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Left Behind by Trump’s Boom: The Rural Americans Who Elected Him

By jazz_music following x   2018 Nov 30, 3:34pm 381 views   25 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


Trump continues telling desperate people exactly what they want to hear. A brutal lesson in believing ensues. Welcome to Trump University Platinum Edition

Below you are going to read a Republican where reality bites saying “Cuts to food stamps would be “catastrophic,’’ says Gay. “We have a lot of clients who have no income. That’s their only source of food.’’”
November 28, 2018, 3:00 AM CST
Countryside missing out on recovery as jobs reappear elsewhere
Tiffany Hensley’s drive home takes her through some picturesque scenery, and an ugly economy.

“The first thing you see when you get down here is beauty,” says Hensley, midway through her shift at a diner in the rolling hills of eastern Kentucky. “But then you get to looking around. It’s real rough.’’

Times are tough all across rural America. Nationwide numbers paint a rosy picture of accelerating growth and near-full employment. Swaths of the countryside tell a different story, its protagonists barely scraping by as their jobs drain away in the downturns and don’t come back in the booms.

The economic divide maps onto a political one, which only deepened in this month’s midterm elections. President Donald Trump claims credit for a vibrant economy. Yet it’s in the least-vibrant rural areas that his Republicans picked up support -- the same trend that helped Trump get elected two years ago. Cities and suburbs, where the recovery is palpable, swung toward the Democrats.

‘Wildly Different’

Economics isn’t the only driver of those outcomes, analysts say, and many cite attitudes to race and immigration in white rural areas. Still, the countryside is getting left behind and the gap has widened since 2008, according to Kenan Fikri, director of research at the Washington-based Economic Innovation Group.

The recession hit most regions equally but “their recovery was wildly different,’’ he says. “Where the jobs came back doesn’t align to where they disappeared.’’

Back Country

Rural employment has lagged behind America's cities in the recovery.
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis
Annual employment indexed to 2008
In Clay County, Kentucky, unemployment is almost double the national rate. After almost 11 years at the diner, Hensley reckons her job there -- working shifts of up to 12 hours, six days a week -- remains the best she can get.

It pays $1,200 a month. The first biweekly check covers rent on her apartment, the second bills. She feeds her family out of tips and about $300 a month in food stamps (two-fifths of Clay County’s population rely on them). Hensley, who’s 30, is seven months pregnant and won’t get paid maternity leave, so she’s planning to take just four weeks off –- as she did with her previous five children. That took a toll on her health, she says, but “a month is a long time when you ain’t got nothing. You never get to sleep peaceful at night.’’

America’s rural landscape is dotted with reminders of where the jobs used to be. In Clay County, it’s empty smokestacks, fossils of a vanished coal economy.

The county lost some 500 mining positions in the past seven years, says its judge executive, Johnny Johnson. Trump’s rollback of environmental rules has delivered about 150 coal jobs across all of eastern Kentucky, he says.


A former coal man himself, Johnson acknowledges that the industry “will never be like it used to be.’’ He remains supportive of the president -- “Donald Trump does not have a magic wand’’ -– and on the lookout for other potential employers. He’s currently trying to persuade a plywood factory to come to the area, bringing 100 jobs, and has hopes of setting up a vocational school.

Johnson is also working with Kentucky legislators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to get $10 million of federal cash to fix damaged bridges –- in the hope that better infrastructure will attract business. Neighboring Laurel County has bounced back faster, helped by the hotels, retailers and restaurants off Interstate 75.

Federal money rescued rural America after the Great Depression of the 1930s, as the government poured resources into job-creating investments. Today, Washington’s main presence in places like Clay County is the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It helps with everything from building houses to providing medical services. Clay County got a $50,000 grant this year for an ambulance, an urgent need in a region blighted by opioid addiction.

The agency also helped bring wireless Internet to remote areas. That creates opportunities for people to “make good wages from their home,’’ said Anne Hazlett, the USDA’s assistant to the secretary for rural development.

‘Catastrophic’

But the Trump administration plans to cut USDA funding by 16 percent in fiscal 2019, and revamp the food stamps it distributes.

In Clay County, that’s Karrie Gay’s job, as supervisor of family support and social services. She sees some 40 clients a day, many complaining about frozen benefits. Her office is already down two people, and will only replace one because of a state hiring freeze.

Cuts to food stamps would be “catastrophic,’’ says Gay. “We have a lot of clients who have no income. That’s their only source of food.’’

Even if such policies hurt the countryside, they won’t necessarily dent Trump’s support there, according to David Andersen, a political scientist at Iowa State University.

Clay County delivered an 87 percent vote for Trump in 2016, and this month helped send Republican Hal Rogers back to Congress for a 20th term with almost 80 percent of the county’s ballots.

A lot of Trump’s rural supporters “don’t sound as if they expect to get anything out of the administration,’’ says Andersen. Feeling abandoned, they just want to “destroy the system overall,’’ he says -– and Trump was “the first candidate in a very long time’’ to explicitly feed such resentments.

‘Out of Here’

Not everyone has given up on the area. Vanda Rice, who lives in the county seat of Manchester, has founded Stay in Clay, an organization that’s trying to create opportunities locally.

“To sit back and say, ‘Well, there’s not a thing I can do’ -- that’s just a bunch of bologna,” says Rice. She’s promoting the county as a hiking destination and launched a bluegrass music festival.

Hensley can only see a brighter future if she can somehow get out. She hopes one day to buy a plot of land so her children can have a backyard. But not in Clay County.

“This ain’t a good place to raise kids,’’ she says. “There’s good places out of here. But I ain’t run into one yet.’’

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-28/left-behind-by-trump-s-boom-the-rural-americans-who-elected-him?srnd=premium
1   HEYYOU   ignore (21)   2018 Nov 30, 4:23pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Just another Red State full of Socialist failures.
Boo Hoo! Cut your food stamps.
Republican Red Neck White Trash can't even maintain their infrastructure.
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! Rep/Con losers.

"get $10 million of federal cash to fix damaged bridges."
"Clay County got a $50,000 grant"

Get to work Rep/Cons in other state, to support this scum.
2   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Nov 30, 4:28pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I want to track down Sarah Foster's biography, gotta feeling it won't show much life experience in rural areas or even smaller cities.

Sure doesn't explain Trump's continued popularity in rural areas, other than "Dumb Hicks except for a few special enlightened ones who think neoliberalism was awesome and just needs another few years to work."

jazz_music says
Clay County delivered an 87 percent vote for Trump in 2016, and this month helped send Republican Hal Rogers back to Congress for a 20th term with almost 80 percent of the county’s ballots.
3   HEYYOU   ignore (21)   2018 Nov 30, 4:31pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Here's how great counties are doing in so many Red States.
Just waiting on trickle down.
Republicans are too stupid to know they are stupid.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lowest-income_counties_in_the_United_States

ROFLMAO
4   Evan F.   ignore (0)   2018 Nov 30, 4:40pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce says
I want to track down Sarah Foster's biography, gotta feeling it won't show much life experience in rural areas or even smaller cities.

Quick web search isn't tough, dude. Looks like she grew up in Matoon IL, population ~18000 in 2014, when she left to go to Urbana for college, and then Northwestern for grad school. So I'd say she has plenty of experience with small towns in the Midwest.

But keep fucking that chicken, bruh
5   jazz_music   ignore (6)   2018 Nov 30, 5:02pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

If attacking the writer fails you can still dismiss the publisher!
6   jazz_music   ignore (6)   2018 Nov 30, 5:07pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

Cattle prod them all into working for Walmart!

With that and Welfare they’ll be able to afford to eat!
7   d6rB   ignore (1)   2018 Nov 30, 5:14pm   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

My issue with articles of this type is that they omit the very obvious fact that these individuals were not better off under Obama. Looks like ORANGE MAN BAD newsflash again. Or POOR PEOPLE VOTE DEMOCRAT - SMART PROLETARIAT, POOR PEOPLE VOTE REPUBLICAN - FUCKING STUPID RACIST HICKS. Both parties share blame for the situation. If this is not explicitly stated, article comes off as very partisan.

And one can certainly question wisdom of having 5th kid under these circumstances.
8   Evan F.   ignore (0)   2018 Nov 30, 5:29pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

d6rB says
these individuals were not better off under Obama.

Yes but Obama didn't cut their food stamps, and Trump's promise of coal jobs returning to the area is a bunch of bullshit.

Coal mining is dying a slow, protracted death in this country. There's no such thing as 'clean, beautiful coal.'. It's on whatever administration that's in power to pivot their economies to something more productive. It's true that Obama didn't do shit for these people. Or Bush. Or Clinton... Etc. But now Trump's gonna do even worse than that. Good times
9   Strategist   ignore (2)   2018 Nov 30, 5:39pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

d6rB says
My issue with articles of this type is that they omit the very obvious fact that these individuals were not better off under Obama.


Obama promised a change that never came even after 8 years. Our friends here did not complain a bit. Now they want blood.
10   d6rB   ignore (1)   2018 Nov 30, 5:43pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Evan F. says
Yes but Obama didn't cut their food stamps, and Trump's promise of coal jobs returning to the area is a bunch of bullshit.

Of course coal jobs are not coming back, and they are slowly dying due to fracking tehnologies. However, regulations by Obama surely accelerated coal demise, thus making life of these people become miserable faster. Was Ms. Foster on Obama's case then, or was she enthralled by Savior of Minorities and Womyn St. Obama, just like some people are now enthralled by Golden Golem of Greatness?
11   Strategist   ignore (2)   2018 Nov 30, 5:45pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Evan F. says
Yes but Obama didn't cut their food stamps, and Trump's promise of coal jobs returning to the area is a bunch of bullshit.

Coal mining is dying a slow, protracted death in this country. There's no such thing as 'clean, beautiful coal.'. It's on whatever administration that's in power to pivot their economies to something more productive. It's true that Obama didn't do shit for these people. Or Bush. Or Clinton... Etc. But now Trump's gonna do even worse than that. Good times


Very foolish of Trump to think coal jobs could make a comeback even though coal is quickly becoming obsolete. He will learn.
Very foolish of Obama to screw up on North Korea. He never learnt.
Very foolish of Obama to screw up on the Iran deal. He never learnt.
Very foolish of Obama to screw up on Islamic terrorism. He never learnt.
12   Strategist   ignore (2)   2018 Nov 30, 5:54pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

jazz_music says
Countryside missing out on recovery as jobs reappear elsewhere

So what. Every region in the country won't boom at the same time. Every region of the country won't deteriorate at the same time.
It's normal. Stop complaining.

jazz_music says
Clay County delivered an 87 percent vote for Trump in 2016, and this month helped send Republican Hal Rogers back to Congress for a 20th term with almost 80 percent of the county’s ballots.

And two years from now, they will vote for Trump again.
Stop complaining.
13   LastMan   ignore (0)   2018 Nov 30, 6:03pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

The point of the article is that there are parts of the country that haven't done well in recent history. Trump gave them hope (and maybe Obama too) and so far Trump for the most part hasn't delivered, but appears likely to cut food stamp support.

Seems like a fair article. Maybe Trump will reconsider the cut if he or one of his staff reads this. Not seeing much controversy here.
14   Strategist   ignore (2)   2018 Nov 30, 7:35pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

LastMan says
The point of the article is that there are parts of the country that haven't done well in recent history. Trump gave them hope (and maybe Obama too) and so far Trump for the most part hasn't delivered, but appears likely to cut food stamp support.

Seems like a fair article. Maybe Trump will reconsider the cut if he or one of his staff reads this. Not seeing much controversy here.


I'm OK with food stamps not being cut. I just think it's silly to blame Trump for some regions not doing well, because all regions cannot be expected to do well in any scenario.
The regular whiners did not whine when the whole country was in a bad shape with Obama, but can't stop whining when some regions are in bad shape with Trump.
What's their solution? Bring back Obama and crash the economy?
15   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Nov 30, 8:07pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Evan F. says
Quick web search isn't tough, dude. Looks like she grew up in Matoon IL, population ~18000 in 2014, when she left to go to Urbana for college, and then Northwestern for grad school. So I'd say she has plenty of experience with small towns in the Midwest.

Home of a university... more accurate to say she's from a college town, Eastern Illinois University. with about 7500 students. An exurb with several large cities within half an hour, and metropolitan Chicago maybe an hour's drive away. Like living in Southern NJ or Western Connecticut. Only 10 square miles in official size. href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charleston%E2%80%93Mattoon,_IL_Micropolitan_Statistical_Area">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charleston%E2%80%93Mattoon,_IL_Micropolitan_Statistical_Area

The US Census considers her birthplace and both colleges to be Urban Areas.



https://www2.census.gov/geo/maps/metroarea/stcbsa_pg/Feb2013/cbsa2013_IL.pdf

Her first university is one of the largest universities in the US with a student population of 45,000+ undergrads, and thousands more staff. It's a city in it's own right.

Her second university is Northwestern, which is basically in Chicago, one of the largest cities in the USA.

So no, she's not from a rural area.
16   Strategist   ignore (2)   2018 Nov 30, 8:23pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce says
Evan F. says
Quick web search isn't tough, dude. Looks like she grew up in Matoon IL, population ~18000 in 2014, when she left to go to Urbana for college, and then Northwestern for grad school. So I'd say she has plenty of experience with small towns in the Midwest.

Home of a university... more accurate to say she's from a college town.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charleston%E2%80%93Mattoon,_IL_Micropolitan_Statistical_Area

It's also 96% white.


Yes, I have family who used to live in Mattoon. My uncle was a doctor there. Boring little town with nothing to do. My sister attended the University in Charleston, Eastern Illinois University. Nice place, but very boring.
No future in those regions. Also kinda redneck.
17   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Nov 30, 8:36pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I can't find anything to show she's actually from Mattoon. Just that she went to the massive university at Urbana.

Of course, for her story she went to one of the most routinely depressed areas of the country - Appalachia. She could have also have gone to North Dakota or Kansas or Upstate New York. But going to Appalachia would make it reliably depressed.

She seems to be a pretty ordinary Metropolitan Dwelling Trump Bashing Urban Millenial. Her last article was about how Chinese Grocery stores might be hurt by reciprocating the same Tariffs and/or Trade Barriers China has been hitting us with for 25 years. How unjust!
18   APHAman   ignore (8)   2018 Dec 1, 8:27am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Strategist says
LastMan says
The point of the article is that there are parts of the country that haven't done well in recent history. Trump gave them hope (and maybe Obama too) and so far Trump for the most part hasn't delivered, but appears likely to cut food stamp support.

Seems like a fair article. Maybe Trump will reconsider the cut if he or one of his staff reads this. Not seeing much controversy here.


I'm OK with food stamps not being cut. I just think it's silly to blame Trump for some regions not doing well, because all regions cannot be expected to do well in any scenario.
The regular whiners did not whine when the whole country was in a bad shape with Obama, but can't stop whining when some regions are in bad shape with Trump.
What's their solution? Bring back Obama and crash the economy?


What are you even talking about? You were dangling mouth first from Obamas nutsack for eight years always saying how good of a job he was doing.
19   Strategist   ignore (2)   2018 Dec 1, 8:41am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

APHAman says
What are you even talking about? You were dangling mouth first from Obamas nutsack for eight years always saying how good of a job he was doing.


With some issues, yes. I am an independent.
1. He prevented an economic depression.
2. He promoted alternative energy.
----
I would love to have Obama as my neighbor, and invite him over for a beer. I would not vote for him to be President.
20   CBOEtrader   ignore (2)   2018 Dec 1, 9:44am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

Why do leftist hate rural people?

Its gross, and they deserve to be called out on it.
21   Evan F.   ignore (0)   2018 Dec 1, 10:51am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Strategist says
Bring back Obama and crash the economy?
Strategist says
1. He prevented an economic depression.


???
22   Evan F.   ignore (0)   2018 Dec 1, 10:54am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce says
I can't find anything to show she's actually from Mattoon.

Do you even know how to internet, dude?
http://www.mattoon.k12.il.us/vnews/display.v/ART/531f73394ceba?template=m
23   ThreeBays   ignore (0)   2018 Dec 2, 7:27pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

"Hensley, who’s 30, is seven months pregnant and won’t get paid maternity leave, so she’s planning to take just four weeks off –- as she did with her previous five children."

Idiocracy is real.
24   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   ignore (35)   2018 Dec 2, 7:34pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Maybe these yokels need to suck Trump's mutant dick harder, maybe he'll throw them a tip.

SUCK! HARDER! AMERICA!
25   Tenpoundbass   ignore (11)   2018 Dec 3, 6:32am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

jazz_music says
“Cuts to food stamps would be “catastrophic,’’ says Gay. “We have a lot of clients who have no income. That’s their only source of food.’’”


Well it's all part of Making Ameirca Great Again Jazz.

I remember when Rural Crackers were too proud for Food Stamps, it only took Obama 8 years to turn them out and make them begging little Commie bitches reciting the Karl Marx manifest for their daily rations.

Me thinks, the Liberal Journo's are cherry picking folks to interview in the rural areas. Because if you noticed, those areas seem to be Trump's biggest crowds. Just more coward yellow journalism on Bloomberg.

Like they would know a Country Rural Person's soul. Shouldn't they be covering Elementary School gender conversion grooming therapy?

It's all the rage with the Disgusting deviant freaks teaching in schools now.




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