In section B5 of the 3/25/09 issue of the Arizona Republic … columnist – Ron Robb – wrote an article entitled … why is the jobless rate lower here…? … the question he poses is relevant given the underlying hysteria a select few are choosing to whip up. I invite, Mr. Robb and others to consider the fundamental underground manner in which much of the homebuilding and related infrastructure operates in Arizona. I have been in the construction environment in Arizona for more than 30 years working from the north rim of the Grand Canyon to Douglas on the South, Alpine on the East to Yuma on the West and most all points in between. What I know from personal experience is much of the construction economy in Arizona is – ca$h – and given the manner in which government computes unemployment these folks never show up on list. They are the uncounted, the unknown, the forgotten.
Not only the construction industry but numerous agricultural employment venues are largely – ca$h – often unaccounted in any manner. Other employment situation where – ca$h – occurs is in the service industries, fast foods, hospitality industry, laundries, landscaping and gardening, again often unaccounted in manner.
Mr. Robb notes that construction employment peaked in June 2006 at 88,000, though he chooses not to disclosure how he arrived at that figure. Without full, complete, honest disclosure it is not possible to take issue with many observations and evaluations he notes using his chosen 88,000 employment figure.
Suffice to say, it is my experience living in Arizona, we like being a bit slippery and enjoy being able to take advantage of those dreaded – illegal’s – who come here to take employment that “white-bread” American’s truly are seeking. I mean after all look at all the “white-bread” Americans lining shopping center parking lots and street corners every day seeking employment…?
We purposefully under report in the “up” positive economic times and then write articles unable to understand why the “numbers” don’t pencil…?
Rob Robb … asks in his article what gives … when government and newspapers do not choose to provide full, open, honest disclosure … what gives is what we are experiencing … deception on many fronts …
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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …
…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead
… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist
… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.