Skip to comments.No Country for Burly Men (why stimulus not working)
Posted on 06/20/2009 4:33:21 PM PDT by reaganaut1
A "man-cession." That's what some economists are starting to call it. Of the 5.7 million jobs Americans lost between December 2007 and May 2009, nearly 80 percent had been held by men. Mark Perry, an economist at the University of Michigan, characterizes the recession as a "downturn" for women but a "catastrophe" for men.
Men are bearing the brunt of the current economic crisis because they predominate in manufacturing and construction, the hardest-hit sectors, which have lost more than 3 million jobs since December 2007. Women, by contrast, are a majority in recession-resistant fields such as education and health care, which gained 588,000 jobs during the same period. Rescuing hundreds of thousands of unemployed crane operators, welders, production line managers, and machine setters was never going to be easy. But the concerted opposition of several powerful women's groups has made it all but impossible. Consider what just happened with the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Last November, President-elect Obama addressed the devastation in the construction and manufacturing industries by proposing an ambitious New Deal-like program to rebuild the nation's infrastructure. He called for a two-year "shovel ready" stimulus program to modernize roads, bridges, schools, electrical grids, public transportation, and dams and made reinvigorating the hardest-hit sectors of the economy the goal of the legislation that would become the recovery act.
Women's groups were appalled. Grids? Dams? Opinion pieces immediately appeared in major newspapers with titles like "Where are the New Jobs for Women?" and "The Macho Stimulus Plan."
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As the good liberal Robert Reich said, we can’t just give jobs to white male construction workers. We have to do social engineering with Porkulus, he said.
Why didn’t Porkulus create tons of new jobs? Why is Joe Biden allowed to say we guessed wrong on unemployment, when his administration pushed hard for Porkulus to create jobs on shovel ready projects?????
At what point does this administration take responsibility for things that happen in reaction their policies??????
“Men are bearing the brunt of the current economic crisis because they predominate in manufacturing and construction...”
When it finally becomes absolutely impossible to build ANYTHING in this country, through attrition and lost infrastructure, we’ll see what an “economic downturn” RAELLY looks like...
If it had to be spent, and I'm convinced of that, it would have been much better spent rebuilding bridges,roads and power plants.
There is a present need for infrastructure — $1 trillion for that would have made a lot more sense than where it is going to.
When those men decide to take to the streets..they will shake this country. They aren’t just white men..they are black, hispanic and asian.
White men decide the election results.
I’m looking forward to next fall.
How long will Gandy remain "gleeful" as the economy continues to spiral down the commode, because the market will have its way in spite of the best laid plans.
I know it sounds whiny but its the truth - guys had better get it thru their heads that they stand a very good chance of losing a war they haven't even shown up to fight.
DH and I counted up the unemployed at church. All are men who worked in construction or manufacturing. Most have young children at home.
Husband worked in manufacturing for 27 years, all 7 plants in this area went to Brazil.
Luckily, a very nice Freeper is hiring in Kentucky and we are arranging transportation for an interview there (van is reliable, but only vehicle large enough to transport all children at once. Truck unreliable, but if he takes the van, I won’t have a way to get kids around)
So if nothing comes up soon, we are renting a car.
Ben Just where did it go? does anyone really know?
I hear only 3-5% has been spent so far.
Someone mentioned the number of men out of work at church, I, too, see a large percentage of men out of work in my congregation. I cannot remember a single woman out of a job, for most of these women work either in hospitals or government schools. In the near future, the government will be the largest employer in the United States. We can all look forward to sharing in the poverty of a socialist society. Once we go to socialized medicine, the population will be forced to submit to having their lives run by the federal government.
Over my dead body.
The rest goes to ACORN for "organizing" the 2012 election.
The quickest way to produce more jobs in this country is to weed out every illegal alien who works here and deport them.
The irony of following such a policy, which Democrats would never do, is that the group that would gain the most jobs by following such a policy would be African Americans.
Here in NYC illegals work in high paying factory jobs, health care and the food service industry. Another industry where they predominate is the non-union construction industry.
Without illegals many private contractors who pay their help daily, in cash, would be forced to hire American citizens, many of them African Americans and they would probably never get away with paying them $7-10 an hour. Sure they would probably continue paying them off the books but I’d rather see Americans get that money instead of a third of it being wired every week to Mexico, Jamaica, Ireland, the former Soviet Republics, the Dominican Republic or Haiti.
I know someone who works in the NY Dept of Labor and he told me something I was totally unaware of. Of the above mentioned illegals he tells me that the largest growing population of illegals here in NYC are now Russians (mostly from the republics of the former Soviet Union) and Irish.
That comes after socialized medicine.
Someone should ask Zero,again,why we aren’t drilling in the
Gulf and building those 100 nuke plants we so desperately need!
Russians are all over the Keys as well, most reliable work force down here.
The stimulus doesn’t have to “work”. The “leadership” can merely decalre that it “is working”, and the sheeple will comply accordingly.
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