Detroit Councilwoman JoAnn Watson is nothing if not direct. Watson is quoted this week as demanding a “quid pro quo” from President Obama — a bailout for the ballots used to reelect him. We have run a long serious of stories of the meltdown in Detroit — one of the worst run cities in the nation and a city council that often seemed to have more members either in jail or under criminal investigation. Now the council seems to be looking for a bailout and Watson is reportedly telling Obama to pony up.
Watson explained that “[a]fter the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, D.C., and came home with some bacon. That’s what you do.”
The problem with a bailout is that Detroit voters have repeatedly shown an utter disregard for corruption and incompetence in office. While it is certainly true that Detroit has been hit by forces outside of its control with the decline of the automotive industry in the United States and the economic crisis, the elected officials in Detroit have remained a national disgrace. Giving these officials hundreds of millions of dollars is not a prospect that most people relish.
Source: Huff Post