Thursday, December 6, 2012

I Wish I Could Say This Surprised Me...

Detroit councilwoman to Obama: We voted for you, now bail us out
A Detroit city council member is asking President Obama to bail out the financially troubled city in return for residents’ overwhelmingly supporting his successful re-election bid.

“There ought to be a quid pro quo," said Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, according to My Fox Detroit.

Nearly 75 percent of voters in Wayne County, which includes Detroit, voted for Obama on Nov. 6.
Yep. Deliver votes. Get paid. That's the new status quo, apparently. Not like Detroit didn't get a whopping bail out when GM and Chrysler were given some sweet FedGov life $upport or anything...Listen to the video. She starts out talking about how Jimmy Carter got elected and the Detroit rep "came home with some bacon" to thunderous applause.

Here's the thing, though. If, as this councilwoman says, that rep did come home with Federal money designed to help Detroit, what happened? Why is a festering sink hole today where cops abandon entire neighborhoods, where people are warned gas up in the suburbs not in the city proper, where the dystopian vision shown in RoboCop turns out to be the optimistic version.

What evidence is there that any Fed $$$ won't get pissed away on hats like the last several rounds?

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

5 comments:

Erin Palette said...

"Pissed away on hates"? Jay, did you just reference Hot Shots?

Brad_in_MA said...

Chuck out former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to get some insight on what happened since the Carter days.

Old NFO said...

Last time "I" looked, there is NO requirement for a federal bailout of a city that's on the state and local officials... Meh... BUT, I'm betting there WILL be a bailout hidden from public view/comment...

Daniel in Brookline said...

A quid pro quo for 75%? What about the precincts where 104% voted for Obama, what do they get?

(What they get, of course, is thrown under the bus. Well done, suckers.)

BTW, my Android phone didn't reformist the word "Obama" just now, and auto-corrected it to "Imams". Does it know something I don't know?

Anonymous said...

Just like the good old days of Tammany Hall and the Pendergast Machine (KC-MO). Does history repeat or does it rhyme?

LittleRed1