The U.S. shows a front of business as usual yet it too is facing an economic crisis. The money spent in the U.S.A. on politics, spin, propaganda, interference overseas and more gives an impression of prosperity. Like many other western countries there is still wealth but now there are less people feeling any benefit.
Detroit is the largest city in Michigan, in the U.S. Once known as the world's traditional automotive center the city has fallen on hard times. Gone is the busy manufacturing hub that was once Detroit. Look at wikipedia online and you will see Detroit was a vibrant city with an impressive history, but sadly its future does not look so bright.
The United States faced a fiscal cliff, in early 2013, but Detroit is facing its own financial crisis. Kevyn Orr, an emergency financial manager, has been appointed on a temporary contract to turn the city's finances around. He faces a huge task. According to Sky News: "The city is struggling beneath a $327m (£217m) budget deficit and more than $14bn (£9.3bn) in long-term debt. Unemployment is twice the national average, and a quarter of a million people have left the city in the last decade. Its population has halved since its heyday in the 1950s, and it has the highest crime rate in the US. The city is being hollowed out, block by block. The decay and disintegration spreads over miles, but begins just a few streets from the city centre."
The city faces bankruptcy unless Mr Orr can turn the situation around. Many cities in western countries have run-down and dilapidated buildings but the extent of the problem in Detroit has led to its nickname of "Baby Iraq".
Home to Ford and the early car industry Detroit was a living example of the American Dream. Not any more. It now portrays the American nightmare. Locals report that the city has declined in the last year or two with schools and buildings closing and vandalised.
As crime increases and locals feel less safe many are leaving the city for good. Time to move on, for those that can. Detroit's problems simply increase as those with incomes leave the area.
Kevin Orr has limited time to change the finances of Detroit around. If he fails Detorit will go bankrupt. Will it be the only city in the doldrums? Surely it is time American politicians addressed troubles at home instead of spending large fortunes around the world, basically warmongering.