If policy makers want to get people back to work, they need to make our economy work for people.
The loss of federal unemployment assistance at this moment "will be a double whammy of hardship" for the unemployed and their families.
Reliance on part-timers, erosion of the minimum wage, attacks on unions all have served to depress working class wages.
“Congress should immediately move to pass President-elect Biden’s plan,” said Claire Guzdar of the Groundwork Collaborative. “And we can’t stop there.”
“Funny enough, they never take issue with doubling down on corporate bailouts and tax cuts for the wealthy.”
State unemployment agencies have been demanding recipients repay thousands of dollars, even if the agency made the mistake and the money’s already been spent, but legislators are trying to end it.
With the current unemployment rate reaching roughly 6.8 million and nearly 8 million Americans facing eviction, the government should be focusing on its citizens and not a defense budget.
Now, with a quarter of the population facing economic collapse, the need for a guaranteed income is magnified to a level last seen in the Great Depression.
It’s hard to understand why reporters and editors would have missed an opportunity for a banner headline saying that the unemployment rate in this stunning pandemic recession had already leapt to or perhaps beyond a Great Depression level.