The city of Detroit has filed for bankruptcy and we seem to merely shrug our shoulders as though it is not unusual, but it is. It is the latest warning and example about what happens when a government grows, becomes corrupt, and is concerned about power and not the people. In the 1950s Detroit had the highest average individual income in the country and was the fourth largest city in the country.
It has been run by the left (Democrats) for more than 50 years. More than 40 percent of the citizens are functionally illiterate. Typical services that a city provides are significantly lacking in this city. Almost half of the population has left for other areas where it is safer and there are better schools just to name two key elements. Other smaller cities have declared bankruptcy, but this is special when one looks at what Detroit was and what it has become.
Look at what is happening in Europe. Greece is near bankruptcy, as are Portugal and Italy. None of these countries arrived at this position overnight, but each has grown government and created more and more people who are dependent on the largesse of government.
California was once the trend setter in our country. Their schools, freeways and Silicon Valley were the envy of every other state. That no longer is true. Their schools are near the bottom in performance, the infrastructure is decaying and companies are leaving in droves because of taxes and regulations. The bureaucracy continues to grow. The only saving feature in the state is the great weather, but how long can that keep residents in the state when everything else is going to the dogs?
Many of our states were also in terrible straits until some conservatives were elected as governors and corrected the process. Look at the states that seem to be doing well as compared to those that aren't. The difference is conservative leadership in most cases. Their leaders understand that you cannot spend more money than you have.
Our government has grown by leaps and bounds and Obamacare will control one-sixth of our economy when it is fully implemented. Sadly, the Internal Revenue Service will be responsible for ensuring that it is in compliance with the thousands of pages of regulations. Wow, that really gives me a feeling of relief.
What is necessary to wake up the Americans who are paying the bills? I fully understand that those who rely on the government for their sustenance will be more than happy for the government to continue down the current path.
They do not understand that those paying the bills will eventually stop paying them and the entire system will collapse. Before that happens, we must convince our representatives to stop the madness. We are in the majority and must use it.
Donald J. Myers a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, is a regular columnist for Hernando Today. He lives in Spring Hill and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.