What’s wrong with America: everyone wants someone else to support them!
By FOX 2 News Staff
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.
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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.
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If you were to look at a map of the 2012 election results, something jumps out at you:
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.
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.