>If you're a high school dropout and your dad and grandad spent their entire lives working in that mill,
If you went to school and became an engineer, millwright, or toolmaker or machinist (which you /also/ need besides just machine operators to run a manufacturing business) or a computing professionals (Database admin, IT, and probably a couple of programmers, some of whom are probably the aformentioned millwrights, toolmakers, machinists and engineers) or accountant, you were also SOL.
Manufacturing doesn't just employ "high school dropouts." It employs a bunch of people with 2 and 4 year degrees and 4-5 year apprenticeships.
And all that shit has gone to China.
That's why people cheered when Trump said he was against TPP and that NAFTA was a raw deal and why people like me (a toolmaker) who are /liberal/ saw Clinton's pick of Tim Kaine as a giant middle finger. (I couldn't bring myself to vote for Clinton. I wound up voting for Stein instead. Because, what the hell, I may as well contribute to a possible 5% vote for the greens instead of wasting my vote).
And with all that manufacturing going to China, so will the management. All those people /also/ with 4 year degrees are SOL.
And all the "free trade" assholes don't see /any/ of this as harmful.
Free trade isn't fair trade, and the election of Trump is "calling bullshit" on the whole concept of "free trade" because it was never "free" in the first place and the neoliberal fuckfaces like the Clintons never bothered with fair trade because it didn't line the pockets of their donors. If you can't have actual "free trade" then "fair trade" is what you should strive for, but according to the globalist neoliberals, we should /never/ have that. Because it cuts out arbitrage. Because arbitrage what matters most in society.
"Free Trade" doesn't exist. It is a mythical construct like a unicorn or like a friction-free inclined plane in physics.