Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    A once mighty proud city…undone by unions.

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago

    The Democrats ran that city into the ground and if it wasn’t for the Republicans in the House, this whole country could be bankrupt.

  3. Peabody-Martini

    Peabody-Martini said, over 3 years ago

    Decades of disinvestment in American manufacturing fostered largely by conservatives has destroyed the heart of many of the big urban centers. Detroit being just one example.

  4. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 3 years ago

    I agree with you.
    Can’t figure out why you folk always think “a good health plan” is part of your employment package.
    And the better the job the less you need the employer to provide it.
    Doesn’t make sense to me.

  5. jonesb

    jonesb said, over 3 years ago

    If universal health care bankrupted the car companies, it will bankrupt the country as well. When something is free it gets abused, the sheep don’t understand that somebody along the line has to pay for it. Both parties are corrupt so don’t start with the Dem/GOP garbage.

  6. avarner

    avarner said, over 3 years ago

    There was nothing wrong with this country that couldn’t have been fixed with some modest and well placed tariffs starting back in the early 1980’s. This would have greatly expanded the USA tax base and leveled the playing field somewhat on imports.

    Instead, we pursued “free trade” which was really a war on the working middle class. You can’t compete with countries that pay their workers a couple of dollars a day (or less) and have a living wage for your own people.

    Of course the Detroit (the city) bankruptcy is just an effect of Detroit’s (the mfg entity) failure to compete in an unfair biased market.

    BTW: Repubs and Dems are equally guilty here ..

  7. joe piglet

    joe piglet GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    As a Canadian looking into the USA; from the outside. The USA = Rome and that empire fell. There is going to be a fire sale and it will be Detroit, Windsor is already looking at buying the tunnel. My overall thought is, what if China buys that whole city?

  8. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I don’t think it is fair to blame Unions for the bankruptcy of Detroit anymore then I think it is fair to blame the car companies i.e. Boardrooms. These were two economic players in Detroit but there were many others.

    I think Detroit should be looked at as an example of what happens when a population dependent on handouts doesn’t lower their expectations of care when the people paying the bills can’t afford it anymore.

    California – This will be you in just a few years.

    The tax rates and crime got so out of control that many with the opportunity to leave the city did so. But the Needy just kept demanding their services and care and the government was slow to reduce their staff in response to a declining tax base.

    California is doing the same thing. Many with the ability to leave the state with the ability to make a living in a place with a lower tax base are choosing to do so. California continues to make their social services attractive to the needy and chases away all of those who would support their welfare state.

    Atlas is shrugging everyone. The people who work and pay their taxes are tired of being looked at as a cash cow for every sob story that isn’t willing to go out and work to support themselves.

    We, as a society, make far too many excuses for those who aren’t working. Yes the job market is depressed but there are jobs out there – In today’s economy you might have to work 2 jobs to support yourself but that is a far better alternative then being dependent on a state or municipality that is running out of money.

    We should take care of those who CANNOT work: The profoundly handicapped, the aged, and the very sick. But 2+years of Unemployment insurance and SSDI have made it far more attractive to sit on the couch and assume that someone will take care of you.

  9. Jim Pallas

    Jim Pallas said, over 3 years ago

    Old1953 is on the mark. In 1950, I could ride the streetcar todowntown Detroit for a nickel. Then the car companies paid the city costs + a bonus to tear up the tracks and sell the streetcars to South America. Documented at the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library.. the town since has had no functioning public transportation but great freeways plowed thru historic neighborhoods.

  10. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Adrian Snare – I disagree with your statement that starts “The better the man does…”. In this country the Liberals would like to make it the exact opposite.

    The liberals look to rob those that are successful to pay for the needs and wants of those that haven’t done as well.

    There is an anti-wealth and anti-success sentiment in this country that fills me with the urge to defacate.

    The Liberals point to the Paris Hiltons and the other trust fund babies and say – That is the average wealthy person in America – They inherited their wealth, they don’t deserve it and there are others who need that money.

    You can come up with many ways to justify looting but it is still looting at the end of the day.

    Part of the rage against Obama care that you are seeing in this country comes from people who feel they are being fleeced every step of the way to pay for another group of people that are quite happy to use the government to take their living from those who have done better then they.

    Also lets be honest about what Obama care really is. It’s robbing young people to pay for the health care of the elderly. You can say that you are giving young people something in return (Health care) but they really are paying more then they are getting in return.

    One more transfer of wealth from the Young to the Elderly – A voting block of cleptomaniacs: Medicare, Social Security, Drug Benefit, and now they want more.

  11. dja1701

    dja1701 said, over 3 years ago

    Please, people this has nothing to do with Democrats or unions. The elected officials were criminals. The former mayor, the pension fund manager, and several others have been indited for embezzlement and fraud, and racketeering.

  12. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    Another major player in Detroit’s (and Michigan’s) industrial decline was the State’s tax rates relative to other States as well as it’s high cost of labor. Many, many suppliers moved to northern Indiana and northern Ohio to escape those costs but still be in proximity to those they supplied. When foreign car manufacturers had to build in this country, one would think the demographics of Michigan would dictate that they build in Michigan, but high taxes and high wages dictated that they do otherwise. This was also true of domestic manufacturers’ building new plants in states other than Michigan. Having not learned anything from the near bankruptcy of New York City, Michigan (and Detroit) attempted to make up the revenue loss by increasing taxes forcing more of its manufacturing base to leave. It is a slow but inexorable process. California seems to be following Michigan’s example.

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    JIm Pallas,same exact thing happened in Los Angeles, when they did away with the “red cars”, and built freeways at the behest of oil and auto companies pressure. The result was a destroyed environment, including the agricultural base of orchards, dairies, etc, and of course, the air quality.

    But, the real secret to cities going bankrupt is simply the fact the didn’t match tax bases (small increases over many years) to meet future obligations, then, they paid corporations huge benefits to locate there, then, after the tax breaks expired, and subsidies, the corporations moved the jobs to other states, or countries. That left the cities on the hook for what “capitalists” did to them!! (No, communism and socialism on their own isn’t “better”, but a mix of all, when “capitalism” isn’t actually FEUDALISM, works.)

  14. Quipss

    Quipss said, over 3 years ago


    I always love the illusion of mass migration to red states, rate ≠ number. if 5900 people move to wyoming you get 1% growth, if you take the same number in california you have 0.001% growth, a rounding error. next up, the fact that blue states have higher income would somewhat hint against the proposed concept of anyone whom works moving to red states.

    Then we get into the nihilism of having to beat the machine, rather than trying to further industrialize to work against industrailization, rather than using machines to increase the productivity of labor thus increasing the value there is the concept for employment of using machines as a downward bar to reduce the value of labour.

  15. Quipss

    Quipss said, over 3 years ago

    Back again to California depopulation, between 2010 – 2012 the population went from 37.2 – 38 million people.

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