The group of men I call my ‘Manly Men Advisory Group’ are friends and neighbors here in The Villages, FL. We meet, periodically, after a round of golf on one of the 40+ golf courses available to us in The Villages, and discuss situations, local and national problems, and other newsworthy subjects. We then take a vote as to what is needed to correct those situations/problems/subjects. We can have as few as 6 at our gathering of the minds or as many as 20 and, not surprisingly, our votes are rarely unanimous on any subject.
One recently discussed situation and vote taken, was concerning the problem in Detroit, Michigan, and whether or not the Federal Government should step in and bail the city out as it did General Motors, Chrysler, AIG, etc.. There were 13 of us present for the vote to the question, “Should the government step in and rescue or bailout the City of Detroit?”
Members of the ‘Manly Men Advisory Group’ are retired men from all over the United States, seeking the warmth, friendship and lifestyle that is offered and enjoyed in The Villages. Several members of our group are from the city of Detroit, having served in the Detroit Police Department for many years before retiring. We know it is a pretty good bet our friends will be hurt, financially, by the proposed bankruptcy for the City, as a means of rescuing it from a total and complete demise. We do not want to see anyone get hurt in the situation, especially our friends. However, some of our group questioned whether United State’s citizens’ tax dollars should be used to dig a city out of a hole that it dug, and continues to dig, itself into oblivion with total fiscal irresponsibility and criminal activity.
For decades Detroit’s elected officials have dabbled in kickbacks, bribery, sex scandals, racist activities, and many other forms of malfeasance, which have contributed greatly to the staggering debt and unfunded liabilities the city faces. Former Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, served a short jail term for one count against him and is supposed to be sentenced September 3, 2013 for more serious charges of racketeering and related crimes. He now lives in Texas, apparently living on monies he stashed away like some third-world country’s ousted dictator. He claims he was wrongly accused and convicted. During his terms at the helm of the city he took no serious steps to clean up the rubble and devastation that everyone now identifies with the dying city.
Detroit’s Mayor from 1974-1994, Coleman Young was said to be the person who began the collapse of Detroit by encouraging whites to move out of the city, hence establishing a large black majority that would guarantee his reign over his self-appointed kingdom for 20 years. If true, then he established a methodology of destruction and corruption that his sycophants would follow in years following.
To view the entire collection of images available showing the absolute devastation, needless ruin and abandoned property in the once vibrant and wealthy city of Detroit, would take the better part of a month, or longer. You will find only 20 images in this article showing what the avarice of Detroit’s leaders has done to their city, but I will link you to sites where you can find others, if your heart and your sense of right vs. wrong can stomach them. I’ve heard that many movie studios have used the abandoned buildings of Detroit for their ‘Zombie’ and other ‘End Times’ filming locations. What a sad commentary on anyone’s hometown.
One of our group suggested that the city should be allowed to take bankruptcy in spite of the many unions’ arguments that they cannot legally do it. That is the purpose of ‘Bankruptcy’… to forestall ALL CREDITORS, and allow an entity to rise from the ruin in a planned and responsible way. It was probably the ‘non-negotiating’ unions of the past that are responsible for having over $3.5 Billion of unfunded liabilities in the Public Pension Fund. How can any sane and responsible Union Representative expect the City to come up with such an amount?
One wonders why the automotive conglomerates, visionaries that they are, didn’t put their heads together over 40-years ago, and take steps to nip this situation in the bud. Oh, that’s right… they had unions of their own that were bankrupting their companies as well. One would also think, seriously, that there was, and is, enough brainpower in that city that could have prevented this terrible and disgusting situation without allowing personal greed and pride to rule Detroit’s City Hall for all these years.
I believe the ‘Manly Men Advisory Group’ knows more than Detroit’s City Hall and Union Reps, and their unanimous vote of 13-0, against Federal Government involvement, is spot on.