In the comments to the Detroit bankruptcy, we half-joked that it would be blamed on Bush.
ED SCHULTZ: Michigan used to be a symbol of industrial strength in manufacturing in this country. But thanks to a lot of Republican policies, the city is now filing for bankruptcy. Now, it’s the largest public sector bankruptcy in U.S. history, and the consequences could be devastating if you care about people. The already small force of police, firefighters and EMTs are in danger of future layoffs, that’s only going to make it worse. Roughly 30,000 retired workers are concerned about their pensions. You know, what they’re counting on.
Make no mistake, Detroit is exactly what the Republicans want. They outsourced manufacturing jobs, attack unions, cut public services, and this is the result. Now they can wipe the slate clean because now they can start privatizing city assets.
Detroit attacked unions and cut public services? Um, Ed? That’s the precise opposite of true. They haven’t cut public services and have one of the highest ratios of public employees to population in the nation. They didn’t attack unions and currently owe billion in unfunded liabilities. They tried to tax their way out of it and drove businesses away.
Detroit is a distillation of everything wrong with Democratic party priorities. Rather than defend that, they are going on the offensive. Schultz is not the only one spewing this line of garbage. But the facts will not let them get away with it.