RON HART: Liberal policies turn Motown into Notown

Published: Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM.

NEW YORK — It was a nice summer day. Kids were enjoying their summer break, diving for murder weapons in the Detroit River, when news of the city filing for bankruptcy broke. “I am shocked,” said no one. Even Motown’s Stevie Wonder saw it coming.

As we do an autopsy on Detroit, once the symbol of American industrial might, we learn several undeniable facts. The city's bankruptcy is the direct result of decades of insidious liberal rule, heavy-handed union thuggery and a dependency culture. Sound familiar?

An endless succession of corrupt mayors propagated the untenable notion of equal outcomes through a flawed notion of economic and social justice. Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted of large-scale corruption. As punishment, he should have been sentenced to serve another term as mayor.

While the city continues to heavily tax its citizens, it cannot provide even basic services. In Detroit, it takes 58 minutes for police to respond to a crime; the national average is 11 minutes. Perhaps it can change the 911 number to 912 to lighten the load on police responders. Maybe George Zimmerman will relocate there and start a Neighborhood Watch. Detroit is an embattled and divided city, one of the few with a North Korea-town.

Perhaps the feds will bail it out using some archaic regulatory justification like Detroit being a sacred burial ground of Mafia leaders. Maybe to keep the police force employed, tax credits could be offered to criminals to attract them back to the city to keep them employed as well.

Detroit's population has gone from 2 million to 800,000. Airlines and bus services have gone bankrupt: they cannot compete with feet. Detroit has two seasons: winter and killing.

Half the people do not pay their property taxes. 45,000 homes have been abandoned; many have become crack houses. Mayors probably demanded the owners be taxed half their crack profits to fund the shortfalls of government union pension funds. The city has seized property for taxes.  This caught the attention of the Obama administration, which is always looking for fresh new ideas.

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