Do you get sick and tired of the fat, uneducated, shitkickers in flyover country's continued whining about how unfair it is that the Coastal states get all the good jobs??? Do you?? White grievance manifest. When I've typed about that situation in the many times past, the conclusion is obvious: they're in the situation just because they have always in years past, and continue to, elect right wingnut politicians who see to it that the shitkickers remain uneducated, unhealthy and generally unemployable beyond "do you want fries with that" or lawn boy. At some point tough love has to tell them the truth: it's your own damn fault; don't blame the highly educated Coastal Cabal.

So, it was with a warm heart, that Emily Badger provides lots of meat on those bones in the context of Amazon headquarters 2/3. The lede:

In the end, even Amazon has behaved according to this rule: In the modern tech economy, cities that already have wealth, opportunity, highly educated workers and high salaries will just keep attracting more of them.

This situation mirrors the Red/Blue divide, which I (and an increasing number of Others) have been saying is really a Rural/Urban divide.

Between 2010 and 2017, according to Brookings, nearly half of the country's total employment growth occurred in just 20 large metro areas (places that are home to about a third of the population). The Washington and New York regions alone accounted for about half of the net increase in business establishments across the country between 2007 and 2016, according to the Economic Innovation Group, which tracks economic inequality across the country.

Keep in mind: the GOP's middle class tax cut (snark) doubly penalized Coastal Blue states by cutting the deduction of state taxes, which taxes are used, in large part, to support education and healthcare of the folks the likes of Amazon wants to find. You won't find many in flyover country, just because the flyover folks don't want to learn anything useful, but want a 90210 Lifestyle. They ain't no such thing as a free lunch. Numerous studies, here and here for example, have been driving a stake in the lie that small business drives job growth. Certainly not high-skill, high-education jobs. Nope.

Also, we see, again, the minority dictatorship by the shitkickers, in the person of The Manchurian President, who's convinced them that he's their savior. Yeah, right.

There is some hope that flyover folks are beginning to find some sense. Some Red state voters got Medicaid expansion and a raised minimum wage.

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Comment by J.P. Hart on November 8, 2018 at 12:09pm
Notwithstanding when you think 'JOBS'in particular with any rhetorical power (and I'm trying to be dignified, faux erudition, mea culpa, you know, have you heard the news), when you think 'JOBS', jobs for this jobs for that, no? Sorry. My sixer iPhone chimes to the chair. Felt kinda good. Hope she keeps trying. And I think of the pancreas. So fascinatingly, I snuck over to etymology dictionary and fell into a plethora of something like nine (9) pages of little boxes which serve or etymologically xsplain JOB. Hence I'm beaming that I (privately, secretly) hoarded all these 'way-cool' WIN lapel pins. Whip Inflation Now. Something other than my Sweet Perfume clandestino everyday quest for title e.g. jim horny who do grey goose screwdrivers. And on an 'hello ol' cyber-bloke-buddy-beast&children basis: don't go 'round tonight; God is great, beer is good & people are crazy. Shucks: we certainly have to do a better job (: And frackNstein! I can't git beyond The New York Times Sunday, October 28,2018 portrait of Amal Hussain, 7, who has acute malnutrition, at a UNICEF-run mobile clinic in Aslam, Yemen. Of nearly too million malnourished children in the country, 400,000 are critically ill.
Comment by J.P. Hart on November 8, 2018 at 12:12pm

Of nearly two million malnourished children in the country, 400,000 are critically ill.

Alberta-how far off?

Comment by Ron Powell on November 8, 2018 at 4:46pm

 "White grievance manifest."

There are people here who believe that there is some legitimacy to it....

Comment by koshersalaami on November 8, 2018 at 5:03pm

Are they whining about how the coastal areas get the good jobs? I haven’t heard that but I might be listening in the wrong places

Comment by Robert Young on November 8, 2018 at 6:04pm


just read the piece.  and, yes, if you listen to Trump/etc. it's quite clear that his "base" consists of shitkickers in mostly empty flyover states.  all the 'wedge' issues used by the right wingnuts, purely cultural, are biased to guns, god, and abortion.  only the shitkickers are wedded to those issues.  city folks are much more open minded.  it has always been so.

Trump has been explicit that 'real Americans' don't live in cities.  and most cities are coastal.

Comment by Robert Young on November 8, 2018 at 7:02pm



1) the grievance whining legitimately exists

2) the grievance is, ipso facto, legitimate

which is it?


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