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.
Goose Creek resident Nancy Mace officially announced her campaign to defeat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the 2014 Republican Party primary. The first woman to graduate from the Citadel, Mace is a well-regarded up-and-comer in Palmetto State politics, counting at least one notable South Carolina Tea Party fave as an ally, state Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort). However, if Mace truly hopes to secure the SCGOP nomination, she will need to answer questions about another comrade, Will Folks of FITSNews. As the former co-owner of FITSNews, Mace presided over the South Carolina political gossip site during its most infamous days;
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Ansara, a television and movie actor whose roles included a Klingon on "Star Trek," has died. A longtime friend and spokesman for Ansara says the actor died Wednesday at his home in Calabasas, Calif. after a long illness. He was 91. Besides the "Star Trek" role, Ansara appeared on dozens of TV shows, including "Broken Arrow," "Law of the Plainsman," "I Dream of Jeannie," "Hawaii 5-0" and "Murder, She Wrote." His film credits include "Julius Caesar," "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," "The Greatest Story Ever Told" and "The Comancheros" with John Wayne.
How much do you like courgettes, the green vegetable Americans call zucchini? According to one Facebook page devoted to them, hundreds of people find them delightful enough to click the "like" button – even with dozens of other pages about courgettes to choose from. There´s just one problem: the liking was fake, done by a team of low-paid workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, whose boss demanded just $15 per thousand "likes" at his "click farm". Workers punching the keys might be on a three-shift system, and be paid as little as $120 a year.
Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama is being challenged by foreign policy, employment and the New York political scandals, keeping his approval rating down. "A week of trials and travails for the president. The ´New World Order´ is not as uncomplicated as the Cold War. A resurgent Russia, led by a former wrestler and KGB-operative, flexed its muscles and decided to give Edward Snowden a one-year asylum. So Russia now supports transparency? Yikes! Iran´s new reform-minded president reminded us, on the eve of his inauguration, that ´reform´ must mean different things
A group of property owners who voiced concern about the proposed wind farm on Lookout Mountain have filed suit against the two companies involved in the project and some of their neighbors who allegedly have agreed to have wind turbines placed on their property. The suit was filed Thursday by attorneys Tom King and Jeff Kirby on behalf of a group of about 32 landowners against Noccalula Wind LLC and Pioneer Green Energy and property owners Steve Shaneyfelt, Tim Shaneyfelt, Michael Shaneyfelt, Sara Box, Jeffrey Walker, Emily King, Chris King, Donald Chandler and Margaret Adams Moon.
Lit fireworks thrown into crowds. Purses and phones stolen. Gangs beating up people and fighting with each other on Oak Street Beach. Those are some of the occurrences callers reported to 9-1-1 operators on the night of the July 4. CBS 2´s Suzanne Le Mignot reviewed tapes of the calls. At 9:23 p.m., a 9-1-1 call is made about fireworks being set off among crowds of people at Oak Street Beach. “We’re over here by Division and Lake Shore Drive by Oak Street Beach, and there’s a crowd of people throwing M-80´s by the people,” one called tells
On Monday, the Eliot Spitzer campaign announced it had hired Lis Smith, former Director of Rapid Response for Obama´s reelection, as a spokesperson. It is the second Obama campaign veteran Spitzer has hired for his political comeback race for NYC Comptroller. Sources have told Breitbart News the staffing up of PR specialists is due to growing rumors that Spitzer is engaged in an affair with a married woman. Spitzer was forced to resign as Governor of the Empire State after revelations surfaced that he was a frequent client of a high-end prostitution network. His recently announced run for city Comptroller
Virginia candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe bypassed state law to acquire land for his “green car” factory in Mississippi and invited President Obama to attend an event for the company that subsequently bogged down in a wide-ranging scandal. Documents obtained by Cause of Action through a Freedom of Information Act request indicate Obama considered attending the rollout of GreenTech Automotive’s first electric car. McAuliffe was the chairman of the company, but quietly resigned in December 2012. GreenTech is currently embroiled in a scandal over the company’s EB-5 visas. (RELATED: Virginia lawmakers pressure McAuliffe over GreenTech scandal)
A judge ordered one of Chicago’s most politically powerful labor unions to suspend picketing against 16 funeral homes last week after receiving reports that striking Teamsters had, among other things, disturbed a child’s funeral. SCI Illinois Services, Inc., one of the nation’s largest funeral home chains, asked a district court to intervene after striking funeral directors and drivers with Teamsters Local 727 allegedly harassed grieving families. “We are grateful that the court agreed to issue this temporary restraining order, and we are hopeful that it will help protect grieving families who are experiencing the most difficult times of their lives,”
Serial sexter Anthony Weiner’s wife partly blamed herself last year when her horndog husband confessed to her that he was at it again. Friends and family told People magazine that Huma Abedin was kicking herself at the time for bailing out of couples counseling and focusing more on their newborn baby boy. But, thanks to a new round of joint therapy that continues even now, the couple was able to put the relapse behind them. “They really became a unit, and she feels much closer to Anthony now,” a relative told the magazine. That’s a long way from how Abedin
Bill O’Reilly has been on a justified tear against the “grievance industry” and its CEO, Al Sharpton. Sharpton fired back on his low-rated MSNBC show Tuesday, and sounded like he was blaming Trayvon Martin’s parents and the Sanford police — anyone but himself and his own choice to get involved and make it a huge racial moment. If the justice system wasn’t so biased towards minorities, Sharpton argued, then maybe he wouldn’t have to express so many grievances. “If the police in Sanford had acted justly, maybe Trayvon Martin’s parents wouldn’t have had a grievance
I think he’s going to end up not running, but if his favorables stay this high, maybe he has no choice. He’s technically “next in line” and he’d make a decent compromise candidate (as would fellow Wisconsinite Scott Walker) for righties who are leery of Christie, Paul, and Rubio for various reasons. Second look at Paul Ryan? Are Ryan’s numbers really that surprising? He’s been overlooked on blogs lately because we’ve all been busy shaking our fists at Rubio over immigration and gawking at the Rand Paul/Chris Christie brawl, but thanks to 2012, Ryan’s name recognition is sky high.
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a "full-time equivalent." Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions. KOMO-TV reports that the city´s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive. "Luckily, we´ve got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For ´citizens,´ how about ´residents?´"
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."
I think she’s one of the most fascinating women of our time and this world,” confessed Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC, as part of his announcement that his network is making a miniseries about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, with Diane Lane in the starring role. Words are funny things. For instance, G.K. Chesterton once remarked that that the word “good” has many uses: “For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of 500 yards, I should call him a good shot but not necessarily a good man.” So it is,
After purchasing the Boston Globe in 1993 for a then-record $1.1 billion, the financially troubled New York Times just announced it sold the 141 year-old paper to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million. That´s a straight 93% loss. Figuring in two decades of inflation would only make it worse -- as does the fact the Times retains the Globe´s pension liabilities, estimated at over $100 million. (snip) What might have sweetened the lower offer for the Times is that Henry offered a straight cash deal, which is expected to close sometime in September or October.
An archaeologist overseeing a dig at Balatlar Church in Turkey´s Sinop Province claims her team has discovered a 1,350-year-old stone chest containing "a piece of a cross" and which she believes possibly came from the one on which Jesus was crucified as recorded in the Gospels. "We have found a holy thing in a chest. It is a piece of a cross, and we think it was [part of the cross on which Jesus was crucified]," Gulgun Koroglu, head of the years-long excavation at the site, told reporters. "