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Bankrupt, Decaying And Nearly Dead: 24 Facts About The City Of Detroit That Will Shock You - Photo by Angelique DuLongIf you want to know what the future of America is going to be like, just look at the city of Detroit.  Once upon a time it was a symbol of everything that America was doing right, but today it has been transformed into a rotting, decaying, post-apocalyptic hellhole.  Detroit was once the fourth-largest city in the United States, and in 1960 Detroit had the highest per-capita income in the entire nation.  It was the greatest manufacturing city the world had ever seen, and the rest of the globe looked at Detroit with a sense of awe and wonder.  But now the city of Detroit has become a bad joke to the rest of the world.  Unemployment is rampant, 60 percent of the children are living in poverty and the city government is on the verge of bankruptcy.  They say that Detroit is just a matter of “weeks or months” away from running out of cash, and when Detroit does declare bankruptcy it will be the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the United States.  But don’t look down on Detroit, because the truth is that Detroit is really a metaphor for what is happening to America as a whole.  In the United States today, our manufacturing infrastructure has been gutted, poverty is absolutely exploding and we are rapidly approaching national bankruptcy.  Detroit may have gotten there first, but the rest of the country will follow soon enough.

Back during the boom years, Detroit was known for making great cars.  Today, it is known for scenes of desolation and decay.  It is full of vandalized homes, abandoned schools and empty factories.  The following description of what Detroit looks like at this point is from an article by Barry Yeoman

It’s hard to describe the city’s physical landscape without producing what Detroiters call “ruin porn.” Brick houses with bays and turrets sit windowless or boarded up. Whole blocks, even clusters of blocks, have been bulldozed. Retail strips have been reduced to a dollar store here, a storefront church there, and a whole lot of plywood in between. Not a single chain supermarket remains.

So what caused the downfall of one of the greatest cities on earth?

Well, here is a hint…

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

When you are a manufacturing area, and you lose half of your manufacturing jobs over the course of a single decade, of course things are going to get really, really bad.

So just how bad have things gotten in Detroit?

The following are 24 facts about the city of Detroit that will shock you…

#1 Detroit was once the fourth-largest city in the United States, and it was once home to close to 2 million people.  But over the last several decades people have been fleeing in droves.  According to the 2010 census, only 713,000 people now live in Detroit, and city officials admit that the population has probably slipped under 700,000 at this point.

#2 The population of Detroit has declined by about 25 percent over the past decade.  The last time the population of Detroit was this low was all the way back in 1910.

#3 Today, Detroit is only the 18th-largest city in America.  It is now smaller than Austin, Texas and Charlotte, North Carolina.

#4 Back in 1960, the city of Detroit had the highest per-capita income in the United States.

#5 Today, the unemployment rate in Detroit is more than 18 percent, which is more than twice as high as the nation as a whole.

#6 According to a report that was just recently released, approximately 60 percent of all children in Detroit live in poverty.

#7 Approximately one-third of Detroit’s 140 square miles are either vacant or derelict.

#8 The city government of Detroit has closed dozens of schools and has decided to cut off public services to the “heavily blighted areas“.

#9 According to one estimate, there are 33,500 empty houses and 91,000 vacant residential lots in the city of Detroit today.

#10 The median price of a home in Detroit is just $9,000, and there are some areas of Detroit where you can still buy a house for $100.

#11 There are more than 85,000 streetlights in Detroit, but thieves have stripped so much copper wiring out of the lights that more than half of them are not working.

#12 Mayor Bing has announced a plan to reduce the number of streetlights in the city of Detroit to just 46,000.

#13 According to one very shocking report, 47 percent of all people living in the city of Detroit are functionally illiterate at this point..

#14 The murder rate in Detroit is 11 times higher than it is in New York City.

#15 There were 377 homicides in Detroit in 2011.  In 2012, that number rose to 411.

#16 Justifiable homicide in Detroit rose by an astounding 79 percent during 2011.

#17 In one recent year, the rate of self-defense killings in the city of Detroit was 2200% above the national average.

#18 Ten years ago, there were approximately 5,000 police officers in the city of Detroit.  Today, there are only about 2,500 and another 100 are scheduled to be eliminated from the force soon.

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

#20 Crime has gotten so bad in Detroit that even the police are are telling people to “enter Detroit at your own risk“.

#21 At one point, 100 bus drivers in Detroit refused to drive their routes because they were afraid of being attacked out on the streets in broad daylight.  The head of the bus drivers union, Henry Gaffney, said that the drivers were literally “scared for their lives“….

“Our drivers are scared, they’re scared for their lives. This has been an ongoing situation about security. I think yesterday kind of just topped it off, when one of my drivers was beat up by some teenagers down in the middle of Rosa Parks and it took the police almost 30 minutes to get there, in downtown Detroit,” said Gaffney.

#22 There have been reports that gangs of young men with AK-47s have been terrorizing gas stations all over Detroit.

#23 Detroit was once known for making some of the greatest cars in the world.  Now, it is known around the world as a dumping ground for the dead

From the street, the two decomposing bodies were nearly invisible, concealed in an overgrown lot alongside worn-out car tires and a moldy sofa. The teenagers had been shot, stripped to their underwear and left on a deserted block.

They were just the latest victims of foul play whose remains went undiscovered for days after being hidden deep inside Detroit’s vast urban wilderness — a crumbling wasteland rarely visited by outsiders and infrequently patrolled by police.

#24 Detroit’s public schools are an absolute nightmare.  The following is from one of my readers that actually attended one of the “best” public schools in Detroit…

The school was a new seven story building just a couple of years old. The bathrooms would often lack toilet paper & soap beyond the second floor (the main floor), the bathroom sinks would often not work. The water fountains on north side of the building on from the third floor & up did not work. The elevators would constantly break down. I even got stuck on the elevator before. I almost tripped down a half a flight of stairs because the elastic seal (it was the metal bar at the front of a treader of I don’t know the name of it.) the stairs was not properly installed.

Students would often have sex on the stairs & throughout the school. Parents actually called the school many times & reported kids having sex on the stairs because all of them had glass windows 270 degrees.

Even over in Europe they write stories about the dramatic decline of Detroit.  For example, the following is how one British reporter described his visit to Detroit

Much of Detroit is horribly dangerous for its own residents, who in many cases only stay because they have nowhere else to go. Property crime is double the American average, violent crime triple. The isolated, peeling homes, the flooded roads, the clunky, rusted old cars and the neglected front yards amid trees and groin-high grassland make you think you are in rural Alabama, not in one of the greatest industrial cities that ever existed.

For those that want to read even more about the horrifying downfall of Detroit, there are some amazing charts that graphically show the decline of Detroit right here.

So what is the solution?

How can we fix Detroit?

Well, why don’t we just build a monorail!  Of course that sounds ridiculous, but the federal government has actually committed $25 million to construct “a streetcar line” that nobody really wants and that very few people would probably actually use.  Perhaps they could be excused for wasting so much money on a bad idea if there had not already been 24 failed attempts to develop a successful public transit system in Detroit over the past four decades.

Well, why don’t we just build a bunch of theme parks instead?  After all, tourists would just flock to Detroit, right?

It has been suggested that Detroit would be ideal for an “automotive theme park”, and there is actually one group of investors that wants to turn some of the worst areas of Detroit into a “zombie theme park”.

What will they think of next?

Actually, a much better idea would have been to not allow millions of our good paying manufacturing jobs to be shipped to the other side of the world, but it is too late for that at this point.

But once again, please do not look down on the city of Detroit.  Instead, let the city of Detroit serve as a warning for the rest of us.

The truth is that the entire U.S. economy is in an advanced state of decline…

-The percentage of the civilian labor force in the United States that is employed has been steadily declining every single year since 2006.

-An astounding 53 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.

-Amazingly, there are hundreds of thousands of Americans with either Master’s degrees or Ph.D.s that are enrolled in the food stamp program at this point.

We are a nation that consumes far more wealth than we produce, we are a nation that is constantly bleeding jobs, businesses and wealth, and we are a nation that is going deeper into debt with each passing day.

Yes, Detroit may have gone over the edge into economic oblivion first, but the rest of the nation is steamrolling down the exact same path that Detroit has gone.

Is it too late for us to change direction?

Please feel free to share your thoughts on that question by leaving a comment below…

Detroit - Photo by Albert duce

  • Abu Daoud

    When i read about this it reminds me of parts of Europe after the Black Death. Whole regions and villages were depopulated and farmland went back to wild land. Lawlessness prevailed. The single greatest force that reversed that was monasticism. What would it look like if a community of Christians went and bought up a city block (on the cheap) of those derelict houses and removed all the fences and started to produce their own food there and educate their own children and maybe those of other people who may still live there? Seems like it could make a great impact on the city and also life could be very affordable, which is nice for young couples who can’t afford to have children these days.

    • Joel Raupe

      Interesting comparison with Europe, in particular (though the 14th century break out of plague wiped out half of India, for example, for making its way late to Italy via the Bosphorus). Stopped a surprisingly vibrant civilization in western Europe – as you write – right in its tracks – Boom.

      Barbara Tuchman’s “A Distant Mirror” is one, but by no means only, excellent narrative.

      One major difference, of course, is the survivors of the collapse of Detroit have not been cut off from the orthodoxy, the persistent regime, which has a vested interest in its own survival, propped up by Washington and Lansing, as well.

      It’s as if German cities after World War II, for example, were still ruled without an occupying conqueror, with the latter armies supplying food and liquor, and credibility to the surviving bureaucrats and officials anxious to keep their positions.

      The municipal hierarchy would immediately latch hold of the funding stream – long before any profits were shown – for any effort to privately restore anything from a few blocks to whole sections of the ruins – with the hardy support of the suspicious and resentful mob. The greater good that might be served by a economic development zone, with tax incentives, law enforcement cooperation, etc., would be immediately secondary to under the table bribes to local officials.

      Though it resembles the aftermath of 1349 in Europe, an effort to rebuild would not be the result of a battle to survive, but something more expensive than necessary.

    • The problem is, they’d have to wall off their community to keep it safe and then keep their children within it. They’d also likely find the politicians and authorities of the area hostile to them and would be expected to support their neighbors as well as themselves with high taxes.

      Sure, the prices for housing in Detroit are cheap, but what’s your life worth to you?

    • milootoole

      Good idea. If the government is to be involved–how’s this(I usually detest gov involvement),
      Gov takes a section of Detroit by eminent domain (use it properly for a change, to help the people). Returning vets without a job are hired

      First a police department fully armed, funded, latest equipment. Vet policemen get to buy homes that are able to be refitted.
      Second, at same time the train station is refitted to be a mercantile center– super markets, Walmart, and whichever chain stores can see the future of this,.
      Third, refit other home st hose the employees of the new industries. Rip don homes beyond refit -rebuild or build parks.

      Fourth a city within a city. Form a city in the selected area. Temporarily man it wih men/women with administrative experience , coming home from war.

      Fifth let vets form a committee like the C of C to seek businesses to come into the area. Make sure the area is free of taxation from Detroit, forever. Free from state taxation for 10 years. After 10 years , new city establishes city/state relationship and ensures independence as city permanently.

      C of C and city officials offer tax breaks to commercial institutes of learning to move into any space ;left in train station and other recovered public buildings.

      • Piglet

        What sort of system is it when the government is directing virtually all activity in a community, as recommended here? From stores to housing to jobs to schools to real estate and anything else one can think of, everything is a government operation. Is this really America anymore or is it a USA version of the USSR?

        • 2celia2

          The USA has become like most countries in the rest in the world that are ruled by a corrupt leftist elite who have enslaved the people with promises of worthless entitlements. They crave absolute power and want to control every aspect of everyone’s lives.

          • Gay Veteran

            see you’re still trapped in the left/right fiction

        • milootoole

          I completely agree with you. I said or meant to say, the veterans would form their own committees and run the whole show. I said or meant to say–if the government were to be involved–it would be in the eminent domain action. I suggested that if the government were to be involved–it would be through a stimulus, just as highways, bridges and other major projects are funded. The intent is to build a city , free from the current corruption of Detroit, using the foundations that exist while providing jobs and a new life for pour veterans without jobs to return to.The city is run by a council of veterans. Sorry if I did not explain it properly.

        • Jaystone70

          Government by the people. Government is you and me when done right. Starting from scratch…it may stay that way for some time. Law enforcement may have to be a little heavy handed until things are cleaned up though.

  • Blacks. Nuff said.

    • Eric Pearson

      Since the dawn of history the Black Man has owned the continent of Africa – rich beyond the dream of poet’s fancy, crunching acres of diamonds beneath his bare black feet and yet he never picked one up from the dust until a white man showed to him its glittering light.

      His land swarmed with powerful and docile animals, yet he never dreamed a harness, cart, or sled. A hunter by necessity, he never made an axe, spear, or arrowhead worth preserving beyond the moment of its use. He lived as an ox, content to graze for an hour. In a land of stone and timber he never sawed a foot of lumber, carved a block, or built a house save of broken sticks and mud.

      With league on league of ocean strand and miles of inland seas, for four thousand years he watched their surface ripple under the wind, heard the thunder of the surf on his beach, the howl of the storm over his head, gazed on the dim blue horizon calling him to worlds that lie beyond, and yet he never dreamed a sail.”
      — Charles Darwin

      • B T

        Africa also includes Egypt. Now repeat those assertions. No ships, buildings, medicine, civilization. Really? Your intelligence is a bit prejudiced isn’t it? Pyramids, brain surgery, etc,

        Why would Africans need ships? They had all they needed, as you so eloquently outlined. Why would they need agriculture? They ‘worked ‘ a few hours a day and enjoyed life for the rest of the time. They didn’t need what you call civilization and all the stress and death that comes with it. They were/are the smart ones.

        • BonusGift

          You cannot be so dense as to not know who he is talking about; and it sure isn’t the actual Egyptians that actually built the pyramids. He is talking about the people that where ever they go they end up destroying any semblance of civilization (or nature for that matter). Haiti, Detroit, etc. result in the same misery and elevated levels of violence wherever they are. These are facts, not opinions. Regarding your implication that they do not need civilization, let’s see how far they get the day their EBT cards no longer work. Even when gifted with fully built cities that are largely subsidized they display unique destructive capabilities that seem
          almost unmatched.

      • David Cole

        You listening to a Godless man?

      • Lulu012

        Ha, wow. Been reading white history books again that reinforce white privilege, huh? I’ve been reading this site for years and for the first time, I’m really disappointed with this website. The ignorance is in the comments on here.

    • Alasha

      you mean the blacks who ancestors were herded on ship to work for nothing for over 400 hundreds… being stripped of all their heritage and dignity or a sense of family

      you mean the blacks who were forced to abide by the humiliating laws of Jim Crow and all the vices which came along with it including hangings, false imprisonment etc for over 100 years

      you mean the blacks whose inner cities have been flooded with drugs and derogation. systematically…… welfare. schools not up to par… i could go on and on….

      As a “black” woman – I only ask Joe Fazek to keep an open mind and know there is no one simply answer to these type of complex issues.


      • Aeffesstoo

        No, I think he means the blacks that sold other blacks into slavery, blacks that went to court to formally legalize slavery in the new world (Antonio Johnson), and blacks, who when given the opportunity, still practice slavery today.

        As a white guy whose family has never had anything to do with slavery and who actively supported equal rights in the 60’s before it morphed into what it is today, all I ask is that you get over it and take responsibility for your condition in life.

        • beckadge

          Star Parker wrote a book about the democrat plantation.

      • Hammerstrike

        Gotta wonder who, back in africa, oppressed and kept them down all these milleniums.

        • George Bush, of course. Who else?

        • B T

          Kept down? Perhaps they were happy with their lives as they were. Are you really? I doubt it. What is ‘civilization’ except what we have today…death and disease as greed runs the Western world and extinction of humans is in the near future by starvation, disease and war.

      • Eric Pearson

        Yes, I agree with your statement, “you mean the blacks whose inner cities have been flooded with drugs and derogation. systematically…… welfare. schools not up to par… i could go on and on….”

        However, well before that happened the white population of the city moved for the suburbs. Leaving the city of inhabitants (89 percent Black) to cause their own downfall that has collapsed in a sea of financial mismanagement, crime, drugs, broken schools, eroding Black population in political control of the city’s destiny.infrastructure, and hopelessness.

        Talking about an open mind, how do you have an open mind to this:

        Life is so little valued in Detroit, that the Black 14-year-old son of a Black mother opened fire on her while she slept, because she denied him the opportunity to hang with his friends.

      • thethriftstore

        No. just the ones that has run Detroit for the last few Decades

      • Northohio

        And yet, the Black community supports the very Party that has caused them so much pain. Their own leaders have become millionaires all while telling young Black kids they have no chance.

        • Alasha

          good point and very sad Northohio. Unemployment and poverty is way up for African American since President O has been in office . yet over 95 percent voted for him2xs…

    • Eric Pearson

      Another small example: Do you think it was fair to the non-black kids who actually worked hard, studied diligently and earned the grades and test scores to be admitted to Columbia or Harvard but were turned away? Turned away so a dope-smoking, coke-snorting half black guy named Obama who couldn’t even make his tiny school’s starting five in basketball could be waived in?

    • Eric Pearson

      Democrats have run that city into the ground. Detroit.
      The Democrat party philosophy of taking from the rich and giving to the people who do not want to work, does not work. It is a fool who does the same thing and hopes for a different outcome. Obama and the Democrats are trying to get the USA to follow in Detroit’s foot steps. Please Stop Him

      Furthermore, Unions killed the auto industry in Detroit now they are trying to do it to the rest of the USA. Unions have a place but when they get to powerful they drive business out.

      Freeloaders took over the city and voted in politicians that gave them free this free that. The hard workers moved out of town. Detroit plummeted from 1.8 million citizens to 900,000 today. At the same time, legal and illegal immigrants converged on the city, so much so, that Muslims number over 300,000 now. Mexicans number 400,000 throughout Michigan, but most work in Detroit. As the whites moved out, the Muslims moved in.

      With Aid to Dependent Children, minority women birthed eight to 10, and not knowing who the fathers are, in one case, one woman birthed 24 children as reported by the Detroit Free Press, all on American taxpayer dollars. Click to check this woman out!

      A new child meant a new car payment, new TV, and whatever mom wanted. Lyndon Baines Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ flourish in Detroit . If you give money for doing nothing, you will get more hands out taking money for doing nothing.

      You can figure out the rest. Detroit became a majority black city with 67 percent African-Americans. All voting for Free this and Free that.

      • FRANK


      • James

        you are so stupid that you can’t even cite the correct population of Detroit. when it is staffed in the article.

      • Most Muslims and Middle Easterners live in the suburbs, or in Hamtramck, where thriving Bangladeshi Community vies with the original and new Polish immigrants. On my block in the Northern Suburbs, we have whites, blacks, Iraqi Chaldeans (Christians), Muslims, Jews, Indian Hindus and Sikhs and Eastern Europeans, and we all get along just fine.Can’t argue about the Democrats or the Unions’ deliterious effects, but trying to reduce Detroit’s problems to ‘them furriners’ or ‘welfare queens’ arguments does a disservice to the REAL causes, which fester in nearly EVERY major city in the US, but not to the same extent as Detroit (yet). Corruption and massive over-milking of the government ‘Golden Goose’ (sorry for the mixed metaphor) is an AMERICAN problem tghat Starts at the top of the Fish in DC, and rots all the way down…

    • Not just the blacks. It is the criminal government, led by lib/dims, that FOR YEARS has encouraged the destruction of the black family through government payments to mothers who give birth to illegitimate children. It is the notion that blacks “need help”, the plantation mentality adopted by many (not all) blacks that fosters the dependency culture. “Led” by the likes of Jackson and Sharpton, the black majority has failed their own race miserably. Do not expect to hear truth from the government on this, but even they can’t hide the result.

  • I know why it is such a mess…..Bet you do to!

  • Ozzie Ostrich

    With those statistics, it seems like one might be safer in Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and maybe even Afghanistan than Detroit. Bulldoze the lot and turn it into agrigultural land, At least agrarian societies can survive!

  • chilller

    Why did manufacturing jobs leave the US…corporate GREED….How did they accomplish this….guberment corruption….who wants to disarm us and leave us to a life of “Detroit”….the corrupt and greedy.

    • GreedyCorporatistsAreSmart

      corporate greed is this: If you can’t make a dollar under this communist regime, go somewhere that you can make money!
      Moving a business out of an oppressive regulatory driven country is a very good move.

      • K

        They were making profit in Detroit. Just not as much as their greed wanted. Greed is an evil sickness, from which few recover. Even the rich were once Americans, now they are mostly traitors. What does it profit a man? To gain the whole world, but loose his very soul?

      • Ralfine

        so they went to china?

      • Hammerstrike

        politifake.o rg/image/political/1203/unemployable-employment-recession-punks-occupy-politics-1333142411. jpeg

        Blame corporate greeeed!

    • lisag

      Detroit auto industry declined because they made cars that people did not want and the unions demanded benefits that were unreasonable. The bailout of Chrysler only perpetuated the miserable situation.

      • mcnertny

        chicom lover

      • dalek1967

        I hate to say it but when I went to buy my first car, I wouldn’t even look at a American made one. My parents had them and it was always something broken, always. I have a 94 Mazda Protege and it is a very dependable car. Before that was a Mazda truck. My Brother has Hondas and they are awesome too. The only American made vehicle in this family, my brother’s work truck. If he ever gets a Toyota truck, that will be the end of that.

    • Syrin

      Corporate greed? So I guess a rape victim is “selfish” when they resist getting raped? Grow up child.

      • Hammerstrike

        politifake.o rg/image/political/1203/unemployable-employment-recession-punks-occupy-politics- 1333 1424 11. jpeg
        Unemployable, I blame Corporate greeeed!

  • Socialism and unionism leads to destitution. Is CONS (Communist Obama News Service) reporting on this third world city? If they do, somehow it will be the fault of Bush, the Tea Party, or global warming.

    • That’s bull. Lots of Socialism and unionism in Sweden and many other white and asian nations; Those nations have some of the highest quality of life in the world.
      The reason is: Blacks. You know it, so stop lying to yourself.

      • Probably important to point out that it is by extension an adequacy problem. Too many inadequate denizens to constitute a proper western Urban demographic.

        Ineptitude, sloth behavior, hostility and paranoia are all characteristics of inadequacy. Can’t throw money at it. Just need to throw it back into its own habitat. Let it be what nature intended.

      • Syrin

        Sweden? You actually use Sweden? Let’s talk about Sweden. Sweden sits on a FORTUNE of oil. It has more oil per capita than any nation on the planet, and it’s not even close. But STILL, even with that, Sweden has had to LOWER taxes because of the MASSIVE capital flight and flight of all their best and brightest who are pursuing their dreams elsewhere where they are allowed to keep what they make. That may be the worst example one could possibly give. Sweden has “succeeded” in spite of itself, not because of their policies.

        • Shogun_01

          So your saying Sweden has succeeded where the US has not. And what about Canada? We don’t sit on a fortune of oil

          • Really? What do you call the Alberta oil sands? If it wasn’t for that, you guys would be in some steep trouble.

          • 2celia2

            What about all the oil sands and natural gas deposits in the USA which are some of the largest in the world? It’s a shame that leftist Democrats have blocked all exploration while throwing taxpayer dollars to their cronies in the solar and windmill industry in exchange for campaign contributions.

        • Hammerstrike



          No oil but sure a lot of middle-easterners.

          • A lot of muslims you mean, who will probably take over in about 10 yrs or so right under the noses of the traitorous Swede govt.

        • Actually Sweden doesn’t have any oil AT ALL.
          That would be Norway.

          Your entire post is a complete failure and the amount of upvotes you got is evidence of how unbelievably dumb libertarians are.
          Liberals = Libertarians = delusional,yet useful idiots

          • 2Gary2

            Syrin is a simple minded fool. Clearly more socialism works simply look at the Scandinavian countries and how they soundly beat the USA in just about every category.

            And yes libertarians are fools–there has never been a successful libertarian nation. Gee I wonder why…

          • Bad_Mr_Frosty

            ARE YOU INSANE?!?!? The US was a libertarian nation until the 60’s (although its demise started in the 1930’s). The (formerly) greatest country in the world was founded on libertarianism.

          • 2Gary2

            no I live in reality which you obviously do not

          • codeslubber

            No it wasn’t. Go read Ben Franklin’s Autobiography. He believed in the idea of localized collective action. Libertarians think any two people trying to work together toward a common goal that doesn’t involve one of them seeking a fortune in the ‘market’ is communism..

          • 2celia2

            2Gary2 sounds like a bitter Obama slave living on the bankrupt Democrat entitlement plantation. Sweden is a small relatively homogeneous country where the ruling class lives like royalty and the masses are taxed heavily to just to get the basics to live on. More socialism does not work. The only ones who benefit under socialism are the corrupt dictators and their cronies while the majority of people suffer at the bottom of the economic pile.

          • Detroiter In Exile

            liberals= libertarians? are you kidding?

          • lol

        • Sweden has little to no oil. Norway is a big oil producer, but not Sweden.

        • I think you got Sweden confused with Norway. Look it up.

  • Reminds me of New Orleans shortly before Katrina hit. Those who remain tend to be the most dysfunctional.

    Let’s wall off the city and wait for the residents to wipe each other out.

    • mcnertny

      the super bowl hype was how wonderful the city is,,no mention of the 19th ward

      • sherlock32555

        Mcnerty you mean the 9th ward and it is comming back slowly. Matt, I live in Jefferson Parish and alot of the people move either out of Orleans Parish to Houston,West Bank of Orleans or here in Jefferson. Now that the city has come back we have black or mexican gangs to make up for the one that moved away. Hopefully we can make this city better than before… wishful thinking! As long as the people think the goverment will take care of them this will never change.

    • JT Hall

      Looks like Mogadishu to me.

      • Mondobeyondo

        Nah, Mogadishu looks better than Detroit. No wonder Eminem left that place.

    • David Cole

      You are lost.

    • Katy

      Obviously you are not from New Orleans, neither am I. My brother received his masters from a college he attended there. I live about 40 minutes away. The biggest difference between New Orleans before Katrina and after is that the people are more concerned for their own community. The city hasn’t changed, the people haven’t changed much, the poverty and/or high quality living hasn’t changed either. Dysfunctional is a word that only a fool uneducated of New Orleans’ current and past being would say to describe it. Crime is dropping more than ever and poverty is vanishing! God sure does work miracles! Faith and prayer can get a city anywhere.

      • J_Robit

        Yet you live 40 minutes away. Maybe you have an overly rosy perception?

  • We need to return to a Constitutional Republic very quickly.

    • milootoole


    • B T

      Not ever going to happen, sorry!

    • Detroiter In Exile

      What could save Detroit is Homesteading. Make the abandon areas totally free of government,A Pioneerland living theme park, Those with a few thousand bucks and a clean police record, given title, a deputys badge and plenty of firepower. Homeschoolers only . Forget any government services open to any regardless of race, religion or creed. 10’s of thousand would join in the fun and turn the savage frontier wilderness into civilization one more time.

      • J_Robit

        That is an interesting concept. But the city is so unlivable for those who do care to live with some self-determination. I guess they can create districts, that can fill with these homesteaders – micro-communities, to be somewhat insular from the worst elements of the crime culture of the city overall.
        I do like your idea, D in Exile.

  • Truth hurts

    We all know what the real reason is. It’s as obvious as … and white. Please stop trying to blame this on government or “greedy corporation” policies. Every part of urban America with Detroit’s demographic s looks the same.

  • Rodster

    I recently worked on a gentleman’s car who was from Detroit. He and his wife have a second home in SW Florida. They are both in their mid 70’s and are white.

    While working on their car we were talking and the subject of Detroit came up. I referenced some of the info and stats Michael frequently puts up on Detroit and he refused to admit it was that bad. Go figure !

    • Rodster

      My bad, I meant to say he and his wife were from Michigan.

      • Jodi

        It sounds like to me that they are in a state of denial. When are people going to admit we have a problem?

    • AS55423

      Normalcy bias comes to mind people don’t want to see or hear it.As Rome crumbles around them

  • Strangewalk

    I lived in Detroit proper in the 70’s and there was nothing to it then either, except perhaps for a funky, art-deco downtown area, but it’s glory days are way overrated. Back then it was just an economic magnet to pull hundreds of thousands of transients and poor southerners into the assembly lines. However, many of the suburbs surrounding Detroit were and still are very pleasant, prosperous areas with established communities reflecting solid, mid-western values. Taken as a whole, the metropolitan area of greater Detroit very possibly still commands a position of world preeminence in engineering, education and innovation.

    But yeah, Detroit itself is a burned out, black hole…

    • Hammerstrike

      In other words, white areas doesn´t suck as bad.

      • It isn’t really a ‘Black-White’ thing- I’ve lived in Metro Detroit my whole life. In the late 60’s to late 70’s there was a lot of ‘white flight, but since then EVERYONE with the means to do so has left the City Proper (except for those actually WORKING in the city, and a few pockets like downtown, SW Detroit and the Northwest). The suburbs are now where the entire Middle-class of Detroit live, Black, White, Brown et al. A totally corrupt government system (led by ‘community activists’ and public sector unions) is just as much responsible for the decline in the city as any economic downturn(s).

        • BonusGift

          “It isn’t really a ‘Black-White’ thing”? Are some people still really that brainwashed by political correctness? Really, didn’t they once call Detroit the “Paris of the West” when it was 90%+ white, and now it’s about 90%+ black and it resembles Haiti. You don’t see the correlation and causation there? If it’s not a “Black-White thing”, can I ask where you live? Let me guess, somewhere not near the “diversity” and “enrichment” that is what’s left of downtown Detroit today (or places like it demographically). When will people simply just connect the facts with a bit of logic and stop with the cultural Marxist anti-racist racist absurdities?

          • I live in the Suburbs North of Detroit, in a multi-racial, multi-cultural Middle-class city. The problrems in Detroit stem from corruption, many times supported by a xenophobic fear of ‘white suuburbanites’ that has been used for decades to whip up the ‘know-nothing’ class of voters (both alive and dead!) in what is left of the city. I have been a conservative Republican for over 30 years, but I do not let distractions like race, class and other divisive side issues divert attention away from the corruption which lies at the base of most of Detroit (and America’s) prob;ems. I am as virulent an anti-Marxist as you will find, but shrewd enough not to let the race (or any other) card divert my attention.

          • JohnCabel

            You are not “keepin it real”. No one believes this stuff anymore.

          • Ben

            As if conservative republican is a good thing to be other than a Marxist.

          • Rainy

            the problem stems from jobs being outsourced “Roger & Me”

          • Odessa

            Clearly, you’re a complete weakling and coward who has no other explanation for the decline of Detroit but for the African-American people who make up the majority of the population there…not the corrupt politicians, both black and white, n the spineless politicians and automotive CEO’s who ran their companies into the ground amidst changing markets they were unwilling to adapt to.

            What’s your solution, Adolf? Send the blacks into concentration camps? You know deep down within that soulless, yet still beating heart of yours that’s not the solution. That Detroit, like so many other cities has been the exploited feeding ground of the ultra-wealthy, who have used it for all it’s worth and left it for dead. Go f*ck yourself, you prideless p*ssy. You’re a puppet of the uber-rich, who want to ignite race-hatred between blacks, whites, and browns, so as to profit among the bickering. You’re not different from Coleman Young, Kwame Kilpatrick, or the Westboro Baptist Church, out to pleasure himself with the discontent of the poor and the suffering.
            Detroit is and will always be one of the richest cultural cities in the world, despite your hatred, despite the international media’s portrayal of a ‘post-apocalyptic warzone’, the day of reckoning has come against all exploiters and profit-mongers who seek to use Detroit as a means to their own negative, cold-hearted agenda…

          • BonusGift

            Ah, another brainwashed fool. facts are facts and all the ad hominem attacks won’t change those darn facts. The simple facts are: (1) blacks destroy any semblance of western civilization (even that handed to them on a silver platter) anywhere they are (North America, Africa, etc.); and (2) diversity is
            a weakness.

          • Detroiter In Exile

            Absolutely on the money, BonusGift

          • warren mi.

            Amen to that !!!

        • beckadge

          Our president was a community activist.

        • Detroiter In Exile

          Its Totally a Black thing. not a Black/White thing. why do Blacks escape to Oakpark, Southfield and now west Bloomfield?.. The same reason whites did. to get away from you know who,and all they do.

      • Mondobeyondo

        It has very little to do with race. It’s about 95 percent ineffective leadership. The Demonrats have been in charge of running Detroit for over 50 years. The results of that can be easily seen in today’s Detroit.

        • mr_hollands_nopus

          Look at who is in charge of Detroit and who makes up 80% of the population. It has a lot to do with race.

        • Detroiter In Exile

          Cavanah was a Democrat,

  • markthetruth

    Detroit Mayor Unveils 50-Year Plan to Revitalize the Jobless City.

    Everything these Days are 20,30,40,50 Year Plans.

    Our Government did such a great job?, that now it will take 50 years to undo it !!!

    Great JOB , yourrrrrrr “FIRED”

    the end….

    • 2celia2

      That’s what corrupt leftist dictators have always done. They make endless empty promises and then blame others for their failures. Hitler blamed the Jews while Obama blames the middle class and the rich.

  • justin

    Can u say nafta?

  • George

    It is now as it was then! It was said long ago that “Blacks will never adjust to a normal society nor live by standards not known to them”. Blacks are, and always have been, a disease and a cancer to normal functioning societies. They destroy all they touch, and ruin anything that has merit and brings function to normalcy. Their IQ’s and mental capacity are the level just above an animal, with the exception of only a few.
    Detroit was ruined for several reasons, but it’s decay is fully contributed and fueled by the black race that burns it down still today. Instead of building, they tear their own city down.

    • Eric Pearson

      Do you know that blacks make up 12.5% of the population, but do ½ of the nation’s murders?

      Do you know that by lowering black murder rates to the same as whites, we would lower the national murder per capita rate by 40%, we would also have a murder rate as low as the lowest nations in Europe, and we would save thousands of black lives?

      Would you like to save black lives? What do you suggest we do to lower black murder rates?

      Do you know that 70% of our murders in the US are gang related? Other than having his DOJ give “assault weapons” to Mexican drug gangs, what is Obama doing to combat gang violence?

      Do you know that that our violent crimes are intrinsically tied to liberal welfare programs? Do you suggest we start phasing out these programs, being they have not succeeded in lowing poverty rates, but have instead raised it.

      Do you realize that for three decades, MTV has continuously portrayed the black man as a thuggish brute that has bitches and hoes, walks around adorned in gaudy gold jewelry, wearing clownish clothes three times to big, is a gangster, and has contributed to blacks glorifying a criminal lifestyle?

    • Ralfine

      what is the unemployment rate among blacks and hispanics? compared to whites in the same area?

  • You can thank Bill Clinton and his signing of NAFTA for this. The piece of trash and his criminal wife should be hanged for treason!

  • Richard Schnitzler

    Can you say Bill Clinton ? NAFTA, China trade entrance, increased moral and actual decline and decay, stealing of social security funds, millions in political payoffs, and Glass Siegel. Just to name a few

    • AS55423

      The repealing of Glass–Steagall Act is also to blame for this mess.

    • 2Gary2

      Bill Clinton, NAFTA… there you asked if I could say it and I did…

  • Anon

    “the truth is that Detroit is really a metaphor for what is happening to America as a whole”

    A more appropriate choice of word than ‘metaphor’ would be ‘microcosm’. You could instead say:

    “the truth is that Detroit is really a microcosm of what is happening to America as a whole”

  • Alasha

    ” Detroit may have gotten there first, but the rest of the country will follow soon enough.”

    What happened at the SUPERBOWL yesterday -34 mins of no power. Wow!!! Decaying Infrastructure….

    • AS55423

      Foreshadowing of what’s to come.

    • Alasha

      I was listening to Alex Jones today while getting ready for work – he says it was staged and the Illuminati getting us acclimated to rolling backouts etc… He referenced several news articles to back up his theory but i did not have time to look up – i have listed to Alex for 5 years never, never not found an article he referred to. …..

    • Ron04

      infrastructure has nothing to do once the transmission line terminates in distribution inside a private facility. It was THEIR equipment not the public utilities….BUT YES infrastructure is way behind the times….roads, bridges, utilities. Cut the waste and the social programs – there will be plenty of money.

      • Alasha

        Ron04 – thanks for the clarity…makes sense

  • Hey DemocRATS, look at what you created. Are you proud?

    • noble wolf

      Multiculturalism and diversity have sooo many benefits donchknow? you sound like you need to be little more “tolerant” after all everyone is equal because race is just a social construct and we are the human race. who are we to judge /sarcasm

  • Ralfine

    Yeah, it’s always the others’ fault.

  • Eric Pearson

    When you actually look at Detroit’s history, you see the Obama blueprint for the demise of America.

  • Jim


  • mossad not muslims did 9/11/01

  • AS55423

    As this collapse moves forward we will look how Eastern Europe and Russia did before it imploded nothing will work anymore.

  • brian

    it was the white man who brought the blacks in no exception
    so this is the black mans revenge on the whites

  • Patriot Alice

    Detroit is not USA…

    • 2celia2

      no, It’s what the USA is fast becoming.

  • brian

    soon Obama will enslave the american population the governemtn whats to reduce the population in order to reduce the debt and is trying to get out of the programs that were intended to help pepole he want to help pepole who are not americans or american citzens period he thinks americans are wealthy

  • I’ve heard it said that there is another reason for all this trouble.

  • Cdubbs

    I am reading Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” published in 1957. I am continually amazed as I have read her other 3 novels about their relevance to our Country’s plight today. Atlas Shrugged has character dialog that uses the same language of the left that we hear today. We are well on our way to that vision of society. I can only hope we have our own ‘John Galt” out there somewhere.

    • 2Gary2

      you must be a zit faced adolescent to like that crazy old bag.

      • Feelin Sproggy

        Wow Gary, and if that is an adolescent, do you feel like a big man now? Grow up, lefty. Nothing comes without work. If you can’t handle that, kill yourself.

      • 2celia2

        2Gary2 is just a bitter Obama slave living on the bankrupt Democrat entitlement plantation.

  • Maynard Krebs

    Snake Plissken doesn’t care.

  • 2Gary2

    I would think that as a first world country we would find cities in this state unacceptable and do something–like tax the rich and spread the wealth.

    • Feelin Sproggy

      . . . What do you mean, “spread the wealth?” Did you even read the article, or just look at the pictures and ignore the reasons they exist? Detroit was insane-wealthy. They put out jobs left and right. What happened to it is a DIRECT CAUSE of “spreading the wealth,” which is a more friendly way of saying “give without asking us to work for it.” But since you love it so much, and hate to see it in such decline, why not move there and put your idea to the test? Is saying as good as doing for a liberal, or are you willing to put your (Welfare) money where your misinformed mouth is?

      Yaaaa, that’s what I thought. Easy to come up with answers from a distance, eh?

    • 2celia2

      You mean the rich Democrats like George Soros, Warren Buffett, Oprah, and the rest of the Hollywood leftist elite who put Obama into power? It will NEVER happen! The only ones who will be taxed more under this oppressive regime are the middle class and small business people who are struggling to survive.

      • 2Gary2

        yep tax all the rich liberals

  • Heinlein once proposed what he called “the one-second slum-clearance plan”: i.e. the atomic bomb.

  • Qaoss

    Detroit, like any town, has to produce a product that people want at a competitive price. Unions prohibit this from happening. So while union employees will say that the unions were necessary to ensure a safe and fair work environment they also ensured the demise of their jobs. So which is more valuable? Unions or a job?



  • blastinbob

    What a waste well if you can’t make cars make food cover that building with solar panels make the bottom floor all fish tanks and pump to grow beds the floors above. Aquponics on a grand scale.

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    I am saddened by how many people want to make this all about “race” instead of addressing the real issues.


    • K

      I agree. But perhaps even worse, how many think the solution is by killing many of their fellow humans. God created mankind. Not just white folks. Is there any remaining doubt, Fascism is raising it’s ugly head again?

      • 2celia2

        No, communist leftist collectivism is rising its ugly head with elitist Marxist dictators and their cronies taking over much of the world. The most brutal dictators in history have been leftist Marxist dictators: Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro, etc. They murdered millions of their own people!

    • Maybe you’re saddened but I’ll bet you aren’t surprised. That’s what people do when we don’t think things through. Just blame race — don’t blame the culture of dependence on government that has spawned the bastardization of a fatherless demography. Just blame guns for murders — much easier than condemning the entertainment industry that makes billions glorifying violence for the consumption of the impressionable and easily lead kids who lack parental direction or moral education. But the fact remains that if you value your posessions and the well being of your family a little racism goes a long way toward self preservation. Steer clear of Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, Cleveland, Atlanta, Camden etc. etc. etc.

      • Ron04

        “culture of dependence on government that has spawned the bastardization of a fatherless demography” – right – because White Catholics made up the majority of this group. Please.

        • 2celia2

          Please, the leftist trolls are out again inciting racial and religious conflict.

        • Read slower and maybe you’ll understand.

          • Ron04

            To coin an overused and perhaps inappropriate cliche’ – try calling a spade a spade……


    • 2Gary2

      This is how I feel when you and others go on and on about welfare for people being bad but almost totally ignore corporate welfare which is way way higher than any welfare for the poor.

      • 2celia2

        No, the biggest transfer payments in this country are entitlements to individuals.

        • 2Gary2

          you are wrong–google to see your errors

    • 2Gary2

      Michael–I have been saying forever that most conservatives are racist–these comments that sadden you prove it.

      • 2celia2

        How do you know that the people who are posting here are all conservatives? More than likely they are leftist liberals since they always see EVERYTHING through the lens of of race, ethnicity and gender. They thrive on conflict and crisis! Remember as Obama’s Rahm Emanuel said “Never let a crisis go to waste!”

        • 2Gary2

          I know they are conservatives by all the stupid low information crap they all say

    • 2celia2

      The real issues are being focused on in a majority of the posts. It’s a shame that you have chosen to focus only on the posts that address race. Maybe you have been brainwashed by leftist liberals to never discuss race issues unless it calls for labeling all whites as racists?

  • propel7

    HIGHER TAXES will save us! Maybe we just have a bunch of morons that can’t see past their cell phones. Who mistakenly think they are CONNECTED to reality. Maybe once you look up long enough you may see that barach baby is a fascist creep and NOT a real American. Or maybe like Detroit you think that everybody should be on the same level. Take a real good look where that goes. TAKE some more from the People liberal socialist scum.

  • Birdmother

    We need to bring back the WPA of the 40’s. If you don’t work, you don’t eat. Period

  • Stan

    It’s very sad to read this. I am feeling sorry for the ordinary people – citizens of Detroit.

  • Democrats, unions, are false perpetrators. The real killer of Detroit has been the very thing that created it – the automobile companies. They refused to compete with foreign automakers and their smaller, more efficient cars. In collusion, the government, from Nixon to Reagan to Bush I and Bush II, has allowed industry to move jobs overseas. The ’67 riots were the final straw when the white government saw black Americans rise in anger, and then decided to keep them in permanent poverty and reducing education. This has had the effect of marginalizing Detroit’s resident population – no jobs and no hope. Sound familiar? Coming to your city soon!

    • dood

      Whats it like to live in an alternate reality?

      • Ron04


        • 2Gary2

          ok rush

      • 2Gary2

        ask anyone who listens to am hate radio or watches fox

        • 2celia2

          no, ask the hateful leftists who watch state-run leftist propaganda outlets like MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, etc. or read the leftist rags like The New York Times, Time, The Washington Post, The LA Times, etc.

  • JW

    You have to have a plan to change direction. Where is it coming from?


    This is what happens when the majority are Democrat and black.
    Soon coming to your neighborhood.

  • Paul C.

    The author lists legitimate factors but conveniently omitted the two biggest contributors. 1) Corruption. One political regime after another, from Coleman Young to the Conyers and Kilpatrick families, have raped the people at every opportunity. They’ve run Southeast MI like a third world dictatorship. 2) Unions. Bloodsucking parasites aka “Organized Labor”, masquerade as patriotic Americans while strangling the life out of their hosts and insatiably demanding more and more and more.

  • Feelin Sproggy

    Spend enough time ignoring the truth, and yes, it is shocking. Sorry if your feelings were hurt, but facts don’t acknowledge sentiment. Learn to deal with it.

  • Denise

    Detroit is a preview of what the rest of America will look like when Islam takes over. Has anyone noticed all the flies that are always swarming around Obamas head? It seems as though they recognize their master. In Hebrew, the lord of the flies is Beelzebub, or Baal, aka Satan. Islam brings forth decay because it is satanic. Everything that it touches dies.

    • Cairan

      Well – you’re right about the Hebrews being Lord of the Flies….Islam is a sympron. Not the cause. Dianne Feinstein and her hubby Mr. Blum made about a billions shekels cutting deals with Red China, sending American manufacturing THERE. Then – there’s the Fedsky. The Federal Reserve is strictly Kosher. So – ya wanna keep trying to blame Muslims?

  • cwms2005

    The article does a good job of painting the picture that caused the downfall but stops short of telling us who the artists were or are in this continuing saga. When Americans were told that we have a “Global Economy” and NAFTA and CAFTA were all great projects that sent the jobs to Mexico, to Canada, to China and elsewhere abroad (who told us that?) and that this was in Americas best interest and be good for all. Think we were lied to?

    • El Pollo de Oro

      CWMS2005: Yes, we were lied to by NAFTA supporters ranging from Rush “Pillhead” Limbaugh to Al Gore. NAFTA (No American Factories Taking Applications) was the first nail in the BRA’s coffin. Ross Perot tried to warn us about that “giant sucking sound,” but Drug Addict Limbaugh insisted that Perot was just a Latino-hating racist for opposing NAFTA (never mind the fact that NAFTA ended up causing so much misery in México).

      Too bad more Republi-Cons and Democraps didn’t listen to Perot’s warnings. The Banana Republic of America ignored Perot at its own peril. So welcome to life in a Third World hellhole.

  • Leslie

    No mention of the corruption in Detroit that has led to today? Long before Obama…

  • libsarescum

    Buaaaaahaaaaaa! That is what liberals and blacks will do to a town and a country near you. Everything they touch turns into c r a p.

  • Austincrazed

    They need to put up glass walls so that the rest of the country can bring their families and teach their children what happens when you allow the government to operate outside of the confines of The Constitution.

  • bt

    Obama, Fienstien, UN want to ban/take virtually all weapons from the law abiding. Think they will send forces into Detroit and confiscate AK-47’s and arrest those murdering and terrorizing the city? Same thing in Chicago. Where is DHS/ATF? Law and order needs to be restored first if good things are to follow.

    • Bad_Mr_Frosty

      That’s because all the “youths” running around with AK’s look like they could be Obama’s sons.

  • Jessica

    I love how everyone is blaming Obama. All the years of decline stated in the above article are before Obama was in office. They are ALL during the Bush era.

    • 2celia2

      Detroit has been ruined by the corrupt elites in the Democrat party who have ruled there for decades. The people in Detroit are mostly slaves living on the bankrupt Democrat entitlement plantation. Now the entire United States is being ruined by the corrupt elites in the Democrat party who want the masses to live on their bankrupt entitlement plantation.

  • I lived through the decline and fall of the American Automobile. The big three laughed at the American Public. They designed cars to fail in 3 to 5 years. They did it deliberately. It was profitable to farm the American name for reliability while producing junk. Well it came back on them.
    There is a report card on all cars out there. It is sponsored by Consumer Reports but they don’t write it, the American Consumer does. They send a questionaire to all subscribers each year. The people who own these cars send in a report of what went wrong with their cars. The survey is very accurate. Every car I have ever owned is represented there. And everything that ever went wrong has a black mark beside the car. It only goes for 5 years. In today’s world it should cover 10 years at least.
    Detroit’s cars are the trailing edge. They have more black marks against them after 5 years than any other manufacturer domestic or foreign. SO what are the top cars in today’s market? They have names like Honda, Toyota, and others like them. Surprisingly, one of the worst criminals was Ford. Fix Or Repair Daily. Found On Road Dead.
    Seems like Ford has seen the light. They are attempting to fix their image for bad junk cars. They are actually producing better cars than they have in years. I still do not trust them because of their past.
    Recently they had a lot of transmissions go bad because of a little motor that powers the hydraulic pump. National Recall! No. People are stuck repairing entire transmissions in 2003 and other Tauruses.
    Dangerous? Only if it goes bad in 65 mile an hour heavy traffic on a freeway.
    My point is until they get a healthy cure of being honest with honest real engineering, maybe Detroit needs to go down.
    As for gangs, they can only exist if your city has corrupt officials looking the other way. The only way to fix it would be to declare martial law. Take everyone in Detroit into custody, then start running rap sheets on who has a criminal record. That means starting the entire city over again.
    In the meantime, what do you do with the criminals you find? Unless they can be rehabilitated I have no idea what to do with them.
    Short term, put them to work. Run drug tests. Clean up the entire city then we talk about what to do.
    NO police force has that ability. That is why it will take an army to clean it up.

    • v

      Ford is now #2 on that list of reliability, 2nd to Toyota. What you say was true 30 years ago, but time changes and so do some US car companies. Others go bankrupt.

  • sending our jobs to china was very dumb

  • Once Humpty dumpty falls……………..

  • dalek1967

    Can you share where all this good stuff is happening? I have family in Dearborn and I bet they wonder where all that good stuff is at too. I get my info, straight from people who live there. They say it is bad and I believe them.

    • Fox Theater district, Russel Building Art Complex for example. I live 90 minutes north of Detroit but my girlfriends son and wife and most of her friends and family are in the Ferndale area so we get down in the Detroit area at least once every couple months for a few days. We go to the Fox Theater District to take in shows at the Fox, New Fillmore and Cliff Bells. We go to Greektown, Mexican Village, venues in Hamtramck , Ferndale and Corktown and we feel safe. It’s like any major metropolitan area in the U.S. Would you want to take a pleasure cruise in your car through East LA, South Chicago, or Bedford Stuyvesant? There are pockets of good and pockets of bad wherever you go. Look for the good and you’ll find it. Look for the bad and you will also find it.

      My point is there are people in Detroit who are trying to make a difference in the city. Did the author research the following facts;
      Fact 25 There are people turning some of those 91,000 vacant lots into urban farms to provide food for the impoverished and to teach the impoverished how to grow their own food.

      Fact 26 Neighborhood organizations are tearing down and cleaning up abandoned homes throughout the city.

      Fact 27 Old buildings are being reclaimed for reuse by entrepreneurs building products not dependent on the auto industry.

      Fact 28 A major food retailer has plans to put a supermarket in Detroit.

      Fact 29 A new watch manufacturer has announced they will build their watches in Detroit because of its’ manufacturing history and the quality of its’ workers.

      Fact 30 Detroit remains one of the hot beds of musical talent in the U.S. It has provided and still provides some of the most innovative talent across all genres.

      The politicians gutted Detroit and cities throughout the Rust Belt with GATT, NAFTA, CAFTA and all the other afta thoughts laid on us. If you ever get to Detroit pick up a copy of the Metro Times, go see a music, comedy or burlesque show. Find the good in Detroit.

  • DownWithLibs

    Wow, what a sad read.

  • gun 1934

    The only way this city of Detroit will ever come back is to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ–If these people would call upon the Lord Jesus Christ he would hear there cry and help them–

    • Ron04

      why – is he giving out EBT cards?

  • Dwight

    So, I heard that Michigan has finally decided that maybe the unions are not what is best for them and have gone to right-to-work. Now I guess the question becomes “too little too late”?

  • Mustard Seed

    Your articles have helped me realize the truth of what is happening to America, and I thank you. I pray every day that America can get back on the right path again soon, but the truth is we will hit rock bottom first. The people in control of this country live in a narcissistic world. They don’t care about truth, honor or integrity. They have run our ship to ruin for their own self gratification.

    It is not surprising that most Americans do not comprehend what is happening. For years, they have been lied to by the main stream news media. Their brains have been slowly cooked from infancy by means of immunizations, excitotoxins, and polluted water. Any reasoning ability remaining in the brain is subjected to menticide in the public schools. The entertainment industry takes up the leisure hours attack with mind numbing filth and violence. If all of that doesn’t successfully brainwash the people, our medical industry stands ready to prescribe any means necessary to finish the job. Even our churches are being stripped down and turned into government controlled mouthpieces.

    No, it’s not surprising that we are in this mess. It will be surprising if we can actually pull ourselves out of it. That would be nothing short of miraculous!

    I wonder….

    Are miracles granted to a nation that kills 55 million of its own citizens and defines Christianity as a mental illness?

  • Wolvespride

    I find it amazing how in 2013 people will still bring out the usual excuses for decay in a city. Racism, guns, government abuses…….blah blah blah. It is always easier to blame something you have no way of understanding on something you hate just because it is the popular thing to do.
    Do you honestly think Detroit is the first place to fail….no, it is in a long list of failures of society’s who fail to recognise its own issues and deal with them. You are so caught up in media hype and blame that until you see it for what it is you will never solve any of the problems. You do not need more cops or more copper in your lights. You need to change peoples attitudes. Stop running up piles of debt and be responsible even thinking people who take some measure of pride in themselves. Then you can start with an idea of how to repair your infrastructure. You are letting big business dictate how you live. Welcome Walmart and close 100 smaller stores.
    America needs to change itself if it is to survive and not become a third world nation. Detroit is just the mirror you all are looking into. How will you change what you see. Stop bitching about it and blaming everyone else.

    • 2celia2

      How will you change what you see in Detroit? MOVE! If you don’t like laying in a dirty hole, then get up and get out!

  • R Luciani

    Only when we stop blaming others for the state of our country and begin accepting responsibility for our lack of involvement in how our leaders govern, and we say enough and we unite as one voice with our sleeves rolled up and say what can I do to make my country better, only then will we change the future of our country. We must begin but not from the top down, but from the bottom up. Serious change begins locally city, county, state. We need to elect leaders that believe in the American dream and are willing to not be persuaded by special interest or lobbying, where integrity and love for our country supersedes love for our self. Our country has been sold out to the highest bidder, WAKE UP! Is not what your country can do for you but what YOU can do for your country! STAND UP AND BE COUNTED!

    • 2celia2

      Good luck with that one since elections are easily manipulated and the state run news media are in on the game?

  • Cairan

    Detroit will not recover unless Detroit brings back White people, and gets rid of the Kneegrows.

    • Low Profile

      That is true! I am black and I can truly say that Detroit will never recover because it’s too many black people in the city that are destroying everything they are not the same black people of the 1950’s alot of my people have gotten worse and i’m sick of them. Detroit does need to bring back the white population and I mean white Republicans and most of all the people in the city need to turn back to God and follow him! I can say this because I live in DETROIT!!!!

  • Cairan

    You will need to get rid of the Federal Reserve Money Vampires, their horde of lawyers, and AIPAC. You need to go to the source of the poison.

  • Camera Jesus

    Detroit could be the marijuana capital of the world! make it to Amsterdam of United States. Urban farming, go green!

  • B T

    It’s too late…there is nothing more to add, but….

    Real unemployment in the US is running at 20%+, not 7%.

    Real wages are shrinking and have been for decades.

    Real inflation is 8%+, not 2%.

    Jobs are still flowing out of the Us daily, by the hundreds, if not thousands.

    Freedom does not exist in America any longer.

  • Jay

    You heard about the guy that went to his doctor and found out he had cancer and 6 months to live?

    Yow, so he moved to Detroit to make it seem longer.

  • Rob

    OK, I’m white. But did you know that during the Roman Empire, dark skin was a sign of intelligence? The “whites” were the uneducated barberians from northern Europe while the “dark skins” were the educated people from Egypt – Alexandria was the center of leaning in the Roman world. So skin color has nothing to do with the problems we face in the USA.

    • 2celia2

      Then why did you drag up the race baiting argument if skin color has nothing to do with it? Maybe you’re just another leftist liberal who thrives on racial, ethnic, and gender division?

      • Rob

        I am very much a conservative. I brought up my race to qualify my argument against the anti-black arguments others had posted.

  • Ron04

    to call you an idiot fails to ask the more relevant question – what union do you belong to?

  • Ron04

    The beginning of your letter is crap .The ending is beautiful….

    • Tj

      Thanks for your compliment ! The beginning over the letter was a response to all of the people blaming black folks. Tell them to stop writing crap about black folks because white folks could have stopped this too.

  • 2Gary2

    Given that this is a conservative site and 99% of conservatives are racist what would you expect.

    • 2celia2

      This is not a conservative site! It’s a site that discusses issues with objectivity. 2Gary2 and leftist Democrats are the real racists who want to separate and divide people by race, ethnicity and gender. It’s the Saul Alinsky “Rules for Radicals” method that Obama uses every day with the help of the leftists at MSNBC, NBC, CBS, CNN, ABC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, etc.

      • 2Gary2

        come out of the conservative bubble–The media is so conservative biased and is owned by conservatives. Just like Obama is a moderate republican

  • Bob

    John Smith – Liberals and Libertarians are on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Libertarians are staunch defenders of the Constitutional Republic our Founding Fathers envisioned, while Liberals are attempting to destroy the Constitution and replace it with a Socialist/Communist ideology. Ron Paul was the only guy running in the last election that even read the Constitution.

  • 2Gary2

    This sounds like the beginning of the DPDDDT!

    • El Pollo de Oro

      2Gary2: By the way, there was a case in México in which a French woman named Florence Cassez was accused of helping collect the DPDDTT and incarcerated. But a federal judge recently let her go. So Mademoiselle Cassez just returned to France.

      That was wild: a French woman accused of being in cahoots with Mexican DPDDTT kidnappers. She insisted she was innocent, but in polls, most mexicanos thought she was guilty and went to México to profit from the DPDDTT. Kidnapping is a very sore subject in that country.

  • Dr. Tom Hudson

    I grew up in Detroit and left in 1962 when my dad retired from the Det. Police dept. Detroit was an outstanding and very civilized city at that point. You can thank the restrictive regulatory laws and regulations that congress/presidents have enacted over the years. Business has moved off shore to avoid these regulations, fees, and taxes. Jobs have evaporated and will continue to do so. Get free enterprise back and you could turn this around. I seriously doubt that I will ever see this happen in my lifetime. Detroit is only a great memory – and soon we will say the same about the U.S.

  • It would mke a great theme park, put a fence around it, nothing in and nothing out, just watch the carnage. We could call it Carnage Land. Better make that a double fence.

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  • Richard Breveglieri

    We are cursed by our actions these last 50 years directly from the Living God of everything….we are thankfull that his mercy endures forever ( Paslm 136 ) but we have some serious times of correction bordering on upheaveal in everything that we have taken for granted.
    We are not the greatest any longer but ony the most greadyest country on earth today…America is a nation of people that run corporations that love profit and power above anything else, and those people will be judged by the Lord as they always have been. That will bring our country down as it always has…In ancient Israel the Bible teaches ..”””” When the King was honest in righteousness the people would prosper but when the King was evil the people would suffer “””” Prepare for the winds of change for they are upon us RCB

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  • Steven

    Read Deuteronomy 28

  • Jagrick

    Religion has nothing to do with this but your rant is entertaining for fiction.

    • Hammerstrike

      Actually yes, it does.

  • ConservaCanuk

    I also vote Nuke. Ideally, there would be a festival to attract all the Michael Moore types first.

  • dave

    It all really began with Reaganomics, which allowed the rich to become richer, to go offshore, to buy up power and total control on government. Read, learn, question, investigate, the real answers are not easy to find.

  • cayenne523

    The blacks voted in Young and down went Detroit. The horrid place has been run by blacks for years. Now they have what they wanted. Let them have it. It is a great sight to show children what happens when the uneducated and liberal minded are in charge. All the hand outs in the world made no difference. Now let them eat their own.

  • it really should just be condemmed and turned into a zombie attraction..were 78% there anyway—

  • RichnAla

    I keep seeing NAFTA as the reason why. I disagree, the problem is that the Unions pushed the employee pay and benefits to a point that the manufactures could not produce a product that most people could not afford. Then the auto manufactures started cutting corners so that they could sell product which resulted in buyers wanting foreign products. If you can receive Welfare, Food Stamps, or any other entitlement then why work? We created this mess by electing and reelecting the same old politicians for decades. They do not have our best interest at heart, they are there for their benefit. Why not go and serve one term and then receive a government pension and life time health benefits. We work so that others dont have too. We will never move forward in this country until we right the wrongs of the past and start working twards tomorrow instead of paying for the past.

  • No-Idiot

    Running out of cash? Ask the FED to print more from thin air. The cash is no problem. The problem is you do not understand economy. You do not need cash to live but product. Why you do not start your own economy? Start to manufacture all people need and print for that your own “money”. After 3 months you will be rich. That is economy! Every villige in Europe knows it.

  • “Actually, a much better idea would have been to not allow millions of our good paying manufacturing jobs to be shipped to the other side of the world, but it is too late for that at this point.”

    This is a fallacious argument. The truth is manufacturing jobs “disappear” BECAUSE of unions. To wit, look at the non-union manufacturing jobs that are springing up in the US South.

    When someone in Mexico, China, or even the US South is willing to do the same LABOR for a lower and fairer price, the company becomes more competitive.

    The US auto industry long ago fell into complacency. Both labor unions, the engineers, and especially the business management. Even Michael Moore successfully captured the hubris and how out of touch the former Big Three were from reality in his early film, “Roger and Me”.

    The reality is that companies are businesses and compete first locally, then nationally, then internationally. But American arrogance and hubris prevented US automakers from acknowledging the threat that foreign automakers posed to them. The US automakers flat out assumed American consumers would buy American cars, ride or die – no matter how bad the product was.

    US cars were and still are, poorly engineered and poorly built. US automobiles breakdown more frequently than foreign automobiles.

    When a company takes their paying customers for granted, that is when they are in trouble.

    Thus began the long decline of the US auto industry.

    What can save Detroit? Nothing. First, stop considering Detroit a city; or rather a big city. Part of the problem is the lamentation that persists over the state of Detroit. Detroit had its heyday. It is now to be considered a 2ndary or 3-tier city – the likes of Rochester NY, Akron, OH, Gary, IN, Spokane, WA, etc. – It is a city, but a small city. And it needs to be funded like a small city.

    Perish all thoughts of “rebuilding”. Instead, embrace the status of a small city. This new paradigm will open new economic avenues.

    I personally believe that with all that vacant run down land, the area should be turned into an experimental “green city utopia” – where a lot of green buildings, planned community developments, even urban farming, could be built, tested, and marketed.

    In Europe, there are communities developed for this purpose. Universities the world over would love to experiment, research, and take advantage of such an opportunity.

    This still flies too close to the failed tree-hugging Democrat policies, but this one example of an industry that can be brought in – the “green industry” and the educational industry.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Coming soon to a city near you…Only a matter of time before L.A., Chicago, San Antonio, Cleveland, [insert your city here] start to look like Motown.

  • beckadge

    Welcome to the future with Obama’s agenda in place. Liberal politicians and lazy people have ruined this country.

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  • Walt

    Welcome to Greece…my new bumper sticker

  • tacoma

    Hey Mike, why are you keep picking Detroit to dump on? Cities come and go throughout history. Check out Dodge City. Detroit has decayed because the people who live there allowed it that way. Auto manufacturing has gone south long time ago. There you will find the new Detroit of old. As to the current one, well, its up to the people there. If they can’t fix it, then Detroit will disappear. That’s economics and that’s life. Or death.

  • Dusty R. Evans

    Only a second civil war will save the U.S.A. – death to the liberals!!!!

    • morrisminor

      what a mindless redneck remark,

  • Wayne

    Who is John Galt?

  • White middle class worker boy

    Just like the Detroit City councilwman said: Mr. O Bama will bail them out. Every one of those kids with an AK-47 will get a free ride to the polls so they can vote for the “Black Savior”. (direct quote) who will keep them in food stamps and money from the “rich”.

    • morrisminor

      yeah, right, sure

  • bruce wayne

    Detroit had a 11 term Mayor during the Heydays of Detroit that bled the federal funding to rebuild after the riots of 67. He was given millions of dollars to restore the Brewster Projects, (the home of Diana Ross). To say that outsourcing killed the economic base of Detroit proper is like saying methane from cow farts is the primary cause of global warming. Coleman Young was given a federal, ‘carte blanc”, because of the race riots. So much money was thrown in his lap and left out the back door to extort, embezzle, bribe and pay-off union stewards, commissioners and the mothers of the illegitimate children of various men of authority in Detroit. The barest minimal restoration projects were done to maintain the grant money from the federal government. Renaissance Theaters were gutted and made into parking structures, their heavy velvet curtains still hanging, likely to this day.
    The first generation of auto-manufacturers believed in Detroit and its future. The children of these pioneers left their mini-mansions in Detroit to enjoy the suburbs, never to return, never to look back.
    It is the same power struggle we deal with now. 99% are left to fight and struggle for the American dream while the 1% reap the benefit from the sweat of their workers.
    The exception here is that Coleman Young and his conspirators made the decision that they weren’t living in the status quo and took it upon themselves to turn the system upon itself and reap the benefit of the blind eye of our federal government.

  • Ee551976

    Start with the basics…discipline, extreme discipline to bring order to the chaos. You can’t solve the problem until you stop the madness. Liberal philosophy does not work anywhere

  • kjas

    To be a member of the Demonrat party means you have a low intelligence or are a crooked corrupt individual. It is to late to save this country. When the Demonrats passed legislation in 1965 with that devil Ted Kennedy allowing 3 million poor uneducated third world people to enter the country annually that was the beginning of the end. Then allowing millions of illegal aliens to enter this country every year was done by design to make sure the Demonrat Party would never lose an election. Soon all elections will be rigged most are anyway with millions of illegals voting. You watched it for decades Americans and said nothing now live with it.

  • You do not know me, where I live, or my political philosophy. Based on your vitriolic comments cloaked in pseudo-intellectualism, I doubt you have ever even BEEN to Detroit, let alone ever lived or worked there. The problem with arguments like yours is they appear semi-reasonable, until you peel away the onion-like layers of ‘conservative’ boilerplate to reveal the basic flaw of trying to reduce a deep and complex problem into a mere ‘racial’ argument. You seem to have an unnatural predilection for blaming a ‘race’ or ‘color’ and just washing your hands of the problem. As I said previously, which you apparently ignored, Racial prejudice against whites is still a problem within the city of Detroit, where it is used as a control mechanism to fool the electorate and maintain the rotten-to-the-core status quo. I say you are not from Detroit, because you think that the entire Metro area is like the burnt-out wild-west that has engulfed much of the city (especially the East Side and Inner west side. The suburbs (where many people of ALL races, creeds and colors live) is one of the most desirable areas to live in the country, and Oakland County is one of the richest counties in America. Keep on thinking that your biased, cartoon-like and paper-thin view of ‘Detroit’ is something other than a media-induced dystopic fantasy. Much of the actual city itself is indeed a corrupt, dangerous $#!+-hole. But taking the naiive and simplistic view that ‘it’s all the black’s fault’ only serves to strip away any veneer of credibility and integrity you may think you have to reveal a simplistic, racist and counter-productive deep belief. If you want to prevent the rest of the country from becoming ‘Detroit’, you need to drop the pseudo-conservative jingoistic race-bait-taking and stop falling right into the divisive trap laid by the very same Marxist/Progressives who relish when so-called ‘conservatives’ play the divisive and destructive racial blame-game. Divide and Conquer has been used by tyrannical governments throughout history to keep the ‘proles’passionately battling each other over side issues while they loot the treasury, destroy the economy and social order, and tighten their oily grasp on the throats of the populace. That’s how they maintain control in Detroit, and with people with attitudes like you, that’s how they intend to control America.

    • JohnCabel

      You can only “fool” people with very low intelligence. This is something “conservatism Inc.” does not want to face.

  • morrisminor

    Oh baloney, the Big Three made crappy cars that the Japs and Euros slaughtered with far superior, more efficient designs. Plus it was not mentioned here the 800 lbs gorilla in the living room, Detroit is 85% black, so no wonder why it looks like Haiti.

  • robertelee

    a typical black run city “we dont need whitie here”

  • Look at the ethnicity of those who live in it and run it; that should answer most questions as to why.

  • Benny

    Dear USA what are you doing?

  • Detroit reminds me of the old PC Game ‘Sim City’ and the buildings going ‘black’ and crumbling when ‘your’ City is running out of Money………sad to see it in real life. But the reality IS, the Western World has CHOSEN to TRADE with the Chinese, instead of FIGHTING them………Even in Australia the results of this decision are heavily evident. About 99% of our Clothing Industry has gone………almost every item of clothing, textiles and footwear we buy are either manufactured in China, or in other ‘3rd world’ countries. 20 years back I working in a Cotton Spinning Mill. Today the mill has long been bulldozed and replace with a Strip Mall. The Automobile Industry here, likewise has been decimated, with the removal of almost all Import Tariffs. Almost weekly, ‘car-industry-related’ suppliers close their doors, putting hundreds more Australian workers on the dole. Why is this so ? Because successive Australian Governments have kowtowed to the quick buck and the People Republic of China. We sell our base metals and Iron ore and Oil and gas (which are ‘non-renewable’ resources) at ‘sub-par price’ rates. and get Billions of tonnes of cheap shoddy Chinese ‘trade goods’ in return. This phenomena is reminiscent of the American Indians selling off THEIR Lands… and THEIR rights for a handful of beads and a few blankets… return for a ‘guarantee-of-peace’ with the White Man……… It doesn’t ‘work’. Sooner or later we WILL have to ‘buy back the Farm’, at considerable cost. And the cost will be in terms of millions of lives, and will make World war Two look like a childrens game. Either that, or we Surrender NOW, and become Chinese Citizens !

  • Yiannis

    “Amazingly, there are, hundreds of Thousands, of Americans, with either a master’s degrees and Ph.D.s are enrolled in the food stamp program at this point.” Let us think for a moment. The Great people, that Made this Nation Great, they had no Masters, and Ph. D.s. They were hard working, and love their Country. Now those who have Masters, and Ph.D.s. Read, they leave the U.S.A. Most U.S.A. Billionaires live outside the U.S.A. but their money still earned here. Just my opinion. Detroit, Here We Come.

  • Look who lives there, and look who they vote for.

    That is why Detroit is the way it is.

  • a) Greece is much worse, the decline has occurred over the past 3 years not 100 as in Detroit.

    b) Detroit is the future of the entire world, done in by its wonderful cars, fuel waste and declining net energy.

    c) Detroit can be fixed but not by repeating the same strategies that caused the problems in the first place.

    • tommysand

      The Greeks are an amazingly resilient people who have suffered throughout history with foreign occupation, famine, war, and poverty, and yet the Greek standard of dignity and self-reliance has never wavered. You have never seen, nor will you ever see, this level of social decline in Greece. How dare some wanker from redneck Virginia, of all places, make such a comparison. Look at your own state’s problems before dragging in a civilization with a 5000 year history, who were producing great works of arts and science, while your ancestors were living in huts and had sticks and mud in their hair.

      • jrdobbsjr

        Modern Greeks only have a tenuous genetic and cultural link to the Ancients, thanks to centuries of Turkish rule. And Greece today is such a mess that honest to god Fascists are well on the way to becoming the majority party there.

        • tommysand

          oh please– what cultural sour grapes, slagging off the Greeks. Perhaps your ancestors might have interbred with their occupiers, but the Greeks did not significantly mix with the Turks beyond learning to bake baklava.

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  • Bruno

    I am a German and I never read your journal before. So, you ask visitors to leave a comment…

    I guess that I do not have anything important to say. But allow me to give you an impression (!) that I have since quite some time.

    I have the impression (!) that someone is intentionally slaughtering your country. This someone lives right in the center of your country. This someone is no outsider, It is not a person of dark color, because it is a powerful person (s).

  • Jennifer Williams

    Michael: I know a gentleman who has solutions–not only for Detroit, but for our nation as a whole–how to get us back to our great Republic! He is presenting his solutions on Feb 26th in Troy, MI at the Polish Cultural Center 7pm—if interested contact me and I will send you a flyer so that you can invite your friends. We the people need to take a stand and get America fixed!

  • a557807

    Stop Welfare

  • Margaret Thatcher said it best. ” Socialism is works fine, until you run out of other people’s money’.

  • ruby

    when u try to defy logic and econ 101 and bring in unions eventually through legislation and regulation and the defying of econ 101 a company runs out of innovated ways to pass the cost of union contracts to the buyers…..the products and contracts get very expensive and the company goes belly up…..of course don’t forget the gov’t unions which has endless tax dollars coming in so they can maintain for a while until the private companies go belly up and then colaps sets in……the problem here is greed and entitlements …..instead of taking a life time to build a home and save and invest people want a ponzi scheme to support them when they retire….or they want thousands to spend and waste on pleasure …..if everyone went back to….. u work save and invest and live a simple life ….then u can sit back and enjoy your retirement….but thats too simple …..accountablity is what we need to get back to….

  • Wu

    I believe Bin Laden has been bankrupting USA, just as Ronald Reagan bankrupted the Soviet Union

  • kaiserin

    Thank you for speaking the truth. I truly hope one day these brainwashed fools will wake up to the truth before we turn into South Africa 2.0. However, in this country, being a racist is literally the worst thing you can ever be. NOBODY will defend “racism” but many will defend pedophiles, animal abusers, etc because it’s “not their fault”. Interesting how truly vile behavior is brushed aside but God forbid you look at the facts on race! Keep fighting the good fight, it’s all we race realists can do.

    • BonusGift

      Thank you. As you imply, the truth is the truth; and no reason to repeat Rhodesia or South Africa (or for that matter Detroit, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chicago, Haiti, etc. etcetera).

  • Big John

    Gotta love that “American dream” I feel so sorry for you poor bastards…. You guys are one of the most heavily armed countries in the western world. Can’t somebody please start a revolution. start by eliminating the banking cartel…. God speed

  • Hammerstrike

    Congress´s “solutions”? You serious bro?

  • eve

    You plaint a very bad picture of Detroit.Where are the positive things of coming back..It was once a great city.I am white.I pray I will be safe and my family. But I have to live here.I agree with some things. but I do hope to get along well here.

  • Lyman_Sweetwater

    The only way America can be saved is from a brave Right Wing General to stage a coup and imprison all radical leftists & ban all unions.

    • bucky0729

      Unions Rule…and the economic numbers show it. Treating people like animals is your answer??

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  • Engineer Tim

    I live with the three million suburban people outside of the city of Detroit. The unemployment among engineers is less than 1% currently. The problem and fix in Detroit is simple. You need to be mean to lazy and stupid people. Force them to go to school and get educated. We don’t hire uneducated people. Furthermore, do not reward people for bad behavior. Getting pregnant at 15 is nothing to be rewarded for. Do what my dad did to me. If you are lazy and worthless you will be living in the cold. Caused me to get a job and get a degree.
    Frankly I hate to say this but the black man is probably the worst parent out there. Screw them and leave the mess for the working white man to pay for the party. I am sorry but I am not paying for a party I am not invited to.
    Take these lazy welfareites and send them to my suburban home so they can be introduced to a rake and shovel. After all I pay for their gunshot wounds and children. Make them pay me back. The truth always hurts. We have children having children. They know no other way of life.
    Liberalism running unchecked produced Detroit.
    Sorry for rambling but I have watched Detroit in decline my entire lifetime. It is simple to see what the blacks do wrong that others do right.
    On manufacturing, if a China man can do you job, you are toast. Get educated. We make the complex and quality stuff here. China makes mostly simple things and most of it is crap.

  • realityone

    Please stop with the race card. Makes me sick. Do you need white people there to make it nice, safe and sustainable again. Can’t you be black and do that for yourself. I think it’s called work.

  • The racial story of Detroit is multifaceted and not as simple as it might seem on the surface. It was indeed a magnet for Southerners looking to improve their lot, both blacks and whites, but mostly black. The Jews, who ran the stores and rented out a lot of the homes at that time, moved to the new suburbs and sold homes to hard workng black people who maintained the neighborhoods to a high standard, even making improvements.
    My young childhood was in a transitional neighboorhood that contained all ethnic groups. We played and grew up together, in and out of each other’s homes, obeying friend’s parents as if they were our own. The adults were most renting, saving up to by that first home and, like so many of my friends, my family moved to a then affluent near suburban community called Highland Park, just North of the traditional black neighborhood called The North End. It too was racially mixed as many of the whites there realized that the blacks moving in held the same values and, for awhile, we grew up in complete harmony. My HS class of 1966 was 50/50 racially.
    Then came the ’67 riot and white flight to the shiny new suburbs began in earnest. After that the factories began to close at an every increasing rate and the city began a terrible slide. Many who could afford it, both black and white, fled to the suburbs and left behind a struggling minority amidst decreasing job opportunities.
    Things got worse & worse until conditions became comparable to some thrid world nations. And a once beautiful jewel of a city became a hellhole.

    • evianalmighty

      The whites were leaving Detroit starting in the mid 50’s because of black crime. In 1960 Detroit was only 28% black but they committed 65% of all crime. This is what killed Detroit. It just accellerated in 67. Blacks were given a city that fully functioned and they destroyed all on their own.

  • Scarecrow

    Oh say can you see…

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  • Detroiter In Exile

    The city of Detroit was in steep decline since 1967, This was before Manufacturing in Michigan went into decline. It took a huge turn into decay when Blacks became a majority. If you want to look at the effects of the wholesale destruction of manufacturing, the export of tools to China, look at suburban Detroit, like Dearborn, Warren and Livonia . If manufacturing in Michigan made a huge comeback, Detroit wouldn’t. The fact is , This is what blacks do, See Zimbabwe, Johannesburg,Suburban Paris.Detroit died of denial. The Inability of anyone ( black ,white or other)to hold the Black community of being accountable for anything what so ever. Everything is blamed on whites.even after they were ethnically cleansed from their homes.

  • Detroiter In Exile

    Marxist, Owellian think.. Homogenization is diversity, Diversity is Homogenization, and once segregation and apartheid ended , they all lived happily ever after… well almost

  • Stephan B. Feibish

    Things seem to work in cycles. Ask Charles Nenner:) You’ve looking at the bottom of a cycle. America is blessed with abundant natural resources. We can fix our broke political and economic systems. We’ll work our way out of debt. The next generation will have more people who will need “stuff”. We’ll do OK. Maybe not as well as our parents. But we’ll do OK. My two cents.

  • papa46

    Ah, the era of Social Planning. Chicago will most likely be next because that city too is controlled by the liberal Socialist Progressives. The only thing keeping Washington, DC(district of criminals) alive is the amount of inflated money the government can print.

  • Detroit needs a hurricane katrina

  • Also, Detroit is another fine negro economic success story that will be featured in black histree mumf.

  • angelare

    we need politicians interested in us rather than their priorities: get reelected, get rich, pay off the special interests that benefit them. None of our corrupt selfish politicians have had the courage to tell us to stop buying foreign products, especially when new or used US ones are available, stop using products that are oil based or use lots of energy to produce and have government create incentives for jobs here rather than rewarding firms that outsource, many of which pay little or no US taxes. Not to mention all the government waste, military spending, etc. Oh yeah, what about big rewards for NOT having tons of kids that just go on the dole instead of the opposite. Good luck. Won’t happen without some sort of Jeffersonian revolution.

  • Rick

    We are doomed as a nation. It’s going to come to a point where the federal government is going to have to bail out all U.S. states, putting the federal government trillions more in debt. By this time, it will be almost impossible to save america as a whole. Every state will be far to deteriorated to save, especially with the federal government already being 17 trillion dollars in debt. Be prepared for a complete financial meltdown.

  • Lulu012

    wow, reading the comments on here show that when the collapse begins, most people who will be prepared will be racists who believe that black people are inherently violent, evil…I’ll make sure to stay away from other preppers from now on and keep my resources to myself. My goodness…

  • Yoyolifa

    I didn’t know that Detroit became what I thought the one of the best city’s in the world now its just a dump how time flys and you expect happiness but I was wrong its sad and depressing that this is what happens when people get selfish and greedy that they don’t realize what are the consaconsis are when they think its a step forward to success ends up not being what they thought happiness

  • bucky0729

    Well, as far as the racist statements, the blacks were handed a heaping pile of excrement. So how do you improve on it? Give ANYONE a good paying, future
    inducing job, and you don’t have these problems. Bill
    Bonds should roll over in his grave.

  • Jmmy

    If direct democracy was here, the people wouldnt have voted for all of the failed laws that led to our decline. No houses for loosers, no free lunch for those that dont work, no deregulating bankers or bailing them out. Representative democracy was not written by god. It is a failed concept.

  • Robert Decker

    Please post SOURCES for the information instead of simply writing ‘according to one source’. Please.

  • Ryan

    I pray every night that these places up north, in California, and New Orleans recover soon so we can have Atlanta back. Atlanta was the jewel of the 1990’s and now even the suburbs are declining. I asked my new neighbor from St. Louis where he worked. When he told me he hadn’t found a job yet I asked him why he moved here. He mumbled something about family and walked away. So sad.

  • django618

    One world government will take over and most of Earths population will be worst off. Nothing can be done about it.

  • ponygirl7

    Michael, this is the first time I’ve left a comment.But, had to tell you, your book is wonderful!It reminds me somewhat, of Susan Lindauer.If you folks don’t know who she is, just do a search on her name.I keep returning to this site because of your love of God, Michael and all the great information. Thank-you.

  • korkord

    The hardworking negro pensioner is entitled to a bailout.

  • LiberalsAreStupid

    fire the democrats and bring in only conservatives to run the place, it will be back in no time.

  • craig

    Detroit started to decline a long time ago when it became under 100% Democrat control, and with that now happening at the federal Level we will all be Living in the city I work in

  • Jim

    I about crapped my pant from laughing so hard when I read they wanted to build a monorail. Our government is watching to many Simpsons episodes. If you don’t believe it watch it, the monorail almost destroys Springfield. Hmmmm sound fimilar?

  • savoy6

    I think a zombie theme park is Detroit’s only realistic hope for income.. how effed up is that?

  • clancymc

    Detroit is a perfect example of what can happen to a city when the rioting and looting caused by black people drive the white people out because the whites don’t want to have to live in an unsafe high crime area. Detroit has been run by black politicians who don’t know any more about running a government than Obama does. Detroit is an example of what the rest of our country will look like when Obama finally leaves office. Blacks are good at running their mouths but not very good at running businesses and government. Most of them are not interested in going to school or picking up a hammer and saw and doing something for their own neighborhoods. Until the blacks learn how to stop their violent riots and protests every time that things don’t go their way, we will never have peace and prosperity in this country.

  • Teddy

    Why not give free land to some food manufacturing industry with incentives, it will create jobs and boost the city’s economy
    At the same time taking temporary help from another state’s police force and round up the criminals that are scaring people from being in Detroit

  • God

    It’s Amazing how well the Tigers, Lions and Redwings are doing in these tough times……

  • God

    I would start with jobs to bulldoze all the dumps, old buildings and empty old houses….block by block and start all over again…….even if it CLEARS half the city. Then put the cops in the new areas as they are built with ZERO crime tolerance to move that kind out for good. Shoot to kill any muggers, dealers and thieves.

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  • kraamdor

    white people left and the blacks couldn’t keep it alive, that isn’t racist, that’s a fact! and why should white people feel bad for not living near minorities? if we were all meant to bee together why did god put us all on different sides of the earth.

  • Bankrupt

    Worst scenario, i hope it wont happened again, and also the government make an action of this.

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  • I Will Bury You

    To be honest I don’t think anyone can save Detroit at this point. I could be wrong though. Would I love to see it grow back up yea I would.

  • Rob

    If blacks would smarten up and stop being violent criminals, whites would return and the city would become an economic utopia. It’s really too bad blacks are so stupid.

  • Hortosapien

    Let me start with stating that Detroit is an opportunity because we have nothing to lose by trying new and inventive approaches if we cancel allegiance to the defeated intrinsic suppositions we have persisted in using in this country. Simply put we need to fix Detroit or we are signaling defeat of our entire future in America.

    We can do this by using an experimental new form of government that can successfully combine city and rural lifestyles with a requirement that government positions be filled only with those who have the education and experience to do their duties. This could be accomplished by pooling those qualified and using a lottery system. They could be paid higher than average wages for the time being and that could be readdressed later.

    We could use eminent domain to take over control of all abandoned properties and then demolish or restore while rewriting the fabric of the city to create green beltways with gardens that could feed the population thus replacing their reliance on the “company stores” we have come to live under in this century which are causing the problems to escalate bringing feelings of defeat to the populace.

    This is a grand opportunity but our elite don’t care because they are blind to anything but their international investment portfolios.

  • Bonnie Carollin

    TJ- I am white -I grew up in Detroit- 50-60s You are sooo RIGHT on the money. Glad 2 know you.

  • Thomas Talache

    We need real leadership in this country again that isn’t all about blame, division, racism, excuses, class envy, defeat, empty promises, and over sized government programs. The words I provided here will be the definition of our current state of our nation.

  • The remaining citizens ruined it.

  • It’s just me

    Our nation was founded by Christian immigrants seeking to build a Christian nation. Consider the founders’s writings, or the Mayflower compact, or Columbus’ intention to bring the Gospel to the East (despite His human failings in carrying this out in a loving way), or the writings of the Constitutional Debates, or the Old Deluder Satan Law (1649, Created Pubic Eduction in America, Why? Need for literacy so children could learn scripture) or the Atkens Bible (a neat edition of the scriptures for use in the public schools, early act of congress). Look this up, read it, and see if I am telling the truth. But I am.
    It was build on the principals of truth and moral laws of God in the Bible. Our Government was a Christian constitutional republic with the idea being copied ancient Israel. The law applied to everyone, president and pauper alike. Where did that get us? From rag-tag colonies to the manufactuing envy of the world and the glory all of human history. It remained that way until we, the people, rejected God and His way. There really are basic revealed laws in the universe, but for a long time, we have been persuaded otherwise. Where has this gotten us? Into a welfare-warfare, tax and spend, no rules, just right nightmare with tomorrow’s forecast always a bit gloomier than today’s. Detroit is just a physical expression of human depravity stemming from our impoverished morals and humanist solutions.
    Consider marriage, welfare, and family. The foundational view that made our nation what it was, was basic:Finally, the family is the basic unit of any society. Family is where values are established, children are educated and taught to be who they will become, love and safety, acceptance and responsibily, morality and the role of the husband and wife are illustrated, and the skills needed to live life skillfully are inculcated. What does a typical family today look like? Two people? Husband and wife? Love filled? Who is teaching the children? Is it the TV? Is it our savagely anti-God media or public education system? Day care? How can we afford have both parents working? the financial gain is no comparison for th e social loss. Who teaches the value system in Detroit? If we as a nation do no open our eyes and see that the “brave new world” that we have
    Marriage is one man, one woman, for life. The man is to love and care for his wife, and the wife is to respect her husband and blossom under the care he shows for her.
    How long has it been since marriages have looked like this in our country? Marriages like this are to be envied and sought after, but today our kids are taught the opposite everywhere they look.
    Work was to be consided an act of service to be done honestly and fairly, with welfare being provided by private charity. How long has it been since churches have been kicked out of the charity roll by the welfare-forced contribution system? Private charity has the ability to discrimated between actual “need” for charity (an elderly widow with arthitis) and an able person whose lifestyle and choices are the problem (a person who choses to eat themself to obesity, or a person who would rather sit and not work, or someone who makes a lifestyle or poor choices and looks for the government to cover the bill). Remember, the hungery stomache of a man drives his hands to work? But if we remove consquences of poor choices, why would anyone work? Hmm. Bread and circus, anyone? If immoral living and the welfare/tax system used to support it has destroyed every other nation in written history, should we really expect anything different? IS THIS LOGICAL?
    created is the fruit of the tree of humanism (human attempts to solve spiritual problems), then we will, no doubt, end up like Detroit, with a few violent theives ruling over the desparate masses struggling to survive in a communistic global dictatorship with the sustance and heart to continue eaten away until God finally says “Enough” and He interviens.
    The solution:
    Return to God, seek to humble ourselves, and teach our selves and our children that it is Jesus that is salvation, and not our own efforts. Recognizing our own failure and recognizing God’s providence to pay for that failure and present not only a solution, but an eternity-changing relationship, is the heart of the Gospel.
    Everything else falls into place quite naturally once the foundation is set on the Rock of Truth and not shifting sands of human ideology.
    Perhaps there is still time enough…

  • J_Robit

    Excuse me – “let” our jobs go overseas? How about a sense of “buy American”, as if this personal investment in a vehicle translates to an investment in one’s own country. I buy American/North American made products as much as possible. The reason I do NOT own a smart phone is because it truly is not necessary, and it therefore would be sending even more of my money overseas to a foreign worker.
    I agree that it is “too late”, though.
    What we need is a REDUCTION in the birth rate among the poor, first and foremost. This MIGHT allow a renewed sense of value to education, and personal achievement that a poor woman who is pumping out 4 kids before she’s 30 will never have.
    I truly believe THAT is our #1 problem, whether it’s Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, or anywhere else – too many children, without a father figure, and no instilled sense of work ethic.

  • J_Robit

    Bonusgift – who are you?!? and why arent YOU running for President?!? I would vote for you.

  • J_Robit

    Not that it helps things, but I just want to suggest that one major factor of Detroit’s demise is that it was overly dependent on the auto industry. The culture of its people followed, with totally assuming a life to be had in an industry factory. Thoughts?

  • Brahim dahbi

    I kept hearing a lot of bad things about Detroit the last few days so I googled “what’s so bad about Destroit” and clicked into this. I am shocked and utterly astonished at how something like this, a downfall of this magnitude, could occur.

  • West Winds

    The first thing that would have to happen is the crime would have to be brought under control in Detroit. The federal government could use the military to clean up these streets and then turn it over to the police departments, coupled with a jobs program like a WPA and a Marshall Plan.

    But this isn’t going to happen. The people who are currently running things have precipitated this. They WANT fear, confusion, austerity, etc., so the Billie Club (the 62 trans-global billionaires together with the banksters can consolidate a New World Order.)

    Before anything can be done for Detroit or anywhere else in America, we have to clean house of all the vermin that is currently running things and that includes both parties of the duopoly, reclaim the MSM by re-implementing the Fair Doctrine of 1949, stop hounding our journalists, and go back to the tenets of FDR. This is just for openers.

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