Video: Snyder not interested in bailout for Detroit

posted at 6:31 pm on July 21, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Face the Nation on CBS actually had a fairly compelling segment this morning for those who missed it. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was on to talk about (what else?) the Detroit bankruptcy and where the state expects things to go from here. He covered a lot of the severe dysfunction the city has been experiencing for years, ranging from the massive number of abandoned and extremely dangerous neighborhoods to the fact that it takes the police, on average, an hour to respond to an emergency call. But the real meat of the conversation came when Bob Schieffer asked him about the possibility of either a state or federal bailout to get the city back on its feet.

Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich., said Sunday on “Face the Nation” that granting Detroit a government bailout would be the wrong way to help the bankrupt city.

“I do not view that as the right answer,” Snyder told “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer when asked whether he would ask the federal government for a bailout. “The right answer is, bankruptcy is there to deal with the debt question.”

Snyder said the state cannot bail out Detroit, and while the federal government will make its own decision on a bailout, he said, “I don’t expect one.”

“It’s not just about putting more money in a situation,” the governor said. “It’s about better services to citizens again. It’s about accountable government.”

Snyder doesn’t seem to be open to a state bailout of Detroit in any way shape or form. As to a bailout from Washington, he allowed that it was up to the federal government, but he didn’t feel that was the answer either. This is going to prove to be serious bait for liberal activists and union supporters to attack him, but he’s preaching the kind of tough medicine which will likely be the only long term solution rather than a band aid. If Detroit is to be restored, there will need to be drastic cuts in money going out, not only on a day to day basis but in terms of long term obligations. At the same time, they have to manage to pay for essential emergency services and develop a plan for how to clear the abandoned territory and prepare it for new growth and refurbishment. None of this is going to be easy if it’s even possible at all.

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He and me both

Electrongod on July 21, 2013 at 6:33 PM

“The right answer is, bankruptcy is there to deal with the debt question.”

That darn Mitt Romney…
Providing answers to Detroit before the election last year…

Electrongod on July 21, 2013 at 6:36 PM

We’d all be better off to just raze it and plant a forest. Let nature have it back. Maybe leave a small monument to remind future citizens of the perils of liberalism.

HotAirian on July 21, 2013 at 6:36 PM

As to a bailout from Washington, he allowed that it was up to the federal government, but he didn’t feel that was the answer either.

That darn Mitt again…

Electrongod on July 21, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Let it burn. Another casualty of leftist rule.

Philly on July 21, 2013 at 6:39 PM

We’d all be better off to just raze it and plant a forest. Let nature have it back. Maybe leave a small monument to remind future citizens of the perils of liberalism.

HotAirian on July 21, 2013 at 6:36 PM

And it shall be called…
Detroit Rock Bottom City.

Electrongod on July 21, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Let this Democrat utopia burn.

neyney on July 21, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Snyder is such a racist for not wanting to accept a handout that would just make this problem worse.

NOMOBO on July 21, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Several years ago the city of Detroit started a big program to tear down abandoned buildings, to much fanfare, but it was stopped after a few homes by…wait for it…the EPA. The cost of “properly” abating the lead and asbestos destroyed the budget and it died a quiet death. Meanwhile, too many have died of lead poisoning…from gunshots due to the high crime that is at some level tied to all of those abandoned he’s. But of course the EPA doesn’t care about that type of risk factor. Symbolic, to say the least. This is what 50 years of one-party rule looks like.

fastphil101 on July 21, 2013 at 6:45 PM

It’s certainly possible to solve Detroit’s problems. If I were king of Detroit, it would be (1) fire everyone, then hire back only the people absolutely necessary to keep order in the kingdom and get water and sewer services to the houses (and they would have to demonstrate talent for their jobs, not patronage); then (2) sell enough city assets to get enough cash to (3) bulldoze half the city and consolidate the population into the other half, cutting public service costs and creating open areas for development right next to superb rail, road and water transportation (by boat, Detroit is closer to London than New York), and with a tremendous fresh water supply. That would (4) attract new factory development, especially since (because I am King) Detroit is now a right-to-work kingdom, which would (5) give my subjects more jobs and get new revenue from both their income and also from the businesses themselves. With that new money, (6) I could improve essential public services, and offer past pensioners fifty cents on the dollar for their existing pension claims, which is a hell of a lot better than bankruptcy court would do for them. Oh, and (7) outsource all Detroit education to charter schools, which would have to renew their contracts every two years, renewals based purely on children’s educational achievement, measured against their test scores two years earlier. The kingdom would own and fund exactly two high schools, one for the sciences, the other for the arts, admission purely on merit (test scores, grades and an interview).

Detroit would be a boomtown in five years.

Zumkopf on July 21, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich., said Sunday on “Face the Nation” that granting Detroit a government bailout would be the wrong way to help the bankrupt city
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Especially when the DemoBankRupterCrats are in charge,since 1962!!

From 1962 to Present,it was Democrat Controlled.

Mayors
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mayors_of_Detroit

Council Members
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_City_Council

canopfor on July 21, 2013 at 3:30 PM

canopfor on July 21, 2013 at 6:49 PM

HotAirian on July 21, 2013 at 6:36 PM

In theory, sounds wonderful, in practice, all it would really do is chase the denizens of Detroit out into the suburbs where they spend all their time trying their damndest to turn the suburbs into Detroit.

waterytart on July 21, 2013 at 6:53 PM

That darn Mitt again…

Electrongod on July 21, 2013 at 6:37 PM

$5 says there is some utterly f8cking stupid dem who believes that Detroit is going under because Romney was born in Michigan.

nobar on July 21, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…..

‘We Dug This Hole’:

Man Appointed to Save Detroit Defends Bankruptcy
News Insider // Jul 21 2013 // 3:18pm
As seen on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace
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VIDEO:

This week, Detroit became the largest city to file for bankruptcy, facing an estimated debt of $19 billion dollars. Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr must now figure out how to run the city. He spoke to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday about what’s next for the city.9More……..)
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http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/07/21/kevyn-orr-defends-detroit-bankruptcy-we-dug-hole

canopfor on July 21, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Semi O/T: Seems Helen Thomas will be buried in Detroit.

R. I. D.etroit !

RushBaby on July 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM

RushBaby on July 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM

That is wonderful and fitting

clnurnberg on July 21, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Speaking of Mayor Bing…………………….

The Hill ‏@thehill 1h

Detroit mayor: City getting ‘great support’ from Obama administration http://j.mp/15XCaZ9
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Detroit mayor: City getting ‘great support’ from White House
By Meghashyam Mali – 07/21/13 10:26 AM ET
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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said

he had received “great support” from the Obama administration days after his city became the largest U.S. municipality to declare bankruptcy, but added it was too early to determine what role Washington would play in the recovery.

“I think it’s very difficult right now to ask directly for support,” Bing said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I have gotten great support from this administration. I’ve got great support from a lot of the different departments within the administration.(More.)
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http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/312433-detroit-mayor-city-getting-great-support-from-white-house-?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=bufferbd373&utm_medium=twitter

canopfor on July 21, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Results for #Detroit
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https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Detroit&src=hash

canopfor on July 21, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Detroit, as well as most liberal cities needs a chnge in culture. Throwing money at it won’t change a thing. Govt needs to get alot smaller and self reliance must become the norm. Every time you throw money at a liberal problem, you get more of the problem, i.e., education.

Ta111 on July 21, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Just spent the last hour catching up on the headlines after being off the grid in the mountains for 3 days.

I shouldn’t have wasted the time. Liberals are still idiots.

BacaDog on July 21, 2013 at 7:03 PM

From Canopfor’s link…

“We’re not the only city that’s going to struggle through what we’re going through. There are over a hundred major urban cities that are having the same problems we’re having,” said Bing…

Could this be the same 100 cities that Al Sharpton said would have protests this weekend?

Electrongod on July 21, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Detroit, as well as most liberal cities needs a chnge in culture

Racist.

BacaDog on July 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

None of this is going to be easy if it’s even possible at all.

It’s not possible, so that makes it an easier decision. Just burn and bulldoze and let nature do the rest.
I say everyone that now “lives” in Detroit – Move to Washington D.C. – save a lot of postage on sending those welfare checks to Detroit.

Even In Dallas the money will never flow south into the black hoods…..The action is north of Dallas.
Dallas is like Detroit was in 1968. If something is not done today, it will look like Detroit in 30 years.

redguy on July 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Detroit, as well as most liberal cities needs a change in culture

Racist.

BacaDog on July 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Call it what you want, facts are facts.

redguy on July 21, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Someone go get the Brietbart crew and ask folks on the street if President Romney should bailout Detroit. Depressingly good humor.

nobar on July 21, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Just spent the last hour catching up on the headlines after being off the grid in the mountains for 3 days.

I shouldn’t have wasted the time. Liberals are still idiots.

BacaDog on July 21, 2013 at 7:03 PM

They have always been idiots – idiots attract other idiots. And they will always be idiots.

redguy on July 21, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Why doesn’t he just say the truth, that if the debt were paid off fully by the feds, the outrageous spending would continue and the debt would start rising again. It’s structural, not a one-off due to disaster.

I think they should have an old time land rush: if you can build a house or a business you can have the land for free for 30 years.

PattyJ on July 21, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Semi O/T: Seems Helen Thomas will be buried in Detroit.

R. I. D.etroit !

RushBaby on July 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM

RushBaby:

Like past automobiles from the MotorCity,…,she’ll be,..

….Old Iron:)

canopfor on July 21, 2013 at 7:09 PM

State & County QuickFacts: Detroit (city), Michigan
 
Black or African American alone, percent, 2010 (a) 82.7%
 
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/26/2622000.html

 

The News reviewed more than 200,000 pages of tax documents and found that 47 percent of the city’s taxable parcels are delinquent on their 2011 bills. Some $246.5 million in taxes and fees went uncollected…
 
Delinquency is so pervasive that 77 blocks had only one owner who paid taxes last year, The News found.
 
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130221/METRO01/302210375#ixzz2Zd3EK9p4

rogerb on July 21, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Hmmmm….seems to be a mixture of Governors of Michigan,
GOP,and BankLiberalRupters!

List of Governors of Michigan
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_Michigan

canopfor on July 21, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Great to exchange snark again, canopfor!

RushBaby on July 21, 2013 at 7:13 PM

The problem isn’t Detroit.
The problem isn’t the leftist politicians.

The problem is the people of Detroit.
They voted decade after decade for this disaster and will keep voting for it.

sharrukin on July 21, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Semi O/T: Seems Helen Thomas will be buried in Detroit.

R. I. D.etroit !

RushBaby on July 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Then there’s no hope.

22044 on July 21, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Managed bankruptcy, FTW.

22044 on July 21, 2013 at 7:15 PM

State & County QuickFacts: Detroit (city), Michigan

Black or African American alone, percent, 2010 (a) 82.7%

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/26/2622000.html

rogerb on July 21, 2013 at 7:12 PM

rogerb:O

Read a tweet from the twitter feeds:

If Obama had a City,it would look like Detroit!

canopfor on July 21, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Give Detroit to Romney.

Key West Reader on July 21, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Bailout Detroit?

Seriously?

Then we can bailout Newark, and Philly, and Chicago, and LA, and Memphis, and….what? No money? No credit? We are already into it for over $20 trillion….

Should never have bailed out NYC back in the day, either.

Bankruptcy and re-structuring of debt works…and yes, there will be losers, probably the same losers who made the mess in the first place…but, the alternatives?

This is what happens when people elect leaders who promise them everything, give them what is not theirs to give, and then expect somebody else to fork over the cash.

The Liberal/Progressive model does not work…never has…never will.

Socialism and good financial practices…mutually exclusive.

For goodness sake, America, get a clue.

coldwarrior on July 21, 2013 at 7:18 PM

They are counting on a fed bailout.They already have the money stolen.

docflash on July 21, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Great to exchange snark again, canopfor!

RushBaby on July 21, 2013 at 7:13 PM

RushBaby:

U-Betcha RB,right back at cha,I hope everything is
copacetic in your universe———————-:)

canopfor on July 21, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Mitt Romney…

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/us/politics/13campaign.html?_r=0

“The question is, where is Washington?” Mr. Romney said, speaking to a gaggle of reporters across from a General Motors transmission plant near Ypsilanti, where 200 layoffs were announced this week. “Where does it stop? Is there a point at which someone says ‘enough’? Or are we going to allow the entire domestic automotive manufacturing industry to disappear?”

Mr. Romney proposed increased government spending for research on advanced fuels and vehicles, aid to automakers to deal with the costs of health care and pensions for retirees, and tax cuts for most taxpayers to help them buy new cars.

As usual Romney was on both sides of the issue.

No, lets not give Detroit to Romney.

sharrukin on July 21, 2013 at 7:22 PM

$5 says there is some utterly f8cking stupid dem who believes that Detroit is going under because Romney was born in Michigan.

nobar on July 21, 2013 at 6:54 PM

No bet.

I can also guarantee you that most leftists already believe the whole thing is due to republican policies. Not one democrat will ever get an ounce of blame for any of it.

runawayyyy on July 21, 2013 at 7:23 PM

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canopfor on July 21, 2013 at 7:24 PM

I dont think its an accident of geography by the way that the town in America with the highest amount of Islamic radicals is in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

If I was a forward-looking mullah seeking to build a North American Islamic-dominated, sharia-compliant no-go zone of the type more and more common across Europe, Id be working overtime to put it on the outskirts of Detroit and buy up every distressed property I could lay my hands on in Motown and fill it with madrassa grads. Dearborn is half way to no-go zone status already.

Sooner instead of later…now in fact…homes can be bought for pennies on the dollar. Saudi wahabbist petro-dollars that is.

Sacramento on July 21, 2013 at 7:24 PM

…JugEars: “If I had a city…it would look like…”…………..oh wait!

KOOLAID2 on July 21, 2013 at 7:25 PM

If Obama bails out Detroit, he’ll rename it ObamaLand.

/heh Nothing shocks me any longer.

Key West Reader on July 21, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I dont think its an accident of geography by the way that the town in America with the highest amount of Islamic radicals is in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

If I was a forward-looking mullah seeking to build a North American Islamic-dominated, sharia-compliant no-go zone of the type more and more common across Europe, Id be working overtime to put it on the outskirts of Detroit and buy up every distressed property I could lay my hands on in Motown and fill it with madrassa grads. Dearborn is half way to no-go zone status already.

Sooner instead of later…now in fact…homes can be bought for pennies on the dollar. Saudi wahabbist petro-dollars that is.

Sacramento on July 21, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Frankly, I’m surprised that in the EU the mullahs haven’t offered Islam as a credible alternative to socialism. I’m sure it’s done in pockets but I can see the day when it goes national.

nobar on July 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

************ Collateral Damage *********************!!

Selling it???

July 21, 2013 6:30 PM

Detroit art caught in bankruptcy battle
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(CBS News) Detroit, which became the largest city to declare bankruptcy in U.S. history Thursday, is home to one of the most prestigious collections of art in the world. And one of the options on the table to deal with its crippling debt is for all of that to be sold. But it’s not so simple.

To Rod Spencer, the Detroit Institute of Arts is priceless.

“The DIA is the history of Detroit, that’s what it means to me,” he said.(More……)
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VIDEO:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57594768/detroit-art-caught-in-bankruptcy-battle/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

canopfor on July 21, 2013 at 7:31 PM

…by boat, Detroit is closer to London than New York…

Zumkopf on July 21, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Only if one doesn’t take the Erie Canal.

Steve Eggleston on July 21, 2013 at 7:36 PM

If Obama bails out Detroit, he’ll rename it ObamaLand.

/heh Nothing shocks me any longer.

Key West Reader on July 21, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Key West Reader:Haha,good one—————–:O

canopfor on July 21, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Semi O/T: Seems Helen Thomas will be buried in Detroit.

R. I. D.etroit H.ell !

RushBaby on July 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Fixed for accuracy.

ShainS on July 21, 2013 at 7:46 PM

from the ‘oldie-but-goodie’ vault:
Detroit Councilwoman JoAnn Watson wants her some bacon

/mmmmmmmmm. bacon
/.

CaveatEmpty on July 21, 2013 at 7:46 PM

***Walter Williams *****!!

John Modisett ‏@thebighoot 12m

#Detroit “A Hundred Percent of Nothing” by WALTER E. WILLIAMS Dec.19,2012 http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/articles/12/AHundredPercentOfNothing.htm … #TeaParty #p2 #UNION #libcrib”
=================================================================

A MINORITY VIEW

BY WALTER E. WILLIAMS
RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012

A Hundred Percent of Nothing
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http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/articles/12/AHundredPercentOfNothing.htm

canopfor on July 21, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Against all odds some of Detroit is still beautiful.If Orr really believes that bankruptcy will work and pares down the union expectations/entitlements maybe he has a chance. He seems like a huge improvement over the usual Detroit pol.

Whatever one thinks of Diego Rivera, the DIA exhibit of his work is breathtaking.

And yeah, give the job to Romney…why not? He knows what it was , what it needs and maybe people are ready to listen to the “hard work and education” ideas that made his dad the success he was.

clnurnberg on July 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Well,for Detroit,there is always:

Margaritaville!!!!!!
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Margaritaville takes over Detroit as fans party before Jimmy Buffett concert at Comerica Park
10:42 PM, July 20, 2013
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VIDEO:
(More..)
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http://www.freep.com/article/20130720/ENT04/307200067/1035/ENT/Fans-park-party-before-Jimmy-Buffett-concert

canopfor on July 21, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Snyder doesn’t seem to be open to a state bailout of Detroit in any way shape or form. As to a bailout from Washington, he allowed that it was up to the federal government, but he didn’t feel that was the answer either.

Speaking as somebody who lived on the other side of the state in the second largest city…..

The state has been propping up the welfare cities of Detroit and Flint for a very long time. Western Michigan under Demonrat governors has been viewed as an ATM to keep Detroit afloat without ruffling the feathers of the unions. Karma is a bitch and Western Michiganders will raise a stink if MI were to propose a bailout using state funds. And Snyder is right about a federal bailout. It doesn’t change the underlying problems for which there is no real answer other than bankruptcy.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Zumkopf on July 21, 2013 at 6:48 PM

I hope you emailed this to Rick Snyder.

PatriotGal2257 on July 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM

nobar on July 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

However credible an alternative it might be, given the choice, I don’t want either of them as the dominant government in this country.

PatriotGal2257 on July 21, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Hey, Gov. Snyder. When you got a kid who’s a danged crack addict, you zip the checkbook and kick ‘em out to fend on their own.

Tough love, baby. It’s the only way . . .

BigAlSouth on July 21, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Fifty plus years and bad choices and ignoring failure should not be rewarded.

And, the authors and engineers of Detroit’s downfall need to suffer the consequences of their choices… not given a second lease on life.

To the gutter with all of them.

CPT. Charles on July 21, 2013 at 8:22 PM

There is about as much point in “bailing out” Detroit as there would be in hoping to cure an addict by giving him free drugs.

The only hope for Detroit – and for other cities approaching the same circumstance – is to wrest control away from the corrupt Democrats and public sector unions which have wrought such devastation. In bankruptcy, the city cannot be allowed self-government, period.

In short, these sick Democratic enclaves need conservators to run them like dictatorships, keeping the filthy corrupt mobs away from the treasuries and any sense of power.

Adjoran on July 21, 2013 at 8:25 PM

That would be like asking your wastrel uncle who’s nearly bankrupt himself to guarantee your loans.

flataffect on July 21, 2013 at 8:25 PM

I agree with most of the comments here. And I predict that, regardless of any objections, Detroit will be bailed out by the Federal Government. Eventually. If for no other reason than to guarantee government pensions.

Fenris on July 21, 2013 at 9:27 PM

To all you bonehead people that keep voting democrat, this is what you get….we here in Minnesota have really pathetic voters who decided that they couldn’t be stupid enough in voting for obama but voted in a democrat governor and democrats screwing up both houses of the legislature…..well morons just wait…oh for the ultra bonehead liberals that live in Minnecrapolis and the New Sodom (used to be St Paul but he took his name back because the mayor loves the gay), take a good look because you can be the next Detroit…fools……memo to Governor Snyder..gird your loins and talk to Scott Walker in Wisconsin…

crosshugger on July 21, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I dont think its an accident of geography by the way that the town in America with the highest amount of Islamic radicals is in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

If I was a forward-looking mullah seeking to build a North American Islamic-dominated, sharia-compliant no-go zone of the type more and more common across Europe, Id be working overtime to put it on the outskirts of Detroit and buy up every distressed property I could lay my hands on in Motown and fill it with madrassa grads. Dearborn is half way to no-go zone status already.

Sooner instead of later…now in fact…homes can be bought for pennies on the dollar. Saudi wahabbist petro-dollars that is.

Sacramento on July 21, 2013 at 7:24 PM

To be fair, Detroit was already zooming at mach speed down this death spiral before Dearborn became a magnet for immigrant Muslims. These things, while happening next to each other, are practically mutually exclusive. Back before the Civil Rights era, Dearborn was an all white city that literally refused to allow black people to own homes or live in that suburb. They even had rules that you could not use their parks without being accompanied by a resident. I am talking about the 1950′s and 1960′s.

However, it is also true that the state will NOT bailout Detroit. There is no appetite for it in the legislature, and the western part of the state would just as soon erect a moat around the city and give it to Canada, or let it burn to the ground on its own.

I am frankly delighted their population is down to just over 700K people, because their voting strength is vastly diluted now, and finally the rest of the state can have a say so in how our state is run. This demographic shift (or depopulation), has a LOT to do with the fact that the state government is now run by the GOP, not the Dems. While the guv is a squish RINO type, he is a former big 8 business consultant who went on to run Gateway Computer. That is how he go rich.

So the guv knows that the only solution for Detroit is a clean bankruptcy without federal interference to blow back more cost onto the rest of the state. We are tapped out and refuse to waste our tax dollars on Detroit anymore.

This sheer fact is why there may even be a GOP winner in the Senate race. If we get a good candidate, they can hang Detroit around Stabenaw’s neck. We shall see.

karenhasfreedom on July 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM

I agree with most of the comments here. And I predict that, regardless of any objections, Detroit will be bailed out by the Federal Government. Eventually. If for no other reason than to guarantee government pensions.

Fenris on July 21, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Ditto

LeftCoastRight on July 21, 2013 at 10:11 PM

LeftCoastRight on July 21, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I bet not. There are alternatives. Will not happen.

gracie on July 21, 2013 at 11:18 PM

I can also guarantee you that most leftists already believe the whole thing is due to republican policies. Not one democrat will ever get an ounce of blame for any of it.

runawayyyy on July 21, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Two spaces down on the home page right now is a story about Ed Schulz blaming Detroit’s failings on Republicans. No joke.

I agree with LeftCoastRight. The feds will bail them out. After all, filing bankruptcy dishonors Obama, at least according to one judge.

englishqueen01 on July 22, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Any federal bailout would require new law and new funding. That requires the House. Who seriously thinks the House will ever even put such a bill to a vote?

Past bailouts have really amounted to “bridge loans” – NYC and Chrysler in the ’70s had reasonable plans to right their fiscal ships over time. Detroit not only has no plan yet, there is no prospect of a plan which could possibly succeed if it includes either existing union contracts or elected public officials.

Adjoran on July 22, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Detroit, as well as most liberal cities needs a change in culture

Racist.

BacaDog on July 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Call it what you want, facts are facts.

redguy on July 21, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Facts are racist.

HiJack on July 22, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Really, I have little to no sympathy for the people who invested in Detroit, or any other one party big city leftist kleptocracy.

Any halfassed stab at due diligence, would tell you that its money down a literal rathole.

Rebar on July 22, 2013 at 2:16 AM

#1. Detroit needs to eliminate any property taxes.

#2. Detroit needs to eliminate any income taxes.

#3. Detroit has to have a healthy sales tax.

This would just be the basement start. Democrats are probably terrified Detroit will adopt conservative financial solutions and come roaring back. Due to their (Democrats) bankrupt sense of morality, they will advocate for a federal government bailout in order to keep Detroit from recovering. This terrifies them. They’d probably rather Detroit go away for good, than succeed via conservative ideals.

fatlibertarianinokc on July 22, 2013 at 3:44 AM

They need to bail out Detroit because all those pensioners did such a great job as government workers taking Detroit from a bombed-out ruin and turning it into a thriving manufacturing center.

Whoops, just learned it was the other way around. Let it burn.

Greek Fire on July 22, 2013 at 6:34 AM

They will bailout Detroit. They’ll call it something else and say “we are not bailing out Detroit”, but they’ll do it.

Anyone who thinks they won’t is deluding themselves. Even the GOP will go along with it b/c it is “too big to fail”.

I have no faith in DC allowing Detroit to suffer the consequences of its own liberalism

Monkeytoe on July 22, 2013 at 7:54 AM

This would just be the basement start. Democrats are probably terrified Detroit will adopt conservative financial solutions and come roaring back. Due to their (Democrats) bankrupt sense of morality, they will advocate for a federal government bailout in order to keep Detroit from recovering.

I don’t think it is possible for Detroit to come roaring back in the near term. What company would want to build there with the crime and low education levels?

Plus, not much manufacturing wants to build in expensive cities anymore. Part of the reality of what has killed cities is that public transportation is not longer needed. Cities boomed when manufacturers needed people living in close proximity who could use public transportation to get to work. Before everyone had a car and could afford to own a house in the burbs/rural areas. Now, it is much easier and better to build a factory in the burbs/rural areas with cheaper property taxes, lower crime and easier access for trucks and expansion and simply let your employees drive to work. Your employees are happier and healthier living in the burbs and it is cheaper for the employer.

Plus, what company will trust Detroit not to return to their liberal idiocy as soon as they turn the corner?

Monkeytoe on July 22, 2013 at 8:01 AM

We’d all be better off to just raze it and plant a forest. Let nature have it back. Maybe leave a small monument to remind future citizens of the perils of liberalism.

HotAirian on July 21, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Exactly. For some reason people have this idea that a city must always be expanding and growing to be a good city. Allow it to shrink, if the city annexed portions of other towns or counties, give it back.

Raze the empty neighborhoods and plant trees. You’d think the liberals would be all for planet earth doing some healing over the nasty scars mankind has left.

ButterflyDragon on July 22, 2013 at 8:29 AM

This is going to prove to be serious bait for liberal activists and union supporters to attack him

But, they’ve lost the state. And they lost the state in larger part due to the loss of population in Detroit. Oh the delicious irony. They can complain all they want, but the rest of the state isn’t going to give back power to Detroit easily.

LoganSix on July 22, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Gee, does this mean the new bridge from Detroit to Canada is not going to be built?

mechkiller_k on July 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Schieffer is practically begging Snyder to ask for a bailout.

JR on July 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Snyder should have pointed out that Deeeee-troit has utilitzed EVERY Democratic/liberal economic policy over the last 30 years.

So more of the same + federal taxpayer dollars will SOLVE their problems?

And exactly WHAT when Deeeeeeee-troit comes back to the well for MORE money in a couple of years?

GarandFan on July 22, 2013 at 5:08 PM