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Broken windows in the Motor City: A Detroit exit journal (Union journalist's short sale)
Post-Gazette ^ | January 2, 2011 | Ben Schmitt

Posted on 01/02/2011 10:05:35 AM PST by maggief

You've heard of Detroit's travails. Ben Schmitt lived them. Now he and his family are starting over in Pittsburgh, his hometown.

EXCERPT

I agreed, as a union member, to take a one-week paid furlough and knew more salary cuts were on the horizon as our contract came to a close. The staff agreed to 6.5 percent pay cuts in October.

During my furlough in April, I interviewed for a marketing position in Pittsburgh. After a second interview in May, I was hired.

I called the mortgage company. I explained the situation, said the apparent magic word, "Detroit," as my address. They agreed to work with me after learning that I had a job offer out of state.

The short sale, after five months of wrangling, went through in November.

My credit is shot for a year or two.

My chosen profession is a distant memory.

My former beloved colleagues are 300 miles away.

(Excerpt) Read more at post-gazette.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: dinosaurmedia; michigan

1 posted on 01/02/2011 10:05:38 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief
DETROIT ISH
2 posted on 01/02/2011 10:06:43 AM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: maggief

The clown voted and promoted Liberals all his life. He reaped what he sowed. FAILURE.


3 posted on 01/02/2011 10:11:41 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: maggief
I do not doubt that this idiot voted Democrat his whole life. He probably wrote articles supporting Socialism because it was “fair”. He probably ignored the good things Republicans did, and ignored the bad things Democrats did. I'm sure he used his position in a thousand ways, some he wasn't even aware of, to support what happened in Detroit. He deserves everything, and more, that happened to him. I feel for his children because they are innocent. However I'm sure when he is done indoctrinating them, they won't be. He is the complete idiot. He doesn't even understand that he brought this on himself, and helped ruin the country for everyone else. All so he could feel good about himself.
4 posted on 01/02/2011 10:17:16 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: maggief
This poor, poor man....he's spent his life in the media propagating the Liberal Lie, even lived it - stayed where he should have known he shouldn't. Now, he finally realizes he has to leave. Only, odds are he'll end up driving another literary coffin nail in Pittsburgh, too.....

My only hope is that this asshole doesn't move down south after Pittsburgh becomes 'more than he can handle'.

5 posted on 01/02/2011 10:17:27 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: VRWC For Truth

Agreed. No sympathy. The company in Pittsburgh who hired him must be out of their minds. Yeah I want to hire union boys to work at my company. Death wish.


6 posted on 01/02/2011 10:18:50 AM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: FrankR

That poster is right on the money


7 posted on 01/02/2011 10:19:15 AM PST by GeronL
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To: maggief

What’s the answer to all this? Do we all just turn our cities over to the scum of the earth? If we stand and fight, we’ll have to fight the police. I see fortified cities in our future where the scum will not be allowed. I don’t blame anyone for taking their children out of areas like this but what if it happens again in another city? Do people just keep moving out? It’s a question that needs to be answered.


8 posted on 01/02/2011 10:21:26 AM PST by RC2
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To: maggief

Detroit: the canary in the coalmine of what liberals do. Next up, California (no kidding, I am really moving out this year), the rest of Michigan at the very least.

NY and MA are only hanging on because of financial momentum. CA lost that momentum when they embraced the flood of illegals and decided to subsidize sloth as a way of life.


9 posted on 01/02/2011 10:22:52 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: VRWC For Truth

“The clown voted and promoted Liberals all his life. He reaped what he sowed. FAILURE.”

And ... he shows no remorse for defaulting on his mortgage, which will contribute to the further decline of his neighborhood. Instead he bemoans that his credit is shot for two years. Nice pay-back for the kindly neighbors who volunteered to help him secure his home.


10 posted on 01/02/2011 10:23:17 AM PST by maggief
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To: FrankR

He STILL has romantic moonbat love for his crime infested city.

“And I can still hear those words”

How about this one

DUMMY.


11 posted on 01/02/2011 10:26:42 AM PST by Jacktown
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To: RC2
What’s the answer to all this? Do we all just turn our cities over to the scum of the earth? If we stand and fight, we’ll have to fight the police. I see fortified cities in our future where the scum will not be allowed. I don’t blame anyone for taking their children out of areas like this but what if it happens again in another city? Do people just keep moving out? It’s a question that needs to be answered.

Already foreseen by SF writers:


12 posted on 01/02/2011 10:30:14 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: maggief
I talked to my real estate agent about selling. His assessment confirmed what I already knew: With the foreclosures and short sales, houses were selling for less than half their value.

Unhhh no. that is their value.

13 posted on 01/02/2011 10:43:26 AM PST by glorgau
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To: maggief
East English Village Detroit

Ben finally figured out that "healing" his neighborhood was not going to happen.

He moved his two daughters into an urban hell hole. He found out that inner city drugs, crime, and vandalism are reality.

Blacks have been devastated by decades of illegitimacy, no father in the house, and worshiping government.

He moved his family into a neighborhood where only 28% of the families were married.

In this case, a conservative is a liberal who lived next door to a drug den and had flagstones hurled through his window at his 6 and 9 year old daughters in their pajamas.

14 posted on 01/02/2011 10:44:33 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: maggief

Hey, Ben . . . life’s a bitch. What can I tell ya?


15 posted on 01/02/2011 10:46:05 AM PST by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: RC2
I see fortified cities in our future where the scum will not be allowed.

I see fortified cities in our future where the scum will not be allowed out.

16 posted on 01/02/2011 10:50:33 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: maggief

Moved from Detroit to Pittsburgh.... Sounds like show dates on a post apocalyptic concert tour shirt....


17 posted on 01/02/2011 10:53:50 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: Lancey Howard

18 posted on 01/02/2011 10:56:00 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

Obamaville.


19 posted on 01/02/2011 11:02:38 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: SkyPilot
In this case, a conservative is a liberal who lived next door to a drug den and had flagstones hurled through his window at his 6 and 9 year old daughters in their pajamas.

You see any evidence that he's rethought his political philosophy? I don't. No doubt he voted straight Demonrat in Detroit back in November and will vote straight Demonrat in Pittsburgh in November, 2112. All he's trying to do is protect his family from the consequences of half-witted and evil policies he's supported for years.

Some people won't learn even when flagstones are thrown through their windows. Liberalism is a mental illness.

20 posted on 01/02/2011 11:03:32 AM PST by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground - the Hogwarts of Stupid.)
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To: maggief

It sounds like Pennsylvania Democrats have just added another voter to their rolls.
Great. Just great.
Scumbags like Schmitt foul their nests and then flee, only to take their destructive voting habits with them so they can foul the next nest.


21 posted on 01/02/2011 11:04:26 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Now that is funny. Who in his right mind would move from Detroit to Pittsburgh. My word. Certainly Cleveland is more inviting than either, and it’s dangerous!


22 posted on 01/02/2011 11:25:19 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: freedumb2003
NY and MA are only hanging on because of financial momentum.

We just reelected a tax and spend our way outta debt, Governor here in Illinois too.

23 posted on 01/02/2011 11:37:59 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: RC2

you ask: “but what if it happens again in another city?”

Hate to bust your bubble and bring you the biggest story not being reported: this is happening to cities across this country.

buildings abandoned, malls closed and decaying, neighborhoods empty, downtowns falling into ruin -

Ask a truck driver who sees it all...


24 posted on 01/02/2011 11:59:05 AM PST by maine-iac7
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To: maine-iac7

I don’t doubt it a bit. I was just sayin.....if we force the scum out of the cities and tear down the buildings, the scum will just head to other cities. We need to do something to handle the scum bags.


25 posted on 01/02/2011 12:03:17 PM PST by RC2
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To: maggief

Normally I wouldn’t have much sympathy for this fellow. But I detect a little in my hardened heart. Here’s why- he doesn’t KNOW any better.

Reading this story it’s pretty clear how the man thinks, he tells us where he was educated and you can sense him struggling with the reality of Detroit. He STILL is unable to grasp how this happened. Possibly, somehwere in the back of his mind he blames drug abuse, or unhappy childhoods...or some equally vague reasoning.

Most freepers will be able to explain the cause of Detroit in short order. That doesn’t mean we’re smarter than this fellow- he’s not an idiot- he’s simply never been taught how to THINK about alternatives. He is trapped in the liberal way of thinking and sees nothing else.

Imagine- we’ve a country full of well-intentioned people who’ve been educated by clever means to think the way this man does.

May God help us.


26 posted on 01/02/2011 12:04:02 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Graybeard58

“We just reelected a tax and spend our way outta debt, Governor here in Illinois too.”

But he handled the homosexual civil union problem. I’m glad that I don’t live in one of the three counties, that he won.


27 posted on 01/02/2011 12:17:33 PM PST by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: SE Mom

At some subconscious level this guy obviously rejected the “urban agriculture and smaller city mantra of the great hope and savior Mayor Bing” yarn that his former employer had been pushing in it’s editorial line for quite some time.


28 posted on 01/02/2011 12:19:50 PM PST by JerseyHighlander (p.s. The word 'bloggers' is not in the freerepublic spellcheck dictionary?!)
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To: kickonly88
I’m glad that I don’t live in one of the three counties, that he won.

Yep, me too, I'm in Tazewell county.

29 posted on 01/02/2011 12:23:16 PM PST by Graybeard58
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To: SE Mom

Yes... He has no critical thinking skills to link the Johnson Administration, The Great Society, and It’s Welfare State to the demise of families without fathers and why all those young men wanted to live on the wild side in the house next door. Could it be the lack of a father or a positive Male Role Model? He can’t see it.... You are right, May G_d help us....


30 posted on 01/02/2011 12:29:22 PM PST by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: maggief

This is the poster child example of what happens after having lost the militia spirit, and the courage needed in order to bring it back. A neighborhood of committed men with rifles trump this garbage.

This is the price we pay after repeatedly tuning our TVs to “Happy Days”.


31 posted on 01/02/2011 1:04:08 PM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: maggief

“I agreed, as a union member, to take a one-week paid furlough and knew more salary cuts were on the horizon as our contract came to a close. The staff agreed to 6.5 percent pay cuts in October.”

Find out if the top union officials are taking salary cuts. Maybe they could sell that lavish country club they just got through building.


32 posted on 01/02/2011 1:57:43 PM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: maggief
For some reason there seem to be a lot of stories about Detroit lately. Is there some premonition going on here? I hope not.

Here's another Detroit goody...

Detroit: The City Where the Sirens Never Sleep

33 posted on 01/02/2011 2:10:54 PM PST by Gritty (It's either Obama and the Democrats or America. You can't have both. - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Cheburashka
You see any evidence that he's rethought his political philosophy? I don't.

No, you're right, I don't. But, I do see a massive change in his worldview. So does he. I am just not sure yet if he realizes the magnitude of what has happened to him.

This whole piece read like some sort of quasi-liberal secular "confession." He gives penance for the sin of rebuking much that is holy to liberal doctrine, to wit: that inner city neighborhoods just need some good 'ole leaf rakin' and group hugs.

You don't change human hearts unless God moves them. The cesspools that are urban blight won't change until hearts do.

All of us are sinners. We all need God.

The problem with these communities is that they suffer from MASSIVE moral breakdown. Period.

That is the dirty little secret.

In these neighborhoods, corruption is rampant. The few "black leaders" are on the take, and everyone knows it. Sexual immorality takes place on a massive scale. Out of wedlock births are explosive. Drug and alcohol abuse are the norm. Crime is epidemic.

In small corners, God's people are the one source of light. In the city of Camden NJ, there are little pockets of Christianity, and some people have erected little wooden crosses in the middle of urban war zones.

This guy found out that you cannot combat urban blight by trying all the wrong things.

In the end, his kids almost getting maimed or murdered knocked some sense into him.

34 posted on 01/02/2011 2:56:55 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Gritty
It sounds like "Liberal Heaven." What's the problem?

The city council has been such a joke that one former member demanded 17 pounds of sausages as part of her $150,000 bribe. Its prognosis for respectability hasn't grown stronger with Monica Conyers, wife of congressman John Conyers, taking the helm. She has managed to get in a barroom brawl, threatened to shoot a mayoral staffer as well as have him beaten up, and twice called a burly and bald fellow council member "Shrek" during a public hearing. But with all the problems facing the city, the council still found time to pass a nonbinding resolution supporting the impeachment of George W. Bush. How bad is Detroit? It once gave the keys to the city to Saddam Hussein. Over the last several years, it has ranked as the most murderous city, the poorest city, the most segregated city, as the city with the highest auto-insurance rates, with the bleakest outlook for workers in their 20s and 30s, and as the place with the most heart attacks, slowest income growth, and fewest sunny days. It is a city without a single national grocery store chain. It has been deemed the most stressful metropolitan area in America. Likewise, it has ranked last in numerous studies: in new employment growth, in environmental indicators, in the rate of immunization of 2-year-olds, and, among big cities, in the number of high school or college graduates. Men's Fitness magazine christened Detroit America's fattest city, while Men's Health called it America's sexual disease capital.

35 posted on 01/02/2011 3:04:37 PM PST by SkyPilot
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