Takeover: Michigan governor announces he’ll appoint an emergency manager for Detroit

posted at 2:01 pm on March 1, 2013 by Allahpundit

Any volunteers for the second-most thankless job in America? Speaker of the House being first, of course.

Snyder said the city has not been able to solve its financial crisis and that outside help is needed. Today “is a day to call all hands on deck… to say there’s been too much fighting, too much blame, not enough resources, not enough people working together. The key answer I believe all of us want to get to is growing the city of Detroit.”…

The review team found Detroit’s cash-flow deficit is nearly $100 million. That’s on top of an accumulated deficit of $327 million. The city also has $14.9 billion worth of unfunded pension and employment retirement liabilities, according to the review team report. In five years, it needs $1.9 billion to begin making payments on the debt…

Greg Bowens, a political expert and former press secretary for former mayor Dennis Archer, said an emergency manager would be a devastating blow for the morale for the people of Detroit.

“In the end, it means the governor does not have the faith in the people of Detroit to govern themselves in a responsible manner,” Bowens said.

Why … yes, that’s what it means. I can’t believe there’s any serious constituency outside Detroit that would disagree, and Detroiters themselves would disagree only out of pure pride. The city’s a byword for terminal liberal sclerosis. How can this be a blow to their morale when their morale’s already reached this point? Look no further than their statuary to see that they’re desperate for a savior to ride in and impose order on a dystopian nightmare.

Snyder says he has someone in mind for an 18-month stint as emergency manager. But who? Who’s qualified to be the half-man, half-robot civic protector that Detroiters are dreaming of? Dave Weigel has the perfect cyborg for the job:

Romney’s got a mixed record as a politician, but nobody’s ever questions his skill as a brutal operator and turnaround artist. He’s got a good relationship with Republicans in the state—they even scrapped an electoral vote split plan in 2012 because they wanted him to win! He’s got a larger Rolodex of possible investors than anyone else who might be reasonably expected to take this job.

UPDATE: I’ve gotten some interesting email about this tossed-off idea, so I should reiterate: It’s not a joke! Any Michigan Democrat will tell you that Detroit politicians are among the most irrelevant in the state legislature. Republicans view aid to the city as good money tossed into a sinkhole. So butter them up with a Republican they know and can do business with. Romney’s ties to the city are tighter than most city emergency managers, roving technocrats who do a few years at a time in troubled metro governments.

Having a very prominent Michigan native as manager might make the idea of an emergency manager a little more palatable in Detroit. He is, as Weigel says, a renowned turnaround artist from his time at Bain and at the Salt Lake Olympics. He’s eager to regain a place in American politics too; this would put him back in the spotlight without having to worry about running for office. And Erika makes a good point: After being demagogued by Obama for his Detroit managed-bankruptcy op-ed, Romney might have something to prove. Two questions, though. It’s one thing to want to dip a toe back into policy, it’s another to jump hip-deep into quicksand. I realize Romney enjoys a challenge but is this really how this guy wants to spend his retirement, jumping from the agony of presidential defeat to the agony of trying to make Detroit sustainable again? I don’t know. Maybe; his sense of duty might force him if Snyder asks. Second, is a guy who’s most famous to liberals for being really rich, criticizing Obama, and dumping on the “47 percent” really someone who’ll be welcomed in Detroit? Snyder’s going to have to tread lightly here in imposing Republican management on an overwhelmingly Democratic city. Romney’s an odd choice in that regard, even if he’s willing to volunteer. But maybe Weigel’s right that a few whirls of that Rolodex and a few hundred million in investments from friends of Mitt will soothe things over. I’m interested to hear Romney on this. Maybe that’s what Chris Wallace meant when he teased about Mitt’s future plans.


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Detroit is an excellent location, and that is why it became a great city at one time. Until the unions turned it into the Democratic morass it is. The only thing holding Detroit down are the degenerate inhabitants of the city. Get rid of them by denying them the fruits of other people’s labor, and they will die off or move. Then replace them with virtuous citizens.

astonerii on March 1, 2013 at 2:49 PM

ONLY if the go to Chicago.
Otherwise, you’re just spreading the er “wealth”.

Jabberwock on March 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Archivarix on March 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

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Cool, and Lee van Cleef can send in Snake Plisken if the President needs rescue.

LincolntheHun on March 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Tina Turner. Her experience ruling Barter Town make her perfect for Detroit.

Mark1971 on March 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

You made me laugh.

But, I prefer the Great Humongous.

“Just walk away … just walk away.”

OhEssYouCowboys on March 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

No wonder they have such great bedside manners. Sorry, it just kind of pisses me off when I am obviously ill to be called a liar and such…

astonerii on March 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Years of dealing with gangsters in need of an attitude adjustment, stinky welfare queens in “Wal-Mart stripper” fashionwear, and countless GOMERs* will do that to a person.

*Get Outta My ER; AKA “go home and take an aspirin”.

MelonCollie on March 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Is a Rolodex of possible investors anything at all like a binder full of women?

Just wondering.

Humph.

Lickmuffin on March 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Also don’t forget that Coleman Young blamed all the city’s ills on the white population, and told them to get lost (they complied).

Ward Cleaver on March 1, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I’m told that the white liberal population was literally looking for an excuse so they didn’t feel racist about leaving the city so fast their shadows had to catch up to them. Coal-Man gave them one with his big fat mouth, and they were gone.

MelonCollie on March 1, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Put a fence around it.

Make it a Reservation.

Call it “Detroitastain” Reservation.

Call the tribe “Little Red Liberals”.

Use Union Check Off money to pay for the operations.

Let them eat more crack.

Done deal.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM

You could very well turn it into an educational attraction like Jurrasic Park — only much more dangerous.

Mitt Romney could be the eccentric multi-millionaire “John Hammond” character trying to tame the natural world for the benefit of humanity.

Punchenko on March 1, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Tina Turner. Her experience ruling Barter Town make her perfect for Detroit.

Mark1971 on March 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Hahaha…2 libs enter, 1 lib leaves!

nextgen_repub on March 1, 2013 at 3:08 PM

18 months…

Must be he thinks the Democrats will win control of the U.S. House too, and they will bail it out for him , he is just in stall mode to make U.S. tax payers pay for the crime they did.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 1, 2013 at 3:08 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM

I’ve often wondered about dealing with the inevitable disturbances in the Democratic quarters of our cities by taking a cue from the Thief games and walling them off overnight. If it worked on zombies and haunts, it oughta work on them.

MelonCollie on March 1, 2013 at 3:09 PM

You could very well turn it into an educational attraction like Jurrasic Park — only much more dangerous.

Punchenko on March 1, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Seriously, you could. Take young people for rides in armed, armored convoys with UAV overwatch, and show them what happens to places that follow liberal ideals.

MelonCollie on March 1, 2013 at 3:10 PM

I think Marion Barry is between jobs and jail time right now so they could get him. He’s got esperience.

Oldnuke on March 1, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Tell the illegals it is the best scanctury city in the U.S..
Put the signs up in Spanish all over.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 1, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Anyone notice yet that the Democrats are all insane?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM

ONLY if the go to Chicago.
Otherwise, you’re just spreading the er “wealth”.

Jabberwock on March 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Their kind are everywhere as it is. The only way to so much as slow their expansion is to reimpose personal responsibility where ever you want real prosperity. To get rid of them, it must be constitutionally imposed. Stop payments to individuals of all types and amend it to include a cap on spending and a denial of the government to run a deficit or hold a long term debt.

astonerii on March 1, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Or, just meet the deal head on.

Put Michael Savage in charge for 90 days.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 1, 2013 at 3:13 PM

“In the end, it means the governor does not have the faith in the people of Detroit to govern themselves in a responsible manner,” Bowens said.

Bowens obviously hasn’t seen the city’s books, or he wouldn’t have made such a stupid statement.

Or he has and is just plain stupid himself.

GarandFan on March 1, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Film the run for the city limits, call it “Gone with the Wind II”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Michael Savage that cracker, he is in charge now…

ani’t no way, where’s the bus tokens…..

Take about a week for them to vacate the place.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 1, 2013 at 3:17 PM

has this law ever been challenged in court?? this is just a bad idea all around. the idea that a governor can replace a duly elected city government is not right. i dont care how bad detroit is being run this flies in the face of democracy. let these people vote for who they want and suffer the consequences.

chasdal on March 1, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Film the run for the city limits, call it “Gone with the Wind II”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

I now have a hilarious vision of a thousand upstanding citizens of Detroit with big helium balloons tied to their belts, floating through the air, and panicking as they are suddenly caught by a fierce gust.

“MUTHAFUKKAAAAAAaaaaaaaa….”

<X-D

Darn you for making me unable to study!

MelonCollie on March 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

How about the original Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent!

If he won’t do it, pardon Kwame Kilpatrick…or Marion Barry

cat-scratch on March 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

opraaaaaahhhhhh!

can_con on March 1, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Be interesting if Mitt got it. I would wonder though if he could get the Pork in Detroit like he did in SLC. Doubt he would get it from the State but from Obama well Obama does owe him Big Time. So perhaps.

Time will tell.

Steveangell on March 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM

I’ve often wondered about dealing with the inevitable disturbances in the Democratic quarters of our cities by taking a cue from the Thief games and walling them off overnight. If it worked on zombies and haunts, it oughta work on them.

MelonCollie on March 1, 2013 at 3:09 PM

I think that will be a natural part of putting the country back into balance. As the inner city residents rampage and burn their way outward, there will be a… winnowing effect. That should reduce the democrats to a minority party status pretty quickly.

trigon on March 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Just have a land rush, like in the Old West, and forgive all property taxes for 10 years.

I’d love to see Mitt do it, but the unions would crush him.

PattyJ on March 1, 2013 at 3:42 PM

I may humbly submit the man to turn around the City I was Born in..

ROBERT (Bob) LUTZ !

Knows the city, connected, thick skin..will not fail.

not-ur-avragejoe on March 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

they’re desperate for a savior to ride in and impose order on a dystopian nightmare.

ROTFLMAO…. Dystopian nightmare… Me thinks Allahpundit has been reading my Blog…. ;)

SWalker on March 1, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Actually, Romney would be an excellent choice, and if he could get the city on solid footing and moving in the right direction he’d have one heck of a resume for the 2016 Presidential Election.

mbecker908 on March 1, 2013 at 4:05 PM

mbecker908 on March 1, 2013 at 4:05 PM

CALL FOR PALIN SUPPORTERS AND WING NUTS!

Yea, and maybe we could get some posters here who actually believe in SOMETHING and have the guts and love of country to express it school him on doing a debate.

Heck, have them tell him how to run a campaign and get troops together like the other camp does.

IlikedAUH2O on March 1, 2013 at 4:19 PM

No government specs for this.

In case I sound like a Pollyanna for my worry about cities like this, I shall quote Phil Drolet (Triathlete and Peak Performance Coach for Entrepreneurs):

“My deepest belief is that there is greatness inside all of us. And to access it, we must align ourselves with a greater purpose, commit to excellence and seek to improve every day.”

IlikedAUH2O on March 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM

I nominate libfreeordie.

Or bayam.

Del Dolemonte on March 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Simple plan:

1) Michigan borrows a Billion Dollars from Canada to rescue Detroit.
2) Puts up Detroit as collateral.
3) Default.
4) Foreclosure cedes Detroit to Canada!

shuzilla on March 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

shuzilla on March 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

We’ll take detroit! But please empty it out before the closing date!

can_con on March 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

We’ll take detroit! But please empty it out before the closing date!

can_con on March 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

We’ve already got a head start on stripping the copper!

shuzilla on March 1, 2013 at 4:51 PM

I nominate libfreeordie.
Or bayam.
Del Dolemonte on March 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Their equivalents have been running it already for the past 30-50 years.

besser tot als rot on March 1, 2013 at 4:53 PM

There are a thousand punchlines to the joke question “who should be Detroit’s emergency manager”?

The moral problem with the EM is that the job is all about more redistribution of wealth I’d be fine with Mitt or eminem or anyone if they just had to run the city’s finances, but the job also comes with truckloads of innocent taxpayer’s money. There’s nothing funny about that.

I voted for Snyder but he’s wrong on this one, let Detroit work it out on their own.

halfbaked on March 1, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Truth is, you can save any city from collapse by doing the following three things:

1) Allow only productive people to reside within city limits. No public housing – relocate elsewhere. No subsidized lifestyles of any kind. Eschew all state and federal subsidies. If you can’t live in the city on your own dime then live elsewhere and commute.

(Note – public housing was located in cities to help the working poor by being close to their work. But fewer and fewer people in public housing are employable, and most jobs have moved miles away due to criminal activity in and around public housing, if not already lost to minimum wages and immigrants)

3) The state can create small socialized enclaves outside city limits for people in need of the social safety net, and provide the employable among them with public transportation to get to work inside the city in order better themselves.

2) Revive the centuries-old practice of banishment. Apply to all criminals whose crimes proclude their legal ownership of a firearm. If you can’t be trusted with a gun you just don’t belong in the city.

Detroit should be the pilot program.

shuzilla on March 1, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Simple plan:

1) Michigan borrows a Billion Dollars from Canada to rescue Detroit.
2) Puts up Detroit as collateral.
3) Default.
4) Foreclosure cedes Detroit to Canada!

shuzilla on March 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

With the added bonus, that we don’t have to hear about that damned bridge anymore! Where do I sign the petition!

– Smoov

Smoovious on March 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM

I don’t think if you made Romney President today that he would care about saving Detroit. At some point, people have to live with there decisions and the Obama curtain is being pulled back to reveal the nothingness that is the White House.

HopeHeFails on March 1, 2013 at 5:22 PM

They’re not talking about making Romney, President… and as President, he should be above such things that are a state issue, which should fall instead to the Governor…

The idea being tossed around, is appointing Romney as Detroit’s emergency manager to get things turned around…

I couldn’t stand Romney… couldn’t vote for him in the election, he seemed to wishy-washy for the Presidency…

But…

I think this could be right up his alley. He certainly has the right kind of experience, and since he isn’t really a Republican, he should appeal to both sides of the political farce^H^H^H^H^Hscene.

Bring him on, lets see if he was just all talk, or if he can really put his money where his mouth was.

(how much worse could it get?)

– Smoov

Smoovious on March 1, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Hey I think this is actually a good idea. Challenge Romney to be relevant again. Lets see if this turnaround is possible without bankrupting the state in the process. If I was in charge, I would use the bk courts to sever all contracts which are probably full of kickbacks and choose new vendors. Then I would sever a union contracts under the bk shield and impose drastic pay cuts and more productive work rules. I would close a public schools and issue vouchers to all students. Then I would go after the unfounded retirement benefits and bring them into a more affordable level.

Then I would sit back and watch all the progressives and libs throw their temper tantrums.

With the money saved, I would raze all abandoned buildings. Then I would go after the 47% who are not paying their property taxes. I would put liens on the properties. Give them a chance to work out payments. If they default, foreclose and either sell the property for the taxes owed or raze the building if it is a rat trap

Might take a few years but this city needs some tough love.

And while I was at it. I would clean up the tax rolls and eliminate all that voter fraud that keeps MI voting blue in national races.

karenhasfreedom on March 1, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Mitt Romney would be my first choice.

LizardLips on March 1, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Someplace very, very warm Senator Robert “K.-KK” Byrd is kicking brimstone that he’d missed his chance to somehow be, er, Wizard of Detroit.

viking01 on March 1, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Romney was my first thought too.

This seems right up his alley.

I’ve said before (but love hearing myself ‘type’ so I’ll say it again), they ought to turn it into a free-trade economic city state (similar to Dubai in the UAE).

The rest of UAE operates under different laws and different trade rules (which is why they lack indoor ski mountains and vending machines with gold bars). Allow the free market to truly work in Detroit and it will be back on top in less than a decade.

JadeNYU on March 1, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Romney? Wake up and smell the coffee. They’re not even going to look at any candidate who, like Romney, lacks the essential characteristic to successfully govern Detroit: Being black. Anyone who does not possess this basic requirement would be doomed to failure due to their inherent racism, as been shown so clearly over the last 30+ years of Detroit history.

Hucklebuck on March 1, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Detroit could be our future…A city run into the ground by unions and democrats..yeah a bright future a head

sadsushi on March 1, 2013 at 7:40 PM

meh, build a large fence, seal the borders, give the people more guns and better training and problem solved in about 3 months.

deimos on March 1, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Dammit, people, don’t you folks remember that Allhapundit posts here?

Remember the ground rules:

SECOND LOOK AT HUCKABEE!!!!

victor82 on March 1, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Mayor Bing is a pretty decent guy, he has tried hard for Detroit. While I do not share Bing’s political views whatsoever, this is the first time in my lifetime here that a sitting mayor of Detroit has worked hand in hand with the governor of the state.

Most previous governors in this state have campaigned on the usual “help Detroit theme”, and then left it all alone when they were elected governor. Snyder has not, and meets with Bing on a very regular basis. Bing has appreciated all of his input and the assistance the state has provided thus far…..or tried to provide. In Detroit, the council is the biggest hurdle, and holds more power than the mayor. The council is horrible, and has refused all help from the state……..There was even a minister on the local news tonight that stated “if Snyder picks a white person to be the EM, it will be like the master coming to the slaves”…..No kidding, he really said it. The council makes a huge salary per year and a free vehicle, and benefits unheard of. They will lose their pay first thing, which will be a terrific thing to see. Detroit does not run like my city, and my council receives 25.00 per meeting. Detroit council members are full time employees, there is no reason for this mess other than the corruption. Remember, Monica Conyers is still in jail, she was a council member married to John Conyers. Bing is an okay guy, the council is the problem and has been for many years. Couple the council with the corrupt Kilpatrick administration and what a horrible decade Detroit has seen..I would recommend the book “Detroit, an autopsy” fabulous..

shar61 on March 1, 2013 at 8:49 PM

I’ve got it – Herman Cain!

Ward Cleaver on March 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Dam beat me to it….

I am serious too…not joking.

William Eaton on March 1, 2013 at 10:12 PM

said an emergency manager would be a devastating blow for the morale for the people of Detroit.

WTF? You could put their collective moral in a thimble. But since everyone is suggestion names, why not Obama’s half brother that I read was now looking to get into politics.

MikeA on March 1, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Funny how it seems like Liberal policies always lead you to a situation where you have to bring in a dictator to clean up the mess.

I wonder what’s going to happen when a state like California has reached that point?

Socratease on March 2, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Appoint Sketchy, the roller coaster rider as Detroit’s emergency manager? LMRIAO!!!

Appoint ME. I’ll fire the useless government workers after I catch them on tape not doing anything they are supposed to be doing. That alone would save a million.

I wonder who has the job of bringing new businesses to Michigan. That person I would also like to fire.

DannoJyd on March 2, 2013 at 3:40 AM

Mayor Bing is a pretty decent guy, he has tried hard for Detroit. While I do not share Bing’s political views whatsoever, this is the first time in my lifetime here that a sitting mayor of Detroit has worked hand in hand with the governor of the state.

shar61 on March 1, 2013 at 8:49 PM

EVERY REPORT I’ve read shows that Bing has done excruciatingly LITTLE to get Detroit back on the right path. PLEASE DO share a few of his ‘accomplishments’ here other than firing a few lazy workers.

He should have held weekly news reports announcing how the city council REFUSED to do a thing. That might have given him the clout needed to succeed.

DannoJyd on March 2, 2013 at 3:49 AM

This is how democracy dies.

triple on March 2, 2013 at 5:13 AM

Fun fact. 49% of blacks in MI are now disenfranchised on the local government level.

triple on March 2, 2013 at 5:14 AM

Please make it Al Sharpton, because…well…they deserve each other.

Don L on March 2, 2013 at 6:34 AM

I’d fix it…

All I would need are a few hundred buses, a fuel credit card, and a few million to pre-pay the rent on some nice apartments in the D.C area.

The former residents of Detroit would like it there, it’s warmer, and no shortage of well off people to steal from.

moo on March 2, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Seriously, you could. Take young people for rides in armed, armored convoys with UAV overwatch, and show them what happens to places that follow liberal ideals.

MelonCollie on March 1, 2013 at 3:10 PM

My husband and his friend tried something like this back in the early 90s, when they were young and foolish. After a Tiger game they decided to go for a drive in the surrounding neighborhoods just to see what was what. Got a few blocks away before they were turned around by a cop who told them in no uncertain terms that, if they knew what was good for them, they’d turn around, get on the highway, drive straight out of Detroit and not look back.

We still live in the far northern suburbs of Detroit, and Detroit is still a hole. It need to be razed and replaced as a city…saying so is like heresy around here, but there it is.

Grace_is_sufficient on March 2, 2013 at 7:21 AM

My plan would be reverse secession. Just change the borders of Michigan to exclude Detroit. Politically it would have a price but Senator Levin would lose about 300,000 votes in his next election.

jpmn on March 2, 2013 at 7:56 AM

@DannoJyd on March 2, 2013 at 3:49 AM

Bing’s authority in Detroit is second to the council. They have fought him every step of the way. I do not live in Detroit, 15 miles outside.

He has tried and was successful in making some necessary cuts to the city. He was able to get concessions from city union workers until the council vetoed him. He has removed blight. But, most important, Bing is not corrupt. He does not participate in the corruption and has put a halt to corrupt activity, and he has worked hand in hand with the governor, he has welcomed help. Bing and Snyder respect each other, do not spend countless hours dissing each other in the public forum. The city council generally works very well together with a corrupt mayor at the helm.

Bing is a democrat so I do not generally agree with his policies. He is a smart man though and truly has wanted what is best for the citizens. The people of Detroit and the whole state know how the council is and we shake our head in disgust. The people of Detroit continually vote in these people to represent them.

The EM will have 18 months in Detroit and then the council has the power to remove the EM/ Rest assured the council will remove the EM even if progress is going in the right direction. So, they will have to hurry. The city council will be a non factor with an EM and will be out of a job….We may finally see progress..

shar61 on March 2, 2013 at 9:38 AM

only robocop can save them now.

unseen on March 2, 2013 at 9:39 AM

well two options really robocop or bulldozers.

unseen on March 2, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Takeover: Michigan governor announces he’ll appoint an emergency manager for Detroit

That’s like appointing an emergency manager for Beirut.

Good luck with that.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 2, 2013 at 9:42 AM

I’m not sure why the GOP isn’t using detroit as a poster case for liberalism. this is a teachable moment for those that push liberalism.

unseen on March 2, 2013 at 9:56 AM

…Synder is white!…so he’s not right!
(thought process…majority of Detroit politicians)

KOOLAID2 on March 2, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Sarah Palin!

Bulletchaser on March 2, 2013 at 10:20 AM

“who should be Detroit’s emergency manager”?

Billy the Exterminator!!!

hip shot on March 2, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Sarah Palin!

Bulletchaser on March 2, 2013 at 10:20 AM

if anyone could turn it around Palin could but I think the city is beyond saving at this point. just bulldoze it down and start over.

unseen on March 2, 2013 at 11:11 AM

“who should be Detroit’s emergency manager”?

Billy the Exterminator!!!

hip shot on March 2, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Maybe we can make a deal with Jason to clean the place out and then retire. Less people would die than if that gang-ridden withered husk of a city were allowed to exist as it is for another decade.

MelonCollie on March 2, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Romney’s not Black…

claudius on March 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Why bother. People actually think Mitt would want the job or that the inhabitants of Detroit would want Mitt.

alanstern on March 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I lived near Detroit just prior to the World War. I have also lived near Chicago, New York, DC, and Los Angeles. When I lived Near Detroit, it was the cleanest and most pleasant of the five.

burt on March 2, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Sarah Palin!

Bulletchaser on March 2, 2013 at 10:20 AM

if anyone could turn it around Palin could but I think the city is beyond saving at this point. just bulldoze it down and start over.

unseen on March 2, 2013 at 11:11 AM

bluegill would move here so she could run for city council…so no thanks!

KOOLAID2 on March 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Detroit is occupied by a retarded fringe of the 47%, unable and probably unwilling to self-govern with even a hint of sensibility. They are lost citizens, the victims of a decades-long propaganda campaign of liberal racism recklessly blasted at them by the Democrat Party in conspiracy with generations of uneducated but ideological and hopelessly misguided liberal “journalists”.

Those with the brains, willpower, and/or resources have all left Detroit. Those who remain are all sheep and wolves — not a sheepdog in sight.

Yes, Governor…you need to appoint a manager to run Detroit because its citizens cannot function as a democracy. Democracy has failed in Detroit, as it will fail in most of our Sodom and Gomorrah cities: Birmingham, Camden, Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Kansas City, etc.

Jaibones on March 2, 2013 at 6:09 PM

When he’s finished throwing $ down the detroit hole my motor on my Pacer needs rebuilding.

rik on March 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

I am entirely on board with the Romster as the savior of Detroit. There’s really no downside. If he succeeds everybody wins, and if he fails he fails alone. Woot.

alwaysfiredup on March 2, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Democracy has failed in Detroit, as it will fail in most of our Sodom and Gomorrah cities: Birmingham, Camden, Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Kansas City, etc.

Jaibones on March 2, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Hey now. Missouri loves its democracy and we’re much closer to the middle of nowhere than “Sodom and Gomorrah”.

alwaysfiredup on March 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Watch one session of the city council and you will see Detroit’s problem. Excepting Mayor Bing, whom the council hates, it is as if they cloned Sheila Jackson Lee to run the place.

Threats have already been made to burn the city if it gets an emergency manager. The city cannot file for bankruptcy, unless it first goes through an emergency manager

The city is totally governed on race. Mitt Romney could handle the work, but he would never be accepted. I would expect violence if he were brought in. If he came in, the reaction would be used to leverage the next election – minorities vs GOP

Meanwhile, a local white DEM pol has already begun his campaign for mayor, on the premise Detroit does not need an emergency mgr. This guy is no amateur. He will be there to get national news bites, and build negatives for the GOP

Emergency managers have the ability to preserve union contracts (unlike bankruptcy), but they can also contract out services, which has saved communities.

the insanity of Detroit was shown when local news showed a grand old theater downtown, that had been turned into a parking garage. The rotted curtains still hung on stage, and the art deco frescoed ceilings were crumbling over the cars. Newsman asked a driver what he thought of parking there. The driver beamed and said, “It’s great, it’s part of our heritage”. I saved that clip. Not Unreal, Surreal

entagor on March 2, 2013 at 8:28 PM

This happened on a flight getting ready to depart for Detroit .

Jack was sitting on the plane when a guy took the seat beside him. The guy was an emotional wreck, pale, hands shaking, moaning in fear. “What’s the matter?” Jack asked.

“I’ve been transferred to Detroit , there’s crazy people there.
They’ve got lots of shootings, gangs, race riots, drugs, poor
public schools, and the highest crime rate.”

Jack replied, “I’ve lived in Detroit all my life. It’s not as bad as the media says. Find a nice home, go to work, mind your own business, enroll your kids in a nice private school. It’s as safe a place as anywhere in the world.”

The guy relaxed and stopped shaking and said, “Oh, thank you. I’ve been worried to death. But if you live there and say it’s OK, I’ll take your word for it. What do you do for a living?”

“Me?” said Jack. “I’m a tail gunner on a Budweiser truck.”

elvisdaisy on March 2, 2013 at 9:12 PM

shar61 on March 2, 2013 at 9:38 AM

I was reading that IF Detroit had to declare bankruptcy Detroit would not have to pay on the pensions of their Union workers.

If I, the AWE inspiring Danno Mann [/Rushlimbaugh mode] were the emergency manager for Detroit I would hold weekly press conferences telling of the problems I was facing and would ALWAYS make the point that I was trying to save those pensions.

I’m certain the Union Leaders will work to obstruct the manager, thus I already know how to fight them.

I’m glad the MIGOP held one of its conventions in Detroit last year.

DannoJyd on March 3, 2013 at 3:11 AM

Whoever the manager is, he should have a force of about fifty forensic accountants headed by people from the state Attorney General’s office. With enough ‘irregularities’ and prosecutions, you might be able to shut down the city Democratic Party and convince the pensionholders that “private accounts” are the only way to safeguard what’s left of their pensions.

njcommuter on March 3, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Whoever the manager is, he should have a force of about fifty forensic accountants headed by people from the state Attorney General’s office. With enough ‘irregularities’ and prosecutions, you might be able to shut down the city Democratic Party and convince the pensionholders that “private accounts” are the only way to safeguard what’s left of their pensions.

njcommuter on March 3, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Absolutely a comprehensive audit must be the first order of business in Detroit. But even if every politician in Detroit were to be convicted of theft, bribery, corruption and anything else you could imagine the Democratic machine would still manage to hang the blame for the city’s problems on those dastardly Republicans.

jpmn on March 3, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Mitt was the first name that came to mind, so if the gov is not very smart, he’ll pick someone else. Next, why would Mitt want the job. Guess he could prove that if he saves Detroit, he could have saved the country. See, see, you could’a had me instead of the Won.

Kissmygrits on March 3, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Split the city in half ala Berlin and let conservative minded principles govern one half and liberal idiots run the other half. After a few years see what the results are.

jaywemm on March 3, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Where’s Charles Bronson when we need him

jaywemm on March 3, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Isn’t it quite telling that, time after time, it’s Republicans who are asked to roll up their sleeves and climb down into a filthy latrine operated by Leftists and clean it up so the Leftists can use it again?
And between latrine-cleaning jobs, Republicans are called the most vile names by these very same Leftists!

I hope Romney turns the job down!

After all, they will fight him all the while he’s cleaning THEIR LATRINE, they will call him the worst names, smear the entire Republican Party in the process, and after he’s done cleaning up THEIR LATRINE so it’s useable again, the ungrateful Leftists will tar & feather him and run him out of time on a rail. And you KNOW this is exactly what will happen!

Mahdi on March 3, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Do the right thing, Governor.

Appoint Mitt Romney.

ROCnPhilly on March 3, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Oh, wait… Romney’s not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Let’s go for broke. No. Let’s go for “broke and can’t be fixed”. Appoint Jesse Jackson.

ROCnPhilly on March 3, 2013 at 10:01 AM

we’re much closer to the middle of nowhere than “Sodom and Gomorrah”.

alwaysfiredup on March 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Interesting point. I have never actually drawn a distinction there.

Jaibones on March 3, 2013 at 10:01 AM

want to know the really funny part … the democrats are going to bulldoze large parts of the city and turn it into farmland A.K. plantations …now if the democrats run true to form who will they have working these plantations

Aggie95 on March 3, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Perhaps Michigan should carve Detroit off it’s topography and ship it to Kalifornia…

What could possibly go wrong other than a new bevy of Crips and Bloods to battle the Kings?

Win Win.

Polish Rifle on March 4, 2013 at 2:43 PM

want to know the really funny part … the democrats are going to bulldoze large parts of the city and turn it into farmland A.K. plantations
Aggie95 on March 3, 2013 at 10:12 PM

…are you serious???

MelonCollie on March 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

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