Wednesday, December 05, 2012
After the voting comes the demands for payment using other people's money, of course:
The city of Detroit faces a major financial crisis and one member of city council thinks President Barack Obama should step in and help.
City Council member JoAnn Watson said Tuesday the citizens support of Obama in last month's election was enough reason for the president to bailout the struggling the city. (Click the video player to listen)
"Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that," said Watson. "Of course, not just that, but why not?"
"After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, D.C. He came home with some bacon," said Watson. "That's what you do."
I trust you know exactly whom Ms. Watson means by 'our people'. And given the almost certain probability of voter fraud in Wayne County, what she means by 'support'.
I love the mention of former Detroit mayor Coleman Young, an advanced practitioner of racial politics. A former member of the Communist Party and the National Negro Labor Council, a communist front group Young started with Soviet agent Paul Robeson, Young was Detroit's first black mayor who used to habitually refer to himself as 'the chief muthaf**ker in charge'.
He served five terms as the city's demographics changed, essentially presiding over the city's decline. By the end of his last term, the population of Detroit had shrunk by more than half as middle class taxpayers and businesses fled and the crime rate was far higher than it was before he became mayor.
And bacon? Whatever Young got from President Carter, he and his cronies certainly cut themselves a healthy slice. When Coleman's close friend and political adviser William L. Hart was convicted for stealing $2.6 million from city funds and when other Young cronies in the police department, school boards, sanitation, and other departments likewise took the fall in what the FBI called 'a large circle of corruption surrounding the mayor', a substantial amount of the evidence they used was from wiretaps on Mayor Young's home telephone.
The only reason he stayed out of jail is because the Carter Justice department thought it inadvisable to indict a popular black Democrat mayor and risk antagonizing a reliable voting bloc.
Young's successors like Kwame Kilpatrick, now a guest of the State of Michigan have continued this legacy with gusto, if not the same ability to get away with it.
For that matter, there are certain rumblings about Councilwoman Watson's own tax situation.
Detroit is flat broke,after decades of Democrat rule, leftist high tax and spend policies, corruption and racial politics.
But because it is essentially a black-run city, any attempt to step in with an intervention has led to charges of racism.
Michigan Governor Rick Scott actually tried to set up an $80 million bail out of Detroit in exchange for the creation of a nine-member Financial Advisory Board to oversee the city's financial restructuring,with six members appointed by the Governor and two by the city council. As an example of how corrupt the current city council is, instead of the money going directly through their hands it was to be put into an escrow account that could be drawn on after expenditures were approved by the committee.
The city council turned it down, and the city attorney, Krystal Crittendon, sued the State of Michigan for what she claimed where monies owed by the state to Detroit.The suit was tossed out of court, and Detroit's situation is essentially in limbo.
The idea of bailing out the current city government of Detroit and throwing good money after bad is not something that inspires confidence.