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Shuttin’ Detroit Down


Though it may not be among the most popular musical genres on Znet, I have a soft spot in my heart for country music, and occasionally tune in to the local Clear Channel station. It is not usually the place for critical economic commentary, but John Rich’s new anthem “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” is receiving substantial airtime and temporarily filling that void. Here’s an excerpt:

“Now I see all these big shots whining on my evening news,
About how their losing billions and it’s up to me and you
To come running to the rescue.

Well pardon me if I don’t shed a tear.
They’re selling make believe and we don’t buy that here.

Because in the real world they’re shuttin’ Detroit down,
While the boss man takes his bonus paid jets on out of town.
DC’s bailing out them bankers as the farmers auction ground.”

One populist anthem does not a movement make, Rich’s politics are likely quite different from the average Znetter, and the country music business probably has its own selfish reasons for supporting this song. But it is nevertheless refreshing to hear a singer from Texas express solidarity for workers in Michigan, while taking aim at the boss man. Encore!

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