I Can’t Help Myself, I Find this Stuff Fascinating.

 “Detroit Faces its Critics with Anger and Tears,” The New York Times is reporting in another compelling story about the fallout in the Motor City.

Around the city, native Detroiters are trying to understand the anti-autoworker wrath unleashed by the Big Three bailout. The article begins with assembly line workers showing off their skills at a UAW rally.

This link includes interviews with various citizens articulating what’s at stake here. Listen to civic leaders defend the city and encourage people to pull together.

This is good stuff.

I was born in Toledo, a town sometimes called “Little Detroit.” In my family, it was sacrilegious to buy a foreign car, even after we moved away. Throughout my life, I’ve always felt this instinctive anger when I hear people trashing American cars. So, according to this article, I’m a “true believer.” 

God, I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I almost wish I was there.

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4 responses to “I Can’t Help Myself, I Find this Stuff Fascinating.

  1. I forget where I heard it, but someone, describing the middle class recovery package vs. the working class auto-bailout, said “it’s a question of why we think differently about the people that shower before they go to work versus those that shower after work”.

  2. I don’t know about Michigan, but unions have gotten a very bad name in my part of Ohio. The high wages and good benefits that workers accrue (for blue collar work) raises the ire of others in the working and middle class. People ask: “Why should they get all that money and those benefits?”

  3. rustwire

    Angie,

    My dad has often told me the story of the time (I think this must have been sometime in the early 1980s?) when he went to a rally to see Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan take a sledgehammer to a Toyota to show his opposition to imported cars.

    It’s hard to imagine any politician (except maybe one from Michigan) doing that today.

    -KG

  4. Claudia

    The anger towards an autoworker with 25 yrs on the job who makes $70,000 a year is pretty inexplicable when compared with stockbrokers who produce nothing yet take home millions in bonuses. I do think there’s a certain amount of jealousy from non-union workers, but jeez…shouldn’t we try to raise everyone’s standard of living rather than tear down those who make a decent (but not obscene) amount? I know it’s just the Cleveland/Detroiter in me, but I just can’t wrap my brain around it.

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