Dems Favor Federal Bailout Of Detroit, But Majority Of Public Opposed

Donkey SC Dems Favor Federal Bailout of Detroit, But Majority of Public Opposed

A new national poll from Quinnipiac University shows that a majority Democrats believe the federal government should bail out Detroit, but an even larger majority of Americans oppose such a move. Fifty-one percent of Democrats support Washington providing federal assistance to Detroit, which last month became the largest American city ever to seek bankruptcy protection.

Not surprisingly, there is a strong partisan divide on the question of a federal bailout for the Motor City. Seventy-three percent of Republicans oppose a bailout, while only 18 percent support the idea. Independents are nearly of the same mind as Republicans on the issue: 68 percent oppose federal assistance for Detroit and 28 percent support it.

The poll also shows a significant racial divide on the issue. Whites overwhelmingly oppose a federal bailout (63 percent against vs. 26 percent in favor) while a solid majority of African-Americans support a bailout (57 percent favor vs. 36 percent against) as do a plurality of Hispanics (48 percent favor vs. 36 percent against).

A federal bailout for Detroit is very much a live issue politically. Michigan’s congressional Democrats are vowing to find federal assistance for the city, while Republicans such as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul have declared that Washington will bailout Detroit “over my dead body.”

Read More at Real Clear Politics . By Tom Bevan.

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Video: Bloomberg, Let Illegals Move to Detroit and “Take Jobs”

New York City Michael Bloomberg has a keen solution for the city of Detroit: open the U.S. border and allow illegal immigrants to move in to “start businesses, take jobs whatever.” The Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent, who is said to be considering a third party presidential run in 2012 and was a major force behind the “No Labels” movement, says America’s most decrepit city would benefit if the illegals promise to keep their discipline and work ethic inside the city limits. (If there is one thing illegal aliens have proven, it is that they will not move out of an area with a devastated economy in hopes of getting a better job!) Meanwhile in Motown Karen Dumas, a spokeswoman for Mayor Dave Bing, declined the offer saying, “we would want to make sure that people who are here are able to enjoy a quality of life from an educational perspective, an employment perspective and a public safety perspective.” Bing’s office does not believe the best solution to massive unemployment is to have an army of cheap laborers move in and “take jobs.” Apparently the mayor of Detroit knows more about economics than the mayor of New York City. Who would have thought?

Detroit Has the Answer to Failing Students: Cheat

Kevin “Coach” Collins,

The Detroit Public School system (DPS) is one of the worse in the nation. Its 59 percent graduation rate puts it at the bottom of major school systems in the nation. Unfortunately, that is the good news. The bad news is that because “grade fixing” appears to be uncomfortably common. DPS students are not honestly achieving even their meager accomplishments because of “social promotions.” The problems of “social promotion” – pushing students along so they don’t have to feel the embarrassment of being left back – are coming home to the DPS system.

Recognition of the evils of social promotion is beginning to spread nationwide. Last week, the Oklahoma state senate received a bill to prohibit social promotion.

The bill’s sponsor said, “Social promotion sets a child up for failure. Through the third grade, children are learning to read—after that, they read to learn. If they can’t read, they simply fall further behind. Senate Bill 348 ends social promotion and provides remediation to get those children back on track for success.”

Grades Being Changed

A Detroit fifth grade teacher who taught summer school found that her final grade sheet, which included failing grades for most of her 40 students, was simply reversed. “Kids know when they didn’t earn a grade. And they’ll know they don’t have to do anything the next year because they’re going to get moved along,” she said.

Another teacher reported that students who were absent more than 20 times had their grades changed to Cs; another student who got an F after 37 absences now stands accused of assaulting his teacher.

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