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Why the Tea Party Can’t Govern
American Conservative, by Daniel McCarthy

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Posted By:StormCnter, 11/14/2013 5:25:44 AM

Something is seriously wrong with conservatism. Since Ronald Reagan’s last year in office, Republicans have only twice won a majority of votes cast for president—both times with a George Bush atop the ticket. And neither Bush was a conservative. For 25 years, something has prevented conservatives from winning the White House and prevented the Republicans who do win from governing as conservatives. What could it be? The Tea Party has an answer: RINOs—liberal Republicans in Name Only—have sabotaged the right, most recently in October when they collaborated with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown. Once RINOs are


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dudette4freedom, 11/14/2013 5:44:41 AM     (No. 9612523)

a very good read as are the comments afterwards. But he criticizes the Tea Party for not being able to govern because they are essentially against not for things; that they are stuck in the 70´s anti-free love culture shock of the 60´s and still revolting against it--not having a governing philosophy--well if that were the case, how does he explain the minority radicals who control things today? they are reliving the 60´s and governing if you call it that--disastrously for the country.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 11/14/2013 5:55:18 AM     (No. 9612530)

I don´t call them RINO´s any more. I call them what they are ~ progressive Republicans and the top of our party is full of them. And they are not about to let the Tea Party get a foothold on governing. I hope by this time next year some of them will have lost their cushy jobs.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 11/14/2013 6:12:43 AM     (No. 9612546)

Daniel McCarthy has written quite a number of favorable articles about Rand Paul.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 11/14/2013 6:20:22 AM     (No. 9612554)

Should have said "and interviews" in #3.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Sanchin, 11/14/2013 6:27:21 AM     (No. 9612561)

Other than a catchy name and sincere outrage over where this country is going, the Tea Party has no solid foundation or organizational structure. That being said, the Republican Party has become a laughable fraud that offers nothing but a milder and less in-your-face progressivism than the liberal/socialists running the Democrat Party.

I actually think the author is correct. America will never again be what Conservatives hope for. G-D has been kicked out of America, Slavery was nothing compared to the number of HUMAN BEINGS killed via Legal Abortion, Government expansion is unstoppable by current design, Privacy no longer exists, and your assets belong to the Government. Both Republicans and Democrats support the above, and the America we remember and love is forever gone. Even Cruz can´t bring America back and to think he or anyone can then they are hopelessly lost in a fantasy.

Instead of forming new political parties, like minded individuals need to come together and design ways to protect their wealth, freedom, and privacy now and for their children. But I am sure most will view that as Kooky fringe talk.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Gordon Mills, 11/14/2013 6:34:34 AM     (No. 9612569)

#5, lay out a plan for your suggestion in the last paragraph.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Janjan, 11/14/2013 6:49:30 AM     (No. 9612582)

The Tea Party have become a target of both entrenched Political parties and the media. They see us as a threat. If they didn´t they would leave us alone. I would be in favor of dropping the ´tea party´ identification altogether. Then we are just out here. Watching and voting.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Sanchin, 11/14/2013 6:49:40 AM     (No. 9612584)

I wish I could #6 but I confess I am unable to do so by myself. But the structure for an individual is rather simple. 1) Obey all laws 2) know that you have zero privacy 3) Diversify your dollars into other currencies 4) Identify other countries you can live in and how 5) Do not rely on any government or party to care about you

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Reply 9 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 11/14/2013 6:58:20 AM     (No. 9612590)

I suspect that, in earlier times, "progressive Republicans" would have been called "Tories."

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/14/2013 7:04:17 AM     (No. 9612603)

I don´t get this headline nor do i buy it. There´s at least 5 sitting GOP governors who are considered tea party favorites and they´re doing a hell of a job.All a GOP president would have to do is restore business and consumer confidence to be successful.Add enforcing the rule of law on top of that and you have a real winner.It´s entirely possible to be a moral authority wthout dragging religion into it.You don´t need to be a preacher to champion a civil society.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: faith_and_reason, 11/14/2013 7:08:09 AM     (No. 9612609)

Many in the Tea Party *do* have a positive message: "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."

Jews and Christians, whether in the Tea Party or not, need to bring America back to the deep respect for eternal values and morality that out ancestors had. We should even try to surpass them.

America needs God. He doesn´t need us. We abandon his Kingdom at our peril.

My mission is clear: seek to bring America to God.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ruready?, 11/14/2013 7:36:00 AM     (No. 9612640)

I agree, #11. A strong delusion appears to have descended upon much of our populous. It is so strong that many consider such talk foolishness and madness.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 11/14/2013 7:44:10 AM     (No. 9612650)

I wonder how long the OP searched for an article with this opinion. She´s been gone from our midst for quite a while, so we must assume she has been searching long and hard for this tiny minority opinion.

As the retried military among us say, "We must be over the target judging by the flack we are getting." Keep it up Tea Partiers, we are winning because we make more sense and are willing to work hard.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: dittohead, 11/14/2013 7:45:44 AM     (No. 9612652)

Could it be they don´t know how to play dirty like the dems? Are the dems really governing or establishing a tyrannical state - and is that what consider governing?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: snapper451, 11/14/2013 7:56:33 AM     (No. 9612676)

Bottom line people is that they have not had a chance to "govern". What I like about the Tea Party is the common sense of not spending more than you are taking in and other practical aspects of governing. That has not been tried and we need someone like Ted Cruz to bring that about. The problem is RINO´s like McCain or progressive Republicans, which is the same thing as a RINO. We also don´t need bipartisanship because that just means caving to Democrats. Common sense is what we really need.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/14/2013 8:17:13 AM     (No. 9612704)

#13, this piece was merely one among many. The assignment is to find a variety of items that will interest a variety of readers. If you aren´t happy with this one, then skip it.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: ilovedogs, 11/14/2013 9:11:46 AM     (No. 9612793)

As a card carrying (LOL) member of the TEA party, I have to say...no one outside the TEA party seems to get us including conservatives. We are NOT about social issues, we are about the constitution and taxes. We run the gamut on social issues from libertarians to the religious right who btw thinks I´m not even Christian being LDS. Yet we all stood together in crowds. The only thing they do get right about us is we love our country and we don´t like what´s happening.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: msts, 11/14/2013 9:29:07 AM     (No. 9612821)

We are asked to define conservatism and each answers in their own way. The article give examples of social conservatives, religious conservatives...etc. I view conservatism as conserving the original inetent of the US Constitution and everyone else trying to either add to it without amendment or ignoring/convoluting to get some special right/privilege/favor. The biggest threat is the government itself, the original potential adversary envisioned by the Framers. This is the real conundrum. How does a group wish to be electd to an apparatus as conservatives if the end game of conservatism, original intent, would have them put themselves out of the power they will enjoy once elected. Imagine if the next Republican Presidential Candidate stated that his firt 100 days in ofice would include eliminating all cabinet offieces, their staffs, their agencies and their budgets that were not either Commerce or Defense, as originally intended? To me, that is the conservative goal and no one fits that description.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: msts, 11/14/2013 9:30:55 AM     (No. 9612823)

I am typing on a tiny key pad. I apologize for the errors.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Clinger, 11/14/2013 9:40:15 AM     (No. 9612837)

Fascinating, the current generation of Republicans and Democrats have presided over the biggest collapse of the advancement of humankind in the history of the world but the Tea Party can´t govern. Brilliant. Before you think I have overstated my position look at the ratio of the number of people carrying the load vs. those being carried, and the resultant increase in per-capita debt, Federal State Local don´t forget unfunded liabilities. The Tea Party dares to demand a conversation on the topic using the only mechanism available to them and the conclusion reached is that they would shut down the government.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: MMSGranny, 11/14/2013 9:45:45 AM     (No. 9612854)

All I can say is if this article is true and I don´t feel it is...it is because the progressives, democrats, RINO´s, GOP and the Media won´t let us govern.

Got one word, well 2 to quash your theory Mr. McCarthy: Ted Cruz.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Axeman, 11/14/2013 9:46:29 AM     (No. 9612856)

It depends on your definition of "govern".
If you mean controlling every aspect of people´s lives by using the force of oppression wielded be an oversized bureaucratic tyranny full of jack-booted thugs, I can see the author´s point.
If on the other hand you mean controlling the government to operate the best it can at the things it is required to do within its means, I think the TEA party is the only way to govern.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Rakasha, 11/14/2013 10:35:01 AM     (No. 9612971)

What has prevented conservatives from winning the white house and becoming a philosophy of government is the hope, dangled before us like the proverbial carrot, that we could find compromise and common ground with the progressive Republican Party. When it started becoming clear to many that that hope would never be realized, a new carrot was offered, that we should try to change the progressive Republican Party from within.

As conservatives began coming to the conclusion that sometimes you cannot renovate a structurally damaged house without first doing some demolition and repair, the carrots have been ripped away and now the stick is used, reminding us that our stupid ideals are what has cost the progressive Republican Party the votes of progressives and disenfranchised liberals, and that, if we go anywhere else, WE will be the cause of a Democrat being elected and WE will bring about the destruction of our country. And every once in awhile, the carrots are re-offered so that we have a chance to smarten up and be reasonable.

We have spent the last 25 years trying to play a game that was stacked against us because we foolishly believed that the same people who fought so desperately against Ronald Reagan and the philosophy that elected him were actually trying to help us implement that philosophy.

THAT is why conservatism is not a major factor in the progressive Republican Party today.


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Reply 24 - Posted by: Rakasha, 11/14/2013 10:35:17 AM     (No. 9612972)


And still we are offered the advice of progressivism - we need to create a modern alternative, not simply try to return to an ´idealized´ past. We need to create something ´new´ to replace the socialism that is destroying our nation. We need to adjust the health care act, not just throw it out - there might be some good stuff in there.

Following advice like that offered in this article is exactly why conservatism is not a tenet of the Republican Party even though, as the author observes, the GOP still holds the House today.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: An Afternoon Walk, 11/14/2013 10:46:54 AM     (No. 9612989)

The same old people who have been "governing" for years and years haven´t exactly been doing a stellar job. In fact, not even a competent one, and these do-nothings have preemptively decided that hard-working, principled conservatives can´t govern? What hypocrites.

Tell you what, get tea party-type conservatives in the top tiers of our political party and give them the control the establishment has had for many, many YEARS, for just as many years, and then we´ll see if they can govern, and then the do-nothings can have their say, and their whining and crying and going on.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: tisHimself, 11/14/2013 10:49:46 AM     (No. 9612997)

.... to locate a variety of articles that will interest of readers....

Of course the fact that all the articles reflect a seething hostility toward t partiers or anyone else who dare challenge the great and powerful liberal republican establishment with a lack of balance that even would make even the New York Times and NPR blush.

The arrogance and self importance of country club republicans has yet to find limitations.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: oh-heck, 11/14/2013 11:08:00 AM     (No. 9613036)

The rise of the tea party was precipitated by the realization that we as a nation were taxed enough already AND our representatives were no longer listening to our direction. So in 2009, the tea party rediscovered the primaries. The effect at the municipal and state level has been miraculous. But at the national level, the impact has been slowed by the 6 year terms of senators and the cheating that goes on in Obama elections. I am looking forward to continued Senate cleaning in 2014. We need to take away Reid´s ability to rewrite bills between cloture and the final vote.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: An Afternoon Walk, 11/14/2013 11:14:57 AM     (No. 9613047)


You say in your comment, "The assignment is to find a variety of items that will interest a variety of readers."

Have you been given an assignment to post articles here?
Just a question out of curiosity, from the way you phrased your answer above. All these years, I thought people just posted articles they themselves wanted to post, without any direction from anyone else or as a paid or unpaid formal "job" so to speak.

If that´s not true, then I´ve learned something new today! It would explain why several of the same posters have time to post so many articles. I assumed they were retired or someting. (Not that retired means having a lot of time! Usually the opposite!)

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Reply 29 - Posted by: stablemoney, 11/14/2013 11:18:38 AM     (No. 9613059)

Are you serious? Have you looked at Obama´s resume? Do, and then revisit this question.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/14/2013 11:26:48 AM     (No. 9613082)

The problem, in my opinion, is that there is a tea party movement, much like the "silent majority" of years ago. We know what we want and what we are unhappy about, but an unformed movement doesn´t have an organized venue or forum for speaking out. Then there is the "Tea Party", which is very organized in many different groups with lots of spokesmen. I have no idea how to get attention from the media that is positively presented. When "Tea Party" is used, instead of "tea Party", too many media knees jump reflexively. I thought McCarthy presented a good case.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: tisHimself, 11/14/2013 11:40:05 AM     (No. 9613109)

It´s pretty clear "we" don´t know what "we" want otherwise "we" wouldn´t be so consistently disingenuous in carrying the flags of severe conservatives and white boarding unprincipled money changers and finding a comfortable kinship with those who undermine Palin, Cruz, DeMint, Lee, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum, et al at every opportunity.
The Tea party arose as much as a means of repudiation of Bush era mediocrity hallmarked by a National Party that was without principle and unresponsive to the war on America waged by leftists as it did from anything this current administration has set out to do.
Perhaps it is time to acknowledge that the storm has passed and all that remains is a pile of old, tired, useless material and much that needs to be rebuilt.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: absalom, 11/14/2013 3:26:16 PM     (No. 9613406)

Himself is on the mark. The catalyst for the TP was George the Compassionate, Obama´s usher and arguably the most incompetent presidential failure in our history,
McCarthy´s article while repetitive and tedious is observant and reflective. As for a philosophy of governance, Principled Conservation, incubated in Classical Athens, nurtured by the Scholastics and applied during the governments of Pitt, Peel, Palmerston, Disraeli, Gladstone etc; speaks for the ages. It´s core values include a recognition of the family unit as the cornerstone of culture/society, the imperative of a moral order and tradition, the transcendence of the religious impulse, personal freedom restrained by self discipline and individual responsibility; among other attitudes. Any party upholding these principles, hardly need apologize, particularly to the secular progressive gang of frauds and hustlers that comprise the GOP DC leadership.

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American Spectator, by Jonah Goldberg and Taki Theodoracopulos    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 11:20:22 AM     Post Reply
Look, everyone loves Sean Connery, particularly Sean Connery. That’s why he plays Sean Connery in every movie he’s in. People love that Scottish brogue so much, they don’t mind that he has it when he plays Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, an immortal Spaniard in Highlander. The guy even won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop with a Scottish accent. Talk about sexist double standards: Meryl Streep has to master foreign dialects to get her golden statuettes. Connery just has to show up on time. In economics you devalue a currency by printing too much of it. In film you

White babies just 15 months old show racial
bias when picking playmates, study found

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/15/2014 10:23:35 PM     Post Reply
Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Progressive Insurance
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National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 10:08:10 PM     Post Reply
How do you ensure that you won’t be ostracized, denounced, or fired if you are a media celebrity, captain of industry, or high public official? For some, sexist banter is certainly no problem. Stand-up comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a c–t and a tw-t, but suffered no ill consequences. David Letterman joked on air that Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter had had sex with Alex Rodriguez during a New York Yankees game. There was no downside to that either. President Obama tosses around “sweetie” as he wishes. No problem with that. No one believes Barack could be condescending to women.

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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Houston Chronicle, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 10:32:12 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message:
Politically ‘crucified’ Obama has risen again

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
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With Easter soon approaching, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday drew parallels between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of President Obama’s political career. Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.” The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death,

Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery
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Star-Telegram [Fort Worth TX], by Anna M. Tinsley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 4:02:34 PM     Post Reply
FORT WORTH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery today, her campaign said Tuesday. “After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Sen. Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a common issue experienced by runners and endurance athletes,” he said. Davis, of Fort Worth, will undergo the outpatient surgery at the Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute. Dr. Thomas Ellis will perform the

Obama administration gives Detroit
$100 million for ´blight removal´

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American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 1:36:54 PM     Post Reply
The cash infusion by the federal government is actually going to help the city pay pensions, even though they´re playing a kind of shell game with the money. As for "blight removal," perhaps they could start with city hall. Reuters: Michigan officials and President Barack Obama´s Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit´s retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million

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