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Detroit is now the largest US city to file for bankruptcy Detroit.
Cannot manage itself it can make -- payroll written in the road.
We can't borrow more money what happened Detroit was once prosperous.
Now it's a direct them for fifteen -- I think by.
For years politicians promised they would fix Detroit.
So -- good -- That great city that is -- bit.
But instead they turned City Hall into -- of bribes and kickbacks.
Making themselves rich is their hope for places like Detroit we are gonna turn around the city of Detroit is the motor city.
This what we do.
What's up with Detroit and can this happened to your turn.
That's our show.
Detroit was once the richest city in America.
I was three years old that.
That was in 1950.
Now it's the biggest US city ever to declare bankruptcy -- saw what happened.
Our guests and I have some close first Fox News reporter Charlie limped off works in Detroit.
He just wrote Detroit.
And American autopsy.
Charlie an autopsy -- examines a dead body and tries to find out what killed in Detroit isn't dead exactly with bankruptcy but.
What killed Detroit.
-- -- -- Racial conflict killed Detroit.
-- killed Detroit.
Corruption -- Detroit.
That's has become the American way because Detroit's not alone.
What's Baltimore going to do what's Atlantic -- do what is LA gonna do for God's sakes so.
But the point where weight is where we're -- worse shape.
Watch what worst politicians more unions.
-- auto makers collapse and that's what a lot of people say he wasn't a politician's -- that was just the Big Three.
It was all of them.
You know -- one industry town we were rich we thought it would never end everybody put their hand in the -- from management to politicians.
You could punch in your buddy running -- drinking.
We blew it and I know everybody's watching Detroit not could you care about -- but two words you gonna be like us.
That's -- wanna see what may be bankruptcy is the answer but this may mean -- finger.
People who were promised pensions they may get twenty cents on the dollar of what they were problems.
And now I mean the golden age is over isn't it I -- we really just.
-- just really -- it and we're in a new Aaron I don't know who even knows what money's worth.
What's a promise worth what's a contract toward our pensioners might take a very bad hit.
That's just what was left us neglect slot and -- from the people up to people -- people didn't take it took it.
Who took it you write Detroit was perpetually on fire when he made him.
We have 7000 arsons a year do the math what is that thirty -- day.
And we have a fire department where.
The alarms don't work inside there's holes in the boots the engines leak water sometimes engines show up and can't pump water.
-- -- that's not the fault of the they took out the fire polls sold the brass sold them scrapped them.
They did everything gone everything now.
Is up for sale the city did manage to build a new sixty million dollar building to house fire department official Wilson.
You tried to confront the deputy fire commissioner about that he wasn't eager to talk -- commissioner.
What's that I'm not sure -- he was talking to meet Detroit.
Where he was talking to you in -- that exactly.
Let's say you're in charge of the -- -- city's fire houses -- it's -- -- sixty million dollars on a new.
Public safety headquarters and at the houses we visited today should be condemned how do you respond a -- irresponsible.
I'm coming -- -- get fit and in this case this man was actually fired for doing that.
Yeah as you should have bad you don't get to slap people around is gonna have to have what they ask you.
Especially in your official capacity as the man responsible for making sure those houses are clean and safe and not like some.
-- whorehouse in Tijuana.
Would feces bubbling to the floor I don't know John is it acceptable where you live.
Is it acceptable it 911 breaks down it goes dark for fifteen hours.
Get in Detroit now if you.
Call 911 you can't be sure the police will calm you.
Interviewed one single woman living alone had been robbed and was afraid to go inside her home because thieves might still be there she was waiting for the police.
Police are -- the power going they have steel not gotten here but they got the TV big game machine the last time.
One and -- half hours and still no cops cops arrived and more hours later.
And they say they came as soon as they -- -- the Paul.
Now -- you say sometimes the whole system goes down but even when the system isn't down there just aren't enough cops or others.
It's barely managed.
All of the above.
-- is badly managed we don't have enough squad cars sometimes to carry the cops around.
The cars don't have computers and on the cars don't have radios in them.
They use their cell phones are you kidding me imagine one of our ladies goes to work comes home somebody's broken -- I want the muscle to show up and make sure she's safe so she can get in our house we can even do that so what do we do.
We let all the citizens arm themselves and now we're all going to be our own police and you see how that's working out America it may work out better than low lying and government.
Well -- again -- now we get straight on -- deal right so maybe weren't thinking it didn't work out better.
Maybe we should lead policing to police let's look at a new documentary about Detroit it shows what.
Parts of the city are like now.
You're -- whole.
Debate has now -- I think it was.
Lot of anti social behavior and violence whose time is because communities have broken down.
People on interact -- another they don't support each -- in these difficult economic times and in many cases they don't see themselves.
And it's a community even though they may live next door to one another this.
Bad to other people who that -- -- -- over here with just did this regular.
-- then then that's.
The document -- was made by Andrew Rodney who grew up in a suburb of Detroit.
You title your film -- force lie -- me.
We titled -- that because I can't think of a more accurate word to describe what's happened the last fifty years in Detroit.
The politicians would say.
Hey we have a plan we can build these cool little buildings with our friends here and they would use eminent domain to kick people out of their homes.
And make it worse.
That happened many times it happened with the building of I 75 happened with the -- town plant.
For GM of the poll town -- it was a neighborhood called whole town where lots of people live.
Yes politicians said won't put it auto plant in there.
Moon and they kicked out thousands of people.
To make space -- that auto plant was that the politicians.
What makes Detroit worse than other cities while John Detroit's just the first.
It's -- it first city to experience a lot of the planning that went into a lot of cities.
The Federal Home Loan Bank board was a national program but it was first in Detroit where they really sort of build up neighborhoods.
-- round of these federal subsidies.
Which -- them out.
And also racially segregated them Detroit has the third highest income tax and any major city.
And yet there's no money how can that be -- -- I'd love to know where the money -- but I.
Better word -- people go lose when you pay the high income taxes the only utility tax -- -- the highest.
Car insurance -- heights homeowner's insurance to schools stink and you get no police you know what happens to the money in the people paying taxes they get a mile road.
And the only people left are people broke paying the highest income taxes but you know at 10% of the dollar is.
Now -- talk about this eight mile road and the titled the Eminem movie.
You worked at a plant on what what's the significance of eight mile road.
Well eight mile roads.
48 lane highway but it might as well be a border between two countries.
It's the dividing line between Detroit and the northern suburbs.
And things politically economically for pretty much.
And things on both sides of those lines are just night and day different.
And the politicians we're gonna improve the life -- the poor by building housing projects this was another one -- grand schemes once like that.
Brewster Douglas housing project what happened.
Exactly what happens when federal officials try and plan.
Housing project falls pieces no time at all thank you Andrew and Charlie.
Detroit's mayor he took fifteen trips went a nightclub just rented limo as taxpayers paid for.
What's up with Detroit.
-- Only go lynch mob mentality.
Detroit was once -- most prosperous city in America where the money go.
We have a fall of the Big Three didn't help but politicians make it worse they squandered money.
Detroit's mayor's launch big projects like the up people over.
Which turns out -- only move people in one direction and not as many as they -- Then there's the 350.
Million dollar Renaissance Center and a very expensive jail.
And when the money ran out Detroit started to decay politician said things like.
Yes we shall go forward.
Didn't talk so much and become the -- pretty bad in the deadening.
Twenty years later mayor young was still in office making.
Similar promises it.
I believe -- glad that well.
I've got them back.
And when people criticize him and his fellow politicians he called the critics racist who -- kind of report.
Good food prepared black.
That generally shuts people up and a later mayor and his cronies found knew what a salute the city.
They -- City Hall into a den of bribes and kickbacks.
Making themselves rich what is the issue have a violated any rules.
And I -- you come up with no.
Actually a jury eventually came up with yes convicted him of extortion he'll be sentenced this fall.
Now there are crooked politicians and politicians -- over promise everywhere but why is Detroit in the worst -- Let's ask chicken -- the reason foundation she lives in Detroit Darcy Olsen runs the Goldwater institute a think tank that studies local governments so.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Whether Detroit stunned into of one party and Donald -- fifty tool of fifty years it's been booed by one by.
That you know usually you get that it even by dean checking the stupid party and the stupid body checking that -- -- party in Detroit's -- there was no such check.
And you've got out of control spending and -- -- and waste.
But I assume they're not don't they they know that some -- -- has to pay for this.
Yes -- on non dominant they are just very -- Nobody is thinking about the norm -- her eyes and all they're thinking about is getting the elected in four years.
And which constituency they need to buy in order do you do that.
And in Detroit -- as well -- of Michigan.
Unions and especially public unions and extremely strong.
-- Darcy you study this around the country what.
Do cities do it's better.
Well it's so interesting to -- to be called the that Paris of the midwest.
And of course today 28000 dollars debt per person.
But it's a tale of two America is because you can look to other cities that are operating in the black with cash on hand award winning public parks.
All kinds of things what's the difference well number one let's go look at sandy spring Georgia they're called -- city that privatize nearly everything.
Garbage sewer at counting back office operations even the courts.
They cut the cost of government in half and any city in America -- can benefit from just that one provision.
They have five government employees.
Things still run -- -- Well when -- I was talking about the strength of the unions that's something else that Sandy Springs has right.
By privatizing all of these services you don't have the unions at the -- -- you only have five government employees there.
And the -- -- it's smaller than Detroit but still a seventh as big -- -- -- it's a 100000 people in fact there have been five more cities to come along and copy.
This Sandy Springs model.
And well Detroit is what debt per person to say 28000.
Dollars per person.
The Sandy Springs.
No debt operating toll in the black their charter requires them to have -- -- cash operating reserve and that's how they pay for a lot of capital projects.
Not -- -- your town gotten worse trouble -- your last mayor.
It was taken money for himself killed Patrick -- he used city funds to fund junkets 54 trips limo rentals nightclub -- Hired and 29 of this closest friends and family.
For city positions people didn't notice sunscreen.
Well that was not even the worst ethic the worst -- it was that he was -- to -- Using city he was actually receiving kickbacks for -- off his choice to give city contracts to his -- event.
Cronies it used to because the friends and family plan in Detroit still.
Did -- accused of -- a very good game.
He used to talk about bringing all kinds of -- development to Detroit you know -- new stadium's new casinos new events.
And at the same time as he was talking up his big game he was quietly siphoning -- city -- off money.
Which is one reason why Detroit is he left Detroit in the worst financial mess than he thought.
Part crooks are crooks but even.
-- cities that's.
I'm going to confront.
What are your City Council members later on this show I imagine they'll tell me look where wanna make it easier for business we're given and tax breaks and they have all these.
Deals if if you call -- and what's wrong with that.
Wet at what they're doing is -- giving facts via a tax breaks do businesses that they have handpicked.
And these are you know this is just kind of the -- -- how to deal and additions as -- like being glamorous things.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Is subsidizing does these big businesses it is goal we often noncompliance.
Little mom and pop stores that it says are updating you could be.
They have something called operation compliance they they -- we're gonna shut down twenty unlicensed businesses every week that's right what if -- -- license maybe they should shut him down.
We'll head at you -- these unlicensed businesses are providing vital services today residents.
They had these are businesses that are you know sending.
-- -- -- cheap -- they have secondhand appliances you know this is city understand that's losing.
About 18100 people every day its population has dropped from two million to under 700000 -- this but this town needs businesses.
It means residents I -- -- -- and regulating them this is going to dry you've.
A more -- and that would.
I've Darcy you list three things that all cities should dimension privatization.
-- the other two.
Which is a big one.
-- in Gaithersburg Maryland has zero debt they've had zero -- for forty years everything they do all of these contracts that it took investigative journalist I'm covering Detroit.
All of those contracts in Gaithersburg our online -- Accounting by post on the web so it helps so much a little bit of sunshine lets people know what's going on creates a culture of trust.
And that's important for getting people to -- -- -- and come back into a city.
And before a city can get new debt.
Goldwater says voter should have to approve it -- have to go before the voters and quite often because the voters are paying the taxes and they say -- so that's a great -- I'm curbing these huge liabilities this.
Right all the -- Detroit has the third highest income tax of any major city -- after Philadelphia and Louisville which -- doing that great either.
But Detroit isn't the worst shape.
-- you know Detroit even -- is the -- the bills off its residents I think it might be the only city that does that.
It has property taxes it does business taxes and -- utility taxes.
Thank you cherica thank you Darcy coming off a libertarian has a plan to turn part of Detroit into -- mostly government free zone.
-- network and all confront theft politician who won't cost.
But next the main reason.
Detroit's -- -- into the road we can't borrow any more money in fact.
We really can borrow more money recently some sort of -- from our own pension funds we owe them.
That was Kevin or Detroit's new emergency manager -- after Detroit's elected politicians spent all the money.
Actually they spent billions more -- the city -- How or is supposed to get Detroit out of that mess without stripping workers of their pensions and health care is not clear.
Can -- a must Michigan's former state majority leader -- What's gonna happen.
A judge is basically going to push the reset button here it'll be the largest city in America ever going bankruptcy federal bankruptcy and would you -- stiff everybody we -- Everybody that's owed money.
For current workers retirees bond holders.
Are are gonna have to get cut.
Absolutely this is a heavily.
Unionized -- there's 47 separate public unions in the city of Detroit in fact some of the unions have members have the membership of only one.
And it's hard for me to envision each one you have to negotiate -- -- when they any any one man union.
And and I -- I just don't think politically.
I union can go to what's member since -- yeah we agreed to wage cuts are cuts to pensions are cuts to health care.
Which is why I think can ends up in front of the federal judge and I think the manager the emergency manager -- -- he might not say -- stick anybody I think to prefer to be in chapter nine.
It's he has more power.
I judge contained in the unions here you know you can protest all you want but I want you in my courtroom 9 o'clock Monday morning.
You get an hour to make your case and and I'm gonna make a decision so I really think Kevin or the first being -- And how big -- haircut the pensions a three and a half billion dollars in the red that means a union worker who thinks he's got fifteenth -- year might only get.
Thirty valley -- can valley years.
Well the the judge is gonna make that decision in in a bankruptcy court and you know I I really let me just say that's I have a great deal of sympathy for sort of the average pension or the average retiree.
Because they're not really getting a lot of money there's some egregious and they did nothing wrong won't do anything wrong they didn't negotiate the deals they didn't under invest in the pension fund.
The the general Detroit has to pension funds one for police and fire and one for sort of general employees which is the larger one.
That pension fund is amassed 30%.
Of the investments aren't real estate investments that have never returned a profit.
There's no accountability so the political managers -- it all let's invest in this and it made no money well you know somebody's friend someone's uncle someone's cousin.
And and that pension funds under not investigation as we speak I see that there's the board pension board paid 22000 dollars to send four trustees to Hawaii -- -- -- -- -- and this is at a time when the pension fund is headed for bankruptcy itself -- But once again you know it's not the pensioners fault it's the fault of people who are mismanaging the fun.
It's the -- comes -- -- union contracts that the city could never afford you don't.
But the politician -- I wanna say yes these guys -- elect me and when the when the bomb hits.
I'll be long gone.
Are they even think that way.
Cities all over this nation deal -- those kinds of problems.
And the problem in the city of Detroit is the leaders never really confronted it and dealt with.
It was almost as if they were on remote control here auto pilot thinking somebody was gonna come in and bail them out over time.
In as we've seen in the promo to to the segment here.
Your story here.
Those days are over there is no more money.
Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul and then Paul to pay Peter.
Those days are over there's no money left.
Thank you can't second Rob -- op will confront one of those Detroit politician.
But next a tour of Detroit's -- There was a dead body that was found over here.
What's up with Detroit.
This is a mess about two thirds of its population left town.
Whole neighborhoods are crumbling.
Recently special correspondent candy -- -- walk through Detroit with community activists.
That house over there.
Right behind you it is literally being consumed by -- week.
As one example of -- meaning Kirk -- works for one of the community groups it's trying to clean neighborhoods up.
This one needs its despite signs like this one.
Much of it looks like a garbage -- here's a -- track I mean that's good news right.
Absolutely yes the good news.
But are they going to pick up -- this.
I don't think so what is -- strangest craziest thing.
-- things they found.
As they -- and remove the -- in the trash for the worst thing with actually get -- and there was a dead body that was found over here.
You name it kitchen sinks refrigerators.
Of course tires.
The remnants of life.
Many people left neighborhoods like these because there are so few basic services.
In the ambulance may not come.
Speechwriters pick themselves up and put themselves in their cars to take them all down -- to the hospital.
And yet amidst the garbage and abandoned property there is life -- -- this house that's got a nice motorcycle out front at how does this person -- not.
Two things one they have hope.
And two they like their neighborhood they found the homeowner.
You've got empty lot next CEO and empty houses.
Across the street and another empty lot across the street -- what that would keeping them.
Well I want to state here in the studio in from here you worry about.
What happens in the empty houses and whether or not people are gonna come after yourself.
What I -- and keep the -- -- Closed doors -- event now -- stuff like that they keep and I am -- -- you have to cities have neighbors.
Yes mom and people just -- -- Just gone and this was typical of what you saw in Detroit many places.
It was really inching neighborhood after neighborhood you'd see nice streets with nice homes and a block away it was these abandoned burned out homes.
And they were being devoured by the earth to -- is it's falling back into the air -- And that's not all bad news.
And I don't really know unless it's not so great it has some problem areas -- you -- -- friends for your show weekends really problem areas.
And you see for sale -- you see a lot of people moving out homes underwater.
People kind of give up and walk away.
But that's just for sale -- this is literally civilized society evolving into the state of nature.
This is what they talk about philosophers.
That when they talk about the state of nature the reversion.
This is happening in Detroit but you don't really CK us know the stated nature does not give way to chaos it's not necessarily going to be chaotic in fact.
We found what I liked -- accidental libertarians.
People who are becoming so self reliant.
They know that they -- city government has failed them utterly the services aren't there and the police aren't going to show up so they have collected in the -- They are on crafting -- they are keeping BE is they've got chickens they've got a lot of open land now so.
And you're going -- -- these community activists -- all leftists but they weren't saying oh we just need a new mayor my guy in.
Now they we're not talking about -- -- they we're talking about getting together as neighbors mentoring kids to the kids have something to do said they don't fall into crime.
And making the best out of a situation that.
Bad is is not an acceptable word it's something different from -- And one -- -- area were Kennedy found hope politicians have driven Detroit so far into the tank that prices are now cheap.
Good place to start from scratch.
You could probably buy into that here for anywhere from a hundred to 500 books.
-- -- partly by a house here from anywhere from 500 books.
Kennedy checked out this abandoned house just a few blocks from Grosse -- where the rich people live.
The house have been guarded by thieves.
If you can see -- New flooring and obviously you know they taken everything out it did all the metal windows out the appliances are gone and for 15100 dollars you could buy a house right and you could fix that it -- incredible you know you think about first time.
Homeowners you could literally on house for 15100 dollars which is what a lot of people pay in rent.
That's grossly gonna move there.
If I have kids I would actually move there and I I would tell people.
If you aren't urban survivalist if you haven't had any desire to get into urban farming.
Moved to Detroit there's play any of land the people there are -- infectious I really enjoyed my time there because it was like surveying a war zone.
Populated by saints they were really -- they're banding together.
And if you want to raise chickens and beans.
Detroit is the bee's -- -- -- -- -- -- A man who has a plan to rescue Detroit his version by turning part of it into a free market paradise away from the reach of government.
Is -- even possible.
Forty years later -- -- -- -- the midwest tiger rambling -- bonds in the morning.
What can be don't about a place like Detroit.
Since it's so broke that often no one columnist if you call 911.
Some people there are finally ready to try new idea.
As this owner of a Detroit bar puts it let's look at it what hope in my.
Nothing else this -- Really we need some new light years.
-- idea take this island in the Detroit River -- line so park.
And make it into a limited government parent it's no -- would have no need for taxes on income.
An investment more states.
Making a magnet for capital -- 49 years later though -- become the midwest tiger rambling monologues.
It's quite a second over ahead of ourselves talking -- 129 years later that speculation that the video was made by real estate developer rob Lockwood self.
-- what he wanted to know.
Well I think the and go out mean opportunity for to -- to grow once again regain its stature Xavier were -- -- -- there is too can have for us and we have investment group to buy -- -- for one billion dollars from the city of Detroit.
And two -- -- commonwealth status.
From the federal government and the similar to what Northern Mariana Islands and -- were Puerto Rico.
And then over a period time commonwealth you have freedom to try new rules -- the rules right we have our own laws say and your government taxation would be business friendly we try to model ourselves after Singapore which have been a great success story during -- -- time that Detroit has gone from.
Two million people -- so -- a thousand people.
From 1952 the president Singapore's opera one million people -- -- people so they're doing something right so we would be business friendly.
We would have some taxation principles which would make us very competitive number one is.
We were not tax anything we want to encourage.
And number two Texas at three transparent -- the taxpayer.
So you don't wanna -- anything you ought to encourage you don't tax investment we don't -- investment and we don't text labor income.
You do tax consumption perhaps a 10% consumption tax.
And that the Arab primary checks will be a real estate tax -- would only beyond the raw land value of the property owner not upon improvements that that's.
Person -- puts on their land.
And you'd have to speak English to come to your community and bring in 300000.
Dollars to be -- citizen.
However we whatever process four -- having other people.
Come and we would waive the -- Why we're doing the -- -- brings a special skill or they bring -- burning desire to be free and and it -- you really have serious investors who are.
There are wont play any of people's response to this is are you kidding me.
A consequence free paradise for rich Americans so thank you rob Lockwood.
For showing the people of Detroit that when life gives you lemons you take the -- to your own island -- share -- -- eleven.
Your own island -- you keep eliminate.
How does this benefit the poor people of Detroit.
Which are meant as a lot of capitals -- gonna come -- people are not religious at their -- on the capital in Iowa and they're going to invested.
Nearby and that will bring Detroit back because of people invest in Detroit.
That you wrote a book to try to explain this to people it's titled -- -- Detroit's game changer which you hope it will be.
The New York Times.
And -- surprise sneer he -- they.
A writer -- the book has the hero landing on the rooftop helipad of that.
57 story hotel it makes the entire scheme very easy to mock is objective -- fan fiction.
Objective is referring to.
-- Ann Rand and you are a fan of hers yes I am we talk about having a billion dollars trying to buy this from the city I would think a broke city would jump at that.
But politicians often surprise me Detroit City Council members some of whom helped bankrupt the city don't want to give up much of anything.
When Michigan's governor offered to have the state take over -- Allen park since Detroit can't even afford to maintain it.
Local politicians scream.
You can take all the and I knew -- that did not put out and not know him.
Overall good of people.
Most -- the people not to you this will create a lot of jobs a lot of opportunity right now and to traders don't have -- hope for the future this -- straight hope.
This could save Detroit just by bringing in new ideas and people and money I believe so it.
Who would ever be are Singapore or has Hong Kong is the China.
Well I wish you -- thank you rob Lockwood next did you know Detroit has thousands of valuable paintings.
They won't sell it.
-- confront what are the politicians who says no thanks.
What's up with Detroit.
The city can't pay its bills so the state offers to save on six million bucks a year by managing a park on Belle -- But still -- -- -- wouldn't go away but Detroit -- suppose even that -- -- power man.
Well the second highest ranking member of the Detroit City Council is Andre spivey.
So councilman spivey why not sell stuff.
John I was a favor and -- -- -- that are at least that part actually to the state.
We have a lot apartment -- an outstanding issue one more time but an 86 million dollars in save right now why not just say yes.
-- -- -- We are responsible selling -- -- the City Council.
And a deal of of this -- and tool for 3069 years.
We thought we'd take our time make sure the deal was advocates for the city Detroit if we can find other ways to garner revenue that's -- my platform right there John.
-- you can't find other way.
-- out of money what that.
That there are ways right now fortunate we have an emergency manager and we're looking to possibly sale -- -- -- priority.
I would -- into slash our employee ranks -- an outpatient system we negotiating bond that.
Everything on the table right now.
We have to stop what we -- stop losing money and begin to move the city -- -- become financially solvent so that we can be a thriving city can't.
Why only now -- not do it before.
What we tried we tried it and keep your -- -- This and I happen overnight this is 3045 years in the making.
And now this current councilman mayor under our watch we just we try something who could not go any further.
We have our legacy -- we have declining population we have declining revenue was.
And to do all of those things -- for you create what is nearly impossible.
But you have declining population and declining revenue because you guys spent so much that there were lousy city services.
What do you correct over the years we did not allow our sales to keep pace with -- -- population.
Obviously it's still continue to stand and we came -- off this week we cut the budget every single year nothing good has been out like this and sees his with a legislative body.
Cut the budget more than the mayor we did as much we could at this point but at this point we are having people move into Detroit job.
There are thriving businesses.
There -- people moving in fan was moving and -- revitalization taking place but at the same time it was Ganassi the expenses.
Or an even -- a note to have.
Our findings for a city services so that you can't have the quality of life and our city.
The city has a 140 acres of vacant land.
Somebody wanted to sell you oppose them.
I did pull that one reason because -- developer wants to grow trees we don't anyone be trees and our city we need people attend our analyst position -- people -- -- Detroit's broke.
I would think you would take any money.
We can't take it every every -- -- a good deal.
And we did not a good deal it didn't look good to me the time is still doesn't right now the good to me right now.
-- solitaire downspout tear down some homes.
Take care of some of the land.
Plant trees plants shrubbery.
We what have people who have Bob vacant house -- of -- them.
And play numerous trees and shrubs they didn't move if that what they one is another home they -- free and family there for probably taxes and revenue and that brings back a neighborhood not -- -- treason neighborhood.
Well I don't see why you politicians get to decide what neighborhoods alike but that's not my business what about the art that we are we -- we live -- don't enable -- to job.
-- -- what about the art in the art museum's 60000.
Yes and we have valuable piece of art mangled self portrait.
-- Rivera's -- not law bulls brought assets that we should have protected a long time ago and I trust that that bad of museums and not have to be sold off.
Because we will never be able to get calls at his back ADN they belong to people.
And it's not museums fall.
But we have that the park we have museums we have numerous assets that could be up for sale but I trust right now in a missile negotiations.
We can get off -- under control our creditors -- bondholders are pensions and our employees.
But I'm just don't get is you talk about this the city's been going broke for a long time you've got 60000.
Paid it's the van -- itself might be worth 200 million dollars.
Candy and we will be at some other people can look at it in some other talent who could afford it.
So -- can't afford it because we we can't afford the museum for want that's what that's what he's selling -- -- want.
It's one issue the penny belongs to the people and that's a small issue compared to will be going through.
We have legacy cost.
We have people who move out of Detroit there's some things that we get to do to change just a solidifies those come back here at eighteen and in order to make sure that we are not in this kind of -- years to come -- -- when they when they -- of donate.
Since Detroit is broke.
Huckabee have six staffers working for you.
I do not have six staffers when I began -- four years now we had a budget of 600000 dollars.
Right now we're down to 230000.
Dollars I have three people two leave.
I have thought three person working now and one may be leaving sometime shortly so we don't want your web site -- you have a community liason chief of staff chief of policy six people.
Secretary half -- right now jobs we sweetie we will -- that the website actually right not -- for when the city's broke why do you have any.
Well how we get things done.
The governor's duties to work and operate people call our office we still meet on a weekly basis we -- a potential complaints and one person myself can't do law can't answer the phone.
Beat the council table be in the community we do need some person office working for the citizens that it short.
Thank you councilman spivey.
Think he's I had a great time.
I find it frightening that our financial future will be determined by -- politicians like those on Detroit City Council this is a problem for all of America.
Government officials rarely want to give any thing -- Last year Hewlett-Packard fired 27000.
Workers IBM in GE laid off a 100000.
When expenses got too -- People were upset that the companies had to do it to survive.
In the private sector we make hard decisions like that all the time.
People usually don't even hear about.
-- in government they call any cut crisis.
And even in Detroit where he called 911 and no one may respond.
Officials won't even sell a few paintings.
Or let someone else manage one park or cut their four person staff gimme a break.
If the rest of America's governance is anything like Detroit's America.
Is in big trouble.
That's our show see you next week.
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