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Asgaya Dihi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-12-08 06:10 AM
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142. They already know they are bitter
The small town story is only unknown to those who have never spent much time in one, to those living in or near them they already know this stuff. It's possible that the media will twist it but far from certain and I see nothing in what was said initially that they could or should be upset about lacking after the fact spin to twist it into something that it wasn't.

Jobs have been leaving the small towns for ages, north and south. In the north unions have been dieing out and that benefited the south for a short time but then NAFTA and China screwed them too. Factories which had been all but the sole employers for a generation or more are gone, the kids are moving out of town as they get old enough and the communities are getting older, poorer, and with less of a future with every year that passes. In a lot of those small towns they are looking at their last generation or two before the town itself simply collapses.

Of course they are bitter, and they already know that. The only ones who don't know that are politicians who think we've got some large number out there who could be doing better but just don't care to. The mandates are a good example, I haven't been insured myself but a couple of years in my life and I've had to deal with everything from a broken leg with no pain medication to a hot tar splash from elbow to wrist which I never saw a doctor for. Healed fine, lots of us out there are learning to do without and I've seen people do their own stitches as well. Telling me (or them) I'd be a lawbreaker for not buying insurance isn't going to help, if I'd had any options I would have taken them. We're generally a year or more behind on taxes as it is and I don't even remember what a vacation is. There's nothing to cut and not a penny to spend which doesn't equal more debt.

Frustrated? Angry? Resentful? Bitter? You bet.
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