Monday, April 27, 2009

Good Luck Mr. Bing

The Detroit News has wisely endorsed former Detroit Pistons great and successful Detroit Businessman, Dave Bing, as mayor of Detroit.

They give some very good reasons to support Mr. Bing

He has proven management abilities, and as a businessman in an extraordinarily tough and competitive industry, he has learned how to cut waste and operate efficiently.

That will be particularly useful, considering that three audits released last week found city departments can't account for tens of million of dollars in spending and revenue.

City Hall needs a thorough housecleaning, best delivered by someone whose independence is unquestionable.

Bing promises to focus on creating jobs; something he's actually done in the city.

He has invested his own money in economic development in Detroit, rebuilding the neighborhood around his steel plant and beginning a housing project on the riverfront.

I concur that, as far as I can tell, he is the bestl choice. He is probably best known for being a the sole bright spot on the floor of those days when the Pistons were lovable losers rather than a respectable team. His real success however is as a businessman. I wish more professional athletes (and other entertainers) would do what this man did; take his money and invest it in businesses that create jobs.

My enthusiasm is dampened however by this, it won't make a bit of difference. Dennis Archer was a decent man and I had a lot of hope for him when he replaced the biggest political slimeball in political history, Coleman Young (Racist, Crook, Socialist) as the mayor of Detroit. Mayor Archer was a relatively decent man (remember that saints don't survive politics) but he ran into the machine that governs Detroit including the Conyers family and Kilpatrick's family as well. These people own Detroit and it will be impossible to fix the city without prying it out of the hands of this, no other word for it, this local mafia that controls Detroit. If Mr. Bing wins, which is very possible, he too will have to deal with the same bunch of deeply entrenched crooks who will undermine him at every turn, just like they did Dennis Archer.

I sincerely wish him luck and Godspeed because, if he wins, he will need it.


Blogger Z said...

sounds like Bing's a good guy..when's your election, shoprat?
Isn't it frustrating when you figure it doesn't matter HOW good the guy's character is, he's fighting an uphill AMERICA?

12:56 AM  
Blogger christian soldier said...

I hate to admit that I remember Bing playing basketball-and I do not even like to watch basketball-he was a stand out...(please note-I was YOUNGER at the time :-)
I also remember Coleman Young a crook --- Fitzpatrick (another crook)became mayor after I left MI...
A Detroit house for a $1.00 anyone!!
Crooks have a way of messing up an economy...
GO Detroit RED WINGS!!!!

2:20 AM  
Blogger dmarks said...

Archer's administration distinguished itself with the unnecessary destruction of the Hudsons building.

How is the current mayor doing?

5:53 AM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

The question might then be: does Mr Bing have the fortitude to play these politics out in public, and publicly declare those persons are screwing the citizens of Detroit? Can he get the citizenry behind him if he publicly asks for their support and delineates the very clear reasons?


11:12 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

z I am not a citizen of Detroit thus can't vote for him.

ccs I always admired the way he kept it up playing for a sad-sack team which is what the Pistons were in the late 60s.

dmarks like I said- -relatively decent.

BZ maybe he can but Archer couldn't do it.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

Bing is the better choice since he is not beholden to the political machine. Unfortunately, I think you are correct - if he is elected, the political machine will erode his authority at every turn.

Too bad, too. Detroit looks like a disaster zone.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

He will be just like Archer: a decent man who will just give up after not being able to achieve anything because of the cleptocracy that is De-toilet. I am looking at Denver as a new home

5:06 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Shoprat, if Tim is wrong and he fights back hard, his life will be at risk. I hope he will have excellent security!

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Tim said...

Gayle, his life will not be at risk because the corruption is so ingrained that no matter how hard he fights he will be hamstrung at every turn and will get no cooperation at any level.
Whenever Detroit talks about "regional cooperation" it means we want the honkies (suburbs) to open their wallets so we can steal as much as possible. I've seen it over and over all the way back to the Coleman Young years. Wonder if Canada would take it over if we paid them enough.

9:53 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

tim I agree with your idea of giving Detroit to Canada. I just don't think they'd take it.

10:36 PM  

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