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One More Time. “Freedom of speech” Does Not Mean “Consequence free.”

Every spring, I have to attend a state-wide supervisor’s conference.  It’s something I’d rather not go to, since it’s mostly “same old, same old,” but the main value is the social interactions with the other supervisors.  In the after-hours chatting, the buzz was about one of the supervisors recently having been fired.  What did they do?  They’d posted a very offensive racist comment on a newspaper story.  Unfortunately for them, this particular newspaper used the Facebook comment plug-in, which linked that comment right back to their Facebook page.  On which, they prominently had their job title and employer.  The numerous people offended by the comment promptly sent off e-mails and made phone calls to the head office.

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The Adirondack Population Crunch

One of the longer-standing issues in this area of New York state is the demographic shift that’s been happening over the past thirty years.  The absolute population numbers have been declining, and the remaining population is trending older.  My county is a good example, with median age of 53, and our school population, if put into one district, would still be considered a small school district.  Those figures, along with some other factors, have led to a serious problem for the local economy.

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Worse News For Trump Voters: The Jobs Won’t Come To You

In my previous post, I talked about how modern manufacturing no longer relies on people to do the “grunt work” of manufacturing, but instead on mechanization.  That’s also true of many other industries, and the fewer jobs that they provide require a more educated, flexible workforce than was the case in the past.   That would be bad enough, but there’s another reason why so many of the areas that voted for Donald Trump won’t see the much hoped for job growth they’ve been promised:  Infrastructure.

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More Bad News For Trump Voters: Those Jobs Won’t Come Back

During the campaign, President Trump’s big selling line that he would be bringing manufacturing jobs back to America, and spurring job growth in what is now the Rust Belt and big sections of rural America.  It was bought hook, line, and sinker by those areas, since they’ve been seeing declines for decades.   As I pointed out last year, they didn’t share in the economic recovery other areas of the country.   They’re going to be badly disappointed though, because any jobs that do return won’t involve them.

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Some Inconvenient Truths for Coal Country

I know places where there is high poverty, poor education, a high percentage of single parent households, large numbers of out-of-wedlock births, lots of violence, and enormous drug problems.  Generations have been living on the public dime, and despite various liberal programs the people there never seem to want to show any gumption to change that.  Conservative politicians would have you think that if only you took away all those programs, it would force people to stop demanding government services and special treatment, get jobs, and lift themselves out of poverty.     After all, “those people” are getting all sorts of things that “Real Americans” aren’t!

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