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    24 Signs That All Of America Is Becoming Just Like Detroit

    The American Dream
    Dec 7, 2010

    For years, people have been laughing at the horrific economic decline of Detroit. Well, guess what? The same thing that happened to Detroit is now happening to dozens of other communities across the United States.

    From coast to coast there are formerly great manufacturing cities that have turned into rotting, post-industrial war zones. In particular, in America’s “rust belt” you can drive through town after town after town that resembles little more than a post-apocalyptic wasteland. In many U.S. cities, the “real” rate of unemployment is over 30 percent. There are some communities that will start depressing you almost the moment you drive into them. It is almost as if all of the hope has been sucked right out of those communities.

    Meanwhile, the economic downturn has been incredibly hard on the finances of state and local governments across the United States. Unlike the federal government, state and local governments cannot use the Federal Reserve to play games with their exploding debt burdens. Facing horrific budget deficits, many communities have begun adopting “austerity measures” in an attempt to slow the flow of red ink. All over the nation, deep budget cuts are slashing police departments, fire departments and other basic social services, but it seems like no matter what many of these communities try the debt just keeps growing.

    So when you combine economic hopelessness with drastic budget cuts, what you get are hordes of communities from coast to coast that are becoming just like Detroit. In the city of Detroit today, there are over 33,000 abandoned houses, 44 schools have been permanently closed down, the mayor wants to bulldoze one-fourth of the city and you can literally buy a house for one dollar in the worst areas. Many Americans thought that it was funny to make fun of Detroit, but little did they know that what happened there would soon start happening everywhere.

    The following are 24 signs that all of America is becoming a rotting, post-industrial, post-apocalyptic wasteland just like Detroit….

    #1 The second most dangerous city in the United States – Camden, New Jersey – is about to lay off about half its police.

    #2 In the city of Camden, about the only “industries” that are truly thriving are drug-dealing and prostitution. It is estimated that there are literally dozens of open-air drug markets in Camden.

    #3 The city of Newark, New Jersey laid off 13 percent of its police force just last week.

    #4 Of 315 municipalities the New Jersey State Policemen’s union recently surveyed, more than half indicated that they were planning to lay off police officers.

    #5 At least 1000 people now live in the 200 miles of flood tunnels that exist under the city of Las Vegas.

    #6 All over America, asphalt roads are being ground up and are being replaced with gravel because it is cheaper to maintain. The state of South Dakota has transformed over 100 miles of asphalt road into gravel over the past year, and 38 out of the 83 counties in the state of Michigan have transformed at least some of their asphalt roads into gravel roads.

    #7 The number of Americans on food stamps has hit yet another new all-time record. 42.9 million Americans are now enrolled and federal authorities fully expect that number to continue to skyrocket.

    #8 The city of San Jose, California recently laid off 49 firefighters.

    #9 Over the past year, approximately 100 of New York’s state parks and historic sites have had to cut services and reduce hours.

    #10 In 2009 alone, approximately 4 million more Americans joined the ranks of the poor.

    #11 The state of Arizona recently decided to stop paying for many types of organ transplants for people enrolled in its Medicaid program.

    #12 Many of the police in Arizona that patrol communities near the border with Mexico say that they are “outmanned” and “outgunned” and now live in fear of being taken out by drug cartel assassins.

    #13 Gang violence in America is getting totally out of control. According to authorities, there are now over 1 million members of criminal gangs operating inside the country, and those gangs are responsible for up to 80% of the violent crimes committed in the U.S. each year.

    #14 Oakland, California Police Chief Anthony Batts has announced that due to severe budget cuts there are a number of crimes that his department will simply not be able to respond to any longer. The crimes that the Oakland police will no longer be responding to include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism.

    #15 One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one anti-poverty program run by the federal government.

    #16 The state of Illinois is so far behind on its bills that not even schools and essential social services are getting their money on time.

    #17 The sheriff’s department in Ashtabula County, Ohio has been slashed from 112 to 49 deputies, and there is now just one vehicle remaining to patrol all 720 square miles of the county.

    #18 As our local communities degenerate economically, it appears that they are falling apart morally as well. There are approximately 400,00 registered sex offenders in the United States as you read this.

    #19 In a desperate attempt to save money, the city of Colorado Springs turned off a third of its streetlights and put its police helicopters up for auction.

    #20 According to one recent study, approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010.

    #21 According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 25 percent of America’s nearly 600,000 bridges need significant repairs or are burdened with more traffic than they were designed to carry.

    #22 In Georgia, the county of Clayton recently eliminated its entire public bus system in order to save 8 million dollars.

    #23 Things have gotten so bad in Stockton, California that the police union put up a billboard with the following message: “Welcome to the 2nd most dangerous city in California. Stop laying off cops.”

    #24 Major cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore and Sacramento have instituted “rolling brownouts” in which various city fire stations are shut down on a rotating basis. So if you live in one of those cities and you have a fire, you had better hope that your local fire station is not scheduled for a “brownout” that day.

    The “American Dream” is rapidly becoming the American Nightmare. We were once a nation that was endlessly expanding, endlessly growing and endlessly becoming more powerful, but now just the opposite is happening.
    All of this didn’t happen overnight. Back in 1982, Billy Joel could see what was starting to happen and he released a song entitled “Allentown” which captured the depression that many residents of once great steel cities were experiencing. The song started out with these two lines….

    Well we’re living here in Allentown
    And they’re closing all the factories down...

    Well, the United States has lost over 42,000 factories since 2001 and now all of America is turning into “Allentown”.

    Unfortunately, things are going to get even worse. Thousands more factories and millions more jobs will be sent overseas. The debt loads of our state and local governments will continue to skyrocket.

    The truth is that city after city after city is going to start looking like something out of a third world country.

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    How depressing.. shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    How depressing.. shit.
    My son -

    I can remember the '70s... and was in college in the '80s. It was a completely different world. The memory of what was vs. what has become - now that's depressing!

    Cops (generally) were more like Andy Griffith than Reinhard Heydrich. They carried revolvers; they treated you (usually) like a citizen, not a subject. You could have a conversation with one over a ticket and not get Tazed (or shot).

    There weren't cameras everywhere; the Corporate Machine didn't have details about every aspect of your life.

    You didn't have to piss into a cup to get a job (unless you were trying to be a commercial pilot - and even then, I don;t think they did that unless someone gave them a reason to suspect).

    No wars to speak of; just chicken choke small-time adventures in places like Grenada.

    Most of the country was still pretty outside of the immediate vicinity of major cities like LA or DC; there was "local color" - not the same bleak spread of Bed, Bath & Beyond, Staples, Target and Barnes & Noble McMalls everywhere...

    I got caught with 96 foot-tall pot plants in my dorm. All that ended up happening was a disciplinary probation (from school) and a misdemeanor conviction that was expunged after a year. Today, my life would have been destroyed. I'd have been convicted of a felony and sent to pound-me-in-the-ass prison for 10 years.

    But, we're so free today....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    My son -

    I got caught with 96 foot-tall pot plants in my dorm. All that ended up happening was a disciplinary probation (from school) and a misdemeanor conviction that was expunged after a year.
    Maahhhn! you sure do things in a big way over there in the good ole US of A. Those dorm ceilings must have been way high, and how many spliffs can you make out of one 96 foot-tall pot plant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Maahhhn! you sure do things in a big way over there in the good ole US of A. Those dorm ceilings must have been way high, and how many spliffs can you make out of one 96 foot-tall pot plant?

    Ken.
    Ah, the importance of the comma!

    But in my defense I've been up since 1:30 this morning (bad toothache; I'm in for a rough time with the dentist). It's all a daze at this point....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Maahhhn! you sure do things in a big way over there in the good ole US of A. Those dorm ceilings must have been way high, and how many spliffs can you make out of one 96 foot-tall pot plant?
    Ken, they actually borrowed Eric's pot plant for the Jack and the Beanstalk children story. It really makes sense because when Jack got to the top wasn't he in the clouds?

    LOL

    When I was reading that I was thinking damn that fucking plant must have taken over the entire outside of the dorm building like that ivy growing up sides.

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