“Detroit is the reduction ad absurdum of President Obama’s economic policies. What happened to Detroit? It is achieving socialism in one city. Traditional two-parent families and the productive taxpaying citizens they produce have fled. In 1950, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Detroit had 1.9 million people and was the fifth largest city in the nation.
By 2000, its population had dropped to 951,000; by 2010 to 714,000 and by 2011, to 707,000. What has happened to the people who remain? 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% of these--or 306,000 –actually do. The 258,000 people in Detroit who neither work nor seek work outnumber the 224,846 residents who have jobs. And of those who work, 34,500--or 15.3% work for the government. Thus this city that boasted 1.9 million residents in 1950 has only 190,346 private-sector workers today.”
(“Obama’s America Looks like Detroit,” Terrence Jeffrey, The Detroit News, Dec. 15, 2012)