To win over the “flyover states” Amazon and big companies need to create jobs there, according to Bill Maher host of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.”
Creating 25,000 jobs in a state such as Nebraska would bring an economic boom for depressed cities, and would bring in upscale restaurants and shopping centers, and increase diversity.
On its face that sounds good. More jobs, more interaction with different people, and different ideas. However, it presupposes that voters in the primarily Red states are “jealous” of the economic prosperity of Blue states.
It also assumes that those small towns want a big corporation coming in. Many, small towns and cities are proud of their homegrown businesses and jobs and fight to keep it that way. Even in New York, there are countless numbers of towns and villages that have fought to keep Wal-Mart and other big name stores from coming to their town.
There are hundreds of cities and towns across the country that would have like to have Amazon open its new headquarters there. However, to make a blanket statement that the rest of the country is jealous of the lifestyle promoted on TV is ridiculous and shows how little the Left understands about Middle American and with what low esteem they hold large swaths of the country.
It’s a notion that hearkens back to days of imperialism when European nations sought to conquer and pacify native populations: We’re smarter and better than these people so we need to bring our culture to them and then they will be more like us.
If this is the view that liberals have of Middle America, they will continue to face disappointment in elections for decades.
The people living in Nebraska aren’t some primitive, secluded tribe that split off from a larger, glorious kingdom, thousands of years ago as you would see in a Hollywood movie.
They’re real people with real lives just trying to make the best of their situation. Yet that is the attitude that an unfortunate amount of liberals seem to hold towards them.
Liberals insist on telling Americans that their dream of drinking coffee, eating avocado toast at their hipster cafes in Manhattan and going to art galleries or museums, is “the good life” and “sophisticated.”
What Maher left out is the high cost of living associated with those large metropolitan areas, and assumes that money and material goods buy happiness.
For the rich and powerful, Maher’s vision of life in liberal cities may apply. However, for most of Americans, even those living in New York and California, Maher’s vision is just a dream — or if they are living it, they’re desperately waiting for their next paycheck and hoping their car doesn’t break down.
Conspicuously absent from Maher’s monologue is the fact that New York state has dropped from the 3rd most populous state in the union to the 4th. This year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is facing a multi-billion dollar tax revenue shortfall because of the thousands of New Yorkers who have left the state in search of less regulation, a lower cost of living, and better jobs.
Broadcasting from his California studio, Maher demonstrated that he has not the slightest inclination as to why voters in rural America voted for Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
What was supposed to be an ingenious call for unity, to help lift up the rest of the country, was merely a condescending, elitist monologue which played upon stereotypes of conservative voters.