President Barack Obama proposed giving Colombia about $323 million in aid next year, mostly to combat drug trafficking and violence. Detroit, with an 81 percent higher homicide rate, will get $108.2 million.In linking to the above article, a forum poster asked "What does Colombia and Detroit have to do with each other??"
As Michigan’s largest city entered a record $18 billion municipal bankruptcy on July 18, the message from Congress and the White House was that no new money would be forthcoming.
Well, other than the fact that a significant percentage of federal aid money that goes to Detroit probably eventually ends up in Colombia anyway, there are some other similarities:
- They're both corrupt autocracies that are sinkholes for U.S. tax dollars?
- Their declines were both accelerated by governmental meddling in a free market?
- They're both hosts to simmering low-level guerrilla conflicts?