I took some time away to sit back and observe my hometown. I watched as Detroiters walked like zombies through Thanksgiving and Christmas. Although most of us found jobs near the end of 2012, nobody is making what they use to. We were ecstatic to see 2013! All the negative press of the 2012 hung around us like thick morning fog and we were anxious to put it behind us. Yet here in March, the future of Detroit is still very much unclear.
Detroit has now been officially declared a financial disaster area. Governor Snyder is set to announce an Emergency Financial Manager for the city of Detroit any day now even though the Emergency Financial Manager law was voted down in elections last November. How you like that for democracy? It wasn’t like City Council and previous 3 Mayors didn’t know the city was going broke. It just seems like every other bit of foolishness was more important. Like chasing women, fighting with each other, and listening to Marvin Winans complain about strip clubs. City Council is now fighting to keep an Emergency Financial Manager out of Detroit while current Mayor Dave Bing is opening the door. The City Council feels it Detroit doesn’t need a EFM (Emergency Financial Manager) and can fix its financial problems on its own. If that is true, this should have been prevented a long time ago. The current City Council should put more effort into finding solutions and let those solutions speak for themselves. Mayor Bing has acknowledged that Detroit needs help and has conceded that an EFM maybe necessary. In short, what Governor Snyder wants, Governor Snyder gets. This has made Bing very unpopular among Detroit’s citizens.
The people have a right to be upset. Not only with Mayor Bing, but also City Council. And not just current Mayor and City Council, past elected officials as well. Can’t blame it all on Kwame. Detroit is too large to operate at a loss for so long. Once the economy took a downturn, Detroit became a dry riverbed with all its flaws exposed. Now in 2013, the citizens must be forced to lie in that bed. Holla if you hear me.