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July 18, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Wow.

The city of Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history Thursday afternoon, culminating a decades-long slide that transformed the nation’s iconic industrial town into a model of urban decline crippled by population loss, a dwindling tax base and financial problems.

And crime. Don’t forget the crime, by which I mean, how the city was actually run.

The 16-page petition was filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Detroit.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s office was making plans this afternoon to hold a Friday morning news conference at the Maccabees Building, 5057 Woodward in Midtown, according to a source. It’s the same location where the governor declared a financial emergency for Detroit on March 1.

Under state law, Snyder is required to approve a Chapter 9 filing. As of Wednesday, Snyder said he had not received any such request from Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. Sources close to the governor said the situation is fluid, adding that Snyder intends to study Orr’s recommendations and related documents “for a couple of days” before making his decision.

A bankruptcy filing would come as an Ingham County judge is preparing Monday to hear arguments from retirees to block any attempt by Snyder to authorize a bankruptcy. A filing would produce an automatic stay of all pending litigation and would cap a month of intense talks between Orr’s team and creditors, which largely have failed to restructure as much as $20 billion in debt and long-term liabilities.

Blue state policies of vast welfare states plus high taxes plus lavish benefits packages for public workers do not work. Detroit is but the most extreme recent example of this total policy failure.

In the world of what might have been, Mitt Romney’s roots in Michigan would probably have prompted him to try to save the city that made his family wealthy. But the people who needed his expertise most rejected him last fall in favor of Barack Obama, one in a long series of poor choices.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Right. Biggest case of "busting out a joint" in American history. Next up: the whole damned country. Same kind of people in charge after all.
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Individually leftist politics is always some combination of wishful thinking and the will to power. As organized groups leftism is organized crime using the state's power to straight up steal from the taxpayers.

Call that a blanket statement or a broad brush if you want, but it's true.
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Well, you know what that means. One day, not too far into the future, this will be considered a credible way to torture a confession out of people:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny4a-oxOndo
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And where, Bryan, is Mitt Romney today? Invisible. What a guy.
39 weeks ago
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White racists strike noble blacks again. Oh, if only not for white racists.
39 weeks ago
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The poor old Motor City is just a heap of Detroitus.
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It is amazing what a collective bunch of idiots the marxists, formally known as democrats, cannot push an agenda other than they one they do. Does a 100% failure rate of such not connect two snapses in their pea brains?

Guess not.
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In other news, the Ocean filed for wetness.

When the leftist Democrats are done ruining a place, maybe they can place a Republican as debtor in possession. Unless and until that happens,...having a leftist Democrat "cure" problems caused by leftist Democrats is like having a Kardashian cure mindless magazine articles and reality TV.

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Individually leftist politics is always some combination of wishful thinking and the will to power. As organized groups leftism is organized crime using the state's power to straight up steal from the taxpayers.

Call that a blanket statement or a broad brush if you want, but it's true.
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And just imagine...Barack Obama and his henchmen are running the country like he's the biggest big city Mayor of all time. He's hollowing it out and filling the bureaucracy with scoundrels.


this is no small comparison. Detroit, at one point, was the most prosperous city in America until the Unions and the Democrats came in like locusts. Now it is a rotting dog on the side of the road.
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Right. Biggest case of "busting out a joint" in American history. Next up: the whole damned country. Same kind of people in charge after all.
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