Who, precisely, mismanaged Detroit’s finances?

No shocker here, Detroit has filed for bankruptcy:

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.

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 10 a.m. Friday morning news conference at the Maccabees Building, 5057 Woodward in Midtown, according to his office. It’s the same location where the governor declared a financial emergency for Detroit on March 1.

Snyder authorized Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to file bankruptcy under a law the Legislature passed in December that replaced the previous emergency manager law voted repealed last November.

So, who precisely is responsible for this decades-long slide? Here’s the list:

1962-1970 Jerome Cavanagh
1970-1974 Roman Gribbs
1974-1993 Coleman Young
1993-2001 Dennis Archer
2002-2008 Kwame Kilpatrick
2008-2009 Kenneth Cockrel, Jr.
2009-present Dave Bing

All Democrats since 1962. Furthermore, here hasn’t been a Republican on the city council for decades as well. This entire mess lies at their feet.

Comments
  • 5etester July 19, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Heard that only 22 square blocks in the city of Detroit have every resident on the block paying their property taxes. Unreal.

    • steve July 20, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      It is a mess…. BTW, you haven’t been around the intra-webs too much lately.

  • Jim at Asylum Watch July 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    There is nothing left to do for Detroit except build a wall around it and turn into a museam called “Progressive Socialism”. Sell tickets at $10 a pop except for Demcratsl they get in free providing they sign an agreement to heep their mouths shut while in the museam. There should be a large auditorium built at the intrance where visitors can se photos of what Detroit was like at its best followed by a one0hour documentary of how Detroits demise came about. Then the visitors would be given a bus tour of the streets of the decayed city (with armed escorts, of course).

    • steve July 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      It is a shining example of where their policies lead.

  • ClassicFilm July 20, 2013 at 1:57 am

    This is heartbreaking, but not surprising. The city’s path to decay and ruin has been traveled for decades. It’s beyond tragic that Detroit, a once vibrant, productive metropolis, has been reduced to little more than a decrepit third-world region. The “great experiment” of Democrats has been a colossal failure – a cautionary tale about what our Marxist/Progressive in Chief wants for the entire nation. Any bets on when Dems demand that taxpayers foot a “it’s too big to fail” Detroit bailout?