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“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Detroit “Expert” Gets $595 an Hour

Aug 4, 2014

The judge in charge of Detroit’s bankruptcy hired an “expert witness” to determine if the restructuring plan will work.

This “expert” found that Emergency Financial Dictator Kevyn Orr may have missed an opportunity to pursue sharper changes to the city’s collective bargaining agreements. Her report mentioned a “cultural malady”–by which she meant that city employees don’t grasp their job is to provide a service to the taxpayers. She said the problem is that overpaid city workers don’t feel an obligation to serve!

And for this jewel of a report, this expert witness billed at a rate of $595 an hour. Her pay rate would mean a $24,000 paycheck for a week. Now who’s greedy?!