City destroyed by Democrats: Barack, bail us out, ’cause we voted for you!

What’s wrong with America: everyone wants someone else to support them!

Detroit councilwoman to Obama: We voted for you, now bail us out

By FOX 2 News Staff

Fox 2 News Headlines

DETROIT (WJBK) — The city of Detroit faces a major financial crisis and one member of city council thinks President Barack Obama should step in and help.

City Council member JoAnn Watson said Tuesday the citizens support of Obama in last month’s election was enough reason for the president to bailout the struggling the city. (Click the video player to listen)

“Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that,” said Watson. “Of course, not just that, but why not?”

Nearly 75 percent of Wayne County voters pulled the lever for Obama in November.

More at the link.

Of course, the Democrats have run Detroit, like they’ve run most of our largest cities, for decades, and it’s now a waste case. At the end of November, Detroit had already exceeded 2011′s homicide rate, and this PuffHo slideshow has the Motor City as the second most dangerous in America, with 21.4 violent crimes per 1,000 population, just behind neighboring Flint, Michigan, at 23.4. A recent poll indicated that more than half of the city’s residents would leave immediately if they could:

Detroit’s high crime rate is spurring 40 percent of the city’s residents to plan to leave within the next five years, according to a Detroit News poll. And if they could, 50.9 percent said, they’d leave today.

Commissioned by the paper and funded by the Thompson Foundation, the poll surveyed 800 residents and found that 49.3 percent said crime was the biggest challenge they faced over education, unemployment and lack of public transportation. 41.4 percent of respondents thought the not having police officers on the street was the biggest factor in the level of crime. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percent.

The Detroit Police Department has made national headlines as it combats a growing murder rate, pay cuts and most recently, Police Chief Ralph Godbee’s resignation after a relationship with an officer was revealed, though the poll was taken before the sex scandal was made public. And there’s been high turnover in the department, with four police chiefs in less than four years.

More at the link.

If you were to look at a map of the 2012 election results, something jumps out at you:

2012 Presidential election results by county; click to enlarge.

President Obama won re-election by carrying our more densely populated urban areas. But it is precisely those areas which are destroying our culture and our society: murder rates are much higher in the cities, virtually all violent crime rates are much higher in the cities, the high-school dropout rate is higher in the cities, virtually everything that is wrong with the United States has its origins in the culture in our urban areas.

And now they need to be saved from themselves. Their overspending and overly-generous municipal pension systems have destroyed their finances, and their culture of violence and death have caused many people who could flee to flee, taking with themselves talent and education and productivity to the suburbs. Their union-controlled economic climate has led employers to close up or abandon facilities in the cities and take them elsewhere, elsewhere not infrequently meaning Mexico or Guatemala.

What do they have left? Many of our cities have become a strange conglomeration of upscale areas around center-city business districts, enclaves of well-to-do college professors and gentrifying neighborhoods surrounding university campuses, and masses of very poor, frequently jobless people preying on each other, and having little hope for the future. The part that is missing is the working middle class, the people who have been living the traditional model of the American family: married couples with children, trying to build a better life for themselves and their children, and doing so in the suburbs because the suburbs are just plain safer.

Our cities are in trouble because they have driven out the very people they need to survive.
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Also writing on this subject:

  • Sister Toldjah: Detroit City Councilwoman to Obama: You won our vote, now show us the money Sis noted that:

    Democrats touted over and over again how federal tax dollars going towards the auto industry supposedly helped “save” Detroit. Contrary to that, however, some reports suggest the city could go bankrupt by the end of the year. The reality of the matter is that Detroit was NOT “saved” by the feds – not by a long shot, which is, in part, why this city council member has her hand held out demanding “bacon” for the city in exchange for their overwhelming support for our celebrity President.

  • The Lonely Conservative: Detroit Council Woman Demands Bailout From Obama. Karen noted that Councilwoman Watson “was a socialist activist pushing for reparations before becoming part of the Detroit City Council, and has continued to push the communist agenda since taking office.”
  • Cassy Fiano of Victory Girls: Detroit City Councilwoman to Obama: We Voted for You, Now Bail Us Out!:

    Watson and her accolades on the city council who cheered on her gimme-gimme speech can’t seem to fathom that perhaps they did this to themselves. Perhaps they’re in the bind that they’re in because of decades of corruption and spending. And rather than attempt to fix the problems and turn the sinking ship around, they just want Obama to come in and throw money at them. Why should they be required to take responsibility for the cesspool they’ve turned Detroit into? They voted for Obama. They deserve free stuff.

13 Comments

  1. It’s what the resident of 1600 PA AVE. wanted, got it, and now can’t pay for it. The entitlement Society is alive and sucking off the teat of Feds. (Actually those who pay taxes)

  2. 40 percent of current Detroiters want to leave? What a coincidence. Between 2000 and 2010, as I have already pointed out in graphic detail (by providing graphs), Detroit lost 25 percent of its population. Between the 1950s and 2010, Detroit lost roughly 2/3 of its population. That’s what mindless devotion to Leftism does to a place.

  3. Found on Facebook:

    Your REAL TAX BURDEN!!!!!
    Thanks Becky Davies in San Diego for sharing this!

    “I just received my 2011 tax return back from the IRS.
    It puzzles me!!!

    They are questioning how many dependents I claimed.

    I guess it was because of my response to the question:
    “List all dependents?”

    I replied: 12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads;

    42 million unemployed people on food stamps, 2 million people in over 243 prisons;

    Half of Mexico; and 535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate.”

    Evidently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.”

    But TRUE!!!!!!

  4. I can see why it was returned; there are 538 senators, representatives and delegates in Congress, so she missed that one by three.

    And considering the Obama’s vacation expenses, there are a few more that went unclaimed. I don’t begrudge the President and his family their vacations, but when they take two planes to go on vacation, instead of just Air Force One, that becomes a ridiculous expense for the taxpayers to bear.

  5. but when they take two planes to go on vacation, instead of just Air Force One

    And think of all the Global Warming gasses spewed out by those big jets, really full sized airliners in Air Force markings. If Obama wanted to set an example on cutting emmisions, he could trade in the 747 for a Learjet. Only his gasbag sized ego probably wouldn’t fit in the smaller plane.

  6. Our cities are in trouble because they have driven out the very people they need to survive.

    I would argue that there is not basic physiological difference between the poor residents who are suffering in our inner cities on the one hand, and on the other hand, those who are more affluent in the rings surrounding the business centers and those living in the suburbs.

    By and large, the inner cities are populated by an underclass whose ancestors and them alike who have suffered centuries of blatant racism.

    Following the passage of laws defining civil rights and against ratial segregation, we have seen increasing numbers of minorities breaking free of their ghettos. It takes education and monetary assistance to accomplish this, as well as determination and hard work on the part of the recipients. So change is happening.

    You, Mr Editor, are a product of a segregated environment there in KY. It does not surprise me in the least that you seem to have embraced the attitudes of segregationists, as evidenced by what you write, showing no empathy whatsoever for what these minorities have had to endure for so many centuries, and how really hard it is for them to break out.

    Where is the empathy expressed here?

    President Obama won re-election by carrying our more densely populated urban areas. But it is precisely those areas which are destroying our culture and our society: murder rates are much higher in the cities, virtually all violent crime rates are much higher in the cities, the high-school dropout rate is higher in the cities, virtually everything that is wrong with the United States has its origins in the culture in our urban areas.

    Thus, Mr Editor, you choose to focus on the outcomes only, not the causes. Not one single word from you on even one cause. I say that centuries slavery and segregation are major causes. And we all should know that segregation is alive and well. Ask koolo what is going on in New Castle County where charter schools have become the latest vehicle for segregation, following up on the plethora of private schools we have had for years, following the desegregation legislation of the fifties and sixties. On the Delaware Liberal blog, Pandora has had a series of articles on this issue.

    And look at this:

    A recent poll indicated that more than half of the city’s residents would leave immediately if they could:

    Note: “… if they could: The point is, they are trapped, as most inner city residents have been, for a long, long time.

    The solution is obvious: Quality academic education and education in the trades, with extra assistance provided. This then will produce more escapees from the inner cities, such that over time we will be able to rebuild them, populated by people and families who have made the break into a middle class existence. Over the years, we who have nurtured slavery and segregation over all those years, still hesitate to now do the right thing for these poor people.

    If we had put as much effort into this as we have into waging wars which we should not have waged, we would have made a lot more progress on this issue. Hopefully some additional introspection will change your attitude for the better, for these trapped people, Mr Editor.

  7. You, Mr Editor, are a product of a segregated environment there in KY. It does not surprise me in the least that you seem to have embraced the attitudes of segregationists, as evidenced by what you write, showing no empathy whatsoever for what these minorities have had to endure for so many centuries

    Says the guy whose racist parents fled Philly because it was becoming “too dark,” and now lives in a lily-white southern Delaware hamlet.

    That’s rich.

  8. Ask koolo what is going on in New Castle County where charter schools have become the latest vehicle for segregation, following up on the plethora of private schools we have had for years, following the desegregation legislation of the fifties and sixties.

    Of course Perry, like way too many other clueless liberals, conveniently forget the difference between de jure segregation and de facto segregation. In the 50s and 60s we had the former; now, some of the latter. The latter, however, is no different from black students sitting together in the cafeteria, and white kids doing same. IOW, they choose to do so. No law is forcing them to.

    And the fact is, Democrats run our biggest cities, and Democrats are the ones responsible for the pathetic state of inner city education, cultural decay, and family disintegration. Black Americans journeyed to the cities when segregation was at it worst, too, so why is “breaking out” so supposedly difficult now? Again, it is your party, Perry.

    Not one single word from you on even one cause. I say that centuries slavery and segregation are major causes.

    Not agreeing with your causes doesn’t equate to “not a single word.” And although you say centuries of slavery and segregation are major causes, then why was the black family much more intact — and illegitimacy much lower — when segregation (de jure) and racism were magnitudes worse than they are now, hmm?

  9. WW wrote:

    Our cities are in trouble because they have driven out the very people they need to survive.

    I would argue that there is not basic physiological difference between the poor residents who are suffering in our inner cities on the one hand, and on the other hand, those who are more affluent in the rings surrounding the business centers and those living in the suburbs.

    It is amazing just how badly you have managed to miss the point. I made no statements at all about “physiological differences,” nor did I refer to anything even remotely on that subject. I referred to cultural differences; you have inferred something which was neither stated nor implied.

    By and large, the inner cities are populated by an underclass whose ancestors and them alike who have suffered centuries of blatant racism.

    Following the passage of laws defining civil rights and against ratial segregation, we have seen increasing numbers of minorities breaking free of their ghettos. It takes education and monetary assistance to accomplish this, as well as determination and hard work on the part of the recipients. So change is happening.

    I cited the article which stated that, according to polls, “40 percent of the city’s residents to plan to leave within the next five years, according to a Detroit News poll. And if they could, 50.9 percent said, they’d leave today.” Yet, according to the 2010 census, Detroit’s population was 82.7% black and only 10.6% white; unless the polling was done horribly badly, at least a significant minority of those who were planning to get out of town in five years, and those who said they’d leave right away if they could, have to be black themselves.

    You, Mr Editor, are a product of a segregated environment there in KY. It does not surprise me in the least that you seem to have embraced the attitudes of segregationists, as evidenced by what you write, showing no empathy whatsoever for what these minorities have had to endure for so many centuries, and how really hard it is for them to break out.

    In this paragraph, you have just demonstrated your ignorance of the situation. You knew that I grew up in a small town in Kentucky, so you assumed that I must be “a product of a segregated environment.” In fact, my family moved to Mt Sterling in March of 1962, when I was in the third grade. In August of 1964, the DuBois school, the segregated school for blacks, was burned to the ground. Integration was achieved in a lot of small towns in the South in just that manner: the black schools mysteriously burned down. That mean that, when I entered the sixth grade, I was part of an integrated school.

    What about before that? I lived in Antioch, California, from infancy through the second grade. My best friend was a boy across the street named Tino (that’s as much of his name as I remember), and he was Hispanic. I don’t know if there was any significant black population in Antioch at the time, but there were Hispanics in the public school I attended. I started the third grade in Portland, Maine, my mother’s home town; Portland was pretty much all white. The schools weren’t segregated, per se, but if there were any blacks in the public school I attended, I don’t remember them.

    In small towns in the South, in the 1960s, blacks usually did have their own neighborhood; my paper route (from 7th through 11th grades) took me into the black neighborhood, and it didn’t bother me in the slightest. But real segregation didn’t work the way you would think it might, simply because the towns were so small; there was more interaction simply because there had to be.

    When I was a senior, the new locker room for the football team had our lockers in the shape of a flat-bottomed U. Everybody just grabbed a locker — they weren’t actual lockers, but simply open stalls separated only for your gear — and the black guys did congregate together, with one exception. The black guys had their lockers across the flat bottom of the U, and going half way up the right upright. Mine, however, was in the corner, right in the middle of the black guys’ lockers. I wasn’t trying to be all gung-ho integrationist — I didn’t care in the slightest — but the white players messed with everybody else’s stuff, and the black players did not. With my locker right in the middle of the black guys’ lockers, no one messed with my equipment, either.

    It should be a lesson for you: don’t assume what you don’t know.

    As for how hard it is for minorities to “break out,” your phraseology says something about your attitudes; break out of what, exactly?

    Of course, the minority — actually, majority, by demographics — citizens of Detroit have all of the tools that they need to escape poverty: Detroit, like every other city in the United States, has a free public school system. The problem is that so many blacks, primarily the males, choose not to use it, choose to drop out of school. The schools don’t force them out, and actually try everything they can to keep the students from dropping out. It is the culture in Detroit, it is the culture in their neighborhoods, which tell them that studying hard to get ahead is “acting white,” that encourages them to drop out.

    I can’t even imagine what my mother would have said if I had dropped out of high school; it was something that I wouldn’t even have considered, it was so far out of our thinking. There was no culture in which I grew up which would have said that dropping out would have been acceptable. I still can’t imagine how any mother could even let her kids drop out of high school.

    President Obama won re-election by carrying our more densely populated urban areas. But it is precisely those areas which are destroying our culture and our society: murder rates are much higher in the cities, virtually all violent crime rates are much higher in the cities, the high-school dropout rate is higher in the cities, virtually everything that is wrong with the United States has its origins in the culture in our urban areas.

    Thus, Mr Editor, you choose to focus on the outcomes only, not the causes. Not one single word from you on even one cause. I say that centuries slavery and segregation are major causes. And we all should know that segregation is alive and well. Ask koolo what is going on in New Castle County where charter schools have become the latest vehicle for segregation, following up on the plethora of private schools we have had for years, following the desegregation legislation of the fifties and sixties. On the Delaware Liberal blog, Pandora has had a series of articles on this issue.

    I lived in Hockessin for two years, and I know about what passes for public schools there. I also know that the good citizens of New Castle County virtually destroyed the public school system due to a desegregation order. But the problem was one which faced a lot of larger cities: some federal judge decided that he would order forced busing of students across the county to achieve some racial balance; some whacko judge decided to make guinea pigs out of people’s children, and yes, that was certainly resisted. (You’re old enough to remember the same problems in South Boston, in Massachusetts, rather far up North, I’d say.) We didn’t have that problem in Mt Sterling, because we had one school. There probably were some white parents pretty upset that their kids had to go to school with black kids, but their children were still not bused, and they got over it. That’s a lot easier when people aren’t trying to turn your own kids into sociology projects.

    The solution is obvious: Quality academic education and education in the trades, with extra assistance provided. This then will produce more escapees from the inner cities, such that over time we will be able to rebuild them, populated by people and families who have made the break into a middle class existence. Over the years, we who have nurtured slavery and segregation over all those years, still hesitate to now do the right thing for these poor people.

    [Laughter!] Did you think about that when your wrote it? You have just said that the desirable thing for families becoming economically successful is to “(escape) from the inner cities.”

    As for “we who have nurtured slavery and segregation over all those years,” just who would that “we” be? I’m 59½ years old, and I have never nurtured slavery — which ended in the United States 88 years before I was born — or segregation, which was ending when I was still a child. You have to go to people a lot older than me, people who are elderly, people who are retired, and people who really don’t play much role in making our society anymore, to find anyone who “nurtured segregation,” and there are no Americans left alive who nurtured slavery.

    Perhaps you were thinking of your own parents, who moved you out of Philadelphia when you were a child, because, you have told us, they didn’t want to live in an integrated area. I don’t doubt your story, but you are what, 78 years old now? Your parents, if they are still alive, would have to be around 100 years old.

    What is the “right thing for these poor people?” The right thing is to treat them as adults, responsible for their own lives and own futures, and to treat them equally, showing neither favoritism nor disfavor.

  10. Seriously, Wagonwheel? So you’re implying that people who go to charter schools are “racist?” I might as well tell a friend of mine that that he’s “racist” since he sent his daughter to a charter school. Has it ever occurred to you that maybe the people who attend school there might’ve had trouble at public schools? My friend’s daughter was bullied and she need a change, and there was an opening at an area charter school, so he sent her there so she’d have a fresh start. I suppose that in your mind makes him “racist” because he wanted his daughter to learn in a safe environment.

    Blaming the vestiges of slavery and segregation on everything is a rather tired tactic and only serves to impede any progress that could be made. Like Koolo said, there are no laws preventing whites and blacks from sitting together. They simply choose not to. There’s no “racism” at work there.

  11. WAN, sure there’s racism there, it’s in the eye of the beholder. Preey is one of those hateful closet racists who go around accusing others of racism to conceal his own sick obsessions. He’s a totalitarian who pretends to worship at the alter of egalitarianism. His hypocrisies are legion and his record is unambiguous.

    But you know that, you’ve already got his number.

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