The federal government should establish a National Investment Employment Corps offering all citizens 18 years of age and above an employment guarantee at a minimum salary of $20,000 with $10,000 in benefits
If on April 14th, you find yourself standing on the edge of a bridge looking down into the swift waters wondering whether you should jump or go to the White Privilege Conference at the University of Colorado... you should probably jump.
Anyone who invokes a claim of White Privilege is already a racist. Holding a conference on the topic of why some people are evil based on the color of their skin with the backing of the University of Denver and Goddard College is like a Klan rally being held at MIT. The White Privilege Conference is predictably backed by the Seattle Housing Authority, which has been going rather crazy lately. And even more predictably, most of these social justice projects are really about the money.
The theme of the White Privilege Conference is "The Color of Money: Reclaiming our Humanity." It's the money part that really matters because 99% of these racial social justice gimmicks are about ways to drag more money out of the government for the benefit of hucksters running social justice organizations.
There's a reason that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton will never have to work for a living and they have a legion of imitators promising social justice at cut rate prices.
The White Privilege Conference stays true to its name by offering the next generation of radical money grabs for social justice.
And what does that mean? Government guaranteed jobs.
That's right. They're guaranteed. They're from the government. How can this go wrong?
The federal government should establish a National Investment Employment Corps offering all citizens 18 years of age and above an employment guarantee at a minimum salary of $20,000 with $10,000 in benefits, including medical coverage and retirement support. An upper bound estimate of the expense of the program can be established by putting all 15 million persons unemployed at the peak of this crisis at a mean salary of $40,000, inclusive of materials and equipment per worker, with $10,000 in benefits. The total compensation package would amount to $750 billion,
Well that's great. Only 3/4 of a trillion a year at a time when we're already running trillion dollar deficits each year. And we can't afford to subsidize the guaranteed jobs at the Post Office anymore.
But what would the people at these Guaranteed Government Jobs do? Besides take money from people who actually go to work.
This could include the construction, staffing and provision of high quality preschools, computer repair, upgrade and maintenance, sanitation workers, flood and other disaster service workers in hospitals and schools, and the extension, repair and maintenance of the public transportation infrastructure
So we're going to put 15 million people to work renovating preschools, providing disaster relief and fixing roads?
Even though Obama has spent the last four years shrieking that all our bridges are about to fall down, I really think 15 million people are a bit much for that.
With 15 million people we could build a build a bridge to China.
And at some point all the preschools will be finally renovated. The infrastructure will be in decent enough shape that the existing maintenance crews can take care of it and there won't be a large enough disaster that 15 million people will be needed to clean up for it.
And then what will that 15 million people do?
But think of it as an investment
Furthermore, the income paid to the employees of the National Investment Employment Corps would restore tax bases at the state and municipal levels, alleviating their current budget crises
So the taxpayers will pay 3/4 of a trillion dollars to people to renovate preschools and these people will barely make enough money from the government to pay taxes on... but this will somehow restore the tax base?
I'm not sure that even Paul Krugman could get behind this math.
But if Gov.Jobs.Bankruptcy doesn't thrill you, there's a Baby Bond, which I would be very surprised if Obama didn't propose in a future State of the Union address, to redistribute wealth over to minority children from birth.
We are not optimistic about the public will to directly address the racial wealth gap. Indeed, the surge in the post-racial perspective has moved the public sentiment strongly away from race specific social policies. But all is not lost. Since the distributions of white and non-white wealth are so disparate—85% of black families have wealth holdings below the median white family—wealth can be an effective non-race based instrument to eliminate racial inequality. A shift from an income based means test to a wealth based means test for transfer programs.
The Savings for Education, Entrepreneurship, and Down-payment (SEED) initiative which establishes Children’s Development Accounts (CDA) (what Manny Marable refers to as “Baby Bonds”) to create endowed trusts for children at birth.
The United Kingdom has moved beyond the demonstration stage. Beginning in 2005, every newborn in the UK receives a trust ranging from 250 to 500 pounds depending on familial resources.
Every year since 2004 the American Savings for Personal Investment Retirement and Education (ASPIRE) is introduced in congress to established universal CDAs in the U.S. (see Sherraden2009 for more details). Since the nation’s black president eschews race specific policies, perhaps a strongly amended ASPIRE bill designed to progressively distribute funds based on familial net worth can be the policy that enables him to “bind…[black America’s] grievances … to the larger aspirations of all Americans.”
We envision a “baby bond” plan of much greater scale and magnitude—progressively rising to $50,000 or $60,000 for children in families in the lowest wealth quartile and accessible once the child turns 18 years of age.
...the baby bond program would cost about $60 billion per annum
No reason this can't work. I mean most lottery winners do well with their money. Dumping 60 grand on an 18-year-old kid whose big dream until this point was to be a rap star can't possibly go wrong.
For anyone keeping track, we just passed 800 billion dollars in social justice spending.
And if blowing 60 billion a year, that we don't have, so a bunch of 18 year olds can have the best summer of their lives doesn't appeal to your deep sense of white guilt, how about attacking the axes of ability?
The White Privilege Conference journal will be taking an axe to all the axes of privilege. That includes ability. What, you didn't know your ability was an axe, you ax?
Like the WPC, the journal is committed to examining not only white privilege and oppression, but the intersections of systems of privilege based on race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, ability, nationality, and other axes of inequality.
I want to hear about more religious privilege, but I want to hear even more about ability privilege. And if you want to learn more about why you should feel ashamed at your skin color, religion, gender, nationality, sexuality, ability to get up out of bed in the morning...
... come to the White Privilege Conference and Matrix Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. It's got the word Matrix in it, so it's bound to be good.
If you don't go, you're racist.