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In light of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's actions, Michigan needs to look at taking control of Detroit

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is not the first public official to cheat on his wife and family. 

Look at King David and how he even ordered the murder of the husband of the woman with whom he had an affair.  Then remember Bill Clinton who turned the White House Oval Office into a hideaway where he had sex with an intern.

Now we have Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick who lied about his affair with his chief of staff and then used more than $8 million of taxpayers money to cover it up.  He fought tenaciously to keep hidden the documents showing the details of the affair that has further besmirched Michigan's number one city.

Evidence shows that it's time for the state of Michigan to start talking about taking over the operation of the Motor City.  Discussions about the future of Detroit and its operations need to start with the Michigan Legislature.

The city lacks leadership and oversight.  The Detroit City Council got bamboozled into accepting the $8 million payoff to keep details of the affair secret. 

Because of Kilpatrick's lies about his affair and the subsequent payoff and because of the City Council's apathetic handling of the disbursement of the $8 million, Detroit is left without a responsible city government.

It's time for examination, accountability and restoration.  This city is not a country off by itself.  It's part of the state of Michigan.  It's a symbol for the state and it's the home of a lot of people who need a dollars worth of value out of every dollar spent of the taxpayers money.

The future of Michigan and Detroit are tied inextricably together.  If one falls, then the other will fall.

Legislators of both parties need to start talking about the best way to save both the city and the state.

For such actions to work, there needs to be complete transparency in the city, in the Michigan Legislature and all the individuals involved. 

If Detroit can't get back on the right path, then we all lose.