Almost as if by design, working class men are being driven out of the American workforce.
Working, in America, is in decline. The share of prime-age men — those 25 to 54 years old — who are not working has more than tripled since the late 1960s, to 16 percent. More recently, since the turn of the century, the share of women without paying jobs has been rising, too. The United States, which had one of the highest employment rates among developed nations as recently as 2000, has fallen toward the bottom of the list.
As the economy slowly recovers from the Great Recession, many of those men and women are eager to find work and willing to make large sacrifices to do so. Many others, however, are choosing not to work, according to a New York Times/CBS News/Kaiser Family Foundation poll that provides a detailed look at the lives of the 30 million Americans 25 to 54 who are without jobs.
Thirty million out of work, but we’re going to give Amnesty and work permits to 11 million illegal immigrants? o_O
Both parties are complicit in this, since both parties strongly favor the import of cheap foreign labor to drive down the wages of American workers; this is called “competitiveness.” Notably, the Republicans … who are totally unwilling to fight for border security, but really went to the wall on the CRomnibus to make sure Megabanks could gamble in derivatives with taxpayer money. The Democrats also foster an environment of over-regulation and Government micromanagement, an uncompetitive tax regime, and onerous union rules (it’s not really the wages, it’s the inefficient work rules that kill manufacturing)… all of which have driven good-paying manufacturing jobs out of the country.
Sadly, the only Republican who actually has a handle on this is Rick Santorum, who made rebuilding the manufacturing sector the centerpiece of his failed presidential campaign. But he is, of course, unelectable, because Dan Savage hates him.