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View Diary: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder deals democracy another blow (291 comments)

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  •  The problem (11+ / 0-)

    is that no one's even CONSIDERING an alternative.

    This isn't about helping Detroit.  It's just not.  This is about Rick the Dick expanding his power.  

    If you seriously think this is about helping these cities, look at the fact that just about every city and school district with an EM here is majority black, and tell me that's a coincidence.

    To endorse taking away rights from the citizens of an entire city goes against everything this site is supposed to stand for.

    •  the notion that (6+ / 0-)

      anything the EM might do would benefit the people of Detroit is magical thinking.  Now, selling public parks to developers, that's another story.  

      The city's not even as bad as it used to be.  

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 12:19:37 PM PST

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      •  Another problem (14+ / 0-)

        is that if we keep saying "Well, Detroit's a shithole", and giving up on it, that won't improve anything.

        I'm tired of people acting like there's nothing there worth saving.  What about the Heidelberg Project?  The DIA?  Theatres like the Redford or the Fox?  The old Hitsville USA building?

        There's still a lot of culture in Detroit, and a lot of reasons to go down there.  The more we talk about it as some place where you'll get shot if you even set foot there, the more people will be afraid to go, and the less money will come in.

        Also, I apologize if I'm being a bit too aggressive in some of these comments (especially in another one where I swore).  I've lived just outside of Detroit my entire life, and I hate seeing this happen to it.  And I can't believe anyone on this site would advocate such a thing.  It betrays the very values this site is supposed to stand for.

    •  WHAT IS YOUR ALTERNATIVE? (0+ / 0-)

      You seem particularly concerned with the EM law, but have conveniently avoided this question no matter how many people ask it.  It's a pretty basic question, and the fact that you can't answer it speaks volumes.

      Right now, there's exactly 2 solutions on the table in Detroit.  1) Appoint an EM or 2) continue letting the city descend into insolvency.  I choose #1, unless you have a better idea.

      •  Chapter 9.... (0+ / 0-)

        ....letting experienced bankruptcy lawyers and a creditors' committee restructure the debt and let the free market invest in city assets, not Sndyer's cronies.

        9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

        by varro on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 06:49:24 PM PST

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