Friday, September 27, 2013

Some help arrives in Detroit from the federal government

The federal government, it was announced this afternoon, will provide $300 million in aid to the City of Detroit to make improvements in public safety and blight removal. I'm glad that the City of Detroit is getting a significant pile of federal cash. However, I would be even more excited if the federal government was lending us some of their staff.

Here's why:

Kwame M. Kilpatrick and his compatriots were crooks who squirreled away a multitude of no-bid contracts and no-work employees; the vast majority of which are still in effect. These things are, in all likelihood, costing the City of Detroit hundreds of millions of dollars every single year. This, of course, is based on how much money goes into the budget for city services relative to other cities our size and how little actually comes out.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal agencies have some top-notched forensic accountants on staff as well as other professionals with the training and experience to investigate and prosecute complex financial crimes. If one were to bring those professionals to Detroit and set them loose on the City of Detroit's books, I have no doubt that the result would be at least $300 million per year - each and every year - if not more by finally getting rid of what's left of Kwame Kilpatrick's crew.

Getting a one-time pile of cash from the federal government is great. However, getting it each and every year is even better. The feds could help make that possible loaning us the staff that we need to purge ourselves once and for all of Kwame Kilpatrick's crew.

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