I like Robert Reich but he is often very partisan which clouds his vision. In his recent article he goes to a tired old story line around race and people running away from the poor for describing Detroit's problems.
Trade policy, NAFTA, and most favored nation trading status with China are two of the major pillars of why Detroit and Industrial America has been devastated plain and simple. These trade policies have thrust the working class of America into global competition with emerging economies. If the United States did not lower it's tariff's the American working people would be in much better shape today.