By Alex Lloyd Gross
The National Electrical Contractors Association held their annual convention in Philadelphia today, October 2, 2018. They got John Dorenbos to preform. Yes, sports fans, that John Dorenbos. The former Philadelphia Eagle. He is now retired from football but he is a motivational speaker and an accomplished magician. He did more than card tricks for the people he entertained. He did mind tricks. He would have audience members call out how they were feeling and have an audience member write them down. Then, he would reveal a list he made prior to going on stage, which would be the exact same. Pretty good stuff.
The main attraction was Donald Trump. He got himself elected as the 45th President of the United States. When he took the stage, there were empty seats in every section. In the front and especially towards the back of the hall at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This does not mean the place was empty, but seats were available close to the stage. As President Trump took the microphone, he was there to talk about jobs, especially trade jobs. “I’ve put over a billion dollars towards education for vocational trades,” Trump said. He also made note that the stock market was at an all time high.
During this talk, Trump did not call Hilary “Crooked Hilary” or talk about “draining the swamp”. There were no chants and no calling the assembled press corps “Fake News”. This was the President Of the United States talking about his policy and how proud he was of what he has done.
He was preaching to the choir at this meeting. He talked about his version of healthcare and trashed the Affordable Care Act. “We got rid of the penalty, for not having insurance, it was stupid and it’s gone,” Trump said. Trump talked about his tax cuts which help some people, not everyone. A business does not have to trickle down the money to the workers. Many companies like Home Depo , for example pump that money into stock buy backs. Trump has not done anything about the poorest workers in this country. Those that make $9.00 an hour and under. He has not started any discussion on the minimum wage which is at $7.25 per hour.
That is reason enough for a group of protesters to take to the streets . While Trump and his entourage were ensconced inside the convention center, Several protest groups were making themselves heard outside. They were upset about Brett Kavanaugh , and they were upset about Trumps position on relaxing environmental standards. The Keystone Pipeline is another thing that the protesters were against. While President Trump never saw or heard the protesters, the attendees did. as they exited the building onto Broad Street, they got a chance to see one of the groups protesting.
That was enough for the protesters, who would frequently engage the attendees in profane rants and held up signs with profanity written on them. Before he left, Trump praised the electrical contractors by telling them they have no idea how valuable they are. he is correct. Without their know how and skill, America would be in the dark. For more info, to read another story check out what Levittown Now did