Monday, March 1, 2010
"The Democrats loss of the Massachusetts Senate seat long held by Teddy Kennedy has driven Washington, which had spent most of the last couple of years worrying about subsidizing Wall Street and socializing health care, into finally starting to think about jobs. ... 'In November, 19.4 percent on all men in their prime working years, 25 to 54, did not have jobs., the highest figure since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the statistic in 1948.' ... Last Tuesday, Ed [Rubenstein] reported that Hispanic employment is up 22.4 percent since January 2001, while non-Hispanic employment is down 2.5 percent. ... According to [Don] Peck, high unemployment means marriage rates will decline further. ... Affordable family formation--the observation that America has been a relatively happy place because marriage and children were made affordable by our historical legacy of abundant, and thus cheap, land plus scarce, and thus well-paid workers--is the oldest social science theory in American history. ... W. Bradford Wilcox, head of U of Virginia's National Marriage Project asserts, "We could be headed in a direction where, among elites, marriage and family are conventional, but for substantial portions of society, life is more matriarchial.' 'Matriarchial' is a euphemism for the kind of familial disorder that plagues black America, the Carribean, and Sub-Saharan Africa. ... Peck concludes: 'We are living through a slow-motion social catastrophe, one that could stain our culture and weaken our nation for many, many years to come.' ... First, he cites sociologist William Julius Wilson's research on the disastrous ramifications of black men exiting the work force. (In 1960, 90 percent of black men were employed versus only 76 percent in prosperous 2000.)', Steve Sailer at Vdare, 14 February 2010, link:
Did the black male employment rate fall after 1960? Didn't 1964's Civil Rights Act ... ? In 1960 about 23% of Negroes as they were then called were born out-of-wedlock. Now it's 71%. What made Negro families less stable than they were 50 years ago? Worse, this family instability is spreading to the white working-class. Harvard professor Kathryn Edin notes, "These white working-class communities ... they're just in terrible straits. I hang around these neighborhoods in South Philadelphia, and I think, 'This is beginning to look like the black inner-city neighborhoods we've been studying for the past 20 years'." If that don't beat all. A Harvard professor can see what's plainly to be seen. Now will "He" actually do something about one "driver" behind this, immigration, legal and illegal?