Detroit And Why The Bellow Will Not Mellow


(Critical writing often times deconstructs opposing arguments. Here I take down several arguments at once. I use an old favorite rhetorical device, an adjective-noun construction that gives the writing a pulse of two beats. /wr)

The fervor and rage with which the GOP seeks to dominate the conversation is on full exhibit in the loud bellow of its non-elected pundits to silence any conversation about race. Next is Detroit’s turn.

The assignment of blame is a GOP pillar. One of four used to cut the foundation of government. Blame is used to confuse the public about purpose and fault, and already the unions and city government are being blamed for economic decisions that devastated Detroit’s tax and job base. But GM market share dropped from 51% in 1971 to 18% today; the acres of abandoned factories are stark evidence not of union costs by management incompetence.

The loss of Detroit’s tax and jobs base when its auto manufacturing industry imploded is the simple reason Detroit, a city in which manufacturing actually took place with legions of workers who were city residents, is unable to meet its obligations. But the bad decisions of jetted fat cats meet none of the fault.

The GOP cites the wrong bad apples and then impudently assign the characteristic of blame to the whole barrel.

But local problems, always present, don’t make a nation-wide trend. The failure remains in a logic that comes to a conclusion by the extracted fantasy of a false example.

In 1977, Gil Scott-Heron sang, “We Almost Lost Detroit.” Today we have.

But the new logic of why is rampant at the highest levels. Listen to the House Speaker: don’t judge Congress by the zero bills it passed; judge it by the zero bills it repealed.

 

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