When the Bills Come Due

Life under the Democrat Party is just that—one big party.

Until you have to pay for it:

Could the Detroit Institute of Arts’ billion dollar collection, including works by Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse, be headed for the auction block to satisfy creditors of the financially troubled city?

Museum officials oppose the idea of a fire sale and say they have hired a bankruptcy attorney to suggest ways to protect the collection from possible losses. In a statement, the DIA said it and the city “hold the museum’s art collection in trust for the public” and that “the city cannot sell art to generate funds for any purpose other than to enhance the collection.”

According to Crain’s Detroit Business, a city report from 2004, when the DIA was still a city department, valued the art collection at more than $1 billion.

The city owns the Detroit Institute of Arts’ building and collection, while daily operations are overseen by a nonprofit.

What other city owns an art museum? New York? Chicago? Boston? I can’t think of one.

But however foolish and wasteful such an “investment” might have been for a bankrupt city, it’s a godsend. A billion-dollar windfall (probably more by now) without having to break a sweat?


Of course, some overdue bills exact not a monetary cost, but a human one:

Gun owners could carry concealed weapons in Illinois, the last state in the nation to prohibit it, under legislation that swept through the House Friday with the backing of the powerful Democratic speaker from Chicago, a city torn by violence despite what critics claim are the nation’s toughest firearms restrictions.

Fox Butterfield, is that you?

The appeals court declared Illinois’ last-in-the-nation prohibition on public possession of weapons unconstitutional in December and gave lawmakers until June 9 to adopt a carry system.

The measure, sponsored by ardent gun-rights advocate Rep. Brandon Phelps, a Democrat from Harrisburg in deep southern Illinois, outlines a so-called “shall issue” law, meaning law enforcement officials would be required to issue permits to qualified gun owners. Only about 10 states, such as New York, have more restrictive “may issue” laws, which give police more discretion to deny permission.

Despite deep, conservative roots outside of Chicago accompanied by fervent support for the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms, the Prairie State has for decades resisted a carry law because of gun-wary Windy City Democrats. The nation’s third-largest city is a leader in murders and violence despite what muscular restrictions on weaponry.

“Criminals are cowards,” said Rep. Mike Bost, a southern Illinois Republican. “If they know there’s an opportunity they’re going to get caught or get shot — because they don’t like a fair fight — they’re not going to commit the crime.”

That remains to be seen. But the liberal Democratic machine of Chicago has tried everything else—to the detriment of mostly young black men.

And, of course, the occasional young black woman:

Hadiya Pendleton, 1997(?) – 2013


  1. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    May 25, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    First, BTL, you owe us an explanation of the Butterfield Effect. (I looked it up, but you will write something more clever, so please do.)

    Secondly, we will soon know if gun violence goes up, down or stays the same in Chicago. Any bets?

    I think that there might be a flurry of violent deaths (but how will be be able to tell?) followed by a lessening, especially the type related to home invasion, etc. The inner city criminals will still kill one another, but they might be more afraid to go after law abiding citizens.

    - Aggie

  2. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    May 25, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    I’ve been using it a lot lately, but for those readers who don’t know, it is a coinage by the great James Taranto of Best of the Web Today. The Butterfield Effect is named after NY Time reporter Fox Butterfield who couldn’t see the connection between rising incarceration and falling crime rates. He wrote a series of articles on the subject:

    “Punitive Damages; Crime Keeps On Falling, but Prisons Keep On Filling”; “Study Finds 2.6% Increase in U.S. Prison Population”;”Despite Drop in Crime, an Increase in Inmates”

    The point here is that despite (dread word!) tough gun laws, Chicago is one of the deadliest cities for gun laws in the country. How about “because or” or “due to”? One’s liberal bias blind’s one to the obvious.

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