Here's a link to the original video Fox News and others are talking about, which I saw on multiple other blogs... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opxuUj6vFa4
It seems this stimulus package the government is fondling with, is proposing to push unskilled minorities into the construction trade - which will leave many "White Male Skilled Construction Workers" out of work because of their race and sex. It will instead add several untrained workers to jobs that need precision. What the heck!? For a First Black President who wants to boost racial equality and the middle class economy, he sure has a team who FOCUSES on race.
This really flustered me, because my husband is one of those "professional White Male Construction Workers" our new Chief Economic Advisor thinks unfairly dominates the construction field. He believes that there should be a designated amount of construction jobs that should go to unskilled, low income minorities - suggesting they are not already an Equal Opportunity Employer. Because this guy, Richard Reich, for some reason thinks that these white guys shouldn't hog up the new stimulus plan - and their families will be just fine living off unemployment checks, and their skills are not important right now. That low income, unskilled minorities should benefit from the stimulus package more and work on our infrastructure instead of my husband, (because he's skilled, white and male.)
Lets reflect on I-35W Bridge....
Okay, there were hundreds if not thousands of qualified construction workers (all races)in MN that were unemployed for 3 months - some 6 months - some even longer. That ridiculous company that won the bid not only charged more than the local companies that bid, but they brought mostly guys from California instead of hiring qualified locals. (Way to help the community) And in some cases, they grabbed people who stopped by to look for work, instead of choosing from those hundreds who had been on waiting on lists for that job for weeks and months. One of them was my husband!
That's the kind of government decisions being made already. What ridiculousness will this administration bring?! Does Obama agree with this weirdo?
Do you really care what the person building your bridges looks like,
or do you care how well he or she does it?
Because, really, who needs high quality infrastructure in middle income neighborhoods that have a majority of the businesses on their streets.... right? Who wants skilled workers that can complete jobs quickly with accuracy, when you can spend half the time training in new people who WILL most likely mess up something on the job - costing taxpayers more money?
What do you think? Will our government settle for less? I think this is worth screaming to the world. I think that those thousands of construction workers that pushed and pushed us to vote for Obama, are going to be very upset at this news! They voted for him simply because he is democrat, democrats who say they are union (skilled) worker supporters. I think these workers, some who happen to be white and male, deserve a chance at this work as much as any other person who's worked their butt off going to school, training, and showing up for their job. I think those low income minorities shouldn't get a handout, just because of their race, sex or disability. If my husband doesn't get on those jobs because of his race and sex, we'll be just as poor and desperate as them. - We're already borderline on our way!
Interestingly enough, Robert Reich, this Chief Economic Advisor, wrote on his own blog today:
"The way to get the economy back on track is to boost the purchasing power of the middle class. One major way to do this is to expand the percentage of working Americans in unions."
Climbing down off my pedestal for the day...
Thank you for your time,
Melissa & Tom
ADDITIONAL INFO: WHITE MALES NEED NOT APPLY
How Canada did this back in 2005.
Here's what the Contributing Editor for career issues at U.S. News & World Report has to say.