Let’s be very clear on one thing: The city’s finances are a mess and have been so for quite some time. But the misinformation by those who feel the need to rally and protest is self-serving at best.
What was repealed by the voters in November 2012 was Public Act 4 that was originally approved in March 2011. Therein lies the victory for Michigan voters and so-called democracy working in their favor. However, the naming of an Emergency Manager for Detroit by the governor falls under the provisions of Public Act 72 that was approved way back in 1990 and is the same public act that allowed for Roy Roberts to become the DetroitPublic School’s Emergency Manager.
Too many misguided souls are barking up the wrong tree.
All I hear is that they feel that their right to elect who they want is being taken away from them, while they fail to see that those who have been selected to serve and represent them have failed miserably. They want to cause civil discourse and civil disobedience – and for what? If you do not know the background of some of the characters fighting the cause for you, then the cause itself turns out to be more laughable than effective.
If there is to be any civil discourse at all, then it should be directed squarely on the shoulders of the many who have served the electorate of Detroit over the past forty or so years. Let’s be very clear on this; the fiscal crisis in Detroit did not start with the swearing in of Governor Rick Snyder on January 1, 2011. This so-called disenfranchisement of black employees in Detroit did not start on January 1, 2011. The high unemployment rate of blacks in Detroit did not begin on January 1, 2011. The crime and the mis-educating of blacks in the the DetroitPublic School system was in play well before January 1, 2011.
I have yet to hear a single alternative or solution from those that appear to be angry over the decision to place an emergency manager in Detroit. To say that democracy is being trampled is not an excuse when the repealed act has nothing to do with the terms under which a decision was made to bring an EM to Detroit. Most importantly – to bring forth not a single alternative or solution to the problem in Detroit, while playing victim and saying that more time should be allowed by those that you elected to serve you in Detroit is an oxymoron. We have all seen what they can do and what they have done is absolutely nothing.
What is hypocritical is that while the schools, neighborhoods, and children of Detroit continue to suffer, many of the same folk who stood idly by continue to sit on their hands and remain deftly silent on those quality of life issues.
If not now Detroiters, then when?
I may not always agree with what Governor Snyder does, but on the issue of appointing someone to fix the finances in Detroit, I am in lock step with him. To continue to do noting at all is not an option.