When I say “they’re,” I’m referring to the bunch in Jefferson City who are supposed to look out for the people’s interests. Instead, what I’m seeing is that they are looking out for two things:
1. Their re-election efforts
2. Big business’ interests
Where did the people go? Don’t ask me. Ask Rep. Marilyn Ruestman, Mo. Sen. Gary Nodler, and other Republican members of the legislature, who are threatening to turn away much of the stimulus money the Obama administration has offered to our state. Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is leading the charge, claiming that accepting the stimulus money for unemployment claims would be a “tax hike” to employers, and reward people who are not eligible presently in Missouri for unemployment compensation. This includes those who are temporary workers and those who are “at fault” for losing their job.
OK. Lets talk about this. Temporary workers? The problem with this is, many businesses have gone to employing “temps,” rather than hiring people outright. The protection to the employer is a reduction in unemployment compensation insurance. They don’t have to pay it presently. And they don’t have to give benefits to these temporary workers. When jobs are scarce, this is an attractive tool to employers, who use temps as a way to get out of paying their share of the burden for people who are, in essence, working for them, but “not really,” because they are just temps. I know several such people. It is a travesty, already, that these workers are not treated as “real.” When they fall through the system’s cracks, it makes the rest of us pick up the tab so businesses can prosper.
2. At fault: what this truly means is, an employer can claim you did something horrible and get rid of you in that regard, and refuse to pay unemployment compensation. Now, if someone commits a crime, I can see that. But most of the time it is the employer looking for a loophole to save their bucks.
Fact: The whole issue is a scam on the public. The Republican right wing in Missouri is trying to scam the voters into believing their rhetoric. What I would like to see is someone with the cojones to lay out the other sides of this argument publicly, and then I would like to see the local newspapers, like our local McDonald County papers, print it. Yes, right alongside Marilyn Ruestman’s leglislative report, which is really just a rehash of the GOP crap she feeds everyone who will listen. My question to her is, when did you ever do anything for McDonald County that wasn’t a calculated effort for your re-election, or your seeking another high office later? If you can prove it, Marilyn, send me the goods.
If Missouri is not able to take part in the national stimulus package because of all this posturing, I certainly hope that the fault is put on these people, beginning with Kinder and all the way down to Ruestman. And when Missouri is totally broke and there is no money for schools, bridges and infrastructure, and the coffers are empty, we will know whom to blame.