“… In this terrible political year, the story was in part one of people in Appalachia angrily demanding a return of the good jobs they used to have mining coal — even though the world doesn’t want more coal given fracking, and it can get the coal it still wants from strip mines and mountaintop removal, which don’t employ many people.”
So, old school coal mining jobs are impossible (unhealthy and dangerous, as well), sorry. Teach your children to type really fast, think faster, and know we’re all in this together. Then we, they, you, all of us might stand something of a chance at a future.
“… those longing for the return to coal want is those jobs they deserve, where they earn their money — not government handouts, no sir.
“A fact-constrained candidate wouldn’t have been able to promise such people what they want; Trump, of course, had no problem.”
“But is that really all there is? Working-class Trump voters do, in fact, receive a lot of government handouts — they’re almost totally dependent on Social Security for retirement, Medicare for health care when old, are quite dependent on food stamps, and many have recently received coverage from Obamacare. Quite a few receive disability payments too. They don’t want those benefits to go away. But they managed to convince themselves (with a lot of help from Fox News etc) that they aren’t really beneficiaries of government programs, or that they’re not getting the ‘good welfare,’ which only goes to Those People.
“And you can really see this in the regional patterns. California is an affluent state, a heavy net contributor to the federal budget; it went 2-1 Clinton. West Virginia is poor and a huge net recipient of federal aid; it went 2 1/2-1 Trump.”
I guess this makes us all suckers. Or something. Me? It just makes me sad.
What do Trump voters want?, by Paul Krugman, NY Times, December 17, 2016 (sorry for the long quotes NY Times)
What so Trump voters want? I guess they just want to watch their world burn.