Friday, July 9, 2010

The merriment ends

The most glorious 46 weeks of my life have ground to a halt. My unemployment compensation has been terminated due to the Senate's inaction on the issue. I knew the end was coming, but what caught me by surprise is that the benefits actually ended on June 3. Apparently, my job working for the U.S. Census did not lengthen the UC benefits as they should have because I was earning auxiliary money. Instead, I'm pretty much screwed.

I contacted Adecco yesterday and likely will be working as an office secretary in the near future. Maybe I'll call a local freight contractor and get that job driving train crews from station to station.

This, of course, is what fiscal ideologues wanted. They want the unemployed to take subpar jobs that don't pay the mortgage. This is what they want for middle-class Americans. So this is what they're getting. And we'll soon find out what their experiment achieves as thousands of the unemployed lose their paychecks by the day. Welcome to the New America.


  1. The fiscal ideologues definitely don't want a middle class, because paying people a wage that would allow them to comfortably - not luxuriously, but comfortably - raise a family takes money out of the pockets of the very wealthy, and we can't have that. We should be ashamed of the fact that millions of Americans don't have access to good health care, but instead, the right fights tooth and nail against any effort to provide that. I've had people actually tell me that if it cost them even $5 more a month to create a system of universal health care, they'd be against it. Shameful.

  2. The Republican Party's worst enemy this fall will be the young, educated and unemployed voter. In this political climate, I don't understand how it's good practice to so blatantly alienate such a large group of voters. I will be interested to see how that comes into play.