“THOU SHALT HONOR OBAMA” – So Says Detroit County Judge

It is getting increasingly difficult to keep up with the myriad of very alarming Big Government examples that are pummeling the United States these days.  The latest are the words of Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who angrily accused the Michigan governor and state Attorney General of not “honoring the president” during her very odd and hyper-partisan local ruling that is attempting to veto both Michigan state law and federal bankruptcy laws.

(THOU SHALT HONOR OBAMA! – So Says Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.)

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(via HotAir)

Michigan judge halts Detroit bankruptcy because it dishonors Obama

Prior to her ruling on Friday, she criticized the Snyder administration and Attorney General’s Office for what appeared to be hasty action to outflank pension board attorneys.

“It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant Attorney General Brian Devlin. “It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.”

Aquilina said she would make sure President Obama got a copy of her order.

“I know he’s watching this,” she said, predicting the president ultimately will have to take action to make sure existing pension commitments are honored.

“I know he’s watching this.” She’s essentially threatening to tattle on the governor by faxing a copy of her order to Our National Father, whose dignity is on the line as the fate of America’s most notorious experiment in pure progressive government is decided. They should be grateful she didn’t hold them in contempt under the Dishonoring Obama clause of the Constitution.

She also ordered that a copy of her declaratory judgment be sent to President Barack Obama, saying he “bailed out Detroit” and may want to look into the pension issue.

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This woman is no judge.  Not by any practical application of the term.  No, she is nothing more than a shill and protector of the government labor unions of Detroit and a hopeful receiver of Big Labor’s biggest supporter (and recipient of cash), President Barack H. Obama whose socialist (and illegal) forced bailout of Detroit has fallen flat on its face.  And guess what – this failing was known about BEFORE the 2012 Election but was kept quiet so as not to become a rightful political liability against the Obama administration.

Defenders of Barack Obama are now claiming he only saved the Detroit auto industry – not Detroit itself.  Ah, but look at the words of this judge spoken just this week:

She also ordered that a copy of her declaratory judgment be sent to President Barack Obama, saying he “bailed out Detroit” and may want to look into the pension issue.

Now let us look at Barack Obama’s own words, spoken during the 2012 Election when he pats himself on the back for having “saved Detroit communities and jobs, including teachers and firefighters” and that he “refused to let Detroit go bankrupt.”  Does that sound like somebody who was simply talking about the auto industry only?

Well, Detroit is going bankrupt Mr. President – just as your own set of self-serving and dangerous values have long been the same…

 

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5 Comments to “THOU SHALT HONOR OBAMA” – So Says Detroit County Judge
    • Essa
    • Proof positive that today’s unions and democrats are like termites, destroying the host city from within until it crumbles.

    • Francesca
    • Sorry, sweetie, but it is not in Detroit’s job description to ‘honor Obama’. He is NOT the king, thank goodness. What is it about NO MONEY that you fail to understand?

    • AmericaTheBeautiful
    • If Obama had a city…It would look like Detroit

      By MARK STEYN

      By the time Detroit declared bankruptcy, Americans were so inured to the throbbing dirge of Motown’s Greatest Hits – 40 percent of its streetlamps don’t work; 210 of its 317 public parks have been permanently closed; it takes an hour for police to respond to a 911 call; only a third of its ambulances are drivable; one-third of the city has been abandoned; the local Realtor offers houses on sale for a buck and still finds no takers; etc., etc. – Americans were so inured that the formal confirmation of a great city’s downfall was greeted with little more than a fatalistic shrug.

      But it shouldn’t be. To achieve this level of devastation, you usually have to be invaded by a foreign power. In the War of 1812, when Detroit was taken by a remarkably small number of British troops without a shot being fired, Michigan’s Governor Hull was said to have been panicked into surrender after drinking heavily. Two centuries later, after an almighty 50-year bender, the city surrendered to itself. The tunnel from Windsor, Ontario, to Detroit, Mich., is now a border between the First World and the Third World – or, if you prefer, the developed world and the post-developed world. To any American time-transported from the mid-20th century, the city’s implosion would be literally incredible: Were he to compare photographs of today’s Hiroshima with today’s Detroit, he would assume Japan won the Second World War after nuking Michigan. Detroit was the industrial powerhouse of America, the “arsenal of democracy,” and, in 1960, the city with the highest per capita income in the land. Half a century on, Detroit’s population has fallen by two-thirds, and in terms of “per capita income,” many of the shrunken pool of capita have no income at all beyond EBT cards. The recent HBO series “Hung” recorded the adventures of a financially struggling Detroit school basketball coach forced to moonlight as a gigolo. It would be heartening to think the rest of the bloated public-sector workforce, whose unsustainable pensions and benefits have brought Detroit to its present sorry state (and account for $9 billion of its $11 billion in unsecured loans), could be persuaded to follow its protagonist and branch out into the private sector, but this would probably be more gigolos than the market could bear, even allowing for an uptick in tourism from Windsor.

      So, late Friday, some genius jurist struck down the bankruptcy filing. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina declared Detroit’s bankruptcy “unconstitutional” because, according to the Detroit Free Press, “the Michigan Constitution prohibits actions that will lessen the pension benefits of public employees.” Which means that, in Michigan, reality is unconstitutional.

      So a bankrupt ruin unable to declare bankruptcy is now back to selling off its few remaining valuables, as I learned from a Detroit News story headlined “Howdy Doody May Test Limits Of Protecting Detroit Assets.” For those of you under 40 – okay, under 80 – Howdy Doody is the beloved American children’s puppet, in Western garb with a beaming smile and 48 freckles, one for every state, which gives you some idea of when his heyday was. The “Howdy Doody Show” ended its run Sept. 24, 1960, which would have made sense for Detroit, too. The city’s Institute of Arts paid $300,000 for the original Howdy Doody puppet – or about the cost of 300,000 three-bedroom homes. Don’t get too excited – you can’t go to Detroit and see him on display; he’s in storage. He’s in some warehouse, lying down doing nothing all day long, like so many other $300,000 city employees. Instead of selling him off, maybe they should get him moonlighting as a gigolo and sell it to HBO as “Hungy Doody” (“When you’re looking for the real wood”). What else is left to sell? The city of Windsor has already offered to buy the Detroit half of the Detroit-Windsor tunnel, perhaps to wall it up.

      With bankruptcy temporarily struck down, we’re told that “innovation hubs” and “enterprise zones” are the answer. Seriously? In my book “After America,” I observe that the physical decay of Detroit – the vacant and derelict lots for block after block after block – is as nothing compared with the decay of the city’s human capital. Forty-seven percent of adults are functionally illiterate, which is about the same rate as in the Central African Republic, which at least has the excuse that it was ruled throughout the Seventies by a cannibal emperor. Why would any genuine innovator open a business in a Detroit “innovation hub”? Whom would you employ? The illiterates include a recent president of the School Board, Otis Mathis, which doesn’t bode well for the potential workforce a decade hence.

      Given their respective starting points, one has to conclude that Detroit’s Democratic Party makes a far more comprehensive wrecking crew than Emperor Bokassa ever did. No bombs, no invasions, no civil war, just “liberal” “progressive” politics day in, day out. Americans sigh and say, “Oh, well, Detroit’s an ‘outlier.’” It’s an outlier only in the sense that it happened here first. The same malign alliance between a corrupt political class, rapacious public sector unions and an ever more swollen army of welfare dependents has been adopted in the formally Golden State of California, and in large part by the Obama administration, whose priorities – “health” “care” “reform,” “immigration” “reform” – are determined by the same elite/union/dependency axis. As one droll Tweeter put it, “If Obama had a city, it would look like Detroit.”

      After the Battle of Saratoga, Adam Smith famously told a friend despondent that the revolting colonials were going to be the ruin of Britain, “There is a great deal of ruin in a nation” – and in a great city, too. If your inheritance includes the fruits of visionaries like Henry Ford, Walter Chrysler and the Dodge brothers, you can coast for a long time, and then decline incrementally, and then less incrementally, and then catastrophically, until what’s left is, as the city’s bankruptcy petition puts it, “structurally unsound and in danger of collapse.” There is a great deal of ruin in advanced societies, but, even in Detroit, it took only six decades.

      “Structurally unsound and in danger of collapse”: Hold that thought. Like Detroit, America has unfunded liabilities, to the tune of $220 trillion, according to the economist Laurence Kotlikoff. Like Detroit, it’s cosseting the government class and expanding the dependency class, to the point where its bipartisan “immigration reform” actively recruits 50 million to 60 million low-skilled chain-migrants. Like Detroit, America’s governing institutions are increasingly the corrupt enforcers of a one-party state – the IRS and Eric Holder’s amusingly misnamed Department of Justice being only the most obvious examples. Like Detroit, America is bifurcating into the class of “community organizers” and the unfortunate denizens of the communities so organized.

      The one good thing that could come out of bankruptcy is, if those public-sector pensions are, cut and government workers are forced to learn what happens when, as National Review’s Kevin Williamson puts it, a parasite outgrows its host. But, pending an appeal, that’s “unconstitutional,” no matter how dead the host is. Beyond that, Detroit needs urgently both to make it noninsane for talented people to live in the city, and to cease subjecting its present population to a public “education” system that’s little more than unionized child abuse. Otherwise, Windsor, Ontario, might as well annex it for a War of 1812 theme park – except if Gen. Brock and the Royal Newfoundland Fencibles had done to Detroit what the Democratic Party did they’d be on trial at the Hague for war crimes.

      • AmericaTheBeautiful
      • Democrat mayors since 1961

        Republican mayors 1933-1962 (minus a 2 yr Dem mayor). Most prosperous time for Detroit.

        82% of the city is black

        As of 2005, Michigan held the largest and still growing Muslim population in the United States and the second largest Arab population outside of the Middle East.

        ….connect the dots ?

    • AmericaTheBeautiful
    • Statism is turning America into Detroit – Ayn Rand’s Starnesville come to life
      By Daniel Hannan

      You thought Atlas Shrugged was fiction?

      Look at this description of Detroit from today’s Observer:
      What isn’t dumped is stolen. Factories and homes have largely been stripped of anything of value, so thieves now target cars’ catalytic converters. Illiteracy runs at around 47%; half the adults in some areas are unemployed. In many neighbourhoods, the only sign of activity is a slow trudge to the liquor store.

      Now have a look at the uncannily prophetic description of Starnesville, a Mid-Western town in Ayn

      Rand’s dystopian novel, Atlas Shrugged. Starnesville had been home to the great Twentieth Century Motor Company, but declined as a result of socialism:

      A few houses still stood within the skeleton of what had once been an industrial town. Everything that could move, had moved away; but some human beings had remained. The empty structures were vertical rubble; they had been eaten, not by time, but by men: boards torn out at random, missing patches of roofs, holes left in gutted cellars. It looked as if blind hands had seized whatever fitted the need of the moment, with no concept of remaining in existence the next morning. The inhabited houses were scattered at random among the ruins; the smoke of their chimneys was the only movement visible in town. A shell of concrete, which had been a schoolhouse, stood on the outskirts; it looked like a skull, with the empty sockets of glassless windows, with a few strands of hair still clinging to it, in the shape of broken wires.

      Beyond the town, on a distant hill, stood the factory of the Twentieth Century Motor Company. Its walls, roof lines and smokestacks looked trim, impregnable like a fortress. It would have seemed intact but for a silver water tank: the water tank was tipped sidewise.

      They saw no trace of a road to the factory in the tangled miles of trees and hillsides. They drove to the door of the first house in sight that showed a feeble signal of rising smoke. The door was open. An old woman came shuffling out at the sound of the motor. She was bent and swollen, barefooted, dressed in a garment of flour sacking. She looked at the car without astonishment, without curiosity; it was the blank stare of a being who had lost the capacity to feel anything but exhaustion.

      “Can you tell me the way to the factory?” asked Rearden.
      The woman did not answer at once; she looked as if she would be unable to speak English. “What factory?” she asked.

      Rearden pointed. “That one.”
      “It’s closed.”

      Now here’s the really extraordinary thing. When Ayn Rand published those words in 1957, Detroit was, on most measures, the city with the highest per capita GDP in the United States.

      The real-life Starnesville, like the fictional one, decayed slowly, then collapsed quickly. I spent a couple of weeks in Detroit in 1991. The city was still functioning more or less normally, but the early signs of decomposition were visible. The man I was staying withn, a cousin of my British travelling companion, ran a bar and restaurant. He seemed to my teenage eyes to be the embodiment of the American dream: he had never been to college, but got on briskly and uncomplainingly with building a successful enterprise. Still, he was worried. He was, he told me, one of a shrinking number of taxpayers sustaining more and more dependents. Maybe now, he felt, was the time to sell up, while business was still good.
      He wasn’t alone.
      The population of Motown has fallen from two million to 700,000, and once prosperous neighbourhoods have become derelict. Seventy six thousand homes have been abandoned; estate agents are unable to shift three-bedroom houses for a dollar.

      The Observer, naturally, quotes a native complaining that ‘capitalism has failed us,’ but capitalism is the one thing the place desperately needs. Detroit has been under Leftist administrations for half a century. It has spent too much and borrowed too much, driving away business and becoming a tool of the government unions.

      Of Detroit’s $11 billion debt, $9 billion is accounted for by public sector salaries and pensions. Under the mountain of accumulated obligations, the money going into, say, the emergency services is not providing services but pensions. Result? It takes the police an hour to respond to a 911 call and two thirds of ambulances can’t be driven. This is a failure, not of the private sector, but of the state. And, even now, the state is fighting to look after its clients: a court struck down the bankruptcy application on grounds that ‘will lessen the pension benefits of public employees’.

      Which brings us to the scariest thing of all. Detroit could all too easily be a forerunner for the rest of the United States. As Mark Steyn puts it in the National Review:

      Like Detroit, America has unfunded liabilities, to the tune of $220 trillion, according to the economist Laurence Kotlikoff. Like Detroit, it’s cosseting the government class and expanding the dependency class, to the point where its bipartisan “immigration reform” actively recruits 50–60 million low-skilled chain migrants. Like Detroit, America’s governing institutions are increasingly the corrupt enforcers of a one-party state — the IRS and Eric Holder’s amusingly misnamed Department of Justice being only the most obvious examples. Like Detroit, America is bifurcating into the class of “community organizers” and the unfortunate denizens of the communities so organized.

      Oh dear. No wonder the president would rather talk about Trayvon Martin. If you want to see Obamanomics taken to its conclusion, look at Starnesville. And tremble.

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