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Bill Nojay: Lessons From a Front-Row Seat for Detroit's Dysfunction -

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Yipes.  First person account of what reads like working in the Kafkaesque bureaucray that became Detroit city's government.

I had no idea how many of Detroit's problems were self-inflicted:

The last thing Detroit needs is a bailout. What it needs is to sweep away a city charter that protects only bureaucrats, civil-service rules that straightjacket municipal departments, and obsolete union contracts. A bailout would just keep the dysfunction in place. Time to start over.

"I felt like a guy in the boiler room of the Titanic, desperately bailing to keep the ship afloat for a few more hours while the DOJ attorneys complained from their first-class cabin that their champagne wasn't properly chilled."

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