Yikes: Review declares a state of financial emergency in Detroit

posted at 1:21 pm on February 20, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Detroit, that historical magnate of the American auto industry, was once the country’s fourth most populous city — but the municipality has long since fallen off the fiscal straight-and-narrow, and here come the consequences. After decades of a fleeing population and tax base, incessant cash shortfalls, and $14 billion in long-term liabilities, the state has accumulated such a hot mess of debt that a state-appointed review team is wondering if it isn’t finally time for an emergency manager to step in and take the controls away from the politicians. Reuters reports:

An expert panel concluded on Tuesday that Detroit faces a fiscal emergency in a city plagued by “operational dysfunction,” leaving Governor Rick Snyder with a controversial decision of whether to declare a financial takeover by the state. …

The review team appointed by Snyder said Detroit… has not made the financial decisions that will put the city on a path to recovery. …

The report described a chaotic administration of the city. For example, it said Police Department and city officials gave differing figures on police staffing, and the review team could not resolve the discrepancies. …

The report said Detroit continues to deplete its cash reserves and faces a cash deficit of $100 million by June 30 without significant spending cuts. The city has long-term liabilities including pensions exceeding $14 billion, it said.

An emergency manager would have the power to sell off assets, lay off workers, renegotiate labor contracts (which, as you might imagine, certain parties would find most unwelcome), and could make the decision to recommend municipal bankruptcy — meaning that the city’s mayor and city council would lose a good bit of their power, a move on which they are not too keen. Perhaps they should have thought of that while they were frittering away opportunities to make the hard choices and institute substantive, city-saving financial reforms.

Last April, the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit entered into a consent agreement allowing for some state oversight to help with the city’s troubled finances in return for some fiscal reforms, but the city was repeatedly off the mark in meeting deadlines and benchmarks — which is probably why the report suggests the city is incapable of dealing with reality on its own.

The final report also said the city’s bureaucracy is too inflexible to make the meaningful changes that would be necessary to change course.

Dillon said the state has given Detroit opportunities to get their fiscal house in order, but city official have failed to do so. ”We gave the city every chance to avoid the outcome that we’re recommending to the governor today,” he said.  In a statement the treasurer said “key reform measures have not occurred quickly enough, if at all.”

Detroit’s bankruptcy, by the way, would set a new bar for the biggest municipal filing in U.S. history if it does go down.

This is a few of years old now, but this has always been one of my favorite videos from Steven Crowder; as he points out, years and years of progressive policies have left Detroit struggling in more ways than one, and the results have been nothing short of tragic.


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Review declares a state of financial emergency in Detroit

Twenty years too late?

Archivarix on February 20, 2013 at 1:23 PM

And so another former great american city falls, all due to the dems running things… will they/we ever learn?

Scrumpy on February 20, 2013 at 1:25 PM

I read this earlier on FoxNews and I was not surprised one single bit to find that Detroit sees the answer coming from the state.

The “partnership” with the state they want is nothing more than what the states do with the feds. Hold out their hand to the government larger than it and beg for money.

It will be interesting to see the clash between the morons in Detroit and the Republican governor. Detroit just wants cash infusion. No sane governor would do that without relieving the people who have caused and exacerbated the problem from being able to spend as they see fit. Because they’re obviously doing it wrong.

I also expect the unions to freak out, they helped create the problem and the only way to get fiscal sanity is to restructure those pensions and benefits.

ButterflyDragon on February 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Emergency manager and bankruptcy. Start all over again. It’s the only hope.

But the corrupt politicians won’t allow it.

petefrt on February 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM

What ever they have coming to them, they justly deserve, you can only put off the inevitable for so long.

Detroits time has come to pay the Piper…

It isn’t gonna be pretty.

(A little birdie whispered that the gov’t may bail them out).

Scrumpy on February 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Detroit is in Wayne County. I wonder who Wayne county voted for in the 2012 POTUS election?

drivingtheview on February 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM

the state has accumulated such a hot mess of debt that a state-appointed review team is wondering if it isn’t finally time for an emergency manager to step in and take the controls away from the politicians.

I read this as that Detroit will be declared a federal disaster area and reclaimed as a federal district where FEMA and DHS will be in charge. Oh my my my how things will improve.

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ted c on February 20, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Detroit is one of America’s finest examples of The Lord Of The Flies.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Don’t worry, Obama is bringing the policies that brought such success to Detroit to all of us, nationwide.

18-1 on February 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Well 90 years of Dingles had to have an impact eventually.

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Detroit is the petri dish of Liberalism. This is where we are all headed if we don’t change courses.

eMatters on February 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

the state has accumulated such a hot mess of debt

Psst, Erika, don’t you mean the city?

and take the controls away from the politicians.

And let’s play “guess the name of the party these politicians are members of.”

rbj on February 20, 2013 at 1:32 PM

but wait! GM is ALIVE and Bin Laden is DEAD! How can this beee…..?

ted c on February 20, 2013 at 1:32 PM

An emergency manager would have the power to sell off assets, lay off workers, renegotiate labor contracts (which, as you might imagine, certain parties would find most unwelcome), and could make the decision to recommend municipal bankruptcy — meaning that the city’s mayor and city council would lose a good bit of their power, a move on which they are not too keen.

The FEMA District Formerly Known As Detroit

ted c on February 20, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Let ‘er burn..

hillsoftx on February 20, 2013 at 1:34 PM

What’s the big deal? Just sell the city to Omni Consumer Products.

Gatsu on February 20, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Let’s go down to the Gulf Coast, or to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, or to Staten Island to get an idea of how rapidly things will improve in the next 1, 2, never years….

ted c on February 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

(A little birdie whispered that the gov’t may bail them out).

Scrumpy on February 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM

The House has absolutely no incentive to bail them out, considering Michigan’s voting patterns in general elections. By killing Detroit, not only Republicans solidify their in-state gains and drain opposition’s coffers, but also get a chance at extra 17 votes nationwide.

Too bad we cannot just deport the bipedal refuse inhabiting Detroit’s slums. They will inevitably spill into surrounding counties and, to some degree, states.

Archivarix on February 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Do nothing! Nothing! Zero-Zip-Nada!

You watch his come up for emergency spending and if one so called compassionate conservative votes them a dime I’m done forever with the elephant.

Limerick on February 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM

What happened to plans of turning that city into a Zombie Amusement Park? Oh right… more dangerous than zombies.

Ukiah on February 20, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Take Him To Detroit

Detroit: Before & After the Attack

sentinelrules on February 20, 2013 at 1:38 PM

The sad part is not even China would buy it with our money.

Limerick on February 20, 2013 at 1:38 PM

maybe Mitt Romney could do it????

*ducks*

ted c on February 20, 2013 at 1:39 PM

The sad part is not even China would buy it with our money.

Limerick on February 20, 2013 at 1:38 PM

You mean, that China wouldn’t let us buy it with their money????

ted c on February 20, 2013 at 1:40 PM

buy a shotgun. buy a shotgun.

ted c on February 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

ted c on February 20, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Yeah, you get the point. Spitting nails here just thinking of the Gang of 6 or 8 or 12 or whatever winking and nodding across the filthy aisle.

Limerick on February 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

An emergency manager would have the power to sell off assets, lay off workers, renegotiate labor contracts (which, as you might imagine, certain parties would find most unwelcome), and could make the decision to recommend municipal bankruptcy — meaning that the city’s mayor and city council would lose a good bit of their power, a move on which they are not too keen.

Let It Burn.

nobar on February 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

The city citizens are part of the problem. I remember how they would set the city on fire every Halloween and than shoot at firemen who responded.

Blake on February 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Get ready for Athens in America, stores and cars burning, city destroyed. Hey, this is really a solution!

hip shot on February 20, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Wall it up and send in Snake Plisken.

Fenris on February 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM

This is a few of years old now, but this has always been one of my favorite videos from Steven Crowder; as he points out,
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I agree,and Dual-Citizen,(Can/AM)to boot!!

canopfor on February 20, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Why can’t we get the Dem’s and TheOneWhoThinksHe’sAllThat to deem Detroit to be solvent and thriving — maybe zerO could throw in an Executive Order declaring the Motor City to be all better.

That should do the trick.

hillbillyjim on February 20, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Fenris on February 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Just the eye patch. That’ll be enuf.

Limerick on February 20, 2013 at 1:46 PM

I hope Detroit can get it together someday. This is ugly and really very sad a major American city is going belly up.

Christien on February 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Another one for the “No Shit, Sherlock” file.

mojo on February 20, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Christien on February 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Karma, it tis. They got what they voted for.

Limerick on February 20, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Wait until O-hole offers some fed funds.

Mr. Arrogant on February 20, 2013 at 1:49 PM

The first thing the mayor wanted to make clear: that when state help arrived, it should be in the form of more money and larger staff.

Stuck on STUPID.

ROCnPhilly on February 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Wall it up and send in Snake Plisken.

Fenris on February 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM

The reference made me laugh; but, I’d prefer that the 1%er President and Wife fend for themselves … and that Snake just take a vacation in Cabo.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Of course, all this has absolutely nothing to do with demographics.

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Lest anyone laugh at them…….

…..They will be bailed out. Along with the entire state of Illinois, California and one or two more (possibly New York State).

The Feds will come in as the great rescuer and they might even take over the administration of the cities/states as a bonus.

There will be NO RESPONSIBILITY even though they can’t pay their bills.

PappyD61 on February 20, 2013 at 1:52 PM

And in other late breaking news, Steven Crowder has produced a video outlining Detroit’s woes, but pointing out one bright blooming light — the very nicely landscaped headquarters of the UAW.

unclesmrgol on February 20, 2013 at 1:53 PM

maybe Mitt Romney could do it????

*ducks*

ted c

If Snyder were to appoint Romney as the emergency manager, Romney might actually be able to pull it off, and it would piss off Democrats from Detroit to DC.

chimney sweep on February 20, 2013 at 1:54 PM

a state of financial emergency in Detroit

…O B A M A L A N D !

…S O O N !
….coming to ALL of America!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Something ugly this way comes. God help our kids.

Limerick on February 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Maybe the state of Michigan can deport Detroit to California.

Polish Rifle on February 20, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Robocop is now a documentary. Amazing how that happened!

NavyMustang on February 20, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Clearly, Detroit needs more Affirmative Action, in positions of power.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 20, 2013 at 1:58 PM

But….but…..but….Deeeetroit is a “Democratic Worker’s Paradise”!

Just go to the state prison and speak to FORMER city politicians. They’ll tell you how well things are going.

GarandFan on February 20, 2013 at 1:58 PM

The reference made me laugh; but, I’d prefer that the 1%er President and Wife fend for themselves … and that Snake just take a vacation in Cabo.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Agreed. Maybe we could send in Hagel to attempt a rescue. He has the resume for that, right?

Fenris on February 20, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Not one dime gop….not one dime

cmsinaz on February 20, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Give it back to the Kickapoo tribe.

Limerick on February 20, 2013 at 2:04 PM

If Snyder were to appoint Romney as the emergency manager, Romney might actually be able to pull it off, and it would piss off Democrats from Detroit to DC.

chimney sweep on February 20, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Romney would be up against some seriously long odds. But if (and that’s a huge if) he succeeds, there would be a billion and a half conspiracy theories about how he pulled it off. Romney would be forever hounded (something I think he wouldn’t want).

nobar on February 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

The sad part is not even China would buy it with our money.

Limerick on February 20, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Actually, that’s not correct. The Chinese have been buying vacant Detroit property for some time now. Announcements at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, domestic flight terminal are made in Chinese and English. The Wayne County Register of Deeds has a satellite office in Shanghai, China. What they are going to do with the property is anyone’s guess, but want it they do.

totherightofthem on February 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM

take a long hard look America that is our future.

bannor on February 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Clearly, Detroit needs more Affirmative Action, in positions of power.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 20, 2013 at 1:58 PM

It looks like that’s what they’re trying to do with an “Emergency Manager”.

Punchenko on February 20, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Earlier today I commented on the Baltimore Sun page about the Mayor’s out-decade budget shortfall of $750M. Apparently healthcare cost are skyrocketing and half of the city’s workforce is either chronically or critically ill. Or something.

I’d propose the same remedy for Detroit as I did for Baltimore: raise taxes. They’re both historically democrat-populated and run. Raising taxes is the preferred democrat repair for budget deficits. Raise taxes.

I’m thinking a full percent sales tax increase on all products sold within the city limits. Property taxes should go up 10%. Sin taxes on cigarettes and alcohol should be doubled. All cable and cellphone use within the city limits should be assessed a “save the city” fee. And all food products with trans fats (or whatever the evil food additive/ingredient du jour is), or are rated at some indiscriminate caloric value per serving should be taxed at a special, higher rate. And every individual within the city limits who earns more than $80,000 should see a 5% local income tax increase.

This would be liberal heaven and surely return Detroit to the mecca of utopian societies (no pun intended.)

Easy-peasy, Japanesey.

BKeyser on February 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Average house price $5700?

O_o

Jeebus…my shed cost more than that to build.

Bishop on February 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM

totherightofthem on February 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Let em’. Crowd control in Detroit is a tad bit more messy than crowd control in Bejing. Let em’ buy up every block. I’m sure the city could use the property tax revenue to buy riot gear.

Limerick on February 20, 2013 at 2:12 PM

The only differences between Detroit and the United States is the number of zeroes in the debt and the fact the United States can create money out of thin air.

Over50 on February 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

I’d buy that for a dollar!

No, really. I’ll buy all of Detroit for a buck.

BigGator5 on February 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Give it back to the Kickapoo tribe.

Limerick on February 20, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Why ? They did nothing wrong.
Give it to the DNC. It’s an emblem of their success.

Jabberwock on February 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Detroit’s bankruptcy, by the way, would set a new bar for the biggest municipal filing in U.S. history if it does go down.

Finally! Something Detroit can brag about being biggest in!!! And this just months after being named Forbes’ most dangerous city in America (take that St. Louis!). But hey, why let soaring crime and violence and empty coffers get in the way of the only thing that matters to the people who live there. Osama is dead, GM is alive, and Mitt Romney killed some union thugs wife by giving her cancer.

Detroit is filled with greedy stupid parasites. They are getting what they deserve.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM

They need to go full Dubai in Detroit.

Declare it a free-trade city-state (still within the United States, of course).

Punish crime, enforce contracts and get out of the way.

There will be a Renaissance and Detroit will be an economic powerhouse within a decade.

JadeNYU on February 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Elementary and Secondary schools, from around the nation, should bus all of their students to DetROT, and give them an up-close-and-personal look at what happens when you have trickle down Socialism and a city full of dependents on the State.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 20, 2013 at 2:16 PM

HotAir, give us a ringy-dingy when the world puts together the Detroit Relief Drive.

Limerick on February 20, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Average house price $5700?

O_o

Jeebus…my shed cost more than that to build.

Bishop on February 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Crowder piece was in 2009.
House price now -0-.
Ownership will be transfered if new one promises to tear down at own cost. Reduces blight cheaply.

Jabberwock on February 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM

We believe there is a financial emergency in the city America and that there is no plan in place to correct the situation.”

But who will write that report? God? He’s all that’s left.

rrpjr on February 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM

No, really. I’ll buy all of Detroit for a buck.

BigGator5 on February 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

As it sits right now, the Detroit city council would expect you to pay all the back taxes.

That’s one of the reasons there are so many abandoned buildings in Detroit.

My cousin is part of an Urban Farm movement. In KC the city is selling them abandoned property for pennies on the dollar because where they move in crime goes down, property values go up and the population stops fleeing.

In Detroit they were told that they’d be responsible for paying all unpaid taxes on a property prior to being able to own it free and clear.

As you can imagine, they aren’t going to be expanding to Detroit any time soon.

JadeNYU on February 20, 2013 at 2:18 PM

California could use a few more tax takers. Send em’ West!

Limerick on February 20, 2013 at 2:18 PM

The only differences between Detroit and the United States is the number of zeroes in the debt and the fact the United States can create money out of thin air.

Over50 on February 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Yeah and you know good and well that they’d be printing “Bing bucks” if they could. This truly is the epitome of letting the left run stuff. They just break it and leave it to others to clean up their mess. The folks in Western Michigan are going to be used as an ATM machine to bail out the worthless welfare culture that is Detroit. Which, frankly, from a political standpoint is too big to fail. The question is what can Rick Snyder get out of the deal for the people expected to rescue these blood-sucking parasites.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 2:18 PM

This is no shit. Fox News is reporting that Al Jazeera English is planning a major expansion into 8 cities, including -

Detroit and Washington, DC.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 20, 2013 at 2:19 PM

d d d d detroit breakdown…motor city shakedown

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Let em’. Crowd control in Detroit is a tad bit more messy than crowd control in Bejing. Let em’ buy up every block. I’m sure the city could use the property tax revenue to buy riot gear.

Limerick on February 20, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I’d be all for it but for the fact that the denizens of that once fair city are streaming out to the ‘burbs, where I live, courtesy of Federal DoT money for the bus system and rapid transit pipe dreams.

On the other hand, anyone remaining in that city is going to find out the hard way that the Chinese aren’t nearly as interested in giving away freebies as the stupid Democrats are. That, alone, should prove interesting.

totherightofthem on February 20, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Elementary and Secondary schools, from around the nation, should bus all of their students to DetROT, and give them an up-close-and-personal look at what happens when you have trickle down Socialism and a city full of dependents on the State.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 20, 2013 at 2:16 PM

You’re kidding right? The teachers that would be on those busses are union folk (just like the brightly clad teachers that were part of the Lansing riots when Snyder made Michigan right-to-work). You would not be giving those students a lesson in the consequences of trickle down socialism. They would be taught to see what happens when the rich don’t care about those less fortunate.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Fox News is reporting that Al Jazeera English is planning a major expansion into 8 cities, including -

Detroit and Washington, DC.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 20, 2013 at 2:19 PM

This is not news. This is why they bought Al Gore’s failing network. It wasn’t because of the brilliant analysis of idiots like Jennifer Granholm. They bought the markets stupid enough to broadcast that drivel.

And Detroit, with Dearbornistan, and home to terrorist abetting groups like CAIR is a prime market for Al Jazeera.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM

This is no shit. Fox News is reporting that Al Jazeera English is planning a major expansion into 8 cities, including -

Detroit and Washington, DC.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 20, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Well, why not? Dearbornistan is just west of Detroit and it seems a natural expansion for them. This does not surprise me in the least. They might want to check their Islamic radicalism at the door, however. Once the city is fully held by the Chinese they won’t stand a prayer. Remember the Uyghars? Mostly muslim and intent on getting recognized by the Chinese government. After a short time in which their rebellion was newsworthy, we haven’t heard much from them. Ever wonder what happened when the Chinese government went in there to defuse the situation shut them up?

totherightofthem on February 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

I live in Michigan, where it’s RACIST to single out Detroit as a badly run city.

Axeman on February 20, 2013 at 2:31 PM

California could use a few more tax takers. Send em’ West!

As long as they promise to always vote democrat….oh, wait, they are tax takers. Already dems. Several more transplanted in CA and registered to vote would at least ensure permanent dem rule in Cal forever.

hawkeye54 on February 20, 2013 at 2:33 PM

I live in Michigan, where it’s RACIST to single out Detroit as a badly run city.

Axeman on February 20, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Ain’t that the truth! When I was living up there (2003-2008), everybody was expected to pretend that Detroit was just going through a few bumps in the road but the underlying fundamentals were strong what with GM producing the car of the future- the Volt.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Obama has a bug up his a$$ about the suburbs, blaming ‘white flight’ for the condition of cities run by liberals for decades. True to the liberal form, Detroit will likely be bailed out; problems like that disaster area exist only because no one threw enough money at them. Or, as Obama sees it, the racist members of the tax base moved out and took their money with them.

Liam on February 20, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM

They’ve been getting that for 50 years, now. The bus ride will do them some good. And – yes – I was quite serious about millions of busses all converging on Detroit, preferably at the same time.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Fox News thought it was news. I passed it on.

totherightofthem on February 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

I wasn’t “surprised,” in the least. I posted the information because I thought it fit, quite nicely, on a thread about the rotting of Detroit.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Bring Billy Martin back from the dead, make him mayor of Motor City, then sit back and watch the fun begin.

Maybe he could trade GM to El Lay for 2 players to be named later…??

hillbillyjim on February 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Ain’t that the truth! When I was living up there (2003-2008), everybody was expected to pretend that Detroit was just going through a few bumps in the road but the underlying fundamentals were strong what with GM producing the car of the future- the Volt.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Lived here all my life. Detroit has been the land of suck since forever. When Coleman Young was elected mayor, the first time, the business leaders who helped put that racist, marxist into office fled the city and built shopping malls in the ‘burbs. There was some quid pro quo regarding the water system that I’m not much on, but the net result was that the city was turned over to a gang of thieves and it’s been robbed steadily for more than 40 years. Property owners got sick and tired of paying taxes for no services and the skyrocketing crime rate so they fled too. Coleman was happy with that. How’d that work out for them?

I review lawsuits filed against the city periodically, assessing their viability and “value” and I find it more than gratifying to know most of the judgments currently pending will be null and void if Detroit goes bankrupt. Between the politicians and the plaintiff’s bar using Detroit as a veritable ATM, it’s no wonder the damn place is a sh!thole. Sadly, because with the waterfront and some beautiful properties, it could be a lovely place to live.

totherightofthem on February 20, 2013 at 2:43 PM

I wasn’t “surprised,” in the least. I posted the information because I thought it fit, quite nicely, on a thread about the rotting of Detroit.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Wasn’t snarking at you, so I apologize if it came off that way. I was snarking at Fox News acting like it’s some big news item worthy of merit. Sorry about that.

totherightofthem on February 20, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Between the politicians and the plaintiff’s bar using Detroit as a veritable ATM, it’s no wonder the damn place is a sh!thole. Sadly, because with the waterfront and some beautiful properties, it could be a lovely place to live.

totherightofthem on February 20, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Hey, the plaintiffs are not the only ones using the city as an ATM. Let’s not forget dear Kwame Kilpatrick and Monica Conyers.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Hey, the plaintiffs are not the only ones using the city as an ATM. Let’s not forget dear Kwame Kilpatrick and Monica Conyers.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 2:48 PM

They’re included in the “politicians” part of the equation. ;) Kwame’s entire family from Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick and his ne’er do well father are connected to what Coleman Young left behind. That gang of thugs is so deeply entrenched in the city’s politics we’d need to dig a hole the depth of a volcanic crater to get at and destroy their roots. Bing’s problems are 1) he isn’t too bright; 2) he’s more concerned about protecting the reputations of the power structure; 3) he can’t/won’t stand up to the criminals who are really in control [read, city council]; and 4) he can’t get the council to honor the terms of the consent he worked out with Snyder, so now the full extent of the theft will come to light and the taxpayers in this state, of which I’m one, will see their tax dollars at work. Can’t wait for it, myself.

totherightofthem on February 20, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I can remember visiting Detroit, and Dearborn in particular, from my childhood. Dearborn seemed to me to be a very nice and very normal suburb, and a desirable place to live if one must be in proximity to Detroit (it was a s##thole, even back then).

Going by what can be gleaned from the media, and more reliably, what I have learned from some of my kin who lived there all of their lives and recently got the hell out of Dodge Dearborn, it has turned into an impossibly racist (or better said, religionist) and hate-filled cesspool. This religion-based hate, according to my sources who just recently bugged out, is about 80% directed toward the white folks who haven’t been able to leave, about 18% directed toward the non-Muslim black folks who haven’t been able to leave, and the other two percent is from these minorities (whites and blacks) directed back toward the ones who hate them so vociferously (Muslims, of course.)

Don’t let the MSM fool you, the Muslim Jihad is alive and well everywhere in the world; only it takes different forms in the situations in which blatantly open violent terror is not their best option.

Dry powder and information are your allies.

hillbillyjim on February 20, 2013 at 2:55 PM

BKeyser on February 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM

I really like your thinking.

Zomcon JEM on February 20, 2013 at 2:56 PM

I was born in Detroit, but that’s about all, and my family originally hails from Dearborn. I remember the area well visiting relatives there as I was growing up in Indiana and then later during my travels to the midwest after I moved to the Pacific Northwest. Now, the area is the muslim capital of the United States, and that combined with the rest of the takers in the area has decimated it. Thanks a lot, low-lifes. I hope the place burns, Watts-style, for all the good it is to anybody anymore. Good riddance.

HiJack on February 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Chicago, you’re next.

HiJack on February 20, 2013 at 3:05 PM

That city obviously needs high-speed rail.

trigon on February 20, 2013 at 3:07 PM

That city obviously needs high-speed rail.

trigon on February 20, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Don’t laugh. We’re getting it. I kid you not.

totherightofthem on February 20, 2013 at 3:11 PM

The Democrats lured rural southern blacks into big cities (with promises, among other other things, of ‘paradise” and gold-paved streets) in order to get their votes by doling out welfare checks.

The Democrats knew the illegal aliens that are aiding and abetting would gravitate to the cities and again, in exchange for welfare checks and food stamps, they would get their votes upon naturalization (and sometimes before.)

Thanks to the Democrats they have made poor peoples’ climb out of poverty several “bridges too far”, have taxed the non-poor to death in order to subsidize the poor and for largely the same reason, have spent the country into a seven billion a day accumulating date-and have destroyed not only Detroit but good chunks of Philadelphia and Chicago and most other major cities as well.

But they DID accomplish their purpose-they got the votes!!!!

MaiDee on February 20, 2013 at 3:14 PM

HiJack on February 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM

It is a sad thing to have witnessed, however peripherally in my case. It is a damn shame to watch so many good homes where so many good families have their memories rooted rot away like so much wet cardboard.

If you look at the politics of Detroit and the immediate surrounding area, it was totally predictable. Witness Chi-town; witness D.C.’s actual landscape outside of the tourism-based enclaves and monument-status acreage.

When will the goofy centrists — the so-called moderates — realize that any political help that goes leftward from them also swirls downward in a commode-like tsunami?

hillbillyjim on February 20, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Let it go bankrupt.

Then dissolve its corporation, thus ending the City of Detroit and all its contracts, obligations and hangers-on.

Let the people who are left figure out if they have enough population for a small town that cuts off the dead districts and reverts them back to the State to figure out what to do with de-populated areas.

This dinosaur was shot through the head long ago.

Time for its decaying remains to go away.

ajacksonian on February 20, 2013 at 3:20 PM

No one interested in my idea to pay Canada a few billion dollars to move the border and take Detroit off our hands?

slickwillie2001 on February 20, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Really? That’s “news”?

right2bright on February 20, 2013 at 3:52 PM

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