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New Representatives Beware

This past November saw Democrats take back the House of Representatives, and a wave of new Representatives coming in from all backgrounds.  In terms of diversity, it was a stark contrast to what you’ll see on the Republican side.  They’re also bringing in a new energy and ideas.  A few of them have attracted a lot of attention from the media and various liberal outlets.  That’s all well and good, but there’s also a big pitfall that can await them.

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But Fear Itself

In a comment in a previous post, I talked about “misperception of risk.”   This is a well-known phenomenon, where the perceived risk is either greater or lesser than the actual risk.  One of the best examples is the “anti-vaxxer” movement, where people refuse vaccines because they fear various side effects.   That the problems they fear are either non-existent (autism), or that the side effects of vaccines are minor and rare compared to having the actual diseases does not matter to them. In looking back over my blog posts over the years relating to Republican voters,  there’s a constant theme:  Fear.  They’re afraid.  They’ve been told  for years that they need to be afraid, and that in order to protect themselves, they need to vote for Republicans to keep them safe.  It’s covered up with various buzzwords and dog whistles, but boiled down to its essence, it’s “you should be afraid of this.” It may be fear of “different,” it might be fear of a loss of status, privileges, or some other fear, but there’s always a fear.  But their fear doesn’t match the reality.

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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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Protests Are Good … But Not Enough

Saturday, there were a number of protest marches being conducted around the country and the world, with the largest one in Washington DC.    They were marching about women’s rights and civil rights, and against the threat being posed to them by the Trump presidency and the Republican Congress.  It’s a very real threat they were marching against, because a great many rights that have up until now been taken for granted are no longer safe.

Every Republican-held state has been busily passing laws to remove funding from Planned Parenthood clinics, and close abortion clinics.  Every one of them has been passing laws that do their level best to remove or drastically reduce things like “equal pay,” maternity leave,  and a host of other protections that women enjoy.

The marches are a start, but they are only a start.

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