Labor Day Special

Cross-posted at the Brock Log.

From the folks at The Washington Monthly.

And it's good news for most of you: Compared to Michigan and North Carolina you're not doing so badly after all.

Other than NC being the state with the second highest reduction in median income, this map is really depressing...Out of 50 states, only 5 have shown an increase in median income over the last 6 years. That's 10% of the states. That means over the last 6 years, 90% of the nation has seen a lowering in the median income.

The current Administration has worked very hard to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

Repairing this is going to take time and it'll be hard work. The first step is to get a Democratic Congress. Step two is reinforcing the Democratic Congress in 2008 and getting a Democrat into the White House.

We have 6o days for step 1. If you're represented by a Republican in Congress running for re-election this fall, let them know that they're on notice.

We have a bit more time (790 days) for step 2. That doesn't mean we have time to waste. The day after Election Day 2006 is the day step 2 starts.

We've got to start working hard now to make the changes. We've got to get the U.S. back on the right track.


Very Nice Thomas

Thank you for posting it. I'm at Mom's and we're cooking out. I plan to give a brief rundown of the unemployment figures in the 8th CD when I get home.

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Thanks, Thomas

I cross-posted this to ScruHoo. I was taken aback by how widespread the problem had become. I had no idea.

Scrutiny Hooligans -

We should prepare ourselves

We should prepare ourselves for an onslaught of legislation designed to confuse, make dem candidates look bad, scare us and (though this one is doubtful)make pubs look good. Congress will be back in session starting today for 5 weeks, but may shorten that to 4 so they can go home and campaign. It probably won't get any more underhanded than this. No matter how good a bill sounds there will be something hidden in there that the dems absolutely will not vote for and the media will pick up on "dems do/don't support_____".

Just to share: When the sorry state of affairs is not getting media attention, I type a paragraph about it with links and asking others to write LTE's and spread the word. I go to political blogs and at just about any post I make a comment on that post and add "oh, and by the way, did you see what happened today?" then paste my paragraph. What I write will be read by thousands if I keep at it for about 2 hours. The campaign threads are very hot right now and hundreds of volunteers are reading their candidates posts, so that is the best way to spread the word on a serious issue. It is awesomely effective if there is a "petition" link, as most of the volunteers will go "vote" even if they do not have time to write their Congress person or LTE.

Isn't this internet powerful???

Now is the time for all fair dems to step up to the plate and show our Congress people that we have their backs. Catch the pubs at everything and don't let it go unnoticed!

Powerful Thomas,

didn't realize how bad things were all over. No wonder the wh has their pr team out trying to tell the sheeple that they are doing better under this regime.

are you going to cross post this at kos and dd?

Hey xdebx, good to see you here, did you see benji came by to visit too! dk2 comes in sometimes - thank you guys, you're the bestest!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Ah, go get a second job and quit yer whinin'!

At least that's what the "YerOnYerOwn" and "WeOwnYa" Societies say.

The pain of that 11.3 decrease in median income looks bad enough as it is, but it runs much deeper.

Factories have closed left and right ... furniture and textile ... and their warehouses and other support businesses. Little is there to replace those factories if I don't live where pharma related manufacturing has seen a build out over the last few years.

But here in the triangle there were huge numbers of older late-career and mid-career workers, supervisors and managers, layed off over the last 3-5 years. They are men nearing or over 50, who have a difficult time finding a decent job, and an impossible time finding anything near what they were making before. They are women nearing or over 40 who have to dye the grey and be willing to do semi-admin work if they want ANY chance of being offered that job at 2/3rds what they were making before. The most experienced (highest paid workers) go first in lay-offs. They are very often the only wage earner for their family ... close to retirement ... spouses goes back to work ... expendable income goes down ... the kids now come home to an empty house ... the years to retirement go up ... too many can no longer even see that far down the road ... we keep cars longer ... we have less health insurance or none ... we refinance our homes to lower the mortgage (how many went from fixed to variable rates?) ...

But for the GOPers, Rethugs, old-school Republicans and Libertarians ... SHSSSSHHHEHHEHEH!!!

We are workers. We are not permitted to complain. The bosses know best. We do NOT speak of these things. It's whining! Our place is to be obedient. We take what the company gives us. Paul (the Apostle) says that Christian workers are called to be good workers (slaves) -- to do our masters' bidding without complaint ... and that means being happy, darn you! So, put a sock in it. And under no circumstances is a good Christian to ever mentioning that the boss and the company are getting pay increases and making very respectable profits while we get only the profits that miraculously trickle down ... some day ... if you pray hard enough. Workers who complain about the financial success of others (the boss) are selfishness and greedy and sinful. Only the boss gets to be selfish and greedy. There's nothing wrong with greed if you're wealthy. It's only the greedy poor who are sinful. Their only acceptable avenue is to be quiet and just pray for wealth. Oh, and tithe ... they MUST tithe if they want wealth. Praying alone won't work. And now, for the offertory hymn ...

Ok. Uber-rant over. Painfully long for a comment. Apologies.

Y'all know what I'm talking about. You've been out to RedGOPerLand. The very people who are getting shat on are the very people who have been preached and "taught" into obedient servitude. The Sheeple.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."


When you compare the decreased median income with a declining unemployment rate we finally get "physical evidence" of the UNDERemployed population.

Adding insult to injury, there has been a steady increase in production levels over the last six years, so we're working harder to produce more but getting paid less and less.

Doin' a heckuva job, Bushie.

Robin Hayes Hates Puppies

Those who have jobs....

Those who have jobs are working harder to produce more and getting paid less for it....Lotta people out of work these days.

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You're right.

Unemployment statistics don't account for the millions of people who have simply stopped looking.

I read an article over the weekend about The Missing Man in the global between the ages of 30 and 54 who have dropped out of the work force because they can't find jobs.

Missing, because if you add him to the official unemployment statistics -- that is, men in this age group currently on the unemployment rolls actively looking for work -- it raises their unemployment rate substantially; to more than 13 percent of men not working in this group, up from about 5 percent since the 1960s

The article talks about who these men are:
* about 60% blue collar, high school educated and 40% with some college or a 4 year degree
* some are managers marginalized by the growing globalization of our economy
* others are 30-somethings who made it big in the Internet boom of the 90's and now wait for the next big thing

But most are

middle-age men in their late 40s and early 50s who have decades of experience, education, training and service in traditional manufacturing and service sectors who have also lost good-paying jobs, but cannot find a comparable position in today's youth-oriented, lower-paying economy

So what happens to these men with all this experience, education and training?

...wouldn't he want to build a new career from the ground up with one of those great jobs as a start?

He doesn't want that job and they don't want him either. He won't be satisfied and he will eventually find a better, good-paying job that he is qualified for and leave. Right?

No, because he is the "missing man."

Happy Labor Day, fellas.

Robin Hayes Hates Puppies

I almost posted this yesterday when it was on Kos...

but built a wall with my son instead. It was good to be out in the mud and the crud with my son. It took me back to being a kid when my Dad, brother, and I would scour the strip mines for just the right size rocks to terrace our hilly backyard for my mom. We must've hauled a score of pickup trucks full of rock and twice that of fill dirt. Of course, that was nothing compared to the 120 loads of firewood we cut, hauled, split, stacked, and carried that one summer.

: )

I guess all this talk about work, low-paying work, and the middle-class takes me back to those days.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.