Originally published in the Grand Rapids Business Journal, February 19, 2007
In this week’s edition, we find our cartoonist hero poking fun at …himself. Being that I work for a business publication in the great but beleaguered state of Michigan, you may have noticed that the decline of the American automobile industry has been an ongoing theme. The new bad news is that Chrysler is now in the dumpster and plans to layoff 10,000 or workers PDQ, many of them Michigan-based.
Maybe having grown up in Flint, the birthplace of General Motors, I am predisposed to empathy — I have noticed that I probably spend too much time romanticizing the past and lamenting the future. And while I do think some amount of feeling the melancholy is warranted, after awhile it can become, well, annoying.
At a certain point (and this would be a pretty good one) it’s time to concentrate efforts on building new ships and letting the old ones sail….