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Having been born and raised in Gary, Indiana (1st 18years), I’ve lived in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area since June 2001. The similarities between Indiana and North Carolina are in most instances subtle, and in some instances striking.

Indiana, Northwest Indiana in particular, has suffered greatly due to the global economy, primarily through the loss of blue collar work in steel mills and manufacturing.

The Raleigh-Durham area is positively affected by it’s proximity to Research Triangle Parks Biomedical and Technology focused industry. These industry’s and the major banking industry presence in Charlotte has allowed both the Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte job force in North Carolina to avoid being negatively affected by the global economy.

However, rural North Carolina has been devastated by the effects of the global economy. Free trade agreements have negatively affected both North Carolina and Indiana with respects to jobs being lost to cheap labor located in places foreign to US soil.

How fitting is it that the two primary’s that I believe will decide who gets the Democrat Presidential nomination are the Indiana and North Carolina primaries.

The North Carolina voter has a unique paradox because it ecompasses voters who have not only been negatively affected by the global economy but also positively and negatively affected by the US’s global war on terror.

Eastern North Carolina is home to a vast number of US military installations such as:

The Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, NC

Fort Bragg Army Installation near Fayetteville, NC

Pope Air Force Base, Fayetteville, NC

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Installation

The US Cost Guard Installation in Elizabeth City, NC

The Marine Corps Air Station in Jacksonville, NC

While North Carolina bases have seen an increase in military manpower assigned to it’s bases (thus creating economic stimulus to the communities they surround), they have also had to deal with the loss of life and problems facing soldiers who return with mental and physical injuries associated with serving in the two wars the US is currently involved in, Afghanistan and Iraq.

While Indiana as well as other states certainly are dealing with similar issues, North Carolina is one of the epicenters for these concerns in whole US of A.

That’s actually the way I view Northwest Indiana in the area of job loss to foreign labor; an epicenter of blue collar job loss. In this area, the job losses started in the 70’s. “The Region” (as they call it) has lost, probably, over 100,000 jobs in the steel and manufacturing sectors over the past two decades. I actually believe that 100,000 would be a conservative number.

In some respects, the textile industry in North Carolina has suffered the same plight as the Northwest Indiana industries. Take a look at the following:

  • 1994—> The Uruguay Round’s Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC) requires countries like the U.S. to phase out import restrictions on textiles and apparel under MFA over the next ten years.—> NAFTA goes into effect.
  • 1999—> Burlington Industries lays off over 2000 workers in six North Carolina textile plants.
  • 2000—> President Clinton signs the Trade and Development Law of 2000. Thislaw consists of the U.S. – Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Both of these measures improve trade relations between the U.S. and countries in the Caribbean Basin and Africa.—> Shelby Yarn closes three plants in Shelby and Cherryville, North Carolina, eliminating 650 jobs.
  • 2001—> Westpoint Stevens eliminates 1250 jobs in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
  • 2003—> Kannapolis-based Pillowtex closes five North Carolina plants and eliminates over 4,000 jobs. The Raleigh News and Observer calls it “the single biggest job loss ever in North Carolina (Martinez, 2003).”
  • 2004—> U.S. Congress will be debating and voting on CAFTA, a trade agreement similar to NAFTA that includes Central American countries like El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica.—> New York financier Wilbur Ross decides to create new International Textile Group by merging bankrupt Burlington Industries and Cone Mills. The new textile giant is expected to have annual revenues of $900 million (Lunan, 2004).
  • 2005—> All textile and apparel quotas will be eliminated for 148 WTO nations under ATC.

http://www.duke.edu/web/mms190/textiles/

Since 1993, at least 13,000 jobs in North Carolina has been lost in the textile and furniture production industries due to NAFTA. Indiana has lost over 16,000 jobs to NAFTA in the motor vehicle equipment and electric equipment industries.

http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/briefingpapers_nafta01_impactstates

I dare a news media rep to go to the towns that lost these jobs and ask the ones who have lost their lively hood, if they are bitter because of free trade agreements that Billary Clinton and Dupya have signed into effect during their tenures in the White House.

I’m sure they’ll get an ear full bitterness.

Imagine what it’s going to be like when the soldiers are brought back to the US. The economy is in shambles due to Dupya’s teams financial and political ineptness. Unemployment is already high. Imagine what’s going to happen when these soldiers get back and they can’t find a job.

What if they feel they can’t get a job because of the illegal immigrant effect on the local job market.

A veteran solider is not going to work for or provide “cheap labor”.

NAFTA NEEDS TO BE RENEGOTIATED.

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The white working class “hard worker” has turned out to be a cheat AND a pedophile.

“I cannot refute anything in the story,” a tearful but resolute McCready told the Daily News, which broke the story at midnight Sunday.

In its story Monday night, sources told the News that McCready went with Clemens to his hotel room in Fort Myers, Fla., after their first meeting but that they did not have sex. The relationship turned intimate after she later moved to Nashville and became a country star, the paper said.

In a statement Monday, Clemens’ lawyer Rusty Hardin confirmed McCready was a longtime friend of Clemens and his family, but said the relationship was not sexual.

“At no time did Roger engage in any kind of inappropriate or improper relationship with her,” he said. But sources with knowledge of the relationship between the singer and Clemens say McCready has never met Roger’s wife, Debbie Clemens.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-clemens-mccready&prov=ap&type=lgns

Yea……………………………………………………..right.

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The racist wing of the Democrat Party has been exposed. Thanks Hillary. Howard Dean, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are shaking in their boots right now. They fear (should know) the racist tone of Hillary’s campaign has caused irreparable harm to what they have always come to rely on, the black vote.

They’re wondering, hoping and praying there are enough white working class people, who typically vote for Republicans, who are willing to vote Democrat come election time.

They think this because of Dupya’s tenure in the White House has made so many people in all walks of life so angry.

What will the Democrat Party do if this doesn’t happen?

I have a suggestion. Go listen to some Justin Timberlake. Cry me a river for all I care. Maybe your much sought after Hispanic constituency will/can replace us.

Oh, I forgot, the white working class don’t like them either.

Hillary, you’ve got some serious kiss-a_s’n to do to get me and the black vote back if you steal this nomination.

Do a back flip. Dance to some Ying Yang Twins. Have a press conference and talk about how your such a fan of Three Six Mafia’s music. I have no doubt that you will try something like this.

Make a fool of yourself like you’ve been doing all along. Do whatever it takes to get back into the White House.

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allows one to see that an answer is staring you right in the face. This election demonstrates how the white male vote is the most sought after vote and how it is viewed as the deciding vote . ( I guess it and the “white working class vote)

They could conceivably vote either way, Obama/Clinton/McCain. Some white men hate women so much, but also hate black people. Vice versa. Some are like this, but don’t want a Republican back in office at all costs.

Some are cherishing the opportunity to have a black elected so they can use an agenda to advance their “racism is over”, “slavery happened a long time ago”, “get over it”, “I voted for a black guy”. “How can I be racist?” (though he probably was just caught calling a black the N word in spite) stance. Trust me, you’ll hear that one a lot if Obama wins the Presidency.

And some are just plain fair minded individuals who have listened to all candidates, analyzed their performances in the race so far, and are making a decision without any other influence. ( I do believe that this type of white male exists, like I believe they exist among black voters)

I believe those of us (black voters) who identify with the later need to understand that, collectively, in order to achieve the position as a sought after voter and not one that is just pigeon holed into one category, we must do something that will show that we cannot be taken for granted.

Thats the fear of every candidate right now with respects to “the white working class” or “the white male vote”. Taking their vote for granted.

Obama has to convince them that if he gets into office, he won’t try to give handouts/special attention to black issues. They wonder, will he give away the “house”, so to speak. Will he work to try and make things harder for the working white class or white male either on purpose or for revenge (their real issue with Rev Wrights sermons I believe)? Sure, there are other things. These are just a few examples.

Clinton has to convince them that if she gets into office, there won’t be more scandals like there were in Bill’s tenure as President that caused consternation amongst Americans and partisan grid lock in congress. Concerns like “Will Bill be the next Presidencies version of Dick Cheney (#2 making all the decisions)” or “Do I even want Bill back in the White House?”, or “Can someone who has shown that she can lie about so much actually be trusted with making a decision such as answering a 3am call? Will women take over?

We can do the same with our concerns. Look at what just happened in NY (those officers getting acquitted of killing that guy on his wedding night). Surely the press, which is controlled by white males, won’t take a critical look at this verdict. It will be in the news this weekend, but come Monday, it will purposely be drowned out by articles about Rev Wright defending his sermons.

And they will get away with it. No one will ask Hillary, Obama, or McCain what they think of the verdict. BECAUSE BLACK ISSUES DON’T MATTER.

But if we throw a wrench in this election and subsequent ones, this is the only way for us to be truly respected in the 21st Century.

Just as Obama has demonstrated what we have known forever (that there are viable blacks for every facet of life concerning prosperity in this country), we need to demonstrate as voters that we are viable voters and we cannot be taken for granted.

Folks, a vote for Hillary does not demonstrate this. She has essentially discounted your vote and chalked it up to the Jesse Jackson effect (see her husbands remarks). So has everyone else. The black vote going to McCain ( if Obama does not get the nomination) brings us to the table.

It demonstrates to the Democrat party just how important our vote is to them. THEY CANNOT BEAT JOHN MCCAIN WITHOUT IT(black vote). Whether we stay home or not. ( black people will not be voting in mass or numbers needed to carry Clinton to victory because of her actions this primary season, I can assure you of this!)

I suppose staying home says something. But voting for McCain plays the game. And you can’t win if your not in the game. Your gonna get McCain as your next President if Obama does not get the Democrat nomination. Your gonna get screwed any way.

Hillary the Bosnia sniper fire liar vs. the authentic Rambo POW. Campaigning to Rocky soundtracks can’t even compete with Rambo. But a message of hope and accountability does.

And if Hillary and her supporters think they can convince blacks to stay loyale to them and the Democrat party and vote Democrat this election, they’re sorely mistaken (IF she wins the nomination, that is). The only way that happens is if, gulp, Obama agrees to become her running mate. I hope he never does that. Or, if they find some other viable black to be her running mate.

To me, when you show your “Willie Horton” ways, I’m done with you.

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I told you this was where the action was going to be……………..Gary, Indiana School Board officials are arranging for students age 18 years old and older to be bused to the voting location in Crown Point, Indiana, the place where Hillary Clinton downed a shot of Crown Royal on a campaign stop last month in front of the media.

The Mayor of Hammond, Indiana chimes in that “When you corral kids together and ship them to polling places, it’s completely unethical”.

His city hosted Hillary Clinton on March 28, 2008 and is predominantly white.

Gary Indiana has a populous of around 100,000 and most of the citizens, about 90%, are black. This means that the majority of the kids being bused are black.

The Hammond mayor further chimes in, “These kids come from the worse performing schools in the state of Indiana and WE are giving them a day off to go vote for Obama. They can vote on election day like everybody else.”

The Gary School Board trustee chimed in and said, “This is a very adequate and educational field trip to go see the voting process and have time to actually vote. It is a learning process for government economics, which is a mandatory requirement to graduate.”

Washington said Gary Lew Wallace High School students have been bused to Crown Point to vote for three years now. “The entire board thought this was a great idea. We told (Dr. Mary Steele-Agee) to make sure all the high school seniors are able to go out and vote.

“Elections Board Director Sally LaSota and Lake County Elections Supervisor Michelle Fajman said Gary school officials notified them last week all high school students registered to vote would be bused to Crown Point this week.

LaSota said they wouldn’t turn away potential voters of any age. Fajman said, “Students don’t have time before school opens on election day to vote and they have extracurricular activities at the school. I think it’s a good idea.””

This was all taken from here:

http://nwi.com/articles/2008/04/24/news/top_news/docfd54d825008dfa8586257435000a6c51.txt

Sounds like sour grapes to me. What about you?

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Abortion man? Seriously, if your trying to commit career suicide, your well on your way. I almost think you made that to show, no, I don’t know that the hell you were thinking.

I do know this, it wasn’t funny. I now put you in the category of your two ignorant younger brothers Marlon and Shawn. You guys will do anything to make a buck. You’ve got more talent then this Damon. At least I thought you did. I actually enjoyed My Wife and Kids and your characters on In Living Color.

But this? I believe the internet is the next TV (for me it has been the past 3 years). Your ruining your chance of being a trailblazer in the concept with this offensive garbage.

I got wind of your stupidity from reading another blog about your stupid abortion man episode. I surely won’t make any plans to stop by on my own after viewing that crap.

Your now in my Aun’t Hillary’s Cabin category of Negro’s.

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BLACKS SHOULD SWITCH THEIR VOTE TO JOHN MCCAIN. LETS SHOW AMERICA AND DEMOCRATS WHAT NEGLECTING OUR PEOPLE AND OUR VOTE MEANS.

LIKE WHOOPI SAYS, THE REPUBLICANS MADE THIS MESS. LET THEM FIX IT. I FOR ONE HAVE ALWAYS SAID REPUBLICAN IDEOLOGY IS FLAWED AND THE MAJORITY OF THE TIME WRONG. THEIR STANCE ON JUST ABOUT EVERY ISSUE RELATED TO LIVING DECENTLY IS FLAWED AND WRONG FOR THE AVERAGE MAN.

WHEN YOU ACTUALLY LET THEM GET THE CONTROL THEY’VE ALWAYS WANTED, THEY FU_k THINGS UP. UNTIL LAST YEAR, THEY HAD THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENCY.

WHAT DID THEY DO WITH IT. F THINGS UP!

THEIR A-HOLE TALK SHOW HOSTS AND SUPPORTERS HAVE BEEN SPOUTING THEIR “CONSERVATIVE VALUES ARE BETTER THAN YOURS” CRAP FOR DECADES.

“WHITE WORKING CLASS”, THEY TRICKED YOU INTO SUPPORTING “THEIR REVOLUTION” (CONTRACT WITH AMERICA). AND THEN THEY SCREWED YOU.

THEY DIDN’T TELL YOU IT WAS REALLY A CONTRACT WITH THEIR DONORS. TO GET GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS TO FILL THEIR PERSONAL COFFERS. TO GET YOU TO PAY $3 FOR A LOAF OF BREAD, THOUGH FARMERS (THEIR DONORS) GET A SUBSIDY FROM THE US GOVERNMENT ( THE CORPORATE FARMER MAKES MILLIONS OFF THEIR CROPS AND GET MILLIONS OF SUBSIDIES FROM THE US GOVERNMENT)

BLACKS HAVE ALWAYS GOTTEN THE SHORT END OF THE STICK IN THIS COUNTRY. MCCAIN F’ING UP THE COUNTRY EVEN MORE ALLOWS FOR THE POINT TO BE MADE.

YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE AMERICA TO GET SOMEONE IN THE PRESIDENCY THAT HAS TO ANSWER TO YOU.

OBAMA, DROP OUT. THIS ARM OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY THAT IS SUPPORTING CLINTONS RACE CARD PLAYING AS_, DOES NOT DESERVE YOU OR ANYBODY LIKE YOU.

THEY NEED TO GET WHAT THEY GOT COMING TO EM. WE’RE USED TO IT. THEIR NOT.

After this, the Republican Party will be buried. But not forever. Some of you are stupid enough to be fooled not once, not twice, not three times, but multiple times.

Your gluttons for punishment.

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