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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.


    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 11:31:36 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Detroit, Corruption, Frank Kelley, Garage Sale, DIA, Constitution (all tags)

    Arguments being forwarded by labor acolytes is that AG Bill Schuette is supposed to defend the constitutionally protected pensions of Detroit's workforce.

    There is no constitutional protection. If anyone can find it in the 1963 (current) Michigan State Constitution, please feel free to point it out.  I must concur with McLellen's statement:

    "Republican barrister Richard McLellan, a state constitutional expert, said the constitution's language regarding pensions does not bind the state to protect pensions of municipal employees.

    "It doesn't say the accrued and financial benefits are guaranteed by the state -- it doesn't say that at all," McLellan said."

    It really doesn't.

    And the aging/deteriorating legal brain of Frank Kelley saying so doesn't make it the truth.  Frankly, even in his BEST years, Kelley overlooked rampant corruption at all levels in Detroit, allowing the city to fall into the condition we now find it.

    Detroit pensioners, you HAD your chance.

    Many of them in fact. Including an EFM law which would have allowed the culling of waste without the possibility of federal judges mitigating pension levels. Instead, your best hope now is that a great big garage sale of on a DIA scale saves your rears.

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    What's got me even more curious... (none / 0) (#1)
    by KG One on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:20:04 AM EST
    ...is where was AG Schuette during the first go-round of this argument?

    Even though I firmly believe in the notion that "Stupidity should be painful" (especially with the political "leadership" in the city and the union leadership who thought they could get away with this chicanery forever), bottom line; we're still dealing with a legal contract here, and it should be upheld as best as possible.

    Does that mean hanging a "For Sale" sign on the Rodin that got tagged infront of the DIA?


    Selling off DDOT to the highest bidder?

    Most of their fleet is scrap anyway, but a buck is a buck.

    Detroit Water?

    Name your price.

    And if the sale of those city assets doesn't cover the tab of the creditors and pensioners, here's where I differ with Mr. Orr: I have no problem going after the rest of the usual suspects here to pay the bill.

    Let's start with any Elected Detroit Officials who supported these unsustainable contracts (i.e. Kilpatrick, Conyers, Kenyatta, etc.)?

    If the sale of every possible city asset does not cover the total cost owed: Guess what, all of their assets are being seized.

    Homes, pensions, bank accounts, vehicles. Any fungible asset(s) will be collected and sold to pay for their gross ineptitude.

    Make those who made the mess, pay for the mess and make sure that the pensioners contracts are taken care of as best as possible.

    Stupidity should be painful.

    Time to put that lesson to work where it will do the most good.

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