Casinos Fail Old Industrial Towns

By: Monday December 1, 2014 12:00 pm

It wasn’t just a business, it was a way of life– what residents of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania referred to simply as “The Steel”– a mill once America’s second largest steel producer with 31,500 souls working in a single facility.

 

Movie Review: “Braddock America”

By: Saturday November 22, 2014 7:00 pm

“Braddock, America” is a feature length documentary now in limited release set in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a former steel town now left to literally rust away to hell. Like so, so many other towns in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and throughout the Midwest, Braddock began life in the 19th century as just a place along a mighty river, surrounded by coal. Then Andrew Carnegie built a state-of-the-art steel mill. George Westinghouse followed suit and constructed his first plant in a valley adjacent to the Monongahela River. For the decades that followed, the Monongahela valley was the industrial pulse of a growing America. Most of the steel that made the United States the world’s leading industrial nation, steel for train tracks, cars, the girders of the then world’s tallest skyscrapers, was made in places like Braddock.

The Gift America Needs Most: Manufacturing

By: Tuesday December 22, 2009 4:40 pm

The gift this country needs most this holiday season is an economy built on a solid foundation, one that will provide middle class, family-supporting jobs now and into the future. Not more fancy derivatives, this economy needs basic manufacturing.

Hell No! We Won’t Send Our Tax Dollars to China

By: Friday November 6, 2009 5:00 pm

A consortium wants half a billion in U.S. Stimulus money to create 2,000 Chinese jobs making turbines in Shenyang for a wind farm in West Texas. We’ve outsourced factories, technology and jobs. We must hold the line at off-shoring our tax dollars.

Buy American Opponents: Un-American

By: Thursday February 5, 2009 1:24 pm

What do Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have in common?

They both oppose provisions in the economic recovery package that would ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent on products that are made in America—to the maximum extent possible. The Buy America provision survived the Senate debate last night, despite attempts to kill it by someone who consistently wraps himself in the American flag: Sen. John McCain.

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