Anyone who has ever been on unemployment (myself included) can testify how financially difficult it is. While still some money coming in, it is far from enough to get by.
For the last few months, those rendered unemployed by Covid-19 have received $600 a week via the CARES act. Unfortunately, that money will no longer be going out because Congress cannot get their act together. In response, you know who signed an executive action to send $400 a week to those receiving unemployment.
Putting aside the request (if one wants to call it that) that the states have to put in 25% of the funds, $400 a week is pathetic.
$400 a week is $1600 a month, before taxes. Let’s imagine that one’s rent or mortgage is $1000 a month. That leaves $600 for the rest of the monthly expenses. If this person is lucky, the $600 will be just enough to cover the rest of their bills. That leaves nothing left over in the case of a financial emergency, which is bound to happen, sooner or later.
Two things bother me. The first is that this money belongs to the tax paying American public. We give this money to the government so they can take of us when need arises. The fact that they are unwilling to give us this badly needed money speaks volumes. The second is that the members of Congress earn more in a year than most of us see in our lifetimes. They don’t have to worry about if they will be able to stay in their homes or feed their families.
The only way to get the economy going is to get America back to work. Unfortunately, I have a feeling the $400 in unemployment will hinder, not help the current economic status.
The purpose of democracy is to ensure that the voice of the average citizen is heard. There is no aristocratic type hierarchy in which a ruler and the wealthy classes are more important than the average person on the street.
At least that is the idea.
The latest news from Washington D.C. is that the traditional Congressional August recess has left a few unresolved issues on the table. One of these is whether or not to continue to send an additional $600 a week in unemployment to those who are still jobless due to Covid-19. I have a few opinions on the topic, but I will let Vic DiBitetto (Ticked Off Vic) share his perspective. The nail has been hit on the head.
As usual, his videos contain language that might be offensive to some people.
Difficult times often reveal who a person is. How they respond to the crisis unfolding in front of them speaks volumes.
Since Covid-19 made itself a little too comfortable in the United States earlier this year, the economy has gone down the drain and over 150,00 Americans have lost their lives.
And what is the response of POTUS to this double calamity?
“is what it is”
If doesn’t piss you off, I don’t what to say. Not only is this man incompetent, he doesn’t give two sh*ts about the country. He only cares about number one.
Over the last three years, he has given us plenty of reasons to question if he can do the job the American voters hired him to do. If one was to list the reasons why he is incapable, this statement would be in the top five, if not number one.
P.S. If you have not seen the Jonathan Swan interview, I highly recommend that you do so. It is an SNL skit in the making.
I wouldn’t wish anyone dead and I would dare wish Covid-19 on anyone.
But the doctors and the medical experts have been reiterating the same information for months. Stay home if you can. If you must go out, put on a mask at the very least. Avoid large crowds and stay at least six feet away from other people.
The facts are clear. If we are survive this virus and return to a state of semi-normalcy, we MUST listen to the experts. We cannot and should be so foolish to think that we are not at risk of becoming sick from Covid-19. Anyone who does so put their lives and the lives of their loved ones at risk.
RIP Mr. Cain. Perhaps we will finally learn from our mistakes.
P.S. Does anyone else believe that it is karma that Louie Gohmert refused to wear a mask and tested positive for the virus?
If I had a time machine, I would go back to the beginning of the year. I would warn our political leaders that politics and personal gain would only amplify the havoc that Covid-19 causes. Science and logic is the only way to save lives and the economy. But I don’t have a time machine.
Randy Rainbow’s new video came out earlier today. It is entitled “GEE, ANTHONY FAUCI! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody”.
I love this song and video. Based on “Gee, Officer Krupke” from the musical “West Side Story“, the song points out what we all know. Anthony Fauci is one of the only voices of sanity in the insane world of American politics that exists at the moment.
If the United States is to survive Covid-19, we need to listen to those who can lead us with a cool head and an understanding of what the American public needs. Instead, we have an immature, egotistical, used car salesman man-child leading us who only priority is number one.
In the era of Covid-19, it behooves us to listen to the experts. They tell us that for the sake of our health and the health of others, that we wear masks when we are outside.
In Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order that banned towns and cities from enforcing a rule that when outside, members of the public must wear a mask.
Brian Kemp is an idiot. I don’t know who is advising him, but whoever they are, their head is clearly in the sand. As of today, nearly 150,000 people in Georgia have been infected and over 3000 people are dead.
We are in the midst of a pandemic. The last thing we need is an idiot politician who refuses to prioritize the lives and the health of their constituents. But you can’t vote if your dead or intubated, right?
Just another reminder that we need to vote and remind those in the halls of power who they are responsible to.
On paper, the process of looking for a new job is quite simple. You find the job you think you would be good at, put in the application and wait for the hopeful email/phone call for an interview. If you get the interview, you represent yourself as best you can and wait for a response. Simple, right?
No. Anyone who has been through the process at least once can easily attest to how brutal and soul sucking the employment search is. To say it is difficult when the economy is normal is an understatement. But when the country is experiencing a health crisis and an economic crisis? I can only imagine the wrench that Covid-19 throws into the job hunt.
A new ad campaign will be released by the White House today. It is called Find Something New. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage Americans who are unhappy at their jobs or unemployed to “find something new”.
These people have no idea what it is like to have to look for a job. They have no understanding of how it feels to apply for multiple jobs and only receive a handful of responses at best. They will never understand the heartbreak of hearing that the job you thought you were perfect for went to someone else.
According to an article published by the Pew Research Center over the weekend, the number of unemployed Americans is higher than it was during the Great Recession over ten years ago. What is worse is that it took only three months to reach that figure compared to the two years it took back in 2007-2008.
The fact is that getting the economy back on its feet will not be a simple process. However, it does not help that the man we unfortunately refer to as President seems unwilling and unable to do what is needed to return this country to a state of semi-normalcy. Which is in my mind, another reason to get rid of him in the fall.
These days, its hard not to become cynical about the events in the news. But it all it takes is the simple friendship of two young boys that love is still possible.
Last fall, the internet was introduced to Maxwell and Finnegan, two toddlers from New York City who are best friends. Running into each other’s arms for a movie style hug, they touched the hearts and minds of everyone who saw the video.
Last week a video surfaced on Twitter of the two boys walking hand in hand, wearing masks.
These children, without knowing it, are teaching us adults simple lessons of friendship and decency.
Wearing a mask, whether voluntarily or because of a mandate, is not the same as being murdered by the Nazis. Wearing a mask can save lives during this pandemic that is not a deep state Soros plot to steal your soul if you have one.
When the Paycheck Protection Program or PPP was enacted a few months ago, its purpose was to help America’s small business owners stay open and financially afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was not designed to give millions to large corporations whose bottom line would remain unaffected. But someone was not paying attention as to who received the money. According to a news report from this morning, Kanye West was one of the recipients of the PPP.
Now granted, the money was meant to keep his clothing line company going. While I understand that, it seems that the money was given out with little though to who actually need the loan vs. who didn’t need the loan. Who actually needed the funds was the local Mom and Pop stores, not the big companies whose profit margins have a healthy amount of zeroes attached to them.
As I see it, this is just another reason to vote you know who out in November. There was clearly little structure and little planning to ensure that the funds did not go to those who did not need it. Just like every decision this administration has made.