More jobs... for men.
Watched the podcast of Meet the Press this morning over breakfast, trying to get up the energy to leave the house.
It did not inspire much optimism to hear, at the end of his interview, the little anecdote from Obama's spokesman, David Axelrod, about a woman whose husband lost his job and how heartbreaking that was.
Uh.... what about HER job? What is she doing, besides writing to the President to complain???
So my question is simple. For the job creation statistics, are they based on assuming that EVERYONE above a certain age needs a full-time job, or are they based on assuming that only the MEN need the jobs?
Because my guess is that there are whole swaths of the country where it's assumed that, as long as the husband has a decent-paying job, everything is hunky-dory.
Then I was looking at readthestimulus.org, and particularly at this little graphic linked from the washington post, which illustrates quite nicely by the size of the bubbles, exactly how much money is being spent on what. Except, it's not exactly the part I care about.
I would really like to see something equivalent for the NIH budget, and particularly for the part of the NIH budget that is going to be helped by the stimulus.
And then I'd like to see how it's going to be distributed. My guess is that it's all going to go to senior people who are over 60 and have already had a career.
oh and ps.
FYI, to the people who were offended by my comment about the 80-year-old PI who just got 2 R01s renewed, here's a couple of tidbits for you, just to clarify:
1. It's a SHE. Those of you who complained ASSUMED it was a man. That says more about you than it does about me.
2. I'm not bothered that she got the grants, so much as that this was on her 3rd revision, she still has a faculty position despite being more than 15 years beyond the eligible age for receiving social security, and she just effectively bought herself 5 more years of full-time employment.
My point is, there is something culturally fucked up about a career where
1. If you just wait in line long enough, your grants will get funded even if you didn't revise them at all
2. Everyone refuses to retire because they're, what, terrified of being bored? Too poor?
3. Everyone else refuses to make it desirable (or god forbid, required) to retire...
... and yet we have this massive job shortage because the people in control of everything are sitting pretty in jobs they've had for over 50 years.
Just think about that for a minute. 50 years is a long fucking time. These 80-year-olds have had their jobs since they were younger than we are now. Their generation was hired as faculty when they were less than 30 years old.
But hey, more power to her. If she left now, there would be 50% fewer female faculty in my department. And we have a hiring freeze. hahahahahaha
Happy President's Day, everybody.