Skip to comments.When (Inner-City) Men Won't Work
Posted on 05/17/2012 5:28:12 AM PDT by reaganaut1
It is a familiar sight here in the inner-city: young men in the prime of life aimlessly hanging out on stoops at midday, smoking and listening to hip hop music. Government statistics tell only half of the story. One in five American men does not work. It is worse in my hometown of St. Louis where the jobless rate for black men without a high school diploma reached 26 percent last year, and half of all students fail to graduate public high school. Needless to say, that is a lot of young men with nothing to do.
Many of these young layabouts find it unnecessary to work, save on those rare occasions when they need to make a fast buck. Unlike the middle-class suburbs or working class neighborhoods, it takes very few resources to get by in the ghetto. "You would be amazed at the number of persons you can cram into a small non-air-conditioned rental unit," a social worker friend tells me. Their expenses amount to little more than the clothes on their backs, bus tickets, cell phones and cigarettes. This easily can be earned by strolling down to the Temporary Labor Agency and putting in an honest day's work chopping ice or stacking brick, which leaves one free for the rest of the week. Others make a few bucks peddling dope or stealing pipe (a spray-painted sign on a nearby boarded-up building informs would-be thieves that they have already removed all the copper). A few ask for handouts. Many collect Supplemental Security Insurance for real or imagined disabilities.
Even if these aimless youth wanted to work, numerous factors militate against it. Foremost is the lack of good-paying, low-skill manufacturing jobs, the type of work that makes getting off the stoop worthwhile.
(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...
Why work when you can rob and steal? In Atlanta, great sport and profit is made from students at GSU and Georgia Tech. EVERY week an incident is reported (by law).
Too stupid to work with their brain and too lazy to work with their back.
Lucky for them, they get free food and baby mommas on Uncle’s tab, until they build up the energy to go steal something.
They’re not hungry enough.
2 Thess 3:10
...he who will not work, nor shall he eat
A laborer’s appetite works to his advantage, because his hunger drives him on.
I’d eliminate the tax on manufacturing as well. Eliminating the EPA and letting the states impose their own rational regulations wouldn’t hurt either.
We also need to find ways of encouraging self employment and small business.
I wonder why the author thinks there should be such a thing. Low-skill jobs - unless they have very demanding physical requirements, such as great strength - will naturally tend to offer low pay as well. High-paying manufacturing jobs were the result of a union-government cabal's favoring some low-skilled workers at the expense of the larger economy, both consumers and excluded workers.
Now that system has fallen, as it was always destined to. Most low-skill/low-pay jobs have been eliminated by regulation. The drive to earn a living has been crushed by handouts.
Wow, and those that do graduate still don't know anything.
You want controversy?
When they get busted, sentence them to pick lettuce. Give the legitimate "guest workers" raises, and let them "manage" the inner-city youts.
Ever wonder how much money an honest person would have to save to generate this kind of income? It's in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The way they describe it sounds like Paris or Greece or something.
This is the natural result of publik skoolz and the present kulture plus the inner city mentality against “acting white”.
The article failed to mention their greatest source of housing/food - baby mammas. Most of these gutter rats have four or five stupid women who have their babies so they can hop from bed to bed while WE pay for those women to lay around with various men, adding to their monthly support with each child that is not even raised, just allowed to grow without direction.
Within 3 blocks of the St Louis Blues Hockey Rink you will find industrious young men selling drugs.
Groups of 4 or 5 will be standing on street corners 2 blocks apart during the day as well as at night.
In broad daylight they are working and making money by standing in one spot.
You should send the author a message about that.
It’s not the lack of work experience that keeps people from hiring a laborer, it’s the lack of work ethics.
They don’t work even if you do hire them so there is no point in hiring them.
or they live with Grandma who supports 3 generations in her govt welfare apartment with her govt social security disability or other welfare check
Then baby mama gives birf to kids who get SSI for ADHD and the cycle goes on
I have a decade of experience in manufacturing.
The only applicants I get are immigrants and ex-cons.
The ex-cons normally MUST have a job as a condition of their parole. Their productivity is piddly compared to the hard working immigrants. Some of them turned out to be dangerous to the other workers so I laid them off.
I used to have a small factory in a rural area with 30% unemployment. The Foreman and I would make bets on how many hours the Anglos would work before quitting. Often the Anglos would walk off the job after a couple of hours.
Farm boys were the only decent native born workers that I ever saw, and most of them were Hispanic.
I started cutting lawns at age eight. Started working Summers and weekends at age eleven. A lot of it was hard, hot, dirty work.
Sorry to say many young people are just soft.
It doesn’t matter to them. The way they figure it, uncle Sam will continue to provide handouts. If not the gubmint, they can go to a soup kitchen. And if they come by their gains criminally, it’s a win-win: they don’t get caught, they have goods to pawn. If they DO get caught, they get three hots and a cot, an exercise yard, and they get to learn the greatness of Mohammed.
There’s nothing to incentivize them to work harder or better. Their basic needs are met: food and shelter. They go out and procreate at will with little regard for the welfare of the children.
LBJ’s “Great Society” completely destroyed any dignity left in the black community.
And they can stroll into the food kitchen and get a free meal every day of the week. The LAST time I worked at a food kitchen, it seemed like half the “customers” were healthy young men. No eye contact, no thank you, sad. I was recently in Maui and went to the Catholic church there twice. They were very proud of their outreach program which fed several hundred people every day. I was going to give them my usual weekly tithe but decided not to enable this ministry. Guess that’s why I’m an evil conservative.