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This is a sad statement on the economy and jobs. While the government says it is creating or saving jobs, it doen't appear to be the case in the home building arena. Most of the stimulus construction jobs were for highways and bridges. Lumberyards and home centers see none of that money. The people who benefit most are the big union contractors who are making $30 to $80 per hours plus benefits. This hardly helps the people beating their brains out making $8 to $14 per hour working at the local lumber yard or big box store.
Help from the government is a fairy tale. Federal Government...... quit spending my money on help I will never see. The unions that "serve" the construction industry have millions of dollars and can help their own. They don't need my money, so quit making work for them.