American steel workers are praising President Trump’s announcement of tariffs to be imposed upon steel and aluminum imports to the U.S. in his effort to rejuvenate the nation’s production of critical materials, which are used in everything from military tanks to beer cans.
Metal workers calling in to the Alex Jones Show illuminated a variety of upsides to the President’s decision, including the explosion in job prospects and hiring, economic boon, rejuvenation of the downtrodden ‘rust belt,’ and even ramifications for the military and national security.
As manufacturing and industrial employment has been sucked overseas, once-prosperous towns filled with salt-of-the-earth American workers have been hollowed out, now stricken with poverty, drug abuse, and misery.
“People don’t understand the association of Big Steel in any community where a mill is located,” says Scott, an Indiana steelworker. “You’ve got people that sell fasteners, you’ve got people that sell office supplies, you’ve got restaurants and diners that line that area, and supermarkets – it’s all tied together. The steel mill supports so many other businesses in any community they’re in, and when that steel mill is gone, it has a huge impact on any area’s economy, any small business – it’s terrible.”
Scott points out that while the steel industry in his region of Indiana has managed to stay afloat, operations in Illinois, Ohio, Alabama, and beyond have not – leading to subsequent collapses of the local communities due to devastating economic impact.
His plant in northwest Indiana once employed 27,000 people, which shrank down to 4,000 – but it is now in the processing of rapid rehiring.
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Stephen, an Air Force veteran and steelworker from Pittsburgh, shares a similar story.
“In 2015, there was this threat of TPP – I went from a six-day workweek, down to a three-day workweek, and then a lay-off,” Stephen says. “As soon as President Trump came in, business is booming again.”
All of the steel plants around Pittsburgh had laid off employees or shut down, but new life has been breathed into them and they can’t hire fast enough, he says.
“Trump is on the right path, and he is definitely a Godsend for this entire country,” Stephen asserts. “This is what we feed our families with around here, and it’s been looking bad for a long time, but it’s finally looking up.”
Matt, a second generation steelworker from Ohio, had multiple careers in the steel and coal industries killed by authoritarian enviro-fascists like Barack Obama and his fellow travelers, but is now experiencing an occupational renaissance.
“The job I thought I had for life was shut down, but now since Trump’s been in, that mill has opened back up,” Matt says. “I went underground in the coal mines and hoped to retire there, but Obama, of course, shut that down with the war on coal policies… but coal country and steel country are just booming.”
He points out that Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Plant initiated plans to reopen – just weeks after Trump’s election in 2016.
Shockingly, the U.S. has long been importing sub-par steel from nations whose governments subsidize undercutting the cost of American production – a process known as “dumping,” which Trump vowed to combat on the campaign trail.
“It’s amazing to see a Republican president finally stand up and do what he said he was going to do,” asserts Rob, a steelworker from Indiana with nearly three decades experience. “What I’ve seen is just a huge push – we are actually almost running at capacity… We’re hiring right now. We can’t get enough people.”
There have even been speculations that President Trump is returning steel production to the U.S. as a national security measure in the likelihood of future military conflicts.
“Domestically-produced steel is a strategic asset for any country,” asserts steelworker Mark. “It was the steel industry, here in America, that actually won World War II.”
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