I can't say I disagree with him on this. Hillary and Juan McCain have been all over this with the usual hysterics when someone say something C-O-N-T-R-)-V-E-R-S-I-A-L.
"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
- the MESSIAH OBAMA this week
The guns, religion and immigrant are your boilerplate liberal talking point. Juan McCain called anyone who disagreed with his amnesty for all plan a KKK grand wizard. And Hillary's stance on guns is pretty simple, take 'em all away. So they are full of shit in their outrage.
What I do agree with the MESSIAH on is the economic portion of this comment. He is right. People in small towns, and big towns too, are in dreamland. They think the factories that closed 10, 20, 30 years ago will magically re-open because a politician says (s)he will fight for jobs. Or as John Kerry said, he would take on the Benedict Arnold CEOs who move jobs overseas.
Imagine Hillary and Kerry campaigning circa 1900. They would be telling horse-buggy makers if only you elect me, I'll stop this whole automobile business and bring your jobs back. This is the new reality. Manufacturing jobs are gone from the US. Good or bad, right or wrong, they are gone and they are not coming back any time soon. Manufacturing jobs will eventually be gone from everywhere as improved automation means fewer and fewer humans will be needed.
I still disagree with 95% of what Obama says. But when he's right, I have to give him credit.