit. The CIA has Terrorised the city of Destroit by selling Drugs and then the CIA went on to TERRORISED the coutries of South Americans. Then the Americans goes on to say “Why no one likes America?” The Senator and Mayor and Police and Lawyers from the city of Destroit kept their mouth SHUT and did nothing to go after the CIA. Look what has happened now to he city of Detroit, it has FALLEN and soon enough the entire country of the USA will FALL too if your Muslim USA President Barack Obama goes to War in Syria. Your USA President Barack Obama should NUKE the Islamic Kingdom of Saui Arabia because they want the USA to Fight a War for them in Syria. Sauri Arabia knows that the Economy of the USA is GONE and to speed up the FALL of the USA the Muslims of Sauri Arabia wants the USA to get into another War. That means, that other cities in the USA will FALL just like Detroit because no one wants to STOP the CIA from being friend with Sauri Arabia. The CIA are training Al-Qaida and the Muslim Brothehood in Syria and they do not care if the USA gets a Nuclear ICBM Strike. Get Rid of the CIA before other cities stars to FALL like the city of Detroit.

    • Melissa Welch

      Are you even from the US? Your attitude is way overly crappy to start with.You have NO idea how Detroit had it’s down fall.Obama’s a Christian.His home Church is a Church of Christ on the South Side of Chicago. (Church of Christ is a denomination of Protestant Christianity-He had attended there for 20 years.) I knew from even the very beginning of your post that you’re pretty much just interested in arguing.Central Intelligence Agency? Wrong group if you’re gonna accuse any US outfit of anything.They deal with classified information. They don’t do stuff to people.It’s not like it is in the movies.

      • mtman2

        “Well”, Christian in name only. His words “I sought out Marxist + radicals”, ALL his mentors were radicals and card carrying communists, including his parents and grandparents also with Gamaliel-Muslim networking. ‘Rev’ Wright IS a radical socialist[but lives in a multi-million dollar home in a gate community]! Basically an obvious hippocrite that deludes his ‘congregation’ with -another gospel.

  • Boon Doggle

    Quite simply put Detroit slowly became a completely ‘Black’ populated city, as they moved in – the whites moved out, largely for their own safety, and the safety of their children. There are lots of other Black Detroits emerging across America. Their Citizens are semi functioning illiterates who can hardly communicate in many cases even with each other. I strongly suspect that Haiti’s ‘Port au Prince’ capital is better run than the now black held political fiefdom of Detroit The Democratic Party will do nothing but let it continue to disintegrate. It is their false pride and joy at ‘Black Can Do’ leadership chaos and hard achieved poverty, so that they can successfully demand yet more Washington DC Black Program Funding. 47% percent total illiteracy is quite some achievement ! The best way to imagine the City of Detroit is rather as a future Los Angeles was depicted in the old Charlton heston movie – “The Omega Man”. But this is what the ilk of the Obama & Clinton Cultists have in store for the rest of us throughout the Country. Citizens Beware you are about to reap the whirlwinds of the deliberate debasement of America by the Democratic Party Elitists !

  • mtman2

    No one left good jobs! The unions broke the co. one piece at a time by unbridled greed through easy power and corruption! The jobs left them and the co. didn’t change with the times aka gas shortage+prices[Jimmy Carter and energy shortage policies].

  • mtman2

    What are U 10? You haven’t a clue about anything……?

    • Melissa Welch

      You could’nt be more wrong..

  • mtman2

    Yeah, Scott Walker + Ted Cruz!

  • mtman2

    Unions bankrupted the Co. and the taxpayer “bailout” was only to save their retirements w/bennies. Repubs were miles from all that, unions fund the Lefty Dems, always have, it’s their golden goose! Both are killing that bird with greed, corruption waste! Tax-payers-$$$ is used to save+bail’em both which is treasonous theft. It’s looking quite dark where UR head seems to be!

  • mtman2

    Scott Walker is one!!!

  • mtman2

    Wright wants the tax payers to do the ‘other-gospels’[socialism] work, not him, he doesn’t need it “he be good”; he’s a charlatan! Christian Love and lifestyle doesn’t enter his ‘love’ of $$$+power; he would then give it away.
    Melissa, it’s not what people say, it’s what they do that IS the manifestation of who they really are + will be judged by.
    “…no greater Love than he who lays his life down for his friends”.-Christ himself.
    The other gospel IS social-ism/commune-ism. This nation wasn’t not Founded on these but has been pushed now in that direction for 100-yrs.

    Read Dr. Walter E. Williams/Milton Friedman/Thomas sole, learn whats what, then read Aaron Kleins-The MANCHURIAN PRESIDENT.
    Without these essential foundations of ‘what-is’, you + I have no common ground for any mutual understanding.

  • jacobthomas

    This is coming as whole of UAS

  • Kurier

    What about the infiltration of Islamists? Liberalism, progressivism go hand in hand with Islamofascist ideology.

    • mtman2

      Tho the Jihadists WILL kill them 1st when they get power!

  • Tired

    Wow!! this is where all the racist, illiterate nuts meet. I am so sick of hearing your derogatory, uninformed, narrow minded narratives about African Americans. Detroit’s problems does not stem for African America controlled government READ YOUR HISTORY. Oh I’m sorry you probably can’t read.

    • mtman2

      OUR history says your one of the wing-nuts without a clue! Mrs. Gump said …”Stupid is as stupid does”. Spending more money than you not only don’t have but could never possibly pay back is a sure road to bankruptcy AND we are close now.
      Passing that type of debt on to BOTH your children and grandchildren is not only criminal it’s TREASON!
      Color is irrelevant, AMERICANS must be united for fiscal + moral responsibility with economic viability.
      LBJ’s “Great Society” passed by the Dem controlled Congress robbed OUR Social Security ‘lock-box’ to put black Americans on their plantation paid for by working PEOPLE. SO now multiple TRILLIONS of-$$$ have been stolen from posterity since then to run the…”war on poverty”!
      So today, there’s MORE folks in poverty %-wise of population than in 1967! And they all vote for the now FAR Left Dem party. And that mentality is what’s run Detroit for 60-yrs; fiscal irresponsibiltiy is eventually toxic onto death of even cities.

    • John P Sullivan

      That’s funny coming from a likely member of Obama’s illiterate base. Please tell the world your tales of how industrious and law abiding the black race is. The world already knows enough about American blacks to reach their own conclusion. It’s on display in almost every major American city east of the Rocky Mountains. Newark, Baltimore, Camden, Philadelphia, Richmond, Birmingham, Indianapolis, Gary, Atlanta, Wilmington, DC, Cleveland, Cincinnati…I could go on all night. The crime. The blight. The illiteracy. The illegitimacy. The complaining. The lack of motivation to do anything but to pick up their EBT card from the mailbox.

      You’re tired because your race is called out on it? We’re tired of your race polluting the culture with vile rap, ruining our cities with blight and crime, and depleting our national budget with payments to the chronic, lazy poor who are unable to lift themselves up, even with gov’t holding your hand.

      And yes, blacks helped ruin Detroit.

  • AW

    Who do you think will take you seriously with that username? Dumbass.

  • mtman2

    Pied-Pipers do well at leading rats and the young to their doom, for a price!
    Tho the ‘parents’ refused to do as promised and paid the price as OUR so called ‘public-Ed systems’ has done and is doing by stealing OUR children…..

  • FounderChurch

    Roads Disgrace USA by FounderChurch

    American roads have become a national shame and disgrace. We throw Trillions of dollars down Rat Holes at home, and all over the world, while our roads and infrastructure generally descends into the toilet.
    I-95, the lifeline of the nation, has become just aboutdysfunctionaal, for just one example.

    The condition of our rotting and collapsing roads, bridges and other public utlities which includes our electric, gas pipeline, rail, and waterway, grids is a national shame and disgrace.

    The fault lays with those fake maudlin sob-sisters among ourselves who profess to love everyone and every country on earth, while hating America, which supposedly is their own country.

    Sadly some of these phony charity pimps are slobbering agape so-called Christians, along with ALL Democrats, Communists, Socialists, and assorted criminals.

    There are thousands of companies, so-called non-profits, and governmental departments at all levels, who profiteer off of destroying this country. They all need to be prosecuted criminally and given life sentences at hard labor.

    Every single time an American worker is held up in traffic, due to insufficient and inadequate roads, a family is damaged, the economy is hurt, Job creation is stymied, and our national security is impacted.
    Let’s clean our own house before telling other nations how to clean their house

  • Sophie

    I’m English and am I think possibly we are the ones who can stand back and see the utterly appalling disgusting way African Americams are treated and have been treated by your country . Use them as slaves to build your country and a hundred years later moan that they are involved in crime etc!! Treat someone like a dog and they’ll behave like one . If I was a young black male with no opportunities on life I think I’d be angry ! V Angry !! Never mind tho I’m sure you’ll cheer at the next ball game you go to when all the strapping amazing black athletic win the game for you !!!( or win the 200 m sprint in the Olympics)
    Steve boil your head

    • PostTosties

      Oh shut up Sophie. Black have not been slaves for a long time. Some of the richest citizens in the U.S. are blacks.

    • John P Sullivan

      Between welfare, Section 8 housing, food stamps/EBT cards, Medicaid etc. the US government has distributed over a trillion dollars of wealth directly to blacks since 1965 in order to “lift them up”. Then there’s affirmative action. And quotas. That doesn’t include the costs of policing high crime black areas, or the process and incarceration via the criminal justice system (most of the VICTIMS are black…so don’t even think of bringing up the “racist justice system”). Not to mention the costs of vacant house demolitions. Or lost wealth via much lower property values. I could go on and on….

      Sophie, I welcome you to come to America and live in a black neighborhood for a week. But I’m sure like most white liberal hypocrites, you’ll live in a hip white area with outdoor markets, art galleries, and a few upscale blacks to make you feel good about yourself. You have a lot to learn.

  • Taylor

    that is so incredibly racist. yes i will admit some blacks are like that, but not all of them. a lot of the peple who are dear to me are black and they werent raised in a broken home and they dont commit any crimes. and are you forgetting that our own president is black?
    dont forget that white people commit crimes too. every race does. we are all human beings. we all have the same rights, and thats how it should be. how would you feel if someone was basically saying that your race is worthless and is the main cause for a city’s failure? Jesus people. its everybodys fault. not just one individual race or political party.

  • mtman2

    Chile was socialist and collapsing at 40% poverty, then went totally free enterprise going down to 14% poverty and a robust vibrant SS[like in Texas], use the Milton Friedman capitalist systems panel; unlike OUR bankrupt/robbed system circa LBJ/Dems + “The Great Society”.
    Check out Jonathan Norberg Chile/Zambia profile.
    Learning-Oo, is up to you. Start here, google if you like, tho they are Left all the way thru just like….!
    Detroit owes 150,000 creditors now. This is just like the direction DC is going, bankruptcy and that means US!

  • PostTosties

    All you have to do is check out vintage photos of Detroit. It was so nice. As was the U.S. before 1965 and the horrible 1965 Immigration reform act.

  • PostTosties

    One Detroit cop was on a message board complaining that he had no pension and no SSI. Imagine they don’t have to pay pensions when they default. Nice.

  • dougkojak

    Gotta love them unions

  • Dave M

    Me and a friend dressed as George and Trayvon (in blackface) and won 1st prize at a Halloween party.

    A skittles pack was used as a compression bandage. LOL

  • Calle

    How about instead of all of you going comment-crazy blaming whoever you want to blame, GO OUT THERE AND DO SOMETHING TO CHANGE IT ALL. Good heavens. I’m a college kid and even without an in-depth knowledge of our political history in the US I can see that things have not been right for a long time. But instead of whining about it on any social media I can find, I’m planning on DOING something about it. Doing my research, and putting my vote (when I can) to people who I believe can do something to enact GOOD change, not the crap Obama promised. You are all INSANE if you think complaining and blaming whoever you can get your fingers on is going to fix the USA’s problems. Pathetic.

    • jack

      Bravo to you for refraining from cynicism.

  • Mark Schlager

    Did we fail to mention that Detroit is black majority, including Governors? Not one mention of white flight and why law-abiding citizens, mostly white people, FLED the city due to BLACK crime and black-on-white rape statistics. Ignorant fools never want to face the facts.

  • Mark Schlager

    Well said, brother! U.S Army veteran

  • Alucard_the_last

    The same thing with Zimbabwe. Take out whites and a society is doomed.

  • https://www.facebook.com/sherrill.hinton#!/dick.move.9?fref=ts Cocksure

    N’GGERS!

  • John McNay

    Let’s keep in mind that Detroit’s decline parallels the rise of Reaganomics. That disinvestment in America is a deeply Republican-held principle. As both public and private treasuries were looted to provide the top 1 or 2 percent of the population with enormous windfalls, the majority of Americans were left hanging by a thread. The Republican “greed is good” mantra has destroyed American civil live with Detroit as only the most obvious casualty.

  • DL

    How’s that free trade working out eh?

    Ship any job not nailed down overseas, or off to the many prisons that can now also compete with workers by producing goods and services for the private sector at twenty cents per hour.

    And this is what you end up with.

  • MeanGene

    The main reason behind the failings is the loss of manufacturing jobs. They have declined by more then 90%. And that was mostly, not partly due to your replican President Mr. Reagan. When he opened free markets across borders the flood gates were open. I am sure he didn’t realize the impact it would have on our economy, but thanks to Reganomics, you can see the obvious disaster behind that decision. It resulted in sending our most treasured job market overseas. So before you start blaming blacks and democrats, do your home work and stop pulling out your race hatreds on our countries failings.

  • Adam Braun

    You fail to mention the 85% black population.

  • Name

    Free trade policies destroyed Detroit. And its the CIA/Military complex that is bankrupting the US.

    So, what needs to be fixed are the trade deficit, and endless warmongering/military spending.

    Notice the main targets of media propaganda and wars are energy producers not allied with Israel. With friends like that, who needs enemies?

  • Alan David

    There is 13000 abandoned homes here in Dayton, OH

  • Joy comes in the Morning

    Look up the song Cowboy by Kid Rock it will show people what spirits they are dealing with. If we can combat these on our knees things can change but first we must know the idols/ spirits we are dealing with.

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