With human rights abuses around the world, the UN found time this week to investigate Detroit.
Detroit’s complicated problem
Three UN Special Rapporteurs investigated Detroit, because the bankrupt city is shutting off water service for customers that do not pay their water bills. Half of all Detroiters do not pay their water bills.
The investigators spent three days in Detroit. In that time, they claim to have found the solution for Detroit’s fifty-year-old problems.
Contrary to the due process Detroit has been following of the Constitutional provision for bankruptcy overseen by Judge Steven W. Rhodes of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan along with input from the democratically elected Detroit City Council, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and Governor Rick Snyder, the unelected, unconstitutional, and unaccountable Special Rapporteurs stated that Detroit should provide free water service to those who cannot pay. The UN representatives stated that Detroit should do this by forcing more money from those who do pay their bills.
This left independent thinkers in Michigan scratching their heads, texting “WTF,” and asking, “What background do these Special Rapporteurs have that made them so impudent?”
The Three Stooges
The three international investigators were Philip Alston, Catarina de Albuquerque, and Leilani Farha.
Philip Alston is the John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University. His career has been in academia. He has not run a city or a water and sewage department.
Catarina de Albuquerque is a professor at American University’s Washington College of Law. She is the one who famously declared, “A world where some people get richer … while others don’t is not the sort of world we want.” In this she has dedicated herself to disproving the words of Jesus: “You will always have the poor among you.”
Leilani Farha is the Executive Director of Canada Without Poverty, based in Ottawa, Canada. CWP is governed entirely by individuals who have been in poverty. CWP cooperates with organizations including Acorn Canada, to make Canada guarantee minimum incomes for all Canadians and to force governmental support for their activities. In 2007, the Canadian government cut its funding of CWP, causing it financial problems.
Independent thinkers learned that impudence can come from careers of academic insulation from the real world, being too close to the problem, and being unaccountable to the people.
Hey, UN! Don’t throw gas on Detroit’s fire.