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Left Behind America 

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The economic and social forces shaping Dayton, Ohio, a once booming city that now struggles to recover in the post-recession economy.


Shimon Dotan


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Episode credited cast:
Mark Bernstein Mark Bernstein ... Self - Historian and author
Priyanka Boghani Priyanka Boghani ... Self - Reporter
Joseph Bohbot Joseph Bohbot ... Self - Narrator
Rodney Brickey Rodney Brickey ... Self - Assistant Manager, Fuyao
Sarah Childress Sarah Childress ... Self - Reporter
Cherish Cronmiller Cherish Cronmiller ... Self - CEO, Miami Valley Comm. Action Partnership
Christopher Croom Christopher Croom ... Self - Medical Director, Promise to Hope (as Christopher Croom M.D.)
Krys Davidson Krys Davidson ... Self - Community Enterprises, St. Vincent de Paul
Rana Foroohar ... Self - Associate Editor, Financial Times
Jacob Hacker Jacob Hacker ... Self - Yale University (as Prof. Jacob S. Hacker)
Taylor Hardy Taylor Hardy ... Self
Kent Harshbarger Kent Harshbarger ... Self - Coroner, Montgomery County (as Kent Harshbarger M.D.)
Jeff Hoagland Jeff Hoagland ... Self - Pres., Dayton Development Coalition
Josh Hunter Josh Hunter ... Self
Sunnie Lain Sunnie Lain ... Self - Director of Outreach, St. Vincent de Paul


The economic and social forces shaping Dayton, Ohio, a once booming city that now struggles to recover in the post-recession economy.

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It's not the jobs, it's the wages
12 September 2018 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This episode of Frontline zeroes in on the city of Dayton, Ohio, once a center of manufacturing, now pretty much left destitute, especially since the onset of the Great Recession (it was a Depression, seriously!) and the exit of the two big employers left in the area, GM and National Cash Register.

Fifty years ago this city was a bustling community with good jobs where stores stayed open at night to accommodate the citizens with their wallets full of cash. Now there are many neighborhoods in Dayton where there is not even a grocery store.

Jobs have returned to the area, and several manufacturing plants have opened, some foreign owned. The thing is, these jobs pay poorly. Yes some of the companies have trouble finding employees - this is not a sign of a great employment market, it is just a sign that all of the jobs, including those looking for employees, are paying so poorly that they are really no competition for people who are already working for ten bucks an hour.

There was a couple with two children, both worked two jobs, had food stamps for their kids, and still needed to go to the local food pantry to have enough to eat. One woman who worked at the food pantry mentioned that many people coming to pick up their food would say that they had to pick up at a certain time because they had to go to work. Employment is not the problem here. A living wage is.

If you ever scratch your head and ask yourself how Donald Trump could have happened, watch this and see how he likely tapped into the rage of people like the ones shown in this episode, even if he really had no solutions. At least he admitted there was a problem.

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