The Myth and Reality of the Rust Belt

Experts: Luis Lázaro Tijerina

When I was in the United States Army, I bought one of the last Winchester rifles made with U.S. steel.  However, that rife was not produced in the central Midwest, but in the state of Connecticut, which could be associated with the Northeast part of the United States, the last borderline states of what is commonly called the Rust Belt.  To create a practical metaphor for the decline of the steel industry in the Midwest and Northeast part of the United States, it is best to think of a soldier going into battle against an invader with an ammo belt full of rusted casings across his chest that are going to be useless to him once the rounds are put into the firing chamber, because they won’t actually fire when most needed.  In a word, the steel product is only as good as the steel industry that creates it.  We all know that the overused cliché “Guns and Butter” concerns not only necessary products in industrial states but also such products that can only be produced through the infrastructure of stable domestic industries that give rise to economic and social stability for the working classes.

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