Well, at least the mayor.
Quote: Either they can't read, they can't add or they can't comprehend.
In this case, it's probably all three.
Detroit has a deficit of $325mn, every day of delay for new contracts to reduce costs adds $500 000 to that figure.
Detroit has no less than 49 unions. The mayor's renegotiated with 26 of them, another vote is pending,
Some of those unions represent only a few people: 25 unions covering 1 400 city employees? Given the ridiculous overhead that unions carry, that's obscene for such a small number of workers.
No wonder Detroit is in such trouble.
The mayor has started to understand what the problem is:
You can lead socialists to markets, but you can't make them think.