President Obama is getting zapped today for repeatedly saying during the 2012 campaign that he didn’t let Detroit go bankrupt, and for slamming Mitt Romney for saying he would.
And now – the hypocrisy! – he is standing still and doing nothing while Detroit, yes, goes bankrupt. But of course, neither Obama nor Romney were talking about the city of Detroit. They were talking about the auto industry, which is often referred to as “Detroit.”
How cynical for people to be attacking Obama now as if he had promised to rescue the Motor City itself. It’s as if he said he was “shopping for china” and people starting accusing him sending money to Beijing.
What Obama is doing now is actually a rare example of West Wing discipline and conservatism. The president is refusing to bail out a city that has been irresponsible and poorly run for decades and still doesn’t have a plan to make things right.
In fact, Detroit apparently only declared bankruptcy after city officials begged the White House for help and were told by Valerie Jarrett to kindly take a hike.
Fiscal responsibility? The Obama White House? Are the Obama people beginning to realize we’re out of money and that bailouts only breed more irresponsibility?
I doubt it. But so far they’re taking the right approach toward Detroit and shouldn’t be held accountable for something they never said.