The Light

Once again, the President likes to blame everyone else for the lack of success he has seen when it comes to Obamacare.

“But until then, when we’re getting outspent four to one and people are just uncertain about what all this means for them, we’re going to continue to have some polls like that,” Obama said. “And me just making more speeches explaining it in and of itself won’t do it. The test of this is going to be is it working. And if it works, it will be pretty darn popular.”

Even with a new PR blitz (costing $700 Million Dollars), the President can’t win over the public opinion:

“Over the course of six months to a year, as people sign up, and it works, and lo and behold, the people who already have health insurance are not being impacted at all other than the fact that their insurance is more secure and they are getting free preventive care, and all the nightmare scenarios and the train wrecks and the ‘sky is falling’ predictions that come from the other side do not happen, then health care will become more popular,” Obama said.

And when the train does wreck, naturally, it will be someone elses fault! 🙂

The New “Cash for Clunkers”…

Way back in 2009, President Obama’s Treasury Department launched the Home Affordable Modification Program, a massive authorization to help homeowners struggling with their mortgages in the wake of the financial crisis. 1.2 milllion people participated in the program at a cost to taxpayers of $4.4 billion.

A report [pdf] dropped this week from the Office of the Special Inspector General for TARP (SIGTARP) that HAMP has a stunning failure rate. Of the 1.2 million HAMP participants, 306,000 have re-defaulted on their mortgages, at an additional cost to taxpayers of $815 million. What’s more, another 88,000 homeowners in the HAMP program have missed payments and are at risk to re-default.

Twenty-two percent of homeowners who have re-defaulted on their HAMP permanent mortgage modifications have moved into the foreclosure process. The Administration’s stated goal for the housing initiative was “to help as many as three to four million financially struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure by modifying loans to a level that is affordable for borrowers now and sustainable over the long term.” However, since 2009, during each year of the program, an increased number of homeowners redefaulted on HAMP permanent mortgage modifications. Redefault rates of the oldest 2009 HAMP permanent mortgage modifications have continued to increase as they age at a redefault rate of 46%. The 2010 HAMP permanent mortgage modifications are redefaulting at a rate of 38%. Treasury’s data continue to demonstrate that the longer homeowners remain in HAMP, the greater the chance that they will redefault on their permanent modification and fall out of the TARP program. For the substantial number of homeowners who redefault, their modification was not sustainable. It is crucial that Treasury recognize this problem and take proactive steps to ensure that HAMP lives up to its promise and potential.

HAMP has been re-authorized to be in effect through 2015. (Townhall)

Gee, that mean through the mid-term election and that a lot of people who were going to default before because they couldn’t afford it have defaulted again. NO! that’s shocking… :

But at least it’s safe until after the election. Just like the employer mandate. Fancy that…

Detroit

As Detroit enters the federal bankruptcy process, the city is proposing a controversial plan for paring some of the $5.7 billion it owes in retiree health costs: pushing many of those too young to qualify for Medicare out of city-run coverage and into the new insurance markets that will soon be operating under the Obama health care law.

Detroit wants insurance exchanges to cover retirees like Thomas Berry, a former police officer.

“There’s fear and panic,” said Michael Underwood, an ailing Chicago Police Department retiree.
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Officials say the plan would be part of a broader effort to save Detroit tens of millions of dollars in health costs each year, a major element in a restructuring package that must be approved by a bankruptcy judge. It is being watched closely by municipal leaders around the nation, many of whom complain of mounting, unsustainable prices for the health care promised to retired city workers.

Just dump all those poor bastards on the rest of us. It will save the city and make ObamaCare costs skyrocket and of course, more popular….

Say, isn’t that sort of a Bailout?? 🙂

The light at the end of this tunnel is a bullet train!

 

Win Stein’s Money

Charles Krauthammer: If there’s an iron rule in economics, it is Stein’s Law (named after Herb, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers):

“If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.”

Detroit, for example, can no longer go on borrowing, spending, raising taxes and dangerously cutting such essential services as street lighting and police protection. So it stops. It goes bust.

Cause of death? Corruption, both legal and illegal, plus a classic case of reactionary liberalism in which the governing Democrats — there’s been no Republican mayor in half a century — simply refused to adapt to the straitened economic circumstances that followed the post-World War II auto boom.

Corruption of the criminal sort was legendary. The former mayor currently serving time engaged in a breathtaking range of fraud, extortion and racketeering. And he didn’t act alone. The legal corruption was the cozy symbiosis of Democratic politicians and powerful unions, especially the public-sector unions that gave money to elect the politicians who negotiated their contracts — with wildly unsustainable health and pension benefits.

When our great industrial competitors were digging out from the rubble of World War II, Detroit’s automakers ruled the world. Their imagined sense of inherent superiority bred complacency. Management grew increasingly bureaucratic and inflexible. Unions felt entitled to the extraordinary wages, benefits and work rules they’d bargained for in the fat years. In time, they all found themselves being overtaken by more efficient, more adaptable, more hungry foreign producers.

The market ultimately forced the car makers into reform, restructuring, the occasional bankruptcy and eventual recovery. The city, however, lacking market constraints, just kept overspending — $100 million annually since 2008. The city now has about $19 billion in obligations it has no chance of meeting. So much city revenue had to be diverted to creditors and pensioners that there was practically nothing left to run the city. Forty percent of the streetlights don’t work, two-thirds of the parks are closed and emergency police response time averages nearly an hour — if it ever comes at all.

Bankruptcy, which will radically cut payments to bondholders and retirees, is the only chance to start over.

Yet, if a Detroit bankruptcy succeeds, other cities will be tempted to follow. Dozens of other large urban areas have similarly massive pension and debt obligations, with commensurately denuded services and exorbitant taxes — leading to a vicious cycle of depopulation that makes everything worse. Detroit has lost more than 60% of its population since 1950.

The moral hazard increases if the federal government steps in. The administration is therefore firmly opposed to a “bailout,” recognizing both the political toxicity of the word and the fiscal consequences of a precedent that invites others to line up with tin cups. Washington cannot afford a nationwide federal bailout of insolvent cities.

However, under pressure of the public-sector unions, whose retirees will necessarily be victimized, the administration will likely offer “assistance” — which implies whatever kind of non-cash payments, indirect funds from other ongoing federal programs and enterprise-zone tax subsidies that it can get away with.

Under the table deals in secret. You scratch my back I’ll vote for you. Gee, Unions have done that before…<<eye roll>>

But Detroit is an object lesson not just for other cities. Not even the almighty federal government is immune to Stein’s Law. Reactionary liberalism simply cannot countenance serious reform of the iconic social welfare programs of the 20th century. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are pledged to their inviolability.

President Obama will occasionally admit that, for example, Medicare cannot go on as is, but then reverts to crude demagoguery when the GOP proposes a structural reform, such as premium support for Medicare or something as obvious as raising the retirement age to match increasing longevity.

On the contrary. Obama added one enormous new entitlement (ObamaCare) and, in his last State of the Union address, proposed yet another (universal preschool).

DC: President Barack Obama is doubling down on his proposal to give all kids a publicly-funded preschool education, but experts are skeptical the policy will work.

“If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much ignorance costs in the 21st century,” he said. “That’s why I’ll keep pushing to make high-quality preschool available to every four year-old in America — not just because we know it works for our kids, but because it provides a vital support system for working parents.”

But many policy experts who have studied the impact of early childhood education on kids maintain that there is no evidence to show such schooling is worthwhile.

“There are reasons to doubt that we yet know how to design and deliver a government funded pre-K program that produces sufficiently large benefits to justify prioritizing pre-K over other investments in education,” wrote Grover Whitehurst, Director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institute.

Most large-scale studies of universal preschool find scant evidence of lasting academic gains for kids enrolled in pre-K. By the fifth grade, students who benefited from preschool were shown to be no smarter or more social than other students.

“Universal, government preschool, financed by the federal government, is mired in bad policy,” wrote Lindsey Burke, an education fellow at the Heritage Foundation. “The type of preschool-for-all President Obama envisions is far more likely to mimic the failing Head Start program, which has cost taxpayers more than $150 billion since it began in 1965, and has left low-income children no better off in the process.”

But it sounds good, it’s pithy, and if you’re against it they can bash you as hating children and promoting ignorance. With added benefit of funneling even more wastes of money to the Teacher’s Unions! What more could a Liberal “bully” want. 🙂

Back to Charles: None of this is inevitable. In Wisconsin, the GOP showed it recognized the perils of unlimited government growth and will take on the unchecked power of public unions. Democratic Detroit, however, has for 50 years conducted a contrary experiment in myopia and the most imprudent passivity.

It doesn’t take a genius to see what happens when the entitlement state outgrows the economy upon which it rests. The time of Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, the rest of insolvent social-democratic Europe — and now Detroit — is the time for conservatives to raise the banner of Stein’s Law and yell “Stop.” You can kick the can down the road, but at some point it falls over a cliff.

But can they take the Liberal Media onslaught if they do?

That’s the question.

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

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Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Backstroking up the River Denial

Today is 5 years in my house. Hurray for me. Now I just have to keep the Liberals from destroying it like they did Detroit.

Now on to the White Guilt Morons, The Republicans: In Pew’s 2012 National Survey of Latinos, 31% of immigrants who are not citizens or legal residents said they identify with the Democrats. Just 4% identify with Republicans, while 33% call themselves independent.

Among Hispanics who’d been here less than 10 years, 26% identify with Democrats vs. 9% with Republicans, a 17-point gap. But for those here longer than 20 years, it jumps to 54% for Democrats and 10% for Republicans — a 44-point spread! (IBD)

But you’re a racist if you don’t chase that 4%-10% while alienating your base, says the Democrat snake in the garden… 🙂

Hispanic voters voted 71% for Obama, 27% for Romney.

So give it up guys, you’re chasing a losing cause!
Sorry, but there’s no electoral pot of gold at the end of the rainbow here.

But there is plenty of Democrat seeded pyrite.
Speaking of Fools: Detroit
Political Cartoons by Steve Breen
Having dug itself into an $18 billion hole, bankrupt Detroit now has allies in Washington calling for a federal bailout. This isn’t going to help the city recover.

In the case of Detroit, that’s what’s needed, because nothing has been fiscally normal about that city since its long decline began in the 1960s.

The city’s failure to confront its fiscal reality is precisely what led to its dire straits in the first place.

A bailout may bandage over the derelict city’s $18 billion in debts, but it won’t change the fact that it’s still run by an emergency manager, has nonexistent city services, and contains abandoned houses and fallow land that make parts of the city literally look like a war zone.

Bailouts can’t help because these wounds were self-inflicted, not external.

The city’s top taxpayer, the auto industry, for starters failed to adapt to the global economy. Out-competed by the Japanese, it opted for protectionism instead of sharpening its competitive game.

As a result, jobs dried up, and the city lost 60% of its population, going from 1.8 million in 1950 to 702,000 in 2010. But instead of attracting new investment as more survival-oriented places do, Detroit maintained the fourth-highest rate of corporate taxation in the country, ensuring that investment stayed out.

In denial, it kept 10,000 city government workers on the payroll, boomtown strength. The Detroit News found the city had more employees per resident — 55 — than any city in the U.S. except San Francisco. (which is the Queen of Liberal bastions)

Its failure to downsize left it with unfunded pension debt of somewhere between $3.5 billion and $9 billion.

Layoffs, though hard for workers, would have freed them to find jobs in cities that could keep their promises, and would have helped Detroit. But politicians had absolutely no connection with reality to do it.

They seemed to believe money was in infinite supply.

Sound Familiar? Democrats anyone?

The federal bailout of the Detroit-based auto industry in 2008 went a long way toward making the city think it too would get a bailout if it wanted one.

The problem here is that there have been nearly 40 municipal bankruptcies since President Obama took office, with more to come. If Detroit gets a bailout, they’ll all line up for one. Yet bankruptcy’s chief virtue is that it forces cities, and the voters, to reconsider bad decisions, to change their behavior and focus on recovery.

This happened in New York in 1975, when President Ford shocked the city out of its complacency by telling it to “drop dead.” It got some aid eventually, but the net result was the 1977 election of Ed Koch, who governed as a fiscal conservative. That’s the kind of tough love Detroit needs right now — not another bailout.

But what we all need is a bailout from Liberal economics…

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

 Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Certainty

Why should anyone believe what the president says about ObamaCare? Last week he touted nonexistent rate cuts and rebate checks. And the White House now admits his promise about keeping your doctor was false.

On Thursday, the president tried to shore up the ever-weakening support for ObamaCare by boasting about $100 rebate checks millions of Americans were supposedly getting in the mail thanks to the law’s restrictions on overhead spending by insurance companies.

“Millions of Americans opened letters from their insurance companies,” Obama said, and “were pleasantly surprised with a check.”

Not exactly. An AP fact check of Obama’s talk found almost all those checks went to employers who provide health benefits to their employees, and who didn’t have to pass them on to workers.

No one in government knows how many individuals — beyond the handful Obama pointed to during his talk — actually got checks in the mail, or for how much. AP called Obama’s claim “misleading advertising.”

Obama then claimed ObamaCare will push premiums down, saying these savings are already evident in states like “California, Oregon and Washington.”

But California used a bogus apples-to-oranges comparison to make its claim that premiums will be lower. In reality, they’re going up. Independent analyses found premiums in Oregon and Washington in the individual market will be 66% and 80% higher under the new law.

As for New York, where the ObamaCare premiums allegedly will be 50% below current rates, that state’s individual market had been all but destroyed by the same “guaranteed issue” and “community rating” market reforms ObamaCare plans to impose nationwide.

Then there’s the oft-repeated promise that, under ObamaCare, if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, and if you like your plan you can keep your plan. Obama even stamped a “guarantee” on this.

It was, of course, bogus. The Congressional Budget Office says 7 million workers will lose their employer-provided health plans, no matter how much they like them.

Many in the individual market are starting to get cancellation notices from insurers because no matter how much they like their current policies, they don’t comply with ObamaCare’s long list of mandated benefits.

Unions, too, are screaming that many of their members will lose the coverage they like once ObamaCare goes into effect.

And guess what? Many of these folks won’t be able to keep the doctor they like, either, when they go looking to get insurance coverage through an ObamaCare exchange. The administration has finally admitted as much, something the Weekly Standard discovered when looking through the HealthCare.gov site.

“Depending on the plan you choose in the Marketplace, you may be able to keep your current doctor,” the website says. Got that? May be able to keep. That’s a far cry from Obama’s “guarantee.”

Keep this in mind the next time anyone starts singing ObamaCare’s praises.

And another certainty…

Detroit, however, is dead, and unions and government killed it. Michigan recently became a right-to-work state, but it was too late to save a city that had become beholden to unions. As the United Auto Workers helped destroy the auto industry in and around Detroit, it’s no accident that Mercedes-Benz decided to build its flagship SUV in a shiny new facility in Vance, Ala.

Labor overhead was an albatross around Detroit’s neck. Until recently, total pay and benefits for a full-time worker at the Big Three averaged $140,000 a year vs. $80,000 for their foreign competitors. Add an estimated $2,000-plus per car for retiree health care and pensions for the Big Three, and you wonder not why Detroit failed, but why it didn’t fail sooner.

Detroit’s response to a declining business climate was more taxes, fewer city services and bloated pensions for workers in the only growth area — government.

Sound familiar. It should! It’s the Obama Jobs and Taxes model.

The city’s $11 billion in unsecured debt includes $6 billion in health and other retirement benefits and $3 billion in retiree pensions for its 20,000 city pensioners, members of the public sector unions that helped bring Detroit to its knees.

In the face of government incompetence, it was the people of Detroit who went on strike. Detroit lost a quarter-million residents between 2000 and 2010. A population that in the 1950s teemed with 1.8 million is struggling to stay above 700,000. Much of the middle-class and scores of businesses also have fled, taking their tax dollars with them.

1967 riots didn’t help their cause either.

Detroit is the rotten fruit of uncontested progressive socialism. In 1960, Detroit had the highest per capita income in the U.S.; today, it’s the poorest of our large cities. An estimated 78,000 of the city’s homes are unoccupied, and in 2011 half the occupiers of its 305,000 properties did not pay any tax. Some 40% of the street lights do not work.

Detroit has 264,209 households, and 91,204 — or 34.5% — get food stamps. Only 54.3% of Detroit residents participate in the labor force. This is how America is beginning to look. If we continue down President Obama’s path, America will become Detroit, only with a press to print money.

Indeed, the scary part is that Detroit is what Obama wants to fundamentally transform America into: a place where wealth is redistributed, not created, and where government picks winners and losers in an economy in which we all ultimately lose.

Speaking at Ohio State University in May, he told graduates not to listen to “voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems.” (IBD)

Detroit didn’t. We should.

And ObamaCare is the icing on the Progressive Liberal Cake.
And if you don’t like it, well the Ministry of Truth, NSA, IRS, FDA, HHS and the rest of the alphabet soup is here to help.
Doesn’t that make you feel better? 🙂
“Government isn’t the solution to our problems, Government IS the problem” — Ronald Reagan

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Big Government

MSDNC’s Melissa “I’m Bat shit crazy” Harris-Perry on Detroit bankruptcy: In the case of Detroit, the reason that the tax base has become so small is because a loss of population, right? So folks out, they are not there to pay the taxes on the homes and the kind of deterioration is what you see in the numbers you’ve suggested. But this lack of tax base is also exactly the kind of thing that many Republicans would impose on us, even when our cities have sufficient populations, even when our communities have sufficient populations. This is what it looks like when government is small enough to drown in your bathtub, and it is not a pretty picture.

Okay… so, let’s go ahead and get this straight. Detroit has been a bastion of All Thing Progressive for decades, with the government and its pension funds and etcetera spending themselves into oblivion while residents have been fleeing the accompanying signs of economic and social depreciation — which effectively worsened the problem of too much government spending by shrinking the available tax base and cutting into revenue — all of which has finally led to the inevitable conclusion of Detroit’s fiscal ruin.

Despite this entirely liberal achievement, Harris-Perry tries to use the example of Detroit to criticize Republicans for… wanting to lower taxes? (Blaze)

In a city that averages about 14 arsons a day, there are only 11 arson investigators, down from more than 20 in 2009…

And you wonder why Progressive Liberalism should be declared a Mental Disorder…

Obama

And for Liberals it feels good to give the poor a fish, or even better the “rich” person’s fish. Or a “free” or “cheaper” fish that looks like the “rich” person’s fish.

You deserve it. You’re “owed” it.

Problem is, then they don’t know how to fish. And if they never learned how to fish to begin with, then you have a person dependent on you for their fish.

Which, for Democrats, works for them. That’s what they like. They can control you, you are their slave if you can’t or won’t fish and they give it to you.

If you don’t earn it, is it really yours??

It’s white rich people’s fault you didn’t have it after all…

BIG BROTHER OBAMACARE UPDATE

Would you trust thousands of low-level Federal bureaucrats and contractors with one-touch access to your private financial and medical information? Under Obamacare you won’t have any choice.

As the Obamacare train-wreck begins to gather steam, there is increasing concern in Congress over something called the Federal Data Services Hub. The Data Hub is a comprehensive database of personal information being established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement the federally facilitated health insurance exchanges. The purpose of the Data Hub, according to a June 2013 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, is to provide “electronic, near real-time access to federal data” and “access to state and third party data sources needed to verify consumer-eligibility information.” In these days of secret domestic surveillance by the intelligence community, rogue IRS officials and state tax agencies using private information for political purposes, and police electronically logging every license plate that passes by, the idea of the centralized Data Hub is making lawmakers and citizens nervous.

They want INFORMATION. 🙂

They certainly should be; the potential for abuse is enormous. The massive, centralized database will include comprehensive personal information such as income and financial data, family size, citizenship and immigration status, incarceration status, social security numbers, and private health information. It will compile dossiers based on information obtained from the IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, the Office of Personnel Management, the Social Security Administration, state Medicaid databases, and for some reason the Peace Corps. The Data Hub will provide web-based, one-stop shopping for prying into people’s personal affairs.

BIG BROTHER KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU….

Not to fear, HHS says, the Data Hub will be completely secure. Really? Secure like all the information that has been made public in the Wikileaks era? These days no government agency can realistically claim that private information will be kept private, especially when it is being made so accessible. Putting everyone’s personal information in once place only simplifies the challenge for those looking to hack into the system.

However, the hacker threat is the least of the Data Hub worries. The hub will be used on a daily basis by so-called Navigators, which according to the GAO are “community and consumer-focused nonprofit groups, to which exchanges award grants to provide fair and impartial public education” and “refer consumers as appropriate for further assistance.” Thousands of such people will have unfettered access to the Data Hub, but there are only sketchy guidelines on how they will be hired, trained and monitored. Given the slap-dash, incoherent way Obamacare is being implemented the prospect for quality control is low. And the Obama administration’s track record of sweetheart deals, no-bid, sole-source contracting and other means of rewarding people with insider access means the Data Hub will be firmly in the hands of trusted White House loyalists.

So if you think the IRS targeting Tea Party groups was bad, just wait for the Obamacare Navigators to be unleashed. “Trust us,” the administration says, no one will abuse the Data Hub. Sure, because that has worked out so well in the past. (rare.us)

I suppose the idea of — oh, I don’t know — the government spending less, and not making promises that it can’t afford to keep, and people instead using more private-sector, free-market means and reaping the benefits of the subsequent economic growth, isn’t an option, then?

And people making choice that Home Superior Liberalis don’t like is just not an option.

The same malign alliance between a corrupt political class, rapacious public-sector unions, and an ever more swollen army of welfare dependents has been adopted in the formally Golden State of California, and in large part by the Obama administration, whose priorities — “health” “care” “reform,” “immigration” “reform” — are determined by the same elite/union/dependency axis. As one droll tweeter put it, “If Obama had a city, it would look like Detroit.”…

Like Detroit, America has unfunded liabilities, to the tune of $220 trillion, according to the economist Laurence Kotlikoff. Like Detroit, it’s cosseting the government class and expanding the dependency class, to the point where its bipartisan “immigration reform” actively recruits 50–60 million low-skilled chain migrants. Like Detroit, America’s governing institutions are increasingly the corrupt enforcers of a one-party state — the IRS and Eric Holder’s amusingly misnamed Department of Justice being only the most obvious examples. Like Detroit, America is bifurcating into the class of “community organizers” and the unfortunate denizens of the communities so organized. (Hot Air)

And the Obama roadshow is coming to a neighborhood near you, soon, very soon!

“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.”


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Motor City Narcissism

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.

Sound familiar?

The Union doesn’t care if the whole town burns to the ground they’ll demand you kiss their ass and pay them what you owe them. Mind you, it was political incest that got them where they are today.
2010:

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.

Seriously.

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.

And the largest Muslim population in the U.S. — just saying…

“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.

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Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

 

 

 

The Motorless City

On October 13, 2012, President Obama boasted to Americans in his weekly address that he refused to “let Detroit go bankrupt.”

“[W]e refused to throw in the towel and do nothing,” Obama said. “We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt, I bet on American workers, and American ingenuity and three years later that bet is paying off in a big way.”

Detroit filed for Bankruptcy this week.

Another bet Obama loses.

Oh, and ObamaCare will make premiums go down and you’ll get to keep your doctor. 🙂

Gov. Rick Snyder justified approving the historic filing by reciting a litany of the city’s ills, including more than $18 billion in debt, maxed-out tax rates, the highest murder rate in 40 years, 78,000 abandoned buildings and a half-century of residential flight. He said the city failed to provide basic services to residents or pay creditors.

But they keep spending like it didn’t matter.

And it’s been run by screaming liberals since I was a kid. There was even a Mayor, Coleman Young, who was the “first black mayor” in 1974 and ruled Detroit until 1993. And a lot of his election politics was black vs white, even back then.
Young won re-election by wide margins in November 1977, November 1981, November 1985 and November 1989, for a total of 20 years as mayor, based largely on black votes because the 1967 race riots accelerated white flight (which was not his fault, he just didn’t help it).
Population 1950: 1,849,568
Population now:  701,475
He was a leftist who tacked right some once in office, then at re-election tacked left.
Sound familiar??
Liberal Government at it’s finest.  Maximum taxes and spending like it doesn’t matter that you’re in debt.
Hmmm…$17 Trillion comes to mind somehow….
Even though I grew up in Flint, Detroit dominated everything that happened in the state. There was joke about Michigan being comprised of Detroit and everything else.
Hence we used to refer to Detroit as De-twah (say Detroit with a cheesy French accent).
Economic conditions in Detroit generally trended sideways or downward over the period of Mayor Young’s political tenure, with the unemployment rate trending from approximately 9% in 1971 (nationally it was 5.9) to approximately 11% in 1993 (nationally it was 6.9), when Young retired. However, most economic metrics (unemployment, median income rates, and city gross domestic product) initially dropped sharply during economic recessions, reaching their “low points” in the late 1980s and/or early 1990s, with the unemployment rate in particular peaking at approximately 20% in 1982.
In Flint in 1982 it was 26%. The unemployment capital of the US that year. (by the way Flint has lost 1/2 of it population since I was a kid).
But don’t worry, the UAW was fat and happy and the union workers were fat and unhappy (because they never were happy even after going on strike in 1976 when making $28/hr was not enough (that’s approx $103 now after inflation by the way).
And the public sector government pension were fatter than a goose being feed to make fois gras!
Hence why I have a pathological hatred for Unions. 🙂
“It’s war,” said George Orzech, chairman of the city’s Police and Fire pension fund.

The Pensions from Unions is one of the reasons the city went bankrupt. $62 to print a payroll check! 149 full-time people to just run payroll! Now that’s efficient!!
Here are the city’s 2 largest unsecured creditors and type of claim and surprise!! It’s the Unions! 🙂
General Retirement System: (A) $2 billion
Police and Fire Retirement System (A) $1.4 billion (Detroit News) (or I used to call it- The Detroit Snooze- and I was a paper boy for them one summer!)

Coleman Young in his autobiography: “The riot put Detroit on the fast track to economic desolation, mugging the city and making off with incalculable value in jobs, earnings taxes, corporate taxes, retail dollars, sales taxes, mortgages, interest, property taxes, development dollars, investment dollars, tourism dollars, and plain damn money. The money was carried out in the pockets of the businesses and the white people who fled as fast as they could. The white exodus from Detroit had been prodigiously steady prior to the riot, totally twenty-two thousand in 1966, but afterwards it was frantic. In 1967, with less than half the year remaining after the summer explosion—the outward population migration reached sixty-seven thousand. In 1968 the figure hit eighty-thousand, followed by forty-six thousand in 1969.
So the blacks screwed themselves in 1967. I bet today the media would say it was whities fault for leaving.
They should have stayed in Detroit and got killed by the gangs and the criminals and sucked it up. (and the 700,000 still there do that anyways).
When I was growing up, Detroit was synonymous with “crime”. And I grew up on the nicer side of the Flint too.
So this is just the culmination of my life time’s observations of Detroit, even though I moved out of Michigan 26 years ago.
And Liberalism has failed again. But I’m sure it’s someone elses fault….
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