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Has anyone noticed the date of this article? It was published in March 2010, almost four years ago at the peak of the great recession. How many of those men have found jobs by now? The national unemployment rate has declined since that article was published.
One thng that was clearly stated in the article was that a lot of the job losses were in manufacturing, housing and construciton. Those are industrues where males dominate the work force. Since March 2010, the housing sector has rebounded a little with some new home construction beginning. In addition many manufacturing jobs have opened up since then as well. No doubt the figures cited in the article were taken from 2009 when many auto plants were closed completely. However by the summer of 2010, thanks to the government bail out of GM and Chrysler, those plants were re-opened.
In September 2011, President Obama proposed a comprehensive Jobs bill to congress in an address on national television. The president's proposed jobs bill would make significant investments in infrastructure repair and rebuilding. Government funding would be provided since those improvements would be public entities like replacing aging bridges, improving the aging highways and city water and sewer systems (some which are more than 100 years old). The jobs proposal from the president would have provided many well paying construction jobs and employ many of those who had been hardest hit by the recession. In addition the cost of this jobs bill would not add to the deficit. It was to be funded by increasing taxes in the wealthy, including rolling back all the Bush tax cuts for those with earnings of more than $250K. It would also have ended the carried interest deduction that enables hedge fund managers and the wealthiest (like GOP nominee Mitt Romney) to avoid taxes on large parts of their income and wealth.
But increasing taxes on the wealthy is anathema to the Republicans in congress. Those GOPers are too beholden to their wealthy donors and backers. The congressional Republicans, smelling blood and coming off their 2010 victories, didn't want anything like a comprehensive jobs bill from becoming law in time for the 2012 election. After all, if the president's jobs bill worked and did re-employ many laid off construction workers and actually improve the nation's infrastructure, it would make President Obama's chances for re-election much better.
Therefore the president's jobs bill proposal never got a hearing in the house and in fact was DOA in congress. It is my belief (and many others) that the major impediment to a lower unemployment rate and more people in the work force has been congressional obstruction from the Republican party. It is no secret that the GOP didn't want the unemployment rate to dip below 7% in 2012 since that would deprive them of a major campaign issue to use against the president.
With President Obama clearly in his second term and prevented from running again, it is high time for him to re-introduce that jobs proposal to congress and make it a major part of the Democratic party's platform in 2014. Then watch as the Republican obstructionists try and prevent it from becoming law because it calls for increasing taxes on the wealthiest.