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RUNAWAY SOCIAL SYMPATHY

Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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December10, 2012

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COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU
By Daniel Flynn

Detroit has just been named the most dangerous city in America.  This is the fourth consecutive year that Forbes has bestowed the dishonor upon the Motor City.  A few years back, the Bay Area Center for Voting Research named Detroit the most liberal city in America.  If you believe the two listings are mere coincidence, I have a domed stadium in Pontiac to sell you.

Detroit’s violent crime rate, more than five times the national average, is shocking only when glimpsed outside the context of the city’s other depressing social trends.  The illegitimacy rate is 85 percent.  Two thirds of the city’s children live in poverty.  Less than a third of ninth graders graduate from high school within four years.  Just 54 percent of the adults are functionally literate.  The people are as bleak as the decrepit concrete landscape.

So is the government.  The city has closed half of its schools during the past decade, hasn’t fixed the 40 percent of its street lights that remain broken, and has decided to divert a huge chunk of its 911 calls to a telephonic queue.  “It’s giving criminals the wrong idea,” Tony Wright, a retired Detroit homicide detective, explained.  “If you want to do something, do it in Detroit.  The police won’t show up.”

Gutted three bedroom homes sell for as low as $500.  But, when your neighbors are a pack of feral cats, a crack dealer, and a jungle of weedy overgrowth, even $500 is too expensive.

Sixty years ago, Detroit was the wealthiest city in the United States.  Today, it is by far American’s poorest big city.  There is a cautionary tale here for the U.S.: things fall apart – fast.  America may not go from riches to rags.  But the mighty do fall.  Because America is the most powerful nation today doesn’t necessarily follow that it will be the most powerful nation tomorrow.  In Detroit, corruption, lavish government sinecures, muddleheaded social policies, horrible schools, greedy unions, overbearing taxes, gutter morality combined to make the first the worst.