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    now have a vested interest in keeping their little piece of the pie away from the hungry folk.  But that doesn't mean it's "undemocratic" for a state to NOT devolve its power to a city, or to reserve the right to fix a city's problems if the city demonstrates an inability to do so.  That's my point.

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      do you really think the governor and state house in MI is interested in truly fixing Detroit?  It apparently hasn't worked anywhere else but in one small community in southwest MI, which apparently was able to come out of needing an emergency financial manager.

      How is taking a hundred dollars worth of food from hungry kids or from old poor sick people equal to taking a hundred dollars from billionaires? -- howabout, 19 Dec 2012

      by billlaurelMD on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 05:32:18 PM PDT

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      •  If they're trying to destroy Detroit (0+ / 0-)

        Then Snyder made an odd pick, going with a Democrat who helped give the President one of his signature accomplishments (saving the auto industry).

        Ultimately, I don't know Snyder's motives.  Seems logical that it's a ploy to shore up reelection.  Right now, he's going to lose.  He has to do something.  If Detroit isn't fixed, it's not like Snyder's going to lose more votes from there.  He didn't get any last time to speak of.  And he can still claim that he's "doing something" about Detroit, for the dog-whistle crowd.

        And if Detroit does turn around, then he'll take the credit.  Maybe even pick up 10% of the Detroit vote and a lot of independents.  It's really win-win for him.

        I think self-preservation is more likely the explanation for the EM appointment than straight-up mustache-twirling evil.

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