Skip to comments.Grazed and Confused: Detroit's response to goats exposes bigger problem
Posted on 06/24/2014 10:04:33 AM PDT by MichCapCon
In the midst of the city going through a bankruptcy, talk of a Detroit turnaround is in the air from Gov. Rick Snyder on down.
And while the emergency manager and bankruptcy process are making solid strides toward fixing the city's fiscal mess, it is in the other ways of governing that Detroit needs to improve if it wants to retain and attract residents.
This shows up prominently once again in its recent treatment of a group of goats brought into the Brightmoor neighborhood to clear up weeds and unwanted vegetation. It took only one day for officials to evict the animals with nary an explanation.
This isn't surprising. Detroit has more rules, regulations, mandates and delays preventing people from living their lives than anywhere else in Michigan.
It isn't so much this specific ordinance that is the problem. Detroit joins many municipalities around the state in banning farm animals within the city limits. It is the fact that an insolvent city at the top of several national crime statistics that cannot keep the lights on is spending time and effort focusing on regulatory rules that seemingly result in no harm to anyone.
Detroit has licensing rules well beyond that of other cities. Its permit and inspection costs make it extremely difficult to run a profitable (legal) business. And the infamous "Operation Compliance" where the city looks to shut down 20 companies a week that don't comply with all of these specific rules. Statements from city officials show these are largely a short-term revenue grab.
Enticing people to come and operate businesses is what the city needs to do and it can do so at no cost to taxpayers. That's why a complete overhaul of Detroit's regulatory regime is probably the most important thing it can do now to turn itself around. There has been some promise like a partial embrace of the ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft but this is an area where the mayor and council need to use a hatchet, not a scalpel.
In the meantime, it is private enterprise looking to pick up the city's slack. Volunteer "mower gangs" and friendly goats are working to eliminate blight in some of the worst areas. The city doesn't need to do anything but get out of the way.
-—> Public servants.
The biggest problems of Detroit could be hauled away in a large passenger van and they can all be picked up at city hall.
Oh my gosh, private business is about to happen! Quick, call the regulators!
Goats don’t pay taxes or union dues.
I’d hesitate in bringing goats into a city full of Muslims . . . for the safety of the goats.
LOL that’s about the size of it.
Big Businesses are doing fine and growing in Detroit but its the little guys who really make an economy.
I really wish you people would do a little research before rushing to be first to say something stupid.
The goats are also known as The Motown Mow-down.
The goats are now being housed by Homeland Security in under used American army bases.
This isn’t surprising. Detroit has more rules, regulations, mandates and delays preventing people from living their lives than anywhere else in Michigan.
I remember a story a few months ago about people running unlicensed businesses all over the city and the city was cracking down, eliminating whatever comerce was still left in that third world hell-hole.
I read somewhere there is a business zone in downtown Detroit where the company has to be black owned to operate in that area.
i am sure they can find a way to make the goat owners pay taxes and become part of some union. the goatmowers 120.
It takes them months and months to turn off water, hours to answer a police call, a crap shoot if you need a fire truck, they have ten thousand abandoned houses turned into crack houses and they show up to remove goats within a day.
Hey that boy is at least providing a service and doing productive work. Something some residents of DeToilet could take a lesson in.
They do, however, manage to vote Democrat at least 4 or 5 time per election!
Not quite a BwaaaHaaa but a solid chuckle, chuckle...........
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