There is only one thing left that Detroit can do. Declare war on the United States and then immediately surrender unconditionally. Send the entire city population into other states as refugees.
After a tumultuous four years overseeing a city long riddled with blight, corruption, crime, and historic financial issues, mayor Dave Bing has had enough, telling a stunned audience at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History Tuesday that he’d leave when his term ends in December.
Modern Day Hiroshima, 65 years after the atomic detonation...
The 69-year-old Bing, a hall-of-fame NBA player who spent most of his career with the Pistons and then was a successful businessman in Detroit had never run for office before narrowly winning the 2009 race to replace Kwame Kilpatrick, who in less than a term in office had gone from rising Democratic star to scandal-embroiled mayor to convicted felon. After winning a full term the same year, Bing tried to turn around a city that has been losing population and sinking into an ever-deeper economic hole for decades, with a City Council resistant to his plans for radical changes to save Detroit and the looming prospect of the Republican governor appointing an emergency economic manager who would effectively take control of the city’s finances from its elected officials.
Modern Day Detroit, 51 years after the Democrats took over...
- Detroit, founded in 1701, at one point had a population of 1.8 million - today, 706,000.
- Geographically, 55% of the city's area is abandoned.
- In 1950, Detroit had the highest median income in the country; today it is 66 out of 68.
- Per capita, Detroit spends over $15,000 per year to educate a student, compared with about $11,000 nationally, yet it graduates only 21% of students.
- Detroit's public education system is run completely by the Teacher's Union
- Detroit's population is 89.4% "non-white".
- Over 2% of Detroit residents are homeless (homeless rate of 20 per 1,000).
- A black man dropping out of high school will face a 73% rate of unemployment. He will have a 60% chance of going to jail before he leaves his 20's.
- Only 56% of the eligible workforce in Detroit is employed; of those employed, 17.2% work for the government.
- To hire someone legally in Detroit, you must pay the mandated minimum wage of $10/hour - businesses can not afford it, so they leave.
- 47% of households made less than $35,000/year; only 1% had incomes over $200,000.