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Motor City needs Mitt’s help
Boston Herald, by Kimberly Atkins

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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

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 3/4/2013 5:59:17 AM     (No. 9206856)

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.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 3/4/2013 6:03:55 AM     (No. 9206861)

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.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 3/4/2013 6:08:10 AM     (No. 9206868)

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.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: NancyD, 3/4/2013 6:09:07 AM     (No. 9206872)

I think if Mitt is tapped on the shoulder, he should do it.

Leading by example instead of vindictiveness, is a CONTRAST to how the POTUS is governing.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 3/4/2013 6:18:46 AM     (No. 9206880)

A thankless and probably impossible job that Mitt would be foolish to take. Detroit is lost.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 3/4/2013 6:28:36 AM     (No. 9206887)

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?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Keekng, 3/4/2013 6:31:47 AM     (No. 9206889)

#4 has a point. Mitt should take the job but only if he is allowed to fire ALL of the City Council, ALL other city politicians and dissolve all labor unions.
Then he might have a fighting chance.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: doodah, 3/4/2013 6:38:35 AM     (No. 9206899)

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 ____ _____!"

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Reply 9 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 3/4/2013 6:39:52 AM     (No. 9206903)

No, Detroit worked hard to get itself where it is today. Justice requires it get Jon Cary.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: steveracer, 3/4/2013 7:15:23 AM     (No. 9206944)

Why should Mitt help the Democrats? He should help because he is a Republican, and that´s what Republicans do. I hope he says no.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: grampus, 3/4/2013 7:27:31 AM     (No. 9206962)

Detroit is a Tar Baby that Brer Mitt shouldn´t touch.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: StormCnter, 3/4/2013 7:30:49 AM     (No. 9206968)

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.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: squid, 3/4/2013 7:33:50 AM     (No. 9206972)

This is a laugh!! Mitt isn´t good enough to vote for, but he is good enough to clean up a progressive mess.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Pearson365, 3/4/2013 7:35:04 AM     (No. 9206974)

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.



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Reply 15 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 3/4/2013 7:38:36 AM     (No. 9206980)

Horse Hockey!

60 years of dem rule in Detroit have produced what we see today.

Let the dems fix it.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: metalman2, 3/4/2013 7:45:02 AM     (No. 9206986)

An audit would be interesting. How many million dollar sidewalk contracts and window washing contracts (where the work was never done) have gone to sons and daughters and nieces and nephews.

It would be unbelievable.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: nina584, 3/4/2013 7:45:47 AM     (No. 9206989)

Let the blacks call their savior. Lets see what he does for them if he can get of the campaign bus.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 3/4/2013 7:51:23 AM     (No. 9206994)

Pearls before swine.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: K620, 3/4/2013 7:56:09 AM     (No. 9207002)

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.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Crosscut, 3/4/2013 7:57:36 AM     (No. 9207005)

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.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: NancyD, 3/4/2013 8:00:57 AM     (No. 9207011)

I live in Michigan, on the Western side of the state. The area that is responsible, conservative, and has the lowest unemployment in the state.

Detroit is a cesspool of failed liberal policies that drains the majority the State taxes that we pay.

I would rather Romney fix the problem, cut gov´t spending, get rid of the failed leadership than have him turn his back on Detroit.

That is what BO would do to any Red state. Romney isn´t like that.

Lead by example.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: NuGoddess, 3/4/2013 8:05:56 AM     (No. 9207018)

Why should Mitt step in and ´´save´´ Detroit? He would only be vilified and targeted for more abuse.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: disasterman, 3/4/2013 8:13:46 AM     (No. 9207027)

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.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: JAN, 3/4/2013 8:22:00 AM     (No. 9207046)

Mayor Bing was saddled with the previous criminal Mayor´s leavings.

Unless they are all out of there, nothing will change. Just more dollars wasted.

Pity but this is a fine example of how Obamao saved Detroit. Yes he did!!! not

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 3/4/2013 8:29:05 AM     (No. 9207062)

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.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Avogadra, 3/4/2013 8:30:32 AM     (No. 9207064)

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.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: AltaD, 3/4/2013 8:35:42 AM     (No. 9207072)

I suggest they call the "first black president", Bill Clinton. I´m sure he´d love to help his fellow Dems.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Echohawk, 3/4/2013 8:39:31 AM     (No. 9207083)

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.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Coy860, 3/4/2013 9:09:16 AM     (No. 9207149)

I´m with #29.
Romney is not a public servant. He has proved himself worthy and should now retire.
I wish him well, relaxing and enjoying his beautiful wife and family.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 3/4/2013 9:38:32 AM     (No. 9207228)

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.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: tangerinedream, 3/4/2013 9:41:02 AM     (No. 9207235)

#8 Thank you for putting a BIG smile on my face this AM.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: udanja99, 3/4/2013 10:09:12 AM     (No. 9207298)

No matter what Mitt might be able to do in Detroit, nothing will truly improve there until the mindset of the parasites is changed. Good luck with that.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: leftcoastmom, 3/4/2013 10:25:08 AM     (No. 9207333)

If they ask Mitt to help, he will. He is that kind of guy. He helps people, not like Obama. We lost an opportunity to have a really decent man in the WH. Shame, really.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 3/4/2013 11:05:27 AM     (No. 9207431)

Mitt providing wisdom to Detroit is akin to casting pearls before swine.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 3/4/2013 11:10:23 AM     (No. 9207449)

oops, 18, I missed your insightful posting.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: absalom, 3/4/2013 1:58:36 PM     (No. 9207870)

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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A report released Tuesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asserted that ex-IRS official Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights. Lerner continues to stonewall California Rep. Darrell Issa’s committee, pleading the Fifth again in a divisive Oversight hearing last Wednesday convened to get to the bottom of the IRS’ improper targeting of conservative groups between 2010 and 2012. Oversight member Rep. Jim Jordan told The Daily Caller that the committee is “moving” toward holding Lerner in contempt of Congress to compel her to testify. “I think that’s where we’re moving,” Jordan said. “I think that’s where this is headed.”

Cory Booker says he ´drove
to Hawaii´ as a teenager

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 3/12/2014 5:33:25 AM     Post Reply
During the all-night Senate speech about climate change, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said he drove to Hawaii as a teenager. "I just do want to say that right after I turned 17 and got my New Jersey driver´s license, one of the earliest places I drove was a trip — the only trip I have ever taken was to Hawaii," he said on the floor at about 3:00 a.m. "You didn´t drive to Hawaii," Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., said, correcting the freshman senator. Booker laughed weakly. "I did not drive to Hawaii," he admitted. "Thank you for that clarification, I

Bob Beckel Battles Climate Denier on
Hannity: You Know Better Than That!’

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Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 3/12/2014 8:24:11 AM     Post Reply
Sean Hannity introduced last night’s climate change all-nighter session in the Senate by calling it a “waste of time” for Democrats. He then invited Fox’s Bob Beckel and Greenpeace co-founder turned climate change skeptic Patrick Moore to hash it out over what Hannity called “propaganda and a hoax.” After accusing Beckel of saying everyone in the South believes “crap,” Hannity moved on to Moore, asking him “where is the evidence to suggest this is real and not a political agenda?” “There is no scientific proof that we’re causing climate change,” Moore declared, stressing that he does believe the planet is

Police: Violent home invasion
one of worst attacks in Madison

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WKOW-TV [Madison, WI], by Jennifer Kliese    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 3/12/2014 10:59:14 AM     Post Reply
Madison — Police arrested six people believed to be involved in what they´re calling one of the most brutal crimes in recent memory. Madison police say three men planned a home invasion, but broke into the wrong home on Quincy Avenue on the north side around 6 a.m. on February 23. Police say the suspects were aware it was not the intended home, but they proceeded to violently attack the two victims who had been sleeping. The suspects are accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting the woman who was six months pregnant. "I can tell you that in my 27-plus years of

Wasserman Schultz Says Dem Loss in
Special Election Shows GOP Weakness

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PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/11/2014 9:21:46 PM     Post Reply
Republican David Jolly won the special election to fill the House seat left vacant by the death of his former boss, Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.). With nearly all of the votes counted Tuesday night, Jolly had 48.5 percent of the vote to Alex Sink’s 46.7 percent. Libertarian Lucas Overby had 4.8 percent. Sink lost the 2010 governor’s race to Rick Scott. The Democratic Party sunk extensive ad funding into the congressional battle, and DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) tried to paint the loss as a positive. “Republican special interest groups poured in millions to hold onto a Republican


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