I am still not following the whole economy thing you bring up.
Michigan economy sucks-Liberal Tree Hugging Californian/Canadian Govenor and heavily employed by industry.
Country is indeed downsizing on jobs, and the housing markets have slowed, but do keep in mind that is only a small part of the economy. I know there might be no point in mentioning this because I doubt you will actually consider it, which is fine. I do recall hearing on the news that the Dow is opening at a record because it closed at a record the day prior. Holy fukc , economy is sucking so bad people are making money.