Need to Know, March 2, 2012: ‘Help Wanted’ in Ohio

This week's host Maria Hinojosa.

In an updated “Help Wanted” edition of Need to Know, correspondent John Larson reports from Ohio about whether recent economic gains have changed the fortunes of four people – with jobs — who suffered greatly during the great recession that began in 2008. Among those profiled are a factory supervisor who now works the overnight shift after being unemployed more than a year, a-full-time teacher who now earns half as much and no longer has benefits, and a husband-wife team of electricians who have had trouble getting work or securing loans, despite very high credit scores.

What’s on this week:

The state of Ohio

Need to Know profiles four struggling Ohioans and asks how recent improvements in the economy might affect their votes this year. Ohio is considered one of the few most important battleground states.

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Comments

  • Lewisph

    I think that President Obama has done the best he could given the fact that the Republicans have tried to block everything that was suggested to help  the working class.  Their (republicans) concern is to keep giving to the wealthy and so well to everyone else.  I have no problem with people acculmating wealth, but greediness is something different.  The amount of monies that has been spent in this primary is sad,  where were the corps. and big spenders  when American needed them. 
    President Obama knows what it is like to live in the real world, but more than that he truly cares about us that live in the real world.

  • Santa Fe voter

    I cannot find your survey – however, I cannot rate President Obama’s policies, because he has not been allowed to implement them.  when he has, as in the auto industry, they worked.  Every economist in the country will tell you to spend your way out of a recession and pay the coffers back when the good times roll.  All of the Republican candidates with the exception of Ron Paul represent the 1% – I am supporting President Obama as he is working towards the kind of country I want to live in “inclusive” as oppsoed to “exclusive

  • Granmam

    I agree wholeheartedly. The President should be given the opportunity to continue his work. If he is fortunate, and we are too, we will get enough independent voters to support him, as well.

    Washington State voter

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TCWAYT5OWSCGSV4H7KVEIZZVBU Don Mosebar

    This program is one that has been repeated a lot since 2008. I am in Canada and the recession wasn’t as severe or as long as the one the USA experienced. I feel for the people featured in this week’s report but I am also surprised at how SURPRISED they are at their respective predicaments. An older man with health problems let go by his former manufacturing company? Yep, my province Ontario used to be the manufacturing engine of the Canadian economy and was a force to be reckoned with in North America. We frequently outperformed American plants for quality of production of automobiles/trucks/minivans from Ford and GM and Chrysler who set up shop here. That sector along with many other manufacturing related industries have been devastated by the free trade policies instituted in the 80`s. The jobs went elsewhere in a hurry. That guy with the heart problem should in NO WAY have been blindsided. He should read the papers and stop watching FoxNews. Sorry, but he’s a Republican who believes “government should be run like a business” Errrr…no it should not. It should be run for the benefit of the most people, not the few 1% who were born on 3rd base and think they hit a triple. For too long working people don’t understand the changes being made  at the corporate level in most countries is not about doing what’s good for the USA or Canada. It’s done for the good of international corporate earnings and for the good of. international shareholders.Globalization has destroyed the middle class in the USA and its doing the same here in Canada. Only the greedy and self absorbed survive..and only when they have rich parents, it would seem

    The teacher in this segment seems to be under the same “it can never happen to me” delusion many people have. Why? Is it because it was happening to steelworkers and other people first and she couldn’t see the steamroller heading towards anyone in America with ANY security (union job, pension, sick days, health insurance, seniority) This is the master plan, kiddies. Make you a wage slave who they can replace at ANY time..at their discretion..and they hold that fear over you so you don’t ever complain. You get sick, you get dumped. They LOVE paying pennies to Chinese ex-farmers and illiterate 3rd world people of every description. Why shouldn’t they bring the same wonderful ideas home to America? There’s absolutely no reason at all not to. And they are doing it while you fight over abortion, illegal immigration, and other divisive social issues that matter not a whit to the powers that be..the corporate class with access to every sweat shop on this earth’s surface. Keep talking about that stuff while they busily build a modern version of the movie “Metropolis”. It’s happening and it doesn’t matter who you elect. Obama turned to the same crooks and conscience-less creeps from Wall St. to run his economic policy who ran the USA economy off the rails and nearly caused a second “great depression” . He’s a nice guy who trusts the wrong people.

    OK..too much writing tonight..take care America…great people..but you have been taken to the cleaners and now you are waking up to that fact. The view isn’t pretty and it’s going to be hard to restore the middle class. Someone smarter than me will have to figure it out.

  • Paul

    I realize, i’m a moderate rep. I can see the difference’s between the 2 parties when I talk w/ people or listen to my neighbor or local rep. or senator. When they get to d.c. I can’t tell the diff., it doesn’t matter what party.
    I would like to see us, We The People, BOYCOTT this election. Our politicans have know desire to lsten to us. I personally have decided they don’t deserve my vote. I know, i know, “if you don’t vote then don’t complain”. I get it,  I do, I am among the first of 18 yr. olds to have the privilege to vote. I have never taken it lightly. The government just loves spending our money on pissing contests. I.m seriously tired of them using Social Security, Welfare, Medicade, Medicare, as a whipping boy! Why can’t they look in their own mirror and find what’s wrong. They try to make “entitlement” a dirty word. They been trying to prepare us for this, if you go back to at least the 80′s I guess. Remember “don’t touch the thrid rail”? That’s what they have been talking about. If the gov. turns its back on the millions of retirees then they risk…… You fill in the blank.

  • Matt

    I think there should be a TV show called “Under-cover Politician” patterned after “Under-cover Boss”. He or she would walk a mile in their constituants shoes and be forced to learn a little about what they go through on a daily basis instead of just the photo-ops they usually do at these workplaces and at the end reveal their identity to everyone there and tell what they learned and how they will help change their plite in the future. All this would be caught on camera and hopefully we would see some tears and expressions of “I had no Idea”. This may embarrass them a little but not change them, but I think I would enjoy watching it.  

  • Anonymous

    I’m afraid you stand to be disillusioned about Ron Paul. He, too, works for the 1%. He masks that under his insistent mantra of “individual liberties,” but if you read all the literature he generated in promotion of his financial enterprise a number of years ago, you’d have to realize “individual liberty” really means uninhibited right to profiteer even off of others’ misfortune.

    A number of commentators have noted that, even with all the mud being slung every which way among the GOP primary candidates, there is suspicious silence between Romney and Paul. These commentators are putting it together — and I understand why — that Paul’s job is to corral his loyal following into a solid bloc, which he will then deliver to Romney at the appropriate time. And Romney, of course, is the very voice of the interests of the 1% personified.

  • Bill

     They have succeeded in making “liberal” a dirty word, so why not “entitlement”?  Personally, i am so cynical i think the whole point of “privatization” is to maximize profits for the CEO’s while minimizing the pay and eliminating the benefits of employees.  Breaking public employee unions in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana is just the first wave of right-wing fascism begun in the 2010 elections.  Stay home on election day at your own peril.

  • Bill

     Wow, your comment would make me proud to be an American, except you are Canadian, so you get it while many Americans still don’t.  America was founded to be more like the ideals you aspire to, like universal health care — a public service, not a profit center.  Words cannot describe the ill that FOX news spreads in this country.  I often wish America had “truth in broadcasting” laws as they do in England — U.K. citizens have every right to peacefully protest their government policies; they don’t seem to lose any freedom of speech without the rumor-and-fear-mongering propaganda of a FOX news.  People like you restore my faith in humanity.

  • Bill

     @MaineCoon: Ron Paul may be a case of “The True Believer” matching up with the interests of the top 1% by coincidence, not by design.  At least, Ron Paul is truly getting small contributions (he brags about the contributions he gets from enlisted military personnel), in contrast with the billionaires throwing millions of dollars into Romney, GetRich, and Santorum super PACs.

    “I get the feeling, though, that it [$8 million contributions] will be dismissed as merely a group
    of cranks sending in their last lint-covered pennies. It’s not. It
    represents an investment by people in what he believes, even though a
    lot of what he believes is a few parsecs removed from the orbit of
    common sense.” :-)
    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/ron-paul-campaign-donations-6506196#ixzz1oH3Zu4UJ

  • Bill

    You are right, Lewis — how soon we forget what destruction George W. Bush did from 2001-2008.  I’m not an Obama fan-boy, but the Republican candidates scare me (even if they are just pandering to their base, you have to think they will try to keep some of their promises if they get elected).  If history is any indication, i think any of them would bomb Iran in a heartbeat, just to obliterate the subject of economic inequality from the news cycle.  (Except Ron Paul, who wants to get out of Afghanistan right away, which doesn’t sound all that crazy to me :-)

  • Bill

    You are right, Lewis — how soon we forget what destruction George W. Bush did from 2001-2008.  I’m not an Obama fan-boy, but the Republican candidates scare me (even if they are just pandering to their base, you have to think they will try to keep some of their promises if they get elected).  If history is any indication, i think any of them would bomb Iran in a heartbeat, just to obliterate the subject of economic inequality from the news cycle.  (Except Ron Paul, who wants to get out of Afghanistan right away, which doesn’t sound all that crazy to me :-)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TCWAYT5OWSCGSV4H7KVEIZZVBU Don Mosebar

    Bill…that was a very nice thing to say. I know my rant came off a little strong but its my blue collar roots showing. I am a white collar worker but all my family worked or are working in the steel plants and ironworking jobs of what seems like another era of prosperity. I get angry when I see how systematic and thought out the pillaging of good jobs has been since the 80`s. There’s always hope though..as long as people realize they have power to change the status quo. The first step is education,,then understanding and then devising strategies. Earlier generations in both our proud countries brought us many of the good things we take for granted and some of them are being lost.I see a lot of motivated young people coming up who will take up the fight and won’t be pigeonholed into the left/right dynamic that ultimately creates two camps of haters. That has to change.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TCWAYT5OWSCGSV4H7KVEIZZVBU Don Mosebar

    Bill…that was a very nice thing to say. I know my rant came off a little strong but its my blue collar roots showing. I am a white collar worker but all my family worked or are working in the steel plants and ironworking jobs of what seems like another era of prosperity. I get angry when I see how systematic and thought out the pillaging of good jobs has been since the 80`s. There’s always hope though..as long as people realize they have power to change the status quo. The first step is education,,then understanding and then devising strategies. Earlier generations in both our proud countries brought us many of the good things we take for granted and some of them are being lost.I see a lot of motivated young people coming up who will take up the fight and won’t be pigeonholed into the left/right dynamic that ultimately creates two camps of haters. That has to change.

  • http://www.facebook.com/haveatisue Linda Tisue

    Did these people belong to a union?  Maybe if the unions were stronger in the U.S., maybe companies would’t be able to run roughshod over workers.