Thursday, May 19, 2011

One Man Band

Dave Bing reminds me of the beleaguered high school teacher who is all fired up about his subject, but his students just stare at him, glassy-eyed, not knowing what to make of him, and certainly not jazzed up to share his enthusiasm---even if what the teacher is imparting is invaluable to their well-being.

Bing, the mayor of Detroit, seems, on many occasions, to be the only one miffed at what's going on around him. His populace suffers from social inertia.

When, oh when, will the city's residents stand up and scream that they're not going to take it anymore?

Not going to stand for the corruption and the violence and the misuse of their hard-earned tax dollars?

Not going to put up with lousy city services and response times from emergency vehicles and the police that are obscene?

The latest malfeasance is the misuse of funds at the Human Services Department, in which about $200,000 that was earmarked for helping the poor instead went to furniture purchases.

The mayor has suspended the department's director and several staff members, part of his promise to usher in sweeping changes to crack down on decades of corruption.

That's all well and good, but Bing seems to be a party of one here.


Bing: A lone wolf?


Where's the outrage? Where are the advocates for the people, demanding these changes long before the mayor made them?

Is $200K just a drop in the bucket?

Detroiters apparently don't care about their city anymore. Their inertia, to me, is the ultimate white flag. Perhaps their spirit truly is broken. They are desensitized---their eyes collectively soulless.

The Human Services Department spends $200,000 on furniture instead of on the poor and no one says boo. Who knows how much that kind of stuff had gone on before it was uncovered by a Detroit Free Press investigation last week.

Is anyone going to join Mayor Bing in his watchdog ways?

We'll see what other "sweeping changes" the mayor plans in his fight against corruption. We'll also see who joins him in his outrage.

So far, I'm unimpressed. And not surprised. I wonder which is worse.

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