James Pethokoukis

Politics and policy from inside Washington

U.S. unemployment, state by state

October 22, 2009

A great map by NPR. Notice the high rates in swing states like Florida, Ohio and Michigan.

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I live approximately 30 miles west of Cleveland in a town called Lorain. I spent 30 years in the United States Army, and each trip home on leave, I saw more and more deterioration.

I have watched my town go from a reasonably employed and populated flourishing place, to a virtual ghost town. The Steel Mill and the Ford Plant are barely existing. Many of the businesses in the downtown area have been boarded up and long gone. The Lakefront area, prime for development and recreation, is languishing. The sad fact is that many of the residents are complacent to the point of being comatose.

The once thriving industrial base was wiped out, in part, by unions. Businesses and corporations have no incentive to invest in this area, and who can blame them? The Lorain City government throws up so many roadblocks in the form of high taxes, red tape, and bureaucratic stupidity, that unless we throw all of them out and start over, they’ll be no resurgence for this town. The zombies in this area keep voting the same party back into office.

Oh, I forgot to mention: Northeast Ohio is a democratic stronghold.

Congratulations, swing states….how’s that “change” working out for ya?

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