A Government Bailout Saved the Auto Industry, but the City of Detroit Was Left Behind

David Firestone, New York Times, March 4, 2012

Sometime soon, probably by the end of April, the city of Detroit is likely to run out of cash. Its revenues are falling and its expenses are growing. If that happens, paychecks will not be issued, doors of public buses and city agencies could be closed, and streetlights will be shut off in more neighborhoods.

Having lost so much—a quarter-million people in just a decade, its industrial base, its political clout—Detroit is now on the verge of losing control of its ability to make its own decisions. If it does not find a way to quickly stabilize its finances through spending cuts and union concessions, the state may appoint a manager to take over its budget from the mayor and the City Council.

{snip} In Michigan, emergency managers can break union contracts, fire city officials and sell off city assets. That has already begun in four other cities, all of them largely black, that the state has taken over in the last few years. Black officials and union leaders have charged that Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican elected in 2010, has an ideological and racial agenda, and taking over Detroit, which is 83 percent black, would only magnify the tension.

{snip} But an emergency manager may be inevitable.

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The city that once teemed with auto plants now has only two, a Chevrolet and a Chrysler factory. Chrysler’s gritty new slogan, “Imported From Detroit,” is a bit painful to local residents who know that the Chrysler 200, featured in an Eminem ad, is made in the suburbs, and the 300 and the Town & Country are made across the river in Ontario.

Chrysler’s gleaming Jefferson North plant on the east side of town does churn out Jeep Cherokees and Dodge Durangos, and President Obama noted in a speech last week that it has been adding new shifts. But it is not enough. Just blocks from the plant is some of America’s worst urban devastation, acre upon acre of vacant land, abandoned houses, burned-out stores. A city that held nearly two million people in the 1950s is now down to 714,000, more than a third of whom live in poverty.

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{snip} Crime is going up, buses are breaking and left unrepaired, and the exodus continues. Even if City Hall can stave off a takeover with union givebacks, layoffs and pension cuts, it will only be for a short time.

The solution may be in the suburbs that have siphoned off Detroit’s money and jobs and talent for decades. A true emergency manager, as many people here have suggested, would have the power to begin merging the tax base of the city with that of suburban counties in hopes of saving the region. {snip}

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  • Blacks just want whitey to shut up and continue to throw money down the rat holes they have created. Blacks will just continue to move to other predominately white areas and then yelp about “racism” and make their usual demands about why there aren’t enough blacks in “positions of power” and the whole cycle with repeat itself elsewhere.

  • Southern__Hoosier

    “….. the suburbs that have siphoned off Detroit’s money and jobs and talent for decades.” That’s PC talk for White flight to the suburbs.

    “A true emergency manager, as many people here have suggested, would have
    the power to begin merging the tax base of the city with that of
    suburban counties in hopes of saving the region.”

    That’s PC talk for soak the rich. Can you say White flight to the rural areas?

    • The last of my family relations have done just that.  When my cousin left the burbs for rural Michigan I asked him where?  If anyone not a Michigander has asked that question you get the “look at your right palm”, we are right here (pointing to the extreme left bottom corner of the palm).  Ask my cousin where the “bad” neighborhoods are and he responds with a word our dear moderator would correct.  The whites in that state will tell you in great detail how much money has been and will be thrown away on Detroit starting with the Model Cities Program and ending…not!  The whites that did vote liberal to continue this theft are just as aware of those people that have screwed the state but they are caught in promoting their union, even to the death of their state. Once the majority of whites really move rural, it will be some doing to shake out local money to support Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, etc.

  • Detroit didn’t get a Federal bailout?

    What do you call its heavily welfare dependent black population?  EBT cards don’t grow on trees.

    • redfeathers

      Didn’t they use stimulus money to buy laptops for their little geniuses?

      • It was either that, or to paint civil rights murals, or something like that.

  • Anon12

    Does anyone remember this scene from “Escape From Alcatraz”?  WATCH Clint Eastwood say what we are not allowed to say!

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1w29SpEVTY&feature=related

  • Victor

    How can they say it was left behind?
    The blacks who now control it have turned it into a true African Village right here in America.

  • Victor

    STOP BLAMING THE blacks:

    In my town we didn’t even have a Popeyes chicken until the black population went up.

  • Anon12

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZmMwP5bELE&feature=related

    This is funny. As least we rednecks/crackers can laugh at ourselves. Love them “Harley choppers”…..

    • BEAUTIFUL!!!

      Everyone’s just jealous over the Ingenuity that is The South!

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    streetlights will be shut off in more neighborhoods.

    The streetlights are ALREADY off: 

    *Thieves have stripped so much copper wiring out of the street lights in Detroit that half of all the lights in some neighborhoods no longer work

    *Ten years ago, there were approximately 5,000 police for the city of Detroit.  Today, there are less than 3,000. 

    *An analysis of census figures found that 48.5 percent of all men living in Detroit from age 20 to age 64 did not have a job in 2008.

    *Gasoline thefts have become so common in Detroit that one city councilman wants to force gas station owners to hire security guards. 

     A true emergency manager would have the power to begin merging the tax base of the city with that of suburban counties in hopes of saving the region.

    It’s not worth saving!!  There’s no tax base, no pool of potential employees, only illiterate, violent blacks ready to burn down anything and everything.

    Why should those in “suburban counties” bail out a violent, irredeemable city?  The same people who wrecked the city in the first place will still live there.  For destroying a once-great city, they deserve nothing.

    Bon

    Image #1: Fischer Body 21 Plant

    Image #2:  Packard Motors Plant

    http://tinyurl.com/nq7zd5

    • My father worked at Packard as well as Ford.  I wonder what all of those good people that worked in these plants would say now to ‘modern’ Detroit.  The last position my father held before leaving Detroir was a manager of a large industrial plant a block square. It employed well over 100 people.  It is now merely rubble with no sign of the significance it had.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        I imagine they feel like the WW II vets — and those who lost loved ones in WW II — wondering if the sacrifices they made were worth it given how Whites are treated in the U.S. now.

        Would they do it again? Would you? No and Hell No.

        Bon