Den of the Cyphered Wolf

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bankruptcy Sucks

Alright, you know what? I need to get this out of my system.

The current situation with Detroit sucks. Okay Captain Obvious do go on. Detroit is right now ground zero for just about every kind of political, social, and economic type of dysfunction you can have short of going to a war zone. But you know what, it's not a war zone, it's part of the good old U. S. of A.

Okay let me back up. I love South Park, but I hate this joke.

My point is that everybody kind of sort of knew Detroit had problems but nobody cared enough to try to fix them. Why because everybody was just glad that the problems of Detroit weren't in their backyard.

My understanding and I could be wrong here is even if the city goes through bankruptcy the most that will probably do is reduce or eliminate it's debts. But to truly reform the city and improve civil services would require capital that even then probably won't be around, especially if the federal and state government don't decide to get off their asses. Not to mention the likelihood of retirement promises being broken.

And all of that pisses me off mainly for three reasons.

1. While the residents do share some of the blame for the decade long slow decline of the city a lot of it was caused by either A. crocked politicians. i.e. Kwame Killpatrick, and Monica Conyers or B. exterior aggregate trends and forces that they had no control over, i.e. white flight, urban sprawl, the economy, and declining property values. So it seems sort of like a dick move for everybody to be saying, "Oh Detroit you made your bed now lie in it."

And for the rest of the country, but especially the Michigan suburbs, who I might add actually use utility and court services based in Detroit, that kind of pisses me off.

2. Look if you want me to go into more detail about this I already did, but Detroit is a mostly Black city.  Especially when you consider that a lot of the aforementioned problems can be charted back to the 1967 riot, letting the city go to pot has racial implications.

3. Look if you don't like giving foreign aid, fine. I disagree with you but fine. But you know what Detroit is a part of the country, and as a country we should have standards, bare minimums of what a citizen should expect of the state and we haven't been meeting them. I mean that's why we are a country in the first place right.

You know that scene in Dark Knight Rises where Robin and Gordon are watching a White House press conference and realize the city is on its own...yeah. That's the kind of day I'm having.

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