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A Hollywood Republican

The Saga of Detroit and the Coming End of the Bureaucratic State

Detroit has been on a collision course with reality and now reality is here.  Detroit is bankrupt and on its last leg financially.  There was time that Detroit was one of our bigger cities but over the past half century, the population has decreased by more than half.  There is nothing left but a hallowed out city which resembles a third world hell hole than a real America City.  I remember being in Detroit in the 80’s and being five blocks from the convention center.  I asked a hotel employee best path to walk and he looked me with a stern look, “Take a cab.”  I told him, “Hey it is only five blocks, can’t be that long,” and he responded, “You may not make it alive.”  I took a cab.  A friend of mine mentioned to me that while she was asleep on a business trip  a couple of years ago, a thief came in to steal a piece of the furnace from her hotel room. She felt she was lucky to be alive and She told her company “No more trips to Detroit”.

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I have never visited a more depressing  or a less exciting city than Detroit.  It is a city of boarded up shops and  is under receivership and headed toward bankruptcy.   The key element is that as Walter Russell Mead noted in a recent piece, “Blue power is in big trouble in Detroit, where the threat of bankruptcy has both public sector unions and municipal bondholders at the barrel of a gun.”   New York Times Mary Walsh noted that the Unions are seeking to have others take the hit while they keep hold of their salaries and benefits when she wrote, “The city’s proposals, which could give some bondholders as little as 10 cents on the dollar, are making some creditors think they would be better off in bankruptcy. They see the specter of a federal judge imposing involuntary losses as less ominous than it was for New York.…But city retirees, facing the prospect of sharply reduced benefits whether in bankruptcy or under Detroit’s restructuring proposal, think they stand squarely on the moral high ground because despite the poverty of many current and retired members, they have already offered big concessions.”

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  1. historicus

    June 28th, 2013

    Detroit Hock City. With apologies to Kiss.

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  2. Sidekick

    June 28th, 2013

    Ha! Over 20 years ago I had to attend a function at the old Westin (now Marriott) in the Rennaisance Center. As I was walking through the lobby I overheard the following:

    Guy in jogging suit to the Concierge: Hey, what’s a good route to run around here?

    Concierge with perfect comedic timing: To your room.

    That has been my go to Detroit sucks story since 1990.

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  3. unneutral

    June 28th, 2013

    My guess is the majority of the citizens deserve what they’re getting, I just hope the red states don’t have to bail them out.

    Let them go down in flames.

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  4. Dadof4

    June 28th, 2013

    Train wrecks are spectacular events. Something best watched from a safe distance though.

    IOW glad I’m not there.

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  5. Alpha Maser

    June 28th, 2013

    I’m pretty sure blue states are already bailing out Detroit and other liberal hell holes. D.C. is a giant Slush Fund / Money Laundering emporium.

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  6. judgeroybean

    June 28th, 2013

    Sad thing is you could take all your liberal acquaintances to this shit hole and not one of them would ever admit their beloved democrat party is even remotely responsible. Ya just can’t fix stupid. And the Detroilet voters? They’ll never make the connection between all their problems and the democrat machine.

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  7. Reaganaut

    June 28th, 2013

    I was in Detroit once in 1990. A nearby house had a door mad of plywood. No- it wasn’t boarded up- the door was literally constructed out of plywood and 2x4s. I couldn’t escape till the next morning and believe me it was a sleepless night.

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  8. AQT214

    June 28th, 2013

    Best idea I’ve heard for saving Detroit is to turn the city into a giant zombie-theme park. Acres of laser-tag type gaming and survivalist obstacle courses would make a mint, I bet.

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  9. Jethro

    June 28th, 2013

    A few years ago I was at a part supplier in Madison Heights, which is north of Detroit. We were running late for our flight back home so I asked if it was faster to get to the airport by taking rt 75 directly through the city rather than going around the west side via 696 and 275. My hosts looked at each other and then said “Yeah, it may be a few minutes faster….but don’t take the wrong exit….”

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  10. J Frank Parnell

    June 28th, 2013

    Those damn conservative Norwegians f^cked it all up!

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  11. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    June 28th, 2013

    I saw this post, and decided to read some stuff regarding Detroit. I ran across an article written by a clueless Brit who blamed Detroit’s plight on capitalism; specifically, how when the profit motive diminished, industry fled. Mr. Clueless claims that this is what happens when society is not “community centered” as opposed to industry/capitalism centered.

    Except Detroit was “community centered.” Residents of Detroit discovered that they could use the ballot box to vote themselves money, benefits and job security, as well as organize in order to force industry to give them benefits, money and job security. It was all good until those businesses decided they could do just as well, or better elsewhere.

    Now Detroit has a true “community centered” system, although there are fewer people or businesses around to pay for it. Responsible people have fled to where the opportunities are – which is not in Detroit. What is left is, for the most part, just depressing and frequently dangerous. And broke.

    The elite progressive solution is “more of the same.” May as well – Detroit is not coming back and many people have written it off, and progressives can continue to demonstrate the results of their bankrupt ideas.

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  12. unneutral

    June 28th, 2013

    Most obscene is the progturds will move on and poison the wells of a properly run city.

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  13. Sadie

    June 28th, 2013

    A few days ago I was reading comments at Twitchy. As it so happens…I saved this one from:

    Barracuda Bob

    “I happen to live in the Detroit area and I’m sorry, but you conservatives bagging on Detroit should first look at your own communi…hang on…shot’s fired…ok, down the street, nothing to worry about. Anyway, you should all look at your own communities and the troubles your facing before you go start….shit…let me close the blinds, that car doesn’t look too kosher…ok, so sure, Kwame and Monica have been a problem but we as a community are banding together to…holy Mother of Jesus, the house is on fire, I’ll have to get back to you.”

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  14. xthred

    June 28th, 2013

    Sbpdl has this covered.

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  15. Maudie N Mandeville

    June 28th, 2013

    It took the Soviet Union about 75 years (with help from Reagan). Detroilet took about 60 years. The good news is that America may not look like Detroilet until 2168 with a few riots along the way.

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  16. Dr. Tar

    June 28th, 2013

    Maybe Mooch and family will vacation there next summer.

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  17. Liberal Larry *

    June 28th, 2013

    It’s not our fault. It’s not our

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  18. Liberal Larry *

    June 28th, 2013

    Oops, a minor malfunction here.

    It’s not our fault, it’s not our fault, it’s anybody and everybody’s fault, but our own.

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  19. River Tam

    June 28th, 2013

    The missus and I had to travel to Detroit weekly last year for her medical care. The hospital put us up in the Motor City Casino. It’s a gorgeous, luxury hotel, likely at least partly subsidized by tax payers, and sold with promises of a revitalized neighborhood. We saw a man taking a leak in the street in the shadow of the hotel parking garage. It hardly mattered. The street was nearly empty, though the casino was always crowded.
    Everywhere you look down there, between the layers of graffiti, are signs proclaiming black pride and community rebirth. I told the wife that I had never seen so many proud people with nothing to be proud of.

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  20. MM

    June 28th, 2013

    All out of sympathy here boss

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  21. sheryl

    June 28th, 2013

    That just about covers it. I do go to Comerica often to watch the Tigers though.

    Detroit currently has a missing council person, it is all the buzz..There are many things to take away from this story. One of which is that the man make 76K per year and a city paid vehicle. The new Emergency manager just took his salary as of July 7th…A council person earning that much money per year, should have a city running like a top. It is all so very sad.

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  22. sheryl

    June 28th, 2013

     
  23. grayjohn

    June 28th, 2013

    Turn it into a moonbat theme park called Liberal Land! Where for 50 dollars you can spend the day trying not to raped or killed or both! If you make it through unscathed you get a stuffed camel and a patriotic crack pipe.

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  24. unneutral

    June 28th, 2013

    @grayjohn
    Plus a month’s worth of food stamps.

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  25. Kevin R.

    June 28th, 2013

    Maybe if they just had a first class multi-billion dollar light rail system! Yeah, that’s the ticket!

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  26. AQT214

    June 28th, 2013

    Detroit, I dub thee “Capital of Progtardia”!

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  27. JS

    June 28th, 2013

    Three years ago I started a ten year plan to become mayor of Detroit. I got a job in the New Center area and passively looked for where I would move to someday. In my job I work almost exclusively with Detroit residents and I have lost all interest in pursuing Detroit in any fashion. I know how this city’s residents live without employment and there’s not a politician in the world who can fix this.

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  28. joe

    June 29th, 2013

    Does Liberal Larry live there?

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  29. Carlos The Jackal

    June 29th, 2013

    Detroit in its heyday was auto manufacturing. Don’t discount the role of the UAW in creating Detroit’s current situation.
    As far as other states picking up the tab for Detroit’s fecklessness; since over half the population moved somewhere else, they probably already are.

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