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Why Some Would Rather Curse the Darkness . . .

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             There seems to be a growing romanticism that serves politicians well when talking to citizens of the Rust Belt.

As I traveled through Pennsylvania, I couldn’t help but noticed the overpowering fear that gripped the people I spoke to. Across the hall from me, a group consisting of two families had taken what seemed like refuge, in one room of the hotel. It was the only way . . . they could afford to give their children, one-day of enjoyment over the spring break.

I met a young woman, who works two jobs and attends college, in order to make a better life for her two kids. I was drawn into a conversation with a couple that had moved from New Jersey to Pennsylvania and were now in danger of losing their home.

The economy in Pennsylvania has been transitioning from an industrial state to an information driven one for the last twenty years. Yet, some would rather curse the darkness, as opposed to getting a bigger breaker to provide more light.

 Pennsylvanians have been characterized as simple, hard working individuals, who despise politicians with flowery speech. This portrayal has led some politicians to believe that they can easily be duped— into casting their votes for anyone promising to restore jobs to the Rust Belt . . . re-establishing their way of life.

What they failed to realize is that the economy has been the bedrock of previous political campaigns. All across Pennsylvania, young people are crying out for a “Change We Can Believe In.”

They have been energized and await the opportunity for their voices to be heard come election time. On April 22, Pennsylvania will host the largest of the remaining contests, which has given politicians a chance to outline their promises.

The emphasis has shifted from global and industrial policies to household economics: subprime mortgages, the rising cost of healthcare, gas prices, supermarket costs, and student loans interest rates.

While one candidate talks about changing the way things are done, the other speaks of bringing back jobs to the Rust Belt.

Which can make good on their promise?

If the empty park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which was supposed to be filled with the laughter of Catholic and Protestant children, is any indication—bringing back jobs, restoring a way of life, for most Pennsylvanians . . . sounds like another hollow promise.

Bradley Booth/Freelance Commercial Writer/Author


Written by BBooth

April 12, 2008 at 12:30 pm

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