Trump Inaugural Address Promises to Give Power Back to the People

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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January 23, 2017

During the Trump inauguration ceremonies, announcers made much ado of outgoing Vice President Joe Biden taking Amtrak back home to Wilmington, Delaware. Reportedly nicknamed “Amtrak Joe,” and in keeping with his alleged “man of the people” reputation, Biden when he was a Senator commuted daily between the capital and his Delaware residence.

Trenton, N.J., once a vibrant industrial hub, is now
a gang-infested, burnt-out wasteland.

Maybe if Biden had looked out the window on his train travels he would have been inspired to help struggling workers instead of being an unbending advocate for amnesty, outsourcing and more immigration. Biden’s NumbersUSA immigration grade is F-.

The train Biden rides originates in New York’s Penn Station, and I’ve ridden it hundreds of times when I went back and forth between Manhattan and D.C. The Amtrak route goes through some of the nation’s most economically depressed cities: Newark, Trenton, Philadelphia and other cities that President Donald Trump noted in his inaugural speech are dotted with closed, “rusted-out factories,” “struggling families” and “forgotten men and women.” The machine shops, rubber plants and steel mills are long gone. And along with the vanished industries also went the good jobs where employees who couldn’t afford a college education could still earn a middle-class wage.

The hollowing-out of these once productive Northeast Corridor cities cannot all be laid on the Obama administration, although it did nothing to reverse the trend. The decay began 30 years ago, and persisted through Republican and Democratic White Houses. As Trump expressed it during his speech, “Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.”

CAPS will be closely monitoring President Trump’s actions to ensure that he keeps his promise to Americans that he will be “transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American people.”

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