Perhaps a sign of things to come in other major cities across the U.S. struggling with their own budgets. The cuts and austerity measures have apparently been so severe in Detroit that the city has been deemed unsafe for visitors… as warned by their own police department! The police themselves are passing out flyers and warning people to stay out for their own safety. That’s when you know it’s bad…
“Detroit is America’s most violent city, its homicide rate is the highest in the country and yet the Detroit Police Department is grossly understaffed,” said a Detroit Police Officer Association (DPOA) attorney to CBS Detroit news radio station WWJ-950. “The DPOA believes that there is a war in Detroit, but there should be a war on crime, not a war on its officers.”
Detroit has lost 1,000 police officers in 10 years. Those who are left are working 12-hour shifts. “These police officers are beyond demoralized, these officers are leaving hand over fist because they can no longer afford to stay on the department and protect the public,” he said (DPOA attorney).
The results have left Detroit with an explosion in violent crime and war like conditions as the State treasurer continues to De-fund countermeasures.
This one example illustrates one of the side effects of government grasping at ways to deal with their budgets. The thing is, only the Federal government can print money when they don’t have enough. State and local governments cannot. Therefore, austerity measures become one of the only ways to deal with this (apart from raising state and local taxes).
When austerity is applied to the government sector which ‘protects’ us, it leaves people to fend for themselves while enabling the criminal element to move and operate more freely among us. That’s just the way it is. Sure, some cities are probably more vulnerable to violent uprising than others, but given a major collapse, even the nicest among us can turn violent. If and when it all hits the fan, how will you handle it? (the lack of external protection)
Things in Detroit are bad. Real bad. It seems that austerity doesn’t go over too well. We’re in for some tough times ahead, indeed…