FUDU wrote:It might be more than voting patterns, but not a whole lot more, when you get down to the nitty gritty of what is behind the "voting patterns". Most times everything comes down to a very inherent nature or level of accountability in an individual when looking at voting patterns. Most things in political debate breakdown to an almost sub atomic level of personal responsibility and how it is viewed, accepted, excused or held accountable.
I'm not gonna sit here and say our system is so objective and flawless that nothing can stop the will of the people, b/c a significant level of corruptness most certainly can IMO.
How's this; Detroit's problems are far bigger than Detroit. In many ways, they have nothing to do with Detroit. They are but the biggest example. They aren't even the canary in the coalmine as is made out.
I am not saying anything counter to personal responsibility. I am advocating it if you read my posts. But it is a two way street. Not just incumbent upon the working class to follow. Where is the "personal accountability" of the McDonald's CEO making $ 8.4 million/ year putting out a chart showing the working poor how to balance a budget with a 2nd job so they can work 60 hours / week at two jobs to barely get by? What does that do to the family structure the right cherishes? Who is there to make sure the kids do their homework or are in safe environments?
You can't stack the deck so one sided to set up millions for failure and then yell "SEE! They aren't following our rules!" while living like pigs at a trough.
Why wouldn't those folks vote Democratic? Hell, why would they even vote at all instead of sell drugs? The whole concept of market rationale is that people will act in their self-interest. I believe in most market-based principles.
Detroit is the chickens coming home to roost of the great American capital class/working class social contract that created the greatest economy and standard of living in the world began to be violated in the early 80's. Now it's but a topic of derision, not even lamented.