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Old 09-05-2019, 03:47 PM   Topic Starter
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I think I'm almost ready to join the Yang gang?

I was kind of waiting for this Democratic monstrosity field to winnow itself down a bit, but I heard this guy today on the On Point radio show (broadcast on NPR) and he is making tons more sense to me than anyone else up there.

this was the high point of the interview for me:

"It was Donald Trump's victory in 2016, where I'd spent the previous six years running a nonprofit, Venture for America, that I'd founded that helped create thousands of jobs in places like Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland, Birmingham, New Orleans. And I was stunned by what I saw in the rest of the country where automation had decimated communities, had eliminated 4 million manufacturing jobs in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin. And then Donald Trump won in 2016, which to me was a giant red flag. It was a, 'Stop what you're doing. We just elected a narcissist, reality TV star as our president.' And tens of millions of Americans were desperate enough to think that that was the right move. And to me, it was clear that this is the manifestation of this economic transformation that we're in the midst of, that, for whatever reason, our politicians are not discussing — the elimination of these 4 million manufacturing jobs will now migrate to retail. And people who are listening to this are seeing Main Street stores close around them every single day. Call centers, fast food and then eventually hit truck driving, and being a trucker is the most common job in 29 states. There are 3 1/2 million truck drivers in the U.S.

"And so I had no intention of running for president at any point. My wife laughs about it because in some ways I make a lousy politician. But Trump wins. I say, 'OK, this is a straight automation story — that we're in the third inning of the fourth industrial revolution. No one's talking about it. We're scapegoating immigrants for problems that immigrants have next to nothing to do with.' When you're in that position, you say, 'Well, how can I, on wake up America to the fact that this is a huge transformation we're in the midst of?' Then we need to start addressing and start solving the problems in the right timeframe, given that we're five to 10 years away from robot trucks hitting the highways."



He is correct about this transformation and that no one else is talking about it because it's almost too big a subject for anyone to take on. But he's right this is happening to us nationwide and we aren't acknowledging the reality of it. Just letting Amazon and Google sort it out for the rest of us may not result in the Country we are hoping to see in 50 years.

I mean he's at 3%, so probably he's got no shot, but He has already lasted longer than some much bigger party names. What do you guys think?
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