Ed Schultz: “Thanks to a lot of Republican policies, [Detroit] is now filing for bankruptcy”

posted at 12:31 pm on July 21, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

We’ve got another one, ya’ll. I thought Melissa Harris-Perry’s utterly illogical talking point about Detroit serving as an example of what “Republicans would impose on us” was bad, but this… Do you think that maybe he actually believes what he’s saying, or that he’s just straight-up lying through his teeth because there is literally no good way to spin Detroit’s fiscal collapse as anything other than the inevitable conclusion of a total progressive utopia without peddling outright falsehoods? Because, according to Mr. Schultz — and stay with him here, because there’s a good chance you might not have realized this — Detroit’s ruin was actually the end result of a conservative utopia. Is your mind blown, or what?

Michigan used to be a symbol of industrial strength in manufacturing in this country. But thanks to a lot of Republican policies, the city is now filing for bankruptcy. Now, it’s the largest public sector bankruptcy in U.S. history, and the consequences could be devastating if you care about people. The already small force of police, firefighters and EMTs are in danger of future layoffs, that’s only going to make it worse. Roughly 30,000 retired workers are concerned about their pensions. You know, what they’re counting on. Make no mistake, Detroit is exactly what the Republicans want. They outsourced manufacturing jobs, attack unions, cut public services, and this is the result. Now they can wipe the slate clean because now they can start privatizing city assets.

Okay, Ed. Let’s go ahead and forget the fact that a large and liberal government made extravagant promises over the decades that it had no way of keeping; and that one of Detroit’s largest employers has been the city itself, and the now shrinking public employee force and benefits getting cut are because of the city’s utter lack of fiscal sustainability, not because of some draconian Republican budget-cutting victory; and that unions have absolutely dominated Detroit and its politics for decades, and Michigan’s first right-to-work law only went into effect less than six months ago, and that one of the appeals of right-to-work is in fact keeping workers economically competitive and thereby prevent outsourcing; and I’m not sure exactly how emergency financial manager Kevin Orr “failed” when none of the concerned parties would give an inch in negotiations, nor what Ed’s suggestions are for what Orr should have done instead, but whatever — never mind all that. Republicans, guys. Those damn Republicans. Amirite?

 


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Bmore on July 21, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Sounds like Dem talking points. This is what we’ve become. The Dems know this Detroit mess can be laid directly at their door so what fo they do? A pre-emptive strike with a meme that its the Republicans fault. I give them credit because they really do know their base is filled with idiots who will swallow this whole. Heaven knows these fools would never google the history of Detroit and see its been a Dem experiment and Union utopia for decades. A group of people who would use protests “for Trayvon” to protest Fox News aren’t exactly the sharpest knives in the drawer.

neyney on July 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Ed Schultz has got to be the dumbest f-ing man on the planet. I don’t think even Barack “The Man of a Thousand Excuses” Obama is blaming Republicans for all Detroit’s problems.

VorDaj on July 21, 2013 at 6:44 PM

BOOOOSH!!!!eleventy!!11

RebeccaH on July 21, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Can we have a Libtard of the Week poll? I want to nominate Ed for the first four weeks!!

dddave on July 21, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Roughly 30,000 retired workers are concerned about their pensions.

Unions made, and continue to make, promises that can’t be sustained. We see it in Oregon as the legislature tries to balance a budget and fund the demands of the public employees union’s retirement plan. Any curtailment in funding or benefits is vehemently opposed by the unions. Reality check: There just isn’t enough money in the pot anymore.

Pazman on July 21, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Republicans wanted Detroit to go bankrupt so they could swoop in and start buyingup “assets”? For the last few years you have been able to buy whole neighborhoods, at five bucks a house. Why weren’t those evil capitalists “swooping in” then? Because in this liberal hellhole (I know, redundant) five bucks is more than they’re worth. Especially when Detroit “swoops in” and taxes them at previous full value. Democrats are vultures.

Squiggy on July 21, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Yeah, all those Republican mayors drove Detroit into the ground!

WannabeAnglican on July 21, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Ed Schultz: “Thanks to a lot of Republican policies, [Detroit] is now filing for bankruptcy”

This is what you say when a) you’re a dishonest hack or b) batshit crazy. Those two groups are obviously not exclusive, especially in this instance.

Physics Geek on July 21, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Lying liars and the lies they lie.

Mojave Mark on July 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM

ya’ll

Just for the record, the word is spelled y’all (contraction of “you all”, with the apostrophe replacing the letters “ou”).

Even some native Texans get it wrong.

AesopFan on July 21, 2013 at 7:59 PM

I thought Melissa Harris-Perry’s utterly illogical talking point about Detroit serving as an example of what “Republicans would impose on us” was bad, but this…

Check out Melissa’s new earrings!

Class personified.

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Del Dolemonte on July 21, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Apparently this is going to be MSNBC’s standard analysis. That won’t make it any more persuasive unless you’ve checked your brains at the Progressive HQ.

flataffect on July 21, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Jeepers, he sure is a dick.

justltl on July 22, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Playing to his base. All half a dozen of ‘em.

HiJack on July 22, 2013 at 1:08 AM

I propose we rename Detroit, West Israel and sell the homes for $1 to the Israelis, just in case Iraq decides to glassify Tel Aviv. If they can turn sand into an oasis, Detroit should be no problem. And bring a brigade of the IDF.

Tekov Yahoser on July 22, 2013 at 3:08 AM

F*******ck….honestly, who cares. It’s the democrats fault. They own it no matter what sh*t brain squeeeeeks.

birdhurd on July 22, 2013 at 4:31 AM

He’s speaking to the low information voter who never quite understood cause and effect.

Ukiah on July 22, 2013 at 7:25 AM

A horse is a horse of course of course and nobody talks to a horse of course (theme song from an old tv sitcom)…maybe that was a different Ed?

teejk on July 22, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Thanks to a lot of idiots, Ed Schultz is still on television.

NoPain on July 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

NoPain on July 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Who, his three viewers or the three execs who pander to the the three viewers?

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Opps, got on a roll with the the’s. That’s not a word!!!!

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2013 at 9:08 AM

A gentle reminder of who Schultz is.

Bmore on July 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Typical Alinsky tactic.

kirkill on July 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM

This is all it will be – the democrats cannot allow the reality of Detroit to become the known narrative.

This is also related to not repealing or delaying the indivudal mandate – the WH needs to use Obamacare to register more low info voters and the exchanges are how he plans to do it.

Zomcon JEM on July 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Because, according to Mr. Schultz — and stay with him here, because there’s a good chance you might not have realized this — Detroit’s ruin was actually the end result of a conservative utopia. Is your mind blown, or what?

Blown, absolutely. I didn’t even know conservatives wanted a utopia. Thought that was a vision for progressives.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 22, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Ed Shultz is a lunatic. Lunatics should not be given attention. They should be left to rant to other lunatics (his audience). He may as well blame Obamacare on Ted Cruz!

cajunpatriot on July 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

The last Republican Mayor of Detroit was Louis Miriani. His term ended in 1962.

With that in mind,ya know, if we’re talking politics, I am a little confused how this is the result of Republican’s policies. Especially with a Democrat in the White House for the past 6 years. Not that national politics has anything to do with it.

And the biggest loss of jobs overseas occurred during the end of Carter’s presidency.

But these are just facts.

Marcus Traianus on July 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

How can they say this? Someone of authority needs to ask him to be specific in these charges. I don’t know how much more of this I can stand.

djl130 on July 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

I’m totally amazed someone actually recorded anything this man said. It had to quadruple his ratings. I admire you, Erika, for listening through any diatribe coming from this man. I’ve seen a lot in my 65 years, but my stomach just can’t handle anything coming out of this dude’s piehole. Ditto for the rest of his MSNBC colleagues, but at least some of them are occasionally worth a chuckle. Or maybe just a rolling of the eyes.

yesiamapirate on July 22, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Ed Shultz is a lunatic. Lunatics should not be given attention. They should be left to rant to other lunatics (his audience). He may as well blame Obamacare on Ted Cruz!

cajunpatriot on July 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

That ad is probably already in the can.

yesiamapirate on July 22, 2013 at 3:26 PM

I think liberals are desperate to throw flak like this to cover the real reason (which I suspect most already know) for Detroit’s downhill slide, viz., violent African American crime starting with the large scale 1967 Detroit riots of African Americans that resulted in 43 dead, 1189 injured, over 7,200 arrests, much looting and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed. Whites simply started moving to the suburbs taking a lot of expertise & tax base with them.

The resultant relative black population increase just made the city less safe over time until, along with incompetent & corrupt black management it arrives at its current hopeless state. Black crime rate and a city’s demise cannot be discussed in the MSM and other excuses must be found.

Similar problems, of course, exits in other major cities with high violent black crime rates. Compare thriving Pittsburgh (which lost a steel industry) and its demographics.

IMHO a city like Detroit of ~85% black and less that 10% white cannot “come back” even if “bailed out” of its debt.

Chessplayer on July 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Tell lies long enough and some fools will believe it!

losarkos on July 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Can’t we do with just one less restarted MSNBC moron?

RdLake on July 23, 2013 at 5:08 AM

Why should we care what Col Klink’s side kick thinks?

MJBrutus on July 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM

What? Words must have other meanings than the definitions I thought I knew.

petunia on July 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Wha’ happened……..he didn’t blame it on Bush?

kjatexas on July 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM

This guy can’t be serious. He is just another Al Sharpton but in a different venue. There is absolutely no way he could possibly be stupid enough to believe his own nonsense.

Then MSNBC has the same person come on, sometimes as a male, and sometimes as a female. That whole cadre of nincompoops do not even rise to the standard of being a joke.

saiga on July 23, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Interesting sites on the net telling the amount of the city’s population to support the government employee. NYC is worse than Detroit. The whole Country is near Detroit when you consider 10% of our population is a government employee and that is 30 million government jobs our taxes are funding.

mixplix on July 24, 2013 at 7:53 AM

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