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In explaining the unimpressive quarterly jobs data recently, there is a dangerous mythology surfacing, a common refrain among pundits, that people don’t want to work because of stimulus checks and extended unemployment benefits.
Some argue that unemployed low-wage workers make more from these benefits than from their previous employment. This may be true, but in my nearly 10-year tenure as CEO of what has become the nation’s largest publicly funded workforce development system, where we have facilitated training and employment of over 70,000 people, I have never once heard anyone say they didn’t want to work.
This is a harmful, corrosive narrative rooted in class, gender and race bias; it is a fallacy meant to demean and stigmatize.
The truth underlying what’s being touted as a “labor shortage” is far more nuanced than glib jabs at the working class. Examining reality invites us to reassess our beliefs about work and workers in this country.
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This is a perfect example of the hypocritical capitalism Republicans preach.New Great Lakes Water Diversion Request
They choose to live somewhere that is not sustainable. But then they whine, complain and bellow that they are entitled to <insert spoiled Republican entitlement demand here>.
When it comes to others, especially others that aren't white, others that don't believe in their god, others that don't live in their town, they need to go without. Getting things so easily makes others lazy.
But when the SUV-crowd moves to the middle of nowhere and suddenly gas prices are high, they can't get water and/or any part of their utopia is disturbed, the know-nothing, big, bad government needs to come to their rescue.
And, is this case, the Village of Somers wants to have the State allow them to divert water to what is currently farmland so some well-connected land owner can make a killing off of future development.
As typical economics would have it, if you want a scarce resource delivered to an inconvenient location, the cost would obviously be extremely high. You know, to discourage such a ridiculous and wasteful allocation. Yet, the Wisconsin experience of those expecting their entitled water, outside of a location where it naturally occurs, is they complain and complain until the rest of us subsidize them being able to divert water. We subsidize them in that they don't have to pay the actual price the market would indicate.
The same goes for the price of gas being subsidized below its market price. Really, the whole suburban mistake is a big subsidized wonderland for whites, where everybody else helps pay for their spoiled, wasteful, gas-guzzling lifestyle.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
The Green New Deal Threatens Republicans’ Bread and Butter, it’s Not Just Competition in the Battle of Ideas
The Failure of the Media in Responding to the Lying Right
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
How highways make traffic worse
The Hoax Master of Wisconsin
The New York Stock Exchange president says the stock market is not a casino. Here’s what academic research says.
Stock Market Gambling Around the World and Market Efficiency
‘Real World’ Republicans Demand To Know Why Nancy Pelosi Didn't Stop Jan. 6 Riots
A closer look at senators who voted to convict Clinton, not Trump
Let's tell the truth about the Republican Party: It's the real enemy of the people
Sunday, February 14, 2021
The Republicans' idea of governing, in a nutshell:Businesses tied to Speaker Robin Vos and other lawmakers could see taxes cut after they took PPP loans
Saturday, February 13, 2021
The majority of the Republican party continues their descent into complete irrelevancy.Senate votes 57-43 for Trump acquittal
When your policies only benefit the top 1%, when you have nothing intelligent to add to any conversation, when the majority of your constituents have been hurt by your political decisions, all you are left with is symbolism, revisionism and make-believe.After COVID shutdown, former Wis. Governor Scott Walker hopes to re-open Reagan’s boyhood home
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Inspired by all the recent flurries we’ve had in Wisconsin, John Torinus is back shoveling the yellow snow of economic policy. He begins with two head-scratchers.
“Congress should think twice before getting too generous with weekly unemployment compensation. That’s because manufacturers are already having a hard time finding enough workers to man their factories.”
First, what is “too generous” for weekly unemployment compensation? Recent compensation has been bolstered by the fact that we’re living through a global pandemic. It’s part of a stimulus package to keep workers and businesses afloat. It’s not meant to exist into perpetuity.
Second, it’s been pretty clearly and universally established that manufacturers are having a hard time finding workers because the work is grueling and worth more per hour than the amount they are willing to pay.
Tornius alerts, “The labor shortage is real.”
Again, this is wrong. Pay that is not commensurate with the work that is being asked to be done is real. We have a compensation problem, not a skills shortage or a labor shortage.
Torinus then pretends that stimulus money distributed during the ongoing pandemic has left many just sitting at home collecting checks, and many others just planning to do this forever. This is classic Republican bullshit. They’ve been claiming this garbage forever. Poor and working class are lazy and will stay home if given then chance. Yet, conservatives will bend over backwards to cut taxes and provide incentives to the rich. Remember, The Haves are the job creators and something will eventually trickle down to the poor and working class.
He then talks of the plethora of living wage jobs available for any willing worker. “Employers have also raised starting wages in this area to $14 to $16 per hour.” $15 per hour results in a yearly income of just over $30,000.
Torinus continues with even more drivel, “Yes, it is a noble goal to want a minimum level of income for every adult in the United States. But the better way to get there is through good-paying jobs in the private sector. Government jobs, which always seem to keep growing in number, may be necessary, but they do not propel the economy.”
Last I checked, the private sector has been around a while. We’ve deregulated, cut taxes and genuflected to their omnipotence for decades. Yet, the economy has been a roller-coaster of recessions alongside declining wages and benefits for most workers. And, despite Torinus saying so, the number of government employees has been declining, not increasing. As Fiona Hill, of the Brookings Institution, found, “Contrary to popular belief in the bloated growth of the U.S. public sector, the size of the federal government proportionate to the total U.S. population has significantly decreased over the last 50 years.”
Torinus’ article seems, in the end, to be an elaborate smoke and mirrors, which concludes, somehow, that the government is preventing the private sector from employing more people and also responsible for helping the private sector to employ more people.
He concludes, “We don’t need excessive unemployment compensation if there are lots of open jobs with good pay and benefits. Congress and the president have to get the incentives right. We can’t afford disincentives for working.”
Again, what is “excessive unemployment compensation”? What and where are these “open jobs with good pay and benefits”? Funny, too, that, with Republicans, “We can’t afford disincentives for working.” Yet, the subsidies, tax cuts and giveaways to corporations and billionaires can’t be considered anything but a disincentive and/or welfare. Somehow, in the twisted Republican logic, giving incentives to The Haves is sound economic policy, but giving incentives to those who really need it, is bad for business.
I wonder what Republicans would be saying if some libtard, liberal, snowflake stormed the Capitol, destroyed property and wanted to kill legislators, and then demanded organic food in prison.Man who wore horns in Capitol riot moved to Virginia jail that serves organic food
“The Department of Public Works’ snow removal efforts in the wake of this past weekend’s snowstorm are simply unacceptable,” begins a joint statement from Alderman Khalif J. Rainey and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II. “Neighborhood streets across the city are a mess, and we are almost 48 hours past the end of the snowfall. Our residents are—AGAIN—fending for themselves as they use their own shovels and snow blowers to dig out from the snow, doing the job that DPW apparently isn’t up to doing!”
The article goes on to note that, "DPW sent out 110 trucks with salt and plows Saturday night and ended up with 270 pieces of equipment on Milwaukee’s roads by Sunday morning.”Alderman Nic Kovac offered some pushback to the negativity, “Most of the feedback (about DPW’s efforts) is positive, not exclusively. We can always do better, but I think they’ve been doing a good job and most of the feedback I’ve gotten is our crews are working very hard.”
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
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Senate Joint Resolution 3: terminating the COVID-19 public health emergency, including all emergency orders and actions taken pursuant to declaration of the public health emergency.Poor Dan O’Donnell Feels Persecuted
Monday, January 25, 2021
When Republicans have power, the idea of "unity" doesn't even enter their collective mind. It's their way or the highway. But now that the citizens have had enough of the Republicans' bullshit and lies, suddenly Republicans are clamoring for unity.
Yet, when one sees stories like these:Arizona Republicans Censure Party Leaders At Odds With Trump
Who, in their right mind, could find unity with such reality-denying, cognitively dissonant, know-nothings?
Sorry, conservatives, right-wingers, Republicans, but you can fuck off! Democrats have been goose-stepping rightward politically on issue after issue for the past five decades. Yet, it was never enough. Conservatives continued to cheat and gerrymander. Endlessly taking more and more. And, it was working. But, as is typical for Republicans, they got greedy. They wouldn't stop. They kept cheating and abusing their power.
And now it's all blown up in their faces.
So fuck unity. And fuck Republicans. You reap what you sow.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
A recent article - Waukesha's Zignego Co. lowest bidder at $87M for Highway 50 road project - made me again think of the delusional efficient private sector viewpoint.
Conservatives and wannabe-economists have, for years, pounded the private sector efficiency drumbeat. Sadly, this perspective is as misguided today as it's ever been.
For the majority of private sector actors, the modus operandi has been to cut corners, pay workers less and/or to simply not do certain tasks altogether.
For Further Reading:The Lean Efficiency (And Persistence) Of Private Sector LiesFizzle for the buck
Thursday, January 21, 2021
The Republican Party should really be referred to as the Hypocrite Party.Republicans Lash Out Against New Security Measures At The Capitol