Obama Sends Aid to Detroit
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  • Anthony

    According to Via Meadia, we need strong executive leadership when it comes to launching new Middle Eastern wars, but executive action to benefit impoverished people…. absolutely not!

    • Corlyss

      Sounds right to me. I couldn’t swear to it that that is ViaMeadia’s position. I do believe if we choose to go to war in the middle east, it will be to protect vital American national interests. The only kind of aid the government gives to poor people only produces more poor people to bleed the system dry. That is a policy that has failed to help the poor and only bankrupted us faster than Social Security and Medicare are doing. It’s a lose-lose policy, unless you count by the increase in the number of voters guaranteed to vote for more government and more handouts.

      It was inevitable the administration was going to bail out Detroit’s pols. Anyone who believes that money will go to public services probably thinks the stimulus plan was a dead-bang winner.

      • bpuharic

        Nonsense. The right is filled with myths about moral hazard…except where the rich are concerned…then all the welfare we can spend is great.

        • skhpcola

          You are willfully ignoring the rampant cronyism of Ozero and his cabal of Marxist filth. But, hey, there are millions of dupes and grifters just like you. Carry on!

          • bpuharic

            He’s as much a marxist as you are a nazi.

            The right uses ‘marxist’ like the left uses ‘nazi’. Both are evidence of brain death

          • crabtown

            Yet he liked to hang out with them in college, his words. He liked hanging out with those who were “disenfranchised..”

        • cubanbob

          Funny how all those Wall Street banksters just happen to be democrats.

          • bpuharic

            So Rush (PBUH) would have you believe

            Unfortunately for the GOP…it’s not true. Wall Street gave more money to Romney than to Obama.

            Try again.

          • cubanbob

            Corzine and his one billion stolen is one of yours. And so are the rest of the wall streeters.

          • bpuharic

            If they were they would have bankrolled Obama in 2012

            They bankrolled Romney. Sorry right winger. Try again.

      • Pete

        Bail-out money for Detroit is money down a rat hole. It’s wasted.

    • cubanbob

      Unless they are handicapped or ill I don’t see the need to subsidize those who should be supporting themselves.

      • bpuharic

        Then why does the right support welfare for the rich like lower tax rates and FDIC subsidies for Romney, tobacco subsidies, etc?

        Oh..welfare for the RICH is fine. FOr the poor not so much

        • cubanbob

          You seem to have a problem conflating other peoples money with yours. As for subsidies yes let get rid of all of them.

          • bpuharic

            We all have to pay taxes. There’s no reason a rich mooch should pay less than I do nor should I have to pay him welfare or bail him out when he gets in trouble

            All of which are supported by the right

          • Douglas6

            Then I suppose you would favor a flat tax system with no deductions where everyone would pay the same rate? That way rich people would pay the same as poor people, right?

  • Anthony

    “…this money looks like a stopgap measure…as it navigates through one of the most difficult chapters in its history.” Fiscally, WRM, 300 million is not that much though Detroit will welcome anything monetary that comes its way – by the way Detroit remains a part of continental U.S.

    • Anthony

      “Noted”…

    • cubanbob

      Naturally the republican senate went along with that-oh wait-the debate is run by that well known rabid right winger Harry Reid D-Mafia who is willing to shut the government down over ZeroCare but not tobacco subsidies.

    • crabtown

      1. Forced forced home inspections by gov’t agents: Under Obamacare, government agents can engage in “home health visits” for those in certain “high-risk” categories. Those categories include:

      • Families where mom is not yet 21;
      • Families where someone is a tobacco user;
      • Families where children have low student achievement, developmental delays, or disabilities, and
      • Families with individuals who are serving or formerly served in the armed forces, including such families that have members of the armed forces who have had multiple deployments outside the United States.

      $188 million vs. Solyndra.

      • bpuharic

        One of the principals in Solyndra was a big Romney supporter. SOrry no crony capitalism

        And Solyndra never killed anyone. GOP tobacco subsides killed 450,000 Americans last year

    • Douglas6

      We’ve already discussed this. Congress gave $0.18 billion in subsidies to tobacco farmers in order to support an industry that generated tens of billions in taxes for the Federal Government and hundreds of billions in taxes and fees for the states. You haven’t yet explained why you think that was foolish. Unless, of course, you think that all agricultural subsidies are foolish, which is a different point entirely.

  • USNK2

    So, have the public White House tours re-started?
    What is curious about this $300million for Detroit is how easy it was to scrounge through budgets to find the funds during sequestration.

    ViaMeadia concludes: “…If Congress wants to recover its institutional powers, it is going to have to tighten the way it drafts laws and reviews regulations.”
    Seriously? I mean, are we supposed to laugh ourselves to death over that possibility ever happening in Imperial Neo-Byzantium, circa 2013, on the banks of the Potomac River????

  • Douglas6

    The NYT reported the other day that the pension funds between 1985-2011 illegally paid $1 billion to current and retired employees. That is, they gave money away that the pension funds were not legally obligated to pay, just out of the kindness of their hearts. That money came from contributions from Detroit. If Detroit hadn’t paid that, it would be $2 billion richer today (including interest) – more than enough to pay for new streetlights, etc. And we are supposed to feel sorry for these people?

  • Pete

    The public service parasites in Detroit and the politicians they have bought and sold are killing the host.

    Now they want to latch onto a bigger host — America itself — to leech off.

    • skhpcola

      bpuharic must’ve down-voted your common-sensical observation. He hates logic and loves to deny reality. Trashy leftists refuse help with their mental retardation.

  • Anthony

    Observation: Via Meadia provides a wide ranging open forum on politics, culture, and policy. It also provides (because of its salutary open access) opportunity for low grade grimly punitive commentary premised on intolerance for propositions contrary to some idealized predilection. Quick Take themes like Detroit, ACA, Presidential policies/actions, etc. appear (from some by no means all) to educe most irrational antagonistic commentary – leads thinking person to ponder what’s behind such anguished subjectivity at this transitional phase of American global interface and socio-economic changes domestically.

    • skhpcola

      Did you just find some words in the dictionary and figure that you’d toss some together and make a futile attempt to post something that sounded intelligent? Fail.

    • A_Nonny_Mouse

      Unh…
      Could you say again, in English this time?

      • Anthony

        WRM’s blog has an intent and open venue which gives access sometimes to pettifoggery.

  • cubanbob

    Obama has squandered four times as much and 75% of the KIA in Afghanistan-the good war he campaigned on have occurred on his watch. Reality is tough for a leftist.

    • bpuharic

      Reality?

      What reality led us to Iraq and 4400 dead, right winger? Care to tell us?

  • bpuharic

    Sewer slime like you wouldn’t know filth..forest and trees, you understand.

  • Bruce

    Is it deniable that Detroit went down the dumper because of leftist policies and corrupt politicians (all of whom were left wing)?

  • Boritz

    Mark 4:25 comes to mind:
    For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

    Rick Perry could do a lot more productive things with the money.

  • E.G. Lim

    Mr Mead, are there other “nice” ideas you favor where you think the President can spend taxpayer monies on without Congressional approval?

  • M Hayne Hamilton

    It is , like the “stimulus”, grants to the unions. Union ion construction workers tear don buildings, and cops and transit workers belong to public employee unions. Most of this money turns around quickly into the election coffers of liberal Democrats…the same folks who led D Detroit int bankruptcy. Hayne Hamilton

    • bpuharic

      Unions are dead. Wall Street runs America. Wall Street destroyed the unions, deregulated the banks, bankrupted America, got a trillion dollar bailout then tells us the middle class is moochers.

      Grow up.

      • crabtown

        ASCFME seems very healthy to me.

      • cubanbob

        And who is the biggest donor to the democrats? Wall Street. And who incentivized Wall Street? Democrats! And who really benefits from crony capitalism? Democrats!

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