General Motors paid for my college education at the University of Michigan. General Motors provided a salary for many middle class families that also helped doctors, dentists, attorneys, etc. The trickle-down effect of General Motor's existence should not be understated. The value-add for this wealth generation and distribution, while it lasted, was significant.
While I've become better acquainted with and generally support economic Darwinism, I can't help but feel that General Motors gave what it could to the common man. It created a middle class in Detroit. So when I see the decrease in real wages since the 80's and the growing gap between the pay at the top and bottom, I'm not really surprised.
We've gotten exactly what we wanted. Welcome to the new America.