Philly mayor goes to China while city goes broke

Philadephia Mayor Michael Nutter is in China this week, purportedly to drum up business for his cash-strapped city. City officials have been cheerleading the junket across social media:

Mayor @michael_nutter heading to China this week to promote Philadelphia, attract investment

— Luke Butler (@phillyluke) November 25, 2012

Follow Mayor Nutter’s progress on his trip to China by following #PHLinChina, @michael_nutter, @dpbell, and @philadelphiagov

— City of Philadelphia (@PhiladelphiaGov) November 30, 2012

Follow Michael Nutter’s blog during his trip to China via tumblr: #PHLinChina

— City of Philadelphia (@PhiladelphiaGov) November 30, 2012

Our Mayor @michael_nutter is in China to share the new #discoverphl campaign and multilingual website. Hao yun! #PHLinChina

— Philadelphia CVB (@discoverPHL) November 30, 2012

Nutter, local leaders tour Tianjin, Philadelphia’s sister city: TIANJIN, China – This port city of 13 million on the…

— Philadelphia CP (@PhiladelphiaCP) December 2, 2012

But taxpayers aren’t sharing the jet-setting spirit:

@discoverphl @michael_nutter who is paying for this trip?

— Bill(@Nonno057) November 30, 2012

@phillyluke @michael_nutter how about supporting your police officers, firefighters & teachers? Why was a trip to CHINA necessary? #tcot

— politicalquest (@poliquest) December 2, 2012

Was it necessary for #Philly #Philadelphia mayor to tk a trip to china to share the “discover Phila” campaign? He says city too broke

— politicalquest (@poliquest) December 2, 2012

@poliquest Not sure why @michael_nutter is in China. Bad enough his city gets my taxpayer dollars. @michellemalkin @phillydotcom

— Trish Williams (@ExPoleDancer) December 2, 2012

Meanwhile, back in the City of Brotherly Love: “Cash-strapped Philadelphia schools forced to borrow $300 million.”

And over in China:

China overtaking USA as global trader…


But hey, Philly taxpayers, at least you’re a “sustainable” city!

RT @dpbell: RT @jen_crandall: Watch @michael_nutter discuss his trip to China:…

— Michael A. Nutter (@Michael_Nutter) November 30, 2012

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