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George Will Links Detroit Bankruptcy to 'Cultural' Problems and 'Unmarried Mothers'

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Detroit bankruptcy, George Wills, republicans, politics, media, ethics, americans, propaganda )

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Conservative columnist George Will on Sunday suggested that "unmarried mothers" had a hand in pushing the city of Detroit into the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

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Freya H (357)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 12:05 pm
What a fink. Will, did you ever think of all the hardworking citizens of that city who just want a safe place to live and work? Besides, a lot of those unmarried mothers are struggling to make a decent living and would rather not be on the dole. What you say about Detroit could be said about a lot of other cities. If Detroit goes under, soon a lot of other cities will - and then the Republican party will be dead meat.

Kit B (276)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 12:20 pm

Yeah, some plan from George Will, let them rot in the city. Why isn't anyone talking about the deep corporate and political corruption that caused the need for this bankruptcy. Oh yeah, blame the victims.

Those unwed mothers, ummm those would be the same people that should not have access to abortions, because republicans love those babies. That is until those babies are born.

Roseann d (178)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 1:43 pm
Loopier than a box of GMO Fruit Loops....and just as poisonous too.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 1:47 pm
Conservative columnists like him are a cultural problem for American society, yep! Shame on them.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 6:12 pm
I guess he lost his brain, sorry.

Sheila D (194)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 6:17 pm need to say anything else. Thank you for the laugh, although will admit he's one of those people who can keep putting this line out there and the brain-washed Republicans will believe it. Maybe those little old ladies and little old men are eating too many GMOs and has affected their brains??

Mitchell D (87)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 6:19 pm
The man is full of swill.
Amazing, as Kit points out, that the repugs have no idea of the lack of continuity in their excuse for thinking.

Jason S (50)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 7:45 pm
George Will just like all the other members in the GOP heartless human that he is. Good posting, thanks

Lois J (63)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:07 pm
I am so sick of these people blathering on Sunday a.m. talk shows placing blame on those who have been hurt by corporate greed. Sanctimonious much? Looking down his nose at people struggling; he in his designer suits. Makes me want to scream. That's why I don't watch, but thanks for the info.

cecily w (0)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:37 pm
I will not comment on Mr. Will's significant contribution to excessive population growth, nor on his political beliefs. Who knew that single mothers could capcize the auto industry, expedite economic brinkmanship, and force political corruption?

He does think ahead though. If blaming Detroit's single mothers for the city's collapse doesn't work, he has already placed Detroit's stray dogs on stand by.

Lynn S (235)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:45 pm
And I suppose that single mothers are responsible for manufacturing jobs going off shore?
And I suppose that single mothersare respknsible for repressive Republicanus/Teabagger cuts to education so that funds are siphoned off for charter schools?
And I suppose that single mothers are responsible for the lack of affordable reproductive health care?

If you ask me, this kind of thinking by the Republicanus/Teabaggers that Will seems to represent, is a malignancy that will eventually take over if people don't stand up, stand together, and roll the bastards out of office and existence.

Lona G (80)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:46 am
Oh, sure. Don't blame the corporations and the car industry that bailed out, blame the unmarried mothers as the banner of culture in Detroit. How low can you go.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Monday July 29, 2013, 5:48 am
Looks like nobody responding to this post is fooled by George. Good to see.

pam w (139)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:48 am
What a nut case! Deny women support such as health care, contraceptives, abortion services and then BLAME them for the demise of a city! You don't suppose none of us can see THROUGH that stupid smokescreen? actually DO ....

Anna U (256)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:51 am
What a true moron that George Will is!!! And I really agree with what Kit. B wrote, as I have many times before. and no wonder- Kit has a great working brain, a kind heart and are just plain awsome!!

Ty so much Carrie.


Gene J (290)
Monday July 29, 2013, 9:05 am
George Will is sometimes interesting reading, but only when he talks about baseball. He used to be a thinker but I guess age and all those toxins have destroyed his gray matter just as it has the rest of his party/movement.

Robert K (31)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:21 am
Once again George Will proves that a high IQ means nothing when applied to conservative (I was going to say thought, but that doesn't apply. A thinking conservative becomes a liberal. As I did.) ideology.

Robert K (31)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:23 am
Another point, Rick Snyder turned down 300 million federal dollars for Detroit this year. After all, if they don't go bankrupt, how can he steal the union pension funds?

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:37 am
Like Gene, I remember when George Will, while conservative, was still respectable. How sad that he has lost it. Please, everyone, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest Robert K.'s second post - it is so true!!!

Jen S (121)
Monday July 29, 2013, 12:45 pm
George Will might do better to combine himself to baseball; he is even less coherent than Mitch McConnell and my cats have more lucid ideas about Detroit than either of them. While finding a woman or a group of them to scapegoat is typical right-wing behavior, it is monotonous, boring and as absurd as there was an evil wind off the Lake that killed the city. There aren't enough unwed mothers on the planet to have done that but telling the truth about the betrayal of America by Wall Street, the corporations and every lobbyist and Republican drawing breath would be entirely too logical, lucid and realistic... and whatever else Geoge is, he really isn't any of those things. I'd prefer subsidizing every unwed parent in Detroit and rebuilding Detroit from the ground up, one brick at a time than sending one more penny to the oil companies, or indulging the big pharmaceutical companies in patent extensions and un-negotiated Medicare drug payments.

Sharon F (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 1:29 pm
A bouquet of dried thistles to George Will for his ignorant comment. What is his explanation for actions of his 'Party of No' in the US Congress??

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday July 29, 2013, 3:50 pm
Re-reading this headline I suppose Rick Snyder's desire to steal the pension funds might be broadly considered a "cultural" problem.

Linda M (240)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:00 pm
THANK YOU Joanne Dixon !!! You NAILED IT!!!

David C (129)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:29 pm
I think the only cultural problem is the greedy GOP and their buyers who want to get all the money and keep most everyone else in poverty. If the private sector won't invest or pay then the government can and should.

pam w (139)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:29 pm
Joanne D....''a cultural problem."

Right....the Republican culture of DAMN THE POOR; HOW CAN I PROFIT?

Barbara K (60)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:53 pm
What a load of crap. Detroit is going bankrupt because the Governor wants it to. Somehow they have the money for a 39Million dollar Hockey Rink. Shows what this nitwit's priorities are. Just another city for him to rape and pillage. They are tearing down homes that are being renovated as well as others. This sports arena is, of course, going to be owned by the governor and his wealthy cronies, but it will be taxpayer money paying for it. By the way, I'm a Michigan resident who sees what the sewer dweller is doing to our state, and it is nothing short of criminal Corruption, and destroying women's health rights in the process. He and his cronies are raping and pillaging the entire state. My own little city had $125,000 on hand for running the city and doing snowplowing, etc., and this SOB stole it. It was our home tax money that he took and our city has been struggling, had to lay off many people and I know that his game is to break us and take us over too. We've had enough signatures to recall him for the past 3 years, but the Tbagging Secretary of state claims that the Font is too small. It isn't, but she's managed to tie it up in court for the past 3 years. I hope there is a fair election this year to dump this pig before there is nothing left of the state. Dump the Tbaggers out of the Senate and House too. VOTE in the Primaries, and then Vote them all out on election date while we still have the right to vote. They are trying to sneak that thru too.

Robert K (31)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:36 pm
The one thing people seem to give George Will credit for is his baseball knowledge. However, if he knew anything at all about baseball he wouldn't be a Cubs fan.

I may be prejudiced because I was signed by the Cardinals a very long time ago, but living in the Chicago suburbs I'm struck by how little Cubs fans actually know about baseball.

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:07 pm
I went to school in Detroit during the 60's. The hope for the lower class was factory work...good pay. Better than what the teacher's made. Why study when there was a job waiting for you? There was an attitude, perhaps not a cultural one that prevailed. Job security. Once the factories closed there was a economic cancer that spread to the middle class who also lost their jobs. The store owners, office workers, city employees people that depended on money from the industry indirectly.
The Detroiter's had Wayne State University, Detroit Institute of Technology, and other schools. The best art museum in the country was free. The library system was good, free books. All within a bus ride. The buses ran frequently. Transportation if you didn't have a car. There were opportunities. We almost had it all.
Depending on a mono industry is something that can be very fragile.

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