A Dual Economy

A View Of What's To Come

I grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania. A place that would probably be considered part of today's Rust Belt. I watched the steel mills, etc that may have been the backbone of the middle class leave,and retail and low-wage service jobs come to take their place. Seeing this might explain why I have such a distrust of Corporate America and the "%1".

The fact that the poverty rate in Youngstown, Ohio is close to %50 should be a real wake up call to residents of that city and it's surrounding communities, which includes my hometown of Farrell, PA,

For one, the face of poverty may be the face in the mirror. A person who's working, and working hard, may not be as well-off as they think. A lot of those who are below the poverty line are likely the "working poor", and not the "welfare queens" that the right likes to make the poor, especially the urban poor, out to be.

Second, how many of those people that are above the poverty line are just on the edge? One layoff, one medical crisis, or even one auto repair may be enough to put a person below the poverty line.

But what to do about it? Like it or not, jobs are the only way. These can't be the jobs at McDonald's, Wal-Mart, etc; those jobs are not going to bring a person above the poverty line.

These jobs aren't going to come from top-down stimulus either. We can't expect lowering taxes on the corporations and the wealthy to do the job. We tried that, and it may be what got Youngstown, and America as a whole, into the situation it's in. We need to stimulate from the bottom-up, through ideas like a living minimum wage.

One thing I do find hope in is that more Americans are waking up to the reality of class. There's an "Occupy Youngstown" , and news like this should have people out on the streets. Of course, a lot of them are too busy listening to the voices of the "%1" like Beck and Limbaugh telling them that the %99 are lazy college students, or deadbeats looking for a handout.

And the sad thing is, enough of them believe that.

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brages07 5 years ago from South Royalton, VT

Very true Tea Party Crasher. As a recent graduate, I have watched the opportunity drain out of this country during college. Even the so-called useful degree jobs are being outsourced and have been for several years. These things are always blamed on government, ignoring the trade-offs of deregulation or corporate greed.


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junko 5 years ago

TPC, Your personal Testimony echoes the voices of millions in the silent Majority. Your reality is America today. American job creators are invested in the world economy. There are more profits and benefit in creating work off shore than jobs in America. Corporations are people and have a right to make and spend money anyway they choose. The Occupy Movement should promote and support GOVERMENT JOBS because the PRIVATE SECTOR is not in business to help Americans first, it's, profits are Bankruptcy. The people are truly suffering in America The WPA and other government work stimulas programs saved the Nation in a past employment crissis. IF America must reeducate it's workforce and students let them work to restore infrastructure as they learn new jobs skills. Not enough people will see your hub TPC but there are enough people that feel as you feel and in other words your hub will spread. Vote up & useful


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brages07 5 years ago from South Royalton, VT

JSChams, you're thinking of Norway and they do have significant immigration. That's actually what that shooting spree earlier this summer was about. They guy was a xenophobe that blamed one of Norway's political parties for the increased immigration. Also, not all of our immigrants come here of their own free will and I don't mean children brought here by their parents. And the rates of both legal and illegal immigration have slowed during the economic downturn. Yeah, there are plenty of demeaning, low-paying jobs left in this country. What we lack are jokes that offer a decent, middle-class existence.


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Jed Fisher 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Well Tea, there are a lot of people frustrated about a lot of things. Most are just starting to understand the symptoms but are not yet aware of the disease. They are closing in from both sides, the OWS and the Tea Party. At the heart of all the problems, the underlying cause of it all, is the Fed's 0% interest rate policy.


p15828 5 years ago

The correct link for Occupy Youngstown's Occupation PAGE on facebook is

http://www.facebook.com/occupyyoungstown

It's also on the web at: http://www.occupyytown.org/

thanks


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TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Will correct.

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