The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Who Gets to Stay Home?

Mar 16, 2020

Trump said the government would “ensure that working Americans impacted by the virus can stay home without fear of financial hardship.”

Ha! And who delivers the mail, picks up bus passengers, brings packages to our houses, not to mention staffs the emergency rooms, feeds the sick, cleans the hospitals, stays with the elderly!

When House Speaker Pelosi’s bill says it will be possible for people to get two weeks of sick leave, who is she talking about? Her proposal actually exempts companies from paying for sick leave for about 4 out of every 5 people in the work force!

About a quarter of the working population still does not have paid sick days. A small number of people can work from home and get paid for it. But they seem to be the employees high up the corporate or institutional ladder.

It’s not the majority of the population. Everyone knows someone who isn’t getting sick pay now, someone working for Walmart or Uber or GrubHub.

Why should the politicians’ current promises be any more true than all their past promises were?