The Spark

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

Jobless and Checkless

Aug 3, 2009

Nearly ten million Americans are now collecting unemployment benefits.

Collecting, that is, if eligible. States must verify eligibility before issuing checks.

More than 4.6 million workers have had their checks delayed more than three weeks – some as long as six months, or more – because the states have neither manpower nor computer power to deal with the load.

And why not? Because the systems were starved for money in order to lower the taxes required of employers! In the last ten years, for example, California’s employer tax rate went down 40% – and 165 billion needed dollars were kept out of the state insurance fund.

Delays in payments mean that families go hungry, sick, bankrupt, homeless. Ah, but what does that matter, as long as corporate taxes stay low!

The states’ priorities are revealed.