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July 22, 2013 - 8:16 am

That’s from WPRO’s Top Ten (Bottom Ten?) list of Detroit’s troubles:

The city’s unfunded liabilities top $18 billion.

The city owes money to over 100,000 creditors.

Nearly 80,000 buildings have been abandoned and many are unsecured.

Population of Detroit has fallen from 1.86 million in 1950 to 700,000 today.

Some 47 percent of properties are delinquent in paying their taxes.

Police take an average of 58 minutes to respond to calls.

Only 8.7 percent of violent crimes are solved and Detroit has the highest crime rate in the U.S. of large cities.

Manufacturing jobs in the city have slid from a peak of 200,000 to just 20,000 today.

Only 7 percent of the city’s eighth graders are proficient in reading.

Only 8.7 percent of violent crimes are solved and Detroit has the highest crime rate in the U.S. of large cities.

But according to Paul Krugman, Detroit’s just a victim of free markets.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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Well, in a sense Detroit is a victim of free markets.

See, the free market looks at a place where the people are illiterate, the streets are overrun with violent criminals and the government is a straight up kleptocracy and says "you know what? I don't want to do business there." As business stops being done people move away and take the tax base with them. With no new money coming in the kleptocrats eventually run out of things to loot and the city goes under.

So in a way the free market did do this to Detroit. Where Krugman is dead wrong though is his assumption that that's a bad thing.
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You know that expression, "You can be a good example, or serve as a horrible warning"? Detroit choose the later.
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Of course it is. Idiots and the permanently depended can be dictated to while educated, moral and independent people have to be lead. Tyrants much prefer ruling to leading. Therefore it makes sense that the Democrats have allowed public schools to become jokes and a growing mass permanently poor and dependent on them.
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Detroit would have to have a 500% improvement to reach the level of a slum.

However, leftists and their Workers Party are the slumdog mulletheads who created this hellhole.

Abject failure is the ONLY possible outcome for hard leftism. Without tyranny, it doesn't work.

With tyranny it thrives on human misery.
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The thing is, when these left looney tunes took over the city, they thought that they'd solve each and every problem and all of their whims through just higher taxes for the rich. That simple. They raised taxes over and again, that seemed more of a mafia extortion than honest town tax. People fled to suburbs and ever since Detroit has been spiraling downwards. The city offering homes for $1 with the condition that you live there. Who is that silly guy who wants to live in such a place? No jobs, very likely to die, no services.
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Well, in a sense Detroit is a victim of free markets.

See, the free market looks at a place where the people are illiterate, the streets are overrun with violent criminals and the government is a straight up kleptocracy and says "you know what? I don't want to do business there." As business stops being done people move away and take the tax base with them. With no new money coming in the kleptocrats eventually run out of things to loot and the city goes under.

So in a way the free market did do this to Detroit. Where Krugman is dead wrong though is his assumption that that's a bad thing.
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