I live in the rust belt. In 1976 a steel worker made about $16 per hour here. They built new homes, bought new cars, paid taxes and contributed to the local community in many ways. Today, if those jobs still existed, the same steel worker would be making about $54 per hour and enjoying a good lifestyle. Instead, that person is probably working in a big box retail store making $12 per hour with little or no benefits. Does anybody have to wonder why our standard of living continues to erode?
Parting view of Attica, Indiana.