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Detroit’s Misplaced Priorities

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Detroit’s City Council has come under fire for spending time this week writing, voting and passing a resolution supporting a federal investigation into George Zimmerman instead of focusing on its own financial blunders and ballooning crime rate.

Zimmerman, a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted July 13 in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

The unanimous vote by the members of the Detroit council on a crime that took place six states and hundreds of miles away came just two days after the Motor City’s latest gun-related death – its 176th homicide of the year.

Tuesday’s resolution called for a federal investigation to see whether civil rights charges are warranted against Zimmerman.

The measure, sponsored by Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, jump-started a discussion in Detroit over what some called the city’s lack of leadership and the need for city officials to first patch up problems in their own backyard.

According to the city’s website, Detroit has one of the country’s few full-time city legislative bodies. It’s made up of nine members who are elected to four-year terms.

Watson defended the decision to take up the Zimmerman topic because she said it opens up the discussion of race – Zimmerman is Hispanic, Martin was black – but not everyone agrees.

“Sure, the city’s in bankruptcy. Detroit is flat broke. Pensioners are about to lose their livelihoods, and Southeast Michigan has sailed over the precipice of financial ruin. All of this happened while the Council continued, for decades, to squawk at each other,” conservative columnist Robert Laurie wrote.
“Outsiders were portrayed as the source of the city’s ills as the council continued on its path to ruin,” Laurie said.“Everything that occurred within Detroit’s borders was blamed on something outside of Motown. Theft was the fault of the national economy. Poverty was the result of American racial norms. Violence was simply a reaction to hostile suburbanites.”

According to city crime statistics, there have been 176 homicides in the first seven months of 2013. There have been 5,853 aggravated assaults and the city has processed 1,766 guns. Those numbers are actually an improvement from 2012 which saw a total of 411 homicides, up from 377 in 2011. Last year came in as the second deadliest year per capita in Detroit’s history behind 1987.

Last week, Detroit, once hailed at as a symbol of American pride, was forced to declare bankruptcy.
The city’s state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr noted in the court filing that the city needed to tackle widespread blight, including many abandoned homes and other buildings. More than a third of its buildings are abandoned, he said, and 40 percent of its residents now live in poverty.

The city has long-term debts of at least $18 billion and the bankruptcy process could take up to a year.
While many experts say there is no clear-cut path to getting Detroit back on its feet others, like Laurie, maintain it doesn’t help when city officials lose their focus.
City officials and police did not respond to multiple requests for comments

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  • Liberty1776

    Ha, serves the idiots right, and this is going to happen more and more all over, the reason being because when government State or Federal gets to big, gets too greedy and looses sight of the big picture they loose grasp of the goal and it rolls away gaining speed and size like a snowball rolling down the side of a Mountain, until its too big and going to fast to stop. Government the biggest waste known to mankind!

    • Ted

      I agree. Big government is a waste of resources, and the Detroit train wreck has been building steam for a long time. I predict the state of California will be next, followed by Illinois, if they don’t get some fiscally responsible people elected.

    • Rattlerjake

      Worst part is that those writing the rules and running the show get rich while those doing the work and paying the taxes get screwed. The only way this will ever get fixed is when city, state, and fed workers CANNOT make a career out of these jobs and write their own ticket.

  • Of course in doing so they hope that Santa Obama will come to town with presents and expell the nasty Gov. Snyder for taking away their power and their toys. They said as much when they helped get Obama elected in where is the bacon since we voted for you. Look for certain parts of Detroit to riot and for the children that run to be spanked. After fifty years the adults have come back to put Detroit back into order.

  • Marlin208

    Get whitey, it is all whiteys fault. Whites left the city and now all we have are the welfare blacks. If whitey had stayed and payed we would be ok today.

    • Marlin208

      Not that they spent time and money foolishly, no can’t be that.

    • George

      Whites in this country are getting very tired of supporting everyone else.

  • foxxybey

    The same idiots can’t figure out why they are broke, a bunch of dumb butt idiots without a brain between them, go down, go under never to rise again you lib moron’s.

    • Ted

      It’s kind of crazy that with a full time city council, they still haven’t managed to come up with policies that will help. You would think they’d try harder, even if the only reason was to save their own jobs.

      • foxxybey

        The libs think those are life time jobs, so they don’t care who they screw.

        • Ted

          They’re actually screwing themselves. I don’t think I will ever understand liberals. You can’t run a business with their policies, so how do they figure they can run a government business that way? Liberalism/socialism has a history of failure, so what makes them think that they are so smart that they will be the ones to make it work this time. Ughh.

          • foxxybey

            Called Pride and Ego with no brains to back either.

          • Ted

            Amen.

  • robert1407

    Just more of the Victim Mentality that is encompasses there, and think that their problems are someone else s fault. The leaders of the Black community have been working for years to install this mental destruction of what could of been great society of people. Just why did these corrupt leaders do this? Just like now with all out Senators, Representatives and the President himself to line their pockets with the 30 pieces of Blood Stained Silver which is BETRAYAL. I know many black, brown or other Cultures who did and would not let themselves become one of the Victim Class and have fought to climb the ladder of Success above the masses of Victims at the bottom with claws, long teeth and hate to see anyone climb the ladder to the top. Just how long are these masses of victims thinkers going on believing that these corrupt leader are going to help? But They are doing their best to keep the victim in the dept of poverty and despair for better control.

    • Marlin208

      Booker T.
      Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915) was an African-American educator,
      author, orator, advisor to presidents of the United States and former slave.
      One of his quotes is below.

      “There is a (small) class of … people who make
      a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro
      race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his
      grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain
      class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get
      well.”

      The above quote is evidence that over 120 years
      ago, former-slave Booker T. Washington knew Al Sharpton, the current news
      media and the current Democrat Party

  • Sagebrush6

    Detroit’s Misplaced Priorities ? The problem is Detroit has no agenda. Look who’s watching the hen house ! There’s your problem.

  • Reelman1946

    This is how the arrogant apostles of utopian socialism rot a city or state or nation…
    they cannot manage a hot dog stand but can boldly lie 24-7…
    democrats being democrats.

  • shrgngatlas

    Why try to tackle “severe fiscal problems”? Anything one does or says there will only lose votes and popularity. Now, take a (totally meaningless) vote asking for investigation/charges to be filed against a white guy who had the bad luck of being forced to defend himself with a gun leading to the death of a young black man, why, that can only help gain votes in a predominantly black city which still believes the original MSM narrative of racism, stalking, and cold blooded murder.
    Q.E.D.

  • GQ4U

    Racist city council paints a target on an innocent man. That should be illegal.

    Zimmerman should sue their A$$E$ off for every penny the they have.
    Oh, never mind George, I forgot they don’t have any pennies left.

  • sha49tn

    Typical liberal reaction. They’re actually waiting for Obama to bail them out, which he may try to do without Congressional approval. But, if he does, he’s going to be real sorry. Rand Paul already said over his dead body, & I know there are others who feel the same way. Liberal Democrat policies are what killed Detroit.

    • DL Hancock

      Their policies are killing the world.

    • George

      Even worse than that, you may have noticed, Detroit council, mayor and police chief are all black liberal democrats. This becomes a no win Scenario for the city.

  • Phil Bronner

    liberals truly are mentally ill…..

  • DL Hancock

    What are you talking about, what they are doing is normal Liberal politics. It is honerstly amazing to see how bad Liberals/Demorats/Progressive screwup every city, every economy they have power over and still have people willing to follow their ignorance. We have a Rat Party President who does NOT think we have a spending problem, however, he thought Dubya did (Dubya 5 trillion 8 yrs, Obama 5 1/2 trillion 4 yrs & slowed spending ONLY b/c of the republicans forced it.
    Leave it to a Liberal and we would ALL be broke and on welfare. However, the dumbazzes think the money actually comes from the govt, they dont realize working people actually have to put that money in there through taxes. They want to raise taxes b/c very few of them pay taxes.

    • Ted

      We definitely have a spending problem, and a lot of the democrat voters supporting their way of life, living off government programs. What they apparently don’t understand, is that when the government collapses from its own debt, the people who are depending on the government check will be the first to notice. Those of us who have learned useful skills and work will barter services for goods, but those who have not bothered to develop skills may have to resort to other means in order to eat, which will lead to widespread violence.

  • Rick

    Wild just wild! Only here in America…go figure.

  • molly

    THEY SHOW THEY DO NOT..NEED ANY BAILOUT, AS THEY HAVE MONEY TO SPEND ON THINGS THAT DO NOT CONCERN THIER CITY; THEY ARE- OK/ ALL IS WELL, AS FAR AS THEY ARE CONCERNED.
    THE CONDUCT OF DETROIT, SHOWES, – NOT IN NEED OF FINANCES.
    OR- IF THEY ARE BROKE, SPENIND MONEY THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE, WE CAN NOT SPEND TAX PAYERS MONEY, FOR A BAILOUT, MOST CERTAINLY IN SUCH SITUATIONS, AS THIS.
    THEY ARE NOT/WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REPAY.
    OF THOSE WHO EXPECT, THAT SOMEONE ELSE IS GOING TO PICK UP THIER BILLS, THEY NEED TO FIGURE THIER OWN WAY BACK UP TO SURVIVING!
    IF DETROIT IS SO OUT OF CONTROL, BECAUSE, CRIMINALS AND SUCH, ELECTED,- CRIMINALS, TO RUN THE CITY; THIS IS WHAT YOU GET, WHEN THINGS ARE NOT OF STABILITY.
    IT BECOMES AS A CANCER, AND IT SPREADS, JUST LIKE CANCER,.
    CAN IT BE HEALED?
    NOT GOING ON AS IT IS; AND NO BAILOUT WOULD FIX IT, AS IT,NOW, EXISTS .
    WHO- IS AT FAULT FOR THE WOES OF THIS CITY?
    THEY- NEED TO FIGURE IT OUT, BUT DO THEY WANT TO?
    IF THEY WANT TO; OTHERWISE, THEY WILL OPT TO TAKE THE EASY WAY, AND NOTHING WILL BE GAINED.
    TAXPAYERS CAN NOT AFFORD TO PAY FOR SUCH AS THIS.
    WE ARE FORCED TO PAY FOR MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF ILLEGALS, AND THAT COST, TAKES PRIORITY OVER AMERICAN CITIZENS NEEDS, STUPIDILY, AND,THUS, HAS PUT AMERICA AND AMERICANS- IN A CRUMBLING EFFECT THAT WILL LAND US, AS – DETROIT.
    LAWLESSNESS HAS DOMINO EFFECTS TO IT, UNSEEN, FOR WHAT IT UNLOADS UPON ANY, AND ALL SOCIETIES IN IT’S PATH, DOWN THE ROAD.
    MAYBE DETROIT IS SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO LOOK VERY CLOSELY AT.
    LEARN FROM IT.
    WHO ALL LIVES IN DETROIT?
    YOU MUST ALWAYS BE AS A FARMER; YOU FARM THINGS, ALL THINGS, NOT JUST THE SOIL, BUT ALL, THINGS.

    • Ted

      A bankruptcy is a bailout too. They will not have to repay their debt, which creates a burden on the business and individuals which have supplied goods and services in good faith. If the bankruptcy is a reorganization, the largest creditors will get their money first, and the little guy (or gal) will not get any compensation. sad.

  • Palomino

    Sad truth……There are 2 reasons Detroit has self destructed. (1) Run by liberal Democrats catering to unions (2) A huge black population.

  • Ted

    Although the city council has voted to support a federal investigation, that certainly does not indicate that the fed will do that, and does not force them to do so in any way. It also indicates that they apparently have no regard for the judicial system, which has already decided the case. Detroit has been in decline for quite some time, while the problems that plague them are compounding. I feel sorry for the good people who are stuck there without the resources to move somewhere else that will be safe for their families.

    • foxxybey

      Why should they even care they don’t live in Florida?

      • Ted

        Exactly. All they’re doing now is bring their failure in Detroit into the national spotlight.

        • foxxybey

          They libs are destroying this nation, they hate God, hate our country and are satan’s children for sure.

          • Ted

            I’m not sure I can agree with that totally. I think some are just so attached to their party, that they don’t realize the changes that have happened over the years, and others just lack an adequate, reliable information source. So much of the news reporting these days is more like a propaganda campaign rather than a presentation of facts. I agree the libs are destroying this nation, however most of the libs I know care very much about this nation, they just don’t have an understanding of how damaging the liberal policies really are.

          • foxxybey

            I was a lib for many years and even represented the demo-rats in my county, Became a Born Again Believer and realized everything God is for the demo-rats are against so changed parities. Was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 04 and was interviewed by almost every paper in the U.S even sent down a camera crew from DC to interview me and everyone wanted to know how a taxi driver was elected a delegate and why I had changed parities? Told them what God is for demo-rats are against and I serve God rather then man, while driving a taxi had 15 minutes on the radio from the taxi, 5 days a week, Called the real Fox New from the taxi, debated the governor on control and beat him down real bad, Was invited to speak on the radio from Washington DC and spoke on why Islam is bad and the station got so many threats it wasn’t even funny. Have met Senator’s, Congress People and have been on Michael Medvid, and many talk shows over the years including Sean Hannity’s pictures from the Convention, Pat Boone and other celebrities and believe that demo-rats are Marxist who hate America and the free enterprise system and want to be slaves on the plantation of all races and colors. Only they want to be the masters and not the slaves.

  • Steve Jordan

    misery loves company? can’t fix your problems so create some for someone else ?
    Divert the attention.
    look to fix what’s wrong in your own yard before looking in some one else’s yard
    no wonder they are broke spending time and money they don’t have on a matter that doesn’t pertain to them

  • George

    Just leave it to Councilwoman JoAnn Watson to bring up the race card on a subject that she has nothing to do with and no control over. Everyone in the Detroit area knows that she is a racist, always has been and always will be, she can’t change her spots now. Besides, she shouldn’t even be on the city council, she is not qualified to be there and should really just keep her mouth shut.

    As for the rest of the council, they should all be fired, without any benefits at all. All of them are just getting fat (literally) with big salaries and just spending the cities money like there was no end to it. I think they have read Obama’s book Spend, Spend, Spend and the hell with the people. Term limits have to be imposed and this council should go to part time, only being paid for meeting they attend without any expense accounts, no city paid for cars, no paid parking and no city paid body guards.

  • tpatriot

    Stop any payment of wages or expenses or any compensation and through the whole bunch in jail.

  • pysco

    You have to love it, the city council can’t even get close to running their city, they bankrupted it. Detroit has one the highest crime rates around, I have no idea, how many young blacks were murdered there last year.. Yet, they have signed a resolution to have Zimmerman federally prosecuted because of one Black youth, maybe the council should be federally prosecuted because they haven’t stopped crime there….Retards… I think that before there is any talk of bailing out Detroit or a stimulus.. Everyone of the council needs to go, otherwise they will be in the same problem 3 to 5 years. These idiots are inept, and should loose their jobs.

  • doug43

    It has always been this type of thinking in Detroit management that has Detroit lining up for Government bailing! That and the fact that many in Detroit look to the man that will give them hand outs, while their mayor sticks millions of tax dollars away in his private accounts, and then hands out contracts to friends…who also rip the city and State off for millions!

    What is sad is that if this Mayor were to get out of Prison and run for Mayor of Detroit…the folks in Detroit would most likely re-elect him!

  • David

    No worries Detroit, Obama will bail you out of the hole plus add a bonus paid by taxpayers of the USA.

  • Ross R Blankert

    Their salaries are probably over a 100k but their work ethic is worth about $100

  • Truth Slinger

    So far, I haven’t seen any liberals/Democrats/Progressives/Marxists defending their insanity because they can’t. They can accuse, scream, and holler in an attempt to deter or silence their opponents; they name call, bluster, and threaten. But, they just can’t get around the truth of the matter that they are loony and their policies, practices, and doctrines are just plainly worthless and destructive.

  • Robert S Moulds

    Detroit is in Michigan and George Zimmerman is in Florida. While George did not get convicted that state of Florida because of racially profiling. Hopefully the Martin family fair better in a civil case. Detroit should be concern about the population falling to 39% of what it was in 1950. The forces that caused it such as dependence on one industry, changing taste in cars, over bearing unions, urban decay, white flight and the even more racist assertion that blacks can’t govern themselves by some white liberals. Creating the conditions that pander to the fear of the whites who left after race riots in the 1960s the city is going down the drain. By voting in corrupt union supported liberal leaders who bankrupted the city by robbing the tax payers. Until the people of that city realize conservative are not the problem they are for putting crooks in power nothing will get better.