MSNBC Pundit: Detroit Bankrupt From Too Little Government


Last week, Detroit became the largest city in American history to declare bankruptcy after struggling for decades to remain financially solvent.

Much of Detroit’s economic trouble came from big–government policy initiatives championed by the Democratic politicians who have controlled the city since the 60’s.

As representatives from the Heritage Foundation contend, ““For decades, Detroit sustained itself through the usual suspects of bad fiscal management: unaffordable borrowing, state grant schemes, raising taxes, and deferring public pension contributions rather than cutting city spending. But Detroit’s tragic downward cycle has reached its end.”

But American liberals refuse to believe that any of Detroit’s problems could be related to Democ5rat policy. MSNBC pundit Melissa Harris Perry said that Detroit’s bankruptcy was actually a result of too little government during a recent appearance.

“But this lack of tax base is also exactly the thing that many Republicans would impose on us even when our cities have sufficient populations, even when our communities have sufficient populations,” she said.

“This is what it looks like when government is small enough to drown in your bathtub and it is not a pretty picture,” she concluded.

Sounds sort of like a chicken and egg problem, doesn’t it?


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Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • TIME

    Wow, so lets see, now one Melissa Harris has been in the Cone of Stupid for how long again?
    She is proof positive that stupid’s walk among us…Case closed, sadly
    Say Good Bye America –

    Welcome to the Hotel California. Its a lovely place, with plenty of space cadets.

    Also seen here daily posting the same kind of mindless rhetoric,

    • Larry

      We shouldn’t let her in on the secret of why the government of Detroit is so small.

  • Beachtennisguy

    If only those jumbo pensions and other unfunded liabilities were bigger…

  • Dcp5674

    Once again, the liberals and the unions hand in hand crushed an American city, this time a major city. To rejuvenate Detroit, first you give the unions a reasonable offer, and if they don’t take it, they go to the end of the line in bankruptcy court.

  • shafawn

    Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.

    Joseph Stalin
    They are educated to be stupid. That’s the whole point

    • Bill

      Kind of like an overeducated idiot

      • aclay777

        All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and
        a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity.

        – Mark Twain’s Autobiography;

    • aclay777

      Hitler said give me a child at 7 and I’ll own them forever.

  • Curtis Jacobson

    As a member of the GOP and retiree of the City of Detroit.the Mayor and Governor have lied to us. I have been in the city 57 years as a government auditor. The city was poorly run by people who were in charge. Not political.

    • Vis Fac

      The First step in fixing any problem is identifying and acknowledgment of the said problem. You say you were are a member of the GOP but sound like a RINO. Although you have been offered proof positive with multiple examples you like the typical liberal refuse to acknowledge any political implication of liberal one dimensional idiot-ology that caused Detroit to file bankruptcy. Ill wage a tidy sum you believe the so called “global warming” phenomenon we all know as weather to be man made as well. No you are NOT a member of the GOP only a lying liberal who claims to be.

  • jdn

    Detroit will never recover , all that is left are the dregs from the bottom . No decent person would ever consider it as a destination to live let alone visit . the only good thing about it is rats will eat each other when the food sources run out .

  • Alan

    Now that’s a hot one! She is further proof that if you can’t win an argument, “obfuscate”! That’s their favorite tactic, next to race-baiting that is.

  • Robert Zraick

    We are spiraling downward as a civilization. Language is becoming soft and sloppy. Grammar and spelling? Forgetaboutit. But the worst casualty is of our philosophy. We have lost ethic and morals in our very thinking. Logic is completely out the window. Rational thought and recognition of reality has been replaced with shallow emotionalism.
    This is a descent into a new dark age. Only a global philosophical awakening can reverse this.

  • aclay777

    and what end did that come out of

    • Motov

      Does it matter since both ends produce the same material?

  • dave

    I always get such a kick out of watching the idiots on MSNBC (or as some of us know, Pravda for the OBAMA administration!) try to justify some of the most assinine comments I have ever heard. And find myself shaking my head in disbelief that there are actually American citizens who believe that crap. I guess the dumbing down of America that started in the mid 60’s has finally taken root and is apparently growing unchecked today. Wow!

  • IsThisAmerica

    What do liberals know? Answer: Absolutely nothing. They are touchy feely dweebs. You can’t say that because it might hurt someones feelings. Tough, get rid of political correctness, it is ruining us.

  • BHR

    America will never recover with the democrats thinking or I should say, lack of thinking. We could have 100’s of cities declaring bankruptcies and democrats say not enough government. If you pay taxes and own a home, more than half of your gross income will go to taxes. When is it ever enough for the democrats.

  • Timothy Thompson

    Detroit with over 700,000 people still left half black and uneducated in the basics, language being one of the most important, who would plan a visit to Detroit? Certainly not Obama; if he really cared about that city, he would change his vacation plans and visit Detroit and forget about Martha’s Vinyard, I’m sure the city politicians would appreciate his support.