What Not-Knowing-How-To-Govern looks like. Today the Mayor of Detroit announced a “shrinkage” plan which will encourage citizens to leave the city, “If they stay where they are I absolutely cannot give them all the services they require.” One indication of how desperate things have become in that once great American city, here’s an article from last year (and it’s only gotten worse) describing how, among other things, wild animals are taking over the city.
In his (or her) report about a city emptied out by the economy (the median home value there has been reported to be a mere $18,000), he writes, “The city of Detroit has a very strange, wild appearance, in some parts like a city of ruins many years older than it actually is, where nature reasserts itself in vegetation that spreads over the city’s crumbling structures.”
Even downtown, abandoned skyscrapers, with windows left open to the elements, become giant pigeon coops, with upper floors covered in inches of pigeon droppings, as generation after generation of pigeons live uninterrupted by humans in the middle of a major downtown. Buildings like the Wurlitzer, the Lafer and the Broderick house hundreds of pigeons between them.”
He says that the most visible wildlife in the city are the roving packs of wild dogs in Detroit neighborhoods. “Groups of usually four to seven dogs, each litter progressively wilder and stranger-looking than their predecessors, roam through even well-kept neighborhoods, occasionally making the news when they attack someone, usually children or mail carriers.
Even pheasants have become commonplace in some of the metro area’s grassy fields, along with foxes, opossums, turkeys, roosters and raccoons, many of which have been spotted deep inside the city, bravely roaming through downtown locales.”
But don’t you worry the President of the United States has everything under control! They’ve got their plan ready to make sure Obama is praised on talk radio stations across the country. And isn’t that what really matters? He is The President after all and The Campaign is Over, John.
The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America has quietly launched an initiative aimed at making Obama supporters’ voices heard on the largely conservative airwaves.
“The fate of health reform has been a focus of debate in living rooms and offices, on TV and online — and on talk radio. And since millions of folks turn to talk radio as a trusted source of news and opinions, we need to make sure OFA supporters are calling in with a pro-reform message,” says the introduction to the online tool.
The online tool presents users with a radio show discussing political topics, to which supporters can listen live, and the phone number for that station, for when health care comes up. It also offers tips for callers and talking points on the issue.