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With Detroit bankrupt, is 'blue model' to blame?
Yahoo News/Christian Science Monitor ^ | 20 July 2013 | Patrik Jonsson

Posted on 07/31/2013 7:54:59 PM PDT by Lorianne

Did the progressive “blue model” of city governance destroy Detroit? And if so, is Detroit’s bankruptcy a deeper concern to progressive cities like Chicago, Oakland, and Santa Fe, which are beginning to teeter under the weight of unsustainable pension liabilities?

To be sure, Detroit’s multi-decade fall into despair, disrepair and ultimate bankruptcy had myriad causes: the shrinking US-owned auto industry, unsustainable pension deals, and city council investments in gee-whiz development deals instead of a focus on basic maintenance and services.

But critics say the failure of the Democratic one-party machine in Detroit to build racial peace, control crime, and boost business, in fact, represents a cautionary tale for more robust but politically similar “blue” cities like Chicago, which took a three-notch credit rating hit at the same moment Detroit leaders announced its Chapter 9 bankruptcy intentions.

“Progressive politicians, wonks, and activists can only blame big corporations and other liberal bogeymen for so long,” writes Walter Russell Mead, in the American Interest magazine. “The truth is that corrupt machine politics in a one-party system devoted to the blue social model wrecked an entire city and thousands of lives beyond repair. The sooner blues come to terms with this reality, the greater chance other cities will have of avoiding Detroit’s fate.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; US: Michigan
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1 posted on 07/31/2013 7:54:59 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Monica Conyers is still in federal prison.

John Conyers is still in congress.


2 posted on 07/31/2013 8:00:02 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Lorianne

YES.


3 posted on 07/31/2013 8:00:47 PM PDT by JustTheTruth
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To: Lorianne

Not to be insensitive, but this is also a case of black self-rule.


4 posted on 07/31/2013 8:06:57 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: Lorianne

Nahh.... As long as the democrats in charge and their buddies got wealthy then it’s fine. That’s all they ever cared about anyway. So mission accomplished.

When will the dumbchit liberals ever wake up to the destruction their policies cause?


5 posted on 07/31/2013 8:08:36 PM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: Bullish

bump

The leaders of Detroit are still blaming whitey


6 posted on 07/31/2013 8:10:21 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: umgud
It's also a case of spending taxpayer money for appeasement aka "racial peace". The day the EBT cards fail, the facade of "racial peace" will transform to instant riots.
7 posted on 07/31/2013 8:11:06 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: quantim

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is still in jail. His mommy is no longer in Congress.


8 posted on 07/31/2013 8:14:39 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Lorianne

Stockton, CA is run by Dummocrats too.

So was the OC pension fund - run by a Dummocrat.


9 posted on 07/31/2013 8:15:31 PM PDT by Darteaus94025 (Phony President)
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To: GeronL

I know they need a scapegoat but it happened all over the rust belt...

Unions and attendant pension plans locked horns with intractable and unimaginative management and engaged in a death spiral while nimbler economies elsewhere adjusted and overcame.

Took a while for the beast to die but when the ox quit breathing the ticks and lice and stomach worms soon ran out of flesh.


10 posted on 07/31/2013 8:19:39 PM PDT by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: Lorianne
The sooner blues come to terms with this reality, the greater chance other cities will have of avoiding Detroit’s fate.

That might interfere with the Chicagoization and Detroitification of America.

11 posted on 07/31/2013 8:20:25 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Paladin2

Thanks for the update. /sarc

Well maybe some slackers don’t know.


12 posted on 07/31/2013 8:24:17 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Myrddin
The day the EBT cards fail, the facade of "racial peace" will transform to instant riots.

You have that right. It would become a no-mans land overnight.

13 posted on 07/31/2013 8:26:29 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: umgud

doubt it. the weakest always buckle and beg.


14 posted on 07/31/2013 8:29:14 PM PDT by esoxmagnum (The rats have been trained to pull the D voting lever to get their little food pellet)
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To: quantim

Monica Conyers has been out of prison for some time now. She’s working at a car dealership.


15 posted on 07/31/2013 8:31:22 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (Qui pacem, praeparet bellum.)
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To: GeronL

No amount of empirical evidence will ever change a ‘progressives’ mind about their idiotic, unworkable world views and policies. Detroit should be a case study of what NOT to do, but instead it will be roundly ignored by the greedy liberals and repeated everywhere they can get away with it.

The reason is, they get to control the cash flow in a “blue” city and that means they can make themselves rich through backroom deals and other shady practices. The city comes last. The liberal politicians and their liberal co-conspirators come first and foremost.

Let alone the list of black Mayors of Detroit for the last 30 yrs, all one has to think of is Pols like Torricelli and Rod Blagojevich on how egregious the corruption has gotten, and those are just an example of a couple that got caught. It’s everywhere that democrats have been able to set up shop and take complete control.

Dems are always the most corrupt but whitey and Republicans always get all the blame. Detroit has had no Republican or whitey involvement so that dog won’t hunt here and so this will be ignored by the establishment media. It’s the same scenario Obama’s trying to set up to all of America.

Nice to see ya’ again GeronL.


16 posted on 07/31/2013 8:34:49 PM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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17 posted on 07/31/2013 8:36:27 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Bullish

Nice to see you too again too.

You are exactly right, of course. They have done this federally too, some of it. The taxpayers money are funneled to leftwing organizations in the guise of grants for everything and anything.

$700M PR budget for ObamaCare, how much of that will end up going to ACORN and La Raza type groups?

It is something that needs to be stopped.


18 posted on 07/31/2013 8:39:36 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Lorianne

Cities should be treated like other corporations, with each citizen being a shareholder.

If the corporation goes bankrupt, then the shareholders are wiped out and assets sold.

Voters might pay a little more attention to the running of their corporation under such a system.


19 posted on 07/31/2013 8:45:17 PM PDT by freerepublicchat
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To: Lorianne
"says New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks, appearing on PBS NewsHour Friday night: '[Y]ou look at some of the bad urban policies that were attempts at revival, fancy downtown office buildings, it's not about building – that's not what you do...'"

In the liberal mind. appearance trumps substance every time.
20 posted on 07/31/2013 8:45:24 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: FrdmLvr

Isn’t she still on some home confinement or work release or something?

She is not a free woman, else it would be news.


21 posted on 07/31/2013 9:03:49 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: GeronL

Both parties are complicit in this scheme. It makes me sick.


22 posted on 07/31/2013 9:05:45 PM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: Lorianne

Ten, maybe even five years from now America will have total ‘Rat one-party machine government at the national level.

Just think what that will bring.


23 posted on 07/31/2013 9:14:58 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Lorianne

Did the progressive “blue model” of city governance destroy Detroit?


A little late for that question.. Duuuugh..
Anyone that don’t “know it” is “trippin”..


24 posted on 07/31/2013 9:40:08 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: GeronL
The leaders of Detroit are still blaming whitey

Decades after achieving "independence", the leaders of Zimbabwe and South Africa are still blaming whitey, too.

25 posted on 07/31/2013 9:48:21 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Bullish
"As long as the democrats in charge and their buddies got wealthy then it’s fine. That’s all they ever cared about anyway. So mission accomplished."

Nail . . . hammer . . . head.

26 posted on 07/31/2013 9:54:53 PM PDT by YHAOS
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To: Lancey Howard

bump


27 posted on 07/31/2013 10:51:45 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: quantim
Monica Conyers is still in federal prison.

John Conyers is still in congress.

Monica Conyers has been out of prison for at least 6 months. She is working at an independent auto-parts shop on the westside.

John Conyers refuses to die.

28 posted on 08/01/2013 6:44:56 AM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.)
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To: quantim
"Conyers plead guilty to taking bribes while on the City Council and is still under supervision by the feds until May 16, 2013. "

Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/detroit/former-detroit-councilwoman-monica-conyers-wife-of-congressman-john-conyers-released-from-prison#ixzz2ajDsbxHY

29 posted on 08/01/2013 7:38:34 AM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been offically denied)
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To: umgud
Not to be insensitive, but this is also a case of black self-rule.

That's plain wrong.
Everyone knows it's all whitey's fault.

Look at what a remarkable job blacks do in Zimbabwe, Johannesburg, Haiti, Uganda, Liberia, Nigeria, Kingston...

30 posted on 08/01/2013 1:15:59 PM PDT by Bon mots
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