It’s no secret that Detroit has been in decline for some time, thanks to the poor leadership of liberal Democrats since the early 60’s. But the rate of decline has increased substantially in just the last 2-3 years, with significantly increased unemployment, failing schools, and staggering crime rates.
With a national unemployment rate at or around 9% for the past 3 years, and a staggering national unemployment rate within the black community hitting a 27 year high of 16.7% in August 2011, the economic downturn that has affected all areas, has hit Detroit especially hard.
Given how dire the situation is for those still living in the Motor City, one wonders: is this what we have to look forward to in a second Obama term? While the “official” unemployment rates are moving slightly downward, this number ignores those who have just stopped looking, which means the numbers are completely misleading. The “real” unemployment rate has been estimated to be much higher, although the numbers reported vary greatly, at anywhere from 11-22%.
Gas prices have continued to stay around $3-$4/gal., and is expected to hit $5/gal. by the summer. Food prices have increased significantly. The housing market is still a mess. Families are struggling to make ends meet, and we still have not seen the full ramifications of the Obama policies and programs to our economy.
Will we see our own cities fall into decline, just as Detroit has? So, how bad are things in Detroit, really? An article at “The Economic Collapse Blog” reveals some staggering information about just how bleak the situation is for this once booming city. Here are some highlights:
- Back in the 1950s, Detroit was a teeming metropolis of approximately 2 million people. According to the 2010 census, only 713,000 people live in Detroit today. The U.S. Census Bureau says that Detroit lost a resident every 22 minutes during the first decade of this century.
- Only 25 percent of all students in Detroit end up graduating from high school. Many other major cities will soon have graduation rates similar to Detroit.
- Today, 53.6 percent of all children that live in Detroit are living below the poverty line.
- An analysis of census figures found that 48.5% of all men living in Detroit from age 20 to age 64 did not have a job in 2008. (That number has continued to rise...)
- The median price of a home in Detroit is now just $6000. Some homes in Detroit have been sold for a single dollar.
Due to the economic woes, crime has increased at a staggering rate, and many residents are fighting back. Here are some additional statistics:
- [In a single weekend], a total of nine shootings were reported in the city of Detroit.
- Justifiable homicide in Detroit rose by a staggering 79 percent during 2011.
- The rate of self-defense killings in Detroit is currently 2200% above the national average.
- Ten years ago, there were approximately 5,000 police for the city of Detroit. Today, there are less than 3,000.
- 100 bus drivers in Detroit recently refused to drive their routes out of fear of being attacked on the streets.
Read the full story here…
America, this could happen in more cities across the United States. Washington cannot continue its reckless spending. We are on the brink. Tough decisions need to be made, and it starts with you, the voter. Let’s make the right decision in 2012, and replace this president with one who looks out for the interests of the American people, instead of his friends and own self-interests. Let’s replace this president with one who puts America first, and respects and appreciates this country for what it is….A Shining City on a Hill.