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If we want to know what will happen to an area governed completely by the same lib/left policies that Obama and too many others would love to roll out nationally, all we have to do is look at Detroit. Governor Snyder has now declared the city a financial disaster area, but it’s also a disaster in other areas: Educationally; socially; economically; legally; the Lions.

Next stop, bankruptcy:

Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision to appoint an emergency financial manager to fix Detroit’s escalating fiscal crisis kicks off a chain of events — a potential challenge from the city’s elected leaders, more vocal opposition from infuriated community groups and unavoidable battles ahead over the decisions the new boss will make.

But Snyder said Friday after his announcement, broadcast on TV and online, that while he recognized the gravity of Detroit’s troubles, quick, early successes in fixing broken streetlights and improving the city’s police service will help build confidence among residents that a state takeover will mark a painful but beneficial turning point for the Motor City.

“I look at today as a sad day, a day I wish had never happened in the history of Detroit, but also a day of optimism and promise,” Snyder told a select audience gathered at a Midtown TV studio.

Citing runaway deficits and staggering long-term debts Detroit could never repay on its own, Snyder declared the city to be in a financial emergency, paving the way for the appointment of an emergency manager later this month.

As with most liberal grand plans, somebody else gets stuck paying for their failed schemes. But, to paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, at some point there will be a rude awakening, because eventually they’ll run out of other people’s money.

The number of people who have fled the city really struck me late last summer. We went to a Tigers game, and some surrounding areas where previously you might have been afraid to make a wrong turn and get lost were nearly completely abandoned — neighborhoods turned crack dens turned ghost towns. Detroit is like “The Day After” except instead of a nuke the weapon is progressive politics run amok.

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29 Responses to “Michigan Governor Declares Petri Dish of Liberal/Leftist Policies a Financial Disaster Area”

  1. Granny55 on March 2nd, 2013 2:55 pm

    Doug

    We both live here in the state. Snyder is a left-turd with an R behind his name. The Detroit City Clowncil is filing opposition to the financial status he just declared. They are hundreds of millions of dollars short on this years budget and there is $14 billion in unfunded retirement and healthcare liabilities. There is no financial wizard in this world to undo that mess. It has to go bankrupt. That is the only way to fix it. Of course then we will all be racists for trying to help them out of this disaster.

    I hope every liberal in this country joins the kumbaya that LBJ sang back in the 60's and applauds what he did with his "Great Society" experiment known as Detroit. All those government programs really turned this gem into a DUMP!!!

  2. Granny55 on March 2nd, 2013 2:58 pm

    And by government programs – I mean the billions of $$$ that were siphoned off by the likes of Mayor Coleman Young and Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. That was federal taxpayer money. So everyone should be very pi$$ed off.

  3. Granny55 on March 2nd, 2013 3:08 pm

    In the last 10 years Detroit has been handed hundred of millions to remove blighted and abandoned homes. Each "grant" they got only removed 40-50 homes because of beauracracy, permits, fees, city ordinances, etc.

    Pulte Capitol that is run by the grandson of the founder of Pulte Homes went in last month and cleared 10 city blocks in 10 days of the blight and abandoned homes. The police report that crime dropped in that area by 90%.

    Now think about how much taxpayer money was wasted prior to that. A private guy comes in and cleans up 10 city blocks in 10 days. That is what is wrong with Detroit. All grant money, Stimulus funds, etc. has to grease somebody's hands before anything gets done. By the time it reaches the program that it is intended for the money is all gone. But remember – we are racists for pointing that out and prosecuting the offenders!!!

  4. Marshall_Will on March 2nd, 2013 4:20 pm

    "and there is $14 billion in unfunded retirement and healthcare liabilities."

    Oh gawd… STOP! ( Lol ) Stopppppppppp!

    Schwew. Sorry, that was a side-splitter. Okay I'm composed now, I think? Can you, can you, can you IMAGINE how gold-plated those parachutes must have BEEN? $14 BILLION would be enough to cover the *entire* U.S Military for several years if not DECADES!? ( avg. G.I gets around $750-$1,200 per mo. )

    And in all those years -no one- raised concern that might not be, 'sustainable'? Here's a new term I hope we conservatives can learn to embrace and share as often as applicable: De-Certify! We've looked at your ahem, "pubic' education and we're DE-CERTIFYING it! We're DE-CERTIFYING your entire freaking TOWN.

  5. SignPainterGuy on March 2nd, 2013 4:26 pm

    It`s good to read about Detroit from your knowing perspective. Were this a case of "The Day After" destruction, it`s easy to imagine a positive approach to cleaning it up and rebuilding, but instead it`s a case of rot from the inside and poisoning from top-down and bottom-up. No doubt, there were plenty of negative outside influences as well.

    Sorry to say I feel rather disinclined to hold my breath for this new approach to achieve much success.

  6. Marshall_Will on March 2nd, 2013 4:38 pm

    Add to that; after the Housing Bust, Pulte and all the other publicly-traded home builders were rocked back on their HEELS financially! Absolutely devastated from land option contracts they were bound by LAW to commit to..!

    Their situation was so dire, they briefly considered "mothballing" homes and entire subdivisions in a cocoon type plastic until inventory could be sold. But like DR Horton and others, they clawed their way back.

    Had that been Detroit, our grand children would be stuck w/ the bill.
    http://www.mfi-miami.com/2013/02/over-half-of-det

  7. Marshall_Will on March 2nd, 2013 4:51 pm

    "Each "grant" they got only removed 40-50 homes because…"

    Because they're @$$HOLES! THERE. Take THAT 'Van Johnson'! You stud muffin you..!?

    I have a buddy ( native Michigander ) that recently retired from our guard base in Oregon and moved back to MI. He's now a civ. technician for some tank Army Guard outfit back there. Should I give old Steve a call and have the weekend warriors do a little "field training" to get rid of that unsightly clutter?

    I'm sure it'd be no problem..?

  8. Marshall_Will on March 2nd, 2013 4:51 pm

    Van JONES. Sorry, wrong @-hole…

  9. SignPainterGuy on March 2nd, 2013 4:53 pm

    I wondered when the story first broke what was the ratio of "can`t afford to pay" to "refuse to pay" property taxes. Over half have had enough of poor performance !

  10. Marshall_Will on March 2nd, 2013 5:17 pm

    47% AAMOF!

    ( Neat how that worked out huh? ) As I mentioned when that article started ricocheting around the cons. blogosphere, I… can't say as I BLAME these people!

    Incredible as it may seem, ( to borrow from Elizabeth Vargas? ) "It's like a scene right out of ARGO!? ) I mean, Gran Torino… These are what's left of the true believers. The people old enough to have seen Detroit in its prime, and kept the faith it could be a great city once again!

    These are the janitors that chewed your butt out for sticking gum under the desk, and they had the chutzpah to confront you personally about your behavior and ask if your MOM let you do that at home? The garbage guy that boasted he never called in sick ONCE in 35 years!

    And here they are, utterly abandoned by the very people they believed in and got regular lip-service from since the 70's. Now they batten down the hatches every night and keep a shotgun by their nightstand…

  11. Marshall_Will on March 2nd, 2013 5:39 pm

    John Hawkins is absolutely en fuego today..! From TH "5 Reason Obama is a Creep"

    "There have been campaigns of genocide across the world that have featured less vitriolic rhetoric against the people who were murdered than Barack Obama and Company have engaged in since he became President."

    No shizz John. Love your anger man. Keep it up. In ways, what w/ governors buckling under *immense* pressure from the WH and every State in the UNION engaging in everything from makework crony projects to new taxes ( gun grabbing? ) and ghey marriage, it's easy to say "Well.., if ROMNEY had won..!?

    But I'm coming of the opinion; it likely would't have changed a THING? The multi-pronged, unceasing Prog Agenda was already wound tight and ready to UNCOIL regardless. Many of their efforts had been "in work" ( ready for The Big Reveal! ) for years… Hell waiting this out ain't it?

  12. SignPainterGuy on March 2nd, 2013 8:17 pm

    The janitors I remember were meek as mice until one caught someone makin` a mess intentionally. A jock dropped two rolls of strikin` paper in the toilet and stopped it up, flooded the floor. The janitor walked in right as the kid backed out of the stall, laughing. The kid got ear-dragged to the principal for permission and then back to the scene for some plunger, rubber glove and mop action. A one-game suspension sealed the cure !

  13. JetHeadJoe on March 4th, 2013 11:33 am

    Will the last one to leave Detroit please turn out the lights…oh wait…no electricity. Flush the toilet, then…oh wait…no running water. Shut down the bulldozer…yeah, that's the ticket.

  14. Marshall_Will on March 4th, 2013 12:51 pm

    Oh Gawd….

    Flipping thru the channels this AM and MSNBC had Valarie Plame on touting HER version of Globull Warming only… she's trolling the waters of nuke disarmament and sounding very much like an Obama surrogate.

    Here's another prog agenda we'll be forced to throw money at with obviously NO solution in sight! The knowledge to MAKE a bomb ( will always be WITH us ) but that won't stop the Professional Left from disarming AMERICA..? She's an expert in nuke power/weapons I'm sure… No shortage of eyelash/eye-candy check me out batting.

    Oh and Warren Buffet is touting stocks as "undervalued relative to other asset classes" ( probably while DUMPING his own..? )

  15. Truesoldier__ on March 4th, 2013 3:11 pm

    Yep unilateral disarming the US, while our enemies our building up or speeding towards nukes of their own.

    I saw over at Blackfive (milblog) that there is questions over the latest NoKo nuke test. It used enriched uranium; whereas in all previous tests they had used plutonium. This has lead many to believe that it was not NoKo nuke, but instead it was material from Iran (that is the theory at least). Couple that with the recent find in Yemen of Chinese heat seeking anti-aircraft missles on an Iranian ship and you start to begin to see a picture forming.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/world/middleeas

  16. Marshall_Will on March 4th, 2013 3:23 pm

    "That cargo also included 316,000 cartridges for Kalashnikov rifles, nearly 63,000 cartridges for PK machine guns or the Dragunov series of sniper rifles, more than 12,000 cartridges for 12.7-millimeter DShK machine guns and 95 RPG-7 launchers."

    Jeez.., counting the rocket launchers a galley fire could've made for (1) Big BOOM..! Man, I sure hope they were getting well PAID for that little run? Right, and who better to SELL the package/spin than someone who plays the 'victim' as well as Plame? Why she's practically an expert!

  17. jeffythequick on March 4th, 2013 3:54 pm

    hmmm…

    We'll take care of everyone, and we'll prosper!
    USSR: Failed
    Cuba: Failed
    Poland: Failed
    Hungary: Failed
    China: This is interesting… I wouldn't want to be a peasant there…
    Czechoslovakia: Failed
    Yugoslavia: Failed Miserably
    USA: It ain't looking good, folks…

  18. jeffythequick on March 4th, 2013 3:59 pm

    Can I have another helping of Fail-sauce, please? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics

    Hey Jeb… let it go. I know all the RINO's will be happy to have you, and I even voted for you in Florida.

    But hey… It'd be nice to have someone besides a Bush or a Clinton on the ticket. Haven't been so lucky since I started voting:
    88: Bush/Dukakis
    92: Bush/Clinton
    96: Clinton/Dole
    00: Bush/Gore
    04: Bush/Kerry
    08: For the first time in my voting life, I had a ballot without a Bush or a Clinton on it. Oh yeah… Obama/Palin
    12: Obama/Romney
    16: Looking to be Bush/Clinton (again)

  19. Dexter_Alarius on March 4th, 2013 4:11 pm

    Doug, a petri dish suggests an experiment conducted deliberately to test a hypothesis.
    Detroit is more like the "experiment" you find in the back of your fridge.

  20. Truesoldier__ on March 4th, 2013 4:19 pm

    If the GOP is stupid enought to run Jeb Bush (and I fear they are) they will loose in a landslide (even if the dem side of the ticket were the Blind Sheikh).

  21. ak47 on March 4th, 2013 5:15 pm

    250,000 people left Detroit since the last census. Where did they go? Mostly to the suburbs.

  22. Marshall_Will on March 4th, 2013 5:16 pm

    Lol, if the GOP runs Jeb, *I'M* voting for the Blind Sheikh!

  23. Granny55 on March 4th, 2013 9:33 pm

    Add up how many were killed since the last census and not all went to the suburbs. Then do some research into those that did move to the suburbs and what happened to their public schools, property values, etc. Those long time residents of the burbs had to move farther out because what moved from the city of Detoilet ruined their neighborhoods – not taking care of their properties, drugs, unruly children, etc. Once the culture of entitlement, welfare and spitting out babies for the hell of it was made mainstream – how do you stop it? People working hard, raising decent children, paying their bills, trying to keep their property values up, paying their FAIR SHARE are no longer regarded as the back bone of America – they are evil, racist a$$holes. The media portrays rich people as the enemy – when in fact – the real enemy are the bottom feeders who just keep driving everyday middle class Americans out of their homes and way of life. Remember – politicians (socialists) eventually will run out of other people's money. Then let the ugly games begin.

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