Whites Need Not Apply for Obama's Racist Stimulus Package
If this had been said about blacks and Hispanics, it's racism. But just like voting for a president because he is black isn't racist, and against him for being black is racist, far-left anti-white racism shows once again the double standard they adhere to. Date: 1/7/2009
LOU DOBBS, HOST: Astonishing remarks today on the stimulus package, the remarks coming from one of the president's more influential advisers outside government, Robert Reich. Reich saying in a committee meeting earlier this month that race would play a large role in determining who would benefit from the economic stimulus package. His comments came in remarks to a top-level committee of congressional Democrats, comments ignored by the national mainstream media. Let's hear what he said.
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ROBERT REICH, FORMER LABOR SECRETARY: I am concerned, as I'm sure many of you are, that these jobs not simply go to high skilled people who are already professionals or to white male construction workers. I have nothing against white male construction workers. I'm just saying that there are a lot of other people who have needs as well.
And therefore, in my remarks, I have suggested to you, and I'm certainly happy to talk about it more, ways in which the money can be -- criteria can be set so that the money does go to others. The long- term unemployed, minorities, women, people who are not necessarily construction workers or high skilled professionals.
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DOBBS: Extraordinary set of possible criteria to be applied to an infrastructure and economic stimulus plan. Reich apparently doesn't believe government money should be allocated on the basis of need or skills, but by something else entirely. And that leaves open the question, I think it's a question that it is shouting is, what in the world is he thinking. Reich is a former labor secretary in the Clinton administration. A well documented liberal who obviously is not resisting the temptation to inject group and identity economics into group and identity politics that affects all Americans irrespective of race or ethnicity.
Some are claiming Reich is being taken out of context. Is he? From Reich' own website after the fact which is not what he said in public:
Thursday, January 08, 2009 The Stimulus: How to Create Jobs Without Them All Going to Skilled Professionals and White Male Construction Workers
The stimulus plan will create jobs repairing and upgrading the nation's roads, bridges, ports, levees, water and sewage system, public-transit systems, electricity grid, and schools. And it will kick-start alternative, non-fossil based sources of energy (wind, solar, geothermal, and so on); new health-care information systems; and universal broadband Internet access.
It's a two-fer: lots of new jobs, and investments in the nation's future productivity.
But if there aren't enough skilled professionals to do the jobs involving new technologies, the stimulus will just increase the wages of the professionals who already have the right skills rather than generate many new jobs in these fields. And if construction jobs go mainly to white males who already dominate the construction trades, many people who need jobs the most -- women, minorities, and the poor and long-term unemployed -- will be shut out.
What to do? There's no easy solution to either dilemma. But there's no reason to think about "green jobs" as simply high-tech. Many low-income and low-skilled workers -- women as well as men -- could be put directly to work providing homes and businesses with more efficient and renewable heating, lighting, cooling, and refrigeration systems; installing solar panels and efficient photovoltaic systems; rehabilitating and renovating old properties, and improving recycling systems. "Green Jobs Corps" teams could be trained to evaluate and advise homeowners and businesses on these and other means of conserving energy.
People can be trained relatively quickly for these sorts of jobs, as well as many infrastructure j0bs generated by the stimulus -- installing new pipes for water and sewage systems, repairing and upgrading equipment, basic construction -- but contractors have to be nudged both to provide the training and to do the hiring.
I'd suggest that all contracts entered into with stimulus funds require contractors to provide at least 20 percent of jobs to the long-term unemployed and to people with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. And at least 2 percent of project funds should be allocated to such training. In addition, advantage should be taken of buildings trades apprenticeships -- witch must be fully available to women and minorities.
Countering Reich's Lies
Lie #1, "if construction jobs go mainly to white males who already dominate the construction trades..." Wrong. The construction industry has been dominated by illegal aliens, mostly Hispanics. This has depressed wages and driven mainly white workers in to poverty and unemployment. In fact contractors use illegal aliens to undercut legal employers and workers. Wages had fallen in much of the construction industry even before the recent market debacle.
Lie #2, "But there's no reason to think about "green jobs" as simply high-tech. Many low-income and low-skilled workers..." He contradicts his previous statement. If most of these in fact are low-skilled and already held by many illegal aliens, why do they need to see white workers are locked out? What does any of this have to do with roads and bridges?
Lie #3 "could be put directly to work providing homes and businesses with more efficient and renewable heating, lighting, cooling, and refrigeration systems; installing solar panels and efficient photovoltaic systems; rehabilitating and renovating old properties..." I have news for Mr. Reich, a college academic that has never worked a real private-sector job and knows nothing about construction trades. What he lists does require skills and local laws in nearly every case require those doing the work to be licensed. And exactly whose homes are going to get all of this expensive upgrades and who will pay the cost? Most of this is nonsense because most alternative energy scams are too costly and inefficient.
What is he planning to do? Install $100,000 in costly "eco" technology in a $30,000 house? What will really happen is government subsidized pork will cost other workers their jobs. I forgot, they're all white, so it's OK.
Reich is another liberal racist and as usual is out of touch with reality. And why doesn't Reich and the Democrats demand that illegal aliens be barred from these new jobs? To quote the Washington Post August 31, 2005:
The poverty rate climbed in 2004 to 12.7 percent, from 12.5 percent in 2003 -- the fourth year in a row that (white) poverty has risen. The increase was borne completely by non-Hispanic whites, the only ethnic group that saw its poverty rate rise. The percentage of whites in poverty rose from 8.2 percent in 2003 to 8.6 percent...