There’s one place where the Left’s prescriptions for America have been practiced for years; a perfect illustration of the program, right here in the U.S. But the Left is so modest about its years of control you hardly ever hear about the place, though the results have been spectacular. It’s called: Detroit.
It was the third largest city in the U.S. As Democrats and their unions rose toward political dominance in the country, industrial Detroit was a bellwether for their policies. It provided parks and schools for its hordes of well-paid industrial workers, including a large black contingent under a long succession of Democratic politicians, many of whom have also been black. But as is well-known, the American auto industry ground to a halt between the union rock and the government regulatory hard place; unsustainable pension and medical benefits into retirement closed the factories.
Though bailed out by taxpayers’ money, Chrysler was sold off and GM largely handed to its union after President Obama fired the president. Ironically, the dregs of GM, now touted recovered, is expanding in China, not the U.S. In Detroit, most of the industry has disappeared.
The city isn’t the third largest anymore; it has lost 40% of its population. Empty buildings stretch for miles, the city can’t afford to collect all the trash and a while ago, had no money to bury its indigent dead. Too many streetlights don’t work anymore; crime is up and the city is mulling what to do about the darkness, as: Half of Detroit’s Streetlights May Go Out as City Shrinks will explain. The city is still governed by Democrats though the state is hovering over the wreckage. About three years ago, Detroit had become the 11th largest city and was stampeding toward 12th.
As expected, social welfare costs are high and preempt maintenance of deteriorating physical plant. Detroit is the industrial age’s answer to the Old West’s ghost towns; it’s a ghost city. And it’s something else, too: a monument to the policies of the Democrats.