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If you are still wondering why Detroit is bankrupt …

Here’s a perfect example, one which occurred after the bankruptcy filing – because, you know, Detroit doesn’t have enough problems of their own:

The Detroit City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution calling for a federal investigation to see whether civil rights charges are warranted against George Zimmerman, who was acquitted July 13 of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

The resolution, sponsored by Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, sparked a discussion over the need for city leaders and others to focus more on violence in Detroit.

“We need to have that same level of outrage with respect to the black-on-black crime that takes place in our community,” Councilman Kenneth Cockrel Jr. said. “How many people were shot — maybe even shot and killed this past weekend in the city — mostly likely by folks who look just like them?”

Well yeah.  And, how about trash pickup, potholes, streetlights, Detroit’s bills, yatta, yatta, yatta.

Instead you have a councilwoman playing for headlines and pushing the agenda of an equally bankrupt “civil rights” organization because … well you tell me why.  Because I don’t get it.

~McQ

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26 Responses to If you are still wondering why Detroit is bankrupt …

  • “There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, a hole…”
    There are whole swaths of Detroit without any street lights.  Why?  Because metal thieves have stripped out their wiring.  Why?  Because those neighborhoods have no effective law and order.  Why?  Because…

    • Why? Because they’re retarded.
      Next question, please.

    • I’ve often thought about the irony that leftists consider themselves to be the most civilized people on the planet, and yet the most likely end stage of their governance is a breakdown of civilization in the areas they governed.

      • But Billy, I’m positive that those in power in Detroit live QUITE well and civilized what with the cocktail parties and the manicured lawns and the geenteel neighborhoods and such.  I mean yeah, their charges have to live like animals scraping out a living in a no-man’s land but I’m sure JoAnn Watson is quite saddened by such a turn of events in between bites of caviar and sips of wine.

      • And examples abound.  Besides Detroit, you have Oakland, LA, and whole swaths of inland California that are dystopic, and getting dystopic-er.  Rhode Island is in terminal corruption mode, and etc.

        • You left off the prime example: the Soviet Union. Twenty years after it feel apart, it’s still dominated by organized crime, and has close to third world living standards despite supposed being an industrial powerhouse for decades.

          • Well, yes.  I was keeping it domestic.  ALSO SOME of the former Soviet Union and slave states have turned away from their stupid, Collectivist ways…  Some of them are doing rather well.
            Russia, despite HUGE advantages that should equip it to be a great place to live is a dying state, as are even those Scandinavian states that give the false appearance of socialism that works.  In fact, most of Europe is in that same boat.
            England, pre-Thatcher, was on a “Detroit trajectory”, and you can see it very clearly in photos from that era.  Thatcher gave them a reprieve…if they will take it.  Just now, I am not confident.

    • Yes and no one should ponder why a city in Michigan is inserting itself into Florida’s justice system.
       
      Must be a hold over from the War of Northern Aggression.
       
      They could try a state closer to home.    Illinois comes instantly to mind.

  • Why?  The narrative.  It matters to these crazies more than reality.  It justifies their nonsense.

  • http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2013/07/24/breaking-judge-overrules-objections-to-detroit-bankruptcy/
    Looks like the loony lil’ Deemocrat judge got spanked.  The automatic stay in bankruptcy goes into effect, halting all the other proceedings until or unless the bankruptcy court grants permission case-by-case.
    A good result, really.
     

  • Detroit is proof beyond any doubt that Progressive/Liberal/Socialist ideas of how to do anything are utterly wrong and impractical.  Fifty years of unchallenged rule by folks whose political philosophy is unmarred by any noticeable contact with reality have “produced” the wasteland that is today’s Detroit.  That is the only thing that philosophy can produce, devastation and ruin.  Maybe that’s the reason for HUD’s announcement that they’re going to require a certain percentage of protected minority members in each subdivision, suburb and hamlet as soon as they can find their …. no, as soon as they can organize it.  For my part, I hope they start in the San Francisco Bay area; lots of pure-white areas there, created in recent memory, too. 

    • Kinda like busing, except with houses and whole families…???
      Central planning for forced integration.  What could go wrong?

      • Just wait till they provide government funding to ‘help’ the process.
         
        Screw the whole freedom of association thing.

        • I’d be proud to death to associate with a black or brown neighbor who bought into my rural neighborhood as a result of their hard work and brought their well-raised children.
          Not so much somebody…of any race…who was provided tax money to relocate their litter of thugs.
          Color me harsh.

          • “Not so much somebody…of any race…who was provided tax money to relocate their litter of thugs.
            Color me harsh.”
            Right there with ya.   I don’t need the government providing funding to help expand criminal empires.

    • Hmm. Quotas for every demographic sounds like a great idea to me!
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      Proposed: All cities and states should be required to impose quotas on the demographic makeup of their inhabitants. If Hispanics are x% of the national population, then no community or state should be allowed to let more than x% Hispanics live in their city or state. If blacks are x% of the national population, then no community or state should be allowed to let more than x% blacks live in their city or state. If women are x% of the national population, then no community or state should be allowed to let more than x% women live in their city or state. If gays are x% of the national population, then no community or state should be allowed to let more than x% gays live in their city or state. If whites are x% of the national population, then every community and state should be compelled to secure the presence of white citizens in direct proportion to their national percentage. And so on. Whatever social upheaval and economic burden is required to force the relocation of individuals to other districts or other states to produce uniformly distributed diversity in all communities of any size or description is worth it, right?

      In this way, we can finally achieve that state of perfection demanded by quota fanciers. Oh, and whites would form the dominant majority of the population of every community and state — with who knows what salutary benefits to restoring our great republic at last.
      I believe this proposal also defines Phase 2 of the Underpants Gnome plan, a missing element long sought. And it perfectly completes the “miracle” part of Sidney Harris’s famous math cartoon – because it would take a miracle to make the left’s numerically obsessed dream ever succeed.

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      • Well, if this is a good idea, we should have mandatory quotas in the NBA, major league baseball, and NFL.  Big hockey and NASCAR, too.
        Right…???

        • Yes, I think that’s implied.

          It still leaves one unfair area, though. I can’t figure out a way to get racial diversity in a family.

          Though I’m sure that wouldn’t stop diversity-mongers on the left from trying, if you gave them the power. Whether or not something is possible doesn’t seem to have much to do with whether they think it’s a great idea.

          • “I can’t figure out a way to get racial diversity in a family.”
             
            Don’t matter, if they need to flog the race horse, you’re gonna be ‘white’ no matter what your ethnic background.     Ask George Zimmerman how that works.
            Or perhaps ‘self identified’ something or other.

          • I am a Pacific Islander.  Not that I’ve ever been on a Pacific Island, or have any known ancestors.
            I like the pictures of Pacific Islands.  I identify with the Māori warrior culture…an’ stuff.
            Ergo…

  • http://hotair.com/archives/2013/07/25/transparency-50-years-of-omerta-for-senate-defenses-of-tax-breaks/
    OK, does ANYBODY think this is the way you conduct a republican democracy…?!?!?!
    Time for a NEW tax system. And TIME for each elected sumbitch to be open about what they support. ON THE RECORD.

  • A plague couldn’t have emptied Detroit any better than the “Blue Plague”