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Bill Quick

Retirees: We’ll ‘lose everything’ in Detroit deal

Roderick Veil, a retiree from the Detroit Department of Transportation, isn’t as sure. He said he wasn’t even sure why he came to Lansing to testify before the House Committee on Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s Future.

“We raised our families here. I own a house in Detroit. We did everything you asked us to do. We can’t do it any better than that. I don’t know what welfare is,” said Veil. “When we open the (ballot) envelope, there’s a gun to our head: You take this or we’re going to take more.’ ”

A package of 11 bills being considered by the is almost beside the point for these retirees, who said they’ve lost their health care and are looking at draconian cuts to their pensions and annuities. If they reflect how a majority of retirees feel — and vote — then the state bills won’t help salvage the bankruptcy deal.

Funny.  There were no complaints when they were blackjacking Detroit all those years for gold-plated pensions and salaries that any idiot could see would never be fully funded, especially after they’d driven the city into bankruptcy.

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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World’s Smallest Violin, Crying Me a River — 7 Comments

  1. “any idiot could see would never be fully funded”

    Willful blindness isn’t the same as idiocy.

    Of course, knowing the way unions operate, these draconian cuts could just mean the COLA’s not going to be as big as it has been in the past, or they’re going to start having a $5 copay for doctor’s visits.

    • Willful blindness isn’t the same as idiocy.

      Distinction without a difference. The purpose of senses and intellect is to let us predict what the world is going to throw at us and act accordingly. If a person’s intellect is not up to the task, whether because of idiocy or insanity or indolence or incorrigibility, then he is defective and should die before passing on his defectiveness.

  2. “When we open the (ballot) envelope, there’s a gun to our head: You take this or we’re going to take more.”

    They probably sealed their fate the first time they acquiesced when presented with this “choice”.

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