Damn. Are there ANY jobs left in Michigan?
OK, just to kinda follow up on where I left off with my Tuesday post, here’s another story about why not only Detroit but all of Michigan has got to seize this opportunity with this new man in the White House. It may not come as much of a shock to anyone who lives here, but it is a statistic that still ought to keep conscious people from getting much sleep at night.
In case you didn’t feel like clicking on the link (I understand), the story says that Michigan has an unemployment rate of 10.6 percent, which is the highest in the whole damned country. And this is how bad it is without the Big Three automakers going under. Can you even imagine what…? Naw, let’s not even go there. Let’s operate on the premise that this is a new day (please, God, please) and that from this point forward we are (for the 100th time) making our way back up that mountain. We each may have a few hundred pounds of bullshit strapped to our backs, but we’ll still figure a way to make it work. We’re Detroiters, y’all. We definitely know how to make things run when we want to. If you don’t believe me, just ask somebody from DTE or the Detroit Water Board how much revenue they’re losing from supposedly poor, uneducated folks who are also desperate and creative enough to be experts at figuring how to keep the heat and water on long after the utilities have supposedly been shut off.
We know how to make things work when we have to. They say necessity is the mother of invention? Yeah, well Detroit is the mother of necessity.
Right now Michigan is hanging by a thread, which is why President Obama singled us out before just about any other state as being a primary target for immediate assistance. And for those who think we may be part of some urban revitalization experiment, I say, first of all, who cares so long as the experiment works? But also, Obama realizes, much more than those with germ-sized brains who want to se us slide off the face of the earth, that if we do slide off then we’re taking an entire region with us. Just like if New York City got nuked. You think that would only matter to New Yorkers?
You gotta remember we’re all one fabric, like it or not. You pull out one thread and the whole garment goes to shit. And if you pull out the Michigan thread…?
You, know, I really wouldn’t advise that.