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Tue Jun 26, 2018, 10:02 PM

Nail Factories, Red States And Growing Up In Trump Country

If you're familiar with the story of the Poplar Bluff, MO nail factory facing likely shutdown or offshoring thanks to Shitstain's trade tantrum, that's my starting point.

Iím from Missouri and grew up in a fairly small town, though on the opposite side of the state from Poplar Bluff. I drive through many small towns in Missouri (and Kansas and Arkansas) similar in size and demographics to Poplar Bluff over the course of a year, or towns and villages that are smaller still.

Though there are always exceptions, one thing has remained constant for most of them over time ó decay.

Itís the peeling paint and the crumbling houses and crime scene tape. Itís the endless list of meth convictions in the court reports in the local paper. Itís the plastic pickle jar on the counter of the C-store asking for donations to help little Rhonda or Jackie or Kevin or Sara and their families pay for treatment for leukemia or a brain tumor or a car crash (since as we know, universal health care socialism communism arglebarglewagghhh!!!), treatments they will never, ever in multiple lifetimes be able to pay for.

Itís the going out of business sign on the only grocery store in town, or the only hospital in 3 counties closing because states wonít expand Medicaid. Itís roads and bridges that would embarrass a Ukrainian, and library districts facing cutbacks because ďnobody uses themĒ. Itís the tax sale lists on the county collector website.

And itís yard signs and billboards and radio call-in shows, and more yard signs and TV ads and bumper stickers, all shouting TRUMPTRUMPTRUMPTRUMPTRUMP from the treetops to the valleys, and counties that voted 60%, 70%, 75% for the Orange Asshole, and people who keep on voting for the same old shit thatís killing them and destroying where they live.

Iíve pretty much been forced to adopt the attitude that I imagine wildlife biologists adopt when dealing with the bloody realities of predation ó a cold acceptance of the facts. The difference, of course, is that these arenít elk or cod or deer being eaten, theyíre people who could choose another way. However, they overwhelmingly choose not to do so, even though (unlike deer or cod) they have other options.

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hatrack Jun 2018 OP
Wellstone ruled Jun 2018 #1
Quemado Jun 2018 #2
Marbgd1 Jun 2018 #3
hatrack Jun 2018 #5
Girard442 Jun 2018 #4
eleny Jun 2018 #6
hatrack Jun 2018 #7
eleny Jun 2018 #8
hatrack Jun 2018 #9
roamer65 Jun 2018 #10
MarcA Jun 2018 #11

Response to hatrack (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 10:16 PM

1. Add to that the States of South Dakota,

Idaho,Nebraska,Kansas,Arkansas,for that much most of the Southern States. Ignorance is so blissful.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 10:18 PM

2. They are culture issue voters.

As long as a politician promises them to 1) take away gay rights, or 2) take away abortion rights, or 3) put a conservative on the Supreme Court, etc. they will vote for that politician, in spite of the possibility that their lives will never improve and most likely get worse.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 10:20 PM

3. If you continue

with the unabashed optimism, I might have to stop drinking.


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Response to Marbgd1 (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 10:21 PM

5. Always happy to provide a cheerful counterpoint to the day's news!

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 10:20 PM

4. They will succumb to the toxicity of their own hatreds.

If theyíd listened to their favorite book, they could have escaped such a fate, but they listened to the man on TV instead.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 10:24 PM

6. What surprised me is that the owner of the nail factory thought Trump had business acumen

That prompted him to vote for Trump.

Now, he took his fear of going out of business to Sen. McCaskill to see if she could help. I don't blame him for going to her. Maybe he had to swallow his pride to do that. I just hope he doesn't expect her to perform a miracle for him and his employees. And I hope he wises up completely and casts his vote for her to remain his senator where she just might be able to help if we take the Senate.

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Response to eleny (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 10:31 PM

7. I'd recommend he talk to Blunt . . .

Maybe then he'd realize the complete ineptitude and inertia of the Party of God (Hezbollah in the Arabic original) as exemplified in the sack of tissue that is The Hon. Senator Blunt.

Maybe then he'd understand the contempt with which its "leaders" view him and the other millions of useful idiots who work so hard to make Shitstain's "base" so very, very base.

Maybe then he'd realize that there are alternatives that . . .

Fuck it. Who the hell am I kidding?

He'll blame Obama, blame Hillary, blame libtards, blame immigrants, blame the Trilateral Commission and the Jooooooooooooooooozzzzzzz and then go and buy another gun.

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Response to hatrack (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 10:47 PM

8. Hold on

It sure sounds to me like he's figured out some things. He's already drawn the straight line from Trump's steel tariff to his losing his manufacturing business. And then he admitted his belief in Trump's business acumen to the journalist. Trump voters rarely admit their mistake.

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Response to eleny (Reply #8)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 10:53 PM

9. Early times yet . . .

We'll see if anything substantive happens.

Won't with Blunt, might with McCaskill (but she's a Democrat and a woman, so I can't quite see Little Lord Loadypants sitting down with her to wow the crowd with his patented Fart Of The Deal).

As for the owner, he'll probably do what the needs of his business require and relocate in Mexico.

At least there would be a certain logic to that course of action, unlikely anything remotely related to what made it necessary.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2018, 12:06 AM

10. I really wish we could get a Transfer Payment Equalization Act through Congress.

I am tired of sending my tax money to states that habitually take in more than they send to DC. There should be a limit that a state only gets back as much as they send, unless it is an absolute emergency.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2018, 01:40 AM

11. I'm concerned about the ones who don't drink the trump kool aide

there and elsewhere. While trying to save our governance we could
also support each other through progressive companies, NGOs and the
like.

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