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Response to Zalatix (Reply #89)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 03:22 PM

91. You are unclear as to the meaning of a question mark? Apparently, you are.

I didn't "say" anything. I "implied" nothing. I ASKED. You could have cleared up the matter by responding, but you didn't. Instead, you accused, snarked and dodged.

You don't seem to understand that the greatest number of the unemployed people in Ireland have no mortgages along with no jobs. They live in council housing on the damn dole. While I certainly do not disagree that banks offering better terms to people having issues with their mortgage is a GOOD thing, and I would certainly be in favor of such a development, that's not going to solve the unemployment problem (if you will note, it did not solve the problem in ICELAND, either) --all it will do is help people in danger of walking away from their homes and applying for a spot in council housing or looking for a rental to hang on to their homes.

A huge percentage of the people who make up that unemployed figure are non-Irish migrants with rights of habitual residency and refugees, who were let go from menial positions but who qualify for government subsidies. You're going to put Haditha in her hijab out on the road with a pickaxe, doing "public works projects?" Really? That's your solution?

Most of the sectors that "took the hit" in this jobs downturn were manual labor and low level jobs--construction, retail, service jobs in the restaurant and hospitality industries, that kind of work. Your solution sounds like you want to put the final nail in the construction industry's coffin in Ireland to keep people busy, even if they aren't qualified to do the work.

You're going to take work away from an already underperforming private sector, and let "government" build that school or library building instead of O'Malley's Construction Company? You're going to let the "government" construct that roadway or parking lot instead of Finnigan's Paving? You'd want the government to manage the work of creating that new park, instead of O'Brien's Landscaping? How well will that go over with a guy who has been working construction all his life, to see a job he should be doing getting done by a guy with no experience while he sits on his hands waiting for work to keep his business afloat?

Ireland doesn't have an "infrastructure" problem like the USA did. They have a sufficiency of roads and bridges, in good repair too. They aren't bursting out of their seams with a shortage of schools or libraries. They've been prioritizing education of their population for decades now.

All you're doing is shifting the lack of work from the under-employed sectors back to the unemployed, from people with experience, to people with NO experience.

You're playing a shell game, and solving nothing.

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