posted on Jan, 2 2011 @ 03:49 AM
I'm sorry you have to see our City in ruins. Where to start for answers?
(1). Michigan is a Home Rule City form of Government(See New Jersey, Ireland). That means that all powers not expressly retained by the State, are
given to the smallest form of local government (Exclusio Est Unis), as opposed to "Dillon's Rule"(Where all those powers not granted to local
governments are retained by the State) . The Irish Mob that retained power from 1899 to 1967 instituted this to enrich themselves ALA "La Cosa
Nostra"(Sic/"Our little thing"). They milked the golden goose, but did not kill that Golden Goose. This form of government made Detroit its own
little "City State" with it's own taxes, it's own Courts,and In fact-it was more powerful than the whole rest of the State of Michigan
(2). Detroit was a prosperous 19th Century City before the Auto Industry arrived. It's super-density of large middle-class "Charleston Townhouses"
could hold 4-5 poor families. These homes were built for the turn-of-the century "Horse and Buggy" economy of "Milk-Men, Ice-Men, Coal Men,
Hay-deliveries, and Horse Manure removal. The Neighborhoods and Streets were laid out for trolley cars and bicycles. These later became impossible to
Police with modern Patrol-Car Law enforcement Methods. The Working Class became burdened with rising crime and taxes, and began to leave in the
(3). The Auto Industry brought Immigrants for Higher Wages. But the Auto Industry was cyclical with high employment periods, followed by deep
recessions. The Michigan Legislature sought to allow workers to survive from one bust/boom to the next, by granting extremely generous
Unemployment/Welfare benefits. It worked for a while, but many people came for those payments alone, whether they ever worked or not. Pretty soon the
whole City filled up with a "Welfare Class" of 2.5 million people. Detroit became a "Welfare Destination City". In 1967 this class went on a
Riot-Looting Spree that burned-down much of the City to cover their thefts. This began a final exodus of the Middle Class with people walking away
from their homes.
(4). In the 1970's, with no residential tax-base, the City of Detroit's New "Black Power" elected officials went on a putsch of "Tax-Terrorism"
against the Industrial Base Properties still in Detroit. Most businesses moved their heavy machinery across city-lines and walked away from their
(5). Today, the corrupt City Shake-Downs are still there. The buildings of old are deteriorating and burned-down with few places left for the Welfare
Class to still live. You can't "Urban Pioneer" here because what the remaining citizens won't kill you for, the City will still take with
outrageous taxes. Despite the confiscatory taxes, there is no real Police or Fire Protection. 70% of Murders are never solved.
(6). The Moral of the story is that there should be time limits on Welfare, like 2 years. If you can't survive, hunger is a strong motivator to move
on to greener pastures. Some people in Detroit have lived for 7+ generations on Welfare and Crime. You can live pretty well in Detroit on Welfare. You
can buy a house for $1,500. You can game the system for Free Health Care, Free Transportation, Free Home Heating Vouchers, Federal Food Stamps,
Section 8 Housing Vouchers(Free Rent), then commit crimes of Vandalism and Theft during your plentiful free time(you see the cumulative results from
the photos of our "Ruin-Porn").
(7). Detroit will only Change when there are no structures left standing for People to take refuge in while on the Public Dole, since welfare has
become a legally Public Entitlement.