I don’t see any tornado damage on the house justifying JoAnn Watson’s property tax bill of $68 for the last 10 years. That’s what the Detroit City Councilwoman has been paying while her neighbors paid $5-6,000. Seems to me a councilmember should be quite aware of what tax rates are, especially with Detroit’s budget shortfalls. For someone who huffs and puffs about tax evaders, Watson was only going to pay the last 3 years, which is all the city can charge her. Media attention and her desire for reelection to council are the only reasons she paid her back taxes in full. Probably no interest, though.
Although she says she wants a diverse Detroit, Watson’s racist attitudes have oozed out a few times. Just last year, when trying to get former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to resign, Watson said, “Nobody wants a white woman in Lansing to decide the fate of a black man in Detroit.” Watson called for boycotting the suburbs during the time the Detroit Zoo was teetering on the brink of extinction. In fact, her racism pre-dates her tenure on the city council. At the time she was Director of the Detroit Branch—the largest&mdash of the NAACP, Watson refused to help stop the spread of black supremecist literature at Ferris State. I guess it’s just part of that whole “Black people can’t be racist” thing.
Does incumbant council candidate JoAnn Watson have a vision for Detroit? Why yes, she does and she took a whole year developing it. She calls it the Detroit Marshall Plan. She’s calling for rapid transit, renewable energy, re-population, routing housing to families in need from government resources, and providing jobs for heads of households. Since Detroit deserves its share of the Stimulus, she plans to pay for this with a $1 billion Federal handout. Watson also wants a multi-year moratorium on foreclosures in Detroit. Concerning Detroit’s $300 million budget deficit, Watson would’d cut from the top of city departments, including all deputy directors, not from the workers at the bottom.
While the ideas in Watson’s Marshall Plan may make sense, her concept of implementing it is just pie in the sky. No where in her Detroit Free Press council candidate online chat does she propose solutions for Detroit’s systemic problems and inefficiencies. In short, Watson is clueless to how dysfunctional Detroit government is. And she wants to remain part of the problem. Hey, JoAnn. How’s that billion-dollar bailout working for you?
I couldn’t say it any better than this guy. He gets it. Detroiters, vote out all the incumbent city council members except Ken Cockerel Jr. and Kwame Kenyatta. The others all have issues. This is probably the most important election in the city’s 308 years.