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  •  The City doesn't have a choice. The EFM is a (1+ / 0-)
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    defacto dictator and can do as he pleases, and he doesn't answer to the residents of the city.  I'm quite convinced the out-state moneyed interests would like to see detroits heart ripped out, so I don't think they will feel guilty if the art becomes wall adornment for the $32T Caribbean cash stockpile.  After all, what is the point of having $32T in offshore accounts if it is data-housed in an ugly building?

    I'm sure a few pieces will land in the hands of Dick DeVos.  Snyder seems to love shooting him money.

    To any wingnut: If you pay my taxes I'll give you a job.

    by ban48 on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 08:30:52 AM PDT

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    •  Oh dear... that is truly sad and depressing... (0+ / 0-)

      I'm afraid i haven't been following the situation all that closely.  Sounds like it's a done deal... :(

      Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will. - - Antonio Gramsci

      by lehman scott on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 08:39:49 AM PDT

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      •  Its not a done deal. They are floating these (1+ / 0-)
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        ideas as trial balloons to see how many people object and how many people tune out and don't care.

        To any wingnut: If you pay my taxes I'll give you a job.

        by ban48 on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 11:58:02 AM PDT

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        •  That's good, at least (0+ / 0-)

          Are you aware of any opportunities for ex-residents to chime in and try to attach some lead to those balloons?

          Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will. - - Antonio Gramsci

          by lehman scott on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 12:36:40 PM PDT

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          •  Nasty-grams to the governors office and your state (1+ / 0-)
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            rep are a good first step.  Simply ask what they hope to accomplish by selling off the few viable assets that the city still has.  i.e. How does decreasing their future income increase their future viability?  Point out that they simply look like vultures and thugs kicking people that are down.

            If you are local, you can ask your state rep what this does for YOU considering 'the tax savings' are generally given to someone else and at-best YOU are expected to go to the person who received the money and grovel for a "job".

            To any wingnut: If you pay my taxes I'll give you a job.

            by ban48 on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 02:32:03 PM PDT

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            •  Thanks, ban! (0+ / 0-)

              Sounds like a plan and the least I can do for all the hours of pleasure that place has given me over the years.

              Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will. - - Antonio Gramsci

              by lehman scott on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 03:29:27 PM PDT

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