Gov. Snyder: Detroit’s bankruptcy filing was “the right thing to do and the only viable option”

posted at 1:41 pm on July 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

For all of the tremendous vitriol that progressives heaped upon Mitt Romney for even daring to suggest that Detroit’s auto industry should cut its losses and undergo a managed bankruptcy that would eventually help to get things back on track, and for all of President Obama and his campaign’s high-handed scolding over what a stupid idea that would have been and their insistence that Detroit has come “roaring back,” some of the same intransigent unions to which the president was pandering with all of that bailout money — as well as wildly unsustainable pension funds and terrible local governance — have ultimately helped to take to take the city down to fiscal rock-bottom territory anyway.

It was a long and completely predictable downward spiral, and it’s going to mean a lot of dire material hardship for a lot of people — but as Michigan Gov. Snyder said last night, a bankruptcy filing was the last option left available, and it’s really exactly what the city needs to keep it going in the long run. Via NRO:

Meanwhile, over at the White House, President Obama is supposedly monitoring the nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy evah, but is shying away from committing any federal help. Via Politico:

“The president and members of the president’s senior team continue to closely monitor the situation in Detroit,” spokeswoman Amy Brundage said Thursday. “While leaders on the ground in Michigan and the city’s creditors understand that they must find a solution to Detroit’s serious financial challenge, we remain committed to continuing our strong partnership with Detroit as it works to recover and revitalize and maintain its status as one of America’s great cities.”

The tepid reaction Thursday comes after saving the Detroit auto industry was a central feature of Obama’s re-election campaign…

“But we refused to throw in the towel and do nothing,” Obama said in the Oct. 13 address. “We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt.”

Oh, and while we’re on the subject, here’s another absolute gem from the president appearing in Michigan back in December: At the end of last year, the state went through the ringer in the effort to become the country’s 24th Right-to-Work state, and President Obama of course felt compelled to weigh in about how Republicans — Republicans — were thereby fostering a “race to the bottom”:

These so-called right-to-work laws, they don’t have to do with economics; they have everything to do with politics. What they are really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money. … We don’t want a race to the bottom. We want a race to the top. America’s not gonna’ compete based on low-skill, low-wage, no workers’ rights — that’s not our competitive advantage.

And, added bonus, here’s what Harry Reid said at the time, too:

This is a blatant attempt by Michigan Republicans to assault the collective bargaining process and undermine the standard of living it has helped foster. … Elected officials, labor leaders and business leaders can and should work towards the common goals of job creation, improving our economy and strengthening middle-class families. But this partisan power grab is a setback to prospects for compromise.

Detroit has been dominated by progressive policies and big unions for decades now — and yet it’s conservative policies like Right-to-Work that undermine the standard of living? Uhm… Ed posted one of Steven Crowder’s very pertinent throwbacks in the Green Room last night, and in his latest vid on the current goings-on in the Motor City, Steven reminds us that Detroit is going to have a rough time finding a Republican scapegoat for this one:


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Detroit is the direct result of progressiveness.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:43 PM

The Fool of Detroit

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Detroit s/b what Jackson means when he talks about “US apartheid”, the poverty pimp, among Sharpton, obama, Holder and others.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

What? They didn’t think of minting a trillion dollar coin?

BobMbx on July 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Sell Detroit to Donald Trump and let him rebuild it.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Best tweet of the year:
If Obama had a city it would look like Detroit.

gwelf on July 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Best tweet of the year:
If Obama had a city it would look like Detroit.

gwelf on July 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

He should put his library there. It w/b very fitting.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM

” See what RtW caused !” – Any liberal.

Jabberwock on July 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Detroit was hoping for Obama’s stash.
The hope didn’t work out so I guess change is all that’s left.

ORconservative on July 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Detroit’s problems are all the Beatles’ fault:

Reporter: “What do you think about the campaign in Detroit to stamp out the Beatles?”
Paul McCartney: “We’ve got a campaign to stamp out Detroit.”

February 7, 1964

NoFanofLibs on July 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Let the residents of Dearborn move there – they’d feel right at home.

tommyboy on July 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Todd Starnes
President Obama is now our Race-Baiter in Chief. His remarks today on the Trayvon Martin tragedy are beyond reprehensible.

“Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” he said. He actually said the outcome might have been different if Trayvon had been white.

Folks – we have reached a very dangerous point in this nation when the president of the united states begins to question the judicial system.

Could Deetroit have been saved if it had been white?

PappyD61 on July 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

That word, viable, I don’t think it means what you think it means.

SailorMark on July 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Chicago is next:

Bloomberg News – July 17, 2013:

Mounting pension liabilities have cost Chicago another cut in its credit standing as Moody’s Investors Service reduced the general-obligation debt rating for the nation’s third-largest city by three steps to A3, citing a $36 billion retirement-fund deficit and “unrelenting public safety demands” on the budget.

Moody’s also placed the city’s $7.7 billion in general-obligation bonds under a negative outlook, indicating another cut may be made. The moves follow a review that began in April, when the New York-based rating company said it was reevaluating the credit effects of municipal retirement obligations.

Robert_Paulson on July 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Love the Steven Crowder vid – it all starts with Barackobama dot com.!

Maybe with half the city in ruins, Detroit needs Mayor Nagin to come up there and help make Detroit into a ‘chocolate city’.

Harbingeing on July 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

OT, but Obama finally commented on the trial. And guess what he said…

(from CNN’s website)

Obama says “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” in his first live comments on the court case

DethMetalCookieMonst on July 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Question: How many IRS audits target Detroit officials?

Answer: ROTFLMAO

Limerick on July 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Gov. Snyder: Detroit’s bankruptcy filing was “the right thing to do and the only viable option”

Well, there may have been one last option:

Bring in Bill Lambeer to run things…if nothing else,
he would’ve started punching people.

ToddPA on July 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

http://omg.yahoo.com/news/kate-middleton-price-william-abruptly-leave-bucklebury-london-153000045-us-weekly.html

Breaking!!

One step closer to the royal magic hour! After about a week away in the comfort of the Middleton family home in the English countryside, pregnant Kate Middleton — plus husband Prince William — abruptly departed Bucklebury with police escorts around 3 p.m. local time Friday, July 19, Us Weekly can confirm. The expectant royal couple are bound for London, and all royal protection officers have since departed the Bucklebury area.

Would the Royals consider naming him TrayVon in memory of the Hooded Saint?

Shouldn’t the British people demand it?

Paging Reverend Al!!! Paging Reverend Al!!!

Make those rich British Crackas bow down.

PappyD61 on July 19, 2013 at 1:56 PM

On Facebook the Chicks on the Right nailed it.

“If I had a city, it would look like Detroit.”

Hey Chicks, he’s working on making that come true for the whole country.

PappyD61 on July 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Deeee-troit! The Democratic “Worker’s Paradise”. Where every Democratic economic theory has been put into practice. Deee-troit! If the mayor isn’t in prison, he soon will be.

The answer is obvious! RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE!

And raise taxes! Again!

GarandFan on July 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

It was neither the only option, nor the right thing to do.

That would have been to evacuate the city, bulldoze it, and start over.

But then, nobody listened when I said we should have just left New Orleans to sink into the Gulf on its own, so there are now two major cities on my list of Doomed to Repeat History.

Take a good long look at your Model City, progs.

The Schaef on July 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Would that this turns out to be a proving ground for conservative principles vs the past.
Long road, and many severe consequences, but it sure would be great to witness.

pambi on July 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Welcome to the Thugocratic States of America.

Speaking at the White House on Friday, President Obama addressed the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin for the first time since 2012, when he declared that if he had a son, he’d look like Martin. This time, Obama said, “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”

Obama also said, “Reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. Once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works.”

Obama said he was “bouncing around” ideas with his staff on how to respond to the Zimmerman verdict, adding, “I think it is going to be important for us to do some soul searching.” Pushing against Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, Obama stated, “If Trayvon Martin was of his age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?”

Finally, Obama went into the racial complexities of the Martin situation: “If a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.” He did say, “As difficult and as challenging as this whole episode has been, I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better…We’re becoming a more perfect union, not a perfect union, but a more perfect union.”

Obama took no questions from the press.

All hail the thug in chief.

PappyD61 on July 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Andy Borowitz says “BREAKING: Detroit receives $18 Billion After Declaring Itself a Bank”

libfreeordie on July 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Gov. Snyder: Detroit’s bankruptcy filing was “the right thing to do and the only viable option”

Well, there may have been one last option:

Bring in Bill Lambeer to run things…if nothing else,
he would’ve started punching people.

ToddPA on July 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

“The yellow gutless way they do things here!!!”

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

This is Detroit today – after 51 years of ‘Progressive’ and 39 years of ‘black rule.’ No ‘apartheid’ here, Jesse.

The Destruction of Detroit (Photo Essay)- Expanded

Over 275 photos.

Resist We Much on July 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

All those white people left and took all the tax money.///

docflash on July 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

If libbies can try to blame conservatives for Obamacare, which I’ve seen…they’ll try to blame conservatives for Detroit.

22044 on July 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Andy Borowitz says “BREAKING: Detroit receives $18 Billion After Declaring Itself a Bank”

libfreeordie on July 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

BREAKING: Detroit receives $18 Billion After Declaring Itself a Union-Controlled Auto Company

sentinelrules on July 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Gov. Snyder: Detroit’s bankruptcy filing was “the right thing to do and the only viable option”

Well, there may have been one last option:

Bring in Bill Lambeer to run things…if nothing else,
he would’ve started punching people.

ToddPA on July 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

“The yellow gutless way they do things here!!!”

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

HAHAHAHHAHHA!!

Love it!

Yeah, I was one of those fans who HATED the Pistons!

Biggest bunch of Rotten Azz coward thugs!

And Lambeer was the WORST!

ToddPA on July 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM

What? They didn’t think of minting a trillion dollar coin?

BobMbx on July 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

I’m sure it came up. Detroit has the worst taxes in the state. They have the highest city income tax, they have the highest property taxes, and they have a unique utility surcharge of 5%. They also have a minimum wage law that is insane as well. Is it any wonder people fled this city?

NotCoach on July 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Serious question for those knowledgeable: Detroit and Buffalo are essentially carbon copy examples of explosive industrial growth during the early 20th century, a 1950s peak, followed by a long painful decay and decline.

Why has Buffalo never quite reached the breaking point while Detroit obviously, just did?

Robert_Paulson on July 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

I think it could be easily proven that, if Detroit had done this 5 years ago, it would have been a lot easier and a lot less damaging to the city. We know there are others out there, hanging around, watching to outcome of this.

Once liberals feel they don’t have to actually be responsible for their actions and can just drag a city down until there’s nowhere to go and then declare bankruptcy, the floodgates will be opened.

I heard this on the radio and it’s apt, “If Obama had a city, it would look like Detroit.” The question is, how long, under Obamas policies, will it be before the whole country is like Detroit?

bflat879 on July 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

I can’t imagine why Crowder continues to live in the cesspool of SE Michigan when he could move to the West Side (Grand Rapids) or up north (Traverse City) where it’s beautiful, (relatively) conservative and an art haven. The ‘Pure Michigan’ campaign has been incredibly successful at dispelling the myth that Detroit=Michigan, so I find this send-up a bit counter productive, but it was well done.

AmeriCuda on July 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Obama says “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” in his first live comments on the court case

DethMetalCookieMonst on July 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I…will…..resist….in…commenting…..

BobMbx on July 19, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Andy Borowitz says “BREAKING: Detroit receives $18 Billion After Declaring Itself a Bank”

libfreeordie on July 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

And who was it that supported these bank bailouts? In fact, whose Treasury Department forced many banks to take bailout money even though they didn’t want it?

Tell me something, why are you so Fluking oblivious? As much time as you spend around here you would think you might have noticed at one point or another most of us opposed TARP.

NotCoach on July 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Obama says “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” in his first live comments on the court case

DethMetalCookieMonst on July 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I…will…..resist….in…commenting…..

BobMbx on July 19, 2013 at 2:20 PM

The hook has been baited hasn’t it, put some more wood on the fire barky. what an a wipe.

MontanaMmmm on July 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Obama says “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” in his first live comments on the court case

DethMetalCookieMonst on July 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Obama was a privileged, drug-addicted, “cool guy” attending a prep school in Hawaii.

Demogogue president demogogues.

22044 on July 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Serious question for those knowledgeable: Detroit and Buffalo are essentially carbon copy examples of explosive industrial growth during the early 20th century, a 1950s peak, followed by a long painful decay and decline.

Why has Buffalo never quite reached the breaking point while Detroit obviously, just did?

Robert_Paulson on July 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

I can only speak for Detroit. Back in the 60′s and 70′s Detroit became very hostile to businesses and basically made them feel unwelcome through their taxation policies and leftist social (and quite racist) engineering. The result is not only a bankrupt city today, but a majority population that believes anyone outside of Detroit only wants to enslave them and steal their stuff. Someone from New York can tell us about Buffalo.

NotCoach on July 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

HAHAHAHHAHHA!!

Love it!

Yeah, I was one of those fans who HATED the Pistons!

Biggest bunch of Rotten Azz coward thugs!

And Lambeer was the WORST!

ToddPA on July 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM

The Bad Boys were the best damn basketball team ever, so you can go suck it!

NotCoach on July 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Detroit’s bankruptcy is just the latest example of the inevitable end of progressive leadership and progressive policies.

What is dumbfounding is that so many Americans can’t be bothered to look at what is happening in these cities and states after 4 or 5 decades of progressive leadership and link those failures to those who are trying to expand progressivism throughout the country.

The fault in the progressive totalitarian agenda is not in how it was / is being implemented – the fault is in the core of the agenda itself.

Athos on July 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Obama says “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” in his first live comments on the court case
 
DethMetalCookieMonst on July 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

 
A violent homophobe?
 
Well, okay , Mr. President. If you insist.

rogerb on July 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Bankruptcy? What bankruptcy?

DetNews: Ingham County judge rules Detroit bankruptcy be withdrawn

Lansing — Ruling that the governor and Detroit’s emergency manager violated the state constitution, an Ingham County Circuit judge ordered Friday that Detroit’s federal bankruptcy filing be withdrawn.

“It’s absolutely needed,” said Judge Rosemary Aquilina, observing she hopes Gov. Rick Snyder “reads certain sections of the (Michigan) constitution and reconsiders his actions.”

Aquilina’s ruling should quickly move state-level legal skirmishing over the Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy strategy into the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Suits filed by lawyers representing unions and the city’s employees pension plans have the potential to slow down federal bankruptcy proceedings and could end up in federal court.

Ward Cleaver on July 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

The Bad Boys were the best damn basketball team ever, so you can go suck it!

NotCoach on July 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

I wasn’t a Detroit Pistons fan, but I rooted for them in the playoffs those years.

22044 on July 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM

A ton of people are going to be devestated by this. It is going to hurt the property owners, small neighborhood business people, the guys that have the contracts to keep the parks up, etc. If, and that is a big if, they can get out from under the crushing underfunded Union pensions and health care costs, they might be able to make it back. I do not see that happening, but it might. In the meantime everyone who lives in and around Detroit will continue to suffer.

Johnnyreb on July 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Detroit’s fate is the very reason liberals hate federalism.

Productive people and businesses can choose to go elsewhere when the environment is polluted by liberal policies.

When everyone is forced to follow the exact same policies, there’s no place to escape to.

That’s also the reason the federal government won’t let States enforce immigration laws. The states where the laws are not enforced would be inundated by illegal aliens. For example, if california did not enforce the laws and Arizona and Texas did enforce them, illegal aliens would flow from Texas and Arizona into california. Therefore, the federal government cannot allow anyone to enforce immigration laws.

On the other hand, the federal government forces all States to enforce environmental laws and regulations.

jaime on July 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Ward Cleaver on July 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

A political ruling that will get quashed in short order. The judged should be disbarred and banned from ever serving on the bench again.

“It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant Attorney General Brian Devlin. “It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.”

Aquilina said she would make sure President Obama got a copy of her order.

NotCoach on July 19, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Andy Borowitz says “BREAKING: Detroit receives $18 Billion After Declaring Itself a Bank”
 
libfreeordie on July 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

 
We were all worried when you disappeared from yesterday’s thread after your post about how racism prevents the support of illegal possession of firearms by minors.
 
Thank goodness you’re okay.

rogerb on July 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Andy Borowitz says “BREAKING: Detroit receives $18 Billion After Declaring Itself a Bank”

libfreeordie on July 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Detroit was already bailed out. So what’s your theory behind Obama and other liberal Democrats refusing to bail them out again? The Obama admin has a very cozy, back-and-forth relationships with Goldman Sachs, Citibank and other very large institutions which have fared well under his reign.

gwelf on July 19, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Rather than play the race-baiting ‘victims’ card, the President would have done far better to acknowledge the half century of Democrat policies that created a cycle of dependency targeted at black Americans, that led to, for many in the cities, the destruction of the traditional family, the collapse of education within most cities, and directly contributed to a disproportionate number of black Americans turning to crime and drugs, and suggested some real policies to correct these challenges.

He could also have taken the ‘Bill Cosby’ tone and also attacked the social embracing of the black gansta rap culture as contributing to the problems.

But, to remain loyal to the progressive agenda and continue to advance racial tensions [ie never let a crisis go to waste], it’s far easier to continue to race bait, lie, and redefine history.

Athos on July 19, 2013 at 2:43 PM

docflash on July 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

And – unfortunately for the Proggies – that is precisely it in a nutshell – except I would say all the RESPONSIBLE people left – the people who would actually work – and not tinge it with race.

PJ Emeritus on July 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Andy Borowitz says “BREAKING: Detroit receives $18 Billion After Declaring Itself a Bank”
libfreeordie on July 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Detroit is going bankrupt because of threats from Democrats in Congress and community organizers about their lending practices and economic pressure from Freddie/Fannie?

gwelf on July 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Best tweet of the year:
If Obama had a city it would look like Detroit.

gwelf on July 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

He should put his library there. It w/b very fitting.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM

By the time he leaves office, the whole country will look like Detroit, so it won’t much matter where he puts his library.

CJ on July 19, 2013 at 2:47 PM

HAHAHAHHAHHA!!

Love it!

Yeah, I was one of those fans who HATED the Pistons!

Biggest bunch of Rotten Azz coward thugs!

And Lambeer was the WORST!

ToddPA on July 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM

The Bad Boys were the best damn basketball team ever, so you can go suck it!

NotCoach on July 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Yeah, yeah…..

Hey, you know what was really great??

That Eastern Conference Final in 1987 when Bird STOLE
the inbounds pass, dished to Dennis Johnson for the final
bucket, and THEY BEAT THE PISTON’S AZZES!!

HHAHAHHAHHAHAHA!!!

ToddPA on July 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Yeah, yeah…..

Hey, you know what was really great??

That Eastern Conference Final in 1987 when Bird STOLE
the inbounds pass, dished to Dennis Johnson for the final
bucket, and THEY BEAT THE PISTON’S AZZES!!

HHAHAHHAHHAHAHA!!!

ToddPA on July 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Yeah, I coulda killed someone that day.

NotCoach on July 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

I would respectfully deign to add a line to Lady Thatcher’s famous quote about Socialism – Evetually, you run out of other people’s money” – to whit – “or the people who have the money run out.”

PJ Emeritus on July 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM

and in his latest vid on the current goings-on in the Motor City, Steven reminds us that Detroit is going to have a rough time finding a Republican scapegoat for this one:

Problem is the lefty liberal commie progs already know socialism (communism light) is and has always been a total failure where economic prosperity and quality of life are concerned, they just don’t want to admit it. Also, they will somehow find a way to blame the rich, the conservatives, evil corporations, etc for Detroit’s epic financial collapse.

When they (lefty liberal commie progs) talk about social and economic “justice” they always talk about a “level playing field” or everyone being on the same level and how it’s all about “fairness.” Problem is what they fail to realize (either through ignorance, willful blindness or out and out lying) is in order to create their socialist utopia EVERYONE will be be worse off, including them! In other words, it will create an even playing field of less prosperity and quality of life for everyone except for the political and celebrity elite!

If we continue letting them take us down this path then be prepared for Detroit’s fate coming to your town in the not too distant future!

Pure Detroit indeed…I’d say own it lefty liberal commie progs but they won’t!

Liberty or Death on July 19, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Yeah, I coulda killed someone that day.

NotCoach on July 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

I nearly fell out of my chair on that one!

Talk about a major choke! Geez!

The only person I liked on the Pistons was John Salley.

And their Coach.

ToddPA on July 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

ToddPA on July 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Biggest blunder in Pistons’ history. That game was already won by the Pistons, they just needed to inbound the damn ball! And you liked Daly? Who do you think made them the team they were? :P

NotCoach on July 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Biggest blunder in Pistons’ history. That game was already won by the Pistons, they just needed to inbound the damn ball! And you liked Daly? Who do you think made them the team they were? :P

NotCoach on July 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Yeah, I know, Daly was the Man. But I respected him…

ToddPA on July 19, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Could Deetroit have been saved if it had been white?

PappyD61 on July 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

I have lived in the Detroit area most of my life (and attended a Catholic high school in the city).

Detroit had no major problems when it was white (before the 1967 riot). It was solvent, had decent schools and city services and many safe neighborhoods. Not meaning to sound racist, but can anyone name a city or country with black leadership that has been successful (including the United States)?

bw222 on July 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Detroit is the direct result of progressiveness.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Amen! And Johnson’s “Great Society!” Along with the reest of the “Social Engineering” of the last century! Coming to a city nesr you!

tomshup on July 19, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Why has Buffalo never quite reached the breaking point while Detroit obviously, just did?

Robert_Paulson on July 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Buffalo never had Coleman Young or Kwame Kilpatrick as mayor. Dave Bing, Detroit’s current mayor, is an honest man and tried to do a good job (as did Dennis Archer), but the damage had been done.

bw222 on July 19, 2013 at 3:22 PM

I would respectfully deign to add a line to Lady Thatcher’s famous quote about Socialism – Evetually, you run out of other people’s money” – to whit – “or the people who have the money run out.”

PJ Emeritus on July 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM

True, and what should be really obvious to the liberal commie progs is their socialism (communism light) creates a double-whammy as you touched on PJ. Their agenda of “social and economic justice” does two things, first it encourages dependence on gubment handouts and second it causes those that are productive (businesses and people that create prosperity and a good quality of life) to leave those states as they cannot survive under the increased taxes and regulatory burden. Then eventually all those states, cities, etc are left with are the takers with no makers!

Anyone with half a brain can tell you such an economic environment/system is not sustainable and will collapse, yet the liberal commie progs want us to believe that socialism is the best system when history has proven time after time they are wrong or they are flat out liars!

This is what’s happening in Cali and they are headed for the same disaster as Detroit and as far as I am concerned it couldn’t happen to a better state and people…eat cake you liberal commie progs, I hope you all choke on it!

Liberty or Death on July 19, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Well we’ve lived with rants against perpetuating people welfare and rants against perpetuating corporate welfare; will we now hear the needed rants about welfare for self-destructive big-government?

Who will get blamed this time by the left for their own failure?
Whitey?
Bush?
The “rich and selfish?”
“insufficient taxes”
“anti-unionism?”
or nebulous “forces” or generic “hard-heartedness?”

Someone please send Pogo into Detroit and all those failed or failing inner-cities run by the left to tell them to stop looking elsewhere: “the enemy is us!”

Don L on July 19, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Andy Borowitz says “BREAKING: Detroit receives $18 Billion After Declaring Itself a Bank”

low-information perfesser on July 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Banks paid back nearly all of the money loaned to them during the bailouts, with interest.

No one in their right mind would ‘loan’ money to Detroit and expect it back, ever. Detroit wants free cash, no questions asked, no terms, no payback. Even the REB is not that stupid.

slickwillie2001 on July 19, 2013 at 3:34 PM

I suspect that if Detroit has been cunning enough to have filed for financial amnesty, the gang of eight would find them a plan…

Don L on July 19, 2013 at 3:39 PM

FLASHBACK:

Flashback: Obama 2012: ‘We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt
2012
****

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6Su5mjQSaE

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Do the unions have standing to file a lawsuit? This is between the state and the federal government.

Skywise on July 19, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Judge: Detroit bankruptcy filing violates state Constitution, must be withdrawn – @freep

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http://www.freep.com/article/20130719/NEWS06/307190075/detroit-bankruptcy-ingham-county-rosemarie-aquilina-pension

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 3:44 PM

bw222 on July 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

It’s not the race, its the ideology. Black govt executives succeed for the same reasons govt executives of other races succeed — adhering to some variation on a theme that stresses fiscally responsible public budgets, market-friendly economic growth policies, aggressive public safety policies, and preaching racial and ethnic harmony. Since these are all center or center-right governing principles, and since most black mayors, etc tend to be liberal democrats, there’s a limit to how much they will be successful, of course.

Who qualifies? Here are three names many mainstream commentators would have considered successful at least at the time: Tom Bradley of Los Angeles (former cop and Mayor for 20 years during 70s, 80s, and 90s); Dennis Archer of Detroit (was tax-cutting Mayor of Detroit during the 90s when there was last hope of a turnaround); Anthony Williams of Washington, DC (Mayor during late 90s and early 2000s widely seen as leading a serious fiscal house cleaning and economic revitalization).

Robert_Paulson on July 19, 2013 at 3:48 PM

I can’t imagine why Crowder continues to live in the cesspool of SE Michigan when he could move to the West Side (Grand Rapids) or up north (Traverse City) where it’s beautiful, (relatively) conservative and an art haven. The ‘Pure Michigan’ campaign has been incredibly successful at dispelling the myth that Detroit=Michigan, so I find this send-up a bit counter productive, but it was well done.

AmeriCuda on July 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Oh believe me, I don’t live in SE Michigan.

I love, LOVE Western and Northern Michigan. Specifically Grand Rapids through Leelanau County. One of the best areas in the country.

StevenCrowder on July 19, 2013 at 3:54 PM

If Detroit runs its ‘bank’ like it has it city, the results will be the same.

Resist We Much on July 19, 2013 at 3:58 PM

The question is, how long, under Obamas policies, will it be before the whole country is like Detroit?

bflat879 on July 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

That’s what I’m wondering. I don’t think this is merely Detroit’s plight. Where, in the country, are conservative economic policies a matter of public policy? What city, state, county, etc.?

Is it merely a matter of time?

Cleombrotus on July 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Serious question for those knowledgeable: Detroit and Buffalo are essentially carbon copy examples of explosive industrial growth during the early 20th century, a 1950s peak, followed by a long painful decay and decline.

Why has Buffalo never quite reached the breaking point while Detroit obviously, just did?

Robert_Paulson on July 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Buffalo Wings?

Proximity to Niagara Falls?

Central location on the NY State Thruway?

Or maybe having its footie team go to the Super Bowl 4 years in a row?

Actually it’s because the region found other “industries” after losing shipping and rail lines; they have a large financial services presence and also a major health services presence. But of course the State of NY is the region’s biggest employers.

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

HAHAHAHHAHHA!!

Love it!

Yeah, I was one of those fans who HATED the Pistons!

Biggest bunch of Rotten Azz coward thugs!

And Lambeer was the WORST!

ToddPA on July 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM

The Bad Boys were the best damn basketball team ever, so you can go suck it!

NotCoach on July 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

My Celtics and their 17 championship banners would have to respectfully disagree. That’s almost 6 times as many flags as the Valves have.

And the Pistons weren’t even a native Detroit team-they moved there from Indiana! Fort Wayne, to be exact.

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Ward Cleaver on July 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

A political ruling that will get quashed in short order. The judged should be disbarred and banned from ever serving on the bench again.

“It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant Attorney General Brian Devlin. “It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.”

Aquilina said she would make sure President Obama got a copy of her order.

NotCoach on July 19, 2013 at 2:35 PM

The Detroit News says she has “strong Democratic ties”. Claude Rains could not be reached for comment.

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Smell that?

Ahhh, a perfectly functioning service economy.

Too bad they didn’t have more of a financial sector with all their innovative products.

WryTrvllr on July 19, 2013 at 5:12 PM

“It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.”

Wow. I thought my cynicism had fully consumed me, that there was nothing the Democrats could do or say that would surprise me ever again. I was wrong. “Obama (peace be upon him) has said Detroit shall not be bankrupt, therefore Detroit is not bankrupt. Case dismissed.”

Fabozz on July 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Heh. Twitter strikes again.

novaculus on July 19, 2013 at 5:19 PM

New Steyn…

The Downfall of Detroit

Resist We Much on July 19, 2013 at 7:27 PM