Published: Saturday, July 20 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Ironic that anyone from Utah, the bankruptcy center of the nation, would
criticize Detroit for trying to solve its financial problems through
bankruptcy.By the way, the word is "sown," (as in planting
seed), not "sewn" (as in stitching a garment).
Detroit has gone down hill because of politicians undermining our manufacturing
sector and the high paying jobs that came them. More specifically it appears the
republicans will not stop the attack on the middle class until we all work for
That's right. When American industry abandons an area and ships the jobs
overseas it's the fault of the people who live there. Also, George Romney
would be considered a raging liberal RINO by today's tea party folks.
The plight of Detroit is nothing new or unusual or not typical of what is
happing all across America. The special interest groups in control of our
government(s) have systematically robbed the taxpayer for public works beyond
the need and affordability of the taxpayer. This would include the over
building and under usage of public transportation systems, public buildings,
stadiums, theatres, zoo’s and a very long list of business scams. Then when the money runs out, they blame the workers and their unions.
This letter would be relevant if there was any evidence, at all, that Mitt
Romney was anything like his father when it comes to political understanding of
our nations problems. George Romney would be drummed out of the Republican
Party today and his compassionate service at Housing and Urban Development is in
direct opposition to Republican platform positions. The downfall of the auto
industry is the main cause of Detroit\'s downfall but it's not the
only one. The mismanagement of General Motors and their lack of creativity in
meeting the demands of the public is what caused problems for GM. It has
NOTHING to do with how the voted in the last election.
I'm afraid the connection you're trying to make is really spurious.
Detroit saw Romney for what he is. That is why they did not vote for him.Want to see out of control poverty? Let Reaganomics continue to destroy the
90% of the country. Let the Koch brothers get away with whatever they want. That
is when you'll see the US follow Detroit's path.
Let Obama tell us how he saved Detroit by seizing two car companies. Let him
tell us how he plundered the assets of police and teacher union pension funds to
pay off the union workers. Let him tell us how, because of him, Detroit would
not fail.Greedy unions caused the problem. They insisted that
people be paid more than they were worth. They insisted on pensions that were
not funded. They insisted that the quality didn't matter. Japan showed
them. Korea showed them. Germany showed them.Those who listened to
those lies now live in a ghost town. Where's Obama now? Why isn't he
taking credit for Detroit's bankruptcy? He showed us that private assets
mean nothing to him. Why doesn't he vacation in Detroit? At least that
way, Detroit would get the $100,000 an hour that it costs when he vacations like
a king and watches the paupers suffer.
Ernest,You have confirmed Detroit's "good judgment" in
rejecting Romney. They have used that same good judgment to run themselves into
bankruptcy. Margaret Thatcher said it, "The trouble with socialism is that
eventually you run out of other people's money." Detroit found this out
and although the far left still in denial, it will come to them as it has come
to Greece, Spain, Italy and some US cities.
Per Reid..."I couldn't help but think of how Detroit and Michigan had
recently voted against George Romney's son, Mitt,..."Did
you forgot (conveniently??) about Mitt's lack of empathy and loyalty
towards his "hometown" Though, Ernest has summed it up well. To Mike RAnd how are those 2 car companies doing now?
@mike richards. Greedy unions? That is laughable. What about greedy executives
and Wall Street?
I'm not sure I understand the political partisanship and triumphalism by
some on this news. George Romney was governor of the state when the US auto
industry was the symbol of American economic power. That hasn't been true
in decades, and Detroit's fortunes are inextricably linked to its decline.
Detroit's failure is its inability to diversify and remake its economy like
Pittsburgh did after the collapse of the steel industry.
Uh... you wanted the President (Romney) to get involved in city level
gov't? That seems very non-small gov't. Actually, considering the
emergency manager law passed by the Republicans at the state level, that would
be par for the course in Michigan.
Blaming the econimic problems of Detroit on failure to vote for Mitt Romney is
ridicolous. You conveniently forget to mention the other Republicans and
Democrats who served as Governor of Michigan since George W. Romney. You also
fail to mention the other Republican and Democratic Presidents since George W.
Romney served as Michigan Governor.
Wow. Reid, your patriotism is just oozing from your letter.Nothing shouts, "I Love America" more than cheering the demise of one
of the greatest cities this country has ever seen. Gone, the picture of American
prosperity and happiness. Destroyed, the industry that powered America
throughout the 20th century. It's so sad to me how folks like
this letter writer would rather have their political party score points than to
actually help America.
I must be a really pathetic History major because... I don't get this
letter...Soooooo Detroit was a humming industrial center UP UNTIL
this past election? What happened to over half of its population? Remember now,
in the 50s it was a huge city with 2 million residents. All of this happened
because of not voting for Mitt? Because Detroit didn't vote
for Mitt Romney they are all being punished? Huh? What about those red states
who are stuck on welfare and food stamps? Why aren't they being rewarded
for voting for Romney? What does Mitt Romney have to do with
anything? He lost the election. It's over! I voted for him but he lost. I
don't understand why we keep rehashing this. Lets move on!Furthermore, what was Mitt going to do to save a city? I don't get it...
Slash pensions? Now where in the Constitution does it give the President the
right to intervene like that? Was he going to pass a stimulus package? For one
city? Why would the GOP support that? Was he going to lower/raise taxes for
Detroit? Again, how? Please help this History major understand this
For greater insight into the Detroit failure, see the internet.
GM is underwater - still.Forbes reported on August 15, 2012:
"President Obama is proud of his bailout of General Motors. That’s
good, because, if he wins a second term, he is probably going to have to bail GM
out again. The company is once again losing market share, and it seems unable
to develop products that are truly competitive in the U.S. market.Right now, the federal government owns 500,000,000 shares of GM, or about 26%
of the company. It would need to get about $53.00/share for these to break even
on the bailout, but the stock closed at only $20.21/share on Tuesday."GM stock is currently running at $36.89. Obama can't sell GM
without taking a huge loss. It's not his money, it's our money. He
didn't pay the police and teacher unions who invested in GM stock when he
seized it to pay the auto unions. He doesn't care who gets hurt
financially. He didn't care about the police unions and the teacher unions
who were sold out.Apparently, many posters don't care about
those people, those workers who were cheated out of their pensions.
Thanks Ultra Bob, great idea!So I used the Internet and gained
greater insight into this letter writer. In 1988, Reid Swenson, wrote into this
very paper making the case that Reagan would be the perfect Vice President to
Bush I. He states, although the Constitution limits the terms a President can
serve (as President) to 2 terms it does not limit the number of times he can
serve as VP. In other words, he's making the case for a Monarchy under the
guise of "Democracy." Knowing this about this author, we
should most definitely take his letter today with a "grain of salt."
Thanks for the reminder that Michigan, the state where Mitt Romney grew up,
voted against him. You may also recall that the state where Mitt served in
public office, Massachusetts, also voted against him. In other words, the two
states best acquainted with Mitt Romney voted overwhelmingly for Obama. Perhaps
there's a message there.For what it's worth, I liked
George Romney and very much appreciated his honest statement on Vietnam.
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