Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Holiday Ham Off the Menu for Poor in Wisconsin.

"Scott Walker's Christmas Present to Wisconsin...

...In case you needed one more reminder why America dodged a bullet when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's presidential campaign failed to take off and he slunk back to his own state, look no further than how he plans to screw his own voters this holiday season.

In a move that seems specifically designed to cause misery to the poor (Walker's specialty), the crack team of fiscal conservatives working for Walker decided now would be a good time to slash funding for food banks and make poor people work even more than they already do if they want to eat..

...If you're an able-bodied adult without children living at home, you must work at least 80 hours a month or look for work to stay in the program...

...Did you catch that?  Scott Walker wants people who are chronically underemployed to work more or else they stop receiving help.  How would a person who already can't get enough hours at a low paying job to get by just magically find more work?...

...Food banks are now hitting critically low reserves.

'The Department of Health Services must understand that a substantial increase in the need for emergency food caused by a loss of food buying power...will result in wide scale shortages in Milwaukee,' (Sherrie Tussler, executive director for Hunger Task Force) wrote...

...In terms of job growth, Wisconsin has consistently trailed the national average.  In fact, Wisconsin only saw 1.5 percent private-sector job growth in 2014."

eye'm thynkin':  I admit that I see nothing wrong with requiring able-bodied recipients of public assistance to work a little for their benefits.   However, telling people who already have jobs but who can't get enough hours to supply all their needs that they must work more in order to be eligible for assistance is going too far.  Wisconsin's private sector is trailing the U.S. in job creation, and  Lord knows, the government of Wisconsin isn't planning on hiring anyone to help them meet these new requirements, so from where are these 60,000 or so new jobs supposed to come? 

Republicans insist on keeping the minimum wage well below a livable rate, and their policies crashed the economy creating this era of chronic, long-term unemployment.  Now they want those effected by either or both to pay the price.

Oh, and Scott, your timing is an especially nice touch.  Say "Happy Holidays" to your wealthy buddies for me, okay?

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