Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    A once mighty proud city…undone by unions.

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 1 year ago

    The Democrats ran that city into the ground and if it wasn’t for the Republicans in the House, this whole country could be bankrupt.

  3. Peabody-Martini

    Peabody-Martini said, about 1 year ago

    Decades of disinvestment in American manufacturing fostered largely by conservatives has destroyed the heart of many of the big urban centers. Detroit being just one example.

  4. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, about 1 year ago

    @Peabody-Martini,
    You’re right. Another thing is that the USA does not have universal health care like other countries have. If we had that the car companies in the US would not have to provide it and they would be financially healthier.

  5. old1953

    old1953 said, about 1 year ago

    Cities issue bonds based on municipal needs. A city that rapidly loses population will always eventually go bankrupt, because they are trying to pay back bonds that were established for a larger population. As for the unions, honestly people, grow up. Unions do not make boardroom decisions for corporations, no matter how much the boardroom would like you to think they do. Unions did NOT decide that US car manufacturers would pursue the high dollar vehicles despite being fully aware that US incomes were stagnant. Unions did NOT decide that small economy cars would be left for “those other companies” to figure out how to make a profit. Unions did not decide that US auto makers would ignore electric cars, despite having a lock on design and manufacture of such vehicles in the early 90’s. And finally, unions absolutely DID NOT demand the companies quit their contractually mandated contributions to the pension plan, while proclaiming that the funds currently in the plan would generate 20% a year revenue forever, therefore needing no further contributions from the company, even though this is a defined benefit plan that requires the company to make up any deficit. None of that was done by unions, it was done IN THE BOARDROOM! BY THE CEO AND HIS CRONIES! Blame unions for strikes and similar things, but blaming unions for boardroom decisions is done far too often, and the CEO just loves it.

  6. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Clark Kent

    I agree with you.
    Can’t figure out why you folk always think “a good health plan” is part of your employment package.
    And the better the job the less you need the employer to provide it.
    Doesn’t make sense to me.

  7. jonesb

    jonesb said, about 1 year ago

    @Clark Kent

    If universal health care bankrupted the car companies, it will bankrupt the country as well. When something is free it gets abused, the sheep don’t understand that somebody along the line has to pay for it. Both parties are corrupt so don’t start with the Dem/GOP garbage.

  8. avarner

    avarner said, about 1 year ago

    There was nothing wrong with this country that couldn’t have been fixed with some modest and well placed tariffs starting back in the early 1980’s. This would have greatly expanded the USA tax base and leveled the playing field somewhat on imports.

    Instead, we pursued “free trade” which was really a war on the working middle class. You can’t compete with countries that pay their workers a couple of dollars a day (or less) and have a living wage for your own people.

    Of course the Detroit (the city) bankruptcy is just an effect of Detroit’s (the mfg entity) failure to compete in an unfair biased market.

    BTW: Repubs and Dems are equally guilty here ..

  9. joe piglet

    joe piglet GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    As a Canadian looking into the USA; from the outside. The USA = Rome and that empire fell. There is going to be a fire sale and it will be Detroit, Windsor is already looking at buying the tunnel. My overall thought is, what if China buys that whole city?

  10. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    But But Obama told them that magic green jobs would save them if only they vote for him. They did. So where are those magic green jobs. How is our buy out of the GM Union doing? How is the Volt selling? And is not Detroit powered by Coal?

  11. Mephistopholes

    Mephistopholes GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    I don’t think it is fair to blame Unions for the bankruptcy of Detroit anymore then I think it is fair to blame the car companies i.e. Boardrooms. These were two economic players in Detroit but there were many others.

    I think Detroit should be looked at as an example of what happens when a population dependent on handouts doesn’t lower their expectations of care when the people paying the bills can’t afford it anymore.

    California – This will be you in just a few years.

    The tax rates and crime got so out of control that many with the opportunity to leave the city did so. But the Needy just kept demanding their services and care and the government was slow to reduce their staff in response to a declining tax base.

    California is doing the same thing. Many with the ability to leave the state with the ability to make a living in a place with a lower tax base are choosing to do so. California continues to make their social services attractive to the needy and chases away all of those who would support their welfare state.

    Atlas is shrugging everyone. The people who work and pay their taxes are tired of being looked at as a cash cow for every sob story that isn’t willing to go out and work to support themselves.

    We, as a society, make far too many excuses for those who aren’t working. Yes the job market is depressed but there are jobs out there – In today’s economy you might have to work 2 jobs to support yourself but that is a far better alternative then being dependent on a state or municipality that is running out of money.

    We should take care of those who CANNOT work: The profoundly handicapped, the aged, and the very sick. But 2+years of Unemployment insurance and SSDI have made it far more attractive to sit on the couch and assume that someone will take care of you.

  12. Jim Pallas

    Jim Pallas GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Old1953 is on the mark. In 1950, I could ride the streetcar todowntown Detroit for a nickel. Then the car companies paid the city costs + a bonus to tear up the tracks and sell the streetcars to South America. Documented at the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library.. the town since has had no functioning public transportation but great freeways plowed thru historic neighborhoods.

  13. denis1112

    denis1112 said, about 1 year ago

    Rather then live in the drug thug infested town with city employee unions running things into the ground,people who actually work and pay taxes left the democrat workers paradise.The tax base moved away for their own safety and they were tired of being robbed.The unions continue to demand their salary,insurance benefits and retirement.But the tax base ran away.Then you have all the crooked crud that comes with crooked democrat government and unions.The tax base moved to another state.Now the thugs are looking for somewhere to move because there is no one to rob but each other.Or a Federal bailout.

  14. Mephistopholes

    Mephistopholes GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Adrian Snare – I disagree with your statement that starts “The better the man does…”. In this country the Liberals would like to make it the exact opposite.

    The liberals look to rob those that are successful to pay for the needs and wants of those that haven’t done as well.

    There is an anti-wealth and anti-success sentiment in this country that fills me with the urge to defacate.

    The Liberals point to the Paris Hiltons and the other trust fund babies and say – That is the average wealthy person in America – They inherited their wealth, they don’t deserve it and there are others who need that money.

    You can come up with many ways to justify looting but it is still looting at the end of the day.

    Part of the rage against Obama care that you are seeing in this country comes from people who feel they are being fleeced every step of the way to pay for another group of people that are quite happy to use the government to take their living from those who have done better then they.

    Also lets be honest about what Obama care really is. It’s robbing young people to pay for the health care of the elderly. You can say that you are giving young people something in return (Health care) but they really are paying more then they are getting in return.

    One more transfer of wealth from the Young to the Elderly – A voting block of cleptomaniacs: Medicare, Social Security, Drug Benefit, and now they want more.

  15. dja1701

    dja1701 said, about 1 year ago

    Please, people this has nothing to do with Democrats or unions. The elected officials were criminals. The former mayor, the pension fund manager, and several others have been indited for embezzlement and fraud, and racketeering.

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