In honor of Motown, in remembrance of Detroit:
You lost that lovin’ feeling,
Whoa, that lovin’ feeling,
You’ve lost that lovin’ feeling,
Now it’s gone, gone, gone…
(The Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling)
The city of Detroit, once the epicenter of commerce for the United States, the manufacturing hub of the world, and the “Factory of Freedom” during World War II has become the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy.
On Thursday, Kevyn Orr, the city’s appointed emergency manager, formally sought federal bankruptcy court protection after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder approved the filing, deeming the decision necessary “as a last resort to return this great city to financial and civic health for its residents and taxpayers.”
In a letter authorizing the bankruptcy filing, Snyder wrote, “I know many will see this as a low point in the city’s history. If so, I think it will also be the foundation of the city’s future – a statement I cannot make in confidence absent giving the city a chance for a fresh start, without burdens of debt it cannot hope to fully pay.”
In the letter, Snyder explained his decision by citing statistics that have hobbled the city’s operations:
• The city’s unemployment rate has nearly tripled since 2000 and is more than double the national average.
• The homicide rate is at historically high levels, and the city has been named among America’s most dangerous for more than 20 years.
• Detroiters wait an average of 58 minutes for police to respond, compared with the national average of 11 minutes.
• An estimated 40% of the city’s street lights didn’t work in the first quarter of 2013.
• Roughly 78,000 city structures have been abandoned.
The failure of Detroit is a failure of the policies that governed the city for decades and established the roots of its eventual demise. Those policies are inherently linked to the failures of leftism in its many guises – as labor unions, as economic systems dominated by mobsters and gangsters, and most of all by an overarching vast governmental bureaucracy that dictated the course of private businesses.
While many on the Left will never admit that their blueprints for liberal/socialist utopias have always been, continue to be, and are forever colossal failures, it is far less painful for them to blame those who have refused to join in the suffering of their fellow citizens as part of their diabolical social experimentation, like apparatchik Robert Reich:
And we should never forget that during and following the 2012 election, the liberal-supported fictional narrative of “Obama saved Detroit” was one of the key points in President Obama’s attempt to define Mitt Romney as someone unconcerned with the troubles of middle-class America, on which his flacks, Stephanie Cutter and David Plouffe took the vociferous and fallacious leads:
And don’t forget the lightbringer himself: