Robert Reich: Keep stimulus money away from skilled workers and white male construction workers
REICH: I am concerned, as Im sure many of you are, that these jobs not simply go to high-skilled people who are already professionals or to white male construction workersI have nothing against white male construction workers, Im just saying there are other people who have needs as well.
Yes, God forbid the jobs go to people with track records and experience. God forbid we judge stimulus recipients on the content of their resumes as opposed to the color of their skin.
There are other people who have needs as well.
Spoken like a true-blue wealth redistributor. The needs (read: demands) of politically protected minorities trump the need for competently build roads and bridges.
Rep. Charlie Rangel then chimes in to kvetch about how governors need to be forced to comply with formulas that earmark the stimulus money based on color-coded needs.
Obama adviser: White males need not apply Robert Reich tells House panel stimulus package should emphasize 'social return' over worker skill
Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary under President Clinton, was speaking to the House Steering and Policy Committee Jan. 7 about funding infrastructure projects across the nation.
"It seems to me that infrastructure spending is a very important and good way of stimulating the economy. The challenge will be to do it quickly, to find projects that can be done that will have a high social return, that also can be done with the greatest speed possible," Reich said.
"I am concerned, as I'm sure many of you are, that these jobs not simply go to high skilled people who are already professionals or to white male construction workers," he said.