THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEEING FACTS AND UNDERSTANDING REASONS

The following excerpts from an article by Laura Clawson, writing for dailykos.com, are an excellent demonstration of this blog’s title.

Here, see for yourself:

Six years into recovery from the great recession, not everything is recovering like it should be. Take part-time work. Actually, you might have to take it, given the number of people involuntarily working part-time out there. And according to a recent report from the Economic Policy Institute, the high level of involuntary part-time work isn’t cyclical, created by a lagging economy. It’s becoming structural—something employers are doing on purpose even though they don’t have to. A few fun facts:

The share of people working part-time involuntarily remains at recessionary levels.   In fact, data from 2007 to 2015 show that involuntary part-time work is increasing almost five times faster than part-time work and about 18 times faster than all work.

Involuntary part-time work and its growth are concentrated in several industries that more intensively use part-time work, specifically, retail and leisure and hospitality

One thing it’s not: the Affordable Care Act’s fee for employers who don’t provide health coverage for employees working 30 or more hours a week. One thing it is, in practice: racist.

Hispanic and black workers have been hardest hit by the structural shift toward involuntary part-time work. Hispanics and blacks are relatively much more likely to be involuntarily part-time (6.8 percent and 6.3 percent respectively) than whites, of whom just 3.7 percent work part time involuntarily. 

Anyone want to place any bets on this getting better under Donald Trump? 

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Amazing.  You can read every word of this article, and you will not find even one word referencing Barack Obama.  Not his economic policies, not his immigration policies and not ObamaCare.

Here’s the news, Ms. Clawson:

-Barack Obama was the President for the past 8 years.  The “stimulus package” and ObamaCare were both passed when Mr. Obama had 60% of both houses of congress.  Therefore, if this trend continued and accelerated under his presidency, he had a little something to do with it.

-The highest taxes, greatest number of regulations and most prolific litigation opportunities of any country in the world are largely responsible for good-paying full-time jobs flying out of the United States.  Which of these did Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats do, or try to do, a thing about over these 8 years?

-The tidal wave of illegal aliens, who are willing to work for less money – very often “under the table”, therefore with no benefits, no worker protections and no taxes being paid to the government – just might have something to do with the disproportionate loss of jobs among Black citizens who, in aggregate, are significantly likely to be looking for these jobs.  That is not racism.  It is Obama-created negative economics.

-ObamaCare, which costs employees thousands of dollars for every worker who puts in 30 or more hours a week, is a major reason why many employees try not to hire full time workers.  I have heard that first-hand from workers at two different businesses in two different states.  And if I asked workers in every business I patronize, I have no doubt I would hear it over and over again – not that I need them to tell me, since it is simple common sense.

Will Donald Trump address these issues?  Fix one or more of them?  I don’t know the answer, nor does anyone else.  Not yet.

But it is impossible for him to do less than nothing about them.  Which, at the very least, puts him even with Barack Obama.

That’s worth thinking about, Mr. Clawson.  I suggest you do.

1 Comment

  • Will Donald Trump address these issues? Fix one or more of them? I don’t know the answer, nor does anyone else. Not yet.

    If allowed to do the things he says he wants to do, yes he will fix it, at least some of it. If he is able to get rid of obamacare that will get rid of the incentive to keep workers under 30 hours a week.

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