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Michigan Judge Halts Detroit Bankruptcy; Sends Order To Barack Obama Because He ‘Bailed Out Detroit’

July 19, 2013 by  

The Michigan Circuit Judge who blocked Detroit’s filing for bankruptcy protection put an exclamation point on her rulings, stipulating in her judgment Friday that President Barack Obama be sent a copy of her order, saying he “bailed out Detroit” and should be involved in figuring out how public employees’ pension funds won’t be raided to pay off creditors.

Aquilina was doubtless referencing the Obama Administration’s extension of $80 billion in loans, begun under George W. Bush, to automotive companies that hemorrhaged money in 2008 and 2009.

Under the judge’s order, Republican Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr can’t start talking with creditors about how to write off debt until the pensions of public employees can be guaranteed, as required by the Michigan State Constitution.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday the President has no plans to become involved in a bailout of what could be the biggest American city to file for bankruptcy in U.S. history. Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, was telling reporters in Washington “We don’t know at this point” if the government will step in.

Senator Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) message was a bit less muddled Friday, as he said the President would bail out Detroit “over my dead body.”

 

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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