As Detroit sinks into bankruptcy, its residents are condemning the decrease in goods and services provided by the city and wondering what happened.

What happened to Detroit is happening to many of our major cities. Democratic politicians established numerous government give- away programs that the poor citizens have come to expect and demand while the wealthier citizens are resenting having to pay for. As the wealthy move out, the urban tax bases disintegrate and the governments can no longer afford to provide the existing level of benefits.

The remaining citizenry is left in a quandary – there is no longer a wealthier class to pay for all the freebies, and as a result, they are experiencing high crime areas, lack of educational achievement, high welfare costs, a higher percentage of unwed mothers and a myriad of other social problems. Short of receiving outside financial aid from the state or federal governments, the only way that Detroit can extricate itself from this mess is to enter bankruptcy to get out from under its massive debt and provide no benefits to its citizens that it can no longer afford.

Those citizens will not accept this solution and will vote for politicians who will promise to maintain the existing level of benefits without considering how to pay for them. Detroit is not the first city to go bankrupt, but it is the largest so far. What is behind this economic crisis in a city that not too long ago was an economic powerhouse? And what is causing these other cities to get into financial trouble?

All of these cities are governed by politicians who promise the public more than they can deliver, just to insure their re-election. Of course, the citizens like receiving this largesse and have come to expect and demand it. They also continue to re-elect these politicians. The one common denominator that they have a government controlled by tax and spend Democrats. Look at Democrat controlled cities and states, and also the federal government, and you will find deep financial difficulties.

The haves are tired of supporting those have nots who prefer to let others (the government) support them. As a result, those who can afford to move away from these areas, abandoning thousands of apartment buildings, factories and commercial properties that once paid property taxes to finance municipal governments. Without a large tax base to support their largesse, these cities can no longer afford to maintain existing spending levels. Yet, their remaining residents refuse to accept a lower level of government support. As a result, these cities are dying.

David J. Didimamoff