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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Detroit Bankruptcy Could Have Been Avoided

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 08:30:38 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Detroit, Bankruptcy, Coleman Young, Dennis Archer, Unions, Pensions, Untouchable Benefits, Politics (all tags)

    There is a reason this mess happened.

    Outside of the progressive politics, corruption related to same, and a lack of respect for what USED to be the jewel of the Midwest, it was greed.  Greed, that is explained no better than by Bill Johnson:

    "History, however, shows this looming crisis might have been averted if the employees unions and pensioners had shown more flexibility forty years ago in restructuring city pension benefits. Instead, the intractable opposition demanded the city stay on a dead end course to default.

    As far back as 1974, then-Mayor Coleman Young proposed what was considered reasonable changes to Detroit's pension programs. Because labor and retirees are a potent political force, the City Council shot down the mayor's changes."

    Was that the last opportunity to correct course?

    Not so much.

    Read the rest at Johnson's blog.

    Perspective and not-so-much selective memories can take the argument so much farther, mmm?

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    May have got Archer correct (none / 0) (#1)
    by Corinthian Scales on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 05:03:43 PM EST
    However, to start off with the tall tale about Hizzonor working against the unions, well, Bill Johnson Group loses a lot of credibility.

    Matter of fact, the only thing Trevor Loudon failed to include in his accurate research on Coleman Young, is not also naming the man in the last picture, last one standing on the right, as a Communist.  That is then Councilman Levin.  Which, a now Senator Levin is still loyal to his fellow comrades in Detroit to this day.  Somehow Carl is able to ignore "bringing home some bacon".

    To come full circle on this whole bankruptcy matter, it is a rather enjoyable bit of schadenfreude for this Conservative, in now getting to watch the young protégé from Ann Arbor get stuck holding the bag for his Progressive mentor.

    Now, to invoke the Eleventh Commandment, which was truly designed to place boundaries on treacherous Liberals/Progressives within the Republican Party, I'm rather confident that the man who brought down the Soviet Union, and was referred to as "Pruneface" by Hizzonor is also looking upon another failure of Socialism in one of the Progressives "model cities" that is Detroit, with a great, big, ginormous smile on his face.

    Rick Michigander, you should've chosen a better mentor.


    The pensions were one facet of Detroit's failure. (none / 0) (#2)
    by KG One on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 05:54:30 PM EST
    So were the sweetheart deals made by many in  city government.

    Vista? Magnum Oil, anyone?

    So was the opulence in which elected officials had grown accustomed to living in over the years. Pay to play from Young to Kilpatrick. Remember Ken Weiner? And who could forget the Lincoln Navigator kerfuffle? Detroit PD being assigned as personal body guards for council and hizhonor the mayor himself, while crime shot up exponentially in the rest of the city?

    So was the size of city government?

    Aside from the Detroit PD when did city government ever downsize to reflect a decreased population?

    So were was passed for public schools?

    That whole bussing flap aside, if I were to jump in the DMC-12 and go back 40 years and announce to the locals that I would be imposing a locally ran educational system that would practically guarantee the failure of students entering into it and foster government dependency of those "graduating" from it, the race hustlers would initiate another riot and burn the rest of the city (at that time), to the ground.

    What future could you possible have, if the next generation (and the one following that), cannot contribute to it?

    Was bankruptcy avoidable?


    Sadly, Detroit failed on purpose.

    Where we go from here is most important.

    Do we let those responsible for making poor decision off of the hook for their incompetence and ineptitude?

    Or, do we make an example of them (and those who supported them), by making the climb out of the hole they made for themselves as painful as possible so no one would ever think of doing something so stupid again?

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