Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Donald Trump should level with white men who work with their hands

Richard Cohen offers a stinging opinion on p. A15 of the Washington Post Tuesday, May 3, 2016, “Trump should level with his base”  .

Cohen points out that many Trump supporters at his rallies are white working class men who work with their hands, and whose jobs can gradually be automated and replaced by robots.  He mentions a man who joined the Army for a second tour because he couldn’t find a job, and had to go through Army basic a second time because he couldn’t find a job. Back in 1969, when stationed at Fort Eustis, I knew someone in the chess club who had joined the Army a second time at age 28 for the same reason.
Of course, a lot of skilled contractor jobs would not be easy to replace.  How many of us can do our own plumbing, electrical wiring, roofing?

Cohen also points out that many very grueling jobs, like picking fruit, are taken by immigrants, and that Americans don’t want these jobs, or very likely can’t do them.  Such an observation brings up ideas about worker exploitation, from the Left.
As for today, Donald Trump is singing “Indiana Wants Me” (link).
Picture: Median street, Indianapolis, looking south toward downtown, from the site of an old RCA TV plant where I worked in the summer of 1970 as my first job (my 2012 visit).

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