I can't say I didn't see this coming too.

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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According to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, in Charlotte, N.C., the unemployment rate for African-Americans is 19.2 percent. If you add in people who have given up looking for jobs, that number exceeds 20 percent, which, according to economists Algernon Austin and William Darity, has effectively mired blacks in a depression.

“You’re looking at a community that is economically depressed in my opinion,” Austin said. “And we need action that will address that scale of joblessness.”

Devah Pager, a sociologist at Princeton University, conducted groundbreaking research in Wisconsin and found that black men were less likely to be called back on a job application than white men with a criminal record. The statistics went like this:

Job call-backs:
White non-criminal: 34%
White criminal: 17%
Black non-criminal: 14%
Black criminal: 5%

At its convention in Boston this week, the National Urban League released a troubling report on that topic. It found that the recession has virtually wiped out all of the economic gains blacks made in the past 30 years.

During the 25 year Reagan Boom, companies tried very hard to meet EOE standards, they hired tons of Affirmative Action hires. And they learned that firing a black employee is 3 to 5 times harder than firing a white employee. If you had a black under-performer, you had a big problem.

Then the Obama Recession hit and companies were finally free to dump all of the deadwood regardless of color. But 25 years of lawsuits have taught companies a valuable lesson, don't hire a black if you can find a qualified white. Whites, Indians and Asians are easy to shit can, they don't file many lawsuits and when they do they lose.

This is the true legacy of the race pimps like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

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TomC
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written by TomC , July 29, 2011

This is obvious to an conservative, thinking type. Remove the damnable barriers to employing people. Lower or eliminate the minimum wage. Lower or eliminate mandates for ObamaCare, unemployment insurance, payroll taxes, family leave, vacation, etc., etc., etc.. Then, let business do what it does--build wealth, build services, build government revenue.

Government controls or regulates almost everything with an inflexible iron fist. Get the hell out of the way and let the market do the controlling in a more intelligent, dynamic, flexible way.

Get the government out of education, and give inner city dwellers some hope. Once a generation or two of hope sets in--it has been since the "Great Society" early 60s legislation or 3 generations--inner cities will once again be a place where businesses choose to move. This will, in turn, result in a significant change in these numbers.

What these raw statistics do not show i s the other characteristics of the populations they are looking at. Where do they live? What is their education levels? Limiting the demographics to race alone is disingenuous.



jk noreen
Law of Unintended Consequences
written by jokin , July 29, 2011

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written by TomC , July 29, 2011

"...Government controls or regulates almost everything with an inflexible iron fist. Get the hell out of the way and let the market do the controlling in a more intelligent, dynamic, flexible way.

Get the government out of education, and give inner city dwellers some hope..."

Let me expound on your excellent post TomC. The activist-interventionist government which the Progressives championed- in legitimate response to certain inequities in the aftermath of the Industrial Revolution and the post-Reconstruction Confederate states- has led to a relentless, indefatigable federal wealth-stealing behemoth, which is the prime source of the sclerotic US economic performance.

It all started when Congress granted itself new powers by reinterpreting the Commerce Clause in the Constitution, beginning with the enactment of the Interstate Commerce Act in 1887 and the Sherman Antitrust Act in 1890. By FDR and beyond, the Commerce Clause was twisted to the point that Congress has effectively abrogated the 9th and 10th amendments. This laid the groundwork for the invasion of the "ABC" agency mini-tyrannies. The IRS and Fed were the first significant mutant progeny , but the DOC's Census Bureau also began to be used by the Feds to track ethnic groups and draft dodgers in WWI. These federal power grabs laid the groundwork for today's other unaccountable law-making little gestapos peppered throughout the federal government-

EEOC
OSHA
NLRB
OFCCP
EPA
HUD
DOE

These vampire agencies suck the lifeblood from the American economic engine and Obama has pushed the ; meanwhile, the emerging competitors in Asia ( esp. India, Russia and China) have largely thrown off the chains of their 20th Century experience with Socialism. Canada has actually just CUT BY 43% the budget of it's own EPA, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, in just the most recent move by the Harper government to make Canada more competitive and is now positioned to maintain the fastest growth rate of the G-7 countries. All the while, we remain mired in the twisted Ivy League-elitist vision of the failed Western European Welfare State as the ideal.

The key word in your essay was "dynamic", modern developed economies are doomed to failure unless they become more dynamic in their ability to react to changes in market conditions. I feel that the country can not soon enough replace the entrenched, status-quo-beholden baby- boomer technocrats, as we continue our inexorable slouching towards Greece. The best thing that could happen to this country would be for Obama to be the last baby-boomer President.



jk noreen
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written by jokin , July 29, 2011

These vampire agencies suck the lifeblood from the American economic engine and Obama has pushed their "'audacity of hope and change' extra-legal terror to new levels".


Nobody
Wow
written by Nobody , July 29, 2011

Two great posts inside a week jokin'. Two little factoids 1) Selective Service still has 1,000 workers on payrole for a draft we haven't had in 40 years. 2) USDA started with 300 workers when 1/3 of the country farmed, it now has 30,000 and .3% of the country is in Ag.


jk noreen
Nobody, great points
written by jokin , July 29, 2011

I knew there were more good examples, I wonder how many little "Selective Service" dinosaurs are hiding inside each of these agency budgets, yet every political cycle, the "Waste, Fraud and Abuse" commissions either can't find them or don't put enough teeth into making the case for their elimination.

The USDA is a more problematic case as there is no doubt a cozy relationship between the Agency and corporate ag businesses, but I really like the numerical relationships you illustrated through your use of all the inverse "3s"!



Nobody
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written by Nobody , July 29, 2011

LBJ put the USDA in charge of food stamps. Insiders there saw the end coming. These bureaucrats measure themselves by headcount and budget. There is always "mission creap'.


Nobody
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written by Nobody , July 29, 2011

Creep. Corrected


Woody
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written by Woody , July 31, 2011

Enough brown nosing you two; it's getting creepy!


Barthélemy Barbancourt
How about a rebuttal?
written by Barthélemy Barbancourt , August 01, 2011

Here we have just 2 tiny examples of the massive amount of waste in government, yet every year liberals scream that any cuts will cause massive pain and agony.

We can't even cut NPR, which has admitted that they don't even need the money.

This is why many like me believe in a starve the beast philosophy. We need to cut government so drastically that government workers themselves point out waste and abuse as a way to keep their jobs. If we had a lean government, our economy would do much, much better.



Woody
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written by Woody , August 01, 2011

Alright, I'm game. I'll start with 10-20% cut across the board military spending and ending the 3 wars. That's just a start. I'm all for cutting wasteful spending coupled with revenue generating measures. We could balance the budget on 5 -10 years no problem!


Steve Anderson
Woody...
written by sanders , August 01, 2011

I agree with you totally. ( I know, I was shocked too... smilies/smiley.gif. ) 10-20% across the board. The military is not a sacred cow to all of us. There is as much waste there as any other gov't program. Another thread talked about closing bases in Europe and SE Asia. Privatizing SocSec would help too.

Where you're going to have problems is in the Health & Human Services area. People have become used to getting that check from the gov't instead of going out and working for it, and the Politicians know this. You're going to need a lot of pols with the stones to make this happen.



Woody
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written by Woody , August 01, 2011

HHS is not safe either sanders and the sad truth is that most politicians do not have the stones to make this difficult choice; at least the ones facing re-election within the collective memory timeframe of the voting public.



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