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  •  Yeah, I hear that a lot. (9+ / 0-)

    I live in Kentucky. My usual argument is to point out that such job losses are inevitable. That its better to do so slowly, while we still hav ethe resources to do so. It would hurt a whole lot less than the sudden halt that could occur, either from a lack of natural resources or the failures of some of those very old, overworked coal plants.

    A lot of the republicans I know here are actually level headed, and I've convinced more than a couple. But I'm not sure that will have any effect.

    Still, I have to try.

    No light, no dark, no up, no down. No life. No time. Without end. My people called it The Void. The Eternals called it The Howling. But some people call it The Tea Party.

    by kamrom on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 04:52:53 PM PDT

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    •  My mom argues the same (5+ / 0-)

      My mom can't stand McConnell and keeps voting against him, but she knows she's in the minority. She knows those jobs aren't coming back. But she tells me it's like talking into the wind trying to convince some folks around her.

      On the other hand, I think folks outside Kentucky would be pretty surprised if they actually met the folks I've met. Many of them are quite progressive in what they actually believe. They just don't think what they want will come to pass.

      Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole. - Ta-Nehisi Coates

      by moviemeister76 on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 05:07:32 PM PDT

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      •  Plenty of Kentuckians know coal is a dead end (3+ / 0-)
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        I agree, moviemeister, but I also know a lot of Kentuckians that do think that the a more positive future will come to pass. It's frustrating that all of the things the administration is doing to reduce East Kentucky's reliance on coal jobs get so little coverage outside the region and so little support from legislators inside the region. For instance:

        http://thinkprogress.org/...

        And

        http://www.kentucky.com/...

        There's a long way to go to replace 4,000 mining jobs, but what Kentuckians need are leaders like the President that are actually trying to do that - not another grandstanding session by the likes of McConnell.

        •  Oh thanks for the links (1+ / 0-)
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          Gonna share these with my mom so she can share them with her neighbors. I really appreciate it.

          Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole. - Ta-Nehisi Coates

          by moviemeister76 on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 06:47:46 PM PDT

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