When the Federal Government wants to hide actual purchases and create a false paper trail, they 'claim' to spend $30 on a hammer, $50 on a toilet seat. The Black people in charge of Detroit find no such need in hiding such opulent gifts purchased on taxpayer dime and see the investment of $1,000 into chairs for a public library a solid financial maneuver.
A Livonia furniture dealer is defending the Detroit Public Library's purchase of lounge chairs that cost $1,092 and have become a symbol of extravagance for a system considering closing 18 branches.
$1,000 Chairs: Exported to Detroit
The Allermuir brand chairs normally retail for $1,984 apiece and are popular with municipalities, schools and universities, said Paul Gingell, who is the company's Michigan sales representative.
He said Detroiters deserve to sit comfortably in the chairs, which are part of a $2.3 million renovation of the main library's south wing. The rehab set to open soon includes two alcohol-burning fireplaces that cost $5,000 apiece and 24 pendant light fixtures that cost $531 each.
"How about the young mother with several children that looks forward to a weekly trek through the snow/sleet to improve their reading skills and are hopeful that a spot near the fireplaces will be open, because the warmth provided is greater than what they experience at home?" Gingell, of W. E. Gingell Associates Inc., asked in an email.
"How about the elderly person that the highlight of (his or her) week is to find a book or newspaper and snuggle into a comfortable chair near a window?"
The library didn't buy the 20 chairs from Gingell.
But even administrators say the purchase was a mistake.
The system faces an $11 million shortfall and could close 18 of 23 neighborhood branches and lay off as many as 191 of 333 workers. The south wing overhaul grew from a $300,000 update.
That wasn't the only wasteful purchase:
Documents show a $2.3 million overhaul of part of the Detroit Public Library's main branch included eight stainless-steel trash cans that cost a total of about $8,900.Detroit has an illiteracy rate of 50 percent, so a multi-million dollar renovation of a public library makes absolutely no sense, especially when half the city can't read. Of course, it is a well-known the president of the Detroit School Board - Otis Mathis - is illiterate.
The Detroit News reports Thursday the spending is detailed in documents it obtained. The renovation of the South Wing has come under criticism as the library considers closing neighborhood branches and cutting jobs to deal with budget problems.
Michael Wells, president of UAW Local 2200 representing 120 library staffers, says the cost for trash cans is "exorbitant."
A movie was made back in the mid-2000s called A Day Without a Mexican. It was a spoof of what life would be like in California if all Mexicans disappeared.
A Day Without White People is a movie that doesn't need to be made. A real-life drama (comedy?) that chronicles such a fictional narrative is unfolding in Detroit, Michigan. The script could be classified as either horror, comedy or mock-u-mentary.
Either way, we still think they should build a Robocop statue. If a chair cost $1,000 bucks in Detroit, we imagine they could spend a few million on such an erection.
If you recall, Michigan has passed a "Financial Martial Law" bill:
Supporters say the bill gives the state a way to step into distressed municipalities and schools before they collapse. It also gives emergency financial managers broad authority to end employee union contracts, and to nullify elected boards and councils.The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Al Pscholka, said Tuesday that it would give the state the power it needs to dig important institutions out of financial holes. “For years we have allowed cities and schools to be on the verge of bankruptcy without any intervention,” he told Reuters. “When the state finally does arrive, in many cases we find the financial records in disarray and leave emergency managers with very few good options to balance the books.”
Republican Sen. Jack Brandenburg last week said emergency managers would be deployed only in communities that need “financial martial law.”