Vance promotes his book as an insight into Trump voters. His tale is of the chaos of communities once the jobs are gone.
Which led to this observation from Smith:
Manufacturing shed 5 million jobs after 2000, giving way to welfare, drugs and despondency. The number of Americans receiving welfare of one kind or another exploded from 42 million (or 18.8 percent of Americans) in 1983 to 109 million (or 35 percent) in 2012. As America added 83 million citizens, then, it added 67 million welfare recipients — during a period of massive wealth creation. (Per-capita income rose from about $30,000 in 1983 to over $52,000 in 2012.)So we had a net gain of 67 million welfare recipients (people receiving government aid) and 16 million members of a taxpaying family after importing (legally and illegally) 83 million residents.
The South Park cry of "They're taking our jerbs" is not just a liberal punchline but a liberal put down of a race of people. Vance is a Silicon Valley executive. Imagine a memoir entitled Wetback Elegy or N-word Elegy. I cannot. But people in what columnist Salena Zito calls West Pennsyltucky who have been put down for more than 200 years are used to it and brush it off. In Logan County, West Virginia, the Man High School sports teams are called the Hillbillies. Talk to the hand about the Washington Redskins.
But the objection to the stereotype of ignorant, bigoted, worthless people does deserve attention. They are taking our jerbs. And it is the result of importing cheap labor and using "free trade" to export jobs.
Ford just built a factory in Mexico instead of the United States, and I think this is my last Mustang. They make Toyota engines and transmissions down the street (OK, 20 miles away) so I may go Toyota, if they offer a convertible. If not BMW and other car companies have plants in the USA.
Definitely I will vote for Trump.
The Chamber of Commerce, the federal government, and the media based in DC and NewYork City all benefit from this. Hollywood too sells movies overseas. But they are not just taking our jerbs; they are ruining our country.
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