Dan Liljenquist: Detroit could rebound with determined leaders

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  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    July 27, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    Detroit is a repub paradise. It's the vision of what the GOP has for us. All the wealth? Belongs to a tiny few. Everyone else? Fend for yourselves.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    July 27, 2013 7:30 a.m.

    Reading the thoughts of those who complain about 'corporate welfare', you would think that they would be finding a nemesis in the conservatives who rightly aver that Democratic thought has ruled this city for 60 years. Not so, Corporate welfare is not American, free enterprise principles as well. Bottom line, get government out of the management of human lives, period. Let liberty and freedom ring and Constitutional protections guarantee our rights. As for our responsibilities? The only way people learn is through the power of choice. If you make the wrong choice, you live with it. Life goes on! Perhaps the left and the so-called 'right' will meet where they should have never left, out of our lives!

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    July 26, 2013 10:20 p.m.

    If this isn't an object lesson for America, there is nothing else that will do. A perfect trifecta of Socialist thought. Coming to a town near you-soon!

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    July 26, 2013 8:39 p.m.

    Maybe Robocop will show up because he's the only thing that can save Detroit at this point. Forget that, it's a lost cause.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2013 6:13 p.m.

    " After decades of mismanagement, the Motor City's populist politicians are out of power, having played out their last charades on the public stage, abandoning their faith-healer facades while furtively exiting stage left into the night, turning the keys of the city over to state crisis managers." Wow, this is high art. But who owns Detroit's debt? Answer: the same big banks which were bailed out by the Federal government under Bush and Obama. Who are the Detroit pensioners? Answer: mostly modest income people whose annual pension is about $18,000 per year. To deny these pensioners their benefits (apparently what the writer is getting at) in order by pay off the banks is theft pure and simple. Moreover it is class war. The wealthy crushing the non-wealthy. I promise you Senator this is a very dangerous game you are playing.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2013 5:55 p.m.

    One would never know reading Liljenquist's piece that the collapse of Detroit was in any way caused by the failure of the automotive big three, and their abandonment of Detroit. The UAW has made concession after concession, but the message from the big three is the same: we'll come back when you'll accept Chinese level wages and work rules. I wonder, Dan, if you'd accept such terms?

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2013 4:36 p.m.

    This is a problem that must be solved by Detroit and the State of Michigan but not the federal government. It is not a hopeful sign that Democratic leadership, who have ruled the city for 50 years, blames everyone but themselves. The city's demise was predicted decades ago. Detroit's $18 billion deficit was not created by the recently elected Republican governor and blaming him is beyond ludicrous. But it is symptomatic of the decay that typifies big city politics.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2013 10:58 a.m.

    Instead they had their gov't desolved and were given an emergency manager appointed by the Republican Governor with unilateral power.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    July 26, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    Two problems this article does not, oddly, mention--Detroit can't collect owed corporate taxes, and the biggest line item in their budget is corporate welfare.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    In one of the most liberal cities in the nation, I'm "shocked"

  • FreedomFighter41 Orem, UT
    July 26, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    I love how the leadership (both civic and private) never take any blame. I love how the right exploits an American tragedy to promote their anti-union and overall anti-labor agenda.

    For one, when has it ever been smart to base your entire economy on one industry? Nice job city planners!

    Secondly, when the American car sales started to lose market share, rather than look at themselves and upgrade the quality of car, they took the easy road and cut/outsourced labor. Now look at the state of the American car. It's looked down upon as cheap and inferior to those from outside of our country. Now I read recently of the Chevy Impala scoring big. Hopefully, American car companies have finally learned their lesson. Build quality stuff and people will buy it.

    Unfortunately, this news comes to late for millions who used to live in Detroit.

    Detroit's demise came from pathetic civic leaders and inept/greedy CEO leadership. Yes, it indeed serves as a lesson for us all.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 26, 2013 8:00 a.m.

    Yep. Take away all employee benefits and make them work at minimum wage. Liljenquist would love it there.