WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 – Last Sunday, Hillary Clinton was in Detroit to address that city’s chapter of the NAACP. A city whose population has declined by half since 1970; a city whose median income is $27,862; a city whose poverty rate stands at 36.2 percent; a city with 70,000 abandoned buildings, 31,000 of which are homes; a city in debt to the tune of $14 billion; a city with a murder rate surpassing that of New York City.
The Democratic Party dystopia of Detroit is a city whose former mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, is serving a 28-year sentence at the Oaks Correctional Facility for racketeering and extortion.
“He’s become the poster child of what went wrong with the city and why it went bankrupt,” political consultant Adolph Mongo told the New York Times. Mr. Mongo should know.
He worked on Kilpatrick’s re-election campaign.
The city’s economic woes deepened when in 2014 the city of Flint ended its contract to receive Detroit water. Flint’s Democratic mayor at the time, Dayne Walling, described his decision to take water from the polluted Flint River as
“…a historic step for us.
It’s the day where we actually turn off the Detroit system and turn on the treated Flint River water going into our drinking water supply,” he told CBS affiliate WNEM.
Walling assured Flint residents,
“We’ve got the best technology for treating river water.”
After E. coli and lead poisonings became everyday occurrences, it was learned that Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency official for the Midwest, Susan Hedman, knew of the health disaster months prior but did nothing.
According to the Detroit News,
“Hedman acted with no urgency, even behind the scenes… an email exchange between Hedman and then-Flint Mayor Dayne Walling showed no sense of alarm over the threat to public health and more concern about [bureaucratic] procedure.”
These two Democratic Party dystopias voted overwhelmingly for President Obama in 2012: Detroit by a whopping 98 percent, Flint by nearly 70 percent.
That’s quite a legacy. One Hillary Clinton hopes the good folks of Detroit and Flint pass on to her. And Hillary sees their legacies of failure as indistinguishable from one that is coming to a close very soon.
“We cannot let Barack Obama’s legacy fall into Donald Trump’s hands,” said Hillary, her voice strained and shrill with worry. “We can’t let all the hard work and progress we have achieved over the last seven and a half years be torn away… That mission feels more urgent than ever now that the Obama presidency is coming to a close.”
You see, Hillary begged the good people of Detroit, who elected the very officials that hastened its collapse, to prevent the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, from veering America away from their and Barack Obama’s legacy of, well, collapse.