Now that the city of Detroit declared that it was bankrupt ("Why Baltimore is not Detroit," July 21), let's take a look what are the main causes of this mess.

Detroit had been governed for at least the past 20 years exclusively by Democrats. Not a single Republican has held an elected position there for the last two decades.

The Democratic city leaders over-spent their operating budget repeatedly, excessively and certainly not carefully, which resulted in eventual collapse of all services and promises to the residents of this once prosperous city.

Now this is what is gradually happening on the national level under Democratic control with unsuccessful management, wasteful stimulus, undisciplined, out-of-control spending in excess of what the taxes brought in.

Now remember President Barack Obama who said that he was going to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. Do we see any outrage about any of these shenanigans from the liberal-loving media? Of course not. This is what may eventually happen, if we do not change course, to our entire country.

Al Eisner, Silver Spring