Kicking 'Em When They're Down: Wisconsin Punishes People Who Can't Find Jobs (Because Oops They've Failed to Create Any)

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Abby Zimet

Having created just 10% of the jobs he said he'd create and thus helped  Wisconsin sink to the rank of 44th nationwide in economic performance and 50th in job growth, Scott Walker and his GOP cohorts are taking out their frustration on the jobless by proposing a bunch of bills that will, in one critic's words, find "seven new ways to get people kicked off unemployment insurance." Among the changes: The jobless will have to prove each week they looked for four, not just two jobs, to get benefits, and the state will be able to spy on - and freeze - their bank accounts to make sure they didn't get an extra 20 bucks, even if it was the state that screwed up the payments. This, while the legislature continues giving outrageous tax breaks to the rich, who inexplicably seem to be using their added wealth to be doing something - buying yachts, maybe? - other than creating jobs. Most maddeningly, supporters of these anti-worker bills consistently argue they are aimed at "protecting workers." From what? Feeding their kids?

"Beating up on Wisconsinites who are out of work isn't going to fix our economy and it won't trick the public into thinking Republicans are more reputable on job creation... Republican legislators should focus on getting Wisconsin out of our job slump rather than treating unemployed Wisconsinites (as) public enemies."

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