Kevin Fobbs
Should Detroit receive $100 million from Obama with government shutdown looming?
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By Kevin Fobbs
September 30, 2013

It seems that with a federal government on the brink of a shut-down and not a dime in sight to help balance the budget, President Obama still found millions for bankrupt Detroit. According to Fox News, the Obama administration has uncovered $100 million for fiscally beleaguered City of Detroit as a way of helping the city cope with mounting financial woes.

It appears that Christmas did come a bit early for the citizens of Detroit after learning that miracle of miracles the kitchen cabinet was not bare after all. This takes on an even more serious note, because Obama and his economic and political apologists like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had been insisting that, "There are no more cuts to make."

Yet hiding in within the administration's coffers was $100 million of taxpayer dollars that were not flowing to its intended funding obligations. It certainly does shore up the GOP claims in the House by its leaders, that Obama has no intention on coming clean with the House or with the American people when it comes to where dollars are spent, unspent or hidden from the public.

But there is a deeper more insidious issue which does rise above the mist of open deceit and that is whether or not, cities like Detroit with is $18 billion plus deficit and other urban cities teetering on the brink of insolvency like Chicago, New York, Washington D.C. and several in California including Los Angeles will be granted these $100 million paydays once, twice or many times.

No one is certainly refuting that the city's residents do not need additional fire and police protection. In fact, according to a recent study done in 2013, a citizen's expected police response time for a police officer to show up at their door is over 40 minutes.

It would be simpler if the Detroit officials gave everyone a course in fire arms protection. At least the residents would be able to defend themselves in a criminal encounter in their home.

While the nation is waiting for the House Republicans and the U.S. Senate Democrats to cobble together a solution that will pull the nation back from the brink of shutting down, the Motor City enjoys a financial gift, thanks to Obama from America's collapsing Christmas money debt tree.

Is it right or is it just? Well those questions are left up to the American public to determine in the 2014 mid-term elections. With more Republicans elected to the House and Senate more congressional pressure can be placed on Obama to explain to American why financial ineptitude is rewarded while the nation's cupboards are allegedly bare.

You decide.

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Kevin Fobbs is founder and president of a policy organization called National Urban Policy Action Council (NuPac), www.nupac.info that supports conservative colorblind solutions to universal issues and domestic policies that impact urban America... (more)

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