#1 Robert Reich wants to EXPAND Detroit to get suburban money
08-06-2013, 04:45 PM
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Just Spread Detroit's Failure, Why Don't Ya?
Robert B. Reich, the little man with big liberal ideas, has a big idea for bailing out Detroit. It's a simple big idea, which just goes to show Reich's genius. Great thinkers get to the nub of things.
In a nutshell, Reich wants to make things right in Detroit by expanding its boundaries. Or does he want to expand the burbs' boundaries to encompass Detroit? Doesn't matter, really. The key to Reich's ingenious plan is for miserably failed Detroit to glom onto the burbs for resources -- that would be money, in plain English.
But let's permit the Master, via the Detroit Free Press, to explain the rationale behind his latest big idea:
More at the link.
Much in modern America depends on where you draw boundaries, and who's inside and who's outside. Who is included in the social contract?
If Detroit is defined as the larger metro area that includes its suburbs, it has enough money to provide all its residents with adequate if not good public services, without falling into bankruptcy. It would come down to a question of whether the more affluent areas of this Detroit were willing to subsidize the poor inner city through their tax dollars and help it rebound. That's an awkward question that the more affluent areas would probably rather not have to face.
Drawing the relevant boundary to include just the poor inner city, and requiring those within that boundary to take care of their compounded problems by themselves, lets the whiter and more affluent suburbs off the hook. Their city isn't in trouble. It's that other one -- called Detroit.
08-06-2013, 05:09 PM
Brilliant! If you suffer total and complete failure just encompass others so they can share the expense of your failure and fail themselves.
When you lose just conquer your neighbors and divide the spoil!
08-06-2013, 05:13 PM
The Soviet Union did this but soon they ran out of countries they could conquer and exhausted all their resources, sooner or later you have to look within and solve your problems or disintegrate into nothingness.
08-06-2013, 05:20 PM
The answer to Detroit's problems could be found by close examination of their past and honest evaluation followed by hard work, these people do not have the intellectual capacity nor the physical drive and ambition to rebuild their city.
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08-06-2013, 07:07 PM
Perfect. Let's expand 'white flight' to the four surrounding counties, next.
Pretty soon the entire auto industry would need to move to some other state, cause they won't find anyone willing to commute across two wasteland counties in Michigan to get to work.
We'll take 'Automation Alley' with us when we leave, too!
I vote for Texas...We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.
08-06-2013, 07:36 PM
WTF makes him think the inner city would "rebound" I mean honestly, does anyone
but him and some LibTards buy that load of horseshit???May the FORCE be with you!
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08-06-2013, 07:44 PM
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08-07-2013, 08:54 AM
Two ways for Detroit to get some cash quickly and shore up some of it's debt:
1. Sell/lease Belle Isle to the state for the deal that was offered earlier this year. It will give the city some cash and relieve it of a burden, upkeep-wise. The state will tear down the structures that need to be torn down and maintain the ones that are in good shape. It'll be safer, too.
2. Make the Water Department into a regional body and give up the monopoly. All the suburbs buy their water from the city, and all the suburbs want it to be a cooperative, so that the city of Detroit no longer controls the water rates without any oversight from some of their largest customers. The burbs would have to buy in, which would give the city some cash to shore up pensions of retirees.
Incidentally, the mayoral primary was held yesterday. The write-in white candidate, Mike Duggan, won with 53% of the vote, Sheriff Benny Napoleon came in second with 30% of the vote, so the race is on between them in November.
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