On Wednesday mornings before I knock off my night-shift editing work, one of the last things I do is check the Metro Times and Jack Lessenberry’s column, so I can go to bed in the proper frame of mind — suicidal.
Jack is not a crepehanger, only a realist:
Last week the leadership of Ford Motor Co. went before the cameras. Remember those gloomy forecasts last January? Well, they were too optimistic.
More layoffs are coming; more plants being closed. Ford will shed something like 44,000 jobs — last week, they announced that another 10,000 salaried layoffs were being added. General Motors is eliminating almost as many jobs, and there is no guarantee they are done.
And here’s something to think about. Almost none of these jobs have been lost yet. The Wixom plant doesn’t close till next year. The 1,250 workers there now are walking dead. Two plants in Windsor go next year; two plants in Ohio, one in Maumee, near the Michigan border, shut the year after that.
What happens when all those people lose their good-paying jobs? Where are they going to work instead? What will become of the stores where they shopped? Some won’t be able to make their house payments.
There will be a snowball effect. And this is not your father’s recession-based round of auto layoffs. This is forever.
I lay this out not to make you suicidal — you don’t live here, after all, at least most of you — but to underline there is but one issue in Michigan this election season. One. Uno. The big enchilada. The big E. The economy. I am willing to vote for any candidate of any party, if I think they understand that nothing is as important as this. Everything comes back to the economy, and I want to hear sensible, no-b.s. ideas about how this state, this region, can diversify its economy and find its feet again, before my house is worth the same as a crack den in Detroit. OK? Everyone understand?
So I open my web browser today, and guess what the Republican nominee is suggesting?
Intelligent design. Surprise, surprise, he’s all in favor of teaching it in public schools:
“I would like to see the ideas of intelligent design that many scientists are now suggesting is a very viable alternative theory,�? DeVos told the Associated Press this week during an interview on education. “That theory and others that would be considered credible would expose our students to more ideas, not less.�?
We. Are. Doomed.
UPDATE: Open your mouth, lose your crummy, low-paying job: The corpse collector has been suspended. But of course. But that’s…OK. He really wants to concentrate on his career as a rapper.