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Friday, August 19, 2011

A BLACK FUTURE

"The problem with all these additional government jobs is that government spending does not create the economic growth needed to sustain private sector job growth."

As with all economic down turns, the one sector that does well is the federal government. The Picture of the Day for today shows an explosion of regulatory agency jobs in just the last year, while overall federal government jobs have rapidly multiplied with nearly a 12% increase while all other job sectors have dropped by about 7%.

That shows a growth in the federal government but it also brings up a troubling fact, one that is impossible to avoid in the debt and budget battles. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) touches on this fact with a recent op ed in the Wall Street Journal:
We know that our goal is to reduce spending. But we also know that America faces not just a budget deficit but also a jobs deficit. Nobody on this committee would be happy if we reduced the budget deficit but even more Americans end up losing their jobs.
The fact is, all those studies being paid for like shrimp on a treadmill and all that redundancy, duplication, and misuse of funds involves people working for a salary at the federal government.

In other words, to fix the debt, we have to lose jobs. To trim the debt down and reduce government spending to a sane and survivable level lots of federal jobs are going to be lost. That's an inevitable consequence of the federal government bloat over the last few decades; lots of new jobs added, each costing money. When you cut the spending, jobs will be lost. And because a lot of that debt was created by adding new jobs, the direct and obvious solution is to snip those jobs away.

And it gets worse. Blacks are disproportionately represented in government jobs. In fact, hiring blacks in federal jobs is so out of norm with the general population that NASA has the smallest over representation by only hiring 49% more blacks than are in the general population. Blacks make up about 10% of the United States population, but make up about 20%* of the federal government jobs according to a 2010 study by the Office of Personnel Management.

So we're faced with a brutal dilemma: in order to lighten the pressure of the federal government on the economy and businesses so both can breathe and prosper, we're going to have to slash the government down in size which will result in many people losing jobs in a time of dire unemployment. And many of those lost jobs will be black jobs.

Now, which politician wants to stand up and actually do that? Which politician will vote and fight to slash jobs and fire lots of black people? And if that actually somehow takes place, what exactly do you think will happen in the press and in black America? How do you think that will be portrayed by a media which already is incredibly hostile to the idea of cutting anything in the federal government?

How do you think black activists and opportunists such as Al Sharpton will respond to something like that?

America will burn.

Making the case that these jobs have to be sacrificed - and further never should have been created in the first place because they are a drain on the public's funds is not possible without having a platform to speak. And the legacy media, not to mention the Democratic Party its self, will make sure there is no such platform by either burying or ignoring what is said, or distorting and spinning it to destroy anyone who dares point out what must be done.

Unless these jobs are cut and government trimmed back, our debt will destroy the economy of the richest nation on earth. And make no mistake, that means depression and devestation worldwide.

I cannot see any way, short of an act of God, for this nation to get out of this trench. We had a chance years ago and instead chose to vote more people in who'd spend more and more and I think its too late now.

*Excluding USPS workers; including them, the percentage of blacks is about 18%.

**UPDATE: President Obama has ordered federal agencies to push for more ethnic diversity in their midst. Apparently double the population's rate in blacks is not enough, for him.

6 Comments:

Blogger Wahrheit said...

Cue the Götterdämmerung! Seriously, I see no flaw in your analysis.

I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin'
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin'
I saw a white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

2:29 PM, August 19, 2011  
Blogger Philip said...

The ugly little fact is that many of those jobs started as low-level (around GS-04) positions in the metro DC area about the same time as the early 90s 'peace dividend'. The problem is that twenty years later the GS-04s have either been promoted and new positions created for them, or the positions were converted to higher level ones.

4:23 PM, August 19, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shoot the looters. End of problem. Harsh? Yep. But it's what we ought to do. Otherwise we'll never get the government cut down to a size we can live with. Politically, the Republicans get maybe 5% of the black vote. They can live without it. Its the greatest good for the greatest number. Wish we still had a republic - we wouldn't have this problem. Oh well, the voters wanted a corporatist state and this is what the got. Note: I know precisely what I mean when I say corporatist. I.e. the American version of Italian Fascism. We can thank FDR for democratic corporatism. Or like me, not so much. III

6:54 PM, August 19, 2011  
Anonymous Sara said...

Nice post which The fact is, all those studies being paid for like shrimp on a treadmill and all that redundancy, duplication, and misuse of funds involves people working for a salary at the federal government. In other words, to fix the debt, we have to lose jobs. Thanks a lot for posting this article.

4:07 AM, May 07, 2012  
Anonymous Natalie said...

Nice post which So we're faced with a brutal dilemma: in order to lighten the pressure of the federal government on the economy and businesses so both can breathe and prosper, we're going to have to slash the government down in size which will result in many people losing jobs in a time of dire unemployment. And many of those lost jobs will be black jobs.

7:20 AM, May 07, 2012  
Anonymous Cindy said...

Nice article.The problem with all these additional government jobs is that government spending does not create the economic growth needed to sustain private sector job growth.
As with all economic down turns, the one sector that does well is the federal government. Thanks a lot for posting.

7:25 AM, May 07, 2012  

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