Michigan is in the news this week.
They passed a "right to work" law, upsetting the Democrats, upsetting the unions - particularly the United Auto Workers - and upsetting their liberal allies across the country, including President Obama. As expected, some violence broke out.
"He’s decided to support the most divisive piece of legislation that’s
ever come forward in Michigan," says Democratic Michigan State
Representative Brandon Dillon, about Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican. "You’ll see by the people gathering at
the capitol today that he’s tearing the state apart."
He's tearing the state apart. So say the Democrats. One of them - Councilwoman JoAnn Watson - in a statement made earlier in the week, and not about the law, suggested President Obama ought to bail out struggling Detroit, a sort of quid pro quo; after all, they all voted for the guy. Didn't 75% vote for Obama? How about those union guys protesting in Lansing; didn't they vote for Obama? They vote Democrat all the time, don't they?
Are they saying the Democrat way is the best way? Is that what they're saying?
There's two images of Michigan. One for display purposes, the kind of Michigan that does exist, the kind that brings in the tourists.
Michigan is the Land of Hiawatha, at least if you're in the Upper Peninsula and a fan of Longsworth or Hemingway. It's the scenic attractions of the Macinac Bridge, Macinaw Island (libs love that island; no cars!), Frankenmuth, Holland and its tulip festival, Battle Creek and it's cereal (libs love Froot Loops!) a large amount of nature, a winter wonderland, and three massive lakes that will make one think they're looking at an ocean.
The other image is a bit more grim. Three cites: Saginaw, Flint, Detroit.
Saginaw had at its peak in 1980 a population of 98,000. It has the Delco Plant - formerly Saginaw Steering Gear - which manufactures parts for GM vehicles. Flint had over 140,000 people living there, and was once nicknamed "Buicktown", after the GM assembly plant there.
Detroit was once the auto capitol of the world, making cars and trucks for GM, Ford, Chrysler; at its peak in the mid-1970's the city had over a million people living there. Detroit is also one of the few cities in the country to have all four major league sports teams play in it.
The picture of all three cities today is this:
All three lost a third of their population since the 1980s. Detroit has about 706,000; Flint has 101,000 now; and Saginaw has just over 51,000. What is left behind is urban blight; buildings large and small are left to rot away, with all three city counsels talking about razing empty neighborhoods and "contracting", which means they want to squeeze themselves in a smaller area. Need I talk about the high unemployment rate?
And then there's the crime.
All three cities had a rise in violent crime, which is armed robbery, assault, arson, rape, and murder. The national average is 4; Michigan's average is 4.9. Detroit's violent crime average is a whopping 23.83 incidents per 1,000 people. Flint has an average of 23.78, but that figure should be higher, because there is simply less people living there than in Detroit.
That city has an average violent crime rate of 23.88. Again, Saginaw's population is a mere 51,000 people. If the population matched Detroit's without a change in crime rate, then the rate would be 310.44. Like it or not, Saginaw, Michigan has the highest violent crime rate of any city in the country.
What it boils down to is just who was in charge of all three cities during the period of time of the 1960's to today? This entry shows Detroit exclusively run by Democrats since 1962; this entry shows all Democrats in Flint since the 1974 charter; this entry has mostly Democrats running Saginaw since 1960. These entries have got to be accurate; after all they come from Wikipedia, that online site run by liberals...and they just love saying that facts have a liberal bias!
The bottom line is the fact that the Democrat Party ran the show, supported the unions, got a free pass from the liberals and the media; and expected all of them to vote to keep Democrats in charge. The union clowns who are protesting in Lansing right now over that "right-to-work" law are the same clowns who made sure that Democrats were placed in positions of power and influence over Saginaw, Flint, and Detroit; they made sure that all three cities were run right into the ground.
And they have a problem with a pay-cut?