For Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, it’s all about the quid pro quo: Detroit voters supported President Obama in his re-election bid, now the president needs to deliver.
Democrats have run Detroit for decades, with the predictable result that the city is now so strapped for cash that auditors think it may run out of money before the year is up.
The city has been unable to balance its budget, resulting in cuts to city services and an imminent collapse, so naturally in Watson’s vision, it’s the responsibility of the federal government to fix everything.
Like the rest of the country, a majority of Detroit voters inexplicably voted for Obama a second time — 75 percent.
“Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that,” said Watson. “Of course, not just that, but why not?”
Many conservatives have complained that people voted for Obama because he was giving them handouts. Apparently, Watson is a big fan of government bacon. And she definitely has her hand out.
“After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable (former Mayor) Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, D.C. He came home with some bacon,” said Watson. “That’s what you do.”
After the election, Mitt Romney pointed out that many Hispanic voters cast their ballots for Obama because he gave them the Dream Act and free health care.
Radio host Rush Limbaugh said essentially the same thing about Obama supporters, dubbing the president “Baracka Claus.”
Liberal critics were beside themselves that anyone would suggest that Obama supporters were so shallow and easily led about. But people like Watson make it seem like Romney and Limbaugh were right on the money. Recall the now-infamous “Obamaphone” lady.
White House officials report that there are no plans to bailout Detroit or any other city, so for now, it looks like Watson will just have to stand in the line with the rest of Obama’s supporters.