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Detroit councilwoman to Obama: We voted for you, now bail us out

DETROIT (WJBK) -- The city of Detroit faces a major financial crisis and one member of city council thinks President Barack Obama should step in and help.

City Council member JoAnn Watson said Tuesday the citizens support of Obama in last month's election was enough reason for the president to bailout the struggling the city. (Click the video player to listen)

"Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that," said Watson. "Of course, not just that, but why not?"

Nearly 75 percent of Wayne County voters pulled the lever for Obama in November.

"After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, D.C. and came home with some bacon," said Watson. "That's what you do."

Young served as Detroit's mayor for 20 years and served as vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1977 to 1981.

The White House has expressed no plans to bailout the cash-crunched city that some experts say could run out of money by the end of the year.

The federal government has bailed out cities in the past, however. In 1975, President Gerald Ford extended more than $2 billion in credit to New York City to help it avoid a financial collapse.
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I read that this morning! Typical of Obama voters! Sad we have whole entire cities full of 'em!!!!! *groan*

(Herman Cain had a great plan for Detroit...but I refrain....)
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RugerGirl;49351 Wrote:(Herman Cain had a great plan for Detroit...but I refrain....)

I don't recall him saying anything about nuking it from orbit.

oh wait, that's my plan for it.
I don't have a problem with this. After all, isn't this exactly how Obama got re-elected?

However, the fact they're stupid enough to believe that he'll actually reward them for their votes is more noteworthy.
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halftrack;49509 Wrote:I don't have a problem with this. After all, isn't this exactly how Obama got re-elected?

Exactly. He's just saying what the rest of his supporters are thinking: "hey bro, we reelected your ass, now give us all the free stuff you promised".

That's what the election was all about.
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i heard this several months ago

Quote:Positivity Or Pathetic??? Detroit Public Schools Have To Bribe Students With New Nikes So They Will Come To Class And Be Counted For Yearly Budget Money

Posted on August 14th, 2012 - By Bossip Staff

What ever happened to going to school to get an education???

Detroit Public Schools Give Away Sneakers To Students That Show Up For Student Count Day

Got kicks? Every Detroit student who shows up on the cash-crucial Student Count Day will be able to answer “yes” thanks to a donation from Bob’s Classic Kicks in midtown.

BCK, 4717 Woodward, made an arrangement with the school district to give away a free pair of black leather Nikes to every student who comes to class on Oct. 3, the day when students are counted and their numbers used as the basis for per-pupil funding from the state and federal government.

The more bodies in class, the more money schools have all year.

“Well, first off, we decided since we’ve been in the community for eight years, we wanted to give back to the community, so why not do what we do best — which is shoes,” explained Christian Dorsey, manager at BCK.

The school district will hand out vouchers to every child in every grade, which could add up to 14,000 to 17,000 pair of shoes.

“We know this is a great cause for the community, it’s something that needs to be done,” Dorsey said, adding he’s not worried about the cost of all those shoes because “it’s about educating our kids.”

Detroit schools have been plagued with failing test scores, jumbled finances, violence and plummeting student population. The district’s emergency manager Roy Roberts unveiled a plan this spring to eliminate the district’s deficit in five years, reduce crime in the schools, improve test scores and start a new culture of success in the district.

We get that this is supposed to help the schools, and we’re all for that.

But isn’t it sad that THIS is what it takes to get kids to go to school in the broken city of Detroit?

It can be surmised that SOME kids will come to school that day, get their shoe vouchers, never to return again.

Is there no better way to motivate children to learn, or is it all about the racks on racks?

soooooo , in other words they are pumping up attendance numbers for that 1 day to fraudulently obtain government funds

It's the "BILL OF RIGHTS" not the bill of "needs"

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