We own a small business, service related and one that is not directly part of the auto industry. Our customers are of the one-time variety – once they get what they came for, they are on the road and out of here. It all makes sense that our business is declining. If a family has no disposable income, they won’t use our service. We are the trickle down. We pay our debts and make our payroll, but we can't afford improvements. After witnessing nine years of steady negative numbers, due to residents moving away, job loss, and high unemployment, we are quite literally hanging by our fingernails waiting for the next ax to fall.
In my Internet meanderings today, I came upon a University of Michigan forecast of our state. It wasn't just rosy, the good news was in full bloom. Supposedly, 2011 will be the turnaround year.
I've come to view any promise or hope of change as fodder to keep the people believing in miracles while they are suffering. It's easy to do with a state full of hopeful people.
So excuse me if I raise an eyebrow at the latest promise made. I'm just the skeptic on Main Street.