"Your insistance on wanting to know which state I live in is beside the point. "
It is the point. I don't believe you live in the Midwest.
"You want to cherry pick, and cherry picking doesn't explain why the Midwest as a region has been hallowed out, de-industrialized, and stagnant."
All explained already - globalism and Dem imposing environmental restrictions.
"The costs of healthcare, education, and housing, are all rising but wages aren't keeping pace ... and wages haven't kept pace since the 1970s."
Not true, under Trump, wage are rising faster than inflation. FACT.
"In the Midwest, yes, there are areas that are doing well, but the region as a whole is mostly stagnant -- that's the answer."
Not true. The large urban ghettos are suffering - the suburbs and rural areas are growing. Further, as stated above, we already know the cause and answer - which is why Trump is trying to rebuild the industrial base.
"Those manufacturing jobs are now gone and so is the region's vitality. What jobs are left? Mostly service oriented jobs with lower wages and no benefits."
Again, factually incorrect. Trump has grown manufacturing at 4x the rate of Obama. With tariffs in place long term, this will continue.
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It is a Trump vs. Globalist (GOP and Dem) issue. Trump is winning. Obama was gifted 0% interest rates, quantatative easing, and energy prices being halved due to fracking - and he just created low quality, part time jobs.
Obama fought fracking tooth and nail - tell me what his GDP growth would have been at $100 oil prices, electricity prices 25% higher, and no jobs in the fracking sector. Take away his 0% interest rates and tell me what his GDP growth would have been.
Obama was a disaster because he was a globalist at heart. Trump is the only politician that is different.