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Macomb GOP golf claps a repaired Detroit

by: Eric B.

Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 12:04:39 PM EDT


f you want to understand what ails metro Detroit, why young people are so quick to leave, why it lags the rest of the nation in so many economic indicators, consider this passage from the Macomb Daily's coverage of Rick Snyder's speech to the Macomb County GOP's Lincoln Day dinner.

Macomb Daily: Appearing before the largest Macomb County Republican fundraiser of the year, Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday received hearty applause when he told the crowd that the state would not bail out bankrupt Detroit, but the clapping was noticeably less enthusiastic when he said that Michigan’s comeback cannot succeed without a Motown resurgence.

I think it's a bit unfair to call this a matter of regional provincialism, personally. This wasn't a group of Macomb leaders from across the political spectrum. This was a group of Macomb Republicans in the Year of Our Lord 2013.

But, the point that this kind of attitude, when expressed as a matter of public policy -- say, Janice Daniel's refusal to accept federal cash to build a region-servicing transit hub on the grounds that it would taint the city of Troy with darker skin -- helped destroy Detroit.

For further illustration of this, Krugman's column about how the flight of employers from Detroit and a lack of way to get Detroiters to where those jobs fed into Detroit's decline. 

Eric B. :: Macomb GOP golf claps a repaired Detroit
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