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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Picking on Michigan: Democrats' new national pastime

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jun 24, 2009 at 07:21:32 AM EST
    Tags: DPS, Flint, Detroit, Obama, GM, General Motors, Government Motors, layoffs, economy, fraud, Democrats (all tags)

    Bad decisions all around.  Unfortunate decisions.  Expensive decisions. Decisions we all wish hadn't been made.  Whether it's paying workers who don't do anything, firing workers who do or letting dangerous, psychopathic murderers out onto the street with nothing better than an "oops" to explain it the political leadership in Detroit, the Granholm-Cherry administration and the Obama administration suddenly find themselves on one heck of a collective roll.

    Let's start with the "municipality" and work out way up, shall we?

    We learn today that the Detroit Public Schools, long a paragon of Lefty administrative virtue, have 257 "ghosts" on the payroll.  According to the Ivory Tower these are folks who are pulling down major bank but aren't even supposed to be on the payroll.  The local public school bureaucracy is so wasteful of taxpayer dollars they don't even demand a lick of work to get them.  

    There were 37 unclaimed paychecks and 220 unclaimed direct-deposit slips totaling about $208,000, said Odell Bailey, DPS' auditor general. He added that the recipients are not on approved leave.

    Robert Bobb, DPS' state-appointed emergency financial manager, also said an audit has begun to determine if employees have unapproved health care  dependents that are running up costs.

    Probably important, too, that we don't blame this entirely on the bureaucracy. That means there are 257 individuals who at one time or another were entrusted with the education of Detroit kids whose integrity was so poor they continued cashing the checks they knew they hadn't earned.  

    DPS might want to audit their character assessment and their hiring practices next.  And they're not the only ones.  As frustrating as a chronically bungled payroll can be it isn't nearly as dangerous as the mistake the Granholm-Cherry administration made this week when they took a convicted murderer who'd wracked up 124 "major misconducts" since entering prison, took him out of jail and dropped him off at his grandfather's house without medication.  

    Because that sounds like a safe thing to do.

    Read on...

    According to the Flint Joural:

    Brackett was supposed to be taken to a Caro psychiatric hospital for a 60-day stay immediately after his release from prison Saturday.

    Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan acknowledged the mistake and blamed it on a communication breakdown...

    Brackett was convicted of first-degree murder as a juvenile in 1991 for stabbing a 13-year-old boy to death with a butcher knife after the boy teased Brackett about his laugh.

    Seven years later, Brackett was sent to prison for assault with intent to do great bodily harm which involved the use of a gun.

    Um... Lieutenant Governor Cherry... Russ... what happens after 60 days?  You guys going to set this guy loose on the community again?  I can't possibly be the only person who thinks that is a BAD idea, can I?

    Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, President Obama's team announced yesterday plans to kill 4,000 salaried jobs at government run General Motors.  The Detroit News report indicates the Obama administration picked Michigan to bear the brunt of their wrath:

    Most of the job cuts will hit workers in southeastern Michigan, which is already reeling from pending GM factory closures and the blue-collar jobs that will be lost. The automaker said June 1 it is eliminating an estimated 8,900 jobs at five area plants as part of broad manufacturing cuts in several states.

    4,000 (ish) more Michigan jobs wiped off the map and this time on direct orders from members of the Obama administration.  Beautiful.

    The way the Democrats in Detroit, Lansing and DC are picking on the average Michigander is about enough to give a guy a complex.

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