Monday, February 25, 2008

Youngstown Ohio

Bruce Springsteen's song about the decline of the economy of Youngstown and the Ohio rust belt. It seems that in our declining economy today we see the same boom and bust cycle that inevitably hits the working class first and the hardest.

We blame it on poor trade policies like NAFTA and runaway companies taking jobs where the labor is cheapest. We need our government to be willing to fight for the middle class now more then ever. Workers don't really want handouts, they just want a hand and not to be kick when they're down.

Workers want their government to be creative and marshal the country's resources to over come poverty and economic turn downs. We need new ideas, not more protection for bloated corporate profits or tax cuts for the wealthy.

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