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An Administrative Note

As is the usual at this time of year, my time for blogging shrinks to virtually zero.  I only get home for two days of the week, and most of my time is spent getting ready to go back out to the field.   That doesn’t mean I haven’t been following the political news – and yes, I have some firm opinions on them, even unprintable ones.   So, what’s this post about?

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My Heart Isn’t Bleeding

Reading through the news over the past month, I’ve seen a lot of stories about worried people.  Texas ranchers are facing difficulty in getting loans, farmers in the South and California are wondering if they’re going to be able to harvest their crops, thousands of people in coal country are worried about losing their health insurance, and farmers in the plains are concerned about losing export markets.  Yes, they’re facing real problems, and they’re not happy.  But here’s the thing:  They all voted for Donald Trump and for Republicans for Congress.

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One more time for the purists

After much press and campaigning, the Democratic National Committee elected a new chairman, Tom Perez.  His main opponent, Keith Ellison, accepted the position of vice chair, and the overall message from the two of them was “unity.”  Like clockwork, the “real progressives” promptly started whining about how the party “hadn’t learned its lesson,” and spent time on the internet and press complaining.   What makes this annoying is some of the statements are from people who should know better.

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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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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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