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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
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1 posted on 01/02/2011 10:05:38 AM PST by maggief
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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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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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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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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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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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