WASHINGTON — Detroit, near death after years of being crushed by the weight of its own industrial decline, political malfeasance and insurmountable debt, needs a savior. Michigan’s governor will soon appoint an emergency financial manager for the city, giving him or her ?18 months to execute a plan to pull the Motor City out of its financial sinkhole. And Mitt Romney has every reason to volunteer for that job. Romney, appearing this weekend on Fox News in his first set of interviews since losing his presidential bid last fall, said the toughest part
Detroit needs more than Mitt´s help. It needs citizens who care to improve the city rather than line their pockets. How many of the Detroit leaders have gone to jail for their selfish behavior. Of those remaining, how many belong in jail. Asking Romney to fix Detroit is like asking obama to balance a budget.
On one hand you want to help a republican governor but on the other,when your enemy is drowning give him a lead life preserver.
A year or so ago the mayor of new Orleans hired an outside consulting firm to evaluate that city´s culture of incompetence and the consultant said it was so bad he wouldn´t know where to start.All these big cities are the same way and a lot of their deficits is pure theft by government officials.You can´t even order a case of toilet paper without someone skimming a few rolls off the top.
The liberal plantation owners give a wink and a nod to theft as a form of reparations, and these people eagerly accept that concept.
If you needed Mitt that badlly, perhaps you should have voted for him. Detroit is just the most glaring example of socialism and corruption. There many more to come. Just get on the phone and ask for some of Obama´s stash.
Mitt left MA with a surplus, long since spent. But MA has very, very few black people and a different kind of place than Detroit. If he took Detroit on he would have to get tough with black people. Could Michigan´s governor survive politically if he backed Mitt as much as he would need to do? After all, Mitt was governor of MA. What would he be in Michigan?
Since most of the citizens of Detroit are Dems as well as low info voters, they would resent any improvement/action coming from Romney. Just put a sign at the city limits, "Twilight Zone", "enter at your own risk". Mitt could maybe say to the few folks asking him to step into that hellhole, "Argo ____ _____!"
Mitt Romney can be a wonder-worker, but he cannot make miracles.
I´m not at all sure Detroit, as the city it now is, is fixable. Whole sections of empty and derelict buildings and houses should be bulldozed, but the ownership tangle is a problem, not quicly or easily resolved (who are the owners and where are they?). Mountains of money will be required just to get started. Where will it come from? Attracting fresh business and new residents is a chicken/egg thing. Industry won´t come if there is not a worker pool and workers cannot come to Detroit if there is no employment.
If anyone might have a chance to successfully return Detroit into a good place to live, work and send kids to school, it would be Mitt Romney. But, I hope he doesn´t accept the challenge.
Detroit, like many ultra blue cities in blue states, has surely passed the salvation point for recovery. What business would want to move its operations to Detroit? What normal person would want to risk his/her life by buying a home or renting an apartment in this crime ridden, corrupt place? Who would want to raise a family in.a city with a 90% illegitimacy rate?
If a Romney accepted assignment, would he have the support of even one local, state or national Democratic leader? Would any Democrat vote to reduce municipal and teacher union salaries, benefits and pensions? Would a single Dem vote to approve right to work laws that would rein in the UAW?
Dems would block all sensible reform while spending most of their time banning plastic bags, raising minimum wage and courting union donors.
I cannot write my first reaction since I gave up swearing for Lent, and #4´s response makes me realize she´s a better person than I. Nevertheless, I´m sticking with #s 13 and 16 and my first reaction., too.
A community´s citizens make it what it is. When a city is being over run by an uneducated barbaric subculture and the city´s managers are corrupt inept thieves, the situation is hopeless. Stand back and just let it happen. Make it a learning experience that socialism, liberalism and domination by the Democrat Party are a death sentence. Declaration of martial law, the National Guard and total Federal management is required.
Bill and Hillary need something to do and they would be popular in Detroit. Problem is they would put what hasn´t worked on steroids and drag the whole state of Michigan into the black hole of Detroit.
The article has an ugly tone ("If Mitt Romney really cares...") that I don´t like, but something about this idea appeals to me. I have excoriated the Romney Campaign in many recent posts. Let me now praise a famous man: Mitt Romney is a tough, smart businessman who can read a balance sheet and make a plan to fix it. He is, by nature and experience, a problem solver, and Detroit is replete with problems that an honest and effective administrator like Romney could help solve. Mitt should do it because it´s the right thing to do, and there aren´t many like him who could do it.
industrial decline, political malfeasance and insurmountable debt
Not really. Higher and higher taxes, unpunished crime, and zero sense of personal responsibility by the citizens of the city drove us from Detroit. Unless the people who live in the city want to fix the city, Mitt doesn´t have a chance.
Ankor Vat, Machu Pichu, the Mayan Pyramids, Stone Henge--the world is full of artifacts of once thriving cities that are no more. The Detroit of Motor City and Motown is gone. Sad, but that´s the way it is. Mitt should stay away because the MSM will demonize him yet again, if he tries to reform the Dem machine in Detroit. Remember just after the election? A Detroit councilwoman demanded 14 billion dollars from Obama. Obama turned his back. Why shouldn´t Mitt do the same? The irony here, is that Detroit is one of North America´s oldest cities. It was a French trading post over 300 years ago. A core City of Detroit will remain, but any attempt to return it to its former glory would be a complete waste of money.
Well he did take on the Olympics and turn them around so I would think that he could be one of the better candidates for the job. It could also turn people´s opinion of him around if he suceeds at this. That would make Obama look like the inexperienced fool that he is. Stranger things have happened says I.
So Numbers Guy Romney is the answer to Detroit´s financial problems is he? Really? We had a real unemployment rate above 17% for much of Obama´a 4 years. So how come this wizard was unable to make a direct and simple case w/the average voter, for change in DC? When assessing Romney, the appropriate descriptive is ´vastly overrated´. Of course his fans will never notice.
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