The Free Press, Mankato, MN

July 25, 2013

Liberalism defeated city of Detroit

---- — When I heard the City of Detroit had filed for bankruptcy it reminded me of Ron Yezzi’s July 7 Your View in which he suggested Al DeKruif might deserve a “spanking” for suggesting Minnesota’s high taxes will drive business and the rich away.

Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration, recently opined the reason for Detroit’s bankruptcy was because the rich had left the city, leaving the poor behind. Mr. Reich did not say so, but the way I see it the most likely reason for that might be excessively high taxes.

Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press recently wrote: Detroiters “pay more kinds of taxes, at higher rates, than any other citizens in Michigan....The cities tax structure is, by sheer numbers, among it’s most glaring problems.”

In the ‘50’s Detroit’s population was about 2 million. At that time it had the highest standard of living in the United States. Some called Detroit the “Paris of the west.” Detroit has been almost exclusively under Democrat control since the early ‘60’s. Detroit’s population today is about 700,000.

It seems the opinions of Reich and Henderson support DeKruif’s hypothesis. In my opinion liberalism defeated Detroit.

If we do not learn from history, history will repeat itself — it’s just a matter of time!

Bob Jentges

North Mankato