Glitz and a Hobbled State

Motor City's annual auto show can't hide the decline of Michigan's carmakers and how it has hobbled the regional economy.

Published: 21-Jan-2008

DETROIT -- -- General Motors Corp. kicked off this year's North American International Auto Show with an opulent party in a giant heated tent alongside the Detroit River. Coming on last after several other acts, Michigan's own Kid Rock took the stage, singing as a pack of runway models escorted a Corvette ZR-1 muscle car down a catwalk.

"Let me tell you about Michigan," he shouted into the microphone to the crowd of reporters, politicians and society elites.

"We don't buy [expletive]. . . . We build it!"

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