Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Work for Free!

Greetings good citizen,

The markets are once again enjoying a relatively ‘mellow’ day (which is mighty fucking amazing considering the global financial system is bankrupt…)

Er, the President’s ‘approval rating’ crept back up to 50% in a recent CBS/NY Times poll (among whom remains a closely guarded secret.)

Oh, and (most of) those who had a pension/retirement fund yesterday still have one today! (which, mind you, says absolutely nothing about the ‘performance’ of those funds…)

Now we can proceed, having shared three partial/relative ‘truths’ with my readership…such as it is.

Now it’s time for a walk on the stupid er, wild side!

You can’t make this shit up good citizen!

Senate Republicans Want to Force the Unemployed to Work For Free

Along with efforts to drug-test the unemployed and deny benefits to those without high school diplomas, Republicans now want to make "volunteer" work a requirement. February 12, 2012  |     Advertisement    In recent months, Florida and South Carolina have talked about forcing people to "volunteer" for their unemployment insurance benefits, only to be told it was against federal law. Now, Senate Republicans want to change federal law to allow states to pass such laws but to require all long-term unemployed people to "volunteer" 20 hours a week to continue receiving benefits, with an additional bill introduced by North Carolina's Richard Burr calling for them to spend 20 hours a week looking for work. Those requirements could be added to Republican efforts to allow drug testing requirements and to deny unemployment insurance to people who don't have high school diplomas.

number of job-seekers for every available job just dipped below 4 to 1 for the first time in nearly three years. There are still simply no jobs for more than two out of three people looking for jobs. Job-seekers receiving unemployment insurance benefits spend more timelooking for work and are more likely to have looked for work through five out of six different methods than people not receiving benefits. A law requiring them to spend 20 hours a week looking for work is nothing but an insult to people who are already searching desperately; making it a requirement would likely add a reporting burden that would either detract from their search or force them to spend time beyond their active job searching.

Forcing them to spend 20 hours a week "volunteering" additionally takes time people need for the very hard work of keeping their heads above water on limited means. And of course, creating an involuntary volunteer workforce is no kind of incentive to job-creation—why would any organization being provided free labor by the government ever create a job?

The frightening part here good citizen is how the senate is very close to being ‘evenly split’. How fortunate is it for the rest of us the neither ‘house’ of our government is anything close to being ‘representative’ of our downtrodden population?

The truly frightening aspect here is the ‘money powers’ own ALL of ‘em…which is why our ‘allegedly’ Democratic Congress can only pass decidedly conservative legislation!

And the bought and paid for media gets to claim it was ‘the will of the people’ (and it was. I’m sure the >One Percent deeply appreciate the risk their bought and paid for politicians took for them…because it is the Pols who will be hung for treason when the time comes, the >One Percent (we manage to capture) will be hung for ‘General Principals’.)

So, how does ‘the party of ideas’ look to you now?

Let us return to the place where Mr. Williams is keeping track of how those ‘ideas’ are panning out…

No. 417: December 2011 and Annual Trade Deficit 

February 10th, 2012

Annual Trade Deficit Widened to $558 Billion in 2011, from $500 Billion in 2010,

A Negative for Both the U.S. Dollar and the U.S. Economy

Trade Could Pressure GDP Revision to Downside

More Jobs Lost to NAFTA

No. 416: Payrolls, Unemployment and Revisions, M3, PCE Deflator 

February 3rd, 2012

Basic Economic Outlook Unaltered by Stronger Labor Data  

January Jobs Reading Still at Levels of 11 Years Ago

January Unemployment: 8.3% (U.3), 15.1% (U.6), 22.5% (SGS)

Money Supply M3 Growth Is Picking Up 

Um, hard to decide what’s more twisted, the notion of making the unemployed ‘volunteer’ their labor for their unemployment check or the fact that precisely such a thing would disqualify them from collecting under unemployment laws as they stand today?

Then there’s the ‘no jobs’ problem…just because there aren’t any jobs doesn’t mean people have nothing to do.

In fact, that is the conundrum staring most of us in the face.

There is absolutely NO shortage of shit that needs doing…so why isn’t it getting done?

Maybe the ‘>One Percent’ can explain (although that’s doubtful, they’ve got theirs, fuck the rest!)

Short answer is ‘resources’…the >One Percent ‘owns’ (our) resources and they expect/demand to be paid for them!

You know > is the ‘less than’ sign, don’t you?

You should be >tolerant of this bullshit…but those who ‘own’ the Justice system make the rules…and you, once again, are doomed to suffer under those rules.

Until you decide you’ve had enough!

What do you say, good citizen?

Thanks for letting me inside your head,


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