The Smell of the Great Depression from a Michigander
I'm a Michigander... "Hi! Michigander!"
At first I thought I'd just take off and leave after High School to a College in the south.
"So did we! So did we!"
Ya know...but instead I went to College at a place called "Eastern Michigan University..."
"Why not University of Michigan or Michigan State??"
Didn't have the money or the will to put myself in debt in the Tens of Thousands for those colleges. Eastern provided similar education at nearly 1/2 the price.
Well, at least that was the case in my Freshman Year.
Ya know.. Before the "Scandals" that happened. The president at the time was retiring and a new one was brought in (without Student Input or Student Vote). This new president had a some kids and a wife and they came to Eastern Michigan, located in an extremely poor city known as Ypsilanti, not liking the city whatsoever. I couldn't really blame them regarding the dirty, filthy, conditions of Ypsilanti.
I mean hey... It wasn't a shock when you didn't have any cement under your feat when you walked down the residential streets..... Hardly a business in Ypsilanti wasn't broken into and stolen from... Cops were attacked with knives and guns....Women were raped....killed...Rampant drug use...Rampant gangs....
Walking to the College of Business meant every single day you'd run into either someone Mentally Screwed up or someone homeless or both. You never knew if your life was at stake every time you took the trip....
So, the new President and his Wife of Eastern Michigan didn't like Ypsilanti? Can't blame them. Except for the fact that EMU had a beautiful 16 bedroom mansion as a home right near campus.
But, alas... The President didn't think the Mansion was BIG ENOUGH. He demanded a better one and was given one in Ann Arbor so he could have his kids in an Ann Arbor High School.
But, that came with the condition that eventually we would move him back to Campus... You see the brilliant plan was to use Student Dollars and Taxpayer Dollars funding an Ann Arbor Mansion while a City Block Wide Mansion near the Football Stadium was constructed for him under his exacting specifications....
Bottles of Merlot? Painted Doors??? Beautiful Hedge trimmings? The works....whatever the president wanted he got to the tune of $6.5 Million dollars not counting Post Construction Costs.
Eventually the Scandal broke out....the President was fired over the House scandal and countless others (he did afterall set up a SLUSH FUND for himself off Student's Money)....
The president was fired..... New president came in (With 2 students voting against 8 Administrator Votes). So.. Ultimately.... with only 2 votes for the students.... The Students didn't have much of a voice.. They also were silenced about talking about any of the candidates in public..
The President Chosen was also scandalous... *Big Shock* This guy was perhapse worse.... A Murder happens on campus and the President plays "Cover Up" and tells the family of the victim and the public that it was a suicide instead.
Prior to lying to everyone about the murder, the President was already setting up an extremely expensive "Beautification Project" known as the "Cross Street Project" and known by other names.
Many students protested against it in obvious anger.
There really wasn't anything good about Eastern Michigan University.
So you'd think I would have left Michigan after College Right?
"Yea! Yea! Why Didn't you?"
I graduated right in the middle of the September 2001 Recession and no one was hiring someone who possessed ZERO work experience beyond a 3 month Co-Op.
I couldn't find a job anywhere.... no where..... Except Michigan... So Here I am...
GM going into Bankruptcy.....
Chrysler is a mess....
Even the Casinos are in trouble with no one staying at the Hotels they built...
Life-Time Welfare Program sustains DEMOCRAT LIBERAL Voters to keep voting DEMOCRAT so nothing changes...year after year....The Stench of the Great Depression just creeps over you like a Smog.
Ever been to a store where kids are begging for work?
Ever seen a Fight between recently layed off employees of a Dealership?
Ever had your life threatened by a street mugger?
Ever see street bums punch a Bouncer in front of a large crowd of young Teens and Tweens waiting for the "Majestic Theatre" to open for the ELECTRIC SIX show on New Years Eve? Or spend your time wondering if you will SURVIVE and "MAKE IT" to your car which is just 10 FEET from the BAR Entrance instead of enjoying the show you payed $30 to see?
I have... I've seen the Great Depression and I don't like it.... But, I know it ain't Conservatism that is responsible cause there ain't no conservative leadership in Metro Detroit.