Wednesday, November 10, 2010

To live and die in Detroit

The current Mother Jones cover story — What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones? —is a sad account of the myriad ways in which Detroit is falling apart (has fallen apart?) not just physically, but also in terms of its public sector: judiciary, education system, police, fire department, etc.

Of course money alone will not fix these problems, nor will simply hiring more public employees. Still, stories like this cast a disturbing light on the current debate about allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for the richest x% of the U.S. population. Why is empathy in such short supply?

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