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Monday, April 06, 2009

Shutting Detroit Down Video

I had posted the sample of John Rich playing a loose version of the song a few weeks ago. The song is getting a lot of attention so here is the all star video with Mickey Rourke and Kris Kristofferson.

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Our manufacturing base that protects us is gone... Printing money and China owns us...Our so called leader bows and kneels..It will get worse..Like Ronnie sang a long time ago- "Lord take me and mine before that comes"

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Comments on "Shutting Detroit Down Video"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:44 PM) : 

Great Video and also so true.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:14 PM) : 

A true song and a great Video!! I wish the politicians would listen to it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:20 PM) : 

So sad and so true. Great song, video couldn't be better!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:16 PM) : 

I got goosebumps watching this, Thank You Mr. Rich great job. Well said.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:18 AM) : 

this video is so stupid. has anyone taken why they are out of business into consideration? it is because the auto union workers think that they are entitled to 70 dollars an hour. The companies are no longer competetive, and now they want to have money injected into them. This is ridiculous. And for the video, maybe these assholes wouldnt have a house in foreclosure if they weren't driving 45000 dollar trucks, right?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:59 PM) : 

excuse me, but did YOU even listen to the video? have you even ever turned the television on??? your right, there is no competition anymore and thats why business is bad, you dont sell the product, you have no product! so when the businesses ask for money to help them afford to produce a product that, again, no one is going to buy, the exec's take that money and use it as a bonus for themselves.. and as for the truck, its a video, ok? and plus if you work in the factory, you get a discount. and besides, did you see who the one driving was? not the man getting his house foreclosed on, goofball! the other man was perfectly fine.... he had a job to help pay his bills, the focus of the video was on the man, who i assume was kris kristofferson, that had lost his job. not his friends. but i guess since you were too busy looking down your nose at the video's symbolic meaning, you wouldnt be able to understand that. wait till something like that happens close to home, then you'll understand! and from the way you so rudely refered to the hard working men in those factories, i would leap to say that nothing such as this has happened to you... from the way you talk of them, i hope it does.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:27 PM) : 

my husband played this part in real life last week as they shut down Borg Warner plant in Muncie, IN. God Help us....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:43 PM) : 

The person Who is talking trash about this song can go get fired from his job and lose his house. see how u feel about that u drugged up communist. Mr. rich made one hell of a song.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:18 AM) : 

man piss the hell off ok this songs speaks the truth about what is happening in the world for the real working man not the guy in the office sitting on hios fat ass getting bonus pay


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:33 AM) : 

See this is how cruel the world is and this is not just a video this is a reality. I'm 19 i got laid off at my job and my mom has worked her ass off her whole life and now she's gonna lose everything because she's getting laid off. It's a harsh reality we all have to face. in the time of hard ship we all have to bond together to make it. Not one man is gonna change this country...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:02 PM) : 

i am only 16, i have this idea of all da athlets, musicans, actors to help pay off this situation. think of just football, they get paid 20 million and there is about 80 guys on the team, and there is more then 30 teams in the nfl. lets jst say each player givs up 5 million. 5*80=400*30=1200 and this is in millions so that number would be, $1,200,000,000. Thats just an estamation of football players and teams. just think if you get ALL SPORTS, ALL ACTORS, ALL MAJOR COMPANIES, and rich people like BILL GATES HUEGH HEFFNER DONALD TRUMP. WE WOULD NOT BE IN THIS DEBT RIGHT NOW. we would have paid off pretty much of it and paid off other countries. imagine all of those people would get their jobs back and they would still have a place to live!And known how rich all these people are they will still be well off even after giving up that much money.

I am not an adult, I am just a teenager!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:21 AM) : 

30 years ago we had a warning. Jimmy Carter tried to make changes. Now we're paying for our arrogance. Hopefully it isn't too late to get educate people and build a sustainable economy with new, competitive, responsible industries. Coming from an automotive family this has motivated take action, I'm sure others are awakening to this sense of urgency as well. I'm pretty picky when it comes to music and even pickier about video production, but this video makes its statement clearly and effectively: help the gray collar become a green collar.


Blogger Christopher said ... (12:38 PM) : 

I live in the Detroit area. This video is the honest truth I see every day. Whole neighborhoods are up for fire sale prices.
There's block after block of empty shops where there used to be vibrant small manufacturers employing many people.
To the haters here in the comments section minimizing the impact of this video, this truth, I can only say this. Enjoy your bubble before it pops.
Sure it's easy to complain about an auto worker making $200k a year for doing little, I'm sure there were some that did. But where the hell do you think they spent their money?
I'll tell you where - right here in town, or maybe at their cabins up north. In either case they vitalized the restaurants, stores, home improvement services, etc. in our town. Their money didn't trickle down, it flowed down quickly and nourished those around them. They have been the backbone of hardworking American values. No one I've ever known when to Dubai to blow their checks.
You haters are right though, there is a reckoning coming. I for sure don't welcome it though; I don't see how you can.


Blogger Carl Kilo said ... (6:25 PM) : 

Thunderous Applause Christopher!!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:09 AM) : 

great song john rich great job im only 16 to and who ever the hell was talking shit on this video can go piss off this is reality i bet the jackass who was talking crap was some rich stuck up smob who makes $6.0000 a year or more and thinks he has it hard because he only own a quarter of a million dollar house and only has 8 ferrari's to drive around there are people out there like kris played in that movie who lost there job loosing there house and becoming sick over all the strress and you rich bastards with all your money and greed can't share some of it with the ones who really deserve it tha hard working men and women deserve that money more then the rich sum who sit around and make millions for it someone neeeds to realize that and do somthing about


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:24 PM) : 

To the comment about the athletes and actors giving money that might sound great but that is a road we don't want, taking money from people to pay for the rest, that's a role the government already plays too big a role in, taking 5 million from each player? That is so far from free market, which many people say is bad now but don't know what they are talking about. This idea is socialist, communist, fascist, one of those roads that we don't want. these people make that much money because we go to see them and buy merchandise and they get advertisers who think we will buy their product that pays their salary, the money doesn't come from the sky, its ours. if we don't spend it on sports or go to games it would practically be the same as what you say. Yes it is ridiculous they get paid that much but forced charity is worse than being poor, give me liberty or give me death, that's what this country was founded on and forced charity is not liberty. And the auto problem, it is the union contracts that are unsustainable (a word tossed around about energy a lot these days)a company cannot afford to pay these pensions and high wages, in good times they could, but bad times cant. shame on the unions shame on the company


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:05 AM) : 

this video is truly amazing. this is the harsh truth and it is so sad. the people who are so deserving and such good people lose what keeps them and their families going and we need to really just have faith that this will all turn around and those who lost and hurt will regain happiness and a great life. rich did wonders on this song and the video is something everybody should watch and think about, for the negative nancies on this video obviously you have no heart and need a serious reality check, karmas a bitch and you be made sure you understand their situation one day by experience. you better start appreciating what you have now, before you lose it.


Anonymous george oakum 3 said ... (3:04 PM) : 

this would be a great movie staring Kris kirstofferson and mickey rourke the same concept if the music video it would be a big hit to a lot of people i talked to said they would watch it no doubt what a great concept real life story of a lot of people it would be a big hit in my book anyway


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:09 PM) : 

LaFrance said,
This is such a great song. This is a song that everyone needs to see because this is the reality that need to get through peoples heads. This is one song that tells the truth and still has meaning after you hear it once, tiwce, or even three time. Once agian a great song!


Anonymous sarah from detroit said ... (12:35 PM) : 

i have to say. i live in the heart of detroit. and i have seen this neighborhood fall hard.Houses for sale dirt cheap. More and More people out on the streets.This is MY city. This is what i call HOME..But I am not proud the way things are goin .Everyone is hurtin right now.And people are tring to make it any way they can.but to the 16 yr old.. i feel the same way you do. i think you are a very smart young adult.If only the rich could just give alittle.but this is reality. that wont happen. plus we shouldnt do things that way..we should have never been in the position..Also that asshole who prolly still lives at home with their parents.. one day you will lose everything you have and you will understand what hard working people are goin through. by the way.. what do YOU drive?? just curious.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:14 PM) : 

Unions helped to build this middle class we have and it is up to us to protect what little we have left by looking at the labels on the products me buy and decide at that point if we should or not. Seniority counts and with due respect for it I feel that we should own our part of the process. Green is a lovely color of greed and the other side of the fence is not always green,it's dark green in the big dollar's eye. Let the buyer beware. One penny times the population ends up to be a lot of money in the coffer of those who sell us out. Americans can spend as they wish it is their right,but spend wisely. God Bless our freedom of choice! Lock n Load !


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:42 PM) : 

To all the Union Haters that want to blame the Unions for the troubles of this world...GO PISS OFF.

The Unions are not, have not, and will never be the problem. Wages account for less than 10% of the cost of building a vehice. We could work for free andv it would not help the companies one bit. The Companies have even said this themselves.

What is KILLING all of us is our UNAMERICAN Attitude towards what we purchase. we are our own worse enemy, we want cheaper, and are willing to sell out our neighbors and families to get it. How pathitic.

We need to do as other countries do, take care of AMERICANS before taking care of anyone else, Tax the hell out of those that take our jobs overseas, to lower wages while raising the cost of the product here at home.

If working for less would help, the UAW would do so, but Mexican manufacturing has proven that it doesn't help. Vehicles built in mexico are just as expensive or more so, than those built here, even with the workers only making 2.50 per hour with NO benifits.

As a country, we have lost our way. We have sold out to the idea of greed being a good thing. We lost our compassion for our fellow countrymen, and we sold our manufacturijng base out to forign enities. Who is going to build our tanks? planes? weapons? and everything else needed when our military needs it? Japan? China?? Lets be real, manufacturing and Unions mde this county great. CEO's that have gone from making 20-30 times what a worker makes just 25 years ago, now make 500 times what a worker makes, an you want to blame he Worker? You are an IDIOT!!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:02 PM) : 

I have been laid off, fired, downsized, let go a lot when i was younger.
What I did was look through the want ads for a new job, and also file for unemployment
I took whatever job i could, and
NEVER collected unemployment.
Then i got tired of being let go, etc. and took a course in a profession that seemed to need people. Then I took another course. After six years of working full time and also going
to college taking eleven units all
the time, i finished.
Now when the man wants to let me go, I have an education and a career to help me get a new job.
Later on I went into business for
myself. It's been 35 years since and i have done well.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:05 PM) : 

I'm glad that your education and business are doing well. I hope it stays that way. I however believe you are a little nieve. I live in the Detroit area, when this all started I felt distant from it because I have never worked for the auto industry. This video touched my heart also, but what people are not thinking about are the millions of other jobs being effected. I am currently furloughed from a class 1 railroad here in Detroit. I am very fortunate to be picking up a few days here and there. So many other companies are being effected by this, and doing the same kind of cuts. I have co-workers living hours away from their families, just to send money home. You can't go into a neighborhood around here without seeing forclosure signs. For the people who keep saying "let the auto industry hang", I want to remind you that the auto industry has many many suppliers (in all states) and with the Railroad business being as slow as it is, it is only a matter of time before your states start to suffer also. Some people have no idea how many jobs are out there being cut due to this. As for looking in the paper for jobs... its pretty sad when Mc Donalds has a waiting list because there are educated people working there just to survive this. This video is a true example of lives in this area. I hope you don't ever have to see it in your towns. It's very scary, and not as easy as "looking at job ads" anymore.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:36 AM) : 

I went through this very humilating and degrading experience last September. I was shy of one month from my 25 year anniversary with Chrysler. I was not a UAW employee, but a managment employee who gave that corporation my life for nearly 25 years. No one can possibly relate to the hurt and betrayal one feels unless they have been through this experience. As I worry about how my husband and I are going to survive, the auto executives are still receiving their millions. No-one has taken a pay decrease, given up their FREE GAS, FREE CARS, and all the other perks they get. Do they really think that I would go out an purchase a new car when they've laid me off? I don't care how great you make the deal, I'm not going to put myself in any more debt then I already have. Yet we continue to pay these executives millions. The same folks that got us into this mess!


Anonymous lazerus said ... (9:17 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:43 AM) : 

to comment in all caps:

even if there was the smallest chance in hell of that being realistic - and there is no way is does - the problem is the people who live in this country. everyone going to walmart to buy imported goods. good idea good idea... lets give people money to go shit away to other countries...

really seems like you thought that through. go back to school


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:45 AM) : 

a 16 year old has the right idea. start doing work on the rich. lets level this money problem.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:57 PM) : 

This problem has been coming on for the last 30 years. We have been losing our industrial base and like a snowball it has now gotten so big that it is running us all over. Our politicians and political parties are no real help, they dance to their base, (the left and the right)and ignore the real needs of all the people. Maybe it is time to discard all incombant politicians and vote in new ones. They certainly can't be any worse than the fat cats that are now in office and doing a lousy job.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:50 AM) : 

To the dipshit talkin smack... You must be one of those fat-cat bastards that MY tax dollars sent on vacation. You stupid ass wake up and smell the coffee YOU ARE THE REASON OUR ECONOMY IS CRUMBLING. Yes it is time to get rid of these lousy self-serving politicians and get some people in office that actually give a shit about the U.S.A.

Great Job Mr. Rich


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:10 PM) : 

My dad works for Chrysler so this video hits home. Just waiting on the day the pink slip is handed out. it is a great song and a great, great video. hopefully someone will watch it that can make a difference. Thanks for the song


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:23 PM) : 

I work for a insurence company that use to provide coverage for UAW retirees who have now lost a lot of there benefits.I have listened to many stories of people who can no longer afford the things they need.I am lucky to still have a job and I pray every day for the many people who have worked so hard only to loose everything they worked for.God bless them and keep them safe.


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