Oh no! A large sign promoting the candidacy of Donald Trump has been spotted at the southern entrance to Nevada County on Highway 49, further discouraging millennials from moving here.
If you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe our weather vane of political correctness, Jeff “Podunk” Pelline. Oh, the horror of it! “The sign would seem to undermine any economic development efforts to attract college-educated millennials,” he wrote in his blog.
This outrage is on a par with the poor students at Emory University who complained of being traumatized after finding “Trump 2016” chalked on sidewalks around campus. The protesters chanted “Come speak with us, we are in pain!” until Emory’s president wrote a letter promising to “honor the concerns of these students.”
Like it or not (and I don’t), Trump is going to be the nominee of the Republican Party. Barring the entry of a viable, third-party conservative candidate, The Donald is likely to get more than 40 million votes nationally in November and several million in California. Deal with it.
Podunk apparently fears his son will leave him high and dry after finishing college. “He and his friends never talk about wanting to make our county their home after college,” Podunk wrote.
That’s what the average eighth grader is thinking about, all right.
Our problem attracting young blood is not our politics–heck, Democrats now outnumber Republicans, according to the latest voter registration figures–but the lack of good-paying jobs that have a future. Our leaders seem content to parcel out meager economic development dollars to outfits that either reinforce the service economy we have, or that try to fight the economic development war with pop guns instead of howitzers.
Of course, there is the possibility our leaders like things just the way they are.