In 1996, Bruce Springsteen’s Ghost of Tom Joad tour stopped in Youngstown.
He dedicated his song about this struggling steel town to the community and a displaced steelworker family.
The song was based on interviews with Joe Marshall and his son, Joe Jr., quotes in Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass, a book by journalist Dale Maharidge and photographer Michael Williamson.
From the Monongahela Valley
To the Mesabi iron range
To the coal mines of Appalachia
The story’s always the same
700 tons of metal a day
Now sir you tell me the world’s changed
Once I made you rich enough
Rich enough to forget my name
Too bad the candidates and the media elites were too busy listening to wealthy faggot leftists like Springsteen to hear the voices of the people he was singing about.
Political historians have noted that the white working class largely shifted its allegiance to the Republican Party decades ago, but it took several decades for the shift to reach the so-called Rust Belt.
In the 2012 election, Obama mobilized a new Democratic coalition of young people, minorities, college educated whites and women, especially in the Sun Belt, to overcome the dwindling support of blue collar workers and educated white men.
In critical battleground states, especially Ohio, Obama received just enough white working class support to overcome the Republican challenge not a majority, but enough to nudge Ohio into blue-state status.
This year the shift became complete in old Democratic strongholds like northeastern Ohio, where the Democrats having been losing working-class support over the last few elections.
Despite warnings not to neglect the working class, who played a crucial role in this year’s past election, the Democratic Party continued to ignore the feeling of many in that traditionally reliable constituency White Men Especially that the party doesn’t understand or care about.
It arrogantly expected its new Democratic coalition would carry Clinton to the White House.
In Ohio, both the long struggling working class and the newly vulnerable middle class were desperate enough to see hope in a billionaire who recognized and understood the workers and small business owners were objects of exploitation and wage theft.
President-elect Donald Trump is clearly rich enough to forget their names but has not, brokering a much needed tax break and dismantling of political motivated regulations allowing Carrier to remain in Indianapolis.
President-elect Donald Trump after a grueling campaign, in the middle of crafting a new 4,000 plus administration embarked upon a ‘Thank-You Tour’ throughout the Rust Belt region.
Words and actions these voters have never heard before except the plenty of empty promises from the Democrats over the years.
They persist in their blind stupidity criticizing President-elect Donald Trump’s Carrier deal as not enough at a cost too high.
You see, they see your money as THEIR money.
They view a tax cut NOT as you making better decisions with YOUR own damn money as a good thing.
They view a tax cut as denying their superiority of SPENDING your money as THEY see fit.
They view a tax cut as providing economic incentives to corporations.
They claim a tax cut providing economic incentives to corporations is just to keep jobs in the United States.
The leftist DemonRatz now complain the company will keep about 800 jobs at the Indianapolis plant, but will still move 600 jobs from Indianapolis to Mexico. Another 700 jobs are being moved to Mexico from a separate factory in Huntington, Indiana, which will be closed.
In sum, about 800 American jobs are being saved, but another 1,300 are disappearing.
They claim it creates priceless goodwill with the incoming Trump administration that will ultimately dole out the defense contracts on which its parent company, United Technologies, depends.
Now wait a minute here, there are to date 176 contracts for a Total of $23,399,831,678 listed with United Technologies in the Military Industrial Complex database.
‘Military Industrial Complex‘ was first used in an American report at the turn of the 20th Century and later immortalized by outgoing United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower during his January 17, 1961 farewell address to the nation.
The ‘Military Industrial Complex’ Eisenhower did nothing about during his 8 years in office.
At that time President-elect Donald Trump was a freshman enrolled in the New York Military Academy and yours truly was climbing the monkey bars in grade school.
In other words, that ship has already sailed long ago before President-elect Donald Trump ever even thought about running for President.
The Military Industrial Complex database is a independent publication that exists to keep a running tally of those American defense contracts (at least those publicly revealed by the United States Department of Defense) in an attempt to keep an accurate value of defense expenditures for the non-sports-addicted American public who wish to keep informed.
Let us back track for a minute, last February Carrier announced it would move 2,100 jobs from two plants in Indiana to facilities in Mexico.
But in reality it was a done deal quite possibly a year or two before the announcement.
Therefore President-elect Donald Trump was negotiating from a untenable position. But the author of Art of the Deal was able to turn around a done deal into a win win for Carrier and the workers including investment into the much needed plant upgrades (more skilled employment involving the upgrade) to maintain a competitive edge as well as adding future new (MORE) jobs.
Those criticizing and complaining had ALL the jobs and ANY future jobs leaving FOR EVER!
Springsteen has stated the purpose of art is to give people a sense of their commonality, and his songs have taught us much about working class (which he knows absolutely nothing about except what he reads about but then write and sing sympathy songs) life in the US. Songs like “Youngstown” don’t suggest solutions for economic change, of course. They can inspire voyageur and faux empathy about the social costs of deindustrialization.
SJW Springsteen, sees great hope in social justice movements, such as Black Lives Matter.
Has many thoughts about Donald Trump, and not one of them is happy. “I hope Donald Trump goes down hard, and Hillary Clinton is elected president. I like her; I think she’d be a very good president.”
“Donald Trump is simply a very dangerous man who has ruined the political discourse of the nation, and is a real danger to democracy. He’s taken his followers to a place that is beyond democracy when he talks about rigged elections. There’s a lot of very, very dangerous talk out there that subverts democratic processes.”
Bruce Springsteen performed at the last desperate attempt to get anyone to the Nov. 7 Rally Around Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia, the (thank you merciful Jesus) last Clinton campaign.
The multi millionaire demonstrated his own lyrics.
Once I made you rich enough
Rich enough to forget my name
Bruce Springsteen has claimed to be a long time suffering soul struggling with depression caused by family and now President-elect Donald Trump.
HEY BRUCE stop wasting everybody’s time, go in your basement and read The Complete Manual of Suicide by Wataru Tsurumi.
P.S. God how I love typing and reading the words : President-elect Donald Trump.