From Let Detroit Fail by Kevin D. Williamson:
On Mr. Dillon’s point, the sobering fact is that Detroit has been utterly destroyed by utterly conventional politics common to most U.S. cities but by no means limited to urban government: The politics of Detroit consist of cultivating and exploiting public dependency in order to justify massive wealth transfers from taxpayers to the political class, its dependents, and its favorites in the private sector. In Detroit, the aggrandizement of the public sector is fortified by a very nasty strain of racial resentment. Which is to say, the politics of Detroit are a lot like the politics of the Obama administration with a good head start and no Ivy League compunction about putting identity politics front and center. With apologies to Lord Keynes: In the long run, we are all Detroit.
Detroit has just gone through one of its periodic episodes of promising to save itself. Michigan’s Republican governor, Rick Snyder, has announced a “financial-stability agreement” by which a nine-member advisory board will be entrusted with seeing to it that the City of Detroit amends its wicked ways. If you have ever known a junkie, you know how this story ends: Promises are made, and sometimes even kept for a while, but sooner or later the needle goes back into the arm, because the seldom-spoken truth is that a junkie wants to be a junkie. And Detroit wants to be Detroit.