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Sun Oct 27, 2019, 07:07 PM

An Ohio factory closure stirs populist anger. Who will that help in 2020?

Source-https://apps.bostonglobe.com/nation/politics/2019/10/voters-2020-election/ohio/lordstown/


Snip-"As for the cause of the current collision, he pointed to the same villain named by just about everyone here: Corporate greed.


Snip-"Meyer, who said he voted twice for Barack Obama and spent four nights a week on the picket line “fighting for the middle class,” might seem like an ally for Democrats, but he embodies the party’s challenge. Although he talks economics like Warren or Sanders, his loyalties are now firmly ensconced with Trump."


Snip-"Voters like Meyer have turned Northeast Ohio into a place where populism is at a crossroads, tugged between Democrats’ soak-the-rich liberalism and Trump’s anti-immigrant truculence, and 2020 will be a test of which party can best harness that anger.

But even though the economy has not soared in this corner of Ohio, there is more blame for GM than for Trump, who enjoys an enduring well of support here — and little sign that Democratic presidential candidates’ populist messages have found receptive new ears."

Lots more in the article, which I found depressing to read.



This is Tim Ryans district


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Sun Oct 27, 2019, 07:23 PM

1. Many will be supportive of the China tariffs I would think

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Sun Oct 27, 2019, 08:10 PM

2. I have friends that worked at Lordstown.

I myself retired after 30 years with GM. My Warren Ohio plant, Delphi / Packard Electric, closed and left a few years ago. It is sad. I have grand kids who could use a good job.

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Mon Oct 28, 2019, 12:00 PM

3. Lordstown seems to be a popular subject....

I've never seen so many articles in national publications on anything so close to home for me.

I'm getting pretty frustrated hearing the same thing over and over again when these workers are interviewed. Many are angry at Trump ....even the ones who admit they voted for him ....but don't blame him for causing them to lose their jobs. I wouldn't be surprised if many of them plan to vote for him again.

Here's the thing, and I find it very sad .... these folks would greatly benefit from many of the Democrats' policies, yet many of them would rather vote Republican, because they are so afraid that some poor person or immigrant will get something for nothing under a Democratic administration. They continue to vote against their own self-interests time and time again. I will never understand it. They need to ask themselves, are you better off than you were 4 years ago? All this we hear in the news about the great economy, well, it ain't so great everywhere.

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