On CNN's "State of the Union," CNN host and chief national correspondent John King goes outside the Beltway to report on the issues affecting communities across the country. This week, King traveled to Peoria, Illinois, to explore how the recession is hitting the blue-collar town hard.
PEORIA, Illinois (CNN) - Suddenly, this city's motto rings hollow: "It's Better Here" doesn't match the mood in a place where the recession hit late but is now hitting hard.
"I just felt, I thought I couldn't lose with this company" is how Chris Guynn described his motivation for moving his wife and two children to Peoria from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Watch Economic pain in Peoria
There was a job waiting at Caterpillar, the 80-year-old heavy equipment giant, and "It was a company that you could just retire with, great pension, retirement, 401 and so on."
WHEN ARE THE REPUBLICANS GOING TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE DID NOT VOTE FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA BECAUSE HE IS BLACK. WE VOTED FOR HIM BECAUSE HE WAS THE BEST CANIDATE. THEIR NEW REPUBLICAN LEADER IS A TOKEN AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SEE WHAT THEY ARE DOING...
THE PRESIDENT HAS THE PEOPLE AT HEART WE FEEL LIKE HE
UNDERSTANDS US. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE NEVER CARED FOR ANYONE THAT DON'T LOOK LIKE THEM.
I KEEP HEARING THEM SAY THAT THEY KNOW HOW TO DO THE
STIMULUS PACKAGE, WELL IF THATS SO, WHY ARE YOU JUST NOW SPEAKING OUT? WHY DID IT TAKE THEM 8 YEARS TO TRY AND FIX IT? I SMELL A RAT....
MELONY IN THE ATL
Tell him to go to the mall that Obama wants to spend millions remodeling.
I remember a lot of nasty strikes by the Caterpiller unions over the past few years, just like the auto, airline and steel industries, the union dragged them down and now we all are going to have to pay for their greed. Look at the Boeing strike and its aftermath and the refusal of UAW to cooperate even though Bush gave them the money. Perhaps if they hadn't given so much to ACORN to elect a liberal/socialist congress and president, we would all be better off.
Caterpillar used to have a big plant in York PA until the union tried to call management's bluff in a years-long strike, but the plant closed instead. Labor's profoundly undemocratic "card check" scam would help another city get trashed. I hope The One and His Congress resists the urge to pander to labor.
welcome to the Obama depression!
You think the recession is hard now. Just wait till we have a couple of years of Social engineering by Liberals. You will find unemployment rates at 7.2 per cent low in comparison. Get used to 12 to 14 percent unemployment. The Fed jobs, however, will be growing enormously. Government big, Main street small, jobs small too, taxes high, misery index even higher.
You think the recession is hard now. Just wait till we have a couple of years of Social engineering by Liberals. You will find unemployment rates at 7.2 per cent low in comparison. Get used to 12 to 14 percent unemployment. The Fed jobs, however, will be growing enormously. Government big, Main street small, jobs small too, taxes high, misery index even higher..