But the resiliency of the region is extraordinary, and the rebirths of the cities of Cleveland and Pittsburgh marvelous. Eventually the high-tech community is going to figure out that industrial infrastructure and very inexpensive but excellent housing and a wonderful quality of life (with snow) is to be had on the north coast, and like Google's "snazzy new digs" in Ann Arbor , other companies will take advantage of the opportunities in the region.
Provided, that is, that there is economic growth generally, and that capital is available for expansion and innovation. A stagnant or declining economy won't allow the vast engines of economic renewal to continue the amazing growth that has marked America since Reagan's tax cuts of 1981.
This is McCain's closing argument, in PA and throughout all the battleground states: The American economy is a behemoth of progress, an extraordinary engine of progress and prosperity if it is left to work its magic. The confiscatory taxes and trade barriers pushed by Barack Obama are economy killers --and there is no doubt about this! The record of a quarter century tells us that economic growth cannot be taxed into existence, and that "spreading the wealth" decreases sharply the amount of wealth available to spread.
We are in a recession. A McCain victory means a short and shallow recession. An Obama win means a long and perhaps deep decline in economic activity.
If your retirement plan has plummeted and you want your money back.
If you suspect your home is worth less than it was in September and you want the old value back.
If you wonder what careers will be open to your children and your grandchildren, and whether the country's military and national government will work to keep those children and grandchildren safe, and you want assurances on both counts.
The you have to vote for John McCain.