The fall of Detroit

Where has a half century of Democratic rule brought Detroit? These statistics are all appalling, but perhaps worst is this one:

An astounding 47 percent of the residents of the city of Detroit are functionally illiterate.

(Via Instapundit.)

Detroit has been plundered for half a century by liberals and their union allies. It’s a testimony to the former strength of the city that it took so long to go bankrupt.

But according MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, the city’s woes are somehow Republicans’ fault. I’m reminded of the time I was present at an Al Gore rally in 2000 (I had my reasons), and the president of the steelworkers union blamed Ronald Reagan for the collapse of the Pittsburgh steel industry.

My point is this: Some people take comfort in the prospect that liberals will have to see the wreckage wrought by their policies; then they’ll be sorry. They will see the wreckage, but they won’t take responsibility. They could find themselves living in caves and the burnt-out remains of cities, and they will blame whatever tiny aspect of economic freedom they couldn’t stamp out for all of it.

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