Detroit: Obama, We Supported You, Now Give Us Money
Bert Atkinson Jr. | On 05, Dec 2012
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City Council member JoAnn Watson said Tuesday the citizens support of Obama in last month’s election was enough reason for the president to bailout the struggling the city.
“Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that,” said Watson. “Of course, not just that, but why not?”
“After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, D.C. and came home with some bacon,” said Watson. “That’s what you do.”
Umm…actually that’s not exactly what you do, or at least should do. The best thing to do is to prevent these economic crises from occurring in the first place – that is step one. The job of the Detroit Mayor is not to go to Washington to “come home with some bacon,” and it isn’t Washington’s job to send said “bacon” home with whomever requests it.
I understand from where this Detroit city council woman is coming – Detroit has been devastated by the economy and faces a cash shortage that would launch the city into an even worse situation, but what is Washington to do? They can’t just be slinging checks out to the growing list of bankrupting cities because…ya know…they don’t have any money either (See: $16 trillion in debt). And just because Jimmy Carter did it doesn’t make it right. It’s tough to deny a bankrupting city money from an emotional standpoint, but with a fiscal cliff looming the government is running out of options.
How should the Detroit situation be handled? I’ll leave that to the experts, but I can say that this trend of overextending budgets will have to end if our country is to stay above water. Living with the expectation that your mayor or governor can just knock on the president’s door and ask for “bacon” when things aren’t going well is not the way to live.