Detroit’s liberal legacy is coming to fruition. The governor of Michigan had to install an emergency manager to oversee its affairs; practically giving him dictatorial powers. The other alternative is bankruptcy. Corruption, generous contracts to labor unions, a faltering auto industry, and a fleeing population are just some of the factors that lead to the dissolution of a once proud and prosperous city.Detroit has become so dysfunctional, basic services have been neglected. Police don’t answer calls. Broken street lights aren’t being replaced. And of course, the citizens want something done about it; yet, protest this “power grab” by the governor. Here are some of the powers granted to Kevyn Orr, the appointed emergency manager:
Under a revised state law governing emergency managers that will go into effect on March 28, the same week that Mr. Orr is to begin his job, he will be granted sweeping powers to remake the city’s financial plan, change labor contracts and sell city assets. He will make $275,000 a year, nearly all of it paid by the state, and may choose to hire staff to be paid for by the city. Many of his decisions will trump those of elected officials, although some leaders — most notably Mr. Bing — have indicated a willingness to collaborate with Mr. Orr.
I just hope the irresponsible behavior by Democrats at the national level doesn’t translate into a Detroit legacy.