Dem-Controlled Detroit Defaults


imageIn Detroit, more than a half-century of Democratic rule has taken the ultimate toll. On Friday, Kevyn Orr, the emergency fiscal manager appointed March 1 by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, announced that the city intends to default on approximately $2.5 billion in unsecured debt. That default is detailed in a 128-page restructuring report aimed at preventing the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation’s history. “We have to strike a balance between the legacy obligations to our creditors and our employees and retirees and the duty as a city to 700,000 residents for lights, police, fire, emergency management, cleaning the streets,” Orr told reporters.

Reality hit home on Friday when the city missed a $39.7 million payment on a debt obligation used to fund pensions. Orr met in a closed-door session with about 180 of the city’s creditors, including bond holders, union representatives, pensions trustees and others, seeking critical concessions that include taking ten cents on the dollar for what those creditors are owed, while underfunded pensions plans may get even less. Even if the deal is acceptable, Detroit’s chances of going bankrupt remain 50-50. “This is not a jaded effort just to get to a bankruptcy filing,” said Orr. “I sincerely want people to behave rationally and take this opportunity to work together.”

Rational behavior has been scarce in Detroit for quite some time. Beginning in 1962, Detroit has endured a steady diet of Democratic mayors and their social welfare agenda. Beginning in 1962, Mayor Jerome Cavanagh ushered in a “Model City” program to a nine-square-mile section of the city. It was based on a Soviet Union-style approach, aimed at rebuilding entire urban areas all at once. The effort was funded by a commuter tax and a new income tax that Cavanagh told residents would be paid by “the rich.” Yet the same central planning that that formed the heart of the Model City program was extended to the people themselves, who eventually resented being told by government how to run their businesses and their lives in exchange for government goodies. Unsurprisingly, the program was a monumental failure.

Then there were the riots. In 1967, police broke up a celebration at a “blind pig.” Blind pigs were after-hours clubs that featured gambling and prostitution and had been part of the traditional black culture in Detroit since Prohibition. The political leadership considered them antithetical to the Model City program. An enraged neighborhood did not. People took to the streets, igniting the worst race riot of the decade. Black-owned business were looted and burned to the ground. Forty people were killed and 5,000 were left homeless. Thus began the “white flight” out of the city center, totaling 140,000 people over an eighteen month period, ensued. The city never recovered.

None of this stopped the progressive agenda from continuing to be implemented. Public employees were given precisely the exorbitant wage and benefits packages that are coming back to haunt the city now. This Democrat-fostered attitude extended to private sector unions, whose equally exorbitant packages, along with efficiency-strangling work rules, made the cost of doing business in the Motor City prohibitive. As a result, much of the car industry that formed the city’s employment backbone left for right-to-work states that provided a far less hostile — and far more affordable — business climate.

As chronicled here, the same progressive-inspired insanity destroyed the Detroit public school system (DPS), which itself stands on the brink of bankruptcy. This tragedy is highlighted by several sad realities. In 2009, DPS students turned in the lowest scores ever recorded in the national math proficiency test over its then-21-year history. The state of Michigan, led by Detroit, has one of the highest black-white achievement gaps in the nation. As of June 12, only 1.8 percent of the system’s students were capable of doing college level work.

Yet by far the most telling indictment of the system is this mind-bending reality: a full 47 percent of city residents are functionally illiterate.

Thus, Detroit’s date with fiscal destiny was pre-ordained. Orr is applying the pressure, telling creditors that they might not fare as well in bankruptcy court as they can right now. “It doesn’t get better with time, OK?” he told the Detroit Free Press editorial board following the meeting. “It actually gets worse. So the sooner you come in, the better treatment you might get.”

Orr may not be exaggerating. Left unchecked, the city’s debt obligations, including pensions and healthcare outlays that currently total a staggering 42.5 percent of all city revenue, will rise to 65 percent by 2017. No other major city has more than 20 percent of their revenues going to similar payouts. Thus, in addition to the aforementioned 90 percent losses Orr needs for the city’s creditors to absorb, other measures are also being considered. These include the possibility of selling city assets, including parking garages, and artwork from the Detroit Institute of Arts. The city park of Belle Isle will be leased to the state–under virtually the same conditions the Democrat-controlled City Council rejected. The Water and Sewerage Department will remain under ownership of the city, but spun off into a regional authority. And finally, the city wants to replace its retiree health-care plan with one relying on ObamaCare’s federal insurance exchanges or Medicare, coupled with some city supplements.

All of the ostensible savings generated by this plan will be plowed back into the city over the next ten years, including $500 million for blight removal and $1.25 billion earmarked for shoring up the police and fire departments, and restoring many of the streetlights in the city ranked by the FBI as the second-most dangerous in the nation.

Two of the nation’s rating services were unimpressed with the plan. Following the meeting, Standard & Poor’s lowered the rating on the city’s general-obligation debt from CCC-minus to CC with a negative outlook, while Fitch Ratings cut the city’s unlimited-tax and limited-tax general obligations, along with its pension obligation certificates, to C. The former rating indicates a debt obligation 10 steps below investment grade. The latter rating constitutes “imminent default.”

More than imminent, default looks inevitable. This is due to the reality that even if creditors sit still for ten cents on the dollar, the follow-up to this plan requires that the city borrow additional funds. Where will that money come from, given that current creditors have been asked to forgo 90 percent of their investment? National Reviews’s Kevin Williams reveals the infuriating answer, noting that “the unwilling taxpayers of Michigan and those of the United States” will be forced to foot the bill, even as “the collection of misfits, miscreants, and criminals who govern that poor city” remain in control of the municipal government.

Again, that would be a collection of Democrat misfits, miscreants, and criminals.

Yet as Williams correctly explains, it is not entirely clear whether pensions and retiree benefits can be legally reduced. The city furthest along the timeline in determining whether such an arrangement is viable is Stockton, CA. In April, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein allowed that city to enter bankruptcy, pitting the city’s creditors against its public employee retirement funds, regarding who gets paid off first. Since that was the first Chapter 9 bankruptcy case challenging state pension obligations, it really becomes a matter of whether the Tenth Amendment of of the Constitution preserving states’ rights trumps federal bankruptcy law. The case is likely to end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Yet regardless of any court ruling, there are no winners. Either thousands of municipal employees take a hit on their contractually obligated health and benefit packages, or the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market where cities go to get much of their financing — long considered a safe, mom-and-pop investment vehicle — may be far more reticent to lend money to the nation’s municipal basket cases. Orr spokesman Bill Nowling expresses that no-win reality with regard to Detroit. “It’s going to have an impact” on the municipal-bond market, he said before the meeting. “But we’re at a crossroads.”

The city has 10,000 current city workers, roughly 20,000 city retirees, and 700,000  residents, and its current budget deficit could top $380 million by July 1. Nowling didn’t say whether Detroit would honor its next general-obligation bond payment, contending the city is “going to go month to month.” Kevyn Orr believes Detroit’s long-term debt tops $17 billion. Negotiations begin with union leaders next week, and continue through August. If they stall at any point along the line, Orr can file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

Orr wants to avoid bankruptcy. “What the average Detroiter needs to understand is that where we are right now is a culmination of years and years and years of kicking the can down the road,” he said, insisting his proposal should not be seen as a “hostile act,” but a step in the right direction. Maybe so, but it seems like an impossible task, given the reality that the city has spent $100 million more than it takes in every year since 2008. In three words, Orr expressed the reality that Detroit and several other cities mismanaged by years of Democratic control currently face.

“We’re tapped out,” he said.

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  • UCSPanther

    If Detroit were a factory, it would need to be scrapped out, bulldozed and rebuilt from the ground up…

  • OfficialPro

    Will the last person out of Detroit please turn off the lights?

  • kT TK

    Wherever democrats and muslims gain power, both turn the place into a violent 3rd world hellhole

    • Charles Martel

      What about the city of Austin Tx? It seems to be doing quite well under democratic rule. Now having said that let me make it abundantly clear, I am a traditional conservative who currently votes republican even though most of them are not genuine conservatives. I am not arguing that democrats are better. They are certainly not. I am just trying to get folks to address and bring up the rule issue and quit hiding behind the “socialism is the problem” approach.

      These failing cities are ruled by people who believe they are owed something because of the history of slavery. It is a cultural problem. The vast majority will not get behind education for their children. They will not get behind the idea that fathers are needed in the family.

      These are not stupid people. They know that voting democrat brings on the free stuff, (Obama phone).

      • ata777

        you premise is somewhat inaccurate. most democrats in TX resemble the center-left party of JFK, not the radical progressives in places like NY and CA

        • cynthia curran

          Austin is pretty liberal. Molly Ivins who died was a hardcore liberal for a lot of social welfare programs since Texas has pretty poor areas mainly in the Rio Grande area. Also, Austin voted over 20 percent for Obama while San Diego California voted only 5 percent for Obama. Austin is known to be heavily into the enviromental movement.

  • kT TK

    Maybe the democrat party should fund their financial catastrophes.

  • Spikey1

    The Most Liberal city in America: Detroit, Michigan
    The Most Conservative city in America: Provo, Utah

    Average Teacher Pay:
    Detroit: $76,000
    Provo: $37,000

    Spending Per Student:
    Detroit: $13,529
    Provo: $6,028

    High school Graduation Rate:
    Detroit: 65% (and that is being generous)
    Provo: 78%

    Provo has a budget surplus…

    • cynthia curran

      Provo is a lot more white, granted some children of illegal hispanics are coming in. Liberal Vermont does just as good but is mainly white middle class as well.

  • Charles Martel

    I am really tired of hearing this argument from people claiming to be conservative. This is an over simplification designed to divert attention from a much more difficult but honest problem of demographics. If democratic rule and socialistic programs in and of themselves were the problem then places such as Seattle, Portland, Sweden, etc. (and I can go on), would be the the same shape as Detroit. These are inconvenient truths that are more more difficult to swallow due to our current politically correct environment. Even conservatives can’t or won’t wrap their mind around this.

    • Berceuse

      Seattle’s budget deficit is approaching $70 billion. Portland’s: $25 billion. (And neither city has been managed as poorly as Detroit.). Sweden’s center-RIGHT government has instituted a series of fiscally responsible (and very un-”progressive”) policies that have put the country on a sustainable path. Demographics may play a role, but the mismanagement, corruption and economic idiocy represented by socialist-style central planning are demonstrably, empiracly incapable of producing long-term growth and prosperity. After 60 years of some of the country’s most radical left-wing budget management, residents of Detroit at long last have the social justice for which they have been clamoring. Enjoy!!

      • mtnhikerdude

        Bravo , Berceuse !

      • NAHALKIDES

        Very well-put.

      • Judahlevi

        Portland, and the Oregon legislature, is controlled by Democrats and is going the way of Detroit – but it is taking longer. We have billions in government pension plans which are unfunded. We have the highest personal income tax in the country. The universities in Oregon teach the young to hate capitalists.

        We are not that far behind Detroit. All the pieces are in place.

        • Berceuse

          Good point. I have the dubious distinction of having lived in both Portland AND Sweden, so I am well acquainted with both. Bottom line: it’s not necessarily about Republican vs Democrat, but rather fiscal responsibility vs irresponsibility. If the Dems would — finally — expunge every trace of the ugly Marxist elements from their ranks, with all the statism, identity politics, antisemitism, violence, destruction, liberty hating and, yes, the resulting economic devastation and the assault on the human spirit and on human dignity that inevitably follows its repugnant ideology, I might consider rejoining the party.

    • Spikey1

      Average Teacher pay:
      Seattle: $70,850
      Portland: $49,000

      Spending per student:
      Seattle: $12,957
      Portland: $12,000

      High school Graduation Rate:
      Seattle: 70.1%
      Portland: 59%

      Budget deficit:
      Seattle: $67m
      Portland: $21m

      • cynthia curran

        Portland does pretty bad since I think the minority population black and hispanics are under 50 percent in lots of schools.

    • mtnhikerdude

      Hey , hair goop man , Sweden and all the quoted cities are taking Liberal Gas as we type. Get a clue . Send your address so I can mail you a burka .

    • Spikey1

      The last good things to come out of Sweden; Um……… Ah……… Oh……… They must make something……. Hmmmm……
      Only 2 things come to mind…… Volvo and Ericsson

      Volvo:
      Assembly locations: Malaysia and China
      I guess it is just too expensive to actually assemble them in Sweden – it’s a socialist union cost thingy.

      Ericsson:
      Moved the headquarters from Sweden to London where it’s global management was relocated to, the move was also done to reduce it’s Swedish based work force by 20%.

      Don’t you see the humor in all of this?
      Oh well, another hypocrite statement from a beloved socialist example exposed for the lie that it is.

      If you would like a cost analysis for life in Sweeden compared to the USA just ask.

      • Berceuse

        Spikey, you’re forgetting ABBA, still Sweden’s greatest export. Mama mia, indeed.

        • Spikey1

          Take a chance on (me) Sweden?

          Sweden:
          5% of the population owns 77% of the wealth

          A swedish $40,000 yr income is actually 30% less, because it does not have the same purchasing power a $40,000 yr income in America does.

          So if the average American income is $40,000 yr
          and Sweden’s is 79% of that , or $31,600 yr
          adjust -30% more for how far less a/their dollar will go in Sweden, you end up with $22,120, not 79% of but a 55.3% difference.

          There poor in comparison to us.

          Not to mention all the sweat and blood we American’s have had to sacrifice over the years that allows the fine Swedish folk to enjoy the life they have now.

          Take a chance on (me) Sweden? Nah.
          ABBA is some of those e-villllll 1%ers.

          BTW: I like Mama mia

      • cynthia curran

        Leave a message…

        I think you make a good point about Sweden a lot of the left and some of the right particulary Pat Buchnaan are obssessed with bringing back all the manufactoring. Sweden probably did the protectionist thing on trade but still had to relocated to a cheaper labor country.

    • Gee

      I guess you haven’t bothered to read about the latest from Seattle where they just voted to stop businesses from asking about criminal backgrounds.

      http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/seattle-city-council-votes-to-force-businesses-to-hire-criminals/

    • NAHALKIDES

      While you’re correct to observe that places like Seattle and Portland are doing better than Chicago and Detroit, and while the reasons for this are certainly worth investigating, the fact remains that Progressive policies must, not may, bring disaster in the long run. This is so because you can only run a city on the basis of looting the wealth with one hand while setting up obstacles for the wealth producers with the other for so long before you “run out of other people’s money” as Thatcher put it, and have made it impossible for businesses to operate (as I put it).

      Seatlle and Portland will eventually go the way of Detroit – it’s only a question of whether Progressive Democrats collapse the entire country first.

    • Drakken

      Reality has a very nasty habit of slapping the stupid right out of them. Meanwhile the current policies will continue to drag the rest of us down the sewer with them, this does not end well, so have a backup plan.

  • mtnhikerdude

    Very sad ! The residents are 47% functionally illiterate . This statistic is the saddest . I was born and raised in Detroit when the population was 2 million.
    1.3 literate tax payers took a hike . “Demoncratic Corruptive Greed” took its toll !

    • Gee

      Yes it’s getting to be as bad as Egypt – they have a 50% illiteracy rate

  • Seek

    Amazing how an article can focus on Detroit’s bankruptcy and not once refer to the fact that the city is now over 80 percent black. Earth to FPM: Race isn’t just incidental to the issue. It’s utterly central. Seattle and Portland have been under “Leftist control” for a good 50 years and each is among the world’s most livable cities. Detroit could be run by Ron Paul Republicans or George W. Bush Republicans (not that either could be elected by black majority electorate), and it wouldn’t matter. Blacks starting in the 80s burned down building after building, especially on Halloween (known as “Devil’s night” to natives) until there was nothing left to burn.
    Nothing in Detroit will change until it is majority-white again.

    • NAHALKIDES

      Remember, it’s a cultural issue, not a race issue. Black people are not inherently less competent than white, but black culture embraces the socialist Democrat Party, and destruction naturally follows. Of course, disdain for learning and achievement are part of this subculture, and incidentally play right into the hands of the Democrats, who provide a mixture of welfare and failed schools in return. The incompetence of the inner-city black citizen follows from his cultural assumptions, not the color of his skin.

      • Torqued

        It’s because they are stupid they embrace their own destruction. Can’t fix stupid.

    • Torqued

      Yep. Affirmative action and BRA has been the death of this country.

  • Sheik Yerbouti

    The problem is obvious, ethnic and cultural. However, anyone outside of that culture or ethnicity cannot discuss the issue lest they be labeled as racists. Detroit is a classic example of what happens when the race card is used to maximum effect. A city destroyed by cultural manipulation.

    • Berceuse

      Nice point. But in the end, an ideology that manipulates and exploits culture and race with unsound fiscal policies doesn’t make it any less an economic problem. Great screen name, BTW.

      • Sheik Yerbouti

        Ah, but it’s someone else’s economic problem. Not the people who caused it. It can easily be blamed on so many others (car makers, whites and more whites). And yes, Zappa RULES!

  • Daniel Early

    http://www.news4jax.com/politics/poll-obama-approval-falls-amid-controversies/-/1875986/20593552/-/ght8qrz/-/index.html what a bunch of loser repubs that hate our beloved pres just because he is black what a shame

    • Spikey1

      Obama is black?

      • Torqued

        No. He’s arab.

    • Judahlevi

      Republicans don’t give one whit about Obama’s skin color (which is not black). We care about his policies and ideology.

      You, on the other hand, probably support him BECAUSE of his skin color. Typical racist Democrat.

      Play the race card somewhere else. You bring no value to the discussion.

    • Torqued

      I hate him because he is an insane, indonesian, commie pisslamic POS criminal mass murderer. I think he’s arab. I have seen NO proof he’s part black.

    • UCSPanther

      Playing the race card again, are we?

  • irish7_1sg

    Consider this a sneak peek of America, should we continue down the road of excessive spending and insurmountable debt.

  • trapper

    Of course there are exceptions once in a while, but Leftism, in general, destroys everything it touches. It spreads pain, misery, poverty, and in the more extreme cases, death. Leftism fails because it is top down social and economic engineering and it is impossible for a leftist elite to make the decisions that are correctly made every day by the millions of people comprising civil society. Leftism also seldom analyzes the situation correctly because Leftists are driven by EMOTION and not reason. Hey, if it feels good it has to be O K.

  • Chris Behme

    Detroit has already been “fundamentally transformed”.
    Detroit is what the liberal utopia really looks like.
    Detroit is where Obama is taking America.

  • Perplexed

    This is a politician induced problem. The Republicans, if they were in power, would do the same thing to keep their power.

    America needs to awaken to the enemy that is in their house.. We are being played by our politicians and we can’t believe it.

    Awaken America.

  • edgineer

    At 71 and living in Michigan I have watched as Detroit sank from a world class city to a third world cesspool. And it was a Democratic show the entire way. Keep voting Democrat folks, we too can be like Cuba.

  • GB101

    I don’t believe the Model City Program existed in 1962. Cavanagh was elected mayor about that time and served on the national advisory board, or something like that, when the program was created under Johnson.

  • GB101

    Who are these creditors? Who on earth would lend money to Detroit? Who on earth would have done so in the last 20 year?

  • cynthia curran

    Here’s another Conservative Arkansas versus moderate Conservative Orange County on teen births. Arkansas highest aounrd 55 percent whites and blacks. Orange County Asians 3 percent, Whites 6 percent and blacks 14 percent, Hispanics very high at 41 percent. A lower income white area vresus an upper-middle whites and asians does worst.

  • cynthia curran

    People here like Texas a lot but think of the Rio Grande, the lower taxes or regulation have not lifted it up out of poverty. Two reasons, its mainly rural and over 90 percent hispanic. Some of the area didn’t have sanation or running water until recent years. So, Demograhics and area lociation can matter if its very rural.

  • cynthia curran

    Another thing when the Republican Party shifted to the South, the left was able to hit hard because the south has higher poverty due to a large afro-american population and lots of rural areas. In 1969, when San Diego was thought of as a conservative city, the left was unable to talk much about poverty or high drop out rates. The state of Missisippi gave the left the same argument you are making about Detriot. And Missisippi while lower tax than states in the North on average also is in the top 5 for high unemployment.

  • ConservativeSolution

    It isn’t that “rational behavior has been scarce” since 1962, a maintainable business plan of operation, administered by responsible people, with the true welfare of the residents as its focus has been missing. As a result we have a citizenry made up of the model the government needed to be kept in power: 47% functionally illiterate, an FBI rating of “the second most dangerous city in the nation”, “the lowest scores ever recorded in math”, 1.8% of graduates capable of doing college level scholastic work. This is the legacy of the Democratic party. We are watching it take place in an accelerated form on the national stage at this time. We have a President that couldn’t perform under the light of an open debate without the aid of tele-prompters, who was repeatedly propped up by the tele-prompter readingTV talking heads, whose openly bold lies were supported by the “unbiased moderators”, and even covered for by an ex-vice president by the “thin air theory”. JFK was the last Democrat that held the welfare of the citizens as a focus. He was, in effect, a modern day conservative, as was Ronald Reagan. We are now witnessing in the news the perverse and illegal activities that go on behind the scenes to hold onto the unearned power come to light. The media is scrambling to prop up their chosen man. When we have a freedom minded press that values the nation, and the cities contained therein, when men and women enter politics to further the well being of the citizens living there, when education becomes a passion for the benefit of the people rather than a money grab by union members, our nation and cities will prosper again.

    Grandholm couldn’t balance the budget in eight years, yet Snyder did so in less than two. She was praised by the media and he is skewered by them. The running of a city or a nation takes competent adult administration with the attitude of a true benefit being given to its citizens. The Democratic agenda has never been to empower the people, but to dumb them down, keep them scared, entertain them, appear hip, and to create a survivable power base with “lies and longevity for all corrupt”. Clean up the governance, put qualified people with the proper skills and mindset in charge and there can be a future. We can continue to allow a daily spending of 4 billion in added debt nationally (sounds close to the 42.5% debt mentioned in the article doesn’t it) and watch every city in America collapse with the staggering ignorance of the Democratic Legacy.

  • ConservativeSolution

    In a nutshell, the conservative Republican party freed slaves and the Democratic party has sought to enslave them again, along with the rest of us, ever since.

  • ConservativeSolution

    It isn’t that “rational behavior has been scarce”
    since 1962, a maintainable business plan of operation, administered by
    responsible people, with the true welfare of the residents as its focus has
    been missing. As a result we have a citizenry made up of the model the
    government needed to be kept in power: 47% functionally illiterate, an FBI
    rating of “the second most dangerous city in the nation”, “the
    lowest scores ever recorded in math”, 1.8% of graduates capable of doing
    college level scholastic work. This is the legacy of the Democratic party. We
    are watching it take place in an accelerated form on the national stage at this
    time. We have a President that couldn’t perform under the light of an open
    debate without the aid of tele-prompters, who was repeatedly propped up by the
    tele-prompter readingTV talking heads, whose openly bold lies were supported by
    the “unbiased moderators”, and even covered for by an ex-vice
    president by the “thin air theory”. JFK was the last Democrat that
    held the welfare of the citizens as a focus. He was, in effect, a modern day
    conservative, as was Ronald Reagan. We are now witnessing in the news the
    perverse and illegal activities that go on behind the scenes to hold onto the
    unearned power come to light. The media is scrambling to prop up their chosen
    man. When we have a freedom minded press that values the nation, and the cities
    contained therein, when men and women enter politics to further the well being
    of the citizens living there, when education becomes a passion for the benefit
    of the people rather than a money grab by union members, our nation and cities
    will prosper again.

    Grandholm couldn’t balance the budget in eight years, yet Snyder did so in less
    than two. She was praised by the media and he is skewered by them. The running
    of a city or a nation takes competent adult administration with the attitude of
    a true benefit being given to its citizens. The Democratic agenda has never
    been to empower the people, but to dumb them down, keep them scared, entertain
    them, appear hip, and to create a survivable power base with “lies and
    longevity for all corrupt”. Clean up the governance, put qualified people
    with the proper skills and mindset in charge and there can be a future. We can
    continue to allow a daily spending of 4 billion in added debt nationally
    (sounds close to the 42.5% debt mentioned in the article doesn’t it) and watch
    every city in America collapse with the staggering ignorance of the Democratic
    Agenda.

  • ConservativeSolution

    It isn’t that “rational behavior has been scarce”
    since 1962, a maintainable business plan of operation, administered by
    responsible people, with the true welfare of the residents as its focus has
    been missing. As a result we have a citizenry made up of the model the
    government needed to be kept in power: 47% functionally illiterate, an FBI
    rating of “the second most dangerous city in the nation”, “the
    lowest scores ever recorded in math”, 1.8% of graduates capable of doing
    college level scholastic work. This is the legacy of the Democratic party. We
    are watching it take place in an accelerated form on the national stage at this
    time. We have a President that couldn’t perform under the light of an open
    debate without the aid of tele-prompters, who was repeatedly propped up by the
    tele-prompter readingTV talking heads, whose openly bold lies were supported by
    the “unbiased moderators”, and even covered for by an ex-vice
    president by the “thin air theory”. JFK was the last Democrat that
    held the welfare of the citizens as a focus. He was, in effect, a modern day
    conservative, as was Ronald Reagan. We are now witnessing in the news the
    perverse and illegal activities that go on behind the scenes to hold onto the
    unearned power come to light. The media is scrambling to prop up their chosen
    man. When we have a freedom minded press that values the nation, and the cities
    contained therein, when men and women enter politics to further the well being
    of the citizens living there, when education becomes a passion for the benefit
    of the people rather than a money grab by union members, our nation and cities
    will prosper again.

    Grandholm couldn’t balance the budget in eight years, yet Snyder did so in less
    than two. She was praised by the media and he is skewered by them. The running
    of a city or a nation takes competent adult administration with the attitude of
    a true benefit being given to its citizens. The Democratic agenda has never
    been to empower the people, but to dumb them down, keep them scared, entertain
    them, appear hip, and to create a survivable power base with “lies and
    longevity for all corrupt”. Clean up the governance, put qualified people
    with the proper skills and mindset in charge and there can be a future. We can
    continue to allow a daily spending of 4 billion in added debt nationally
    (sounds close to the 42.5% debt mentioned in the article doesn’t it) and watch
    every city in America collapse with the staggering ignorance of the Democratic
    Agenda.