Population Losers: Guess Who Runs Them?

USA Today came out with an article the other day on the ten worst cities to live in here in America. Actually, they did the top 50, but while most of those were small towns, it was the top ten that interested me the most. Out of the top ten cities in America, how many do you think are run by Democrats and how many are run by Republicans?

Before we get into that, here’s the list:

10. Milwaukee, WI

9. Baltimore, MD

8. Springfield, MO

7. Albany, GA

6. Wilmington, DE

5. Cleveland, OH

4. Memphis, TN

3. St. Louis, MO

2. Flint, MI

1.Detroit, MI

Any surprises? Yeah…kinda. I have been to Springfield, MO and was surprised to see them on the list. It’s a nice little town. It’s also the only town on the list that is run by Republicans. Every other city on this list is run by Democrats. In fact, if you look at the cities in America that are falling apart, about 90% of them are run by the left. That is a very telling number for a lot of reasons.

Now, there certainly can be a slew of socio-economic reasons why Democrats are running those cities and they are always in trouble. It could be that’s where the least educated people congregate. It could be that’s where the crime rates are the highest. It could be that’s where the highest unemployment rates are. And it could be that all of that is caused by liberalism.

Think about this…cities at the top of that list, I’m talking St. Louis, Flint, and Detroit, have been run by the left for not just years, but decades, and in some situations over a century. Look at the shape all of those areas are in. Now, I’m not talking the suburbs there…I’m talking about the cities. Detroit has been in bankruptcy. Flint has had the water problems, and since the auto plants closed down there, they haven’t had very good employment numbers. And St. Louis has always had a tough reputation of being a hard scrapple town. But this particular list doesn’t lie.

When Democrats run things, bad things happen over time, and you just aren’t able to bounce back from it. I came from the 35th worst city in America to live in, Toledo, OH. With the exception of one mayor back in the 1980’s, it’s been basically run by Democrats since. When I moved to Toledo in 1983 there were seven Fortune 500 companies headquartered there. Today, there are three…Dana, Owens Illinois, and Owens Corning. And Owens Illinois moved out of the shining “blue glass” building prior to my leaving in 2011. All three by the way, are down around #400 in terms of size. Back in the 80’s, they were in the top 100.

Some of that has to do with economy, rust belt status, etc. And a lot of that has to do with liberal philosophy (OK…and a mayor at one time that wanted to move “deaf people near the airport…because the sound of jets wouldn’t bother them”).

And we want to trust Congress to this group? Didn’t we learn our lesson with Obama?

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

 

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