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These asshats need to die a slow, fiery death.
The City of Detroits finances are in such a wreck that in order to save it from completely falling off the cliff, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder could appoint an emergency financial manager, maybe even today, to balance the books and get things back on the right path.
If all else fails, use the race card of course. I'm sure all of these same morons were singing Onward Christian Soldiers when whitey was coming to steal Cobo Hall. How has that deal worked out for Detroit so far?
Lansing About 50 Detroiters watched a telecast of the emergency manager appeal in an overflow room here in the G. Mennan Williams Building and then expressed anger with a process they saw as unfair.
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Let me get this down, $100 million. Oh wait, I have a better idea. Instead of $100 million, how about I send you a hobo's dick cheese?
I am loving everything Orr is saying so far. Let's get this ship righted. Detroit has a lot of potential and will be a great city again if it can get its shit together financially.
Kevyn Orr recognizes turning around Detroit will be the toughest assignment he's undertaken during three decades as a restructuring specialist, but that's why he wants the job.
WTF do people think they are going to accomplish by driving 20 MPH on the freeway? This seems like the dumbest form of protest you can possibly imagine. Yeah, you will really get people behind your cause when all you do is inconvenience and piss off people that are just trying to get to work or get their kids to school in the morning.
Lt. Michael Shaw said the demonstrators � some with signs protesting the appointment of an emergency financial manager � slowed down their vehicles to roughly 20 miles per hour, well below the minimum speeds.
People got their panties in a bunch over the story about the woman getting a ticket for driving 2 MPH below the speed limit in the left lane.
So a question for our liberal friends, since they're so good at finding the appropriate limits in society (gun magazine rounds, soda sizes, etc.) - can we arrest these fucking idiots or are they within their rights? How slow do they have to go to fall outside of their rights?
Michigan Law on interstates is a 45 MPH minimum unless weather/road conditions make it impossible.
So I guess if they're determined to be purposely driving that slow, they can (and should) get tickets at the minimum.
(And Michigan Law also has a keep Right except to pass...so that woman driving lower than the speed limit in the left lane is fair game as well.)
I don't know if you can arrest them, but they should definitely pull them over, run their records and s-l-o-w-l-y write them tickets. If they do it again impound their cars and arrest them for disorderly conduct!
Nothing to see here, nor will there be when Snyders corporate pals starting buying city assets at pennies on the dollar.
Soon-to-be Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr, until today, has was a partner and attorney with Jones Day, one of the largest law firms in the world.
This post was edited by Johnny2x2x 13 months ago
I'm rather torn on the emergency manager role. On one hand, you've got a completely dysfunctional city government in Detroit and a citizenry that looks at everything through the prism of race (thank you Coleman Young) to the point of an inability to address its own problems. An emergency manager, especially given that they can work with a competent leader in Dave Bing, allows problems to be addressed.
On the other hand, the citizens of Michigan rejected that solution, only to have the Republican legislature and governor bypass the will of the people and rewrite that law to also not allow further public referendums. So not only are the citizens of Detroit being bypassed, so are the citizens of Michigan. This sure doesn't look like democracy, which can often be dysfunctional, ugly, partisan, and ineffective. Is that the right of the citizens of that jurisdiction?!
Detroit is a mess. Has been for decades. But I'm also a firm believer that voters, of any defined area, get the government they deserve. I see what needs to be done in Detroit and am happy to see some movement in my hometown. But this disregard of democratic principles doesn't sit well with me......
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." --Gandhi
I know what you mean. An EM is probably the best thing for the beleagured citizens of Detroit but I'd prefer bankruptcy. Let the city officials, unions and creditors work out their own problems. Leave the rest of the state's taxpayers out of it.
That said, the freeway slowdown thing is a joke. The last thing Detroit needs is another reason for people to avoid going there...
'Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable'
- President John F. Kennedy
Even conservatives think the EMF is a dictatorship....just saying
Marisa Schultz / The Detroit NewsMarch 15, 2013
Jim DeMint, the new president of the Heritage Foundation
DeMint said, according to a transcript released by the conservative Heritage Foundation. "Detroit is bankrupt, and elected officials have been replaced with a dictator ... I mean director."
National Harbor, Maryland Jim DeMint, the new president of the Heritage Foundation, decried union bosses and liberals Thursday for Detroit's demise in a wide-ranging keynote address to rally conservatives.
Haters gonna hate!
Make life very troublesome to those who live in the suburbs and work in Detroit.
Strange that the "small government" folks support the emergency manager concept complain about government taking away their rights yet support a system where local elected officials and local governance are essentially powerless.
The emergency manager idea is great as long as its not your school district or municipality.
Michigan Gov. Rick Synder, who appointed Orr as emergency manager Thursday, was acquainted with Orr while at U-M. Snyder, who graduated with a law degree and MBA in 1982, reportedly met Orr during a snowball fight on campus.“They participated in a snowball fight, as the story goes, that they were both in as part of their quads on the U-M campus when they were in law school," Snyder's press secretary Sara Wurfel told MLive on Thursday.Orr has visited campus many times since then.
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"Municipalities, including the City of Detroit, are subdivisions of state government by constitutional law. They exist as a creature of state government. The ultimate chief executive for the state is the governor. That's his obligation. ... The law says if you hit these conditions that require a financial emergency, then this structure takes over from the traditional structure that hasn't worked. That's the law. People have a right to peacefully assemble. They have a right to freedom of expression as long as it's civil. But any notion that somehow it's a deprivation of voting rights is just inaccurate. It's not true."
Potential asset sales, including the Water and Sewerage Department:
Nice quote from the man who will be paid $237K/year to be the emergency manager.
Did you really expect him to say, "Although my new job may have less than 20 percent support of the voters in Detroit I'm doing the governor's bidding. "
I think Detroits voters have proven that they aren't relevant when it comes to selecting people to run their city. This isn't 'Nam. If ever there was a city being run by spoiled, irresponsible children, this is it. I am looking foward to seeing what this guy gets done.
If someone can show that he is factually incorrect then let's see the evidence. And I suspect that the EFM actually has the support of 80% of Detroiters...
Voters aren't relevant? Wait until someone decides your vote isn't relevant.
A tough position to take and he just made it tougher when it was found Mr. Orr had a tax lien on his Maryland home.
He blamed his accountants. Detroit could do the same.
Detroit s faltering finances has been hit with four liens in four years from the state of Maryland for unpaid taxes, records show.
I don't like the idea either, but at this point it's EFM or bankruptcy. Maybe both. The clincher was when it was revealed a few weeks ago that less than 1/2 of Detroiters are paying their property taxes...
"The dictator is coming: Kevyn Orr imposed by Snyder. Detroit doesn't need Kevyn Orr," said resident Valerie Glenn of Free Detroit No Consent, who then encouraged citizens to call council offices and "tell them to sue against the un-American takeover."
"Continue to stand strong. Do not consent. Continue to resist," Glenn said.
Glenn on Tuesday also pointed to an online petition to President Barack Obama's administration seeking to "stop emergency managers, protect voting rights and help spur our local economy."
The petition, created March 1, has 1,525 signatures. The goal, the online petition says, is to collect 100,000 by March 31."
yeah, good luck with that...
Residents today continued to press the City Council to pursue legal action as the panel met for its formal session, likely the last before an emergency manager arrives.
"The other communities in this state would love to have had some of the special considerations the city of Detroit has enjoyed under state law -- like a utility user tax, a casino wagering tax and higher city income tax rates," said Eastpointe City Manager Steve Duchane. "They had all of these great advantages, but they didn't professionally manage their operation. Detroit is still where it was in 1998."
OK, this is about as stupid as it gets.
'The Rev. Jesse Jackson called for a mass, nonviolent protest in Detroit against the new emergency financial manager at a rally this morning at city hall.
“We marched too long and bled too much and died too young for the right to vote to have a governor, whether it’s Gov. Snyder or Wallace or whoever … to take away the impact of our vote,” he said.
Jackson warned an audience of about 100 people that the emergency financial manager’s arrival eventually could force Detroiters from their homes.'
Snyder = Wallace? pathetic.
The activists alongside the Rev. Jesse Jackson pledged to file a lawsuit next week challenging the constitutionality of Michigan's new emergency manager law, which takes effect Thursday and grants broad powers to the incoming emergency financial manager, Kevyn Orr.
100 whole people? Oh how Jesse has fallen...
Yeah, I noticed that too. Jesse just can't pull the crowds like he used to...
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