Absurdist politics

I love American politics, and I soon found my diet of four-daily-show-and-colberts-per-week-maybe and are-you-watching-the-west-wing-again-seriously to be insufficient!

I’ve been watching a lot of The Rachel Maddow Show, and I think it’s pretty good (if you’re into that sort of thing).

Today, I saw her continued coverage of Pontiac and its struggles with its Emergency Managers. I feel compelled to share, because, well, just watch the video.

Still here? Well, here’s my summary:

The Michigan governor appointed an “Emergency Manager” for Pontiac in 2009 due to complete financial collapse in the town. He had unilateral authority to do anything he wanted – change laws, rewrite contracts, ignore all elected representatives etc..

Now “the Silverdome” was a big arena built in Pontiac for $55M in the 1970’s, and that much of 1970’s money would net you about $330M worth of stuff today. It was shut down and sold for just $500K (more than 99% off!) by this Emergency Manager guy as an austerity measure. This was in the face of vehement protest from the council and Pontiac’s citizens.

The manager then leaves his post, is replaced, and goes to work for the guy he just sold it to. His job right now is to get approval for his boss to tear the Silverdome down and build a casino in its place.

This is impossible under Michigan’s state constitution, you say? Well, they’re going to try and change that – unless the Indian reservations and the other big casino lobbies organize to oppose it.


Is this real life?


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~ by Andrew on May 12, 2012.

One Response to “Absurdist politics”

  1. Jeez, you commie, what have you got against private enterprise?

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