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Obama's America will become as Detroit, with 27 percent of all homes vacant

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
May 14th, 2013
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"Our economic success has never come from the top down," President Barack Obama declared in Michigan this week. "It comes from the middle out. It comes from the bottom up." According to columnist Terence P. Jeffrey, this is just par for the course for the president. "We need to take more money from the rich, he said, or schools will not be able to afford books, students will not be able to afford college, and disabled children will not get health care." Jeffrey also finds it ironic that Obama made these comments in Michigan, as the beleaguered city of Detroit seems to be the end product of his vision.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "If America continues down the road to Obama's America - a road that began when President Franklin Roosevelt started building a welfare state here - our entire nation will become Detroit," Jeffrey declares.

Recent news from that iconic American city has not been encouraging. Michigan's state treasurer has informed the mayor and city council that the state may soon appoint an emergency financial manager for the city. Under Michigan law, only a financial manager can begin the steps leading to a bankruptcy filing for the city.

Detroit faces obligations over the next six months that exceed its revenues by a whopping $47 million. Detroit now pays $1.08 in benefits to municipal workers and retirees for every $1.00 it pays in salary, according to newspaper reports.

"What happened to Detroit? It is achieving socialism in one city," Jeffrey says.

Jeffrey then point to the fact that traditional two-parent families and the productive taxpaying citizens they produce have fled Detroit.

According the U.S. Census Bureau, Detroit had 1,849,568 people and was the fifth-largest city in the nation in 1950. By 2000, its population had dropped to 951,270; by 2010, to 713,777; and by 2011, to 706,585.

What about Detroit's current population? The Census Bureau estimates there are 563,055 people age 16 or older in the city who could potentially work and be part of the labor force. But only 54.3 percent of these are actually working, meaning they either have a job or are looking for one.

Another 257,576 of Detroit residents age 16 or older - 45.7 percent of that demographic - are not working. "They do not have a job, and they are not looking for one.

"In fact, these 257,576 people in Detroit who do not have a job and are not looking for one outnumber the 224,846 residents who do have jobs. But of the 224,846 residents who do have jobs, 34,500 - or 15.3 percent - have jobs with the government. Thus, this city that boasted 1,849,568 residents in 1950 has only 190,346 private-sector workers today.

"There are 264,209 households in Detroit, and 91,204 of them, or 34.5 percent - get food stamps," Jeffrey says.

Only 9.2 percent of Detroit homes are married couple families with children under 18. Another 29.7 percent of the total are families headed by women with no husband present. Of these, 43,742 have children under 18.

"Of the 363,281 housing units in Detroit, 99,072 are vacant. Indeed, vacant houses have become a powerful visual symbol of what advancing socialism has done to the city. Traditional family life is nearing extinction in this once vibrant corner of America," Jeffrey says.

Jeffrey says that the potential for change here in Detroit, and indeed, anywhere else - is up to the individual. "School books are not lacking here. Self-reliance, the spirit of individualism, and the Judeo-Christian values that support marriage and family are. They have been driven out by a government that wants the people to depend on it rather than on themselves, their families and their faith."

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