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In an interview with CNN, Detroit Mayor Bing sounded more like a Republican than a Democrat when discussing  his cash strapped city. Bing’s comments were directed at city workers, who he feels have unreal expectations. “We are in an  environment , I think, of entitlement, we’ve got a lot of people who are city workers, who for years and years, 20, 30 years, think they are entitled to a job and all that comes with it,” Bing said. He then added, “Nobody wants to go backwards, but in order for us to move this city forward we’re going to have to take a step or two backwards — and then, I think, all of us have to participate in the pain that’ s upon us right now.” Bing went on to say that there is only one man in this country who has a harder job than him. “(My job is) to make the hard decision so this city would have a future, but it’s probably the second most difficult job in this country behind the president,” he said.  Bing says part of his job is to lower expectations, saying people have to realize “Detroit’s not going to be what it was,” adding, “We’ve got to look at it differently.” Detroit won’t be what it once was, but recent reports about budget cutting in Detroit have been tragic, with firefighters saying that they don’t have toilet paper in fire stations, streetlights being turned off , and police warning people to enter at their own risk.  It’s understandable that people will need time to adjust to these new third world-esque realities. Bing would be able to do more if cities had been bailed out, but Congress and the White House only bailed out the banks, not the people.

Detroit Mayor Says Workers Think They are “Entitled” to a Job

In an interview with CNN, Detroit Mayor Bing sounded more like a Republican than a Democrat when discussing  his cash strapped city. Bing’s comments were directed at city workers, who he feels have unreal expectations.

“We are in an environment, I think, of entitlement, we’ve got a lot of people who are city workers, who for years and years, 20, 30 years, think they are entitled to a job and all that comes with it,” Bing said.

He then added, “Nobody wants to go backwards, but in order for us to move this city forward we’re going to have to take a step or two backwards — and then, I think, all of us have to participate in the pain that’ s upon us right now.”

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  5. Arreba Alicia Stafford

    I temporally relocated back to Detroit [my hometown] and I can honestly say that the Mayor is an idiot. First off, how can the city afford a Christmas tree–with lights I might add–and not insure there are street lights on the streets? It is that kind of fallacy that angers me…that, along with the Mayor trying to literally pressure the City Council to go with a law firm he chose, as well as sign over a hosts of other things–all to get money from the Federal Government…money that should be afforded to the city to begin with. He may paint a picture of himself as being a victim, but that is far from the truth…if anything, he is doing what he can to suck up to the white suburbanites that left the city out of fear; handing the city over, if you will, with a blatant failure to duly address the concerns that are so obvious…

    • Not being from Detroit, I obviously see things from the outside. If this is your mayors plan, you are right his focus needs to come back to the city first. I will say this. A Christmas tree is needed sometimes, to give the people the feeling that things can get better, so I can understand the city putting one up. I live in Dayton Ohio and we are basicly going through the same crisis. Low revenue and high spending. Increase taxes or cut spending. Here it's all about stopping taxes from raising but at the same time don't cut services. Sadly, you cannot have it both ways, and our mayor is trying to pull the same balancing act. The big difference is the size of the city. A old saying comes in to mind "The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall", so right now Detroit could be the first domino in a bunch of cities failing….

  6. I agree that sacrifices must be made in order to keep things functioning. As long as those sacrifices are shared. Is the head of GM, Ford and Chrysler taking cuts in their salaries? Are the Detroit politicians giving up some of their perks?

    • Yes….a lot of sacrifice must be made from top to bottom. Every penny must be accounted for and used for the city. Anybody that still has a job with the city should be paid enough to keep a roof over their head, food in the home, and gas in the car. Anything above that is a bonus you should be thankful for because there are a lot of people who don't even have that.

  7. I believe a lot of people lose sight of this one fact. The city does not have a lot of money, the city cannot print more money like the federal government. In order for the city to survive, certain cuts must be made to keep the city functioning as best as possible. If you don't think you can't lose a city job, then you must consider yourself elite. It amazes me. Would you rather have a job, or would you rather be unemployed. I am sure employment is desireable but I don't think anyone would work for free, so the mayor must make cuts, and if a certain sector of the employees think they should be exempt, then they should be consider elitists and start seeking other employment because in the world today nothing is guaranteed.

  8. I believe a lot of people lose sight of this one fact. The city does not have a lot of money, the city cannot print more money like the federal government. In order for the city to survive, certain cuts must be made to keep the city functioning as best as possible. If you don't think you can't lose a city job, then you must consider yourself elite. It amazes me. Would you rather have a job, or would you rather be unemployed. I am sure employment is desireable but I don't think anyone would work for free, so the mayor must make cuts, and if a certain sector of the employees think they should be exempt, then they should be consider elitists and start seeking other employment because in the world today nothing is guaranteed.

  9. Are you saying that having a job is on the same plain as an 'entitlement'?

  10. I think Mr. Bing’s statemeent was taken out of content. Detroit has less than 1 million residents but employee levels from the “glory days” of 1.5 million residents. The fight is to “right size” employees with current city population. Any attempt to do this is met with strong resistance from employees AND from the dysfunctional city council. There is no tax base to support the current employment levels.

  11. what makes you think he is a democrat? I don't. I am not aware of any of his participation in the party. I think he is an ind. with republican leanings. I have to agree with him about some city employees.

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  13. Barry Wayne Jones Sr.

    And he thinks his job is behind President Obama? At least the President is for all working people, and not just his well-to-do friends. He also thinks he is entitled to the Mayor's office. This position is a job too.

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