Friday, July 26, 2013

Detroit Bankruptcy a product of Reaganomics, Republican policies, not black population or unions.

I found it fascinating how Republicans in Michigan, with their democracy killing “emergency managers,” weren't taking the blame for failing to save the city. This bankruptcy is under their watch. Yet they're able to easily get tons of press blaming everyone else. 

Thisonce-beautiful performing arts center
(The Michigan Theater) is now a parking garage.
Check out the Time Magazine article
What took 40 years of job killing outsourcing that lead to the decline of manufacturing is now being blamed on the “black population” and unions. Letter writers in the local paper blame "selfish" laborers for destroying Detroit. 

Thom Hartman summed it up best in his daily email, finally bringing up the gorilla in the room, disaster capitalism.
"Republicans are thrilled that Detroit has filed for bankruptcy. Because - for the GOP - the fall of Detroit is a talking point goldmine. Conservatives like Neil Munro and Sean Higgins hope that maybe - just maybe - if they can convince the American people that big bad unions and Democrats are to blame for the death of Detroit, then they can get them to forget that conservatives have destroyed this country with 30-plus years of Reaganomics and voodoo economics. Union-bashing is bad enough - but there's another, even uglier dimension to the GOP's Detroit meme. The Motor City is eighty-five percent African-American. In fact, it has the highest black population - percentage wise - of any major city in the United States. So when Republican pundits and politicians talk about "mismanagement" and "bad governance", what they are actually saying is that black-people aren't capable of running a city.

Blaming minorities for social problems is a tried and true Republican tactic. Reagan had "welfare queens" and the air-traffic controllers. The modern GOP has Detroit. However, it wasn't unions or black people that bankrupted Detroit - it was decades of pro-corporate and anti-middle class free-trade policies that gutted the city of its industrial core. Over the next few weeks, you'll hear a lot of hand-wringing from conservatives in the media about how Detroit is a sign of things to come and how this is what happens when you give Democrats, workers and "disorganized people" (that's right-wing doublespeak for African-Americans ) control of a big city. But remember, the Republican solution for Detroit is just more of the same: gutting social services.

This is disaster capitalism. It's an opportunity for wealthy white speculators to experiment with all of their austerity dreams. And if that comes with a chance to demonize poor people, black people, and unionized workers - well - that's just the icing on the cake."
Here’s another view, from racist Ted Nugent:
Ted Nugent is “shattered but not at all surprised” and he already knows just who to blame: the left.
“Liberal democrats took hold of the greatest, most productive city on earth and turned it into a bloodsucker excuse-making hell,” Nugent told TMZ. “If allowed to continue, our president will do the same to the whole country,” added Nugent, who currently lives on an estate in Concord, MI. “Heartbreaking and tragic.”
It’s that black guy in the White House, isn't it, not Bush's Great Recession or Republican outsourcing and deregulation?


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  2. I agree! Always blaming black people as though African Americans willingly stepped away from the industrial jobs that were the bread and butter of the residents of the City of Detroit!

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