A few weeks ago, Mitch Albom, a big time Liberal sports writer, posted an article about what he would say to Congress about the auto rescue. He went on and on in his usual high pitched, whiny voice about the hypocrisy in congress and how they should ante up for the Big Three. A few things caught my eye:
Which makes me wonder why you’re so against our kind of business? The kind we do in Detroit. The kind that gets your fingernails dirty. The kind where people use hammers and drills, not keystrokes. The kind where you get paid for making something, not moving money around a board and skimming a percentage.
Gee, Mitch…don’t YOU get paid for keystrokes? So, the “bail out” requirements are now all about how dirty you get or the fact that you use hand tools?
Anyway, he went on and on about how we can’t let the Big Three fail, how they have been around for over 100 years and they are the backbone of the country and then how horrible the big banks are and blah, blah, blah.
Now, today, I read how the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, next year, are going down to only three day delivery a week. Thursday, Friday and Sunday. They will still sell day to day at coin boxes, stores and newsstands. This will help them better run their business in today’s age of digital news and the rising cost of ink and fuel. They are finding a way to survive where many major newspapers around the country, such as the NY Times, are going bankrupt. I find this very interesting and give them big kudos for making this move. It shows that at least one Detroit company is seeking out ways to survive…unlike the Big Three who just run to Govco for with their hand out.
My question for little Mitch is….with his paper having to cut 9% of their work force, where is your column on how horrible this is? How they need a bail out? How these people work with their hands and need help? Where is your column on how you are going to work for less pay or how the salaries of the Newspaper executives need to be cut? Come on, Mitch. We’re waiting….
…actually, I am really waiting for Albom to shut-up and stick to sports.