Never let truth get in the way of a good narrative...
Stoolsmith, what are you objecting to here? What’s the “truth” that this article gets wrong?
There is no objection in the story. It tells the truth of what happens to company towns when the business either goes belly up because it cannot compete or is not propped up by the government. If our naval vessels and power plants were still all powered by coal this would not be happening. It is the ultimate story of the United States and it has arrived in some places quicker than others. If you don't work you don't eat but fortunately the government steps in and sees most will at least get enough to buy food, but what about shelter and clothing? The private sector takes good care of the clothing part and even some of the food part enabling those on the dole to use their EBT cards to buy alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Shelter is another thing and if you already have it the government will supplement your rent but, if you have none, you get nothing.
The problem this story portends is worsening as jobs disappear but people keep getting added to the mix. Why this is happening is because the government controls the economy and determines who gets what. According to our Constitutions, both State and federal, government is supposed to tax for the service of defending your life, liberty and property. It has taken on more than it was charged to do and instead of taxing to pay for these unconstitutionally authorized services which would quickly get them thrown from office, they borrow with no hope of ever being able to pay it back and thereby devaluing the currency that measures the economy. It is a complex story and why it is happening and how the government has tweaked the law to sustain it is beyond the length most people want to take the time to fathom. The real problem is the Progressives, who benefit from the current system have convinced you all is well, which is true for the beneficiaries but not for the growing number whose very existence is dependent on the government dole. That includes all government pensioners.
When our country was founded those who had no assets could not even vote, nor could the Indians and particularly those on the dole. We are adding more people to both ends of the demographic spectrum which means more people on the dole and more people getting Social Security which is paid for by taxing those working. If those taxes are reduced it only compounds the borrowing necessity and further devalues the dollar. The point has already been reached where the dole is insufficient to provide shelter and clothing. It is why poverty is now defined as an income of $20,000 for a family of four. When I took my first job out of college I earned $5000 per year and thought I was the garden of Eden. Something is decidedly wrong with a system that functions in such a manner and I describe it in detail in my book The Real Economy.
If you don't buy THE Book and roger up completely, you are a progressive.
Got it? I've already been labeled a progressive supporter multiple times.
Russia collusion Russia collusion Russia collusion racist fascist racist fascist......that s the narrative.....
Did you even read the article, dimwit?
KNOCK IT OFF MATT.
Immaturity gets you NO RESPONSES from me. Someone else can ask the question, but not you.
This site needs BLOCK
I'm sure Elizabeth Catte has a point. There is a narrative that casts Appalachia as a depressed and depressing hillbilly backwater.
But it's not just a liberal narrative. I think this essay from National Review is excellent.
See, Stoolsmith? Economike actually read the article.
Reading. Critical thinking. Try it sometime.
That's what I was talking about. People being looked down on by their "betters", whether those are on the right or the left. Someone living in a poor area has a right to a voice and a choice. Too often, the agenda of others (right or left) is projected on them while what they really want in life is simply ignored.
In both the inner city and rural areas, it is assumed that everyone is ignorant, stupid, and wants the dole... so no need for a good education. Or a good job. Or any place for recreation. Or anything else the elites enjoy. They are assumed to vote a certain way, either because they're minority (city) or religious (rural), so nobody bothers to campaign there or do anything for those areas.
Trump broke the mold by actually campaigning and flipping some of those areas. Maybe that will shake things up...
Shut Up, Matt
Actually I did read the article about Appalachia..... but my post is the actual liberal narrative..... and thank you for you kind words as always....
What the article states is observable fact. What it fails to tell you that unless things change, and that means our economic system, what has happened in Appalachia is coming to a neighborhood near you and you will be in it. The reason is one must work to earn a living and jobs are disappearing faster than growth of the population.