Thomas Menino, a Democrat, has served as Boston’s mayor for thirty years, longer than any previous mayor. Even though he enjoys a high approval rating, he is also known for saying and doing some very controversial things.
In 2001, he stepped in to block a drugstore chain from opening up a new store several blocks from the pharmacy owned by one of his political supporters and close friends. In 2012 he announced he would block the opening of any new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Boston because of owner Dan Cathy’s statement against same-sex marriage. Even though their sports teams are bitter rivals, Menino joined forces with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to launch their Mayors Against Illegal Guns campaign.
Most recently, Menino has opened his mouth and inserted his foot during an interview with the New York Times. The reporter asked Menino what city other than Boston could he live in. After a few moments to think about it, he said Detroit. The reporter than asked him what he would do in Detroit and Menino responded:
”I’d blow up the place and start all over.”
Menino’s statement didn’t set well with fellow Democrat and NBA star Dave Bing, who just happens to be Detroit’s mayor. He responded to Menino’s comment saying:
“It is extremely regrettable that Boston Mayor Thomas Menino used such an unfortunate choice of words to describe what he would do if he came to Detroit. I would think the mayor of a city that recently experienced a deadly bombing attack would be more sensitive and not use the phrase ‘blow up.’”
“I am also dismayed that Mayor Menino did not get his facts right before making his remarks to the widely-read New York Times. The Detroit Police Department’s response time is not — and has never been — 90 minutes. And, most of our city’s buildings are not boarded up.”
“Since taking office more than four years ago, there has been tireless action on the part of my administration to improve the quality of life for our citizens. In fact, I invite Mayor Menino to visit Detroit to see our city for himself.”
I have to admit that it’s not a bad idea to blow up most of the city and start over since Detroit is in such bad shape. There are whole communities in the city that have been abandoned and look like a war zone. The city is also facing a financial shortfall $18-$20 billion. Their situation is so bad that:
- 40% of the streetlights don’t work
- 210 of the 317 public parks have been permanently closed
- Nearly 1/3 of buildings are abandoned
- It takes police nearly an hour to respond to a 9-1-1 call
- Some homes listed for $1 and realtors still can’t sell them
- Population dropped from 2 million to 714,000
- Unemployment rate in July 2009 hit 27.8%
- Current unemployment is 16.0%, more than double the national average
- 98% of other cities have lower crime rates and are safer than Detroit.
- 51 years of Democratic mayors
Please note the final bullet that states that Detroit is the product of 51 years of Democratic mayors. The city is a shining example of how effective Democrat economics really are and the city is an ugly example of where America is headed under Democratic leadership in Washington.
Menino is getting little flack for his statement other than from Bing. However, I can’t help but wonder what the media would have done had Menino been a Republican? Would most of the mainstream media still ignore his insensitive statement or would they have jumped all over him? I suspect they would be at Menino like sharks on a bleeding seal.
Considering just how bad off Detroit really is, what you do if you were mayor of the city?