April 5, 2009

Shutting Down Detroit

John Rich just gave a rousing rendition of his populist song "Shutting Detroit Down" on the Academy of Country Music Awards. A whole lot of millionaires stood on their feet cheering as he changed his lyrics and from

Cause in the real world they're shutting Detroit down
While the boss man takes his bonus pay and jets out of town


Cause in the real world they're shutting Detroit down
While the boss man takes his lazy ass and jets on out of town

I've been on every side of a job and have never thought my bosses, co-workers or those who worked for me were lazy... all the lazy folks were fired long ago. I suspect the CEOs would much rather be working the line than the folks on the line would want to be CEOs. You work the line, get a lot done, you go home, usually after eight or nine hours, and little that happens is your fault. You're a CEO, you work all the time, all the time... there's seldom a sense of accomplishment, nothing is ever done, everything that goes bad is ultimately your fault and even when things go well you're dealing with problems all day, all week, all damn year.

In the real world, the government is meddling with Detroit, forcing unrealistic CAFE standards, causing uncertainty with coming CAP and TRADE taxes that will force factories to lose even more money and not protecting the boarders, which is their primary job. In the real world, Detroit auto workers make far more money than any other auto workers in the world and unions have forced health care and pension deals for their retirees that are driving Detroit to bankruptcy.

Not that a song should reflect real life, but a catchy refrain like "In the real world they're shutting Detroit down" only riles people up.

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