Detroit is dieing because of a few things. Since "anonymous" challenged my "critical reasoning" skills I figured I really ought to shed some light on the situation. The major cause of Detroit's woes are,
The United Auto Workers union.
Bad business decisions by the Big Three.
Democrat management creating an unhealthy business environment.
The UAW story is well known. Ever increasing benefits and pay, even demanding "job banking" to force the Big Three to hire people to sweep the floor at 53 dollars an hour.
The bad business decisions by the Big Three included, stock buyback campaigns to stuff the pockets of executives, failure to increase quality control standards to meet the Japanese threat, and failure to embrace efficiency.
The Democrats in charge of the city, well they may not be totally to blame as the state of Michigan has not done well in the rankings of business friendly states. In 2004 Michigan even beat out California for the state most hostile to business. But is there anyway to turn Michigan and Detroit around and create the growth of Texas or Utah? Not with Democrats in charge.
Which is a good thing that Michigan's Legislature is controlled by Republicans. Since 2004 a large number of business hostile taxes have been rolled back and current ratings put Michigan at #17 out of 50. This is good news for Michiganders (and bad news for Democrats who have had their anti-business policies largely gutted). But no matter what the State does, it can't control the Big Three, or undo decades of poor decisions.
Bottom line is that once it became unprofitable to work out of Detroit manufacturing left, market forces will not be denied. Who is to blame for that? Largely unions and Democrats. Because even though Ford, GMC, and Chrysler made poor business decisions, they had to leave to maintain some sort of profitability.