This week, the little town of Oakboro, NC, located in Stanly County in the 8th district where I’m running for Congress, got walloped with a huge economic disaster, and nobody seems to be talking about it in the media beyond the local Stanly County paper. Cap Yarns, LLC, is shuttering their Oakboro factory and consolidating operations with their headquarters operation in Clover, SC.
129 jobs in Oakboro, a town with under 2,000 people and under 800 households, just went POOF, largely due to Donald Trump’s trade war with China. This facility was obviously a major local employer, and the spillover effects are going to fall like dominoes on the heads of a lot of good, hardworking people in this little town and the surrounding areas.
It’s not fair. It’s not right. I mean, can you imagine how devastating it would be if this happened in your town? There’s not a single household in a community that tiny, who won’t feel the sting of this at least a little bit. I am beside myself at the thought of all the families whose lives are going to suddenly begin unraveling after they lose one or both breadwinner jobs.
I sure didn’t hear about this from current 8th district incumbent Richard Hudson, though. I don’t think he knows or cares that 129 of his constituents got a pink slip today. He’s too busy affixing his lips to the derrière of the Orange One, so he can keep getting VIP seats to the Trump hate rallies, I guess. Frankly, I’m not even sure he knows Oakboro is in his district.
I found out about this a while back, because my own business is going to feel the ripple effects from this too. You see, in my private citizen life, when I’m not out campaigning, I have a small IT business, and Cap Yarns in Oakboro is one of my clients and I’m going to feel this too. My family is going to feel this along with those 129 families.
Thanks again, #TrumpTariffs !
In case y’all haven’t heard, yesterday, the Trump Regime said Americans were “loaded up with money” from his tax scam and Mike Pence said the average America income has “increased by $5,000.”
I wonder if Americans, in Oakboro, NC, know about this? I’m also wondering how many of them ended up with a surprise tax bill this spring instead of a refund?
Mike Pence doesn’t want to talk about that, though, and neither does the incumbent in Congress who’s supposed to be watching out for them. There’s a small handful of fat cats living it up thanks to that Republican Tax Scam, but that’s about it. The rest of us are struggling to pay Santa Claus 10% more for Christmas this year, thanks to the #TrumpTariffs.
It’s just another example of Trump’s #cookedbookseconomy and what Pence is claiming is probably some rhetorical sleight of hand from the “taxable” income amounts increasing - because of all the deductions they took away from regular middle class people. Is he bragging about effectively jacking up taxes on people?
But know this, everyone: when I get to Washington, I plan to remember my constituents in the teeny-tiny town of Oakboro, and that they need a hand up after this economic catastrophe. Maybe the current Republican incumbent has forgotten Oakboro, but I won’t forget.
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