A Culture of Lies
Why don't these county officials realize that they are not only losing jobs and local business but also losing a great deal of tax revenue from constructive development and not the few low wage jobs where at least 40 percent of the people in the county have to leave the county to find employment?
One has to wonder if the people in charge of these so-called development efforts are out of touch, incompetent, or exactly what seems to be the problem. Or is it just that many of the local businesses don't want local jobs and industry to expand to protect their low wage businesses and obviously their profits. It is about the same fallacy as having chicken houses as creating local businesses when instead the county needs employers of 25 to 100 people in each town and to develop and bring a decent level of prosperity to the people. Perhaps not millionaire status, but instead where poverty isn't the rule like it is currently being forced on the population.
Some critics would say this is unfounded but it is obvious that Salem has a 40 year history of promising big things, but providing little in the way of results. Look at the alleged economic development projects that have fallen though over the years. Is it by incompetence, ignorance, and blatant stupidity? Or is it due to the fact that there is a well founded idea among many around the community that the local propagandists for low wage business aren't too high on bringing in businesses that would compete for workers, and bring some level of competitive wages and healthy economic development. While instead covering up for their friends and local low wage employers.