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    I was watching NBC Nightly News tonight and heard something interesting. Brian Williams flatly stated that Philadelphia has posted the greatest population decline of any large city in the nation.

    That's all that was said. No reasons given as to why. No speculation offered whatsoever.

    Knowing the liberal bias of the media, I decided to do a little exploring.

    Could it have anything to do with the following?

    From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philade..._and_elections

    • As of November 2007, there are 992,696 registered voters in Philadelphia.[53]
    • The city is now one of the most Democratic in the country, despite the frequent election of Republicans to statewide offices
    • Philadelphia once comprised six congressional districts. However, as a result of the city's declining population, it now has only four
    • no Republican has represented a significant portion of Philadelphia since 1983
    • The Philadelphia Housing Authority is the largest landlord in the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
    Presidential election results:
    Year Republican Democratic
    2004 19.3% 130,099 80.4% 542,205
    2000 18.0% 100,959 80.0% 449,182
    1996 16.0% 85,345 77.5% 412,988
    1992 20.9% 133,328 68.2% 434,904
    1988 32.5% 219,053 66.6% 449,566
    1984 34.6% 267,178 64.9% 501,369
    1980 34.0% 244,108 58.7% 421,253
    1976 32.0% 239,000 66.3% 494,579
    1972 43.4% 340,096 55.1% 431,736
    1968 30.0% 254,153 61.8% 525,768
    1964 26.2% 239,733 73.4% 670,645
    1960 31.8% 291,000 68.0% 622,544
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    Looks like the smart people are moving out.
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    In actual dollars, President Obama’s $4.4 trillion in deficit spending in just three years is 37 percent higher than the previous record of $3.2 trillion (held by President George W. Bush) in deficit spending for an entire presidency. It’s no small feat to demolish an 8-year record in just 3 years.

    Under Obama’s own projections, interest payments on the debt are on course to triple from 2010 (his first budgetary year) to 2018, climbing from $196 billion to $685 billion annually.
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    Very interesting statistics. There was an article in our local liberal rag today about how the population of STL has declined. It's the same situation, no Republicans elected in the city, with all the office holders Democrats.

    And the people are moving out to the suburbs. I think you made an astute observation, Jeskibuff.
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    It's pretty predictable...whenever news anchors report a story, they usually inject their opinion into it. Soon after the 2006 elections, they were quick to decide that the Republican defeat was a referendum against the Iraq war. There wasn't any science behind that, but they repeated it often enough so that people believed it was true.

    Another favorite of mine was their insistence that John McCain's "low showings in the polls" last year was all because of his stance on the war (which was very close to GWB's). Then Fred Thompson's numbers went through the roof, before he even announced his candidacy. The media never bothered to reconcile their theory. If Thompson's views of the war closely mirrored McCain's, wouldn't an angry public have the same effect on his numbers?

    The point is, I always anticipate the liberal media's attempts to make us believe the way they want us to believe. They rarely JUST report the news. But here was the Philadelphia story...just raw news...presented so matter-of-factly. It just REEKED of something! They're not in the habit of just telling us what happened without telling us how we should interpret it.

    The exodus out of Philadelphia is curious. The city is rich with history and some great neighborhoods, at least it was at the last time I visited it. Too bad its 'Rat infestation is so bad. I'm sure there are many factors at work, but 'Rat policies have a long history of chasing jobs and good people out of towns. Conversely, a man like Giuliani almost single-handedly transformed NYC neighborhoods from the decay caused by decades of Democratic "leadership".

    I think we all need to pitch in and send our friend PhillyGirl a year's supply of D-Con!
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    Wow, Detroit must have slipped to number 2 on that list, too.

    I'm not sure if we are the murder capital this year, or someone else is. That seems to be different every year, with Detroit being number one every few years or so.
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    I put the blame of the decline in conservative populations in both Phili and STL squarely where it belongs... at the feet of the Eagles and the Rams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlaGator View Post
    I put the blame of the decline in conservative populations in both Phili and STL squarely where it belongs... at the feet of the Eagles and the Rams.
    That's a viable theory, but as with most cities run by Democrats, the decline in the quality of life tends to be the defining issue. For example:

    Crime:
    Out of the ten most populous cities in the United States in 2006, Philadelphia had the highest homicide rate at 28 per 100,000 people, though the number of murders decreased to 392 in 2007.[55]

    In 2004, there were 5,513.5 crimes per 100,000 people in Philadelphia. In 2005, Philadelphia was ranked by Morgan Quitno as the sixth-most dangerous among 32 American cities with populations over 500,000. Among its neighboring Mid-Atlantic cities in the same population group, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. were ranked second- and third-most dangerous cities in the United States, respectively, and Camden, New Jersey, a suburb across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, was ranked as the most dangerous city in the United States. (Wikipedia.org)
    Taxes:
    Rank City, State State and Local Taxes Percent of $75,000 income
    Income Property Sales Auto Total
    1 Bridgeport CT $2,665 $8,605 $1,112 $890 $13,272 17.70%
    2 Newark NJ $1,041 $8,581 $971 $296 $10,889 14.50%
    3 New York City NY $5,020 $3,928 $1,265 $277 $10,490 14.00%
    4 Philadelphia PA $5,242 $3,197 $977 $341 $9,757 13.00%
    Overall Misery
    No. 5
    Philadelphia, Pa.
    Rank
    Commute times 132
    Income tax rates 102
    Superfund sites 135
    Unemployment 81
    Violent crimes 134
    Weather 64
    Misery Measure 648
    How miserable is Philly? The residents of the City of Brotherly Love once booed Santa Claus and pelted him with snowballs at an Eagles game. Maybe it's the long commutes, violent crime and plethora of toxic waste sites that has people grumpy. Philadelphia scored in the top 20 in all three areas.
    Ranks are based on the 150 largest metro areas.
    Sources: Bert Sperling; Moody's Economy.com; U.S. Census Bureau
    In other words, high taxes, high crime, high unemployment and high traffic congestion. Ironically, the green dolts at http://www.sustainlane.com/us-city-r...s/overview.jsp just love Philadelphia for it's "sustainability" (i.e., environmentally-friendly/business-killing) policies.

    Sounds like a city run by Democrats to me.
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