Many American companies have again imposed mask wearing requirements as Covid-19 infections increase – Copyright AFP Punit PARANJPE
Support for suffering low-income Americans is now in the stupid, talkative hands of Bizarro Land DC. The end of federal unemployment supplements yesterday was based on a political perspective. The Biden administration, however, created an economic package to mitigate the effects of the end of federal support. The theory is that the economic package will compensate for the loss of direct benefits.
It might, it might not. There are many loopholes in the American labor market. I have worked in the employment industry in the United States for years, and things have worsened since then. Prices have skyrocketed and the country has been kicked and screamed to double the miserable minimum wage of $ 7.50 over the past decade.
The flip side of this is the Republican stance, at best inconsistent, at worst malicious, as usual. This position can be summed up as “Benefits mean people won’t look for work”. The utter fallacy of this claim is interesting, if bizarre.
How exactly are people supposed to survive and pay their bills with dismal, dead-end jobs as the only option? “Finding a job” really doesn’t go too far, especially if you’re a younger person.
The actual base cost of living for low income people is based on rental prices. These prices also increased after the end of the rental moratorium. Are the risks of deportation high and people going to look for a job in this situation? How? ‘Or’ What?
People also have other costs, like health, children, basic equipment and God help them, to have a real life. It wasn’t too easy before the pandemic, let alone during it. The pandemic is still raging; it is absurd to just draw a political line and say it is over.
The American labor market is chronically bureaucratic and incredibly inefficient. The complex and cumbersome hiring ritual is long, cumbersome and costly for employers. It can take several interviews and six months to manage a list of candidates and ultimately hire one of them. It’s ridiculous.
“Employment at will” could also be called “Employment if we can find a way to do it someday”. We’ll leave out the nepotism, hiring buddies your other drunk fraternity silly buddies, and jobs for the guys on the private network. It is such a part of the furniture that it is only a footnote.
When they get a job, things can quickly get worse. The average American workplace is a stress factory. It’s a madhouse. I’ve spent many of those years in the industry seeing remarkably similar cut-and-paste cases of employee victimization, penny pinching, nasty little tricks from employers, and people whose lives were ruined by their jobs. It was a real pattern of abuse, macro-malevolence, and it’s part of the culture.
In this bubbly, fun, psychotic and sociopathic environment, the lucky American (do you vaguely remember it?) Sets out in search of a job. Hundreds of applications later, this stoic soul finds a job. … Having accumulated god knows what added financial burdens and possibly dodged a number of financial and residential bullets.
So these guys are “lazy” and won’t work, you say? They have to do more thinking and work to make it through a week than some middle management incumbents do in a decade.
This is the really strange social and political environment in which helping the unemployed is a problem.
Meanwhile, Americans generally cannot afford anything Ranch
- This federal money supported American businesses and the entire economy for two hellish years. Help was absolutely essential.
- Without it, many of these complaining and intimidating employers would now be bankrupt because people would not have been able to pay their bills.
- The pandemic is not over, or whatever. Another overactive strain should emerge, (it will) and it could be worse. Another blow to the economy would be at least as bad as the past two years.
- People are not really “immune”. They are supported by vaccines, so the virus is less dangerous if they catch it. They can still catch it and spread it. Not out of the woods in any case. It will take some time for a real fix to evolve.
Now the cynicism
Part of the political equation is the apparent desire of the Red States to exterminate their own supporters. No masks, no vax. It is a recipe for disaster, and it is becoming so. These policies can never work at all. They can only make things worse, quickly.
Florida, in particular, is the noisy state with grim county-by-county death and infection rates. A nauseating look on the local Florida headlines says it all. It’s pretty much the same in the rest of the cuckoo’s nest. The map of high density infections in the United States looks a lot like a map of the Confederacy with the fiefdoms of Koch. It is the Republican electoral base, a political anachronism that is still receding.
What if these suicidal policies were allowed to take place? The Grotesque Old Party has nailed itself to the main anti-mask and anti-vax pole of the Fool’s Ship. The only way out of the inevitable train crash will be federal funding. (It’s not that easy to have a train wreck on a ship, especially a ship that sinks at sea in its own stupidity and incompetence, but they found out how.)
There would be no straying from the results of these stupid policies. The blame would eventually land where it belongs. Call it state rights, call it any worthless platitude, buzzards will have nowhere else to roost.
The solution should come from a Democratic administration. Not the talkback toadies, not the squeaky Alt Right nobodies. The GOP could not claim any credit for any recourse.
It is not “bipartisanship under the threat of a weapon”. This shows the reality of an encyclopedia of crazy political positions at the state level. Even the rabid rodents that plague voter suppression measures would have nowhere to hide. These problems can be solved with one click when the reason takes precedence.
Cynical perhaps. It will work.