This means so much to me. Being from here in Michigan my families roots are in the American auto industry. Proud people who have spent their lives on the line trying to make a good product.
I've watched my family & friends lose jobs they've held for 25+ years, lose benefits, seen guaranteed retirement packages "un-guaranteed" and cut.
John Rich from the country duo Big & Rich wrote this song about "Shuttin' Detroit Down" in the last week or so.
Here's a link to a clip of him talking about the song on a local Detroit radio station, where he debuted the song for the first time anywhere. It's just him discussing the song and his reasons for writing it. For some reason it doesn't have him playing the song in studio.
Here's the only video I could find out there so far of him actually singing the song, at a radio station in New Jersey. Skip to about the 2:30 mark to bypass the other stuff if you just want to get to the song.
I don't know much about why the big banks got their bail out, but I can tell you about what I see here in Michigan. Proud hard working people doing often crappy jobs, but coming in and doing them every day.
My dad worked in the foundry for awhile. It's filthy, it's loud and it's about a million degrees in a foundry where they melt down metal. That makes standing on a line all day trying to put the same part on the each car every single time seem like a picnic. Shiftwork? Yeah lots of it, afternoons & midnights. When my dad was on the day shift he was up by 4:00 am every morning to be on the line by 5:00.
My grandfather, uncles, almost all doing this same work. None of them expect a medal for it, it was or is their job. They just hope for some loyalty so they can keep bringing their paychecks home, keep food on the table & maybe enjoy a little vacation "up north" on their weeks off.
What's sitting in your driveway?