What’s Really Ailing Detroit

Woke this morning to reports from Detroit about their police officers now working 12 hour shifts with pay cuts to “help the city.” Right there, wrong.

The fact that so many Federal, State and local governments are now balancing their budgets on the working man’s back is not acceptable. Anyone who thinks about this can see that none of our financial problems are the fault of the citizens and as such should not and cannot be solved by them. They are all the fault of the people in charge and running the various governmental agencies in these areas. They are the fault of their bad decisions and bookkeeping. They are the fault of their incompetence or downright corruption. If you worked for Kmart and your boss told you that you had to work mandatory overtime with no overtime pay and take a pay cut to boot because he made a bad financial decision that caused him to basically ruin his own company, would you do it? Some might depending on how badly they needed the work, any work, and how well the boss made his case. Would you do it because he was running low on cash trying to support his mistress and their love child as well as his family and he wasn’t able to buy that third home the wife was wanting?

I have grown more disgusted with Detroit Mayor Bing these days. He is doing anything to try and stop the appointment of an Emergency Manager for the City. Again, right there, wrong. Since when does one figurehead of a state or city have the ability to supersede the rights of the voters to elect who they want to represent them in offices in America? If the person or people in an office are incompetent or criminal, you have them investigated, relieved of duty as necessary and a hold a special election to fill the position. You do not appoint people to run things. To allow that is to open a whole new uglier can of worms and possibly more corruption. That is tyrannical governing and against our US Constitution. Of course, many things being done to our citizens are against our constitutional rights and here we sit with another cup of coffee and watching TV or scanning the internet for something banal we can blank our minds to. It’s very stressful to see all that writing on the wall.

Myfoxdetroit.com is running a story this morning about there being 32 people murdered in Detroit in the last 15 days, and counting.  This is not a city that you can afford to have overworked and underpaid police officers.  They are not the ones that broke the city budget but they are the ones that this city really needs to survive.  They don’t need many of the chiefs they have sitting around pushing pencils in so many of our Federal, state and local governmental offices.  I am not up on all the types of audits being conducted to prevent the types of financial problems so much of the country is suffering from all of a sudden.  I do know most of our problems began right after September 11th, 2001.  I do know that they coincide with President Clinton signing various trade agreements that did not work out for America’s best interest.  Did he know or care?  What was the problem that he did not realize there would be less Americans employed and with this comes less income tax, less money that they would be spending here and in turn helping other American businesses, less money withheld for social security and the snowball just keeps coming.

Police officers are very important in a world that no longer feels a need to use self-control.  In a world that feels “God is dead” so just live for today and get as high as you want so you can excuse anything you do.  Police officers are needed for the ones that never developed a conscience, don’t understand what eternity or hell is and think the “Golden Rule” is some kinda bling.  We are the hands and feet of God on this earth and we do need good men doing good works or none of us stand a chance.  The last thing a city needs to do is hobble and degrade the very people who make a positive difference in a city.  That protect and serve it.  Shame on you Mayor Bing.

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