A judge says Detroit is eligible for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy, and that the city’s Emergency Manager can go after pensions in an effort to pay-off debt.
Susan Tompor from The Detroit Free Press talked with a few of those who might get their hard-earned pensions slashed:
“It makes me sick,” said Wallace, who is single and receives a pension that’s less than $2,600 a month after taxes in addition to Social Security. She started working for the city in 1977 as a 911 operator and last worked in the water department as an analyst gathering data for capital improvement programs. She retired in 2006 after 31 years on the job.
“It’s definitely going to affect me. These people, the karma is going to get them. They don’t seem to care about people,” she said.
They really don’t care about people. They care about protecting their own. That’s what the whole bankruptcy, and the history of how Detroit fell to this level, is all about.
Six years ago, we were forced to acquiesce to Wall Street by ponying-up hundreds of billions of dollars, which really ended-up costing the taxpayers trillions of dollars.
You know, redistributing wealth!
According to Demos, blaming the pensions for Detroit’s plight or blight is highly misguided and simplistic–sorta like when people want to blame “Democratic Party control” for Detroit’s economic ills. Pay no attention to a declining tax base, the 2008 housing crisis that destroyed the city, a disappearing manufacturing industry, risky Wall Street deals, and a state that slashed its revenue-sharing for its largest city.
It’s too bad our wise leaders believe
throwing away spending trillions in countries like Iraq or Afghanistan is more fruitful than spending it here in the U.S. Just imagine what a few billion would do to help Detroit. Heck, just think if the federal government could simply pay the $198 million to alleviate this year’s cash flow shortage!
Selling-off public property to privatized institutions isn’t going to revitalize Detroit, is it? If so, where has this approach worked before? What is considered a “success?”
Our national educational system has problems, and many of my conservative friends love to blame “thug” union teachers for those problems.
But MLive.com columnist Susan Demas reminds us that teachers are with their students for 7-8 hours a day. It’s the other 16 hours in a day that the parents are the key to a child’s educational success:
It’s about reading to kids every day. It’s about teaching them right and wrong and good habits. It’s about owning up to your own failings and learning from mistakes.It’s about being solely, terrifyingly responsible for another human being. Most of it isn’t glamorous or fun. But that’s what you signed up for.That’s the side of parenthood that doesn’t get posted on Facebook next to angelic pictures of kids jumping in autumn leaves.So as exhausting as parenthood is, it doesn’t mean that you get to cede responsibility to teachers and administrators when your kids are school-aged.Kids are only in school seven hours a day. What goes on for the remaining 17 hours is critical. And if children are playing video games and eating junk food nonstop, or living in far worse circumstances of abuse, starvation and neglect — you can bet that will have a big impact on how they’re doing in the classroom.
This has been a fun year for sports.
Yes, my Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t been all that stellar, and now I have to spend time debating online over whether Head Coach Mike Tomlin purposefully cheated on Thanksgiving Day.
Yes, my Detroit Tigers and Red Wings had disappointing ends to their postseasons.
And yes, the Miami Heat winning back-to-back championships (thanks in-part to the San Antonio Spurs choking in Game 6) was rather annoying.
Sports, though, remains fun to watch–or listen–for me because unlike a romantic comedy or horror film where you have a good inkling how the story’s going to end, sports always keeps you guessing at how the story will end.
In a few weeks, I will give you my Top 5 Favorite Sports Moments of 2013.
Today I’d like to focus simply on college football from this past weekend.
The Michigan Wolverines were supposed to get killed by the then third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. Instead, we witnessed a wild back-and-forth contest, with a nice fight in the middle, ending with Michigan falling two-yards shy of pulling-off what would’ve been one of the greatest upsets in this storied rivalry.
A few hours later, college football fans were treated to a play featuring the perennial powerhouse Alabama Crimson Tide and their hated rivals, the Auburn Tigers. That play will forever be ranked with the Flutie Bomb, the Cal-Stanford “Band Is On the Field” play, and the Kordell Stewart Hail Mary to lead Colorado over Michigan at a stunned Big House.
I remember eating dinner in the basement with my Dad and brother when Michael Westbrook pulled-in Kordell Stewart’s pass on that September day in 1994. I was stunned while they celebrated around me. They hate Michigan, by the way.
I blame this ending for leading me to come down with Mono the next weekend.
I also will forever remember eating Thanksgiving leftovers in my grandparents’ dining room in 1984 when this play happened. I seem to remember my grandfather, Dad, brother, and me immediately leaving the table to watch the numerous highlights.
I always get chills whenever Brent Musberger yells, “Caught by Boston College! I don’t believe it!”
And now, I’ll always remember the Auburn-Alabama ending. Dr. Heather and I were enjoying our Thanksgiving leftovers when the unpredictable happened.
Part of what will forever make this one of the greatest finishes in sports history is due to the legendary sports broadcaster Vern Lundquist. That call will go down with the Jackie Smith “he’s got to be the sickest man in America” call in Super Bowl XIII.
Coincidentally, I’m realizing that dinner played a role in all of these memorable college football finales.
I‘d requesting a little assistance.
Each and every Sunday during WSGW’s First Day with Pat Johnston & Hilary Farrell, I have a segment I call, “The Beatles Minute” at 7:57am Eastern. It’s a segment where I cover something that happened in Beatles history, and then play a clip of song from The Fab Four years, or even their solo years, too.
This Sunday will mark the 33rd anniversary of John Lennon’s assassination. I’m unsure exactly which John Lennon song I should feature to mark the occasion. Should I go with something from his Beatle days, or find a song from his post-Beatle catalog?
I’m all ears! Please, give me your request via the email below. And, if you could, perhaps you could provide a brief explanation as to why I should play the song you are requesting.
I’ll post my “Beatles Minute” along with the John Lennon song I finally decide to play by Sunday morning.
The blog is back up which means the “Monday Music Minute” featuring WSGW News Reporter Hilary Farrell returns!
Click the link to hear Hilary from our Sunday morning show on WSGW, First Day with Pat Johnston & Hilary Farrell.
This week, Hilary plays a new song from indie rockers Broken Bells from their new album, After the Disco. It’s a song that I’ve gravitated toward the very first time I heard it a few weeks ago.
Here’s “Holding On For Life.”
About a week ago House Speaker John Boehner declared the U.S.’s health care system is the best system in the world?
The Commonwealth Fund has actually performed research and measured the U.S.’s health care system with the rest of the civilized world. Predictably, the numbers prove Boehner wrong:
In 2013, more than one-third (37%) of U.S. adults went without recommended care, did not see a doctor when they were sick, or failed to fill prescriptions because of costs, compared with as few as 4 percent to 6 percent in the United Kingdom and Sweden.
Nearly one-quarter (23%) of U.S. adults either had serious problems paying medical bills or were unable to pay them, compared with fewer than 13 percent of adults in the next-highest country, France, and 6 percent or fewer in the U.K., Sweden, and Norway.
The U.S. spends $8,508 per person on health care. That is nearly $3,000 more per person than Norway, the second-highest spender.
The Affordable Care Act–Obamacare–isn’t perfect and it’s messy. President Obama was elected, in part, to fix this broken system. Americans didn’t like the current system which is inefficient and ineffective–especially for people strapped for cash.
The current private health care system remains in place. It will make money. It’s getting more customers, and insurance companies are still calling the shots.
The only solutions I hear from Republicans or conservatives across the country is either keeping the status quo, or finding other to make it difficult-to-near impossible for millions of Americans to receive needed health care coverage.
It’s too bad because health care costs remain the biggest cause of bankruptcies in the U.S.
Obamacare isn’t perfect, but it’s a start.
The evidence proves the current system sucked. Here’s a thought: Instead of making fun on “socialist medicine,” why don’t we examine why socialized health care is more efficient and effective.
We already have socialized medicine with Medicare, and the people like it. Why don’t we ever consider expanding that program?