- One time you hear it and it might be an individual opinion
- Two times you hear it and it might be the viewpoint of a small group
- Three or more times you hear the same viewpoint and make note of how pervasive it is in the channels of message delivery and one has to conclude that this is how "they" think.
The question of WHO is in power during the time of their eroded permanent interests, in this case "Thriving Local Economies" which need to provide jobs provides the clearest prediction on WHAT their responses will be upon hearing news that their interests have yet again atrophied despite their best of intentions per the policy set that they have put forth.
So it is that upon hearing Friday's jobs report we have entries from several BQPFRC officials and economists suggesting that we need a surge of government venture capital that will come from debt spending to prop up the employment situation for Black Americans.
- Rep Barabra Lee Wants Federal Funds Targeted At Jobs Creation For Blacks
- In a recent blog I noted the job economics views of Julian Malveaux and Gary Flowers
- In an NPR interview with Democrat Hansen Clarke who beat Rep Kilpatrick - he too sought government jobs programs
I reported several years ago on the views of the writer of the movie "New Jack City" in which he claimed that Jim Carter's government jobs programs had Harlem humming back in the late 1970's but when Ronald Reagan came along and cut these programs - it set the stage for the crack epidemic which destroyed Harlem. Thus in his logic (and the prevailing logic as of the BQPFRC as they mention Reagan more than does Sean Hannity) the elimination of Government jobs that were funded by external forces to the community is the reason for the collapse of the economy.
We must put this into the context of local economic productivity versus the concept of nationalized commitments to standards of living. In the first construct the local eco-system is charged with ordering its resources in a manner by which its productivity is maximized. In as much as these cities were incorporated based on the view that as an entity they are able to synergize a greater level of prosperity for the masses than when they were unincorporated and then receiving their services from the county or state. The later view makes the case that beyond the local productivity shortfalls - there is a commitment to a minimum national standard, regardless of the productive order that is managed locally.
In my view as an observer and critique of the establishment machines at the local level - they assume more POWER over the key institutions in these places via promises of future prosperity if they were to be elected. Then when their take over is complete and yet the interests of our community wain they would should be put under inspection for their policies which have failed to employ the productive capacity of the local human resources are instead allowed to indict the national government and systems of corporate power for their condition. Those who are in the seats of local power instead become leaders of the protest against these national forces that have 'failed' the community. The local leader avoids any scrutiny. He is promoted as a DEFENDER of the Black interests by the prevailing Black political ideology that is in power.
The functional result of this dysfunctional system is that power is amassed yet the obligation for our employment gets shifted outward. The economic theories that these operatives put into place escape scrutiny for its failure to employ the local human resources that they have been charged to render into productivity.
How much longer can this charade continue?
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued the July jobs report showing that unemployment held steady at 9.5 percent:
“Although the private sector grew by 71,000 jobs, the overall number of jobs decreased by 131,000, resulting in the unemployment rate remaining at 9.5 percent. While some sectors of the economy continue to show signs of improvement, many continue to lag behind, underscoring the need for the government to create jobs and stimulate the economy.
“State and local governments, including public schools, have been particularly hard hit and as a result were forced to layoff 48,000 workers around the country. These layoffs not only affect the level of services local governments provide, but they also hurt local economies because in many areas, local government is one of the principal employers.
“Additionally, unemployment rates for African Americans and Latinos remain unacceptably high at 15.6 percent and 12.1 percent, respectively, and highlighting the disproportionate impact the recession has had and the need for targeted efforts to address chronic unemployment.”