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  •  Get them jobs! (9+ / 0-)

    What can we do to bring rural America to get on with the times, the diarist wonders? We can get them jobs.

    I think there is a HUGE component of rural white males who are bitter and demoralized because they don't have what they view as a "real" job.

    If we could enact a jobs bill and bring jobs that pay a living wage, jobs that allow you feel like you really built something at the end of the day, I think rural men would vote blue in droves.

    In central Illinois, where I am from originally, each little town had a factory or two that kept the town going. Now all those factories are gone, and the towns have dried up.

    Drive through one of those small towns and think about where the hell all the people in that town are supposed to work. At the convenience store? At the bar? At the church?

    No, they are forced to drive 30-60 minutes to the nearest "city" to get a job. And probably not a "real" job, but a series of crappo jobs they've patched together to put food on their table.

    Of course they resent urban areas!

    It's Maslow's hierarchy of needs - once you don't have to worry about keeping a roof over your head and feeding your children, you can relax and be more open to new ideas.

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