From Laura Berman's column in yesterday's Detroit News:
'After conducting focus groups in the Detroit area in late July, Dan Carol, a senior fellow at the New Policy Institute, was struck by how "tough-minded" Michigan residents and their counterparts elsewhere are. "They are like venture capitalists," he said. "They have many questions. They support spending their tax dollars for smart economic development and job creation but they want to make sure it's done in a smart way. They want these investments to last."
Michigan's survivors are increasingly wary of empty promises. Stoney [an underemployed person quoted in the story] said she supports the Legislature's move to end welfare after four years — "that's enough," she says, having never received any. Her adult sons now pay her rent and grocery bills, while she job-hunts. The Labor Day crowd applauded the idea that Detroit is — as Obama said, quoting a Chrysler commercial — "a city that's been to heck and back."
Yes, we're all gritty and tough and still, miraculously, here.'
The kind of sentiments expressed in the dedication to Michigan and the Civil War.