It isn't just Detroit, it's many formerly productive urban areas that are gradually collapsing under their own weight, with no framework of decent-paying jobs and tax base to support them. Detroit is just the most prominent and notable picture of decay at the moment. Detroit is a glaring portrait of what happens when government stops investing in people and jobs, and instead rewards corporate honchos for exporting entire industries and off-shoring as many jobs as can be sent away in the endless quest for maximum profit.
While this is obvious to many of us now, and certainly will be obvious to future historians, the corporate puppets in Congress - and yes, that's both parties - refuse to acknowledge the reasons for the steady, painfully predictable collapse of the American Empire. And corporate media tools, far from being a "fourth estate", now function only as symbiotes of the corrupt cadre that is all three branches of government. What passes for mainstream media now can only be counted on to parrot its assigned script, and to distract with nonsense like celebrity gossip and entertainment news. I have yet to see any truth-telling in msm accounts of the demise of Detroit.
What happened in Detroit is not confined to Detroit. It's only going to continue, and it would be great if we could have some widespread recognition of that fact.
America Is on a Path to Turn into Detroit....
From Thom Hartmann, on Alternet
"....Detroit used to be the industrial capital of America, and really the world. But, starting with Reagan, our industrial and trade policies began to change. As a result, our nation moved from a manufacturing based economy to a banking and serviced based economy. Instead of making things, we now say “would you like fries with that,” “welcome to WalMart,” and “there’s a $5.00 fee for using your credit card that way.” We embraced free trade deals, and jumped head first into outsourcing policies that vastly increased corporate
profits while shipping hundreds of thousands of jobs overseas.
As a result, many of the jobs that were once done in factories in Detroit are now done in factories in China and other nations. And the same holds true for the rest of America....."