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Detroit faces the strong likelihood of having an emergency manager imposed on the city, overthrowing its elected leadership, thanks to a law Michigan voters repealed in November only to have it reinstated in December in the final minutes of a lame-duck legislature. That's a double blow to democracy, and, as Ned Resnikoff details, it's likely to be used to keep advancing the Republican pro-privatization, anti-union agenda, as emergency managers have done in other Michigan cities:
Since Lou Schimmel became Pontiac’s emergency manager in 2011, he has privatized the Department of Public Works, outsourced police services to the Oakland County sheriff’s office, and turned over the city’s fire department to nearby Waterford Township, killing the public sector unions which represented the city’s firefighters and cops. He’s put every city property, including City Hall, up for sale and cut the city’s public employee workforce by about 90%. And he’s done it all without the consent of the city council. [...]

Managers in other cities have attempted similar maneuvers. In Muskegon Heights, the EM for the town’s public schools fired 158 teachers in Mid-2012 and turned over management of the school district to a private company called Mosaica Education. Reporters later discovered that many of the new Muskegon Heights educators were not legally certified to teach in Michigan. Meanwhile, in the historic union town of Flint, the EM unilaterally imposed contract concessions on public employee unions and outsourced waste collection.

It really is financial martial law, and it's entirely inconsistent with American democracy. But it's the Republican dream in action.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 09:01 AM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Daily Kos.

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  •  Has this been through the court system? (2+ / 0-)
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    weck, Australian2

    This "emergency-manager" system belongs in Federal Court YESTERDAY. I don't understand how the state has been able to get away with this for three years. I guess the repeal, which passed in November 2012, wasn't written to stop everything.

    -7.75, -8.10; . . . Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall (h/t cooper888)

    by Dave in Northridge on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 09:27:26 AM PDT

    •  What federal issue? (3+ / 0-)
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      weck, Victor Ward, coffeetalk

      States have almost plenary powers to manage their own affairs, including how to organize themselves and whether/how to recognize lower level entities.

      I don't know what you would argue.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 09:41:44 AM PDT

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      •  You could argue violation of the state consti- (0+ / 0-)

        tution, but I don't know Michigan's constitution. The others I am familiar with establish the legal basis for cities, and arguably, the EM law violates their sovereignty, such as it is (or was).

        Hey, Republicans, the whole world is watching.

        by TAH from SLC on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 06:21:33 PM PDT

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  •  What is the plan... (6+ / 0-)
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    DuzT, weck, Victor Ward, valion, coffeetalk, Utahrd

    ...absent these changes, for Detroit to continue to pay its bills?

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 09:28:16 AM PDT

    •  It is a dilemma for sure. (3+ / 0-)
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      nextstep, weck, Victor Ward

      Detroit's finances are a mess and the city council is beyond disfunctional.

      I can see Canada from my house. No, really, I can.

      by DuzT on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 09:39:43 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, it's a horrible situation. (3+ / 0-)
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      Leap Year, Sarenth, peregrine kate

      The town is, what, 30% of the population compared to the glory days?

      Ethically, the city and suburbs should have to share in the cost of Detroit's maintenance, since despite its weakness, Detroit is still key to the metro region.  For a number of reasons, more than a few racial, that's totally politically untenable.  But it's a unique enough case where I think outside money would be of assistance.  I'd say Detroit is second only to New Orleans in terms of being in a horrible situation that really isn't entirely of its own causing.

      Still, the answer isn't for the state to basically loot the place, which is what has been done so far in the other cities, with state assets transferred to private hands under the guise of these bogus contracts.

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 06:20:58 PM PDT

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  •  Detroit has less than half its peak population. (2+ / 0-)
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    weck, Utahrd

    This makes it unique for major cities not depopulated by war. There is no PROVEN solution for this situation. Appointing an Emergency Manager will not work. People refuse to voluntarily relocate to more densely populated neighborhoods, while bulldozing the unpopulated areas. Other than City Bankruptcy, What is a solution? I live in the 3rd World and it has better prospects than Detroit...

    I voted with my feet. Good Bye and Good Luck America!!

    by shann on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 09:59:04 AM PDT

  •  I am concerned that I haven't heard more about (1+ / 0-)
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    mslat27

    the possible fraudulent imposition of a manager on Detroit as detailed in this diary ; it seems there is no actual need for an appointed manager for financial reasons.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

    by weck on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:06:49 AM PDT

  •  German History Legend (8+ / 0-)

    The three legs of the National Socialist reengineering of German civil society:

    1) Crush the unions via the 1933 Enabling Act  to choke off support for the Social Democrats (Right to Work, eh?)
    2) Regulate marriage with the 1935 Nuremberg Laws (DOMA anyone?)
    3) Abolish local governments in 1935

    ....under pressure from the Reich Interior Ministry under the Nazi Wilhelm Frick, a new law abolished all the federated states, from Prussia downwards, along with their governments and parliaments, and merged their Ministries into the corresponding Reich Ministries. Thus the federal constitution which inone form had characterized the German political system for over a thousand years, and was to do so again after 1945, was swept away. Characteristically, however, some elements of federalism remained, so the process of dissolution was incomplete. The Party Regional Leaders retained their position as regional Reich Governors, and continued to occupy powerful positions within the Party hierarchy. They wielded considerable influence over local and regional affairs, though here the Reich Local Government Law of 1935, in abolishing local elections, placed the appointment of mayors largely within the competence of the Interior Ministry in Berlin. This in turn aroused the hostility of the District Leaders (Kreisleiter) of the Party, who often exploited the right of participation accorded them by the law in the appointment of local officials to interfere in local government and place their cronies and clients in offices for which they were often quite unsuited.
    Richard J. Evans, The Third Reich In Power

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 06:05:22 PM PDT

  •  And a slap on the hand for the former (5+ / 0-)

    EM of Highland Park for embezzlement.

    Michigan needs Elizabeth Warren.

    http://www.democracy-tree.com/...

    sh

  •  And the former mayor (3+ / 0-)
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    auron renouille, hmi, Sarenth

    Was a crook and stole from his people. Detroit used to be great. Now it's a steaming pile. Elected leaders did nothing but lined their, and their friends pockets.  

    •  That's a huge barrier to a real accounting of its (2+ / 0-)
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      leathersmith, hmi

      problems :(.  The self-inflicted wounds are pretty gruesome too.

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 06:22:17 PM PDT

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    •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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      Sarenth

      Yep, the Kilpatrick administration was determined to be a syndicate of organized crime. That's how he was indicted on RICO charges.

      Weathering Michigan's recessions since the '70s.

      by jennifree2bme on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 06:31:47 AM PDT

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  •  Elections have consequences (5+ / 0-)

    I have worked hard for the last election. I've seen the list of retired union members in MI 1 (Northern Michigan) who didn't bother to vote in '10. The results--Snyder! And gerrymandering, which lost us MI 1 this time (Benisheck, the teabagger, won by a couple hundred votes due to change in district boundaries.)

    If you are a retired or active Michigan union member and you didn't vote Dem the last few times, don't complain about emergency managers, "right to work for less," and all the other GOP nonsense.

    BTW, also destroying public education in Michigan as we speak. And I've seen NOTHING comprehensible to the average voter making the crap clear.

    •  The youth vote (0+ / 0-)

      has some blame for this too.  Snyder sold us a goddamn good line of bullshit.  I nearly fell for it till the day before the election, I started looking at the bottom line of where he wanted to take us.  Many of my fellow voters did not do the digging I did.

      We got snowed damned good, expecting a moderate Republican who would help bring sanity back to his party and some common sense.  Instead we got a modern Republican.

      My vote didn't swing the election but I am very happy I did not vote the man in.

      "You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind." -Morpheus, The Matrix

      by Sarenth on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 01:07:41 AM PDT

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      •  There is no moderate Republican (2+ / 0-)
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        peregrine kate, Sarenth

        I say that as a person who (on the local level) worked with a lot of Republicans a couple decades ago. But right now their modus operandi is to walk lockstep together. There was ONE GOP House member who voted for the health care act, and he was kicked out quickly. Olympia Snowe left because they wouldn't allow her a conscience.

        Unfortunately, there was never any possibility that Snyder would be moderate.

  •  I am sorry for putting a diary up similiar to this (1+ / 0-)
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    marsanges

    did not see it....Oh It makes me mad this is happening !

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 06:20:01 PM PDT

  •  And it is all being done by the book... (3+ / 0-)
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    Leap Year, Vetwife, peregrine kate

    The Bain Capital Playbook. √

    Let Detroit go bankrupt, sell off its parts, fire its personnel, privatize its resources and services, profit from its failure, claim it is resurrected thanks to private sector ingenuity.

    Oh, and fuck democracy.

    (Where is Dave Bing in all this? Can't his fellow big-city mayors offer support, legal assistance, consultation, recourse, help? I realize that Detroit has dropped from 4th to 18th in population, but isn't this the place to make a stand? Who's next?)

    Honesty is not a policy. It's a character trait.

    by Says Who on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 06:21:28 PM PDT

  •  The voters (2+ / 0-)
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    DKHOLLA, Christin

    deserve to get what they voted for, and they deserve to get it good and hard. We give too much credit to politicians and not enough to the people that installed them there in the first place. The vote to repeal the law was too little, too late. They had a chance to turn out the GOP and they declined to do so. I have no sympathy.

    •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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      Sarenth

      Thanks for that, except as a voter who voted against him and has worked hard for recalling Snyder and to repeal the EM law, I'm not getting what I voted for, even if I deserve it.

      Look, he lied through his teeth while campaigning. Everyone I know who voted for him was shocked by the draconian changes he's made. Our congressional districts have been gerrymandered so badly, it's unlikely we'll have a blue majority for a good long time. We are fighting an uphill battle here.

      Weathering Michigan's recessions since the '70s.

      by jennifree2bme on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 06:44:06 AM PDT

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  •  Why doesn't anyone RISE UP? Can't these cops (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    DO SOMETHING?

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 06:21:50 PM PDT

    •  I want to know why this is allowed to be happening (0+ / 0-)

      This is violating the US Constitution.  Where are the federal troops.  

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 06:32:22 PM PDT

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      •  That too. Or have the Detroit cops throw them in (0+ / 0-)

        with the drug dealers, murderers and gangbangers.

        "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

        by zenbassoon on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 06:40:06 PM PDT

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      •  I'm curious as to what (1+ / 0-)
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        DKHOLLA

        Violation of the federal constitution you see here,  because I can't think of one.

        --Shannon

        "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
        "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

        by Leftie Gunner on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 07:10:51 PM PDT

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        •  The right of the people who voted the (0+ / 0-)

          city council in....looked up the Michigan constitution and it still refers to duels.  
          I thought we WERE the United States of America.  These states are beyond the law..but I am not a consitutional lawyer.  

          We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

          by Vetwife on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 07:27:09 PM PDT

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          •  there is no Federal constitutional requirement (1+ / 0-)
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            Vetwife

            For representative government at the local level.  States are required to provide a Republican form of government,  but that's as far down the chain as it goes.

            --Shannon

            "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
            "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

            by Leftie Gunner on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 09:32:05 PM PDT

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  •  Detroit has been a disaster (1+ / 0-)
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    Sparhawk

    elected officials have FAILED abysmally - and gone to prison for corruption

    how much worse could it get?

    Life isn't fair but you should try to leave it fairer than you found it.

    by xrepub on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 06:22:19 PM PDT

  •  That's the plan in a nutshell. (4+ / 0-)

    Cut taxes until you create an "emergency", then use that situation to impose an "emergency manager" who is invariably a fiscal conservative to the point of fascism in order to do away with unions, public sector professionals and most public services and replace them with low wage, unskilled labor, private enterprise based on profit and rule by decree, rather than consent. It's a win-win, (unless you belong to the lower 99% that is. How long do the people put up with it?

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 06:28:42 PM PDT

    •  Maybe Western corporatists... (5+ / 0-)

      are looking to China as the model political system for economic growth.

      They look to democratic India and see anemic growth and perpetual crises. In authoritarian China, unburdened by voters, gov't and businesses simply decide a course of action and...proceed.

      It's not surprising they start this experiment on communities of color. We're always the first to suffer these indignities. But we won't be the last.

    •  Taxes in Detroit are sky-high (1+ / 0-)
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      DKHOLLA

      People pay more in taxes than they do on their houses. It's not taxes. It's corruption and embezzlement.

      Where is the Republican Party of George Romney?

      by wolverinethad on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 08:22:37 PM PDT

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      •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

        Considering the population decline, from over 2 million to around 750,000, as well as the foreclosure crisis, I'm reading that a great many homes that should have gone into bank ownership have been left hanging in limbo. As banks realize the expense of upkeep and taxes, they fail to complete the foreclosure proceedings. This leaves properties technically still in the name of what should be the former homowner, who has often moved out of the area and has no idea they're still obligated.

        This is happening often enough that it's an impact on tax revenue.

        Weathering Michigan's recessions since the '70s.

        by jennifree2bme on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 06:53:36 AM PDT

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  •  It's shameful to call this a Republican dream. (0+ / 0-)
  •  This is why charter schools popular (2+ / 0-)
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    Leap Year, Sarenth

    One big draw for some private and charter schools supporters is that they do not require certified teachers.  One of the main hypothesis of these supporters is that certification is a plot created by the teachers union to create scarcity and increase teacher salaries.  Charter schools, bypassing certification, can reduce salaries and increase value buy hiring genuinely effective teachers rather than those who can pass the hoops of certification.

    This maybe once was true, but now all that is required to teach in many places is clock hours to learn common methods and procedures needed in the classroom, sometimes graduate hours to learn some theory, and a test or two.  

    None of these are difficult.  The classroom hours are just like any other on the job training.  This is not a plot, it is what would be expected in any profession. Charter schools who might be able to tolerate, even encourage, more turnover might mot have such training.  Schools who need to facilitate experienced teachers who can help build a long term school culture, like a long term corporate culture, has to provide support to new teachers.

    One can argue that the theory is an extra.  It is true that graduate work is expensive and time consuming.  Homework for older people is difficult.  This would provide a roadblock to some prospective teachers, especially those with poor study skills, but then why do want teachers with poor study skills?

    This is the same thing with certification testing.  These tests are not difficult, covering only rudimentary content and pedagogy.  Honestly, if a teacher does not pass a test, then that person should not be a teacher.  Not because they don't know the content or pedagogy, but because they have insufficient test taking skills.  And even if we did not high stake testing, allowing a teacher with minimal test taking skills to teach students would be contraindicated.  Students are still required to take the Iowa test, the Stanford, the PSAT, the SAT, the ACT, placement test for college, tests for entry level jobs.  By allowing a teacher who does not have the skills to take a test to teach, we are condemning those students to less than full opportunities.

  •  I have linked this diary with mine (0+ / 0-)

    maybe we can REALLY get it out there.  We need to be screaming this day and night.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 06:47:27 PM PDT

  •  If this were the 18th century (4+ / 0-)
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    Vetwife, chuckvw, marsanges, Sarenth

    ...a bunch of waterfront rowdies would show up at the office of said emergency manager, tar, feather, and run him out on a rail.  That seemed to be the way the Founding Fathers dealt with royal governors and corrupt authority.

    If this were the 1960s, tens of thousands of people in the streets would protest said tyrant from the moment he sat foot in the fair city.

    You have to ask, "What has happened to the American spirit?"

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 06:56:35 PM PDT

    •  There appears to have been a coup in 2010. (1+ / 0-)
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      Sarenth

      Right now it appears to be a takeover and abuse of power.  

      We have to oupeople money ..and in the streets I fear.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 07:30:08 PM PDT

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    •  Hush now... Today's left (1+ / 0-)
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      Sarenth

      is very polite and grownup, and the right is prepping for the muslim, homosexual apocalypse.

      All the things we once owned we will have to rent back... or do without.

      The law, in its majestic equality, gives the rich as well as the poor the right to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to eat dumpster donuts. - With apologies to Anatole France

      by chuckvw on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 07:47:44 PM PDT

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    •  Between (1+ / 0-)
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      peregrine kate

      a devastating economic downturn, especially in the Metro and many surrounding areas, an ongoing multigenerational braindrain at the colleges, and few opportunities in-state for anyone a lot of people have simply given up.  

      When we go to elect people and our vote ceases to matter thanks to gerrymandering, what few people we get to elect are then overtaken by EM laws which were shoved in under the table 6 seconds to the buzzer, well, all that adds up to a depressed and apathetic population.  If any boss we go for is just worse than the last boss what the hell is the point?  

      Aside from revolution there's fewer options remaining to people, and I doubt they'll be properly roused until so many are so fleeced they can't keep warm in winter.

      "You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind." -Morpheus, The Matrix

      by Sarenth on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 01:33:56 AM PDT

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  •  Fascist fiefdoms n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "We see things not as they are, but as we are." - John Milton

    by Jasonhouse on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 07:34:50 PM PDT

  •  I know this is strange coming from a liberal (1+ / 0-)
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    Sarenth

    But I honestly don't see another option.

    I was born in Detroit. I work in Detroit. I drive through the city every day and I can see the failings.  My family moved out because of them.  It pains me in ways I can't describe.

    The city was victimized by Kwame Kilpatrick and Monica Conyers for the better part of six years.  They robbed us blind, and they have gone to jail for it.  However, for the past four years, the City Council has been criminally negligent and obstructionist.  Mayor Bing was a businessman and a successful one at that, someone with great stature in the community, and they refused to work with him, they fought a consent agreement, they fought everything, and the city continued to lose money.

    We just don't have any other options except bankruptcy, and that would be the ultimate disaster. A bankruptcy judge would do much the same as an EFM.  I don't like it.  I don't like what happened in Pontiac and Benton Harbor.  At the same time, Detroit is under so much more of a microscope that I think it'd be a lot harder to run rampant with right-wing bullshit, and what's the alternative?

    We don't have the money.  The state has a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, so we can't deficit spend.  Our credit is shot because we never diversified our economy, despite 23 years of promises that we would in the state.  We're fucked, and we need to tear down the rot in Detroit and start over.  If it weren't for the munificence of a few businessmen like Mike Ilitch, Dan Gilbert, and Peter Karmanos, we wouldn't even have the beautiful Midtown/downtown areas that we have.

    If somebody has a better idea, PLEASE, give it to me.  I live with this every day. I love my city.  I want it to be saved. I don't see an alternative anymore.

    Where is the Republican Party of George Romney?

    by wolverinethad on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 08:21:10 PM PDT

    •  anyone who thinks detroit is savable.. (0+ / 0-)

      just need to get on good earth and look around how many missing houses there are from arsons. The city is self-immolating.

    •  Another progressive agreeing with you, Wolverine. (0+ / 0-)

      I couldn't agree with you more.  I live just north of Detroit and I'm so fed up with the mismanagement and corruption of Detroit's elected leadership.  How Detroit got here is very complex but the current leadership just continues to dig in an already deep hole.  I dare say that the majority of Detroiters probably sadly support the EM Law.

      When the council turned down the long term lease for Belle Isle, I threw up my hands in complete frustration with the City Council.  Enough.

      The 'shift' is hitting the fan.

      by sydneyluv on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 05:05:17 AM PDT

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  •  can't the cities sue this law as unconsitutional? (0+ / 0-)

    or something?

    sorry not a lawyer

    In the time that I have been given,
    I am what I am

    by duhban on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 08:54:39 PM PDT

  •  As I grow older... (0+ / 0-)

    it begins to amaze me how well Robocop predicted the future we would be living in.  

  •  What Detroit Needs (0+ / 0-)

    First, this EMF nonsense has to stop.  EMF = No right to vote as the EMF can put aside and/or replace elected officials.  If that's not a Voting Rights Act violation I don't know what is.  Hello Eric Holder.  (Ok, emotional rant done.)

    What Detroit needs?

    1.  Detroit needs to be recognized for what is going right.  Detroit has good things happening all the time that don't get covered the way negative things do.  Campbell Ewald Ad Agency just moved it's offices back to Detroit from the suburbs last week after 30 years.  600 jobs.  http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/...

    2.  Detroit needs to change the City Charter and either give the Mayor or the City Council enough power to enact changes.  Right now both offices can effectively stop any and everything.  I don't care which stays/has the power.  

    3.  Implement the changes recommended in Detroit Future City.  This initiative was created through countless conversations and meetings over the past few years with citizens and business folks in Detroit.  This is a vision of a renewed, greener, diversified Detroit.
    http://detroitworksproject.com/...

    4.  The people of Boston received a massive amount of Federal help via the Big Dig to change their city.  Boston shines anew because of it.  Detroit needs a similar infusion of outside help to transition.  In addition to working to implement Detroit Future City, my immediate thought is the Detroit Water Department which needs a complete overhaul.  The need for massive upgrades to this antiquated system is well documented and would serve both Detroit and all the suburban communities that rely on it for drinking water.

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    Sarenth

    The police and firefighters went with the Republicans, because the Republicans promised they wouldn't cut their jobs? Where the men were promised that they would be fine, while the women (teachers, social workers, etc.) were attacked?

    Why do the police and firefighters side with the Republicans? What are they thinking?

    Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

    by splashy on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 11:00:57 AM PDT

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      for their jobs, pensions, and what few scraps are left to them.  Even then, there are no guarantees, which is what I was hoping police and firefighters would realize...

      The entire damned situation up here gives me a headache.

      "You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind." -Morpheus, The Matrix

      by Sarenth on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 02:48:09 PM PDT

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