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Why Would Anyone In Michigan Vote For Hillary Clinton?

Michigan lost 210,230 manufacturing jobs (or 26.3 percent) during the NAFTA-WTO period (1994-2015), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.* This figure is for total manufacturing employment, so it takes into account both jobs created by exports and jobs displaced by imports, among other causes of net job change. 

Over the entire decade, from 2000 to 2009, the state lost 805,900 jobs, or 1 in every 6 – a 17.2 percent reduction in employment. The next closest state to bleed that many jobs was Ohio, which lost 9.9 percent of Syrian refugees Michiganits jobs in those years, reported Tom Gantert, Managing Editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential. 

Nationwide, the U.S. began the decade with modest declines in employment, but then job growth picked up strongly through 2007. It fell off a cliff in 2008 and 2009; overall, the U.S. lost 786,000 jobs from 2000 to 2009.  

While the Great Recession job loss in the United States was bad, Michigan’s decline began much earlier and was catastrophic, said Gantert. The Wolverine State lost more jobs over the decade than the net job loss for the entire nation. 

At the same time this massive decline in high-paying jobs was taking place, more Syrian refugees were settled in Michigan than any other state, and more were expected to arrive last summer despite the state’s desire to restrict them. 

And, Chris Cavanaugh, director of refugee resettlement on the state’s west side for Samaritas, a Detroit-based nonprofit formerly known as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, said more Syrian refugees will be coming to Michigan soon. He said Samaritas expected to resettle more than 300 refugees in southeast Michigan between July and September. He added the nonprofit is working to expand its services in Ann Arbor to accommodate the influx. 

According to reporting by Breitbart’s Michael Patrick Leahy, bureaucrats in the State Department and the Office of Refugee Resettlement have decided that Michigan should have more refugees of all sorts, and Syrian refugees in particular. 

Five hundred more — 3,548 — arrived during the first eleven months of FY 2016 (ending August 31, 2016), according to the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. That represents a 43 percent increase over the 2,477 refugees who arrived in Michigan during the first eleven months of FY 2015; 536 arrived in the last month of that fiscal year. 

If September sees the same monthly rate, the final number of refugees resettled in Michigan will easily exceed 4,000, says Leahy and, if the Detroit News is correct, it could be as much as 5,000, though that would require a final month of more than 1,000 resettled refugees. 

Many, if not most, of these “refugees” are military-aged men from Muslim terrorist hotpots. 

Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, warned Congress last month Islamic State extremists posing as refugees “will probably attempt to ... direct attacks on the U.S. homeland in 2016,” according to Leahy’s reporting for Breitbart. 

In FY 2015, 3,013 refugees arrived in Michigan, of which 180 were from Syria, according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement. 

L. Brooks Patterson, County Executive for Michigan’s Oakland County, said allowing more refugees into the U.S. is “opening ourselves up for a tragedy.” 

“I’m just parroting what (intelligence officials) have said: That they expect terrorists to imbed with refugees and carry out an attack here, and that we can’t vet them. 

“I know some people get angry, and they say putting a stop to refugees isn’t the Christian thing to do. But I’ve got a duty to the 1.2 million people in my county to protect them.” 

All of this has caused deep resentment in a state, and especially in a community like Flint, hard hit by globalization.  

And this resentment is now beginning to affect voter attitudes in Michigan’s presidential election. 

Trump and Clinton both received 44 percent support from respondents in a poll conducted Nov. 3, which was obtained by Ted Goodman of The Daily Caller News Foundation.  

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received 4 percent support, while Green party nominee Jill Stein received 3 percent. One percent of the respondents said that they were supporting someone else, and five percent said they were still undecided. 

A poll released September 15, 2016 found that Republican Donald Trump has cut deeply into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s post-convention lead, with an exclusive new Free Press/WXYZ-TV poll showing Trump has moved closer to tying Clinton in a state that hasn't backed a Republican nominee since 1988. 

But the real bombshell for Hillary Clinton is in findings of polls on Michigan voters’ attitudes on refugee resettlement. 

In a 600-voter survey reported in September, 53 percent opposed increasing the number of refugees admitted to the United States, while only 36 percent favored an increase in admissions. 

The intensity of the local opposition to the resettlement of refugees in Michigan is one of several factors that have now turned that usually reliable blue state into the toss-up category in the November presidential election between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

Clinton vigorously supports increasing the number of refugees resettled in the United States above the FY 2016 ceiling of 85,000, and recently said she wants to increase the number of Syrian refugees resettled in the United States from the 10,000 originally planned for FY 2016 to 65,000. 

Donald Trump, in contrast, opposes increasing the annual number of refugees resettled in the United States. 

In a state hard-hit by unemployment caused by globalization importing thousands of unemployable or low-skilled “refugees” makes no sense to voters, who are looking for someone to champion their economic and cultural interests. Hillary Clinton has clearly put herself on the other side of that battle and that is a major reason why Donald Trump is surging in Michigan. 


*BLM statistics quoted by liberal think tank Public Citizen

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