Blue Collar MAGAnomics – Pittsburgh Region Unemployment Rate Lowest in 45 Years…

President Trump’s MAGAnomic policies are tailored to raise the income levels of all Americans; however, to the anxiety of his political opposition, the focus for greatest economic benefit is the middle-class, blue-collar and white-collar workers.

In essence, the demographic hardest hit by 30 years of bad policy is the demographic receiving the largest gains from a return to Main Street, ‘America-First’ policy.

It is not really a complex dynamic to understand. Abandon the flawed multinational policy that led to outsourcing and overseas investment, and what you get is domestic growth and investment in the United States.  That’s the heart of America-First.

(Pennsylvania) Bell-bottoms were the height of style the last time the Pittsburgh region saw unemployment dip as low as it was in February.

The jobless rate edged down to 3.6 percent, down two-tenths of a percent from January and the lowest since at least the early 1970s, according to the monthly workforce report released on Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Persistently low unemployment — which has fallen more than a percentage point over the last year — has challenged hiring managers who struggle to fill positions as the pool of available workers shrinks to historic lows.

[…]  Employers are seeking specific skills and experience — such as customer service, retail sales, truck drivers and restaurant managers — which can be increasingly difficult to match up as the labor market tightens. The average salary listed on the job advertisements was $46,000 in January, down from $52,000 the year before, according to the data.

Nearly half the added positions were in construction, which is in the middle of a building spree in the Pittsburgh region. The industry grew by 2,900 jobs, or nearly 6 percent of its total workforce since February 2018.  (read more)

What happens when the labor market is tight and there is competition for U.S. workers is strong?  The value of each worker increases…. wages and benefits increase!

The growth of Main Street achieves results that are the exact opposite of what happens when the investment class holds influence over White House policy and grows Wall Street (multinationals).  We are only able to receive this specific benefit because we have a President in the White House who is obligated to no-one except the U.S. electorate.

President Donald Trump is the first president in our life-time who took office without having to shape economic policy to the benefit of the Big Club.

Therefore every single decision is made with only the best outlook of the American electorate in mind.  President Trump has no political conflicts determining his stewardship.  It is a remarkable and refreshing dynamic.

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77 Responses to Blue Collar MAGAnomics – Pittsburgh Region Unemployment Rate Lowest in 45 Years…

  1. georgehumphries9802 says:

    Food, oil, and steel. The three-legged stool of America’s economy

    Liked by 9 people

    • Pa Hermit says:

      The steel industry is pretty much gone from S.W. Pa. National Tube ( U.S. Steel’s pipe mill in McKeesport), Dorothy [blast furnace] in Duquesne, Christy Parks Works, Mesta Machine, Fisher Body, VW of America, and the list can go on and on. Which were the staple of that area are totally gone, never to reappear! Manufacturing like I remember it is history, it is being replaced by others now. It was a true blue “Rust Belt” for many years. The only thing constant here, is “Change.” Lots of good memories though! I really miss seeing that night sky lit up in orange from that open hearth furnace from National Tube! I don’t miss the pollution though!

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    • jameswlee2014 says:

      … and free Americans, pursuing happiness and having fun doing it. Obama’s biggest sin was the radical funectomy he performed on the body politic.

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  2. Pittsburgh used to be called Steel City 40 years ago on the CB because there were so many steel mills. The unions are what killed the steel industry back then. I know, my husband and father-in-law worked for Mesta back then. I had friends at US Steel and Bethlehem Steel too, it was the steel unions that destroyed Pittsburgh in the mid 70’s.

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    • webgirlpdx says:

      That and cheap steel dumping from China…Korea….et al.

      Not any longer #MAGA

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    • CountryDoc says:

      Whenever there is wealth, the sharks come. Once we MAGA this time, we will be much smarter and have a better appreciation of the constitution and laws to KAG.

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    • Milo says:

      Same as UAW destroyed Detroit.

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    • JDubb says:

      I grew up back there too, Sherry.

      Unions are the most common whipping-boy for the steel industry die-off , corporate owners who wanted to off-shore their work forces and environmentalists had a huge role in this saga as well . Those two participants are somehow overlooked though.

      In the case of the owners, they simply greased the right political palm so they could pay Pesos or Yuans out to foreigners (not to mention lower medical /safety/legal costs ) while reaping American Dollars selling that same product right back here , where it used to be made.

      As for environmentalists, did you know that NONE of the steel used in Alaska Pipeline was ¨Made In The USA´ ? It came from Japan. Big shout-out to the EPA on that one.

      Nobody wants dirty air or water but killing our steel and aluminum makers wasn´t the solution I think most rust-belters would go along with.

      I’m sure there were problems with some union workers here and there but please do not
      lump all union workers into the bad category based on the actions of some of its members.

      . That would be like blaming ALL gun owners for a spree-shooters ‘ deeds.

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      • trialbytruth says:

        The university n leadership got a seat on the boards in the 70s. The thought of the union dues from 10million Mexican workers was to much to pass up.

        They started by working on the pride of union workers telling them they could. Compete with non union shops and foreign workforces.

        In Detroit the gm factories bid against each other and outside vendors to supply other gm factories. Then came the big sellout contract reduce wages of new hires and declining benefit packages but Ten year plus work force got to keep their retirements and lifetime insurance in place.

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      • trialbytruth says:

        The university n leadership got a seat on the boards in the 70s. The thought of the union dues from 10million Mexican workers was to much to pass up.

        They started by working on the pride of union workers telling them they could. Compete with non union shops and foreign workforces.

        In Detroit the gm factories bid against each other and outside vendors to supply other gm factories. Then came the big sellout contract reduce wages of new hires and declining benefit packages but Ten year plus work force got to keep their retirements and lifetime insurance in place.

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      • Dutchman says:

        And, there is Union MEMBERSHIP, and then there is,Union LEADERSHIP.

        One of the Great realignments DJT has,…provoked? is a parting of the ways, in a # of Unions, between leadership and membership.

        I recall reading in 2016, Union leaders told Hillary that the leadership would TELL their members to vote ‘for her’, but they couldn’t guarantee the membership would.

        First time since Reagan.

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      • JDubb I wasn’t blaming the union workers that is what my husband and father-in-law were. It is the union hierarchy and their constant demands for more, more, more. They would go out on strike and we would get a 10lb turkey and another for Christmas and that was it. While the hierarchy got regular pay. Those union officials are the ones I blame, their greed.

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        • JDubb says:

          Thanks sherryoftexas .

          I guess I am attuned to the straw-man that people sometimes make of ´greedy unions´.

          I myself am a union member and my personal experience with both rank -and-file and reps has been very positive.

          I appreciate your clarification.

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    • The Devilbat says:

      The steel unions were run by communists who purposely destroyed the industry.

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    • Tell me sherryoftexas just how much money would it take for you personally to work in a steel mill?
      Or a paper mill?
      I’ve worked in both.
      The workers in both places go directly to Heaven when they die as they have already spent their time in hell.
      I had a professional Union buster admit to me as an old man he regretted what he did for a living. All the lives he destroyed ….

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      • mucroft, I will NEVER work for a union. If I owned a business and it was going to be unionized I would close the doors. Another reason I love Texas is that it is a right to work state. Unions were good and needed when they first started but I don’t think so any more.

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    • 6x47 says:

      “Steel Unions” = Democrats.

      For a real hoot, go back and watch Michael Moore’s “Roger and Me”. It’s all about how mean old greedy GM has sooooo much money, bottomless pockets, but they don’t want to share with the people of Flint, MI who mad them all that money.

      And then, fast forward to the GM bankruptcy driven by … labor and pension costs.

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  3. The Boss says:

    Now if the Steelers would get rid of Hillary-loving Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh would be in fine shape.

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    • kiskiminetas says:

      Tomlin is walking on pins and needles with the Bell/Brown circus and both bad picks and coaching. He should have been winning AFC championships.

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      • James Sawhill says:

        have to beat the Pats to do that

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      • 🍺Gunny66 says:

        Tomlin’s gotta go….he inherited a great team from Cowher, won a Super Bowl, and since then has done squat. Just let a lot of great players leave the team.

        I know…..wrong thread….so I’ll make up for it. I grew up 35 miles East of Pittsburgh, Jeannette, Pa…Westmoteland County.

        Everyone worked in the steel mills, glass factory’s, drove truck, and watched the Steelers on Sunday.

        The men would come home covered with the steel making dirt. The wives and grandma’ would sit out on their porches waiting for them. The workers gave them their paychecks and stripped off their clothes before they went into the house.

        Many went to the bars after work for a shot and a beer. The bars opened at 7 AM.?The mills were running 3 shifts.

        No one locked their doors….we took our guns to school so we could hunt deer after class…..no one got shot……Every boy carried a knife…..no one got stabbed.

        I had to be home before the street lights came on….if not….man I would get it.

        Then the globalists took that all away…..sure …you can blame the unions if you want, but there are still unions and they were and still are faithful to America.

        Hell, everyone wants to work, have a job, and support their families.

        Western Pa was a great place to live. Still is.

        Thank you President Trump
        You better like the snow

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  4. Cheese says:

    The unions were a major part of Big Steels downfall but government policies were just as important. Management was not without fault also.

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    • GB Bari says:

      Agreed. It took a combined effort from all three to ruin the industry and make overseas sources much more desirable. That and the low-price dumping by China to unfairly harm the domestic industry’s ability to compete.

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    • Perot Conservative says:

      And China, and NAFTA / Bill Clinton.

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    • JDubb says:

      Thank you Cheese.

      I agree. San Diego put in a convention center 20 years ago. Where did that structural steel come from ? Korea.

      San Onofre nuclear power plant closed down after the owners brought in a Mitsubishi turbine from Japan that did not meet NRC standards.

      ( Don’t get me wrong, the quality of the Japanese steel was NOT the problem in this case..Believe it or not, the , engineers screwed it up. Afterwards, the Fed. Gov’t shut down the whole operation .. I’m just not happy with the fact they chose to IMPORT steel that was made in Pittsburgh, Cleveland or Gary, Indiana once upon a time )

      I get that the contractors for projects such as the SD Convention Center are private entities who can buy construction materials from whatever source they want to.

      It would be nice though ,to see the Federal Government REQUIRE ( and ENFORCE the requirement ) that structural steel, pipe and glass on Federal projects be MADE IN THE USA !!

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      • railer says:

        Chinese materials engineering and manufacture is suspect. We’ve all seen this in our personal lives, and I can tell you the same problem exists out in industry. If they certify to US standards, this must be objectively proven to be true, which requires a partnership between government and industry. Send a few shiploads back and you force the Chinese to compete with US quality.

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  5. MAGADJT says:

    In the excerpt from the report, it said “Employers are seeking specific skills…the average advertised salary was $46,000 down from $52,000 the prior year…”

    I wonder why the average advertised salary was down year over year if the labor market was tighter?

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    • Probably looking for less qualified applicants due to tight market

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      • 🍺Gunny66 says:

        It is not expensive to live in Pittsburgh. Houses are also cheap.

        After the mills closed, the area survived by bringing in High Tech, and creating a World Class Medical Education / Hospital industry.

        These are high paying jobs for that area.
        A $52,000 a year job is a very good salary for that area, for the skill level required.

        Just saying. Back in the day, my father bought a 70 acre farm for $45,000.

        But as I said above, you’d better like the snow….

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        • Just sayin’ the Pitt physical therapy school and health insurance network is a crime syndicate. The University admins figured it out: educate loads of kids; cut out all the privately owned PT clinics from the insurance network; flood the market with graduates whose only option is to work for the University hospital system; then drive wages down as you rape them with exorbitant tuition and crippling debt. They leave the profession creating demand. Repeat.

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    • For retail and restaurant work 46000 is considered a good salary .
      The higher paying jobs get picked as soon as they are available and dont need to advertise
      I believe the gist of it is
      The higher paying jobs are getting filled by those leaving retail and restaurants ,forcing the upward pay in those categories that would likely have not needed to advertise on the past.

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    • GB Bari says:

      I’m only guessing, but it could well be that the higher paying, higher skill jobs are mostly filled, and more of the unfilled jobs require less-skilled labor hence the lower average wage.

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  6. Unmentioned “sticking point” for China Trade Deal:

    REPARATIONS
    • For China’s IP Theft
    • For China’s State Subsidization of Industries (STEEL & ALUMINUM to start)

    This would become a clever method for PROVING OUT ENFORCEMENT before-the-Deal:
    • Resolve ALL outstanding cases for the above issues.
    • Demonstrate QUICK Resolution to meet a Days-per-Case Standard
    • Collect REPARATIONS from the Chinese State (because they’re run by DICTATOR Xi)
    … The State can then recover from individual Companies and Perps at their leisure.

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    • Cross your fingers that Lighthizer will pull this one from the bag at a late stage.
      • How in the world could we cut a Deal before PROVING ENFORCEMENT WORKS.
      • Why FORGIVE China’s past IP Theft when they’ll reap the benefits for DECADES.

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      • Dutchman says:

        I am pesimistic that we are going to see a deal with China. I just don’t see China, agreeing to PDJT’s terms, with strong verification and enforcement mechanisms, or PDJT agreeing to one, without.
        Said it before; If China doesn’t cheat, they can’t compete.

        And they KNOW that, and so does PDJT. So, them will try to do what they always do, empty promises.

        Meanwhile, their economy will continue to go in the toilet, while ours booms.

        IF they think they can ‘hold out’ till after 2020, they will, hoping against hope, and funneling a lot of $ to the Uniparty.

        And ‘we’will continue to take in Billions in tariffs,…

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        • And China will consume Billions to prop up their Fake Economy and Fake Market.

          I am “optimistic” that we are NOT going to see a deal with China, giving us time to

          (1) reconstitute our Steel, Aluminum, Manufacturing and 5g-AI-Automation Sectors and

          (2) displace those exports from China to eliminate (and more) our Trade Deficit.

          This will create MASSIVE global over-capacity in these essential sectors,

          (1) driving China to desperately subsidize them and price at or below costs to REPLACE sectors’ lost Exports-to-America with MORE Exports-to-Others,

          (2) triggering rapid erosion of those countries’ sectors, displacing their workers and undermining their national security,

          (3) awakening those countries to “Copy Trump” with sanctions on China,

          (4) leading China to harvest communications from their “freebie” Huawei 5g Infrastructure to destroy any political/industrial leader who tries to stop them and

          (5) causing China to redeploy any displaced Chinese workers (from sectors with persistent export losses) to employ them for Infrastructure-Building in Belt-and-Road Countries
          … and ultimate control over them.

          Just as those Countries’ people suckered for the FREEBIES of SOCIALISM, their politicians will sucker for the FREEBIES of CHINESE HEGEMONY.

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  7. Remember, the Pittsburgh Mayor refused to meet with Trump after the synagogue shooting. I hope he is replaced with someone with gratitude for all our President is doing for people all over America!

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  8. Remember, the Pittsburgh Mayor refused to meet with Trump after the synagogue shooting. I hope he is replaced with someone with gratitude for all our President is doing for people all over America!

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  9. kiskiminetas says:

    I have friends who worked in Allegheny and Westmoreland county steel mills: Allegheny Ludlum and US Steel.

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  10. Perot Conservative says:

    And now Jared Kuschner wants Amnesty for 1.8 Million illegal immigrants, more H2B Visas, more H1B Visas, etc.

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    • dutzie60 says:

      Please link some proof of the Jard Kuschner amnesty assertion. Kind of sick of people posting that statement without providing some backup proof.
      Thanks.

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    • Sentient says:

      Need more Stephen Miller and less Jared Kushner.

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    • Linda K says:

      Where does this comment about Jared Kushner come from? Do you have context and a quote?

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      • Sentient says:

        op. cit.

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        • Kushner’s plan might not lead to a net increase in legal immigration. He is being urged to offset his increases with reductions in other forms of legal immigration. An expansion in the number of legal immigrants allowed into the U.S. for work could be tied to reductions in the number of immigrants sponsored by family.
          From your citation.

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          • Sentient says:

            Lol

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          • Dutchman says:

            One of the things Uniparty has used for years, is saying “We can’t do it piecemeal; we have to do COMPREHENSIVE immigration. So, we have to ‘deal’ with all those already here (amnesty) cause you can’t deport 11 million people ( I KNOW its more, but THIS is what they say.

            PDJT is, first of all, echoing the official Republican party position; Secure the border, FIRST. We aren’t gonna “get fooled again”, where they say ‘give us amnesty, and THEN we will deal with the border’.
            Second, as he should, and Republicons never did, he is saying
            “You want ‘Comprehensive’?
            GREAT;
            END chain migration
            END vis lottery
            END birthright citisenship.
            End catch and release.
            Is THAT ‘Comprehensive’ enough for you?”

            They have no answer.
            They don’t WANT to negotiate, but when he closes the border, they may have no choice.

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            • Our President has true grit and he is employing it on our behalf. Any leverage he can get or create he bends to his main purpose. He is exactly right. The Liberals are like spoiled children, people give in to get them to shut up, to avoid embarrassment or financial ruin, to get a quid pro quo. So when a Liberal is met with a no or having to stop the games they just yell louder because that has worked in the past. All of the people who tried to compromise, or said just this once fed into this process and made the situation 10x worse.
              Whatever it takes we need to stand firm, take the abuse form the Press and the corrupt Congress and get the job done. No one else would have had the chutzpah to take them on, the craft to generate the leverage and the intestinal fortitude to soldier on. My hat’s off to DJT and I am grateful for him “taking the slings & arrows for the American people.”

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  11. treehouseron says:

    Pittsburgh and those northern towns have had it so bad for so long, it’s going to be amazing to see what an injection of JOBS, and WAGES does for the lifestyle up there. I grew up in Charleston WV and it was ALWAYS poor there, if everybody got jobs it would change the entire city.

    it’ll be great seeing something like that happening with Pittsburgh!

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  12. Louisiana Tea Rose says:

    Even Michael Moore may come out to vote for President Trump!

    Yep, When monkeys fly outta…..never mind.

    Anyhoo, if ya don’t think this ain’t gonna play well, then ya should remind yourself with a look at this:

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    • Thank You Louisiana Tea Rose! HTH have I not seen this before now?

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      • Louisiana Tea Rose says:

        Hey, Mycro, of all the stuff I have sent and forwarded places, this one has the most mileage I could qualify for some frequent flyer freebies. I watch it from time to time, and it has the same effect on me as when I first saw it.

        MM may be on the other side but he is totally and completely honest and his insight is right on. And I disagree with him on everything. It is unfortunate for conservatives that this didn’t really make it out into the general electorate, but we have a election coming up….right??? 😁

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  13. alliwantissometruth says:

    This is one of the accomplishments that are tangible. Americans can touch them because they touch American lives

    It’s an accomplishment which overrules ideology, politics and feelings, because it’s about survival, about dignity and about a better life

    The only people other than the political power brokers who would resist such accomplishments are the thoroughly brainwashed, the totally insane and unhinged and the perpetually stupid

    Accomplishments such as this are what gets the critical thinking skills revved back up on unemployed and underemployed democrats and others who hate the President because they’ve been told to

    Within their minds, confusion comes first, actual thinking comes second and then comes the acceptance of reality

    Accomplishments which impact Americans immediate lives for the better are truly the cure for the leftist stranglehold on the mindset of so many Americans

    If this keeps up, even massive democrat voter fraud may not be enough to beat Trump

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  14. Betty says:

    We had a booming economy after WWII, and we all sat back and enjoyed it as though it fell out of the sky. While we were doing that the people we chose to guard our Republic took bribes and gave kick backs.

    I am happy for the steel workers, but I want them to be aware of what is going on in Washington DC where Pelosi and the rest of them to steal all their gains away from them.

    I hope they and every middle class person and family who has benefited by Trump’s America First efforts stands up and puts the fear of God into ANYONE, Democrat, Republican, Deep State, CoC or the Media, who would try to take us back to the hopeless of their Manged Decline Plan for Our Great Nation.

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    • Betty says:

      I hope you all can understand what I tried to write here, today I cleaned out a very seldom use closet and got a head full of something I am so obviously allergic to that I should have just given up trying to write anything.

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  15. trapper says:

    And the only reason we had to even consider schemes like Obamacare or single-payer or Medicare-for-all is because medical insurance was historically an employee benefit, and when the good jobs disappeared so did the formerly middle class’s coverage. Bring back manufacturing and THAT problem also goes a long way to disappearing. Forget repeal and replace. Soon it will be an obsolete issue, or at least one that applies to so few people that it won’t be a key issue. Table it. Work on manufacturing jobs. Nothing else is more important than this.

    And you know what? Shut the damn border. American car companies can set up wiring harness production lines ovwer a weekend. It’s not bloody rocket science. It’s bundles of color coded wires with connectors at both ends. They should be doing it already anyway.

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    • Sentient says:

      The border won’t be shut down. Sorry. Almost everything he says he’s going to do, he gets talked out of a couple of days later. Bolton institutes sanctions on N Korea. Trump reverses Bolton the same day. Couple days later, Bolton reverses Trump. It’s like they just let him think he’s president. Meanwhile hedge fund managers still get carried interest treatment. Pharmaceutical reimportation is still illegal. The deficit is at an all-time high. The defense budget is still in the stratosphere, and we’re trying to topple another government. Just like John McCain, the crazies want Georgia in NATO. Illegal immigration is an an all-time high. He’s got a year and a half to fix this shit.

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  16. Paul says:

    Grew up in the Steel City (a few miles south). Was a proud mill hunk, as was my dad. The single greatest cause of the calamity was the USW. International competition no doubt capitalized on the opportunity (wouldn’t you?). The union culture destroys everything it touches. I can personally testify to spending 4 hours of overtime SLEEPING at time and a half. Any surprise how the price structure collapses? Condemning USS is entirely untoward. The company could do nothing about my nap; that was the grievance guy’s job to make disappear.

    Mill hunks were fine folks (at least mostly). The corruption is always and ever the satanic left.

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  17. WesternPA says:

    I wish a little more of that economic success would trickle down to Cambria County where I live. The Unemployment rate is listed at 4.2%, but honestly the area still seems depressed.

    There does seem to be some optimism though, in fact there has been talk of a manufacturer building a new plant here in Johnstown that may employ from 500 to 800 people. If the new plant is built, I can definitely see a positive domino effect on the economy.

    Politico magazine trashed this town and its people shortly after the 2016 election,because this once democrat stronghold voted overwhelmingly for President Trump. The article insinuated that we were stupid to believe that President Trump could do anything to improve the economy here. It sure would be nice to prove Politico wrong.

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    • Daylight58 says:

      Surprisingly enough, that area is on my shortlist for places to move to after I retire in a couple of years.

      And, those election results from 2016 helped put that area on that list.

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  18. David N. Narr says:

    In a tight labor market, aren’t wages supposed to be going up? (Unless, of course the labor economy is being restructured, which it is).

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  19. David N. Narr says:

    In a tight labor market, aren’t wages supposed to be going up? (Unless, of course the labor economy is being restructured, which it is).

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  20. I hope the unions remember PDJT in 2020.

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