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Here we go. The first 'order' to take away the ability for the elected officials to do anything without the approval of the 'Emergency Manager'.

Anyone want to bet their lake front park won't be sold to the rich enclave that wants it for a couple more holes on their golf course while the course enjoys a tax reduction on the backs of the elderly and poor??
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Old 04-19-2011, 03:00 PM
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Watch Rachel tell it like it is better than I can.

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saw that last night. It almost sounds like it had been in the planning stages for awhile, doesn't it? It desn't sound like there was anything coincidental about it.
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Well, democravy was fun while it lasted.
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:32 AM
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All 5,466 of Detroit's teachers have just been sent layoff notices.
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I'm torn between being :dawkins: at the content of the article, and :roflcopt: at

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Using dictatorial powers recently granted by the Michigan legislature, Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb ordered layoff notices sent to all 5,466 teachers in the district. Nonrenewal notices also went to 248 DPS administrators.
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Old 04-23-2011, 04:34 PM
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I guess the plan is to replace schools with prisons and voters with prisoners.
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Old 04-23-2011, 07:27 PM
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The Visigoths are coming over the seventh hill.

The best part is that this time we can watch it in 3-D on wide screen TVs.
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This has been pretty big news on the local stations recently. If I were teaching in the Detroit schools, I'd be looking for employment elsewhere. Even if I was all but certain my contract was going to be renewed, I'd be looking for employment elsewhere. From what I can gather, the atmosphere is pretty toxic and teacher morale is very low.

Though I have to say that the situation isn't necessarily a whole lot better at the college/university level ...
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From what I can gather, the atmosphere is pretty toxic and teacher morale is very low.

Though I have to say that the situation isn't necessarily a whole lot better at the college/university level ...
I was afraid you might say that. :sadcheer:
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I guess the plan is to replace schools with prisons and voters with prisoners.
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Is this here yet? It's not totally related, but it is still illustrative of the underlying mindset.

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Scooped! :shakelisarea:

Foster kids are so damn privileged already, what with their Gucci shoes and D&G backpacks.
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Bumping just to say I told you so. Flint is the first city to have its finances reviewed. Sucks to be us.
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From what I understand, Snyder requires a certain percentage of outsourcing from school districts in order to qualify for full state funding. Flint very nearly outsourced all their bus drivers but SEIU managed to save the jobs by giving up all vacation, sick and personal time and paying 50% of their health care.

I am SO glad the library doesn't need to jump through those hoops for state funds. They just flat out cut it 40% without dangling carrots to make us screw our unions.
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Jesus Fucking Christ.

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“What is the proper salary of a dictator?” asked Flint resident Paul Jordan, one of many Michigan residents who has sued the state, saying the emergency manager law overreaches. “Certainly it’s a very big job. But on the other hand, here the people who are paying his salary had no opportunity to hire him.”

Flint’s emergency manager, Michael Brown, is paid $170,000 a year, according to his contract. . . .

. . .

Mayor Dayne Walling’s was Flint’s highest-paid elected official, receiving $91,800 before Brown eliminated his pay and benefits and those of city council members.
So, yeah. Hooray for the freedom-loving, small government teabillies. And stuff.
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It's all about the back nine. Everybody knows you can't give poor people access to waterfront property, especially in everloving perpetuity, because waterfront is for rich people. We need it for Jack Nicklaus golf courses. Jeezus H Christ, don't you gaiz know anything?

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Naomi Klein= useless communist bitch,a liar,an hypocrite,the female non-fat equivalent of Michael Moore

She went too far when she attacked Milton Friedman,one of the best non-austrian economist,with lie about how he was linking with Pinochet when Milton Friedman gave the same advice at the Chinese Communist Party too
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