Thanks to a blog reader for sending us this article by C.J. Janovy about Lou’s trek to Kansas City — Middle America — in mid-October to hawk his new book. (As you know, for the record, we think it’s cheezy to hawk your own book in the course of your own gig.) Some real insights in this article:
“[I]f Dobbs’ sympathetic platitudes that night were any indication of the answers in War on the Middle Class, hardworking folks might as well save their money for this winter’s heating bill.
Backstage after the show, Dobbs [said] that his message resonated with people because ‘we’re reporting on illegal immigration, on failing public schools, on the high cost of free trade, on the role of corporate America and the outrageous cost of health care — all the American challenges…. We focus on the issues I think are critical, not on the so-called wedge issues…'” (Emphasis ours)
“Not on the wedge issues?!?” Crikey, this guy is a one-man flying wedge!
One of the many points Dobbs missed, had he decided to talk more about Kansas City than about himself, is that Kansas City is one of the first sites for the “Dream It, Do It” campaign. According to fellow blogger Bill Canis, Dream It, Do It, “Is a workforce and economic development program created by NAM and The Manufacturing Institute to help manufacturers find the skilled workers they need for expansion and to replace retiring baby boomers. In its pilot in the greater Kansas City region, Dream It, Do It advertising and community alliances increased applications to the local technical college by 35 percent. This successful initiative is now being launched in other cities around the country.”
Wonder how this bit of good news could elude Lou and his army of reporters? Truth is, if you only go looking for bad news, the great likelihood is that’s all you’ll find. It’s why every time Lou goes looking for America, he only finds more cynicism.
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