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America's Factory Towns, Once Solidly Blue, Are Now a GOP Haven

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posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 01:31 PM
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Amerixa's Factory Towns, Once Solidly Blue, Are Now a GOP Haven (Original Source is WSJ)

WASHINGTON—The Republican Party has become the party of blue-collar America.

After the 1992 election, 15 of the 20 most manufacturing-intensive Congressional districts in America were represented by Democrats. Today, all 20 are held by Republicans.

The shift of manufacturing from a Democratic stronghold to a Republican one is a major force remaking the two parties. It helps explain Donald Trump’s political success, the rise of Republican protectionism and the nation’s polarized politics. It will help shape this year’s midterm elections.

South Carolina’s third Congressional district, on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, epitomizes the swing from blue to red.

Democrats should understand a harsh reality, their economic policies throughout the last 25 years have been detrimental to our country. Instead of focusing on identity politics and globalism, they should have been listening to the working class.

Surprisingly though, I am starting to see some acceptance of the fact that the #BlueWave will never come.


Many counties that leaned toward Democrats lost so many factory jobs during the past 25 years that they ceased being manufacturing centers.

As the U.S. factory workforce diminished in size—from 15.4% of the U.S. workforce in 1992 to 8.5% today—it moved out of big cities that were union strongholds and into blue-collar suburbs.

The Northeast and New England, strongholds for Democrats, largely disappeared from the map of manufacturing-intensive counties, according to an analysis for the Journal by the Brookings Institution’s metropolitan policy program. There are no manufacturing-intensive counties any longer in Massachusetts or Connecticut.

Pittsburgh, another Democratic bastion, shed its Steel City heritage and became a university and health-care center. Manufacturing jobs declined by 37,000 in the metropolitan area since 1992, while the number of service-industries employees increased by 168,000.

The new manufacturing heartland runs through areas outside suburbs along interstate highways south from Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin through Ohio and into the Carolinas and the deep South.

There, whites without a college education, who identified with the Republican Party’s focus on social issues and abortion restrictions, took up many of the factory jobs. The Trump administration’s tough stance on trade deepened the bonds with workers who believed they were hurt by free-trade deals.

Manufacturing moved to where the Republican party has been building strength,” says Jonathan Rodden, a Stanford University political scientist, who studies the geography of political change.

Other manufacturing areas have flipped to vote for Republicans. In 1992, there were 860 counties where at least 25% of the working population was employed in manufacturing. Democrat Bill Clinton won 49% of those counties. By 2016, manufacturers employed at least a quarter of the workforce in only 320 counties. Ninety-five percent of them went for Donald Trump.

Resisting any and all of the moves Trump is doing, only makes it clearer to the aformentioned class 'who is really fighting for them'.

I have noticed though that most of the leftists (from the US) on this site appear to be only looking out for their own political interests in relation to the trade tariffs.

Foreign leftists on the other hand, know they will have the short end of the stick.

They know, we know, that if it goes as Trump plans... it shall be the end of a Democrat majority for the forseable future.

God bless, #MAGA




posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 01:45 PM
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Democrats should understand a harsh reality, their economic policies throughout the last 25 years have been detrimental to our country


Posh!

They'll always have maids, and landscapers. They come here by da millions.



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 01:47 PM
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This is one of the reasons why the establishment Dems are so scared of the new breed of Leftist Dem. The far Left have always been strong defenders of worker rights. The establishment Left have abandoned these ideals in favor of corporate interests. Middle America doesn't care about immigration and Russian collusion. As a result come November a number of incumbent Dems may find themselves out of a job. Replaced by someone who leans farther Left.



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 01:47 PM
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a reply to: efabian

Not to rain on anyone's parade.

Both the repubs and dems have sold the average US worker out long ago. Seems like it started under Carter/Reagan era presidents and continues to this day.

But Trump seems to be doing 100X more than any other. Seems.



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 01:48 PM
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a reply to: Xcalibur254




The far Left have always been strong defenders of worker rights.


Except if you happened to work for a firearm manufacturer, a bank, or Wall Street, or coal mine.

Then they are public enemy number one!



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 01:48 PM
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a reply to: efabian

This might be a sign that cities controlled by Democrats are near bankruptcy and the voters are scared.



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 01:55 PM
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a reply to: atsgrounded
Can't argue with that, but it is nice see their voice heard for a change.
edit on 7/25/2018 by efabian because: (no reason given)



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 01:56 PM
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a reply to: neo96

The corporate overlords, yes. The workers themselves, no. The reason coal mining isn't a guaranteed death sentence anymore is thanks primarily to the far Left. The added regulations certainly hit the mine owners in the pocket book but I'm sure the miners themselves were happy for reasonable hours and safety equipment.



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 01:58 PM
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Over the past 20 years the Democrats threw all their chips into the major urban centers. I suspect they believed that taking over the cities would drown out the rest of the state when it came time to vote and set policy. I guess they finally realized that people in the ghetto don't vote.



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 01:59 PM
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a reply to: Bluntone22

This may well be the so called 'bubble' that many are saying that is about to burst.

I read another article this morning that is setting the stage for another housing mortgage crisis, in California of all places.

Take of that what you will.



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 02:01 PM
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a reply to: Xcalibur254

Corporate overlords?

Millions of middle class jobs.

Millions of middle class pensions,Ira's,401ks.




The reason coal mining isn't a guaranteed death sentence anymore i


Because the last president put them out of work.



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 02:04 PM
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a reply to: efabian

People should stop paying stupid money for real estate. That bubble will burst soon but it's not the one I worry about.

Wait until a city or state files bankruptcy on their underfunded pensions.
That will leave thousands of people broke and desperate.

Are you willing to bail out Chicago's pension funds?



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 02:04 PM
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a reply to: Bluntone22

Our country is 21 trillion $$$ in debt.

It matters not what letter (R or D) of the sport-o's that got us here. We desperately need some stern leadership to get us out.

The R's and D's are on the same team-and we are not on it.



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 02:09 PM
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a reply to: atsgrounded

I agree completely.
And it's going to hurt.
And when the ship is pointed in the right direction the captain will be voted out.



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 02:18 PM
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More moronic tripe from the brain dead crowd. What you see is a perfect example of what’s left after right,wing capitalists take everything they can and then split. The poor angry uneducated people left are looking for a scape,goat even if it’s a lie. Seriously goebbels mapped this out decades ago. a reply to: efabian



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 02:19 PM
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originally posted by: neo96
a reply to: Xcalibur254




The far Left have always been strong defenders of worker rights.


Except if you happened to work for a firearm manufacturer, a bank, or Wall Street, or coal mine.

Then they are public enemy number one!
Generally highly paid finance bros on Wall St aren’t a focus or a need within labor rights.



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 02:21 PM
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a reply to: Quetzalcoatl14

The majority of people that work on wall street are NOT highly paid.



Average total base pay (+bonus) Summer interns/associate: $71,300 (+$9,400) First year analyst: $85,300 (+$28,700) Third year analyst: $111,400 (+$51,600) First year associate: $120,000 (+$39,900) Third year associate: $149,000 ($60,700) Vice President: $255,700 (+$116,800) Managing Director: $273,400 (+$135,600)


www.forbes.com...

Effing middle class.



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 02:23 PM
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a reply to: neo96

Not highly paid? Summer interns are making $20,000 more than the median household income.



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 02:24 PM
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a reply to: Xcalibur254

Big deal.

Those interns put in over 80 hours a week doing research.



posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 02:30 PM
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originally posted by: Xcalibur254
a reply to: neo96

Not highly paid? Summer interns are making $20,000 more than the median household income.



Wall street is in new York city.
A one bedroom apartment rents for an average of $3k there.
Yeah those interns are not getting rich.



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