The Decision by Emergency Manager Ken Orr, and the approval by Governor Rick Snyder to file Bankruptcy for the City of Detroit was the final option. They had no choice. The creditors, and Unions had chosen to not negotiate their claims, they would not consider an alternative course. It was apparently found that money was spent by the city Government, perhaps illegally, and as was said in Mr. Orr’s words; “There still may be some new residents lining up for a stay at “Club Fed”, . In short, as I have thought all along “This thing ain’t over yet”.
The down hill slide for the arsenal of Democracy, the Industrial Town, Auto City, The birth place of the Labor Movement, once one of the greatest cities on the face of the earth began nearly 60 years ago. It completed its downward fall last Friday when Governor Snyder placed his signature on a document giving the go ahead for the City of Detroit to file for Bankruptcy. A sad ending for a great city. Many are saying there is now only one way to go, and that is upward. Others that I have spoken to with say that there is nothing more that can be done. The game is over. The City is dead.
However, this can bring a new meaning to an old phrase, that I remember back in the 70’s for the revitalization of this great city Motown. The phrase was something called “New Detroit”. Perhaps a complete restructuring of the city, it’s government, it’s charter and it’s course. Maybe, just maybe the city might be able to recover. It will take time, but, well, now time is on their side.
However, there are some things that have to be done. One. The City Council must be restricted, if not put aside for now. They should have no power. It is obvious that everything they do, and everything they have done has been in the name of politics, and Council members status. Acting as if they are working in the best interest of whats left of the residents of this city is void. If they were so interested in the welfare of Detroit, things never would have gotten this far. Therefore, they should be made to re-earn the respect of the residents. They should be removed from office, and their privileges taken away as well. In short….Please return your city car to the garage….thank you. All their records, and the records of those council persons who have resigned should be placed up for total review. If there are any discrepancies, and I am all but sure that there are, they should not only be so notified, but indicted as well. All Department heads, should be notified that their individual departments will be subject to immediate audit. That after said department head is also notified of his termination, effective immediately.
A task Force, appointed by the Governor, should be implemented to jointly run the city under the direction, guidance of Ken Orr, and approval by the Governor. This Task Force should not have anyone as a resident of Detroit on board. They should be sworn to one pledge and one pledge only “To act in the best interest of the City of Detroit”. 100% Neutrality!
The mayor of the City should have the primary task as oversight. He can appeal any legitimate concerns to the Task Force. The Task Force should have final decision-making authority, and no court challenge should be permitted.
Finally, the Bankruptcy proceedings for Detroit, should be acted upon by the Federal Courts, not the State Courts. Once again, the focus is on 100% Neutrality!.
Once the legal proceedings and aspects are completed. Audits are conducted, and those responsible, as well as those found to be involved in any under the table dealing are indicted, and held responsible by the people, the second phase of “A New Detroit”, can begin.
This phase is to put the city back together. It should be a slow gradual process, one step at a time, one accomplishment at a time, and one neighborhood at a time. Initially designed for the people to see progress. In phase one the witness of accountability. Then the assignment of responsibility. The establishment of accomplishment. When people see something happen in their behalf, they begin to have hope. With hope comes a new commitment. That commitment comes with their support.
Right now restructuring and accountability for those who are responsible.
It is time now to move forward. It is not time to stop the momentum. If there is any chance for this dying city, it is the decision to move forward now, despite the challenges of others who only wish to cover for their own legal rear end.
Take a deep breath folks, the party has just begun.
That’s my point of view. Feel free to express yours. I look forward to your response as well. Until then, as usual, have a great day and ………… God Bless America.