It's astounding, isn't it? Detroit transit and SMART transit refused to run our AFDI ads back in 2009. We sued, we won, and they appealed. The Sixth circuit called our religious ads political, and the case goes on. Last week I was deposed for six hours by some profane blowhard hack attorney -- all billable hours to fight an ad created to help Muslim girls excape honor violence.
This is America -- everyone has the same right to a free life. And for a government agency to use taxpayer dollars to do the bidding of Islamic supremacists is highly treasonous.
"Report by emergency manager says Detroit's finances are crumbling, future is bleak" May 13, 2013, Associated Press via FOX News (thanks to Mike Grambush)
Detroit is broke and faces a bleak future given the precarious financial path it's on, according to a new report out by the city's state-appointed emergency manager.
The report was released late Sunday by bankruptcy attorney Kevyn Orr and is his first on Detroit's finances since officially taking the job in March.
Under state law, the report was due within 45 days of Michigan's newest emergency manager law taking effect. Orr's spokesman Bill Nowling had warned last week that the report was an early look at Detroit's fiscal condition and would not be glowing.
The summation is the latest blow to the city which came under state oversight in March when Gov. Rick Snyder selected Orr to handle Detroit's finances. Then, the city estimated its budget deficit to be about $327 million. Detroit also has struggled over the past year with cash flow, relying on bond money held by the state to pay some of its bills.
But Orr reports that Detroit's net cash position was negative $162 million as of April 26 and that the projected budget deficit is expected to reach $386 million in less than two months.
He also warns that the city's financial health might change as more data is collected and analyzed.
"What is clear, however, is that continuing along the current path is an ill-advised and unacceptable course of action if the city is to be put on the path to a sustainable future."
Detroit is the largest city in the country under state control and the city's wallet is now Orr's to command. He dictates how Detroit spends its money, something that had been the responsibility of first-term Mayor Dave Bing and the nine-member City Council.
In a statement Monday morning, Bing said his office plans a "comprehensive evaluation" of the report over the next day.
"A comprehensive review of the emergency manager's financial and operating plan has yet to be conducted," Bing said. "However, my initial review is that the assessment by Mr. Orr of the city's financial condition is consistent with my administration's findings."