Detroit’s showing us it can be done. Just like Sergio Leone did with Spaghetti Westerns, It’s reinventing a dying American institution with a fistful of dollars from sleazy Italians – and with me at the top of the marquee.

You’re seeing the results in innovative new cars like this pink Fiat 500 J-Lo Edition. Maybe it’s not a Gran Torino, but it’s made in Torino. Or Ontario, or something. The important point is this: you buy one of these Italian-Canadian babies, and you’ll be getting Chrysler the cash it needs to pay back the loans to the government that pays the bills for everybody in this whole city.

And, what’s true about Detroit is true about all of us. This country can’t be knocked out with one punch. We get back up, slip again, and send the video to our personal injury lawyer. And when we do – the world is going to hear the roar of our engines.

Well, maybe not ‘roar.’ What sound does a solar electric engine make? Zweep or something, I guess. Anyway, they’ll hear something like that.