The jobs were still there, in Warren, Dearborn, and other suburbs. White flight was a real phenomenon in Detroit, Queens, Newark, and many other cities. Detroit started shrinking in the 50s while the US auto industry was still growing and the suburbs expanding. Punitive taxes by stupid governments hurt too. A Mayor Washington (Chicago) or Young (Atlanta) could have saved Detroit.
Unions didn't bring down GM. GM's German competitors have even stronger unions. Maybe anti-efficiency union rules hurt though.
Health care and pension costs hurt GM more than anything. GM's German competitors benefit from their government's health care and safety net.
I go to Detroit a couple times a year, I know what it's like.
J, the answers to your questions seem to be contained in the posts you are citing. Zero in on the word "gradual."
J: You skipped my 1:22 post didn't you?
And don't tell me the Catholic Church is okay with birth control and abortion as long as it's only the heathens doing it. They oppose those things being in anybody's health insurance, or being legal at all.
Life develops gradually, and our laws reflect that. A very large percentage of fertilized eggs die naturally. So what? They aren't people.
I never said someone had to be normal to be a person.
An embryo doesn't have a mind and a fetus begins to develop one. Personhood clearly exists after birth, clearly does not exist at the embryo stage, and in between there is no magic moment, just gradual development, during which abortion becomes increasingly restricted by law.
Detroit was the victim of racist white flight and crooked crony government, not progressive politics.
Our government has been pretty progressive since the beginning. Democracy. Increasing suffrage. Abolition of slavery. Federal subsidy of railroads. Construction of canals, bridges, highways, airports. Public education. Space exploration. The government provides the infrastructure, equal opportunity, and rule of law businesses need to thrive.
More recently it created the Internet. Look how many companies are thriving because of that.
We are not sliding downhill. Our pro-democracy and free trade policies are helping the world catch up, which is a good thing for humanity.
Preventive health care does lessen costs. That's why my insurance company presses me to have checkups.
Yes of course mentally handicapped people are people, as I said above: "Mentally handicapped people are not mindless, just different."
A person dies when the mind dies; they are brain dead even if the heart keeps beating. Human cells can reproduce indefinitely in a petri dish, but that's hardly a person.
Mentally handicapped people are not mindless, just different. From some of us.
While he is a politician, Obama is neither sinister nor clever enough to do all that. He is too much of an accommodationist, which limits his effectiveness.
For example, Obamacare is needlessly complicated because it is modeled after a Republican plan and contains countless compromises with Republicans, such as not allowing young people to sign up for a public health option (must be private insurance). For political reasons the Republicans will never be satisfied with it though.
Obama did put his foot down and wouldn't allow the right wing or the Catholic Church to strip reproductive health care completely from the plan. But there is an option for those who don't want it.
As for not having insurance, that's just selfish. You are just begging to be subsidized when you have your first health crisis. Most people do sooner or later, and it's usually worse if they have no access to preventive care.
It's amazing how liberal Atlanta and our other growth centers are. New York, San Francisco, Chicago. Maybe that's because progressive policies enable people to contribute to society, whereas conservative policies keep them down and without opportunity. The private sector benefits from workers and entrepreneurs who have had great educations, clean environments, good health, and aren't held back by prejudice or class, and from smart government investment in airports and other infrastructure.
Benefits to working people amount to a subsidy for big business, because it allows them to pay lower wages. We should hike the minimum wage and not give EBT or welfare to the employed. If we lower taxes using the money we save, the net effect on the economy will be positive (better efficiency), and the distortion of big government subsidies on our economy (helping retailers and hurting manufacturers) will be reduced. Raising minimum wage doesn't grow unemployment in a linear fashion - because it also puts money in the pockets of consumers. Raising it too much would be bad of course.
The poor will always be a burden. We should minimize poverty by investing in education, providing opportunity, raising the minimum wage to make work more attractive and respected, making health care available and affordable for all, and by supporting reproductive choice so women aren't trapped in the poverty cycle.