She maybe could have had a point with me, because there are single moms out there, and they need jobs, too, except she goes on to say this:
Fortunately, jobs for women can be created by concentrating on professions that build the most important infrastructure — human capital. In 2007, women were 83 percent of social workers, 94 percent of child care workers, 74 percent of education, training and library workers (including 98 percent of preschool and kindergarten teachers and 92 percent of teachers’ assistants).
The emphasis is mine, in order to draw attention to the part I object to.
One gets the feeling that whatever occupation can be found that mostly women — and few men– do, that would be the “most important” infrastructure to her.
Look, we can debate the issue on the merits, but this writer isn’t willing to, I don’t think. The fact is, there are jobs women won’t do. They tend to be the nasty, painful, difficult, risky, smelly, dirty jobs. (cue: “But changing daipers is smelly, nasty, and dirty!” Yep, and my wife wasn’t willing to do that when I was around to push the job off on, either…but that’s anecdotal reporting).
The fact is, studies have shown that women are capable of doing the physical jobs, too, they just have to do about 30% more strength-training to achieve the same level of performance. So why don’t women do these jobs, if the alternative is unemployment? Answer: because they don’t have to. Because the federal government is always willing to jump in and cast dollars on the wind to prevent discomfort for anyone…as long as votes can be bought by doing so.
Please note: that isn’t just women’s votes.
But the attitude of the author of this article is the same attitude that had my children handed over to their biological mother, despite her abandoning them, despite the Custody Evaluator saying they’d be better off with me, despite the children wanting to stay with me. (Yeah, I’m still bitter).
On there other hand, there’s this:
When the history of this awful moment of bailout hysteria is written, there’ll be a chapter or 20 on the complete bogosity of what might call “the infrastructure flim-flam”—the idea that government can boostrap the economy out its funk by hiring two guys to dig a hole and a couple more to fill it in.
Don’t you see? It’s the perfect plan!, as Batman’s Riddler might exclaim. In fact, one only wonders why they don’t hire three guys to fill the holes, thereby cutting unemployment to negative-something.
And when there’s gub’mint money to be handed out, everyone’s got their hand out:
Like Detroit’s troubled Big Three automakers, federal intervention to save the newspaper and magazine industries are highly problematic, at best. Ink-on-paper periodicals are never coming back, and it may be some time before the web can provide well-paying jobs with health benefits–if it ever will. Until then, providing some way to provide young journalists a way to get started, or displaced media workers a way to transition to new occupations, or to retirement, might help–and serve the nation in the process.