Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Republican Occupation of Detroit

The Daily Beast reports:
Detroit is no longer a city. Sure, it looks like a city. But that’s a fa├žade. The oldest city in the Midwest—home of the first traffic light in America and the first urban freeway, the birthplace of Motown and the automobile and the ice cream soda—is now a ghost. Detroit, the place, is recovering—even thriving in some ways. But Detroit, the political entity, is dead.

In 2011, Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Public Act 4, which gave the state the power to place cash-strapped cities and school districts under the control of state-appointed emergency managers. In 2012, Michigan voters overturned that law. But in 2013, Snyder signed a barely revised version of the emergency manager law—and then used it to take over Detroit.

Leftist Sally Kohn wrote this: she might be wrong about a lot but there is an element of truth here. An element.