Donald Trump and ‘deaths of despair’ among blue-collar whites

A year before the November election, we told you that a new Princeton University study had found a riveting explanation for the curious viability of a reality TV star turned Republican presidential candidate. From then:

This will sound more than a little gruesome, but if you want to explain Donald Trump, look no further than the increasing rates of suicide and death by drugs among white, middle-aged Americans.

On Thursday, those same two Princeton academics, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, were out with a sequel to their 2015 work, published on the Brookings website:

Case and Deaton find that while midlife mortality rates continue to fall among all education classes in most of the rich world, middle-aged non-Hispanic whites in the U.S. with a high school diploma or less have experienced increasing midlife mortality since the late 1990s. This is due to both rises in the number of “deaths of despair”—death by drugs, alcohol and suicide—and to a slowdown in progress against mortality from heart disease and cancer, the two largest killers in middle age.

 

The combined effect means that mortality rates of whites with no more than a high school degree, which were around 30 percent lower than mortality rates of blacks in 1999, grew to be 30 percent higher than blacks by 2015.

Here’s the video with a more detailed explanation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56k4TCJvVZQ

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Kathleen Holloman
Kathleen Holloman

Speaking of death. What is happening to all the black girls that are missing all over the United States ? Men and boys also

Monte Poitevint
Monte Poitevint

A consideration the study did not address: flooding the country with third world workers to compete with blue collar workers and significantly drive down the wages of blue collar jobs. This is a high price to pay for Democrat imported voters.

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

And foolishly so many blue-collar workers believed the Trump lies.

Betsy Swarthout Whitley
Betsy Swarthout Whitley

The ACA provides a safety net for millions. of men, women and children, and could have been more beneficial to Georgians, had the state not refused to expand Medicaid. Georgia has one of the least healthy populations in the U.S., but Republicans thought it more important to assist ACA to fail than by helping more sick Georgians. While other state populations improved their health recently, GA did not. While other states have lower ACA costs, GA does not. Not because of ACA, but how ACA was grudgingly implemented here. Btw, yes, ACA can be improved, but not by taking from the sick and working class to give tax breaks to the rich.

Arno Alexander
Arno Alexander

You can find videos of them outright saying they would let the government fail, throwing the country into the abyss, just in pure pettiness against the ACA. It's opponents were not objective, they just did it on raw, hateful emotion... Ayn Rand would be proud of these sickos...

Betsy Swarthout Whitley
Betsy Swarthout Whitley

Yeah, most of the president's insiders have selective loyalty to the constitution and are convinced that they know better than our forefathers. They are short-sightened and certainly don't care about the average American.

Arno Alexander
Arno Alexander

I think you're sadly correct Betsy, I think they will come harder at it then ever...

Kris Henningsen
Kris Henningsen

Arno Alexander HELLO> the 3 major insurers have dropped out genius.Try and keep up

Arno Alexander
Arno Alexander

Post it for me Kris, I would like see what you're talking about.

Amanda Ruf
Amanda Ruf

Go watch more Fox News you grumpy white people. Get your despair fix.

Walter Wesley Walls
Walter Wesley Walls

So a year before the election a large part of the citizenry suffered despair. I ask this question, why does this site think it good to continue dividing the people by race? Not only does this site divide by race, this article uses wealth as a divider also. I see many posters enjoy this division, maybe they are included in one of the "protected status" groups. Only when we stop dividing the people can we all enjoy true freedom. Divide and conquer, that is the goal, many of you have taken it hook, line and sinker. Today you feel your group is on top, good for you, look closer at what's happening to this nation, you are part of it.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

White guys who voted Trump always wanted the divide.

Tracy Martin
Tracy Martin

Protected status groups? Surely you jest.

Arno Alexander
Arno Alexander

Its divided, sure, but there is a large majority of posters here that are completely ignorant and rascist...

Becky Fly
Becky Fly

They mention race and wealth because its statistically significant and relevant.

Walter Wesley Walls
Walter Wesley Walls

Sam Nicholas How can you speak for other people? Have they given their voice to you?

Walter Wesley Walls
Walter Wesley Walls

Becky Fly What you state may be true, please list some of the reasons statistics prove it. My point is segregationist need the division to continue being relevant in America. Once we are all citizens, with the law applied equally to each individual, we will be "free at last".

Billie Thomas
Billie Thomas

acknowledging the obvious is sometimes cruel...this is why we must embrace PC and any other "what if" philosophy :)

Mike L Curtiz
Mike L Curtiz

Don't stop fighting. We must protest and meet them at town halls. Force them to work with Dems to repair ACA "Obamacare" Success Stories

Charlie Martin
Charlie Martin

no dems own it so let them fix it they cant it was doomed from the start and they knew it!!!

Mike L Curtiz
Mike L Curtiz

Charlie Martin Nope--the Republicans control all three houses and couldn't get the bill passed to end it-they can no longer hide behind the democratic party. They had enough votes without dems to get it done but they can't govern.

Dan Armstrong
Dan Armstrong

Trumpcare dead. Can't do anything right republicans... loser

Steve Foster
Steve Foster

Amazing that no causation was given to the fact that so many factory jobs were lost by the blue-collar worker since '08. The American textile industry alone has ceased to exist. There is a reason for the dispair.

Becky Fly
Becky Fly

Thats been going on much longer than 08. Blame congress (both sides) that gives tax cuts to supposedly promote job growth then never ensures jobs were created. Instead the companies send jobs overseas and automate. They could try giving breaks to start ups and small businesses. I think those have a better track record of job creation

Charlie Martin
Charlie Martin

Government doesn't do anything well they are not producers but takers at the point of a gun.

Nolan Sims
Nolan Sims

what, are you looking in a mirror?