Video: No stimulus money for white males

posted at 8:58 am on January 22, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Wasn’t this supposed the era of post-racialism? Robert Reich apparently didn’t get that message. In his appearance before Congress on structuring the stimulus plan on January 7th, Reich suggested that the package discriminate against white male workers:

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.  … I have nothing against white male construction workers.  I’m just saying that there are a lot of other people who have needs as well. … Criteria can be set so that the money does go to others, the long term unemployed minorities, women, people who are not necessarily construction workers or high-skilled professionals.

Basically, Reich wants Congress to create some means testing that doesn’t explicitly keep stimulus funds from paying the salaries of white males.  He suggests that the lawmakers create “criteria” that will have that effect in practice without being crass enough to say, No Whites Need Apply.  Congress has done this in milder form for the last few decades by mandating set-asides for women- and minority-owned businesses in government contracts, but even those don’t require the businesses to refuse to hire white male construction workers.

This sounds a lot more like a paternalistic welfare program than a real effort to improve American infrastructure.  We’re building roads and bridges for all Americans, using tax money from all Americans.  Everyone should have equal access to the jobs created by this stimulus plan.  What Reich proposes is flat-out official racism by government, refusing to hire people on the basis of their skin color.  Didn’t our last election demonstrate a rejection of that kind of thinking?  And note that Reich offers the racist rationalization that he doesn’t have anything against white male construction workers.  Maybe some of his best friends are white male construction workers, too.

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Wright, Lowery, Reich….. pattern?

America1st on January 22, 2009 at 11:51 PM

Ok, we are going to build some new bridges. We need a Civil Engineer for the job but he can’t be professional (no P.E.) and can’t be white or male. neither can the management or the fore”persons” be white male. We must make sure that even if a minority has a penchant for building something out of dirt, they can be given the job.

James on January 22, 2009 at 11:59 PM

So, now White People are nothing now? F**k those ba@tards. We fought for them, we can fight against them. Who is being racist? Since this whole election it was the DemocRATS that brought up the Race Fact. Now that the Circus Clowns are playing Circus, They are using the Race Factor once again. Maybe I will quit my job, get what I can get. Give the IRS a IOU.

sheebe on January 23, 2009 at 12:07 AM

Well, as a skilled electrician (Master’s License in two states) I’m going underground. I’m working for cash only (delayed payment available to those I trust) and maybe barter for folks who have no cash or if the dollar goes belly up. Some other contractors with me are going to network with each other, and the only way to get us is though one of the trusted networked contractors. We’ve done it casually for years as friends (as a perk for good customers), but I guess that was unintended practice for the coming days.

Start talking to trusted friends, neighbors and family, and network for supplies and essentials. Be very careful who you tell of your network, the good-intentioned will turn you in to “save” you.

This sounds like crazy talk, whacko-survivalist drivel, and I hate even having to think like this, but all these reports are starting to read like a sci-fi apocolypse thriller, but in real life.

El Cazador on January 23, 2009 at 12:09 AM

These Washington egg heads need to be tarred and feathered. Incredible. Stupid. Misguided.

Why do they want to destroy this country?

saiga on January 22, 2009 at 10:46 AM

They don’t see it as destroying America. From their perception, America was flawed from the beginning and all they want to do is correct the flaws.

Don’t worry, you will know when they have gone too far when the people with their hands out, have guns in their hands yelling, “Where’s my gubmint check and why isn’t it more?”, because the producers have all migrated to somewhere else or they just decided to quit earning taxable income and the ‘money train’ has quit running.

belad on January 23, 2009 at 12:11 AM

sheebe on January 23, 2009 at 12:07 AM

It’s only white guilt-laden liberals that are hell bent on keeping blacks and other minorities on the ‘economic plantation’ because the sheeples aren’t smart enough to know how to run their own lives.

belad on January 23, 2009 at 12:17 AM

I see a storm a comin. I’m just wondering how much of this evil racist crap do these people think they can shove down America’s throat before it gets barfed up and stomped all over. We are very likely to see a lot of violence in the next few years. The racial hatred emanating out of Washington D.C. is not going to let up, nor will it be ignored. They are actively causing the problem they will claim they just tried to solve and will use this crisis as a means to implement some real Orwellian stuff.

Some people are more equal than others.

Bikerken on January 23, 2009 at 12:23 AM

We’ll see if he gets 40% of the white vote next election.

DFCtomm on January 23, 2009 at 12:26 AM

Isn’t Reich a professional white male?

By his own criterion, he should immediately be fired and replaced with an amateur blind hunchbacked albino black woman lesbian atheist who stutters and can’t speak English.

profitsbeard on January 23, 2009 at 12:33 AM

Why does the guy in the pic have a pencil up his nose???

Anyway, this is getting more and more like the twighlight zone every minute.

I wonder what the unions who provided the thugs at our polling places, will thing of this…. or are they even capable of that stuff called thoughts..

The left had better consider that there will be blowback eventually if they keep crap up like that idiot “White needs to be right” preacher and this Reich idiocy… It will take a lot but they are headed in that direction…

bullseye on January 23, 2009 at 1:17 AM

There are not white construction workers and black construction workers but American construction workers–ooooops–I guess not

Dollayo on January 23, 2009 at 4:11 AM

It doesn’t have to be about not paying taxes,as when they are paid. Paying on the last day would be a catastrophe for them. Also, most people can have their withholding taxes adjusted at work so that they take home more, and come out even or owe on tax day. The feds have had a free ride on holding on to money that they must later refund. Denying them this money until the very last legal minute can be very shocking.

JiangxiDad on January 22, 2009 at 10:32 AM

I agree w/JD Hit em where it hurts the most……..in the pocketbook. Don’t strike you’ll get fired, most of us have other family members to think of. If you don’t pay your taxes at all you actually could see some jail time as well.

They make alot of money off of interest of all those who pay taxes on time/ahead of time, if we all wait until the last moment that would send a HUGE message withought anyone being physically accosted.

MBoogie on January 23, 2009 at 4:31 AM

And if that doesn’t get their attention……….

Then LET”s ROLL

MBoogie on January 23, 2009 at 4:33 AM

I’ll be slammed by this statement… And I’m anything but a racist… qite the contrary! But, The truth is the truth!! “The white male is the MOST discriminated against group of Americans…By Far!!

Dakotobol on January 23, 2009 at 8:07 AM

Just what we need: more socially directed taxpayer money. Um, isn’t this what contributed to the mortgage fiasco–Clinton et al ordaining that loans be given to unqualified borrowers in the interest of “fairness” and expanded home ownership?

I’ve seen this movie before and it doesn’t have a Hollywood ending.

redfoxbluestate on January 23, 2009 at 8:48 AM

haven’t told my (white) husband about this yet, because I KNOW what his reaction will be.

This is wrong. So. Very. Wrong!

P.S. If you’re not Mexican (and neither am I), where are you from? I’m Puerto Rican.

newton on January 22, 2009 at 8:30 PM

ME TOO! YAAAYYY!!!!Carolina, Puerto Rico (living in PA)

ProudPalinFan on January 23, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Has anyone heard the Obama Administration’s official response to what Reich said?

church on January 23, 2009 at 10:56 AM

I know a homunculos little dweeb that needs a good bitch slap. Hey Reich, guess who? Get up on a step stool and look in the mirror.

Mr. Joe on January 23, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Average pay for a construction worker-Source payscale com research site updated Jan 18,09
1-4 yrs exp-$30,619
5-9 yrs exp $44,004
10-19 yrs exp $33,779
20 yrs + exp $62,510

So much for the fallacy of rich white construction workers.

canditaylor68 on January 23, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Its not racist when your blaming whites
Its not racist when your stopping whites
Its not racist when your laying off whites
Its not racist when you prefer blacks in hiring
its not racist when you hand out money to blacks only..

You know this is the exact same tactic the nazis used between the hutus and tutsis during WWII
and 50 years later we hade over half a million DEAD with tribal wars in 90 days..

Oh yea and that was on clintons watch another liberal wako..

jcila on January 23, 2009 at 12:55 PM

We’ll see if he gets 40% of the white vote next election.

DFCtomm on January 23, 2009 at 12:26 AM

The bizarre thing is that they will. This past election was a complete racial election. If you were non white you most likely voted democrat. if you were white it was split.
Whites are the only non racist group in America apparently

kangjie on January 23, 2009 at 1:06 PM

This past election was a complete racial election. If you were non white you most likely voted democrat. if you were white it was split.
Whites are the only non racist group in America apparently

kangjie on January 23, 2009 at 1:06 PM

You are entirely correct. Many minority groups (though not all) do this. They are their color 1st in loyalty, then the party that will give them the most handouts.
The Indians on the reservation voted Obama all the way. They like entitlements, too.

Badger40 on January 23, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Check out Google News for Robert Reich or White Male Construction Workers.

Nobody is reporting this. The MSM is completely ignoring this openly racist remark.

el gordo on January 23, 2009 at 4:02 PM

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