51 Years of Democrat Leadership: Donors Fund Purchase of Detroit EMS Units & Police Cars

The city is now officially that broke. 51 years after the defeat of Louis Miriani (Detroit’s last Republican mayor) and an unbroken chain of liberal Democrat mayors (and city council members) since, Detroit is now at the point where it can’t afford purchasing new EMS units or police cars:

Mayor Dave Bing is expected to announce Monday that a coalition of business interests, including Detroit’s three automakers, is planning to fund the acquisition of EMS units and police cruisers for the cash-strapped city, sources told The Detroit News.

The effort — spearheaded by industrialist Roger Penske and in the planning stages for some time — comes as the city’s newly appointed emergency manager, Keyvn Orr, is scheduled to begin his job Monday at City Hall.

Donors include Quicken Loans Inc., General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group LLC and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, among others, according to individuals familiar with the plan.

One individual briefed on the effort called it “impressive” and said the donations — expected to come in the form of cash that would be used to purchase the vehicles on the city’s behalf — would “really make a difference” for the city, its public safety workers and residents worried about crime.

Detroit is the model city for the Democrat liberal agenda. LBJ delivered his famous “Great Society” speech at the University of Michigan’s commencement on May 22, 1964, less than 44 miles from Detroit City Hall.

49 years later…

Detroit ruins train station

Compare on contrast Detroit today with Detroit of 1965 (less than one year after LBJ’s Great Society initiative):

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In case you were wondering, Jerome Cavanagh was first of the unbroken chain of Democrat Detroit mayors. notice how you don’t see him complaining about the ‘mess’ he inherited.

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  • Jim at Asylum Watch March 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    How many cities have to go the way of Detroit before people wake up?

    • steve March 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Apparently a lot of them. Plus, our leaders in Washington haven’t got the message either.

  • geek49203 March 23, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I see brother Jesse preaching to the mob in Detroit this week, trying to kill the emergency manager thing. I’d love for the EM to not happen — perhaps we can get Jesse’s “PUSH” to take over instead? I also see that a community organizer lead a march to protest school expulsions — and I heard the same talking points from another source, so I assume it’s the latest liberal educator’s meme? Oh, and new indictments, etc.

    • steve March 24, 2013 at 6:41 am

      Jesse, Always the publicity hound and never part of the solution.

      Also, I didn’t know about the left’s new cause of fighting school expulsions. If this is the case (and I don’t doubt it) I’m wondering if they will include the kid who nibbled his Pop Tart into the “shape of a gun” in their march? They probably won’t.

  • T. Shelton March 24, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Steve, it is so sad to see what happened to such a great city. The average Detroiter want to see the city comeback. But, the are ignorant to the fact that the Democratic Party has been screwing them for the past 51 years. Their politicians always blame the suburbanites, auto industry and racism for the decline of Detroit. Meanwhile, they destroy Detroit’s economy through high taxes and high regulations to shut down industries and small businesses that were heart of the communities. Then they use taxpayer money to fund the new redevelopment zones (Model Cities Program modern-day) for Detroit’s new economy which does not include the poor Detroiters. Once the Detroiters hear about the Model Cities Program, they will not be Democrats no more. I was outraged when I first heard about it. Detroit will comeback when the bureaucracy gets out the way. Then people and opportunities will follow. At some point, Detroiters are going to wake up to the Democrats. They are going to realize that the Democrats only care about them on election day when the Democrats want more power and control. Does anyone think that think the Financial Manager will fix things here? Or will things get worse?

    • steve March 24, 2013 at 6:58 am

      I agree it is really sad what happened. What is amazing, it took only 45 years or so for the progressive / liberal / Democrat agenda to destroy what took hundreds of years to create.

      You are correct, the only thing that will save Detroit is for the city to embrace free market capitalism. Unfortunately, based on the last 10 years or so (voting for Jennifer Granholm twice and Obama twice) this doesn’t seem to be in the cards any time soon.

      As far as the EM working, I don’t see it working out. The left will fight him tooth and nail to ensure the EM doesn’t work. This will give the left an additional weapon to bludgeon Rick Snyder in the 2014 election.

      • T. Shelton March 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm

        I see city council fighting the EFM too. Look at how fast they found out the EFM did not pay his taxes. I had the experience of being under three EFM’s. When it comes to balancing budgets, they are great at that. Rob Bobb was arresting people left and right for corruption. On the other hand, EFM’s cannot run things like cities or school. Rob Bobb and Roy Roberts did a horrible job running Detroit Public Schools. I think should work with city council to try to slowly privatize things and cut the red tape/taxes. Detroit City and Mayor really has to stop this mentality of “government and unions first, everyone else second” because it is not working anymore. The city government never wants to look at the Census numbers which show their plans are failing. Detroit is on track to become the next Harrisburg, PA with government sponsored redevelopment failures. Hopefully, the EFM cancels Snyder’s stupid rapid transit idea because it’s going to end up like Cleveland’s Regional Transit Authority.

  • ClassicFilm March 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Utterly heartbreaking – thank you, Democrats.

  • geek49203 March 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Let me stand up here and note that Southfield is pretty much next door to Detroit. It has an ethnic population that isn’t that dissimilar to Detroit’s, about 70% black. Yet we don’t see the train wreck that is Detroit. Therefore, let’s just say that “racism” is an argument that is pretty much discredited here. BTW, I assume that most of Southfield’s mayors have been Dems as well.

    A few years ago a book was written whose premise was that Detroit had similarities to various “banana republics” — more in common with former third world colonies than with American ideals. Including, of course, a sense that the while colonialists were thrown out and are still seeking to return — so all ills can be attributed to the mischief and misdeeds of the old regime.

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