Detroit Update: The judge said state law guards against retirement benefits being “diminished,” but there will be no such protection in federal bankruptcy court.
So she ordered them not to go bankrupt just minutes after they filed. Unions were obviously Judge shopping.
Ah, unions. Aren’t they great. When you’re 18 Billion dollars in debt you still have to pay them their over-inflated, bank busting, politically incestuous amounts or else they’ll sick a union-sympathetic judge on you and make you pay them anyhow!
And besides the Agenda is The Agenda. Nearly a quarter of the cities debt is Union-related.
“It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant state Attorney General Brian Devlin. “It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.” (Detroit News)
Unions make up less than 18% of the workforce nationally so if anyone’s cheating the working man it’s a Union.
But I am Not surprised at all. Unions are the ultimate narcissists and they found their own in-pocket liberal judge to do their bidding.
Union contracts, primarily generous pension packages, granted by Democrat mayors in more prosperous times have now come back to haunt the city’s halls, where 9,500 people still work. A long, series of inept and corrupt Democrat city administrations overspent, over-promised and stole. The city has 20,000 pensioners who may take serious cuts.
Detroit for years has been spending $100 million more every 12 months than it takes in, with each city administration hoping the inevitable collapse would come on someone else’s watch. Now, it has.
Albany Police Officers Union President Chris Mesley says that, regardless of the faltering economy, a no-raise new contract is unacceptable.
And to hell with the public.
“I’m not running a popularity contest here,” Mesley said. “If I’m the bad guy to the average citizen . . . and their taxes have go up to cover my raise, I’m very sorry about that, but I have to look out for myself and my membership.”
Mesley added: “As the president of the local, I will not accept ‘zeroes.’ If that means . . . ticking off some taxpayers, then so be it.”
Yes, he seriously said that and he meant it. Unions are made up of extreme narcissists who are in bed with the politicians who feed them. And you get the sexually transmitted disease for it.
Get out your cellphone. Set the alarm for 58 minutes from now.
When it goes off, you’ll know how long it takes Detroit police to respond to an emergency 911-call, on average. More than five times longer than nationally.
Only one-third of city ambulances work. Four-out-of-ten street lights are dark. Detroit unemployment is more than twice the national rate, 18%.
As one result, that once prosperous, bustling city has the highest violent crime rate of major American urban centers. Criminals know they can do their thing and be miles away before help arrives.
But don’t you dare “stand your ground” you racist!
Detroit has about 700,000 people now, more than 80% black. In the 1950’s it had nearly two million residents and was the nation’s fourth-largest city.
“Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has signed a new contract worth $76 million,” Conan O’Brien observed the other night. “They’re paying him $10 million to play football and $66 million to live in Detroit.”
I’m sure he doesn’t. That’s what Bloomfield Hills was invented for. The Beverly Hills of the Automobile set.
And the Lions are a crap them and have been a crap team for 50 years. Funny that…
Soon, we will all be Detroit.