Friday, December 4, 2009

Unemployment and Social Security: AFL-CIO Blog

First of all, the reported unemployment rates (though reportedly relatively high) are a gross misrepresentation of the workers' and potential workers' plight.

I would guess that you all know that the unemployment rate is only the number of those who were working covered by unemployment compensation funds that they are now collecting, unless they got “fired”.

I'm not an expert on this, but if I remember correctly, the law in Massachusetts was that only firms with 25 employees or more were required to pay into the State fund.

At least, fortunately, we have a Democratic majority in Congress, so there has been Federal Extensions on the time limits associated with most, if not all, State Unemployment Programs.

Secondly. Tricky Willy Clinton, to manies potential or actual benefit, eliminated or reduced that villain with a terrible name, Welfare, while putting many if not some of those manies on Social Security. Social Security tends to be overly miserly to those truely in need and unnecessary for some, if not many, of the elderly.

Based on recent reports, I have roughly calculated that 1 in 5 citizens of the USA are receiving Social Security "compensation".

So you see, Virginia, the seasonal stimulus is not anywhere close to being true.

Besides, manufacturing is industrial, whereas people are much more happy workers when they have the opportunity and education to be artisan industrious.

In Peace, Friendship, Community, Cooperation, and Solidarity,

Mike Morin

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