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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec. 16, 2011 / 20 Kislev, 5772

The Dirty Little Secrets of American Unemployment

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Unemployment in America remains high, at about 9%. Everyone acknowledges that this is a major problem for our economy and needs to be fixed, somehow. So the question is, WHY is unemployment so high? There are a few solid reasons for this, but don't look for them to be said out loud by any political commentators, TV pundits, or politicians. Political correctness prohibits direct confrontation with the root causes of unemployment in our country today.

People long for "the good old days" when America was the leader in manufacturing and had a solid upwardly mobile middle class which enabled us to maintain the highest standard of living in the world. But those "good old days" were many decades ago, long before three factors came into play which literary changed the job market for all times. The three factors are:

1. Millions of illegal aliens entering the work force. The illegals have taken millions of entry level jobs away from young people and our less educated US citizens. They have completely dominated the food service and hotel service industries, as well as building construction, garment industry, meat packing, and just about any factory work that is still going on in our country. The influx of these millions of workers has turned many jobs that used to be good, middle-class, blue collar occupations into crappy, unskilled migrant worker jobs.

2. Women entering the work force in great numbers which has resulted in more than doubling the amount of people looking for white collar and career jobs. Just about half of the workforce today is made up of women with the probability that women will outnumber men in the near future. For most women today, getting a job is an expected part of life. In 1900, fewer than 20% of women participated in the labor market while today the number is around 75% and growing. A Bloomberg News report last year released the staggering statistics that the top female CEOs are earning more than their male counterparts.

3. Factory and manufacturing plants closing down and moving off shore due to high union worker costs and government regulations. According to a recent report on Minyanville, a financial and business web site, for most of the last century, the United States dominated global manufacturing -- no country could compete with America's output. But in recent years, industry surveys have shown a decline in most sectors as the US continues to lose its factories to cheaper labor markets overseas, and especially to China. In 2010, the report says, the last remaining American flatware factory shut its doors, as did the nation's last sardine cannery. Recent years have seen the shuttering of America's last coat hanger factory, last button down shirt factory, and the entire sheetrock-producing town of Empire, Nevada - thanks to the US housing market crash.

For more than half a century we were the global leaders in manufacturing and job creation. It was American manufacturing that helped bring down Nazi Germany and the end of World War II. It helped rebuild Europe and Japan; it enabled the United States to outlast the Soviet empire in the Cold War, and at the same time, it met all the material needs of the American people. The American middle class grew thanks to its industrial strength. Our High-paying manufacturing jobs spurred a healthy and growing economy that didn't depend on foreign nations for manufactured goods and armaments.

Products made in the USA once stood for high quality and innovation. But where are we now? Manufacturing as a share of the economy has been plummeting for decades. In 1965, manufacturing accounted for 53 percent of the economy. By 1988 it only accounted for 39 percent, and in 2004, it accounted for just 9 percent.

We've stopped making stuff here. Our military uniforms are not even completely made in the USA. Some materials are imported. Soon we won't be making anything in the USA, except maybe reality shows and tattoos. Of course the loss of our manufacturing industry translates to job losses for our citizens. According to the Economist, "For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, fewer than 10 percent of American workers are now employed in manufacturing" (Oct. 1, 2005).

But the group hit hardest by the job recession continues to be the young male workers. As reported in a November 7th article in the Wall Street Journal, "American men 25 and under face one of the toughest job markets in modern history." Ralph Catalano, a professor of public health at the University of California, Berkeley said, "We're at risk of having a generation of young males who aren't well-connected to the labor market and who don't feel strong ownership of community or society because they haven't benefitted from it."

And no, it is not the government's role to "create" jobs, as the liberals would have you believe. The best thing government can do to spur employment would be to ease up on restrictions and regulations on private industry and get the hell out of the way so that the private sector can create once again. But it all boils down to this; until we as a nation are able to talk about and confront the real causes of our unemployment problems, we will never be able to fix them and the situation will never get better.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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