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Michigan Governor Declares Fiscal Emergency In Detroit

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AFRICANGLOBE – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared that Detroit is in a state of financial emergency, allowing the state to take control of the struggling city. City officials have a 10-day window to counter the state’s takeover , but Snyder confirmed that he was already considering a candidate for  emergency manager  to lead Detroit.

 

Though he would not name his choice for the position, he said the individual has “vast experience working on relationships, they have strong financial knowledge, strong legal knowledge and that ability to say, ‘How do we build teams and work together?’”

Current Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is not in favor of Snyder’s decision, but hasn’t announced a formal plan to counter the state’s declaration. Likewise, the Detroit City Council questioned the governor’s decision, as well as the timing.

 

“There are a couple of new revenue initiatives that are being discussed with state and city. The important thing for me is that plan not working … it’s a state plan, it’s not a city plan,”  Councilman Saunteel Jenkins told Detroit’s WXYZ news. “The cash flow statements that were produced were produced by a firm the state sent here to help us understand. Why if the plan you forced us to adopt is not working now … What are you going to do differently?”

 

Detroit has suffered turmoil since the crash of the American automotive industry. It dropped population from the country’s fifth largest city to the 18th.


The city has taken several loans from the state to maintain operations, struggling to pay city employees and keep the street lights on last year. Detroit currently faces over $14 billion in long-term debt.

 

“Citizens are not getting the services they deserve and need,” Snyder said at a public forum Friday. “Public safety, lighting, transportation — all those areas need help and it’s time to call all hands on deck and say let’s all work together.”

 

The governor also promised that no “big bailout” was coming for the city, meaning that Detroit’s budget issues will need to be solved quickly. The state law allowing Michigan to take control of the city will go into effect March 28.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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I have no idea why the voters in the United States (not only state of Michigan nor the city of Detroit,) have allowed this 'circus' to continue for as long as it has. First of all, only after 'redistricting' in the state of Michigan, had Rick Snyder won the govenorship at all, thereby, calling into question his legitimacy.

 

Strike one.

 

Like it or not, Detroit is a city in-- and a part of the United States of America and therefore, where are the voters in what is supposed to be the 'greatest democracy' in history, beholden to the will of a single dictator? Where is the National outrage? To usurp the the will of the people by suspending the 'vote' of the people, is in and of itself (in reality...) treasonous (right?)

 

Strike two.

 

Though the state of Michigan and it's policies may seem obscure and far removed from mainstream American political practices, the actions of one govenor in one state (as can be true in any state,) have consequences that finally reverberate throughout the American political system. Where is the National outrage?

 

Strike three.

 

Which is why I look and will continue to look 'suspectly', at the U.S. political system.

 

Strike four you're out.

 

Ultimately,  if after all the monies having been spent in all the 'get out to vote' campaigns can be 'freely' ignored by the suspending of the one-man-one-vote effort by any politician that sees fit to dismiss democracy itself at a whim...then what is in place, is not democracy.

 

Strike five.

 

(As does American politics makes about as much sense as five strikes in baseball.)

 

smh

Yet, no one seems to ever see this information paraded all over the news nearly everyday of the Obama presidency:



Federal bankruptcy judge a second time tells Jefferson County sewer customer group to re-file lawsuit

 

 

 

Kent Faulk | <a href=kfaulk@al.com" class="Avatar" height="40" src="http://media.al.com/avatars/3928.png" width="40" />By Kent Faulk | kfaulk@al.com 
on February 20, 2013 at 2:55 PM, updated February 20, 2013 at 3:03 PM
 
220sewer.jpgChief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge gives sewer customer group another chance at lawsuit on Feb. 20, 2013 
 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A bankruptcy judge this morning told an attorney for Jefferson County sewer customers, who are seeking to cut the county's$3.2 billion sewer debt in half because of fraudulent financing deals, to rework their lawsuit to clearly state their legal claims or he would likely dismiss it.

 

It's the second time Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Thomas Bennett has asked that the lawsuit be re-worked.

 

Bennett told Calvin Grigsby, attorney for the sewer customers, that the lawsuit needed, among other things, to specifically state the claims they are making against the sewer creditors and county in the lawsuit. He gave them six weeks to re-file the suit.

"It's unclear whether you are asserting a claim against Jefferson County," Bennett said.

Grigsby said that they were not asserting a claim of relief against the county. But he said they were seeking relief based on the corrupt actions, of previous county commissioners with companies seeking to refinance the sewer debt, that led to an increase in the amount of money owed for the sewer system.

Bennett said he was trying to get Grigsby to "refocus" the lawsuit. He said he would give them one more chance to get it in a workable form or face a dismissal. "If it's not (in workable form), you can assume it's not going to stick around here," he said.

Grigsby, after the hearing, said he would re-file a much simpler case. 

Bennett, however, did grant requests by the Haskell Slaughter law firm and Bank of America to be dismiss from the current lawsuit. 

Bennett in August had given plaintiffs in the lawsuit a deadline to re-file the complaint to clearly identify issues. The second amended lawsuit was filed in September.

The lawsuit was originally filed in June by a group of 14 local officials and residents seeking to cut the sewer debt and possible rate hikes that would be needed to repay it. The county has about $3.14 billion in sewer debt now.

In their re-filed complaint the plaintiffs asked that the county be put into the position of where it owes what it would have been required if the refinancing had not happened. That, Grigsby said, would amount to about $1.6 billion today.

Bank of New York Mellon, which serves as the legal representative for unpaid sewer bond holders and one of the defendants in the ratepayer case, said in a court filing last July that the group has no legally protected interest in the sewer bonds, and is therefore barred from intervening. The bond contracts at issue, the suit says, are between Jefferson County and the creditors, the bank argued

Jefferson County in 2011 filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, citing $4.23 billion of debt, $3.14 billion of it stemming from bonds sold for sewer repair and construction that began in 1997. About two dozen elected officials and contractors have been convicted of crimes related to the sewer construction and borrowing.

 

OR:


List of Bankruptcy Filings Since January 2010

All Municipal Bankruptcy Filings: 31

City and Locality Bankruptcy Filings (7):

-- City of San Bernardino, Calif.
-- Town of Mammoth Lakes, Calf. (Dismissed)
-- City of Stockton, Calif.
-- Jefferson County, Ala.
-- City of Harrisburg, Pa. (Dismissed)
-- City of Central Falls, R.I.
-- Boise County, Idaho (Dismissed)


Municipal Bankruptcies Map
The map below shows all municipalities filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection since 2010, along with local governments voting to approve a bankruptcy filing.  

Cities, towns and counties are shown in red. Utility authorities and other municipalities are displayed in gray. Click a marker to view details of each filing. Multiple municipalities have filed for bankruptcy in some cities, such as Omaha, Neb., so not all markers are visible without zooming in on the map.

Please note that several municipal bankruptcy filings have been rejected, as indicated.

 

http://www.governing.com/gov-d...es-and-defaults.html 

 

And that is only a few of many more American cities that are near bankruptcy and/or in far more debt than the city of Detroit.


 

Absolutely no part of this should be shocking or surprising.   I know for a fact that I've posted updates on this site detailing the coming (and past tense) bankruptcies of several cities, including The D.

 

However, this is what happens when denial hits a wall and sh*t gets real.....real fast!

 

Outrage will increase as the denial mechanism breaks down.   The problem for people who see this has a "political event" and thus reasoning that people should be more politically active is that the political system (and its actors) are not interested in solving the problems faced with it.  That's not wishful rhetoric on my part, that's the history of this type of situation-and anyone who's studied it know it, and knows the U.S isn't immune.

 

Less than 90 days after the "fiscal cliff" was marketed as a deal/disaster averted, there are stories everywhere about cuts to everyday services that will make the lives of the people worse........on top of them already  getting worse.

 

put it all together.

 

Who's taking over the school boards?

Who's taking over the cities (in the managerial aspect)?

What's happening to city services that haven't been privatized?

What are people being told they must accept in the way of getting through this situation?

 

I've said before and I'll say it again........Black people need to look this system in the face and......... let............it........go!

What is it that you propose that African Americans do?

 

I, believe that it is not the system, but the abuse of the system and the blatant disregard of our constitution, and 'will of the people' by our politicians.  It is not the system, but the undue influence that corporate America/Big Business, Lobbying groups and deep pockets have on our politicians, our legislatures and even our Supreme Court.  It is not the system, but, the carefully calculated and deliberate removal of the system of checks-and-balances that were in place to bar such abuse of the system in the first place.

 

But, with all of that it brings us to where we are economically and it is slowly-but-surely bringing the American people and the American workforce to its knees.  Since the American people are also comprised of African Americans, what exactly is it that we could do as a group to save ourselves from such a now corrupt system of government, especially in light of the fact that, particularly due to racism in America, we already [and always have] had our own problems maneuvering and stay above water even when the system was not so corrupted?

 

 

Originally Posted by roarin1:

 

Like it or not, Detroit is a city in-- and a part of the United States of America and therefore, where are the voters in what is supposed to be the 'greatest democracy' in history, beholden to the will of a single dictator? Where is the National outrage? To usurp the the will of the people by suspending the 'vote' of the people, is in and of itself (in reality...) treasonous (right?)

 

Strike two.

 

 

 

 

Where are the voters, indeed??  

 

I can tell you where they haven't been ..... at the polls ... exercising their right to vote and making intelligent decisions about WHO gets to govern their daily lives and who doesn't!!!  

 

In all the harpings over the past two presidential elections about "the historical turnout of African Americans" to the polls .... THE most important aspect of that sentence gets severely ignored .... and that is the one word: "historical." 

 

Yes ... twice ... Black people have turned out in droves to elect "the first Black president" ... to proudly exert both their "Blackness" and their "American right" to cast their votes for who THEY wanted to be elected into ONE specific job.

 

But ... what about ALL the presidential elections before that??  What about the every two years state, local and Congressional/Representative elections???  Where the hell are the Black people when it comes to WHO their mayor is?  WHO their city council members are??  WHO is sitting on the school boards dictating their children's (dismal) education??

 

You wanna know WHY something like a "Rick Snyder" is the sitting Governor of Michigan right now??  Because when the elections for city commissioners (who draw district lines) ... and the Governor (who sets the rules and the power for the state) took place - two years after they showed up in "historical numbers" to elect "a Black man as president"  ... Black people were nowhere to be found!!  

 

Yet they magically showed up again ... waiting in lines for hours ... bucking all attempts to "hold then back"  and "deny them their rights" .... show the White people "who was the boss of them ...." and AGAIN vote (primarily only) "for the Black man" ... but didn't give a HOOT who ELSE was going to be running their show ... i.e., the daily activities and laws and rules that govern their lives everyday.

 

You're dang right there needs to be NATIONAL OUTRAGE over the way some (too many) of these Republican Governors are turning these primarily-Black cities into discriminating dictatorships and retracting ALL of our civil rights and privileges, one-by-one!!  

 

And that OUTRAGE needs to manifest itself in BIG WAYS at the next mid-term/state, local, Congressional elections when .... after paying attention to WHO is saying WHAT about the way to govern our lives ... we make the BEST decisions on the BEST people to see our vision forward.

 

But ... staying home under the false belief that those elections "don't affect us"  and we don't need to show up .... gets us (Detroit) and (Michigan) and (every other primarily Black city in the nation) .... exactly what we've got right now!!  

 

And that ain't nobody else's fault but our own.  

Originally Posted by sunnubian:

 

I, believe that it is not the system, but the abuse of the system and the blatant disregard of our constitution, and 'will of the people' want by our politicians.  It is not the system, but the undue influence that corporate America/Big Business, Lobbying groups and deep pockets have on our politicians, our legislatures and even our Supreme Court.  It is not the system, but, the carefully calculated and deliberate removal of the system of checks-and-balances that were in place to bar such abuse of the system in the first place.

 

 

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THANK YOU!!!    And AMEN to THAT!!!  

What is it that you propose that African Americans do?

 

Let it go.  Im dead serious.  Once you let it go, you'll begin to entertain ways of designing a new system that doesn't function this way.

 

It is not the system, but, the carefully calculated and deliberate removal of the system of checks-and-balances that were in place to bar such abuse of the system in the first place.

 

Here's the problem with the above, that's a characteristic of the system and NOT a separate reality from it.  I seriously don't want to sound condescending or the like, but I don't think people mention the above....they (no matter how well intentioned) quite understand or value what's meant by "its the system".  The CEO's and Boards of Directors are in positions where finding and developing methods for circumventing "checks and balances" is the right and logical thing to do.   The decisions to exercise such large influence doesn't come from an external force, its the internal logic that produces it which is why you get the same sets of options from those who go into business OR government.  Government now functions as a proxy for capitalism because that's in the best interest OF Capitalism. 

What good for the people/community  are not considerations, however the logic of the situation says "if its good for increasing profits (or productivity out of which profit/surplus is extracted), then do it"

 

Arguing that capitalism can be checked and controlled is like arguing that white supremacy can be checked and controlled.  The very idea ignores the fact that it (in both cases) has no interest in being either checked or controlled.

 

Thus you see similar patters of things appearing to be okay (however you define it) and then BOOM ......it all hits the fan. 

 

The solution (in both cases) is to let go of the institutions that not at all rooted in justice and equity in dealings and develop new ones that are modeled after such. 

 

.....keep in mind the current economic mess isn't by far the only problem with the existing system.  There are environmental/ecological disasters to having an economy based on >3% compound rates of growth forever.  Its not possible, but if you consider the above, you'll see why they don't care that its impossible long term.  Do it short term and let the next man deal with the mess.

 

We cannot (and have no reason to) expect justice and equity from a system that is sociopathic.

 

 

We cannot (and have no reason to) expect justice and equity from a system that is sociopathic.

 

My sentiments exactly.

 

Sis Sunnubian And Sis Rose I hear you both loud and clear, however if this system were not inherently flawed,  it would not provide 'apparatus' or occasion for tampering, rigging or gerrymandering what-so-ever, but it would provide stopgates in such activities and swiftly implement them.   

 

The very idea ignores the fact that it (in both cases) has no interest in being either checked or controlled.

 

This exact same can be said of this political system. (and) I could not agree more. However, maybe it is cases like the above (and those others sited by Sis Sunnubian) that will finally prompt the voters this system of government (and mean all the voters, because America needs more than just it's Black folk to participate in justice, but all it citizens...)  to make the necessary change. 

 

Stranger things have happened.

Originally Posted by sunnubian:

What is it that you propose that African Americans do?

 

I, believe that it is not the system, but the abuse of the system and the blatant disregard of our constitution, and 'will of the people' want by our politicians.  It is not the system, but the undue influence that corporate America/Big Business, Lobbying groups and deep pockets have on our politicians, our legislatures and even our Supreme Court.  It is not the system, but, the carefully calculated and deliberate removal of the system of checks-and-balances that were in place to bar such abuse of the system in the first place.

 

But, with all of that it brings us to where we are economically and it is slowly-but-surely bringing the American people and the American workforce to its knees.  Since the American people are also comprised of African Americans, what exactly is it that we could do as a group to save ourselves from such a now corrupt system of government, especially in light of the fact that, particularly due to racism in America, we already [and always have] had our own problems maneuvering and stay above water even when they system was not so corrupted?

 

 

What do you mean by THE SYSTEM?

 

The technology of the 20th century changed the workings of the economy.  Westinghouse gave us electric power based on Tesla's ideas.  Ford introduced the moving assembly line.  That changed the productive capacity.  Poverty could have been eliminated.

 

Instead we got planned obsolescence and the deliberate manufacture of useless variations in crap.

 

Try getting an economist to talk about what Americans have lost on the depreciation of automobiles since World War II.  Economists do not really talk about how THE SYSTEM works.

 

Suppose MLK and MX had said double entry accounting should be mandatory for Black kids in the early 60s.  What would have happened since then?

 

The economics profession set the planet up to crash, partly because they are technological morons who regard money as more important than resources and technology.  So waste has created cash flow and bad things happen when the cash flow slows down much less stops.

 

Xum

Originally Posted by Muhammad Cipher:

 

Arguing that capitalism can be checked and controlled is like arguing that white supremacy can be checked and controlled.  The very idea ignores the fact that it (in both cases) has no interest in being either checked or controlled.

 

 

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What I don't understand is WHY you INSIST on giving ALL the power to those (capitalistic) entities??  

 

Not that I don't understand that, yes, at this point they DO have it!!  (Which is a point that you seem to think YOU are the ONLY person understands ... but, believe me, you're not! ) .

 

However ... the fact is .... that the REASON why capitalists/corporations HAVE that power is because NOBODY (i.e., "we the people") DO NOT (and let me make that point abundantly clear ... we DO NOT - NOT CANNOT - but DO NOT!!!!) do what's in our best interest to usurp that power!!!  

 

What you're suggesting is that "the system" can't/won't/doesn't change because "the system" is TOTALLY and COMPLETELY in charge ... holds ALL the power ... and, of course, isn't about to change because of the internal benefits that that power bestows upon them!!  

 

But the government is only a "proxy for capitalism" because WE elect the government!!  I mean ... for some reason, you seem to just simply REFUSE to understand that it is the ELECTORATE that establishes this government.  And, granted, while the American public DOES do a piss-poor job of self-regulating itself ... in ANY election, that can ALL CHANGE!!  

 

Now ... of course, you don't think it WILL.  But that doesn't mean it WON'T!!  Nobody thought anyone with the name of Barack Hussein Obama could EVER be elected POTUS in the year 2008.  Ahhh ... but he DID, didn't he???  

 

Yes, I wholeheartedly agree with you that, right now, today, we and "our system" ARE totally screwed up!!  But I don't agree that there's NO power to fix or regulate that system .... simply because those in charge of it have some ALL-ENCOMPASSING power that negates any possible 'rule of law' from adequately containing it.

 

The POWER of the corporations and the government comes from the PEOPLE.  It's NOT the other way around.  And the BIGGEST PROBLEM is more so that THE PEOPLE don't exercise their power correctly ... than it is that the government/corporations have the ability to exercise their power in a way that negates us from using ours!!

 

This 'thing' you have about "it's ONLY about what the corporations want, and how they want it, and how they feel, and what they think and what they do that MATTERS ... AT ALL" .... about how this country and the government and the capitalist system works is very confusing to me.  And I don't get why you are so convinced that that's true??    When it's not.

 

What the PEOPLE want and feel and think and do is the TRUE CONTROL when it comes to governing in America!!  And ... while I would COMPLETELY and wholeheartedly entertain any argument that stated that "the people" are screwing themselves with their lack of understanding and effort and participation in THEIR OWN self-benefit and self-preservation against corporate greed and economic dominance  .... 

 

... but to suggest that WE have no POWER over people that ONLY HAVE that power because WE GIVE it to them .... (considering that that means that we ALSO have the power NOT to give it to them if we so choose!)  ... baffles me.  

 

Why do you refuse to grasp the understanding that a PENDULUM swings BOTH ways ...and ONLY want to give the power of it's motion to ONE SIDE over the other??    I mean ... there's no balance to that.  So why do you choose to be stuck on only ONE side?? 

Originally Posted by Muhammad Cipher:

 

Less than 90 days after the "fiscal cliff" was marketed as a deal/disaster averted, there are stories everywhere about cuts to everyday services that will make the lives of the people worse........on top of them already  getting worse.

 

 

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The "fiscal cliff" being advertised as a "disaster" of any measure was a total and complete bamboozlement .... fueled by an ignorant and overly-sensationalistic MEDIA whose inability to recognize TRUTH .... caused unnecessary and unrealistic panic and public fear ... about something that was NEVER going to happen in the first place ... and was NEVER going to be as disastrous as reports would have it seem.  

The REAL and most PROMINENT problem was ALWAYS this situation with this "sequestor" ... precisely because of it's very REAL economic affects on very REAL people with very REAL problems!!

 

But, unfortunately .. and as always .... we allowed the MEDIA to dictate to us what and when we should be SCARED of!!  Instead of paying attention and understanding the situation for ourselves.

 

And again, unfortunately, but as always ... they were WRONG.  And STUPID.  As usual!!  

This 'thing' you have about "it's ONLY about what the corporations want, and how they want it, and how they feel, and what they think and what they do that MATTERS ... AT ALL" .... about how this country and the government and the capitalist system works is very confusing to me.  And I don't get why you are so convinced that that's true??    When it's not.

That's not out of my desire for it to be that way.  That's the history according to their own pen.

 

Court decisions (from local to the supreme court) rule in favor of who and why?

 

Laws are written from the perspective of (who) and for what reason?

 

All of this before you touch the cultural celebration of the very wealthy, who's wealth is a direct result of the oppression we're fighting against.

 

Elected officials are being set aside (with little concern over the legality of it) for the benefit of who and for what?

 

Even when the people exercise their voice (voting power), the net result is something the people don't want and something that favors the corporation.

 

 

You're absolutely correct.  The people do have power.  But notice how that power is defined and acceptable as long as you DO NOT question the existing system (any of them)? 
You want people to be more involved in the community on a civil service level?  Model their economic lives to mirror it.   What concerns me is that as a community that has been under the gun and oppression of Capitalism, we've bought into its siren song (aka pipe dream) of striking it rich.   Meanwhile other communities are seriously challenging and making those adjustments for the better of their households, communities etc. 


This  is worldwide.

 

Back in the day people used to call it 'being the white man's lawyer'.   Now we can add to that being a lawyer for Capitalism.

 

 

 

 

Last edited by Muhammad Cipher
Originally Posted by Muhammad Cipher:

You're absolutely correct.  The people do have power. But notice how that power is defined and acceptable as long as you DO NOT question the existing system (any of them)? 

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But that's the thing, M.C.  

 

It's NOT that we are not ALLOWED to question the existing system.  It's NOT that we are somehow barred or restricted or somebody is standing shotgun, forcing us NOT to question that system.  Or ANYTHING that "they" do or say or want or have.

 

People don't question it .... simply because they DON'T do it!!    Most (or at least very many) ... don't even KNOW what to question!!  Or HOW to question it.  The majority, I would say, DO know that there IS a problem .... i.e., they can SEE that capitalism is indeed unbalanced, unfair ... and even criminal (as the laws and rules are written today) on a lot of levels.

 

But you shouldn't confuse inactivity or indifference ... or even ignorance ...with a false sense of powerlessness against being able to do anything about what's WRONG with the situation as  whole.  They are NOT the same thing.

 

The inequality of the current system CAN be significantly and successfully dealt with and changed to something much more balanced ... if there was a social and political WILL (by the people) to do so.  And just because it ISN'T being changed ... doesn't mean that it CAN'T be.

 

You want people to be more involved in the community on a civil service level?  Model their economic lives to mirror it.   What concerns me is that as a community that has been under the gun and oppression of Capitalism, we've bought into its siren song (aka pipe dream) of striking it rich.   Meanwhile other communities are seriously challenging and making those adjustments for the better of their households, communities etc. 


Exactly.  But who's fault is that??  

 

 

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