Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Bureaucrats or Pirates?

AT THE SENATE HEARINGS, Detroit's Big 3 execs should've ripped the Senators hearts out. This would've earned public respect. Instead they said nothing, looking to the world like incompetent stooges. In those hearings, THEY were their brand. Fast? Energetic? Forceful? Dynamic? These adjectives were nowhere to be found.

Detroit's problem is that it's a city not of free-booting entrepreneurs, AS IT ONCE WAS 100 years ago, but of tame ticket-punching office holders. I noticed the defeated attitude when I arrived back here a year ago, and I still smell it in the air. (Not just around Ford Field!) The city needs extreme dynamism, a go-to-war attitude if it's to survive.

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