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Detroit´s bankruptcy brings
up more than finances

Los Angeles Times, by Alana Semuels

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Posted By:Fiesta del sol, 11/10/2013 6:12:15 AM

Sheilah Johnson was a building inspector for the city for 28 years, a college graduate who passed up jobs that paid more because a city job offered stability and the promise of a good pension. But the city´s recent plunge into bankruptcy — overseen by an outside emergency manager answerable to the state government, not the citizens of Detroit — makes her wonder whether she and other African American residents of the impoverished city will be able to stop Wall Street creditors from seizing what´s left of a municipal treasury they paid into for most of their lives. "When my

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Sheilah will never look at her own voting pattern and those of her friends and realize they enslaved themselves to the democrat party.

On the LA Times home page, this article is entitled: "Race stars in Detroit bid for bankruptcy."

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dwillyc, 11/10/2013 6:35:50 AM     (No. 9606525)

Ah....the old downtrodden African-Americans against White fat cat Wall Street creditors scenario. Who would have guessed?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/10/2013 6:43:00 AM     (No. 9606527)

The one truth that the democrats can´t run from anymore is you can´t spend more than you take in. In Detroit and other cities where democrats have had a stronghold, it is clearly apparent. Their policies bring failure. Democrats are irresponsible. They just can´t understand that just because you want something, you can´t always afford it. They reject fiscal responsibility and then wonder why their cities are bankrupt. Welfare is never a viable option for economic growth. The key is work, a job. Government is a hotbed of corruption in these cities. Until that and the cronyism issue is addressed at the city, state and federal levels, nothing changes. What we are seeing happening in Detroit will be a reality at every level of government.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/10/2013 6:43:30 AM     (No. 9606528)

The situation isn´t limited to one race. I know some really good white folks in the Detroit area who are struggling, too. And they don´t work for any of the city government.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Winmag, 11/10/2013 6:45:45 AM     (No. 9606529)

She probably worked from 10 till noon 3 days a week and made 90K per year. Sorry, Sheila looks like you´re being kicked off the gravy train and you´ll have to get a real job like the rest of us.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 11/10/2013 6:51:06 AM     (No. 9606531)

This plays it as about black and white, but it´s really about the green

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Reply 6 - Posted by: reilly, 11/10/2013 6:53:00 AM     (No. 9606536)


Welcome to the world of real math.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: yo-yo, 11/10/2013 6:55:24 AM     (No. 9606537)

Pelosi and Co. are going to find out that the union thugs are more "Old Testament" "an eye for an eye" and/or Josey Wales "lives by the feud" when it comes to something they´ve "earned" by paying their union dues to keep Dims in office.

This is just one of the many reasons I´m glad that I´m not the offspring of a loser congress critter; I see some violent times ahead for them and their families.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bridgepard, 11/10/2013 7:06:11 AM     (No. 9606546)

"Sheilah Johnson ... passed up jobs that paid more because a city job offered stability and the promise of a good pension."

Her decision and now she gets to live with the consequences. No doubt she voted for the same people that bankrupted the city.

Trying to turn this into a racial issue is pathetic. As Reilly #6 says, this is a mathematical issue.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: leesum, 11/10/2013 7:24:40 AM     (No. 9606560)

This is such a one sided article as it makes it all about the oppressive whites against the oppressed blacks. What about the racism of 20 year mayor Coleman Young? What about the corruption of Kwame Kilpatrick? What about Detroit councilwoman Monica Conyers, wife of US Representative John Conyers, who served a 37 month sentence for accepting bribes. The problems of Detroit are just about race. There have been years of corruption, poor fiscal policies, a refusal to take actions which would stop the difficulties Detroit faced, and Democratic rule which thought they were owed by the state of Michigan.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: AltaD, 11/10/2013 7:30:05 AM     (No. 9606563)

Generic cries of racism are no longer enough, now it´s one step away from slavery? If that´s how they feel in Detroit, that this is a white vs. black issue, sell the artwork by the dead white guys from the city´s musuem to pay off the debt.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JimS, 11/10/2013 7:44:19 AM     (No. 9606581)

After the residents voted in corrupt, incompetent, criminal, and deceitful mayors for 40 years--solely because of their skin color--don´t be whining about those mean white people.
The Detroit voters would have elected Kwame over Abraham Lincoln--were he alive. Kwame gives out "free stuff" and "sticks it to the man."

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 11/10/2013 7:51:39 AM     (No. 9606589)

#9 Thank you for mentioning Coleman Young.
That´s the soul of Detroit and the father of it´s collapse.
It´s tough to accept failure and poverty when at some point you were riding high Ms. Johnson.
Blame yourself and get off of the race card kick. You made a bad choice so live with it.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: uno, 11/10/2013 8:19:11 AM     (No. 9606623)

It´s gonna be a while before things start going in the right direction, especially with the Obamboozler taking us down the yellow brick road to Communism and living in the victim-hood. Blame Bush, blame corporate America, blame Whitey and legalized stealing from the productive. Don´t expect Contributors to be hatched from generations of Takers!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: CaptainLibra, 11/10/2013 8:22:52 AM     (No. 9606628)

You just knew the race card was about to flop, just surprised it took this long. Speaking of cards, where are the two Professional Negros, Jessie and Al? Why aren´t they leading a march of some sort?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 11/10/2013 8:53:52 AM     (No. 9606670)

#6 nails it. However, real math= racism.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: stablemoney, 11/10/2013 9:18:56 AM     (No. 9606701)

No, it´s about the money.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: reefdiver, 11/10/2013 9:30:46 AM     (No. 9606719)

Detroit is no different than Washington DC, except that Washington can print money to keep the spending going.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: EnsignO, 11/10/2013 9:38:47 AM     (No. 9606725)

As a recent escapee from Southeastern Michigan, I can testify that Detroit´s woes are very sad for most Michiganders.

It was great fun when the Detroit Tigers won the World Series in 1968 and 1984 - badly needed sources of pride after the 1967 riots. The Tigers are still downtown as are the Detroit Red Wings NHL team. The Red Wings´ dominance and long history of Stanley Cup victories are another source of pride. The Detroit Lions have now moved back to the city from Pontiac (another dysfunctional city). The Detroit Pistons are out in Auburn Hills. I doubt if they will move back any time soon. There is another great sport that takes place downtown - the Detroit hydroplane races on the Detroit River. These sports teams and events bring millions of dollars to the city. God bless those owners who have risked much to stay there.

Shame on the Mayors and City Councils who sucked the city dry with their ties to union thugs - teachers union, garbage workers, electrical workers union, arena workers union, just to name the ones I know about.

When J.L. Hudson´s department store (bought by Marshall Fields-now Macy´s)moved out of downtown, the city should have gotten the message, but the unions still had their gravy train. It shouldn´t have taken Kwame Kilpatrick´s(ex-mayor)jail sentences and all the crap he pulled to wake up the remaining residents.

The old saying: "To whom much is given, much is expected." Detroit, you failed miserably. If the rest of Michigan saves your bacon, I would have to see a huge change in attitude - how about a little appreciation for the good guys who have spent millions to save it?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Grambo, 11/10/2013 10:03:27 AM     (No. 9606748)

Ayn Rand described today’s Detroit a long time ago. Too bad Detroit Democrats didn´t read her book.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Salt5792, 11/10/2013 10:20:17 AM     (No. 9606771)

I guess Wall Street bears some of the blame, but all Democrats know that Bush is primarily responsible. /s

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Reply 21 - Posted by: lakerman1, 11/10/2013 10:37:14 AM     (No. 9606793)

So the bad guys are the ny bankers who want to be paid back the money they loaned to Detroit...how dare they!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: RUReadyY3K, 11/10/2013 10:46:39 AM     (No. 9606807)

Even if all the money owed to the banks and other bondholders is forgiven, that won´t pay for the unaffordable public employee pension benefits. The overly generous benefits will need to be pared back also.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: jgat, 11/10/2013 10:51:14 AM     (No. 9606811)

Bankruptcy did not arrive suddenly for Detroit but came as a result of the great pensions and other unsustainable goodies that were in fact unaffordable. The USA is on the same path but there is no help that will keep us from economic catastrophe. Keep electing politicians that buy our votes with our grandchildren´s money.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: krause, 11/10/2013 11:35:58 AM     (No. 9606861)

Typical of low info people. They loved and kept electing corrupt politicians who caused this mess over the years, and hate the people who are trying to clean it up.

Coleman Young started the downfall with his corruption, ensuing mayors how are personally profitable it was for him, and continued the practice.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: stonepony, 11/10/2013 11:36:39 AM     (No. 9606862)

it is sad how government run schools fail blacks in developing an understanding of basic math...

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 11/10/2013 12:26:18 PM     (No. 9606910)

Why do we never hear the weeping and gnashing of teeth when private industry changes their retirement and/ or health care policies?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: beancounter, 11/10/2013 12:38:40 PM     (No. 9606916)

Wow, talk about standing logic on its head. Most of the people who paid into the municipal treasury have left. They have nothing to show for it. And the reason Detroit is bankrupt is because city workers took more out of the municipal treasury than residents put in.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 11/10/2013 2:30:10 PM     (No. 9607013)

Nine year old`s don`t ask their grandma whether `they` are trying to make us slaves `again` unless that child was given the chip off grandma`s shoulder at birth. Last time I checked, slavery was abolished in 1865. That was 148 years ago. Get over it grandma. That ridiculous statement was as believable as Naggy Pelosi getting political advise from her 5 years old grandchild.

One thing for sure, democrats know how to act like children, and spoiled children at that.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: harper, 11/10/2013 4:50:07 PM     (No. 9607101)

There´s one positive. As long as it´s business as usual in Stab City, "The First 48" will never run out of material.

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. — With eyes increasingly on him, Jeb Bush signaled on Sunday the kind of campaign he would mount if he runs for president, one arguing against ideological purity tests while challenging party orthodoxy on issues like immigration and education. Even as he sharply criticized President Obama for his handling of foreign affairs and health care, Mr. Bush made clear that he would run against the style of politics that has characterized recent Republican nominating contests. He said he would decide by the end of the year, in part on whether he thinks he could avoid “the vortex of

7M enrolled doesn´t guarantee
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Associated Press, by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar    Original Article
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WASHINGTON- Seven million people signed up, so there is an appetite for President Barack Obama´s health care law, but that doesn´t guarantee success for the country´s newest social program. Big challenges are lurking for the next enrollment season, which starts Nov. 15. Chief among them are keeping premiums and other consumer costs in check, and overhauling an enrollment process that was advertised as customer-friendly but turned out to be an ordeal. "They have demonstrated the law can work, but we are a ways off from being able to judge its success," said Larry Levitt, an expert on health insurance markets


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