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Striking Hiroshima vs. Detroit Comparison Proves Failures of Liberalism

What’s more dangerous for the long-term health of a city – bombing, or liberalism?

A meme poses that question – pointing out that Hiroshima was literally nuked as Detroit approached its peak. By 1960, Detroit would have the highest per-capita income in the country, before everything came crashing down. No one predicting the trajectories of both cities’ futures in 1945 would picture Detroit as the wasteland it is today, and Hiroshima the flourishing city it is today.

Of course, to only mention Detroit would discount all the other poor American cities that have been driven into the ground following decades of liberal mismanagement. All the cities below rank among the poorest U.S. cities and they all have one thing in common:

  • Detroit, with a poverty rate of over 40%, hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1957.
  • Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1927
  • St. Louis hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1949
  • Philadelphia hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1952
  • Baltimore and Oakland hasn’t had Republican mayors since the 1960s
  • Newark hasn’t had a Republican mayor in over a century

But that’s just the cities – what about at the state level? A study by the non-profit group Truth in Accounting looked at the public financing and debt burdens of all fifty states, which have a total of $1.5 trillion in long-term debt, and found that Red states do a much better job than Blue states at managing it. (RELATED: Study: Red States Run 10 Times Better Than Blue States).

To summarize:

  • In the Blue States, there is an average of $22,214 in unfunded debt. In the Red States, that taxpayer burden is only $1,473.
  • In States where power is split, the average is $14,963
  • The five best states, along with their “surplus” per taxpayer are: Alaska, +$38,200, North Dakota, +$24,000, Wyoming, +$20,500, Utah, +$4,600, Nebraska, +$2,600.
  • The five worst states, along with their debt per taxpayer are New Jersey, -$67,200, Illinois, -$50,400, Connecticut, -$49,500 Kentucky, -$39,000 Massachusetts, -$32,900.

Would you prefer to live in a Red or a Blue state? Share your thoughts with us below! 

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Matt

Matt is the co-founder of Unbiased America and a freelance writer specializing in economics and politics. He’s been published in The American Thinker, Rare, The Foundation for Economic Education, The Ludwig von Mises Institute, and National Review. He is the author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left. Follow him on Twitter at @MattPalumbo12.

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