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Why ever would anyone expect this?
Detroit files for bankruptcy (bet you thought it already was bankrupt) Morally and socially for about 200 years.

The city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in federal court Thursday, laying the groundwork for a historic effort to bail out a city that is sinking under billions of dollars in debt and decades of mismanagement, population flight and loss of tax revenue.

The bankruptcy filing makes Detroit the largest city in U.S. history to do so.

Blaise Miller @BlaiseInKC

Detroit officials tell residents not to panic over the bankruptcy. They don’t expect any disruption to the city’s cocaine availability.

Charles C. W. Cooke @charlescwcooke

I’m just disgusted at the political and divisive attempt to make the failure of a city about the people who have run it for half a century.

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Unexpectedly. — 4 Comments

  1. I take exception to your suggestion that Detroit has been socially bankrupt for 200 years.

    Morally, well, it started out as a place where the French would get the Indians shitfaced on rotgut and fleece them of their furs, and then the British took over, and traded rum for American scalps. During the Civil War the anti-draft riots made the ones a century later look like a Sunday school picnics –the race riots during WWII, ditto — and during Prohibition the Purple Gang scared th crap out of Al Capone, all the while the average resident was driving across the iced-over Detroit River to Ontario to fill his Model T full of Canadian booze. (Ontario was a dry province, too, but that didn’t stop them from establishing distilleries where it was convenient…)

    So, morally, yeah, but the socially it used to be a great town.

  2. Iā€™m just disgusted at the political and divisive attempt to make the failure of a city about the people who have run it for half a century. ā€” Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) July 18, 2013

    OK — I’m nothing if not disgusting:

    Detroit Mayors from January 1952 to Today -ā€“
    Jerome Cavanagh (D)
    Roman Gribbs (D)
    Coleman Young (D)
    Dennis Archer (D)
    Kwame Kilpatrick (D ā€“ Crook)
    Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. (D)
    Dave Bing (D)
    Take a bow, Democrats.