Friday, December 04, 2009

Who destroyed the Middle Class? The men that feminists raised.

Warning: this post is not politically correct.

This article I'm excerpting is an exercise in reading between the lines. And what it doesn't say is just as important economically for American households as what it does say.

The Huffington Post
America Without a Middle Class
Elizabeth Warren
[Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to oversee the banking bailouts]
Posted: December 3, 2009 10:00 AM

...Today, one in five Americans is unemployed, underemployed or just plain out of work. One in nine families can't make the minimum payment on their credit cards. One in eight mortgages is in default or foreclosure. One in eight Americans is on food stamps. More than 120,000 families are filing for bankruptcy every month. The economic crisis has wiped more than $5 trillion from pensions and savings, has left family balance sheets upside down, and threatens to put ten million homeowners out on the street...

...The crisis facing the middle class started more than a generation ago. Even as productivity rose, the wages of the average fully-employed male have been flat since the 1970s.

...To cope, millions of families put a second parent into the workforce. But higher housing and medical costs combined with new expenses for child care, the costs of a second car to get to work and higher taxes combined to squeeze families even harder. Even with two incomes, they tightened their belts. Families today spend less than they did a generation ago on food, clothing, furniture, appliances, and other flexible purchases -- but it hasn't been enough to save them. Today's families have spent all their income, have spent all their savings, and have gone into debt to pay for college, to cover serious medical problems, and just to stay afloat a little while longer...

...Families understand with crystalline clarity that the rules they have played by are not the same rules that govern Wall Street. They understand that no American family is "too big to fail." They recognize that business models have shifted and that big banks are pulling out all the stops to squeeze families and boost revenues. They understand that their economic security is under assault and that leaving consumer debt effectively unregulated does not work.

...And if those practices crush millions more families, who cares -- so long as the profits stay high and the bonuses keep coming.

America today has plenty of rich and super-rich. But it has far more families who did all the right things, but who still have no real security. Going to college and finding a good job no longer guarantee economic safety. Paying for a child's education and setting aside enough for a decent retirement have become distant dreams. Tens of millions of once-secure middle class families now live paycheck to paycheck, watching as their debts pile up and worrying about whether a pink slip or a bad diagnosis will send them hurtling over an economic cliff.

America without a strong middle class? Unthinkable, but the once-solid foundation is shaking.

Ms. Warren has her cause and effect confused here. Men's salaries have stayed flat in part BECAUSE women entered the workforce, not the other way around. (The globalization scam, of course, is the other part - but there is no denying that aside from loss of manufacturing jobs, professional/service jobs are also far less available to men due to women taking them.) There simply were not and are not enough white-collar jobs available to employ both men and women. And as more and more women have entered the workforce, that problem has only become exacerbated.

At that same time oversupply in the labor market was driving down wages, households with working mothers experienced a drastic increase in expsenses - having to have a second car with increased gasoline and insurance costs, business wardrobe with hair and makeup requirements, help cooking (either through increased eating out, increased in less healthy processed frozen foods which drive up the family's medical costs as well, or in actually hiring kitchen staff), help cleaning (through home staff or weekly services to the home, and through "drop off" services such as dry cleaning), and the two biggies: 1) having to hire others to raise their children and care for their elderly relatives, by institutionalizing them all or by hiring in-home care; and 2) whopping increases in taxes due to being bumped to a higher tax bracket (as can be seen in the graphic above).

The end result is that women who make less than 6-figures a year are putting their families deeper in the hole by working, not actually making any real economic progress - and this doesn't even include the sociological factors of dumping your parents into inattentive nursing homes and having your kids raised in herds by minimum wage barely educated staff.

It's terribly ironic that women force other women into debt servitude and wage drudgery by only paying a pittance for care for their parents and children, so they can "work" for a "living" themselves. Wages in these industries are forced down even more than white-collar jobs - and we're definitely getting what we pay for, so to speak. The result is very low quality childcare and eldercare. If families had to pay the real cost of decent care, they wouldn't do it - ironically, at that point they would recognize that what used to be called the Household Economy is in fact a huge and important and expensive part of a woman's contribution to society and the social contract of marriage and parenting.

The only way to collapse the stranglehold that wall street, the bankers, and government has on the economy is to stop wage stagnation. With rising wages, people can get out of debt and live within their means. And the only way to do that is to make workers more scarce. Deporting illegal aliens is a start, but in reality the biggest stranglehold that the Fat Cats have on families is the income they earn from making women believe that they have to be part of the dollar-based economy, where Fat Cats get to skim off billions of profit and the government gets to rake in billions more in taxes off of your family.

Forcing women into the workforce has been the biggest scam of the 20th century (beside globalization) - enabling the Fat Cats to charge for things that used to be free, and to burden families with more bills (and hence more profits for the Fat Cats) than they can afford. Women's contribution to the tax revenues over the last four decades has given government the ammunition it needed to grow out of control and embark on imperialistic wars of cultural conquest all over the world. None of this could have happend without the whopping increase in tax revenue provided by luring women away from the Household Economy and into the tax revenue base.

And are we better off? No, we aren't. Even years after the publication of the book The Two Income Trap, it still isn't widely understood just how much the consumerist economy, that worships money above all things, has been harmful to both American families and to the economy as a whole - not to mention wrecked the environment and sent our government on a military spending and killing spree that has jumped continents and decades.

Feminazis, who view child rearing, charity work, homemaking, home businesses, caring for parents and taking care of religious, community, and civic obligations as something fit only for lower class women or "women of color" and not something that any intelligent white woman should be doing, need to acknowledge their culpability in the destruction of American families, the Middle Class, and decent society. They have shredded the social contract, where women were not viewed primarily as "hoes" whose only function in a man's life is to provide entertainment, since he is certainly not responsible for supporting her or her children.

Instead the feminists have created an adolescent male culture that views killing and warfare against anything that inconveniences them (especially children, countries that wish to keep their own natural resources, and the poor who need insurance and income support) as their God-given right. Their greed and selfishness knows no bounds, because feminists have made them that way - not a single thought towards family stability, social stability, or the needs of future generations. No, it's all me, me, me, now, now, now and how dare anybody suggest he has an obligation to anyone or anything other than himself and his immediate gratification? Murder is the number one cause of death for pregnant women, too - because they refuse to have abortions. This is the society feminists made - this is what has destroyed the middle class. The destruction of the Household Economy and the substitution of consumerism for family killed the Middle Class, slowly but surely, like a cancer.

The predominantly male upper echelons of high finance and wall street have not a shred of care for the families they are destroying - why should they? But let's put the blame for that right where it belongs, class - on a society that feminists made, one that cares nothing for parents or children, religious obligations or social cohesion, that values money more than people. It starts right there, and will only end when families, children, and society become more important than money. And that day is nowhere to be seen yet, and may never be.


SJ said...

>> Forcing women into the workforce has been the biggest scam of the 20th century.

My understanding is that women's big entry into the workforce was voluntary and out of perceived necessity during World War Two and after the war was over women stayed working by choice even after propaganda to get women back into being just housewives.

Ahavah Gayle said...

While it is true that many women out of economic necessity worked after WWII while their husbands went to college on the GI bill (or they went to college themselves - this was before widespread student loans were available), the real push for MOTHERS to enter the workforce even WHEN their husband had a decent job didn't really get going until the 60s.

During the 40s and 50s yes, there was some propaganda to get women to stay home, and many did - but the number of divorces began to skyrocket as Vets failed to transition gracefully back to civilian life, and many, many women were widows who had no real chance of being supported by their parents or finding another husband quickly (if at all).

By the time the 60s rolled around, a vocal group of radicals decided this was the BEST way to live and that men were unnecessary for a woman to be "fulfulled," but a JOB was. This came directly from feminist leaders who were anti-family, anti-children, and especially anti-men. Oh, they dressed it up in "just in case" garb (reflecting the rising divorce rate), and so forth...

But after a while, by the mid-sixties, it began to become socially unacceptable for a women to WANT to not be part of the paid workforce. And today, a woman who chooses not to work outside the home is subject to ridicule - not just by feminazis, but by the MEN they raised. They are no longer willing to do the right thing by their elderly parents and innocent little children, much less meet their social, religious and civic obligations (or have their wives do it for them). A woman who doesn't want her children raised in herds by strangers has nowhere to look for a husband EXCEPT the far religious right - her choices have been taken AWAY from her to choose to raise her children and take care of her parents and volunteer instead of bring home a paycheck.

Feminists destroyed "choice." The only "choice" acceptable to society now is the career choice - and God Forbid they "choose" not to have an abortion. The penalty for that is often death.

Feminist leaders misled women by claiming they were GIVING them choices, when in fact they were taking them away. As you pointed out, WWII already broke the barriers to women working - but it was feminists who developed the paradigm that woman HAVE to work or be considered lazy or too stupid to know they needed to be "free."

How someone who is chained to a desk all day and has their life controlled by a Male CEO who insists on sacrificing children, parents, religious duties and marriages on the alter of HIS Bottom Line is beyond me. That's not "freedom," that's just slavery to the system instead of dedication to the social contract (what's left of it).