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Donald Trump, "The Man of Steel", has a collosal meltdown!

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Pollution in some of the world's largest cities was three-times worse than levels advised by the World Health Organization. This is what America's steelmaking cities looked like during the early-to-mid 20th Century. This recent photo was taken in China.
Pollution in some of the world's largest cities was three-times worse than levels advised by the World Health Organization. This is what America's steelmaking cities looked like during the early-to-mid 20th Century. This recent photo was taken in China.
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So even though Pittsburgh's doing great these days, Trump plans to MAKE PITTSBURGH GREAT AGAIN with a reintroduction of a plethora of integrated steel mills? Of course, as I've already said here, but will reiterate: A legion of mini-mills couldn't fit the design this potential tyrant has brewing inside his ever-changing, ever-spinning skull. Let's have those big Pittsburgh pollution factories disgorge air pollution all the way from Wooster, Ohio, down to Cadiz, Ohio, and maybe even into Meigs County - way, way down the Mighty Ohio River close to Charleston, W.Va. Let's have that smoke hanging over Johnstown (another steel-making mecca in a previous age), and all the way down past Wheeling, W.Va. to the direct south of Pittsburgh! Let's MAKE PITTSBURGH GREAT AGAIN by polluting the waters of the Ohio River, the Allegheny River, the Monongahela River, and while we're at it, let's throw in the Mahoning River over there in Ohio, too! Let's add that pristine and wonderful little tributary, which was at one time a protected river, Little Beaver Creek, where fishermen enjoy catching smallmouth bass and watching an occasional rare, large salamander - the timid and rarely seen Hellbender - while they wade fish in this wonderful small river. Let's make it a swamp of chemical pollution where fly ash flies up from its waters and tries to touch the sky!

For a guy who's probably never done a day of honest labor in his life, he's going to put us back to work. The fact is, Donald Trump is grasping at straws now by making these ludicrous outrageous promises - like rebuilding America with American made steel - and there is no way he'll ever be able to pull off such a stunt. All those oldtimers who call into the political talk radio shows in places like Pittsburgh, Gary, Johnstown, and Youngstown are dreaming sweet dreams when they chitter-chatter about seeing those big mills come back to town.

They ain't coming back, guys! You'd be better off hoping for a manned spaceship to fly to the Andromeda Galaxy within your lifetimes. It's over. Integrated steel mills in our domestic economy are mere lame-brained rhetoric shouted out from the lips of a very desperate potential despot who's losing by ten points now to Hillary Clinton. And if you'd see the fallacy in Donald Trump's thinking, gentlemen, next week Hillary will be up by 12 points. Maybe even 15.

In closing, I thought I'd highlight some facts from The Washington Post titled "Trump has profited from foreign labor he says is killing U.S. jobs". Writers Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger go the extra mile, where the Letterman interview of three years ago left off: "Donald Trump wanted to market a line of men's clothing that would bear his name," the article says.

"He told people working with him to help find a company known for producing quality merchandise on a mass scale. In the end, Trump signed on with Phillips-Van Heusen, a manufacturer of affordable shirts produced in factories in 85 countries," the March 13 article continues.

"The 2004 deal -- one of the first of many merchandise-licensing arrangements in which Trump attached his name to products made by foreign workers and sold in the United States -- is relevant today as the billionaire businessman wages a populist presidential campaign in which he accuses companies of killing U.S. jobs by moving manufacturing overseas to take advantage of cheap labor and lax workplace regulations," Helderman and Hamburger write.

Documents and interviews reveal the personal role Trump played in negotiating the deal. Participants said they could not recall him expressing a preference that products be made in the United States, The Washington Post reports.

"'Finding the biggest company with the best practices is what was important to him,' said Jeff Danzer, who was vice president of the company hired by Trump to broker the deal. 'Finding a company that made in America was never something that was specified," the article reads.

So if you're a Trump supporter and you are solidly sold on this MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN thing, please keep in mind that your Presidential candidate will not have the support of even the most environmentally unfriendly of all Republican leaders - as far as Trump's plans to usher back in the integrated steel-making industry. They would surely oppose such a plan for rampant pollution - from sea to shining sea. And please note, too, that this plan - economically speaking - will never work. The global and domestic steel market is just too erratic and temperamental. Venture capitalists and hungry industrial entrepreneurs will surely find such an investment in the recreation and rebirth of an integrated steel industry in America both laughable and outrageous. And all you talk radio junkies who listen to those old radios in your kitchen, have sweet dreams about the blast furnace, the orange and gray skies, and the constant smell of the most horrid of all smoke, but please be advised that you're probably not going to see three or four behemothic integrated steel mills taking up thousands of acres near the river in your city. It ain't happening baby. it's gone with the soot and grime.

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