posted on Jul, 23 2004 @ 09:41 AM
Seeing as how I live about 5 minutes from Detroit- I can tell you that from the attitudes of the general region of the state- I don't think it is
really a race issue he was referring to.
In this area you can refuse to let someone cut in a line and they will call you a racist because they are sure if they were white you would have let
them- it's happened to me.
There are good, upstanding citizens living in Detroit. BUT- what the city is suffering from is the stereotype that unfortunately too many of
the people DO live up to- there are too many people living lives of crime and spending their days watching tv collecting welfare and unemployment.
Too many people in this area see those two emergency support systems as their god-given right. This is what you easily see on the surface when you
visit the city.
I am trying to say this without being mean, but this is my honest experience. I work for a company that every time we hire a Detroit citizen
inevitably he gets fired for coming to work high or drunk- then spends the next 6 quarters collecting unemployment from us until the state refuses to
pay him any more. (four separate cases and the only people who have done that)
So from this perspective, people like that are going to vote for the politicians that feel sympathy for them and want to keep around these programs
that use honest citizen's money to support dead beat alcoholics. That is not the GOP.
I am not insulting the good citizens of Detroit, just making a point to the people who don't know the area.