Recent legislation from Governor Snyder and the Michigan state legislature has sought to strip away power from local municipalities and from the people. At the top of the list is the whole concept of the Financial Manager.
It's becoming increasingly clear that it's game over for Mayor Bing. So now the push will begin: How to best deal with Mayor Bing, particularly at a time when the city is in such financial peril.
Cutting expense alone is overly simplistic and shortsighted. To be successful, Detroit must cut expense and increase its revenues. With a workable and attractive plan for the future, Detroit can be great again.
When we fail to fix the structural costs and deliver a workable plan-of-action to pay down our debt in the City of Detroit, we jeopardize future prosperity. We must transform a spendthrift culture to one of fiscal responsibility.
Mayor Bing and others have made the statement that Detroit should be run by Detroiters. The only problem with Mayor Bing's statement is when you have unqualified Detroiters operating Detroit.
We need the cooperation of the entire region including: business, labor, faith based groups, and others to come to the table and offer their vision and solutions to help guide Detroit forward.
Detroit's about to go broke. Something drastic has to be done. But the answer isn't to slice more deeply into the city's workforce. Or to slash benefits. Or to sell off the street lights. The answer is something genuinely wider and deeper and bolder.
You tell me: Is GM too big to bail out the city of Detroit? Don't they owe us by now? Not just for what the U.S. taxpayers provided them only two years ago, but how about for the near century of grueling wage labor Detroit's workers provided?
As much as politicians say that they are working for America's workforce, they are losing not only people who work for Focus: HOPE, but failing the students who would have been educated by their job training.
Imagine a day where 1.3 million people from around the world visit Detroit en masse to recreate and experience the high-water mark of a full and thriving Motor City. Maybe a few of them will even fall in love and stick around.
Mayor Bing and City Council President Pugh both have professed how they love Detroit and want to lead Detroit back to its glory days. We need leadership who are willing to demonstrate their love for us through their actions.
We must look to Mayor Bing and the city council to inspire us with thoughtful leadership. What Detroit desperately needs today is new ideas, "aha moments," not fewer teachers in the classrooms.
The complaint is pervasive: politicos are unresponsive. There is polarized policy being imposed on unpolarized voters all over the country, and Michigan ranks among the states where this happens most frequently.
We've been told we're on the edge so many times that it feels like Detroit is as much on the edge of existence as on the straits of the Detroit River. Yet, if there is one common thread that ties Detroiters together it is resolve.
Detroit International Bridge Company's money and influence has manipulated our elected legislative body in such a way that it has completely warped the perceptions of a bill that would have benefited everyone.
For too long, we have seen our manufacturing jobs shipped overseas with little investment to retrain workers. We have seen high local taxes stifle entrepreneurship. It's time that we -- the people of Detroit -- take charge of our city's future.