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December 14, 2010

Nina Berman & Alan Chin: Waiting For Beck

“Hell is Real”

A billboard along Interstate 71 just north of Wilmington warns drivers of the guaranteed retribution awaiting non-believers.

Glenn Beck and his entourage will descend on the small town of Wilmington, Ohio, to tape his radio show, sell books, and perform in an extravaganza that he calls “America’s First Christmas.” He chose Wilmington because it is hard hit by the recession, with 8000 jobs lost when the main employer in the area, DHL, closed its facility in 2008. He claims that the people here neither want nor accept government help, saving themselves through prayer and self-reliance. But this is completely untrue, as more than $11 million dollars of federal stimulus money was specifically directed to retrain unemployed workers and alleviate the dire economic situation.

Main Street, Wilmington, in front of the Murphy Theater where Glenn Beck will perform. Tickets cost $125.00 and are sold out. The town is expecting thousands of visitors.

Jason Willhite has been unemployed for eight months, laid off from a printing press job, and before that, by DHL. He sold his car and cashed in his 401k to pay rent. He and Sandy and their two little boys have been living on $535.00 a month in welfare plus food stamps. “I get lucky now and then and get a tire to change or something,” he said. Even the temp agencies have nothing. He feels horrible about taking money from the government and to make up for it, has been volunteering at a homeless shelter. Their case worker says that John Kasich, the new Republican governor, wants to get rid of cash assistance for the poor.

A few times a week, they go for free meals at the Sugartree Ministries, a charity jointly operated by more than thirty churches across denominations and politics. Beck says he will donate some of his proceeds to Sugartree.

Signs welcoming Glenn Beck can be seen on many stores and shops.

Downtown near the Murphy Theater, Morie Rose helps arrange the vendor area where she and 20 others hope to cash in on Beck’s visit. “I haven’t punched a clock in 23 years, “ she said. Rose was going to college in Cincinnati and working for the Kenner toy company, but watched her job disappear as more and more items were outsourced abroad. Since then she’s scraped by on her own, sewing and making jewelry.

So on the eve of Beck’s arrival, the conversation among Wilmington residents was more firmly focused on day to day struggles of survival. Many residents have never heard of Glenn Beck. One man thought that it would be the famed English rock guitarist, Jeff Beck, formerly of the Yardbirds. Others knew, but cared insofar only as much as a celebrity visit would bring a much-needed boost to local businesses.

Dozens of DHL airplanes rusting on the tarmac, stripped of engines and essentially abandoned. A much smaller aviation repair and maintenance successor company remains, after DHL ended its domestic US operations when it closed the Wilmington facility.

–Nina Berman and Alan Chin

PHOTOGRAPHS by NINA BERMAN / NOOR and ALAN CHIN / facingchange.org

This is the first of a two posts. View the second “Broke-Beck Mountains of Madness” here.

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  • http://www.serr8d.blogspot.com serr8d

    Not sure exactly what your point is here. Is it that Glenn Beck somehow shares responsiblity for the plight of Wilmington, or that ‘fanboys’ who desire to see him (probably not an attending fanboy there in your second picture, but nice try) are deluded for not desiring cradle-to-grave sustenance from a Statist regime or that Amerikkka generally is a terrible place because everyone does not have guaranteed fair and ‘just’ (defined by your ideology, of course) outcomes?

    I think the lesson here is that Americans are resilient and will take advantage of whatever opportunity presents itself. And that good, Christian folk will help out those in need without having to be pressured by the State.

    (If a small man like Glenn Beck can do so much for Wilmington, what could a much larger economic force like Barack Obama do for, say, Detroit ? )

    • securings the homeland

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    • http://motherrr.blogspot.com cmac

      Ha. The point is broader than a condemnation of Beck’s posturing. The point is the posturing of the entire wingnut right, including yourself, which touts imaginary achievements while leaving towns all across America to die.

      Cradle to grave sustenance? The people you denigrate in this post want nothing but jobs, a desire the rightwing can’t be bothered to attend to. Much better to send out the loathsome Beck to paint over the reality of a town, destroyed through rightwing policies, with a slurry of bullshit.

    • http://www.eliphoto.wordpress.com Eli Reichman

      Americans used to accord one another with respect and civility. Apparently we’ve lost that ability. More thoughts on the topic:
      http://bit.ly/waitinghero

    • marco

      I think you’re head is up your ass. The issue here is Beck seeks to profit on his message of pull-your-self-up-by-your-bootstrap-ism when much of what happened in that town is a result of a gamed capitalist system that encourages marginalization of a workforce over profit. You and your kind are intellectually dishonest. Its a system that can’t sustain itself. Beck is a morning zoo charlatan. If people fall for their message then they deserve to ass fucking they get. If people in towns like Wilmington really bothered to know what conservatives stand for (outsourcing, privatization, no safety net, profits above all else, no insurance go ahead and die) they’d vote these fucks into oblivion. But here’s the rub – when you’re too busy trying to survive, you don’t have the time or energy to educate yourself and have these debates with asshats like yourself. The right wing are the traitors to this country for weakening it and selling out to corporations who own congress. It is you who and your retarded mindset that ruined this country.

    • xysea

      The point is, Glenn Beck’s rendering of the story is fiction. They are heavily reliant on government help. They are definitely not getting by on prayer and self-reliance. They are getting by on welfare and govt subsidy.

      Glenn lies, reality intrudes. It’s uncomfortable and inconvenient for all involved.

    • Ed

      “good, Christian folk.” What a crock of sh*t. OF course no other religions believe in charity, or helping the poor and disadvantaged. Oh wait, all of them do.

      Also: Christin charity has let millions down – without government action people would be starving.

    • PG

      serr8d – What an fantasticly absurd comment you left. First of all, the “Hell Is Real” sign speaks to the embarrasing religious fundamentalism this country suffers through, in comparison to the more secular societies of Western Europe. People practicing their faith in their own private way is fine. Having this primitive fire-and-brimstone crap hang all over society is not.

      And you’re using a false duality…as if anyone who wants a more active government to help take care of people are looking for the “State” to take care of “everything”. It’s hardly asking for a life of leisure to have the “State” work FOR the bottom 90% by NOT helping to outsource jobs, but providing an actual safety net, and providing simple basics for people in need. I don’t see you complaining about the “State” providing so much (in the tax code and lack of regulation) for multinational corporations and the top 10%, or whomever can pay for the right amount of lobbying. Your silence speaks to your lack of knowledge on this, and your lack of empathy for your fellow citizens, dressed up as hard-headed pragmatism is lamentable.

    • wayne

      small man indeed.

    • http://www.serr8d.blogspot.com serr8d

      What few of you feral, slavering (some more than others) leftists fail to comprehend is that without Capitalism, all of your hopes and dreams for social revolution fail. What is the engine that drives this great nation?

      Even Mr. Obama understands

      “I want to dispel any notion we want to inhibit your success,” President Obama told 20 CEOs this morning, according to a source in the room. “We want to be boosters because when you do well, America does well.”

      So please, if you want to draw daggers on capitalists, do so with the knowledge that you wouldn’t be sitting in front of a box tap-tapping on a keyboard spewing your rot unless a Capitalist gave it to you.

      That is all.

    • http://solarray.blogspot.com gmoke

      Serr8d might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer but he obviously likes a fight.

      A marketplace is just thievery if there are no accurate weights and measures. Caveat emptor is always good policy but some things are fraud and criminal negligence nevertheless. Beck is a self-admitted rodeo clown trying to expand his 15 minutes of fame and market share. He will leave nothing of lasting value in Wilmington and spread self-serving disinformation instead.

      There are structural problems with the present form of capitalism, most of which resulted from the determined dismantling of market safeguards that helped prevent new depressions arising since the last Depression. Most people want jobs and a little security and are willing to work hard for it. The government and big business are more interested in protecting property and allowing the rich to get richer.

      “Them that’s got shall get, them that’s not shall lose, so the Bible says, and it still is news.” I guess Billie Holiday was a Socialist but so was Luke in 8:18 of his Gospel, ” . . . for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.”

      What Jesus was referring to in this parable was not money but faith. It is the parable of the sower. I’d suggest some other Biblical concepts, the debt forgiveness of Jubilee and Jacob’s ideas of storing up grain for the seven lean years during the seven fat years. Hell, I’d settle for some laws about usury, but we abolished them back in the Reagan era if my memory is correct.

    • ajg

      Under anarchy, the meanest, strongest, and most cunning get all the marbles. Install a government to protect property rights and inhibit physical violence, you have libertarian utopia. Under these conditions the most powerful get all the marbles. And money is power.

      A perfect capitalist marketplace is perfect at accumulating wealth with the wealthy. Government interference in the market is the only condition under which a middle class can form.

      Of course the rich hate government regulation, it interferes with their monopoly on power. Glen Beck transforms their message into a fairytale of self reliance.

    • tinwoman

      Serr8ted, you’re cracked.

      First you talk about people wanting no government help and then you say Obama isn’t doing enough to help Detroit.

      Unless you mean that Obama is supposed to save Detroit using his personal income (and I don’t think you do), then you mean that there’s not enough government help, which makes your first point….kind of moot.

  • black dog barking

    Nature’s nadir in southwestern Ohio. Gloomy as it looks (and this image captures a spectacular gloom), it would be a mistake to call this tableau “lifeless”. Dusted with snow and blanketed in cold, the grasses and weeds are dormant, the corn is fallow, the leafless trees are very much alive. Come back in six months.

    Hell is real as fear is real.

  • momly

    I lived not too far from Wilmington for a while. It is hell.

  • DCJ

    You have to have cable TV to be able to see GB in the TeeVee.
    Its likely many of these individuals don’t have cable turned on. GB is such a flim-flammer. $125 to see a grifter cry on cue.

  • http://www.wolfenotes.com wolfe

    On the photography: superb use of sky.

    On the narrative: the right is capturing the working class that was abandoned by corporate Democrats.

    Beck is mobilizing right wing populist sentiment with a religious and economic message, delivered to manipulate desperate people – what a sick SOB that man Beck.

    • xysea

      ITA.

  • jmac

    Beck – he’s no Michael Moore. Would the town be welcoming Moore and pay $125 to hear him speak?

    • Ken in MN

      I’m pretty sure Michael Moore would do it for free…

    • UberLib

      Michael Moore sold us out long ago.

    • NOTRahmEmanuel

      Exactly! Let’s judge Beck’s validity by scientific means: his ratings in the 55-up demo, the ease with which he calls up on-demand tears plus a certified accounting of the many millions he made last year selling an odd version of AAA salvation packaged with phony-baloney “history” lessons.

      Face it: Beck’s still a classic addict who lies with the calm skill of a professional burglar. If he hadn’t lucked his way into this TV gig, he’d still be using his talents to bum “loans” from strangers and steal valuables while staying with friends.

      Judging his veracity largely on “popularity” may be no more than a classic human failing, but it is a deadly one. Didn’t work out very well with Dubya, did it? And there’s no one to blame but ourselves. Founding fathers notwithstanding, we usually get the leaders we deserve.

  • http://www.osborneink.com/ Matt Osborne

    What an outstanding photo essay. One more piece of America destroyed by the success of resentment politics…

  • Vvoter

    $125.00 per ticket in a broke-ass town???

    It’s harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.

    Jesus’ suggestion to the rich man who asked what he must do to be saved: Sell all you have and give it to the poor.

    If I’m Glenn Beck and my eyes happen to cross paths with the Hell is Real sign, I get that quick empty feeling of Fear deep in my gut. And, as fast as I can, I chase this reality check out of my mind with a blitzkrieg of prosperity gospel pablum.

  • max berry

    I wonder if anyone will check to see how many of those $125 tickets are purchased outside of the local community. Not to cast aspersions on sold out performance, but still an interesting question.

  • http://www. Judy

    Glenn Beck, has nothing to do with the loss of jobs in Wilmingto,Ohio. Please, quit trying to blame others, I lost my job in Dayton,Oh. in a factory. When NAFTA was signed that’s win the job’s started moveing out of this country.

    • icecreammang

      Nobody in this thread, or in the photo essay here, is blaming Beck for lost jobs in Wilmington. I’ve seen lots of reading comprehension failure on the internet, but c’mon lady, please try harder.

      The blaming, if you want to call it that, is for Beck using this crushed community to sell $125.00 tickets, and books, tshirts, etc. That’s pretty damn despicable, without even getting into the stuff that comes out of his mouth.

    • thomas

      Exactly. NAFTA, China, India, the sweatshops of Juarez, and so on. What other issues people have with religion or ideology are separate from the fact that many sectors of the economy went global and most governments were either too weak or too compromised to control the process, or they eagerly got on board the free market enthusiasm train. For the rust belt of America already hit hard by the collapse of heavy industry and manufacturing, the housing collapse and current economic crisis is turning a tragedy into a catastrophe.

  • http://www. Judy

    People of Wilmington,Ohio I love your sign.

    HELL IS REAL!!!!

    From what I heard on TV, there was a lot of people who came in from all,over the country. Maybe they had $125.00? Just a throught, plus Glenn Beck brought in a lot of money into the town.

    NAFTA, did this country in!

    • g

      Glenn Beck brought in a lot of money into the town.

      Do you think so?

      Wilmington is 20 miles from Cincinnati.

      Murphy Theatre in Wilmington has 1000 seats. Do you think Wilmington has 1000 hotel beds? If you were going to the show, would you stay in Wilmington and eat at the local coffee shop, or stay in Cincinnati at a nice hotel and eat in a good restaurant (for which Cincinnati is famous)?

      At $125 a seat, that’s a sell-out gate count of $125,000.00. And that’s if it sells all at full price.

      Someone had to rent the venue. Typical rental cost for a venue that size is going to be $2000, not including labor. Someone had to hire the staff – there’s a 8 – 12 hour day for a handful of folks, so maybe a payroll of $3000.

      But for other jobs associated with the event, Wilmington may or may not have locals who can do the job. You can bet Beck’s security detail were not locals. Nor were the live broadcast techs and gear. Marketing costs – all that comes out of the take. Someone had to pay the production staff – A/V rentals.

      So probably a lot of money went into the pockets of Cincinnati marketing, production, and hospitality companies, and very little ended up in Wilmington. Maybe $10,000 – $15,000 went to the house for rent and staffing.

      How much do you suppose those 1000 people spent per head in town? One $30 book per couple? – That’s $15,000. How much of each book goes to the store?

      What about the $500 per plate breakfast? How much do you think actually went to the hotel? That hotel can’t be charging more than $25 per person for the meal.

      So help me with my math. How much money do you think Glen Beck actually brought to that town?

  • http://www.agrippinaminor.com/scarabus/ Wayne Dickson

    New website template? Not crazy about it.

    This post seems to have attracted a lot of freepers, because the level of discourse is much less civil than what one expects here. Must have triggered freeper search protocols.

    Regardless, and knowing what the freeper response will be…

    You say that Glenn Beck is erroneous and/or deliberately deceitful. Really? As if this were a newsflash? Two possibilities: (1) He’s looney. (2) He’s a conman playing the Amy McPherson shtick. I’m inclined to think he’s basically a greedy conman who’s starting to believe his own con and messianic pretensions.

    Remember that Beck has absolutely no academic credentials. He’s an autodidact (he boasts of that) who has chosen what he wishes to read, and who has never been forced to deal seriously with opposing viewpoints.

    What bothers me is that Beck’s publicity machine is suggesting that the entire town is as looney as he. Some citizens probably are. Others have just been snookered. But I’d bet a fair number are neither looney nor snookered. The town should not be blamed for what Beck unfairly ascribes to them.

  • http://www. Judy

    I think the people and the town of Wilmington,Ohio is very offended at what you said. Calling other, looney or saying they are snookered, please!

  • jungle

    serr8d: “What few of you feral, slavering (some more than others) leftists fail to comprehend is that without Capitalism, all of your hopes and dreams for social revolution fail. What is the engine that drives this great nation?”

    The people doing the work. They generate the value.

    Not the guys who make vast sums by trading that value afterwards, while portraying themselves as geese laying golden eggs.

  • JT

    serr8d, what is certain is that capital rides on the back of labor, and has throughout the ages. There is no factory without labor; there is no farming without labor; there is no service industry without labor; there is no policeforce, fire department, school system, sewer system, electrical system or any other enterprise of public necessity and good without labor. So your contention that capital drives this great nation is nonsense. It is immoral beyond words that such as you begrudge the people who actually perform the work a decent slice of the benefits and profit generated by their labor. Corporations and government never “gave” anything to the workers of this nation but endless toil and a life of poverty. No, the great middle class and elevation of workers to a position above poverty was the result of the labor struggles against corporate tyrants and their bought-and-paid-for political stooges; labor forced an elevation of their own living standards through organization and strike, often which were met with brutality and death when the government sent troops in to force them back to work in subhuman conditions. It took years of resistance to obtain better conditions, and it is due to these efforts we ever had a middle class. Read 19th century American history regarding the great labor disputes; virtually every form of labor formed unions, and each often supported the other in strikes. The recent demonization of unions by even conservative working class folks shows how disconected we are from our own history, and how successful the efforts of capital to spread disinfomation among the populace have been. We either believe in the “common good” in this country, or we do not.

  • David2010

    Something has sure as hell happened to American capitalism in the last 50 years, and it has a lot to do with executive greed at the expense of shareholders, employees, and consumers. Unless we believe that people in this class really have improved their performance by a factor of eight.

    As a multiple of the average worker’s pay, the median CEO pay has grown from a multiple of 24 times in 1965 to 50 times in 1985 to 91 times in 1995, to 194 times in 2005. It’s kept climbing.

    What to do? Beats me, but it has something to do with the board of directors of these public corporations taking charge of executive compensation and being held accountable if they don’t. A start might be a limit/or a presumption that compensation is excessive if it exceeds some multiple of the average slob’s compensation. Make people liable and reward other people for making them accountable.

    Oh, yeah, and find a foolproof way — and there are ways — to make people making more than a million bucks a year pay more in taxes, something like 50% at the margin. The United States will, one hopes, never again enjoy the economic hegemony it did after most of the rest of the developed world was devastated by World War II. But in my opinion if it doesn’t restore greater economic equality, not only the economy is at stake, but the American republic itself.

  • Puddleoffudd

    The comments from the socialists here perfectly frames the irony of Wilmington, OH.

    #1) The airport is a former Strategic Air Command base – it housed nukes. You commies and your weed puffing parents railed against this for years. Thank God for Ronald Reagan (Raygun to you anti-Americans)
    #2) In 1980, the base was bought by Airborne Freight Corporation (GASP! A capitalist organization! HuffPo loonies are reeling from the thought!) to create their sort center/hub for their newly created express business, Airborne Express. Airborne was formed in the USA in 1946. Many of its operations in larger US cities are unionized. Unionized employees go on to bomb the Philadelphia depot, intentionally mis-route customers’ packages, incorporate many slow downs year after year.
    #3)Jan 1, 1994 NAFTA is implemented, air express business continues to grow at high rates as a result of free trade. (We just lost a few Commies with that thought.) Business booms at the air express hubs of Airborne/Wilmington,OH, DHL/Cincinnati,OH, FedEx/Memphis, TN, and UPS/Louisville, KY.
    #4)In 1998, shares of DHL, originally founded in 1969 to deliver ocean freight documents between San Francisco and Honolulu (another free trade situation that created many jobs in America!) are being acquired by Deutsche Post, a former German government monopoly that was still receiving subsidies from the German people.
    #5) In 2002, Deutsche Post completes the acquisition of DHL and absorbs them into their operations (Yay! Socialists are happy that tax dollars beat out those nasty capitalists!
    #6) In 2003, DP/DHL acquires Airborne, including their Wilmington hub.(Oh boy, the Socialists just soiled themselves from overwhelming joy!)
    #7)In 2004, DP/DHL takes on FedEx and UPS in a very expensive advertising campaign, complete with $150,000,000 in TV advertising. The socialists are challenging the capitalists to a knockdown, drag out fight!
    #8)May 2008, DP/DHL announces “restructuring plans”, including terminating its own air network, and instead,contracts with competitor UPS for air operations. Its hub moves from Wilmington to Louisville. (Capitalism takes the lead)
    #9)Anti-colonialist Kenyan, er Indonesian, er Hawaiian candidate Barackackack Obummer runs anti-DP/DHL TV and radio ads: “It’s tough times. When it’s a foreign entity, coming in and sucker punching us. That’s how this felt.
    Barack Obama: I’m Barack Obama and I approved this message.” (The Socialist attacks a socialist, unionized company!)
    #10)November 2008, DP/DHL announces that it is cutting 9,500 jobs as it discontinues domestic air and ground operations within the United States to deal with economic uncertainty. It retains international services (Wee hoo! Lucky for them that free trade is still possible!)
    #11)January 2009 DHL ends domestic pick up and delivery service in the United States, effectively leaving UPS and FedEx as the two major express parcel delivery companies in the United States. (Capitalism wins over Socialism again, Shades of the Berlin Wall!)

    So for you socialists, note the irony. The people in Wilmington did a fine job for Airborne Express for many years. When a government subsidized (non-competitive) entity bought them up, and ran them into the ground, you start whining about free trade killing jobs and capitalism killing Americans. Without free trade, there would have been no Airborne, no DHL. Note that the two very capitalist companies survived and prospered. And Ohio’s new governor hopefully will wage a war on the Liberals in his state to make it competitive once again. Unions didn’t help Wilmington residents, and in fact, helped kill their jobs.

    November, 2012 isn’t far away. But January 20, 2013 can’t come soon enough to help the people of Wilmington.

    I’ll end with a peak into the near future:
    One sunny day in January, 2013 an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he’d been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.”

    The Marine looked at the man and said, “Sir, Mr. Obama is no longer president and no longer resides here.”

    The old man said, “Okay”, and walked away. The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.”

    The Marine again told the man, “Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Obama is no longer president and no longer resides here.”

    The man thanked him and, again, just walked away. The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U.S. Marine, saying “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.”

    The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, “Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Obama. I’ve told you already that Mr. Obama is no longer the president and no longer resides here. Don’t you understand?”

    The old man looked at the Marine and said, “Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it.”

    The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, “See you tomorrow, Sir.”

    Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who
    are willing to work and give it to those who are not.
    …Thomas Jefferson

    • Ian

      Jefferson never said that.

    • tinwoman

      another pontificator who doesn’t know the difference between “peak” and “peek”…..I wish these people would learn English before they get on their high horses.

    • g

      Your raving ruins your credibility. You might want to take it down a notch.

  • Puddleoffudd

    You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

    You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

    ….A wiser man than Baracacack Obummer

    • tinwoman

      These sorts of black and white statements are useless. Children, the elderly, the handicapped, and the ill cannot work and the able bodied cannot work when there is no one to employ them. Perhaps you would like to go back to the days when the helpless among us died in the ditches and on the streets, but I don’t particularly want to.

      There’s more to it than saying, “just get a job, you bum!” What do you know about everyone’s personal situation, any way?

  • tinwoman

    The irony here is that the main employer in the town, DHL, is the American adventure of Germany’s public mail service. DHL lost a bundle in the American market before, like Mercedes, they cut their losses and pulled out.

    In other words, even when they were working for DHL, the people of Wilmington were collecting government tax money–the money of German taxpayers, in this case. (DHL is now partly privatized, but I still found this pretty funny).

  • tinwoman

    One more point….this looks so much like every town in MI, that it’s scary. Only in our town, the humongous sign on the highway leading in reads “Abortion stops a beating heart”. Otherwise, looks exactly the same.

  • Otto J

    Puddleofit, what was the point of that? You can write long posts.

    Withtout unions, no middle class. History is clear on that. If history is “socialist”, then let’s imagine a different history and live happily ever after.

  • Glenn May

    On capitalism the Republicans, as they do with every topic, offer a false dichotomy. You are either for capitalism or against it, love America or hate it, are with us or against us. This can be summed up as “my way or the highway.”
    When it comes to the economy, there are different kinds of capitalism. My frothing-at-the-mouth friends may care to look at Germany, a highly regulated but unquestionably capitalist state. They invest in education. They have a strong social safety net. Workers have a voice in management decisions (most importantly, on whether to close a factory). The result: it still has a thriving manufacturing sector and we don’t. Allowing crooked U.S. CEOs to move factories overseas – for the benefit of one or two quarters of “profit” – sure has proven the best alternative, right?

  • RhZ

    Love the cutouts in the one pic. That has to be Ohio’s own Ken Blackwell, the fundamentalist politician.

    The other one seems to be McCain and Bush, although Bush looks really old there so maybe it is someone else.

    The red border or whatever the proper name is at the top of the wall takes me back. That’s got to be a vintage southern Ohio building.

    And I think we shouldn’t forget that it was the GOP that killed the DHL operation there, iirc.

  • omen

    “hell is real.”

    the first photo made me feel like a stranger in my own country.

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