This one reference in yesterday’s State of the State should have been a major news story:
Hamilton, Ohio. ThyssenKrupp – big steel people. They were going to move their shock absorbers to Mexico. Not only are they not moving them because we got down there and worked with them–not only are they not moving to Mexico – they are moving people from Mexico to Hamilton, Ohio to make shock absorbers at ThyssenKrupp.
That’s Governor John Kasich calling JobsOhio a success for keeping a plant in Ohio by giving it incentives… to bring in Mexican workers?
Hamilton is in Butler County, where I live. Here’s what the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services says is the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Butler County is:
In other words, unemployment in Butler County is higher than it is in the State overall. Unemployment in the City of Hamilton is at 8.7%, even higher than the county’s. Already this month (one week end) and Butler County has been the subject of two WARN mass layoff notices concerns the loss of nearly 400 jobs.
Oh, and to add one more layer to this, meet Butler County Richard Jones who publicly models himself from… Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Now granted, the employees being brought to this plant in Hamilton are entering the country legally. But Butler County is a deeply red county that the politics of anti-immigration runs white hot (emphasis on white). It’s a county that was doing well until the housing bubble popped, and now finds itself going from below average unemployment to above the State’s average.
What I’m getting at is: