In Detroit, there’s no escape from hard choices (Detroit Free Press)

December 5, 2012 – In the La La Land of Detroit governance, a grateful President Barack Obama may be about to rescue elected officials from the need to make hard choices with a huge federal bailout. Or at least that’s what City Council member JoAnn Watson suggested before Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The way Watson sees it, Obama owes Detroit for the big turnout that aided his re-election. She’s hallucinating, of course, but her fantasy begs the crucial question in the city right now: Which will come first, a municipal bankruptcy filing or the end of delusional governance? The groundwork is actually being laid for substantial improvement in Detroit government.

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