Skilled workers, that is. Skilled work always has been and
still is the domain of men; relatively few and insufficient instances of
a few women who wish to be like men excepted.
In all developed nations a serious shortage of skilled workers is
developing (see appended examples). That is not
unforeseen or unexpected social development. It is a condition that was deliberately
created in a political evolution that put ideology over common sense.
Unfortunately, the noble dreams of feminists and liberal social
engineers to the contrary, the reality of the economy is that the
welfare and growth of national economies cannot be based on the outcomes
of affirmative action policies, hiring quotas and entitlements, it must be based on
rewarding excellence and quantity and quality of performance on the job.
A society that puts equality—in the
sense of equality of outcome—ahead of freedom will end up with
neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality
will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes,
will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own
Milton and Rose Friedman
in Free to Choose: A Personal Statement
(Milton Friedman won the 1976 Nobel Prize for Economics)
Freedom, Equality, and Society's Treatment
of Men and Families
The job market for skilled workers had for centuries and thousands of years been based on just that, the rewarding of excellence,
so that both men and women were rewarded for what they are best suited
for: men for being providers and protectors and making sacrifices in the
work place for their families in whom they were the fathers and heads of
the households, and women for being managers of the home
domain and making sacrifices for raising and educating children at home
in the safety and comfort provided and protected by men.
Being freed from the competition arising out of two essentially
conflicting roles, both men and women were able to devote themselves to
what they could do best, with the full knowledge and confidence that by
having a man and a woman work as a team in providing and caring for
their contribution to the next generation of functioning, respectful,
law-abiding and productive citizens the welfare of their families,
nations was promoted and assured.
That worked well, so well that the innovative and productive qualities
of the western cultural traditions brought the West into a position of
excellence and leadership before all other nations who did not adhere to
the same extent to the principle of cooperation between husbands and
wives, and between mothers and fathers, the basic principle upon which
the "patriarchy", long vilified by communists and radical- or
Marxist-feminists, had been constructed. Along with
that came property rights and the ability for individual,
self-sufficient families to develop the ownership of property, something
that is becoming now increasingly more difficult to achieve as taxes keep on
escalating to provide the funding required by the State for the
maintenance of services and benefits that had formerly been provided for
free by an abundance of traditional nuclear families that now no longer exists in sufficient
The "family" in all ages and in all corners of
the globe can be defined as a man and a woman bonded together
through a socially approved covenant of marriage to regulate
sexuality, to bear, raise, and protect children, to provide mutual
care and protection, to create a small home economy, and to maintain
continuity between the generations, those going before and those
coming after. It is out of the reciprocal, naturally recreated
relations of the family that the broader communities—such as tribes,
villages, peoples, and nations—grow.
What's Wrong With the United Nations Definition of 'Family'?
The Family in America (August 1994), p. 3
(quoted by: Dale O'Leary, in
Agenda, p. 24,
The patriarchy was a system that had worked exceedingly well in
bringing western civilization to great heights, but it exists no longer
— an achievement for which feminists demand, take and deserve full
The feminist agenda for the systematic vilification of men and families
brought about a
dumbing-down of the education system. It brought
us social values in a socialist society in which gender (the female
gender) and not excellence is being rewarded, a system in which men and
children have to pay the price for the "equality for
women", and a system in which
the wish to found and maintain traditional
families became actively punished by an increasingly feminist-dominated
bureaucracy. Men, women and children suffer on account of that.
Whole nations and the world economy now suffer the consequences.
One of the most serious outcomes of the program for the vilification of
men and for the implementation of the international agenda for
planned destruction of the family has been a
steady and deadly decline
in births and fertility rates in all developed nations, and increasingly
so in the developing and less developed nations.
The ratio of
women to men who graduate from college and university is now in the
order of 6 : 4, respectively, and steadily increases in favour of women.
Unfortunately, although the feminists insist that women can do everything
men can do and do it as well or better, women primarily enroll in soft
sciences such as social sciences, while men graduating in hard sciences,
engineering and skilled trades in construction and manufacturing comprise a gradually
declining proportion of graduates. The
serious and escalating shortage of skilled workers that evolved out of
that is nothing more than a symptom of destructive social policies
foisted upon us by extremist,
The shortage of skilled workers increasingly worries manufacturers and
other sectors of industry as varied as health care and nuclear energy.
The shortage of skilled workers affects the whole world. The
escalating shortage and associated rising costs of skilled workers in
developed nations forced many corporations over the years to relocate
manufacturing jobs to under-developed nations. The West became in
essence a colony of Asia. It is being mined of its "natural
resources", the most prominent of whom are money and power, and became
an open market for goods manufactured elsewhere, while the developing
trade deficit is being used by primarily Asian governments to assume
ownership of the growing debt, and thereby more and more control, of the West.
Examples of articles that express concern about the growing
shortage of skilled workers:
Preparing for the Workforce Shortage
By Ms. Elizabeth Rice, SPHR
Innovative Employee Solutions®
The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts that by 2012 the U.S.
economy will have the largest workforce in the nation's
history-more than 162 million people. Impressive as that figure
may sound, it will not be enough to fill the more than 165
million jobs projected to be available. The shortage of 3
million workers is just part of the story, however. Millions of
other jobs will go unfilled because workers lack the specialized
skills required to fill the vacancies. The government estimates
a shortage of more than 10 million skilled workers by 2012. (Full
Worker shortage in the making?
Lack of skilled employees could become serious,
Chicago - The United States faces a severe shortage of
skilled workers if current employment and job training trends
continue, the National Association of Manufacturers said Monday.
By 2020, the shortage could be more than 10 million workers,
according to the Washington trade group, which has more than
14,000 companies as members.
Manufacturers already are struggling with unfilled job
openings because they can't find qualified help, said John
Engler, president of the group and former governor of Michigan.
"The emerging problem in manufacturing is not a shortage of
jobs, but rather a shortage of qualified applicants," Engler
"A full 36 percent of our members have said they have
employment positions unfilled right now because they cannot find
qualified workers. This confirms what our members have been
telling us: that the people applying for manufacturing jobs
today simply do not have the math, science and technological
aptitude they need to work in modern manufacturing." (Full
Indian Outsourcing Industry Facing Shortage of Skilled Workers
February 21st, 2006 by Angsuman Chakraborty
Industry experts at the meeting of Nasscom, India’s
outsourcing alliance, said on Thursday that skills shortage was
the biggest threat to the outsourcing industry’s blazing growth.
From ground zero I am observing several interesting effects of
this shortage. For example one lady worked for us as a trainee.
I was forced to let her go for serious lack of performance even
as a trainee. I have been informed that she was hired by Infosys
as well as IBM. It appears they are being forced to hire
indiscriminately without much regard for quality. They just need
warm bodies/headcount to bag new contracts. (Full
Nuclear Energy Industry Initiatives Target Looming Shortage of
The nuclear energy industry expects a significant number of
experienced workers to retire over the next five years and has
undertaken a comprehensive program to recruit, train and educate
The availability of health physicists, for example is
expected to decline over the next five years, as will outage
University, community college and vocational training
programs are critical to meet future staffing needs, and
companies are pursuing initiatives to prepare a new generation
Training of skilled technicians and craft personnel, such as
operators, electricians, pipefitters and other maintenance
workers, is essential to sustain the highly qualified work force
needed to continue efficient, reliable electricity production. (Full
Industries Brace for Skilled-Labor Shortage
2/17/2005 - Omaha World-Herald / Jonathan Wegner
There may not be enough Gary Joneses in America.
Growing up in Papillion, Jones played with a model train set but
was more moved by the circuits than the circular motion.
"I was always wiring it," he said.
Jones, now studying electrical mechanical maintenance at
Metropolitan Community College, didn't know he was practicing
for a profession.
And his timing could not have been better. Manufacturers,
especially those in the rural Midwest, say they are on the verge
of an acute skilled labor shortage brought on by the looming
retirement of the baby boomers.
The unfolding demographic trends have industry groups like the
National Association of Manufacturers fretting about whether
they'll be able to find enough young employees in places like
Skilled Worker Shortage: It's Time To Fix The Kitchen Sink
Census data show that manufacturers that don't
invest in employees will have higher turnover rates -- at a time
when skilled employees are becoming scarcer.
By Tonya Vinas
Nov. 1, 2005 -- U.S. manufacturers seem to be treating the
skilled labor shortage like a leaking kitchen sink. They are
ignoring it because the kitchen can still function, but
eventually, that hidden pipe will rot the floor, and the sink
will crash into the basement. Good-bye fresh water to drink.
Good-bye cooking and cleaning. In short, good-bye kitchen.
Research from the 2005 IW/MPI Census of Manufacturers and input
and commentary from other groups affiliated with manufacturing
show that many manufacturers would rather blame others for the
lack of skilled workers than bite the bullet and fix the sink,
which in this case means bringing plants up to world-class
standards, investing in training and paying employees more.
The predictions for how big this crisis will become are likely
familiar but worth repeating: The U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics says that by 2010, the number of unfilled skilled
worker posts will reach 5.3 million, increasing to 14 million by
2015. According to a survey of 94 senior manufacturing
executives conducted by AC Neilson for Advanced Technology
Services Inc. (ATS) in 2005, two-thirds of responding discrete
manufacturers expect the labor shortage to cost them $50 million
over the next five years. Manufactuers in the automotive,
electrical equipment, ball and roller bearing, metal valve and
engine, and transmission sectors will suffer most, according to
Area builders hit by shortage of skilled workers
Job competition, stadium project among reasons
cited for tight construction labor market
Tampa Bay Business Journal - October 31, 1997
by David R. Corder, Staff Writer
Industrial Outlook for Alberta
Finding skilled labor to build homes this year has turned
into a chore for some Bay Area contractors.
"There's a real shortage particularly with block masons, and the
people who do flat concrete work," said H. Douglas Tripp III,
who heads up the West Florida Division of Pulte Home Corp., one
of the Bay Area's largest home builders. "One of the things that
has caused this is the one to one-and-a-half million blocks
they're putting into the new football stadium (in Tampa). (Full
Jan 2008 [Alberta Construction Magazine]
Alberta’s industrial construction sector is seeing a
shift in its centre of gravity.
by Godfrey Budd
In recent years, oilsands development in the Fort McMurray region has
accounted for the lion’s share of industrial construction projects in
the province. This has been the pattern since the current round of
expansion began around 2000. But it is about to change….
A crunch is coming, and many observers believe it’s likely to
hit in either 2009 or 2010. Averaged out, CAPP’s figure of $48
billion for 2009–2010 means $24 billion per year spent on
oilsands development. Given how stretched resources are already,
industry watchers are saying that the capacity is simply not
“Unless something radical happens, it’s impossible for the work
to be done on schedule,” Holmes says. “By radical, I mean for
example a huge influx of workers. Also needed would be tools,
machining equipment, engineers. We are seeing shortages now and
we are not yet at the peak.”….
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