Just on CNN, a Detroit journalists confuses pride with pity:
The people of Detroit have not failed us; we have failed Detroit…. When we buy at the stores that only sell cheap goods made elsewhere, we have only ourselves to blame. When we buy from foreign sources, we have only ourselves to blame. We need each other’s help. We need to listen to each other. We need to respond to each other’s problems, no matter where we live in this country. If we do not, then we have only ourselves to blame.
American car companies stopped innovating and stopped making cars people would buy. It isn’t just price. It is the complete ignorance of the US auto industry to create cars that wreck the environment and are so inefficient that they can’t be sold in other countries. The focus on indulging the gated-community imperative and creating behemoth tanks so Ted-state soccer moms can fantasize about off-roading with the cute gardner.