Why is it that bankrupt cities in red states have the most debt?

In comparison to those in blue states, I mean.

Detroit, in a red state (yes, both houses and the governor are Republican):$18.5 billion.

Jefferson County, Alabama has $4 billion.

Harrisburg, Penn (Republican trifecta): $300 million.

San Bernardino, CA: $46 million.

Mammoth Lakes, CA: $43 million

Stockington, CA: $26 million

Central Falls, RI: $21 million


Oh, and don't say "blue states are the welfare states." It's the red states that are doing so terrible that they need so much welfare: Of the twenty worst states, 16 are either Republican dominated or conservative states: http://www.businessinsider.com/red-states-are-welf...

4 Answers

  • 6 years ago
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    Detroit is a special case, as a bastion of 'Liberal' Democratic views the Republican Governor and State Legislature have spent decades starving the city of funds, enacting laws & legislation to cripple and kill off the city in order to forced a "fire sale.' Currently the Republicans are exaggerating the amount of debt in order to justify having a Governor appointed Manager (Think "Gaultier") sell off the cities assets. Huge chunks of real estate, especially an island in the Detroit River, can be sold for a fraction of their value to cronies of the party holding power.

    It is quite possible that a similar dynamic is in play in other places. It is an old business tactic - - - - stop fixing street lamps in a neighborhood. stop fixing roads. put pressure on the police to ignore incidents in a neighborhood and eventually the area will become blighted, stores will close, and others can swoop in and scoop up bargains.

    There is at least one upper middle class neighborhood in Detroit where the city manager and his gang have started destroying homes in order to drive out the residents while they ignore truly blighted neighborhoods.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    remember Robo-cop...new Detroit is the city and robotics is the future ( mining asteroids ). As for why Detroit is dead.....politics . The reason Detroit was great is surely the reason it will be great again.

  • 6 years ago

    They keep hoping the Rapture or the Health and Wealth Gospel will pay their debts!

  • 6 years ago

    Michigan has a conservative governor, and he had done a great job, hasn't he?

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