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We Built This City on Hope and Change

We built this city on hope and change
Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a financial emergency in Detroit. The city faces a $327 million budget deficit, more than $14 billion in long-term debt.

Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan recently announced a state takeover of the city of Detroit. Detroit has been in serious financial troubles for over a decade. The city’s former mayor was just indicted for federal crimes and basic services like police and water are breaking down. The unemployment rate is over double the national average and a third of the city lives below the poverty line.  It increasingly looks more like a third world country than a major American city.

John T. Chance is the pseudonym of a student attending a state college. His interests are current events, political history, and military history. While a voracious reader, he has also written opinion and feature stories for his school newspaper.

One thought on “We Built This City on Hope and Change

  1. This article is ingenuous at best to blame the deindustrialization of Detroit on the political class at a city level. Detroit is no longer a manufacturing powerhouse because the automotive industry decided to stab union workers in the back by moving offshore or to Low-Wage states in the South. The consequent loss in tax revenue in Detroit and not a corrupt political class (over which Detroit hardly has a monopoly) is what depopulated and destroyed this city.

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