Slavery in Detroit
I thought slavery was illegal in the US, but welcome back to slavery. A Michigan judge ruled that current Detroit citizens must pay retired city workers their pensions. How could a judge rule that way now that Detroit has half the population it used to have? 90 percent of the manufacturing jobs are gone, and most of the property is now abandoned. Detroit’s debt is 25 thousand dollars per city resident. That doesn’t matter to the judge who said the unemployed citizens must pay for the sins of their single parents.
The current residents of Detroit didn’t vote to hire a huge municipal workforce years ago. Current residents didn’t promise past workers huge pensions. Current residents didn’t promise more benefits to city workers than could be paid by their taxes. Well, who made those promises if it wasn’t current citizens?
For the last fifty years, city workers elected politicians who promised to enslave future citizens. Years ago, Detroit politicians promised huge benefit packages to city workers. The politicians promised more than city residents were willing to pay in taxes. The politicians promised more than they could deliver, and both the politicians and union negotiators knew it. Together, they wrote laws that said the future must pay for the financial sins of the past.
Let me explain this political deal in simple terms.
“Any politician will gladly tax you into slavery tomorrow for political kick backs today.”
That is an ageless promise and the citizens of Detroit are not alone. Most politicians and many voters will gladly leave their debts for the next generation to pay. My politicians have done it too. It never ends well. These debts are why my children have moved away looking for work. These debts are why I’m trying to leave.
I thought we might finally see justice done in Detroit. I thought slavery was finally illegal in the United States, even if it was our parents who sold our future. Silly me. The Michigan judge said, ‘Pay up, citizen. You are slaves to the past, and the debts of your parents are due.’
Maybe this generation will remain in slavery. Hopefully my children can finally be free of corrupt politicians.
Some eye opening facts about Detroit’s decline are here.
Rob, the liberator
Say what you will.