Towards a More Permanent Underclass


There are a lot of things to despise about this.

First of all, it hits poor people harder than anything else. And the poor are not the problem--the predatory financial class is the problem. Few, if any, are not creating jobs, they are destroying the American economy by gaming the system, and they know that they can buy their way out of political or legal trouble.

Second, it inflates the cost of education even more in this country to the point where it forces people to chase diplomas and certificates and pay the ever-increasing costs associated with them. If you have left high school, who do you have to pay in order to get GED training? That's right--a for-profit company that will cash in on the desperation created by this bill. And if you want to climb above the level where people are scrambling and competing and improve your situation, it makes it more expensive to get above the GED level because, after all, no one is just going to give you a degree. Especially if it is a for-profit outfit that, hooray, can now go on screwing people even more, thanks to this Congress.

Third, it wrongly cuts off unemployment insurance to people who have worked and who have earned their insurance benefits under the system. It allows the unemployment insurance system to keep money that was paid into it. It's not going affect the people who don't need unemployment, of course. They would be the ones walking away from their job with a buyout, a pension, and a golden parachute.

If the Democrats want to win this fall, they have to isolate and highlight issues like this--issues where the Republican Party, once again, screws the working poor and create a permanent underclass of people who are trapped and desperate and are made even more so by the prospect of losing their unemployment benefits simply because they don't have a GED.