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Sat Mar 12, 2016, 08:44 AM

"In Hard-Hit Ohio Steel Town, Trump and Sanders Resonate"

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In Hard-Hit Ohio Steel Town, Trump and Sanders Resonate
3/12/16

LORAIN, Ohio - The landscape here looks like a wasteland. And it's about to get worse.

Two steel mills in this city, 30 miles west of Cleveland on Lake Eerie, are set to close by the end of March, laying off hundreds of people in an area that has seen jobs slowly erode for more than two decades.



The final 130 workers at Republic Steel will be out of work when the plant rolls its final order of steel tubular products for oil drilling and fracking equipment in two weeks. And at U.S. Steel, the final 200 workers will also be out of jobs at the end of March.

"It's a sad month," said Brian Sealy, a union official for the United Steelworkers in Lorain. "Overall the trickle-down effect on this community - the closed-up downtown - continues.

That trickle-down effect is devastating to a community like this."

Downtown Lorain is dotted with boarded businesses and deteriorating buildings while dollar stores and run-down used car lots fill in the gaps. The downtown is mostly empty, hosting building after building of blight and despair.


60% of downtown Lorain sits empty

It's a much different scenario than 30 years ago in the 1980s when the steel mills, the largest employers in town, were busy and employed more than 10,000 people.

Now the town of 64,000 people is facing a deficit of more than $2 million dollars in large part because of the loss tax revenue from steel workers.

Union workers blame trade deals, especially the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, passed in 1993. And with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, another trade deal with Asian countries, on the verge of passing, Sealy said the future looks blight.

"There's going to be a lot more offshoring of jobs and that's going to affect us directly," Sealy said.

The closing of the steel mills and the looming threat of TPP,
are coming to the fore while a contentious presidential primary is heading straight to Lorain as Ohio holds its primary Tuesday.

In this traditionally Democratic stronghold, Donald Trump is working for those voters who feel that their livelihood is in jeopardy.

The county of Lorain backed with 58 percent President Barack Obama in 2008 and 56 percent in 2012.

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Sanders, meanwhile, also has a presence in this working-class enclave of northeast Ohio. He, too, deplores the trade deals and often criticizes his opponent Hillary Clinton for her husband's role in passing NAFTA and her support of TPP until she came out against it during her presidential campaign.

Sanders' campaign office, however, is volunteer-run and -funded. Alan Pugh, who has never participated in politics before, opened the office in downtown Elyria. He and fellow volunteers pay for the rent and all the utilities out of their own coffers.

"Having Bernie and Donald trump both having offices down here speaks to an anti-establishment mentality so the end of establishment politics and economics. People are looking for something a little different than they've experienced in the past 30 years," Pugh said.

Sealy is living it.

"We're struggling everywhere right now. To us it's a crisis."

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/hard-hit-ohio-steel-town-trump-sanders-resonate-n536746


Bernie tried to warn US!!

1991


And Bernie means it. Trump is just saying what he knows resonates. Republicans will never try to stop Democrats from sending our jobs off shore to be done by others at slave wages so that millionaires can become even richer. Only Democrats from within can stop our party leaders from continuing to kill our working class.

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RiverLover Mar 2016 OP
JonathanRackham Mar 2016 #1
RiverLover Mar 2016 #4
Ruby the Liberal Mar 2016 #2
RiverLover Mar 2016 #5
TheBlackAdder Mar 2016 #3
RiverLover Mar 2016 #6
tokenlib Mar 2016 #7
Barack_America Mar 2016 #8
tokenlib Mar 2016 #9

Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 09:06 AM

1. We still make steel in America?

I thought our economy was based on casinos and GMO junk food?

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Response to JonathanRackham (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 09:28 AM

4. Ummm, OP is about the industry dying in the US. US Steel is even outsourcing its accounting jobs

http://triblive.com/business/headlines/9939168-74/steel-company-workers

The industry is suffering because the manufacturing biz is mostly done in other countries with virtual slaves now, but still, they could at least try to employ as many Americans as possible.

....But Bernie supporters, we just want free stuff. Everything's fine!!!


Casinos & junk food(mostly made in Mexico & China, btw) ? I have no idea what you're talking about.

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 09:22 AM

2. "Lake Eerie" not withstanding

Glad to see some MSM coverage on the disasterous trade agreements.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 09:29 AM

5. Finally.

A day late, but better than continuing to ignore what we all feel everyday out here in the real world.

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 09:26 AM

3. Shhh, didn't you get the memo? It's not offshoring, it's called "Globalization" now.

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Remember, we're in a "global economy" so we have to "think globally" with business.


Don't call it offshoring, because that means jobs will get sent overseas, with the tax-free dollars.

We have to keep people stupid and pretend that it's not offshoring.


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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 09:30 AM

6. Yes, of course. My bad.

Such brainwashing. We must accept this "globalization" now. Total BS.

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 09:42 AM

7. And as "batshit crazy"as Trump is..this is where Hillary will be in deep trouble...

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As horrible as the scenes at his gatherings are and as distasteful as Trump may be. It is still the economy in the end. And because Hillary in spite of her lies, represents the free trade policies that have led to this "new" crap economy, she is going to lose. People will hold their nose and the emesis bag to vote for either Hillary or Trump. And for those displaced, unemployed, or underemployed by this economy...they'll choke on a vote for Trump instead of Hillary. Or they will simply not vote at all.


So we really need to get Bernie over the finish line....so we can be on the right side of this issue. Some might say it is too late to bring the jobs back, to reverse the race to the bottom...but we can try..at least we can try..

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 09:49 AM

8. Every plant or mill closure reopens the festering wound.

News like this really resonates in this region. People talk, recall when they came for their job. Get angry/sad/desperate...

It never goes away. We have never healed. So few are better off than when they had "that job".

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 10:47 AM

9. K & R! n/t

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