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White House to help bankrupt Detroit demolish buildings, hire firefighters
reuters ^ | 09/26/13 | reuters

Posted on 09/27/2013 12:47:25 AM PDT by barmag25

(Reuters) - The White House will send a group of top officials to Detroit on Friday to offer millions in assistance for knocking down empty buildings, hiring firefighters and adding buses to the city fleet, as the city struggles after filing for bankruptcy.

The federal aid has been tapped from a variety of existing programs and is part of a patchwork of grants complementing investments by the city, state and private foundations.

"We're going to continue to support the efforts under way in Detroit and ensure the federal government is an active partner in supporting the revitalization of the city," said Gene Sperling, director of the White House National Economic Council, who has led federal discussions with Detroit on how best to help.

Sperling and cabinet officials will discuss the plan at a meeting with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, the city's emergency manager Kevyn Orr, members of the Michigan congressional delegation and other leaders.

(Excerpt) Read more at in.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: detroit; utopia

1 posted on 09/27/2013 12:47:25 AM PDT by barmag25
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To: barmag25

Gee, more help from the federal government to make Detroit a model city!


2 posted on 09/27/2013 12:50:21 AM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: barmag25

....too bad they can’t put little wheels on the odungophones


3 posted on 09/27/2013 12:54:20 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: barmag25

One note here before everyone jumps on the topic. Detroit has 142 sq miles (Buffalo, NY for example has 52, Orlando has 110, Cleveland has 82). The plain truth is that city planners never had a grasp of the size or complex cost situation with a city this size. Tearing down houses and neighborhoods....might not be a bad idea. Course, no one is going to volunteer to shrink the city neighborhoods...that’s the negative of this story.

And I will admit....a $100 million tossed at tearing down houses in Detroit will simply be misused, with barely a hundred houses torn down for that amount of money.


4 posted on 09/27/2013 12:54:22 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: barmag25
Obamatollah should pretend the abandoned buildings are the Benghazi consulate and burn them down.


5 posted on 09/27/2013 1:24:56 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: DakotaGator
I presume the federal monies for these schemes will be paid out of some slush fund controlled by the administration and not controlled by Congress. It must be that Congress at some time, perhaps the porkulous bailout, vested the administration with monies to be paid out at its discretion. Perhaps this comes from another source.

At some point this has simply got to stop. At some point either the Congress itself must retrieve the reins of governance or the Supreme Court must hold that all of these delegations of authority and spending to the executive branch constitute unconstitutional abdication of the article 1 vesting of legislative power in the Congress. At some point Congress must simply stop passing over arching legislation like Obamacare which says in effect, Mrs. Secretary of Health Education and Welfare, go write 26,000 pages of regulations to reform the American healthcare delivery system as you think best. By the way, if you have to decide whether a child lives or dies because she receives or does not receive a vital organ, go ahead.

There has to come a time when the delegation is so broad that it becomes an abdication of the constitutional duty for legislation to repose only in Congress.


6 posted on 09/27/2013 1:54:49 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: nathanbedford
I presume the federal monies for these schemes will be paid out of some slush fund...

Don't be surprised if the cost to do this is $67 million. Not a mil more, not a mil less.

7 posted on 09/27/2013 2:05:37 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: barmag25
We all watched in wonder these past few years as congress sat back and accepted Obama’s usurpations. All legislative powers are fast swirling into the executive. Throw in a frightened and compliant scotus, and there can be little doubt that Madison's classic depiction of tyranny is at hand.

I don't know what the Black Swan event will be, where Obama and his rats finally outrage the average American to action, but when it comes, what action will citizens take?

Congress will do nothing. Obama runs the senate.

There is little time to save ourselves, and our salvation will not be found in Washington, DC.

8 posted on 09/27/2013 2:46:33 AM PDT by Jacquerie (An Article V amendment convention of the states is our only hope.)
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To: barmag25

Why do they need more firemen if there will far fewer building?


9 posted on 09/27/2013 2:47:54 AM PDT by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: pepsionice
And I will admit....a $100 million tossed at tearing down houses in Detroit will simply be misused, with barely a hundred houses torn down for that amount of money.

No, let us see if this is farmed out to a private firm.

I think it is one of the kids of the Pultee ( spelled correct ) home-building firm wants to get involved in this arena with a very thought out effort and methodology of disassembling the homes. I haven't had an update on their offer.....

10 posted on 09/27/2013 2:50:43 AM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: nathanbedford
I presume the federal monies for these schemes will be paid out of some slush fund controlled by the administration and not controlled by Congress.

With the emergency manager shinning antiseptic sunlight on all of Detwaa's infections, one might hope since he is completely in-charge for about a year left in his 18 month term, that he farms it out to not political hacks and lackeys, but real contract firms. Gov. Snyder is up for re-election next year, and as he moves to the squishy middle, he wants Detroit's progress as a feather in his cap. Look for him to try to engineer a success on this, in his typical Nerdy fashion.

11 posted on 09/27/2013 2:55:31 AM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: barmag25; All; cripplecreek
Other Detroit News......

The Mayor wants to go Defined Contribution ( 401k ) and Freeze the General Pension, as well as more info on the mismanagement of the Pension(s).

It maybe too little to late for many nay-Sayers here, but a forensic type investigation into how it was run was done as it needed to be to form a baseline out of the dysfunctionality.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130926/METRO01/309260130/Audit-Detroit-pension-funds-lost-73M-real-estate-deals?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130926/METRO01/309260108/Orr-proposes-freeze-Detroit-pension-funds

12 posted on 09/27/2013 3:03:41 AM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: C210N

And don’t be surprised if this is just the beginning of a series of Federal taxpayer bailouts of Detroit. They’ll just do it piecemeal until we accept it.


13 posted on 09/27/2013 3:06:47 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: barmag25

More of President O’Bozo’s wealth redistribution from the MAKERS to the TAKERS


14 posted on 09/27/2013 3:08:57 AM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don't need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: barmag25
Halloween"s DEVIL'S NIGHT" in Detroit where they set houses on fire for fun, and NO ONE GETS ARRESTED!!

MONEY DOWN A RAT HOLE....LITERALLY!

15 posted on 09/27/2013 3:24:42 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: barmag25

A bailout by any other name.


16 posted on 09/27/2013 3:25:19 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: taildragger
The Mayor wants to go Defined Contribution ( 401k ) and Freeze the General Pension, as well as more info on the mismanagement of the Pension(s).

Seems to be some confusion the article mentioned as they mention a 401k and the little known 401a.

The mentioning of the 401a is significant.

In Detroit's neighboring Oakland County, the Republican County Executive, L Brooks Patterson converted the County Workers to a 401a and Medical Savings Accounts in the Mid 90's.

They have a AAA Bond Rating, because of those changes.

One may ask, is Detroit's Emergency Manager Kevin Orr wise to mimic the success of his County Neighbor? perhaps :-)

17 posted on 09/27/2013 3:33:54 AM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: barmag25

Translation: Liberal cities that spend too much will use conservatives money to pay the bills.


18 posted on 09/27/2013 3:36:39 AM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: barmag25

Fulfilling Obama’s vision for America: 100 trillion in debt, and nothing left standing.


19 posted on 09/27/2013 3:37:28 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Ann Archy

“Halloween”s DEVIL’S NIGHT” in Detroit where they set houses on fire for fun, and NO ONE GETS ARRESTED!!”

You beat me to it. Just announce on the radio or TV that Devil’s Night will now run for one month. It could be fun for the whole family and pretty darn instructional too.Every kid born inside of Telegraph and Eight Mile knows how to build a fire cheap.


20 posted on 09/27/2013 3:40:52 AM PDT by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: barmag25

Now the rats can build thier section 8 utopia like communist china, food stamps, free phones, welfare, social security, disability, unemployment, free transportation and now free housing. Dont it just make you warm all over


21 posted on 09/27/2013 3:43:57 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (What you get when you refuse to vet)
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To: pepsionice

Halloween coming up. Don’t they always have a rash of ‘urban renewal’ then?


22 posted on 09/27/2013 3:58:23 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: taildragger

Considering where the rest of the country is headed I can’t think of a better test bed for conservative ideas on how to correct the problem.


23 posted on 09/27/2013 4:06:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: raybbr

Silly. You’re not supposed to ask logical questions.


24 posted on 09/27/2013 4:15:27 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ronnie raygun

Unemployment? That would assume they actually work.


25 posted on 09/27/2013 4:16:14 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: barmag25

“Urban Governing” at Its Finest.


26 posted on 09/27/2013 4:34:49 AM PDT by 4buttons
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To: DakotaGator

70 years of LIBERAL economic disinvestment and social destruction will now be addressed by bulldozers and food stamps. This is the RAT the model for every city and municipality in the US. Where is the Republican outrage? We need a new party.


27 posted on 09/27/2013 4:55:27 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: pepsionice

The story is pretty manipulated anyway.

The fact is that this was reported several weeks ago as $58 million given to Detroit along with a couple hundred million given to dozens of other cities around the country for the same types of things.

The private money was being given anyway and had nothing to do with the government despite anything the administration claims. The simple fact is that the private sector is doing the heavy lifting with the administration grabbing credit.

I’m a little surprised Obama hasn’t claimed credit for the new bridge which Canada is paying for.


28 posted on 09/27/2013 5:25:58 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: taildragger

Senate Bill 227: Facilitate continued Detroit “neighborhood enterprise zone” tax breaks
Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate on September 25, 2013, to amend a law which currently authorizes certain “neighborhood enterprise zone” property tax breaks to a particular developer’s project in a city with a population greater than 750,000 (Detroit), by lowering this population threshold to 600,000.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672679


29 posted on 09/27/2013 5:31:15 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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