Don’t blame it on outsourcing, tariffs or some other excuse. The same re-emergence of planning and holding industries hostage to benefit packages, environmental compliance loads and increased regulations will spread the rust belt into new venues. Actually, the hit men will be the Regressive Party and Obama will maintain the voice of reason and make the overtures to whatever emotion needs to be tweaked to steer us to compliance. The Golden Rule via Government Assistance will become the norm. Jesus will become the ultimate Leftist, should religion need to be invoked to tweak the guilt factor. I have no doubt the current remarks one day after the election that Obama needs to not repeat the Clinton mistakes of starting too soon to the Left after the election…he must stay Centrist for the populace so as to not alarm or give fodder to the Right or his own Democrat Conservatives. In essence, he must deceive for affect to not arouse suspicions of what? Of course, who he really is.
Dissecting Leftism raises interesting concerns re the record of the Left in the Rustbelt…the same area, again voting for the Regressives. What gives…Republicans did not fix what Democrats had ruined. Short memories. Must be the rust.
“One really has to ask the obvious question: If Obama’s economic policies work so well, why isn’t Detroit a paradise? In 1950, America produced 51% of the GNP for the entire world. Of that production, roughly 70% took place in the eight states surrounding the Great Lakes: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.
The productive capability of this small area of earth staggers the imagination. Virtually everything that rebuilt the industrial bases of Europe and Japan came from those eight states. Cars, planes, electronics, machine tools, consumer goods, generators, concrete – any conceivable item manufactured by industrial humanity poured out this tiny region and enriched the world. The region shone with widespread prosperity. People migrated from the South and West to work in these Herculean engines of industry. The wealth, power and economic dominance of the region at the time cannot be overstated. Nothing like it has existed in human history.
Yet, a mere 30 years later, by 1980, we called that area the “rustbelt” and it became synonymous with joblessness, collapsing cities, high crime, failing schools and general hopelessness.”