Monday, July 29, 2013

Detroit Is A Cultural Problem

George Will diagnoses the real problem with Detroit, and gives us yet more evidence that he’s ready to be put out to pasture. 
But Will argued that federal assistance “can’t solve the problems, because their problems are cultural.”

“You have a city, 139 square miles, you can graze cattle in vast portions of it, dangerous herds of feral dogs roam in there,” he opined. “Three percent of fourth graders reading at the national math standards, 47 percent of Detroit residents are functionally illiterate, 79 percent of Detroit children are born to unmarried mothers.”

“They don’t have a fiscal problem, Steve, they have a cultural collapse,” Will added.
Exactly! I mean, it’s pretty obvious that single mothers and fourth graders who can’t pass math tests caused this:

Will is right about one thing, though. Money alone can’t solve cultural problems, nor can it drive feral dogs away. Just look at Wall Street.

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