#20: We Almost Lost Detroit (Original Piece)

Gil was wrong
It didn’t take a nuclear meltdown
to bring a city to its knees
Just an economic one.

Stubborn minds led to broken homes
The jobs that had been there for decades
Simply got up and went
To China
to Mexico
To The People’s Republic of Cheap Labor

In the dust and rubble stood Johnny Lineman
Wholly uneducated and unprepared for the future without Flint
This was no Katrina that hit the city
Only Hurricane Ford and the GM Earthquake
Yet the devastation was the same
Abandoned homes, scattered debris
Johnny Lineman became Johnny Vagrant

While the rest of the country turned its back
A first world city became a third
But there was no call for charity
No fundraisers in schools
Just a big fat check from congress
That served to reward the devastators
Instead of fixing the problem

And we almost lost Detroit this time


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