Friday, March 15, 2013

"He is here. This is happening."

Nope, this is not a quote from the forthcoming remake of Poltergeist in which Stephen Spielberg, as director, is an unseen meta-antagonist in his own movie. This morning, Craig Fahle interviewed Governor Rick Snyder and Kevin Orr about Mr. Orr's appointment as Detroit's emergency financial manager.

It was an uneventful interview with the two guests saying little of substance, but Snyder and Orr made a number of pleas to Detroit's stakeholders — most notably City Council — to come to the negotiating table in order to fix this mess over the next 18 months. Their theme is providing a stable, sustainable framework for longer term success after the emergency financial manager's term is up.

It remains to be seen whether even that relatively modest goal is achievable, but I'm hopeful. Jack Lessenberry recently and cantankerously wrote about the stark realities that Detroit faces right now:
There’s going to be an emergency manager and lots of difficulty to come. We can scream and kick our little feet — or we can rationally start preparing to try to work with whomever that emergency manager may be to try to save Detroit. 
Fighting the inevitable is a waste of time. Detroit and Detroiters, right now, have little of either.
Or in the words of Craig Fahle, "He is here. This is happening."


  1. Trials can always be overcome if each one is lending a helping hand.

  2. Fiscal solvency (particularly when blame lies largely outside of the city) is no justification for the disenfranchisement of more than 700,000 people. I see no reason why anyone living in Detroit should participate in a forceful take-over of our city when our participation at the polls is ignored and now voided. Nothing about us, without us.

  3. Where is the tea party?