Hiroshima and Detroit: The Damage Democrats Do to the Poor Lasts Longer Than a Nuclear Bomb

What happened to the radiation that lasts thousands of years?


We all know that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed in August 1945 after the explosion of atomic bombs. However, we know little about the progress made by the people of that land during the past 65 years.



What has caused more long term destruction – the A-bomb, or Government welfare programs created to buy the votes of those who want someone to take care of them?

Japan does not have a welfare system. Work for it or do without.

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

  • juliannewiley

    True that.

    • tim

      word smoke weed

    • xxxx

      First foto is not Detroit !!!!

  • mike crenshaw


    The pictures are not of Hiroshima or Nagasaki, but of Yokohama.

  • SoCalMike

    Actually I think there are pictures of both Hiroshima and Yokohama but the point is clear.
    The damage done by the Left during peace dwarfs the damage done during war.
    The socialist/central planner types should have been wiped from the realm of rational discourse in 1989 but they instead have metastasized to a point of critical mass now endangering not only the Golden Goose of the Global Economy, the US Economy, with their endless plunder, but far more dangerous in foreign policy they are recklessly appeasing, bribing and selling the Free World out to the very nasty elements they should be opposing and fighting.
    The Left is poisonous.

    • Laurie

      Uh, no. These are pictures of YOKOHAMA. 420 miles away from where the bomb went off. No radiation? Of course not, the city shown was never nuked in the first place. You just have to love the Right; can't sell your story with the truth? Fine then, just LIE. Take pictures of a modern city that was never nuked at all and call it the rebuild of a city that is in another part of the country. That'll do it.

      As for Detroit, inhabited since 1701, if you want to know what happened there you might try this timeline, which shows that after doubling in size to provide labor for the auto industry, the city lost all of that growth a few decades later during the race riots of the civil rights era, when most of the middle class fled the city among with most businesses, causing a collapse of the tax base. The city lost 215,000 people in four years between 1966 and 1969. That's 1/8 of the population in FOUR years. They are actually just barely starting to rebound now, 50 years of more after all the industrial and manufacturing jobs disappeared.

  • Walter Knight

    You mean the people of Detroit aren't getting all the free stuff they were promised?

  • So insensitive

    David, you are still a liberal at heart. How do I know? Because you don't even mention that most of Detroit's destruction is caused by the low-IQ, dysfunctional black population. It's a lot safer to blame it on Democrats and welfare policies, isn't it? If only the government would stop sending checks and EBT cards, Detroit would be like Hiroshima today! You are either in denial or, as I suspect, you understand racial differences perfectly well but are too cowardly to mention it — someone might call you a racist!

    • https://www.facebook.com/flynn.mcmahon Flynn McMahon

      I don't think the low IQ explains everything because there are almost as many whites with low IQs as blacks simply because the statistical analysis and the total population strongly suggest it. There is a socio/political/cultural factor here that goes beyond IQ.

    • mlcblog

      It's the govt handouts not people that creates this devastation.

      • Richard Friedman

        I think you all have it wrong.Here I am a 79 year old,Korean war veteran.My son was in the Marines in Afg. and Iraq.I say this to you,to explain where my family values are.
        Think about what would have happened if we did not drop the A bomb in Japan.How many American's would have died trying to end the WWII.Who started the war?How many of our comrades died in the course of battles.
        I am against war.i have alway's said , old men start wars and the young die.When will we all learn that we humans cause more damage to the hunan race than animals do,to there own.When will we learn???? I love you all….POPS

      • codivergirl

        Ummm, mlcblog…who do you think votes for the handouts??? It certainly IS the people. The human race is our own worst enemy! If everyone were Conservative and/or Libertarians, then we wouldn't be in the mess we are in today.

        • mlcblog

          It seems we agree, then.

    • Bob


    • John Q Public

      A bit racist, eh???

  • mlcblog

    Fine. It is more complicated than just too much welfare. War is terrible, too.

    …and don't give up yet!! My most devastated spots in my life are turning out to be the most glorious ones now.

    Actually, I was replying to Flynn, just above me.

  • cynthia curran

    Well, that;'s true. about David not mentioning the failures of blacks or Hispanics. Republicans like to talk about how great Texas is doing but the border area which is mainly Hispanic is one of the poorest parts of the US. Texas policies work great for most white people that don't have to compete against immigrants constantly and while Perry is a little better than Obama he isn't giving them amnesty he still allow thousands of low skilled workers in his state to do those low skilled jobs and still their poverty rate is much higher than the native born. Tax cuts and less regulation doesn't helped if the people tend to be low skilled and the low skilled are growing.

  • Bob

    The same can be said about Cleveland.A once Industrial power-house is , for the most part , a ghetto now!

  • knobert

    ok well does any one now where I can find a good school in detroit to send my child…..or where the nearest heroin house is so I can get a fix.

  • bwdave

    Interesting concept, but I'm not sure Detroit looked much better before the war.

  • jen

    Notice… all the pictures of Hiroshima are at night with the city lights! Detroit looks just as beautiful at night but all the Detroit pictures are in the day time and of single houses not the big beautiful buildings downtown. Google Detroit and you will see how beautiful it looks at night as well! There are only a few of Hiroshima… the others are of Yokohama. This is just a bunch of crap to talk about our government! If you people don't like the US government and how our country is being run… GET OUT! Go live somewhere else. It is ridiculous!

    • beeman

      We don't have to get out, but it our duty to carry out justice and lift up our brothers,not enslave them,people
      Are just like the bears in the park, if you feed them you will destroy them because they get use to it, and will no longer fend for themselves, its not about me or you being right, but about what is right. Have a blessed day. Beeman

    • Libertarian – Logicman

      We would love to “GET OUT” here in Texas, but your socialist leaders and their agenda do not want to lose our productivity and wealth. You want to keep us involved with your California and New York voting tendencies so that you have someone to pay for the handouts you vote for yourselves. Inside a free market where everyone has to work, a population will flourish. Inside a Keynesian, socialistic mess like we (read YOU) have voted into place here, you will find recession and/or stagnation.

      Our government needs to be “talked about”!!!

  • adi

    first pick from detroit is from warsaw not detroit *

  • Johnny Toothpick

    From Wikipedia:
    Social welfare, assistance for the ill or otherwise disabled and for the old, has long been provided in Japan by both the government and private companies. Beginning in the 1920s, the government enacted a series of welfare programs, based mainly on European models, to provide medical care and financial support. During the postwar period, a comprehensive system of social security was gradually established.[1][2] Government expenditures for all forms of social welfare increased from 6% of the national income in the early 1970s, to 18% in 1989. The mixture of public and private funding have created complex pension and insurance systems.

    • Mathew

      In Japan social welfare has a synonym, it is "family".

  • Jeff Travers

    Check out McKeesport,Pa!It's a disaster today. Grew up ther. Really sad to see a city collapse.

  • Lisa M

    It isn't welfare that killed Detroit, it was the leaders of their one and only industry, automotive, that rested on their laurels and let the Japanese automotive industry (some of it based in Hiroshima) pass them. I mean seriously, who bought American cars from the 70s onwards? Everyone bought Japanese as they were better quality and looked better. That wasn't the fault of Detroit residents who are still trapped there; it was the fault of the US automotive industry leaders who all left town soon as they could.

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  • The Antichrist

    You know it's bad when they film I Am Legend in a place that looks just like that, or maybe they filmed it there….

  • Mathew

    1. Politics aside, this is a brilliant photo comparison, unfortunately that is where the brilliance ends

    2. Lets not let history get in the way of blaming welfare or one or another political position for the demise of Detroit:

    a. The U.S. sent William Edwards Deming ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Edwards_Deming) to Japan in the 1950's to teach their automobile industry cutting edge manufacturing techniques…such as TQM (total quality management), JIT (just in time) under the title "Plan Do, Check". Since Japan was building from the ground up (since we leveled everything), they had the opportunity to use the cutting edge management and manufacturing techniques to begin the process of world domination of the automotive industry.

    b. In the 1940's/1950's/1960's/1970's…. The American automotive industry stayed focused on building cars that America cherished…. GIANT & gas guzzling. GM, Ford lead the world at that time, but was not focused on the future wants and needs of the world for smaller, fuel efficient, cheaper cars. The American car manufactures should have "got a clue" as to what was to come when in 1969 the Datsun 240Z landed in the U.S. A light, nimble and cheap …. sporty everyday car with the stamp "Made in Japan" was applauded and bought by Americans (622,649 by 1978…which includes the 240 and 260Z). Datsun changed its name to Nissan when it became a global force in the automotive industry.

    c. It is easy to blame programs (such as welfare) or the politicians of ones choosing for what happened in Japan for the past 67 years and the rise of Japan to being the 3rd LARGEST economy in the world.in 2013,. I recommend understanding the impact of "free trade" which allowed Japan to export their superior products to the U.S. By the way, the "Free Trade" concept is also the reason that you now see "Made in China" or "made in India" or "made in Vietnam" or "made in XXX" instead of "Made in the U.S.A" on the majority of items purchased by Americans. Oh and if you go to an AMC theater to see a flick, you now are helping a Chinese company, since they own AMC Theaters, oh and if you buy a Leveno computer same thing. "Free Trade" was sold to Americans, as beneficial to all citizens, since if we made foreign nations stronger by buying their goods, they would naturally reciprocate and buy our goods since they would have more income and wealth…since we bought their products.

    Our economic troubles has to do with the trade policies of the past 67 years, and the gullibility of the American public which caused them to believe the policies would benefit them. Ooooops, it is continuing today. As far as what happened to all that Radiation that was left behind in Nagasaki, it is leaving Japan as a small rock inside each bumper of the Japanese cars bought in America.

  • Harald Gruber

    I am fascinated by something like this triggering talk about pictures and other details, racism, etc. The bottom line of any situation like this is greed, ego and power. i.e. in our government today, not one of our politicians or leaders would would step up and say, "I am one of the rich people that should share their wealth." They scramble, work and otherwise do what they can to get rich through milking our political system.

    In Detroit the problems have been grown by the corruption of the city government and the auto industry leaders looking out for themselves and not being concerned about anyone but themselves. The sad thing is that even in the unions, which are there to help the laborers, the bottom line is the union leaders being rich and growing in self-aggrandizement.

    We have created the problems we have. i.e. there are families in our community who are fed by food stamps, for the third generation. They have no motivation or incentive to not be fed by the government handout. Some of these people have as much as $800 in their food stamp account. That is about half a year of groceries for me, and I work 50-60 hours a week to be able to afford that.

    If I can get rich, have power and be seen as someone of great importance by manipulating others into providing for those that have nothing, while I look like their advocate, and just accumulate wealth, will I not do that if I do not have ethical or moral standards to govern my outlook and behavior?

  • markus

    you are a near sighted idot

  • Guest

    Whereas it took Democrats a half century to CHANGE Detroit from the world’s high-tech leader to Third World hell hole, Obama’s on track to do the same to the whole nation in eight years.

    Q: “How did you go broke?”
    A: “Two ways. Slowly, and then quickly.”

    — Hemingway, “The Sun Also Rises”

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  • Samboblakk

    I will give a dollar to anyone who can show me a city/country/state run by negroes that is prosperous.

    • sunnysideup12

      We must be one on the blue marble !

      • sunnysideup12

        We all are important

    • Jerry O’Neal

      I don’t know if you are right or wrong, but I do know one thing, you are racist and stupid. I would not bet that there are not successful black towns and cities, but if they are not, it is not because of their race, or color, it would be their political beliefs, I can see liberals failing, look at CA, it was run by a white Republican, actually a RINO, and now a idiot, also white, but another liberal.

      • Samboblakk

        Still waiting. Got a crisp bill sitting right here next to my computer.

        • Cheryl Lynn

          Barbados. Put the bill in the Ronald McDonald donation box Sam.

          • Jules

            Barbados is a commonwealth governed by England… Try again.

          • mrpoohead

            Barbados has been its own country since 1966. The “Commonwealth” is merely a club of past members of the Empire that was. Unlike America, the UK continues to be friends with people they once lorded it over. Thus one would assume they weren’t that bad as governors – I believe they are all (former members) part of the club, except the US of course. Having travelled through many of them I found it refreshing to be English and warmly welcomed – whereas most everyone detests Americans.

            C’est la vie!

      • John

        The current “idiot” ruining, opps running California is at it for the 2nd time, which begs the question “who is the bigger fool, the fool himself, or the fools that elected him? California and other states or cities that keep making the same mistakes deserves what they get. “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me” Chinese proverb

  • Ken

    1 hood rat = 1 Ton of TNT 50,000 hood rats = 50 kilotons

  • William Stoneman

    I remember Detroit being one of the greatest cities in the world.

  • ruphi

    What a load of crap! It’s the Republicans in your county that drive it to ruins by legislating the wealthy in to even more wealth. What ever happened to sharing? I think it’s a disgrace that in this day and age people still think along racist lines like the reaction of ‘Samboblakk’ illustrates all to well. It is this mindset that drives people to hatred and eventually to war… over and over again. Just stop
    it! The only way to live, is to live together.

    • John Pryce

      Detroit hasn’t had a Republican mayor in 60-odd years. The last time they had one was the last time their budget was balanced. Not every city run by liberals is in ruins, true, but none of the ones that have been majority-conservative are.
      As for Samboblakk… His comment is frankly stupid and probably at least partially racist. HOWEVER:
      It is also true that many black mayors and city council members in urban areas run racially-charged campaigns. It’s also true that they cry “racism!” each and every time their bad policies are criticized. So the reason cities headed by blacks are so badly off isn’t because blacks aren’t capable (because they certainly are; I’d be voting for Thomas Sowell for president in ’16 if he were running), it’s because of black solidarity.
      In most white communities, violent criminals who are not somehow related to Leftist causes are almost universally rejected by said communities, and no one other than their families puts up a fight when they are held accountable for their actions. In the same way and for the same reason, white politicians who do poorly are removed by white voters, and usually even their supporters don’t put up much of a fight if they’ve been charged with violent crimes.
      Among blacks, however, the picture changes. Any number of black politicians and political activists who advocate for bad-stupid-and/or-racist policies do everything in their power to stoke racial divisiveness against their critics as a means of hanging on to power. And thus we have the spectacle of men like Al Sharpton, Louis Farrahkan and David Dinkins being warmly embraced by significant parts of the black community.
      Racial solidarity is not inevitable of course. When the Chinese began immigrating to the US in the early 20th century, they went out of their way to root out and present for prosecution the criminals in their midst. Chinese political candidates who advocated for solidarity were summarily rejected by their own ethnic communities precisely on the grounds that embracing criminals amongst them would bring the best of them down for the sake of whitewashing the sins of the worst of them.
      So when Al Sharpton is finally held accountable for the riot he deliberately instigated (with the mob shouting “Kill the Jew!” as they murdered a Jewish student they happened upon), and for all of his other crimes – held accountable, and properly punished, by his own community – then we will have a healing of racial tensions.
      But until people like me are no longer denounced as racist for holding blacks to the exact same standards that I hold myself, or anyone else I might meet, to, then the racial tension will continue. And the problems of the black community will continue to be self-caused; a product of electing and re-electing (and of supporting) evil and opportunistic people who parasitically feed on those they are responsible for and then use those same people as a shield against their critics.

      • cdbitts

        Well stated, based on facts instead of emotion.

        • John Pryce

          Thank you. I understand fully why people might get the impression that blacks fail at civil leadership, but what they fail to realize is that most failed and corrupt black leaders have something else in common besides their race: they are invariably Leftists. No one on the Left ever mentions or embraces genuinely successful blacks, because their success is usually had by embracing so-called “white” values. Because of this, many of the low-information types otherwise on the political right don’t know that they exist at all.

      • Samboblakk

        Frankly stupid? Why, because I’m frankly correct?

    • Steve Gregg

      The wealthy in America earned their money. They also pay the bulk of the taxes. That more than satisfies lefty crap about sharing. Detroit died largely because of racist thinking, particularly the race riots which drove all the decent people, white and black, out of town.

      • mrpoohead

        I think you’ll find it’s the folk in the middle pay the taxes – those folk at the top are way to shifty.

    • PoodaChuts

      Sharing should be a choice and never anything else.


    sooo many fallacies with this piece, but the one that leaps out is when you try to use that tired old “.,,,legislating the wealthy out of prosperity” bs. Michigan has received more corporate subsidies than any other state over the past 30 years. When is that trickle down supposed to start?

    And there is a very strong welfare system in Japan. Misleading liar.

    • Steve Gregg

      If you don’t tax them more, that is not a subsidy. When you let creative organizations keep some of the money they earned, you are not giving it to them.

  • Bob Parker

    So Japan has actually put money into their infrastructure, which has allowed a city to prosper – a city that has incredible significance to the country after it was bombed by the USA.

    Detroit has been crunched under the heal of the huge industrial interests for nearly a century, regardless of which party has been in power politically. In addition, the people who live there are completely indifferent to downright hostile to the concept of caring for their home, keeping it clean, maintaining buildings and streets, etc.

    The problems are not the result of Left vs Right, Democrat vs Republican. They are the result of the ongoing conflict between the obscenely rich mega-corporations and the common working stiff. The auto industry vs the unions, those who have against those who have not.

    This whole article, though, is a classic example of Republican/Conservative propaganda, drawing on two completely unrelated things to reach conclusions that were pre-ordained.

  • Palatinus

    Yes, Hiroshima has been rebuilt. However, the beautiful, modern city in your photos is Yokohama.

  • mrpoohead

    Complete crap- Japan has a far more liberal welfare system than the US. Their industry more social responsibility.
    Capitalism got you where you are- stupid greed! Suck it up!

    • Macon Sense


      • mrpoohead

        Kiss me big boy- truth hurts!

        • Macon Sense

          Capitalism has lifted more out of poverty and given more wealth to more people than any other economic system. Why do liberholes lie?

          • mrpoohead

            What a pile of garbage – greed is greed! Potatoes, potaaatoes.

          • mrpoohead

            …………………….but it was okay to rescue the bankers with Marxism? I am no leftie, have my own business, but I really detest dimwit comments by folk with no ‘sense’. EPAD

  • ylekiote63

    Maybe the CIA should drop an atomic bomb on Detroit. They could say a terrorist movement was responsible, and then in 67 years Detroit will be beautiful and economically stable.

    • PoodaChuts