Good grief, Melissa Harris-Perry weighed in on Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, and if this isn’t the dumbest piece of analysis of the problem offered to date I’ll eat my fork. She blamed it on small government. I kid you not, she told all three of her viewers that the reason Detroit is bankrupt is that the government is too small, and this is what Republicans want to do to all of our cities.
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry went on to note that Detroit’s tax base, e.g. the city’s population, has declined dramatically in the last decade. Harris-Perry presents this fact as though former Detroit residents left – estimated in 2011 at one resident every 22 minutes — on a whim without making a cost/benefit calculation as to whether to continue to reside in a city with one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation with a poverty rate of a staggering 40 percent.
Furthermore, since Detroit’s population has fallen below 750,000, it was not legally allowed to collect income taxes from its residents until Gov. Rick Snyder and the state’ legislature reduced that threshold to 600,000 two years ago. The city’s population hovers today around 700,000 residents.
“But this lack of tax base is also exactly the thing that many Republicans would impose on us even when our cities have sufficient populations,” Harris-Perry added. “Even when our communities have sufficient populations.”
“This is what it looks like when government is small enough to drown if your bathtub and it is not a pretty picture,” she said.
Mediaite’s Noah Rothman called her claim “delusional” and his post thoroughly and easily debunks her insane analysis.
She’s either as dumb as soap, or she’s a professional liar.
Oh, and in case you missed it, a liberal Circuit Court judge in Michigan ruled that the bankruptcy filing is unconstitutional and dishonors President Obama’s pledge to not let Detroit go bankrupt. She even sent him a copy of her ruling, I suppose in the hopes that he’s bail out Detroit. Senator Rand Paul said that will happen over his dead body. Either way, the judge’s decision will certainly be appealed.
H/T The Blaze