Some people just do not get it. The consent agreement has nothing to do with anyone wanting to take over Detroit. Has anyone really stopped to take a long hard look at the mess the city is in?
Over the past few days, cries of what the Republican Party is trying to do to Detroit have been running rampant. Let me let you in on a clue folks; you did it to yourselves. The elected officials sat on their collective rear ends over the years and just watched as the sands of time passed through the hour glass. But they are not blameless, because the citizens have sat back and took the words of those that they selected to serve them as the gospel. They have been blindly lead to the slaughter by folks who know that they can get away with telling them that the sky is red, even though they are looking up at a clear blue sky.
The result is some perception that this pseudo outrage is a reality that others are infringing upon the democracy of the Detroit electorate. Why is it that no one can see that things are being done in the best interest of the citizens, the city and the state? Why is it that no one is talking about the opportunity that was afforded to the Mayor and City Council to work together and come up with a suitable plan to right the finances of Michigan’s largest city?
Then you have many of the same members of the cloth that stood together in support of Detroit’s worst cancer, telling people that the city is being wronged without admitting that they wronged the city when they stood by and up for one Kwame Malik Kilpatrick. What a bunch of hypocrites!
For anyone to believe that Governor Snyder and the Republican Party are the enemy, shame on you. Try asking yourself how the City of Detroit got into its current state of financial distress. Really now, can one blame the Governor or a specific political party when the electorate in Detroit is not a friend to either? The decision to present the Mayor and City Council with a draft of the Consent Agreement was not a fly-by-night one. There was nothing getting done in downtown Detroit, but the citizens are being led to believe that something is getting shoved down their throats.
You have a guy that ran on a platform three years ago that he would fix things and things are worse today than one could have ever imagined when he left his suburban enclave to slum in the city. Then there is this new cast of characters on the Detroit City Council that did not have to do much but show up on day one. However, they gave the perception that they were different and you have some that are more concerned about their next political conquest than they are about the current state of affairs in the motor city.
The place is a wreck, mess or any other adjective one can choose to describe it, but not a single person wants to admit that they have been the culprit of the problems. They would rather play the blame and woe is me game instead.
People, please wake up from your stupor and do not allow yourselves to be told that others are to blame for the problems in your city or that the money owed to you will make everything better. The people that you elected to serve you signed up for the job to be your servants so try to understand that they are the ones who have failed you. These politicians are well aware of the fact that the finances were on life support and they have no business placing blame on anyone else. They are particularly wrong for leading the citizens astray by presenting some facade that they are not at fault for the mess when they are the major reason why the mess exists.
Then all the protesting and marching; really now. Why are you even wasting your time? The damage was done well before a draft of a consent agreement became public. The train wreck was chugging right along well before Governor Snyder took office. But the Governor at the time who was engineering the train was a friend of yours; a coward to not push the issue forward, but a coward nonetheless.
This post is not about the fact that there is a problem with the leadership in Detroit, but more about the misguided anger that is being shown toward the wrong person and political party. There are but four options here that is worth mentioning when one speaks about Detroit and its finances:
2) Consent Agreement
3) Emergency Financial Manager
4) Just leave things as they are and see what happens
Option number four sadly appears to be the choice of many due to some notion that the people in Detroit should be allowed to let those that they elected serve them. Interestingly enough, those folks could easily be arrested for impersonating a public servant due in large part to their failure to serve the folks that elected them. The opportunity was there to coalesce and come to a solution showing a united front. Instead, egos and manhood measurement got in the way of what is best for the citizens of Detroit.
The prososal from Governor Snyder is not about him wanting to run Detroit, but it has more to doing with a lack of faith in the leadership representing the City of Detroit. They ignored him, but he could not ignore the citizens because he knows that all of us deserves a better Detroit.