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Forum Post: One County In America That Voted In A Landslide For Both Trump And Obama

Posted 2 weeks ago on Nov. 9, 2017, 8:29 a.m. EST by factsrfun (8776) from Phoenix, AZ
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Contrary to the “Trump Country” stereotype, Howard County isn’t drowning in manufacturing job losses, high unemployment or an opioid crisis. In fact, its unemployment rate the month before the election was just 2.9 percent. The main gripe? Stagnant wages — and a gnawing feeling that people have been working harder and for longer hours while other parts of the country reaped much bigger rewards during the recovery from the Great Recession.

“When Trump said, ‘What the hell do you have to lose?’ a lot more people heard it than just African-Americans,” said Pat Murray, a Democrat who worked 29 years as a press brake operator at Donaldson and now serves on the Howard County Board of Supervisors. “Our wages have been stagnant, and our insurance has gone backwards,” he told me, citing the union-sponsored health plan’s surging deductibles. “We work 50, 60 hours a week because there’s no one to hire.”

“[Obama] saved us from another Great Depression, but it never really got back to the working class,” said Murray, who calls himself “as anti-Trump as they come” but says Clinton’s campaign took places like Howard County for granted in the November election. “The average Joe Blow isn’t hung up on the stock market. Democrats always say we’re going to fight for the working people. The last few elections, we haven’t shown that at all.”

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-one-county-in-america-that-voted-in-a-landslide-for-both-trump-and-obama/

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[-] 3 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 days ago

I am going to dare you to listen to - http://michael-hudson.com/ here...

Do let me know if you disagree with any of it & maybe we can talk, frf.

multum in parvo...

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8776) from Phoenix, AZ 2 days ago

I saw this yesterday when I saw BW posted it, I've started reading, https://www.amazon.com/JUNK-ECONOMICS-GUIDE-REALITY-DECEPTION/dp/3981484258/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511268710&sr=8-1&keywords=j+is+for+junk+economics

but Shadz the difference between us is I think we should try to keep people like Trump from winning.... it's not all we should do but we have to do that at the very least we can't send out confusing messages on this because it leads to shit like 2000...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 13 hours ago

Please get over the ''shit like 2000'' frf!!! Fixating on Nader & NOT having anything to say about Stolen Election; Ballot Fraud and Gore's failure to push his challenge - is MUCH more important!! Btw, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by grapes (5019) 2 days ago

Trump is the Greatest thing to happen to the Retard-I-Can'ts because Only women have the power to clean house. This is absolutely Not sexist. Take a look at whom Trump is supporting: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-says-republican-roy-moore-must-be-elected-alabama-n823026

Women will recoil in disgust. They will make your dream come true at election time!