I've just returned from a visit with my sister in Michigan. I had been putting it off and making excuses for not going for some time. After all the depressing news about the dismal economic condition and unemployment in the state, I selfishly did not want to witness it firsthand. Finally, I ran out of excuses and went. I'm glad I did.
Unfortunately, I was not pleasantly surprised as I naively hoped I would be. Indeed there were all the makings to assure abject misery, yet it was not there or at least to the extent equal to the conditions. After a few days and much conversations, it finally became clear that the reason that for this was hope.
Seeing not only the rebirth of their auto industry, but General Motors once again regain the position of largest source of motor vehicles in the world, gave them hope that conditions can change. Repeatedly, I heard praise for President Barack Obama's intervention and despite all the shortsighted who would have had their major industry fall. He is their hero.
It was a long overdue, but very uplifting visit. The loans made to Chrysler and General Motors not only paid off, but are being paid back. It's a great thing to find hope when everything seems to contradict it.