Politics & Prejudices
Detroit pension cuts contradict Michigan constitution
Thous shalt not cut pensions. Unfortunately, federal law always trumps state law.
Published: February 24, 2014
But that was part of the contract when that clerk took office, and government is obligated to abide by that. This wouldn’t have happened in Ohio, because the state guarantees all government pensions there. That should be the case here.
After all, Detroit is a “political subdivision” of the state of Michigan, and I think the state has an obligation to any public pension holder; and when all else fails, make them whole.
That’s what should happen, but don’t hold your breath.
Do expect to see a whole lot of shakin’ going on, however, before this bankruptcy is through.
THINKING ABOUT THE DIA
Maybe it’s time for a local version of the new movie Monuments Men, in which a special team of soldiers in the last days of World War II tries to find and save art treasures looted by the Nazis.
Our version could show a desperate band of enlightened citizens and half-committed politicians trying to save one of the nation’s great art museums from being looted and destroyed by greedy creditors hungry for every last dime they can get.
The best title I can think of is Morning in America, which pays tribute to the Reagan-era contempt for cities that helped bring on all this. Or maybe Bankruptcy Men. But as a penniless producer, I am cheerfully open to suggestions.
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