Had Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder not stepped in and let it borrow $137 million on the state’s credit card, Detroit would have defaulted on its debt obligations as well as payment to employees and vendors months ago.Oh, please. This is total nonsense and no one with even a spark of rationality would think that Governor Snyder is some kind of closet Klansman seeking to subjugate the blacks of Detroit. Mayor Bing and his cronies, of course, got away with it and Governor Snyder backed off.
But in exchange, Snyder wanted the authority to clean up the city’s books so that it wouldn’t be back rattling its tin cup again next year. His original proposal would have left Detroit Mayor Dave Bing ...and the city council, a corrupt and dysfunctional entity, in charge of the city’s daily operations. But it would have handed the city’s finances to a board with powers to sell city assets, outsource services, lay off employees and void union contracts...
This was much too threatening for city leaders, who joined hands with unions and professional race-baiters like Jesse Jackson and accused Snyder of orchestrating a white conspiracy to send Detroit’s predominantly black population “back to the plantation.”
Why? When does this end?
My suggestion: This will end when someone like Governor Snyder responds to the racial grievance crowd like you would to a tantrum-throwing four-year-old. Something along the lines of, "OK, work it out of your system. March and chant and picket all you want, but you're still going to be subject to a governance board. If you want to spend our money, young man, you'll live under our rules." I'd have my staff put on an air of exasperation and make sure they practiced rolling their eyes and shaking their heads for the cameras. I'd treat this like the transparent, childish nonsense that it is. I wouldn't give them a syllable of sympathy and under no circumstances would I ever treat their accusations with anything even resembling seriousness.
Note: I'm sure Michigander Tim can correct my errors here. Is it really as simple as this?