That the city of
is a civic and
economic disaster is not subject to dispute. The solution is. The current population of Detroit Detroit had replaced a scandal ridden government
with one headed by former NBA star Dave Bing.
Mayor Bing has done remarkable good for the city, but the financial hole
was so deep that the state of Michigan
gave up. Under Michigan law the Governor can appoint a
person with almost unlimited power to run the city, and that is exactly
what Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has done.
Emergency manager Kevyn Orr
doesn't rule out bankruptcy for Detroit.
Kevyn Orr, a bankruptcy attorney and partner at the law firm Jones Day in Washington, D.C., was named Detroit's emergency financial manager, a role that will give him sole, sweeping power to map the future of the city of roughly 700,000 residents. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said he picked Mr. Orr for his interpersonal skills, legal and financial acumen and a 30-year track record of work on complex corporate restructuring efforts, including the 2009 bankruptcy of Chrysler Group LLC.
On paper Mr. Orr seems highly qualified. And the fact that he is an African American should be positive element (although it really should be irrelevant, and one day maybe it will). And Mr. Orr is approaching the job with some optimism.
Mr. Orr said he wouldn't rule out a municipal-bankruptcy filing by the city—which would be the largest such filing in
history—but that he thought
the restructuring could be done without one. U.S.
But the reworking of the city’s finances will take money, something Republicans are simply not going to provide.
Mr. Snyder has said there could be targeted state funding, but added, "The idea of bringing a lot of money into
right now doesn't make a whole lot of sense." Detroit
So the expectation here is that the highly partisan Governor is simply setting up Mr. Orr and
to fail. So if the city does succeed and
the state has not supported the new
city manager, then the success will have come in spite
of rather than because of the Republican controlled state actions. But if success does come expect the Governor to
take all the credit, and if failure happens, well Republicans will shoulder a
zero amount of the blame.