Stop Pointing Fingers and Fix The Economy

If you’re already rich and privileged, you can get $200,000 for voluntarily quitting your cushy job for another more cushy job that pays you more money.

But if you are down and out, unemployed and have children to feed, the state will cut off your only meager income.  Of course, when your shady dealings are found out, you take the high road and return the quitting bonus.

Interesting is the idea that severe deficits in the government’s budget can only be closed off by ending assistance to the poor.  The same woman who said she is getting “paid what she is worth” about the quitting bonus is attempting to force a 20% pay cut for people who make between $8 and $15 per hour.  Republicans in both local and federal jobs seem to believe that America can only become great again if the poor would get jobs.

Well, let’s look at that.  First, the auto industry began massive layoffs and “buyouts” to reduce their deficits.  This caused many industry dependent businesses and suppliers to also have to layoff staff.  Next the housing industry took a dive because these formerly middle class citizens could not pay their bills.  Houses went into foreclosure by the tens of thousands leaving banks about to go belly-up.

So, the federal government steps in and rescues the banks while the people yell “yeah”.  Then they step in to rescue the auto companies and the people yell “nay”.  Please note that the decisions that led the company policies and created their profits or losses were made by those making over $500,000 per year.  Not exactly poverty stricken.  None of the middle class workers being laid off were decision makers.

Now that these industries have been rescued, the auto companies are slowly hiring again, albeit at lesser wages but the banks are increasing fees to customers and refusing loans to the small businesses who need funds to hire or expand.  Hmmm, it seems that the rich take the money and run and the “kick em while they’re down” actually put their money where their community is.

Further, people at the bottom of the economic ladder spend more regularly because they do not have resources to stock up on goods.  Their clothes and shoes are of lesser quality and must be replaced more frequently.  These are rampant consumers and keep the economy flowing.  If they have no job to go to they don’t buy gas or fast food for lunch.  They don’t buy mid-range work clothing as they just wear jeans or sweats until they wear out.  And they don’t buy new computers, cell phones and other electronics because they don’t have the money.

Only decent paying employment will pull America and the globe out of the pit we have dug.  If companies do not hire, they cannot complain that they have no customers.  By choking off the incomes of the already poor, this country guarantees continuous recessions.

Again I say, make your own job.