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    It’s all going according to plan

    It’s all going according to plan

    Detroit becomes Central Falls.

    Can you say “bailout”?  (h/t reader Thomas)


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    Ipso Facto | November 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    For many years now, the union rank and file have stood solidly behind all the union bosses as they conducted their business as darn near bona fide mobsters. Now, when they find their pensioin funds are not viable, how much longer will they give their staunch support to the union bosses?

    We all need to start the mantra now: No bailout for California, No bailout for American Cities!

    Isn’t it interesting that the same overspending has now created a situation where the Feds can’t possibly bail out the cities. Thank God the House is Republican otherwise I have no doubt the Feds would start borrowing money for the coming bailouts.

    “The problem with socialists is they eventually run out of other peoples’ money.”

    I do believe that was, yes, Thatcher.

    How about

    In the coniferous era we were promised prosperity for all,
    By robbing selective Peters to pay the collective Paul,
    But though we had plenty of money, there was nothing out money could buy,
    And the Gods if the Copybook Heading said, “If you do not work, you die.”

    Kipling, anyone?

    And lets finish this “History may not repeat itself, but it rhymes.” Twain

    KM from Detroit | November 20, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I still live in Detroit (well, technically, its surrounding suburbs)–hence the nickname–and while I would like nothing more than to see the city return to gleaming-metropolis status, it is as Henry Hawkins said. I give Dave Bing credit for doing what he can–culling the disastrous Detroit Public Schools system, shutting down schools and firing teachers, among other things, and all this in spite of being a Democrat–but some jobs are too big for one man to handle. Turning Detroit around would require an entirely new administration from the ground up.

    A “bright” side, if it could be called such, is that with the erosion of the automotive industry, the auto unions are losing clout in the area.

    Unfortunately, the populace is so devastated that it would take a dozen brave, large companies (and some much easier business restrictions) to really begin to revitalize the area. The race riots in the ’60s were almost twenty years before I was born, but it’s obvious even to me that forty years on they’ve only made the problems worse, not better.

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