February 24, 2008

A CHOICE OF CONSERVATISMS:

In Toledo, Promises Of Change Ring Hollow (Michael A. Fletcher, 2/24/08, Washington Post)

[B]arack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton have each called for significant infrastructure investment, development of alternative energy and other "green-collar" jobs, while promising to toughen environmental and labor standards that accompany free trade deals.

Those ideas are welcome here in heavily unionized and heavily Democratic northwest Ohio, but at the same time, no one seems to believe they go far enough to reverse the powerful tide of globalization that many blame for the constant manufacturing job losses.

"They identify with the situation, but they don't do anything about it," said Rep. Marcy Kaptur, (D-Ohio), whose district includes Toledo. "They are descriptive, not prescriptive. We want more detail and we want it now."

This is the dilemma facing the Democratic candidates as they campaign in Ohio's scarred economic landscape. The problems confronting places like Toledo are so deep and complex that there may not be answers that are both viable and popular.


Anglospheric politics has realigned so far to the Right that the Democrats can't propose the sorts of solutions the Left favors without making the party nonviable. They too live in the world that Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan made.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 24, 2008 8:26 AM
Comments

Hey Marcy!

Here's your detail - tell your guys to meet up and open some non-union manufacturing shops. Sure, it'll be a big adjustment, not the least of which will be making small things at first, a few odd lots, and some test projects. Figure out who can run the business, and who can run the floor. But in 10 years, you'll have plenty of rich stockholders.

Oh, you want 'guaranteed' wages? Move to Germany, France, or Italy. Good luck finding a job.

Posted by: ratbert at February 24, 2008 8:28 PM

The prescriptions Marcy wants is how they got where they are in first place. We should maintain the rust belt as an object lesson on the dangers of socialism.

Posted by: erp at February 25, 2008 2:30 PM
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