Poor little leftards of Detroit. They just can’t catch a break…….
Detroit officials are fuming after two visiting United Nations lawyers scolded the city for cutting off water to delinquent customers and described the shut-offs as a “human rights” violation.
The response follows a three-day visit to Detroit — which desperately is trying to bail itself out of bankruptcy — from two representatives with the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
“It is contrary to human rights to disconnect water from people who simply do not have the means to pay their bills,” Catarina de Albuquerque, one of the two representatives, said Monday at the conclusion of their visit.
“I heard testimonies from poor, African American residents of Detroit who were forced to make impossible choices — to pay the water bill or to pay their rent.”
But the mayor’s office blasted the U.N. review as one-sided. Alexis Wiley, Mayor Mike Duggan’s top aide, said the city is “very disappointed” with them.
“They weren’t interested in the facts,” she said. “They took a position and never once [before Monday] reached out to the city for data.”
The policy change shuts off water to businesses and residents who either are 60 days past due or owe more than $150.
Detroit — the country’s largest municipality to file for bankruptcy — reports making 27,000 shut-offs from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30.
Most shut-offs were halted for several weeks this summer to give residents an opportunity to enter a payment plan, but they have resumed with 5,100 shut-offs in September alone.
Detroit officials have defended the decision, arguing that customers collectively owed more than $115 million in delinquent water-and-sewer department payments before the city took action and that their efforts are improving the situation.
The department said it collected about $2.5 million in 2012 and 2013 and about $3.7 million in the first nine months of this year.
Ordinary residents aren’t the only ones subject to the policy. Service was shut off to one city council member. And an investigation by a local news organization found city officials have collected on the more than $80,000 owed by the Joe Louis Arena, home of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, and roughly $55,000 past due from Ford Field, where the NFL’s Detroit Lions play home games.
Wiley also said Detroit is helping residents by improving customer service, getting 33,000 people in the payment plans and cutting residential calls for water assistance by more than 50 percent.
De Albuquerque and the other representative, Leilani Farha, visited Detroit after activists appealed to the U.N. for assistance. Among them was the American Civil Liberties Union, whose Michigan director Kary Moss said: “It’s unfortunate that, in the Great Lakes State, we need a visit from an international body to remind us of our most fundamental obligation to our citizens. Water is life.” …..
There’s more to read at the link.
What a precarious and untenable situation the leftards in office are in!
Make no mistake, the people running Detroit, are, have been for decades, and will be tomorrow, leftards. They’re Dims. They embrace the leftist philosophies.
This is a beautiful example of leftists running out of other people’s money.
You see, not only did Detroit have an unlimited supply of water from the Great Lakes, they also had cash paying customers ……. in the outlying towns and cities, buying water from Detroit. They made a great amount of money from the sales of water through their water systems, to other people. This essentially allowed them to make the water service to their own residents free! Sure, they’d send you a bill, but, payment was optional.
They never bothered to keep up their system, and they kept charging the outlying towns and people more and more for the water to service their own. Eventually, the people in the outlying areas figured out it would be cheaper to just build their own system and provide water to their own people. ………. CRAP!!!!!
So, Detroit ran out of other people’s money. Now they have to fix their own water system in order to be able to provide the service to their own people. …….. CRAP!!!!!!
All the while, leftists were telling other leftists water should be free! It’s a right!
Well, one can certainly make the argument that water is a right. It is necessary for life. But, if it is to be a “right”, one must certainly recognize the difference between a “right” to water, and a right to free speech, or practice of religion.
You see, water is a tangible thing which has a demand. In all things which are tangible and have a demand, there is a cost associated with it. Someone has to pay for it. In this case, it isn’t so much the water, which is unlimited in supply, but, the delivery of the water. You see, people want their water delivered on demand, and clean. I’m certain no one would bother anyone who decided to fetch a pail of water from Lake Michigan. It isn’t the water Michigan is shutting off. It is the delivery and cleaning which they are shutting off from people unwilling or unable to pay for. For those people, they were always taught that clean water delivery was free. There were taught this by their elected officials, and it was reinforced that it should be free by their dismal education system.
So, now, we have two people from the UN telling Detroit what bastards they are for shutting off people’s water. Apparently, the people from the UN are oblivious (goes without saying) to the fact that Detroit is in bankruptcy. If Detroit goes belly up, then there will be no one to deliver the water to the people of Detroit, free or otherwise!
Detroit has to pay for the transportation of the water, the upkeep of the system, the purification of the water, the removal and transport of the waste water, and the workers and equipment to do such tasks.
Here’s a simple fact. If Detroit and the people of Detroit are unwilling or unable to pay for their own water and upkeep, then there’s no reason for Detroit. The laws of economics and the laws of nature apply to people. Sometimes, I wish they wouldn’t. But, they do. The laws are intractable. Someone has to pay for the water service the people of Detroit want. It isn’t a question as to whether or not the service should be free. It can not be free. Someone must pay for the water service.
Communists ….. one of the few organisms known to man which cannot learn nor adapt.