Heartland Must Embrace The Innovation Economy

July 30, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence came to Newark to “get out the vote” for Troy Balderson in the upcoming 12thcongressional district special election (August 7). Analysis can’t help wonder “why Newark?” Speculative guess would be that Newark was the safest venue – all the downtown construction limits the entrance/egress routes thereby making for a veritable fortress of security. Another possibility would be that Zanesville and Mansfield are too much on the periphery, while Delaware is too iffy politically, and might only reinforce the image of the GOP as the party of wealth. The online Newark Advocate gave 40 photos of the event. Keeping with the trend of current day lean journalistic austerity, roughly half the photos were of the event, half were of the demonstration that greeted it (a twofer coverage of one event). But a critique of the media is too EZ. It was what the images showed that was intriguing. 17 were very carefully crafted, professional quality images of the Veep, with and without Balderson (ya gotta appreciate the lighting and pitch black background). Two of those were of GOP Party Chair Jane Timken. Anyone tracking the aesthetic of TV ads, of and by candidate Troy, would have to admit that The Saint came off looking pretty good in those photos. Then there were the crowd shots, both of supporters as well as demonstrators. Analysis would have liked to have seen more showing the faces of those who RSVP’d their support. Only six images gave the faithful, one of which was just a sign. In almost all of the “other side’s” 17 images, the demonstrators were clearly recognizable. Analysis would indicate this to be the 21stcentury variant on “the silent majority.” Only in this case, the GOP is the faceless majority. Analysis would surmise a proxy preference for Fox and Friends or Hannity (or a faceless radio voice). What wasn’t seen in either, would be a preponderance of young faces. Where were they? Academicians who study such things have an inside joke about 1968, the year of young people and workers in the streets of cities worldwide. “The revolution was in 1968. We lost.” So where were the young people, both physically as well as spiritually? An article by Peter Krouse in today’s cleveland.com sheds some light on that (7-31-18), Ohio and heartland must embrace the “innovation economy,” reports says. “Clearly, Ohio can do better, and can take steps to improve its standing, according to the report by the Walton Family Foundation of Bentonville, Ark., entitled, “The American Heartland’s Position in the Innovation Economy.”” You remember the Walton’s of Bentonville? No, not the TV ones but the Walmart owners, richest family in America (far outstripping the Koch’s, Mars’s and Cargill’s). “That index looks at data in five areas, including research and development inputs, risk capital and entrepreneurial infrastructure, human capital Investment, technology and science workforce and technology concentration and dynamism. That last item represents the increase in high-tech firms compared with all new businesses.” Clearly the missing young people chose to embrace the innovation economy. Their absence was more than excusable. They must have been too preoccupied pursuing their passion as human capital. To paraphrase the antique Peter, Paul and Mary song – Where have all the young people gone, long time passing? Gone to embrace the innovation economy, every one. Analysis finds no need to indicate the song’s last line.


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