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Don’t let Jones Day sell out Detroit!

On Oct. 21, in the absence of any more than the most minimal public disclosure and discussion of an issue of such historic and overriding importance to the people and city of Detroit, the Detroit City Council dealt a blow to the greed-fueled plans of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and his employer — Detroit’s “restructuring counsel” Jones Day. ...

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It’s time for an intervention

The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what? Congress is unable to do its job. It displays neither competence nor responsibility. It lurches — reeling from crisis to crisis, each one self-manufactured in an effort to postpone the reckoning from some earlier crisis. It shut the government down over a temporary budget. Now it’s threatening the financial credibility of the ...

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Stuck on stupid

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” – Thomas Sowell Why do we keep electing the same people to the same office year after year, putting them in charge of our lives, despite having the absolute proof that they have not, are not, and will not work in our best interests? The debt ...

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It’s time to stop abusing America’s public employees

The government shutdown engineered by the Republican tea party zealots in the House of Representatives has finally ended after nearly three weeks. The damage was done. Infants went without nutrition. Children were locked out of pre-school programs. Scientists lost support and locked up labs. The people who took the biggest hit, of course, were public employees — the workers who serve the American people. So ...

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Dr. Ben Carson ‘jumps Jim Crow’

Dr. Ben Carson is a world renowned American neurosurgeon. He is a brilliant physician with an incredibly compelling and motivational story. Born into poverty in Detroit in 1951 and raised by a single mother with a third-grade education, Carson became the first surgeon to separate conjoined twins and the youngest to head a surgical department. His focus, work ethic and commitment to excellence should be emul ...

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Words do hurt

“I can cut somebody’s throat and leave them to bleed out in the gutter with the best of them,” so bragged Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr early in his reign. “For a long time the city was dumb, lazy, happy and rich,” he told the Wall Street Journal in August. “Can I kill someone in a hoodie?” asked Orr’s chief financial officer James Bonsall this month when invited to join city workers’ tradition of pat ...

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