Struggling to Survive in a Tea Party Stronghold
Defunct steel mills and automotive plants remind Lima, Ohio, of its history as an industrial stronghold. Today, many locals are right on the edge, and radical politicians seem to offer answers. The white working-class majority has a beef with the federal government over Lima’s underperforming schools, unemployment and poverty. There’s no denying that the town is still reeling from the recession, and little political relief has come its way, but there’s a danger that Tea Party politics will stigmatize welfare among those who need it most.