Do you acknowledge that the city government in Detroit had authority and responsibility for establishing yearly budgets and generating the revenues to support those budgets and expenditures?
To a point. How does one generate needed revenues when 2/3 of the population has left and taken the jobs and tax base with it but the city is still the same size?
Yes they did. And we have seen no evidence offered by you nor anyone else that those agreements had anything wrong with them. So by itself, your question and my answer says nothing incriminating.Do you acknowledge that the city government in Detroit entered into collective agreements with their city employees over the past 50 years, signing off on all improvements in wages and benefits contained in those agreements?
The city borrows money - just like the State and the Federal government does.Do you acknowledge that if the city government runs a deficit in a particular year, it is their sworn oath responsibility to account for that deficit in the next year and to ensure it isn't replicated in the next year?
Yes. A loss of 2/3 of your population is probably worse than a one time natural disaster.Do you have any evidence at all of any extraordinary circumstances such as natural disasters or infrastructure catastrophes that hit the city so hard that they could not handle them in the budget year?
Yes. A loss of your good paying manufacturing jobs is probably worse than a one time natural disaster.
Yes, the failure of the State of Michigan to make good on its commitment for annual revenue sharing revenues in return for Detroit lowering its taxes is the equal of a natural disaster.
First, the slide began some 60 years ago - not 50.Bottom line, the current city government of Detroit may not be specifically responsible for all of Detroit's problems but all of the city governments of Detroit over the past 50 years are collectively responsible and all those governments were freely elected and reelected by the residents of Detroit.
Second, the people you want to hold responsible are not there to take responsibility as most are dead and gone.
As you can see by the answers to your own questions, that is not so clear cut as you would have us believe.So, yes, the people of Detroit are responsible for their mess