Workfare came out of Welfare Reform, supported by Republicans for decades, and finally implemented by a corporatist Democrat. Bill Clinton. The idea was to get women and children off of food stamps…
Workfare came out of Welfare Reform, supported by Republicans for decades, and finally implemented by a corporatist Democrat. Bill Clinton.
The idea was to get women and children off of food stamps and associated benefits, by requiring them to get job training, or volunteer to “work,” in some form of public service.
In effect, asking taxpayers, to work off the benefits they already paid for, with their own taxes, before they lost their job.
What’s the big deal?
So what if they get job training they need, or have something to do instead of stay home and drink and make babies, they can’t afford, or go out and make trouble for the community with all of that newfound “unstructured, free time…”
Here’s a few problems, as with any well intentioned government program, written by the rich to save them from the poor, and any obligation to them.
If you are getting job training, what about the quality? What if you already have two degrees, and computer training, like completed college online, for Christ sake… What is accomplished by mandating the client to repeat training and classes he already paid for, and is in debt for… While asking the taxpayers to pay for it… AGAIN!
If it was inadequate the 1st time, how about something DIFFERENT for a change!
How are you expected to attend multiple online job training sessions AND show up for job interviews?
And if you miss ANY of the training sessions or sessions with your caseworker, in some states you can be CUT OFF from assistance for 3 years!
How about if you defy the odds and GET a job! Take the 1st thing you are offered, which is what the contractors and the government WANT you to do. So they can get paid, and reimbursed for returning you into a productive taxpayer… And that new employer for whatever reason, let’s you go.
THEN you have to get verification from your previous, albeit BRIEF employer that you were employed, how long you worked, and how much you were paid. So they can put you back on the dole….
What if your previous employer has NO INCENTIVE to answer your calls, emails, or “is out” when you pay money to go out to visit him, to BEG him to sign your paperwork, to get your much needed benefits since you have NO INCOME to pay your bills or buy food, and they simply say “we never got X, Y, Z” when you CAN get a hold of them…
What if despite the fact you are poor, you are then forced to depend on family and friends for assistance…. To the point that you are going from place to place, and sleeping on couches, with NO money, or health care, and are STILL expected to “get a fucking job, you piece of shit deadbeat!”
What if you have disabilities, but the doctor finds you are “impaired but not disabled” and therefore are “able bodied” and expected to work?
What if family can no longer support you, and you can no longer support yourself. With no prospects or ability to obtain employment, even when you look for and apply for jobs 12-16 hrs a day…
What if your creditors want you to pay your bill…
What if your school loans, due to your record of unemployment have ballooned to the 75,000 dollar range… And they give you a break, and let you pay $5 a month…. Which means it will be paid off in 15,000 months! Or 1,250 years!!!
What if this constant, ongoing stress leads you to anxiety, insomnia, memory loss, and other associated illnesses, that while impair you, do not disable you….
What are you expected to do, when you are cut off…. Find a job? Go back to school… which they won’t even let you do, since you already can’t pay back your loans.
What if you show up to do your Workfare, community service, like a common criminal/debt slave that you are…
What if you did work, just to do it.
No desire, no incentive, no value, no purpose,,, just do this, so we can say you did something…
You work because you are afraid of what we will do to you, if you don’t.
How is that not mob rule, and like living in a prison…
And when you leave THAT job you are NOT paid for, you get to run to your 2nd UNPAID JOB, which is to spend night and day, looking for a job, ANY job, that WILL PAY YOU, to get away from this debtors prison.
Just to escape the shame, the pointlessness, the fear, the anxiety, you name it.
Now, you tell me, is that living, or dying…???
I get it that you have a house, a job, a car, a wife, and kids, but for how long…
When is it in this house of musical chairs YOUR turn for being left to hold the open/bottomless bag?
Don’t say a degree is enough… It isn’t.
Don’t say being a good worker is enough, in this age of the right for a corporation to profit, it isn’t.
If anything you get to dance on the hat of a pin, balancing the act of being valuable enough to keep your job, but not TOO valuable, or TOO worthless…
TOO valuable, meaning you are TOO expensive to keep and pay what you are worth and bring into the company…
TOO worthless, meaning you are disposable… Or are the wrong race, gender, age, etc, and can be easily replaced with that of another race, gender, age…
You’re expertise, experience, contribution, is meaningless, worthless, and as unnecessary as the menial tasks, and repetitive labor you are asked to do now, to earn your privilege to fucking eat!
The fear of socialism is that nobody will have the incentive to work.
The fear of capitalism is that you will not be valuable enough to exploit, and replace the minute they have to actually invest anything of theirs into you.
Government through tax breaks, exemptions, subsidies and other programs, regulates employment.
The corporate goal is to have highly skilled people to do skilled work, just not too many of them..
Then have low skilled, poorly trained, EXPENDABLE people to do the busy work. And easily terminated, as soon as they expect demand to normalize, and eliminate demand for more for lack of a better word, day laborers…
And to expedite this process and transformation, libertarians and conservatives got together with their corporate masters and found a way to not only get tax exemptions and legalize bribery with unlimited campaign contributions… but collude with the states to make the people pay taxes, then have to work for the benefits they already were taxed and that they themselves paid for.
Which begs the question, what are we paying taxes to the government for? If they can at any time, collude with the moneyed interests to exempt the wealth class from funding government as much as the people do, let alone as much as the unemployed people do?
And if you are expected to work for free as a free man. How can you reconcile the fact that an inmate doing slave labor for corporations in government contractors is actually paid for their labor, (even at 15 cents an hour) and MORE than YOU are, under “Workfare”?!!
They value the inmates labor MORE than yours!
Who is the bigger slave here?
Looks like it’s YOU!
Wake the HELL UP!
It seems the ONLY bipartisan agenda for the moneyed class, is to come up with even more schemes to reinvent slavery, and the mid evil, feudal, caste system…
And convince the people that it is “Freedom…”
Where you are “FREE”… to be as …”Dumb” as you want to be…
And milked, starved and worked like a slave…
Ayn Rand would understand, and applaud…
RE: Why I DON’T listen to 18-22 year olds/college kids… You haven’t done anything… You haven’t paid a bill… You’re parent’s have. You haven’t p…
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Why I DON’T listen to 18-22 year olds/college kids…
You haven’t done anything…
You haven’t paid a bill… You’re parent’s have.
You haven’t paid, on one date, your date has.
You haven’t had to plan or organize for anything… That did not coincide with your self interest.
You haven’t led a group filled with competing ideologies, goals, and selfish interests to overcome you.
You haven’t been responsible for Jack… Shit…!
Your parent’s catered to you, your flings and partner’s flattered and spoiled you….
You have yet to realize how much you don’t know, haven’t done, and that what you have done, aint worth much in the REAL WORLD! Where RESULTS matter, more than intentions, or having the right opinion, the right clothes, the right amount of money, right amount of guilt, or enough personal insecurity and lack of confidence in yourself, that you have to attack and vilify and destroy, anyone who does… Especially if they don’t believe in you, or your Bullshit!
What does a 20 year old know about anyone else’s daily life? You think they who don’t read books, and get their views and opinions from tv, media, tenured professors who can say anything, and literally “do” their own student’s for their self gratification, and then give them marks on the basis of how well they “serve” authority… You think they who don’t debate, but shout out, ignore, Occupy, violate property laws, and laws against violence and inciting real violence, in the name of protecting everyone from imagined violence, of the perpetual interest group, have anything of value to offer. Any insight to share with the guy who has a shit job, to pay his bills, and can’t afford health care, because he has to work less hours, and take less pay the more productive he has to be, and with a smile, and a willingness to do ANYTHING, just to keep his head above water in that shit job… Under constant threats of “evaluations” and dress codes, and speech and harassment codes, et. al… You think THAT guy or woman thanks you for the useful idiot, unproductive role you play in making their livelihood or job, that much MORE difficult and impossible to accomplish basic, fundamental tasks…
Try holding a job shrieking out “TRIGGER WARNING!” when your boss tells you, you have to smile more, work faster, and NOT draw attention for yourself, at the expense of the company and the customer… You know, that inconvenient truth that: TRIGGER WARNING!!! “YOUR OPINIONS DON’T MATTER!”
Try keeping a job the minute you go ape shit and start destroying the office or work station, when your check is delayed because of a clerical error.
Try having to work a job, working with ex cons, you don’t even want to know what they did, because the husband or boyfriend of the owner’s daughter is an ex con, and they like the cheap labor. And if they decide to “lose your time card” and can’t pay you, well it sucks to be you…” But you are still expected to compliment the woman on her latest Gucci purse purchase, which is 3 times what you make in a week, that they just decided on a whim, NOT to pay you…
Try calling out “sexist, racist, misogynist!” Every time you see a woman as a secretary, or a doctor, or a laborer, or nurse, and call them OUT for denying men, the right, proportionally to be employed in their traditional fields!
Boycott colleges that graduate too many people of a certain race, like Asian, in engineering, and DEMAND that men, women, and people of all ethnicity are represented proportionally according to yearly Census data.
And if there are not enough women or minorities to fill that gap. Let those positions be left wanting… If we truly as so committed to “equality.”
What if the doctor to perform the heart transplant you need, objects because he feels he should not be subjected to further “slavery” to do his or her part to save a representative of the class that has oppressed him/her, and their people for NOT approving of immigration, those who do not have English as their native language, and does not approve of the patient’s social habits, vices, and gosh darn it, just isn’t comfortable around them, and “serving” them in ANY possible way?
What if the pharmacist won’t fill your prescription for a certain drug, because it violates their beliefs.
What if we believe just what the 1st person told us, and were suspicious, even FEARFUL of ANYTHING and EVERYTHING else, to the point that we are loyal to ideas and ideologies that modern times have discredited or made impractical, if not illogical.
Why are we basing SO MUCH in the 21st century on ancient ideas, ideals, and technologies?
We design our social structure on the views of men and few women who lived in the 18th and 19th century.
Medical practices that go back to the times when doctor’s did procedures with their BARE HANDS! And it took DECADES for scientist, and the people to call for doctor’s to simply WASH THEIR HANDS before, during, and after surgery to prevent fatal infection and certain death. At one point, the only medication for illness was leeches… sucking blood out of very sick people…
How about our ancient idea of economy, and what we settle for as currency?!!
If we can embrace modern times with medicine, why not our legal system, monetary system, and social fabric?
What is the threat of people informed with the latest in science and technology, and the growing, evolving collective human nature, asserting itself to design new ways of doing old things…
Maybe we need people to assimilate, NOT to decide what to HATE, but meet to decide, what.. the… HELL… WORKS!
We can’t even agree on if people have a right to exist… and if so, that means whether or not they have a right to that which sustains LIFE!
Instead we enforce a groupthink CULTure that is more concerned with who get’s to take a shit in public, based on “identity,” than we are concerned, or are even made aware of how many people have little to no access to food, clean water, shelter, and basic health care and hygiene to have an opportunity to ponder the day when they have the time and the inclination to BITCH about who get’s to pee, where, when and how!
Our water is poisoned by an aluminum byproduct, that is also used to clean our teeth, when it can kill our teeth in large doses, and make us mentally diminished when ingested in large doses.
Our air is poisoned with heavy metals such as aluminium and barium, which in high doses can lead to Autism… Which so happens now, to be a epidemic. Out of nowhere…
Our foreign lands are inundated with Depleted Uranium, which literally is toxic waste, and radioactive… to a point that it even poisons our own soldiers and deforms their unborn children, just as much as the natives on the lands we occupy… to “modernize and bring into the civilized world….”
But you would rather I limit myself to your speech codes, political correctness, and biases, and self fulfilling ideologies, and pseudo religions, to replace all religions.. and ethics of man through the ages of time.
You want to reinvent society in your own image, as it was taught to you, by OLD WHITE MEN and WOMEN, and Affirmative Action minorities, who want you to “check your privilege” but NOT their tenure. Where they are paid to indoctrinate the next generation of social justice warriors, while taking the time to publish research papers on archaic topics, that are sometimes related to their fields, and in the meantime, get to harass, intellectually and sexually, as many students as their unchecked ARROGANCE and personal libidos can sadistically desire.
Because they have the unmitigated GALL to call you “adults, capable of making your own decisions…” while they have total dominion over your intellectual, spiritual, and even sex life…
That is NOT an adult who is free to NOT do as they are told.
That is a child, looking outside for a maternal figure to instruct them on how to behave in order to accomplish status on the basis of how well they follow orders, and conform.
That is worse than a child, that is a SLAVE!
Where are the people amassing to free these poor child slaves, from the exploitation of their masters…
I see no one…
I don’t see parent’s speaking up to save their kids. I see them proud that their kids are engaging in “their right of passage” to be similarly exploited and abused.
I don’t see society, engaging the people who profit financially and personally, in some of the most sadistic and unethical ways imaginable, and taking them into account.
All I see is people who are enslaved in this system, who are ostracized, attacked and insulted, and in some cases, academically ruined… because they dare to speak out against, or offer alternatives to these damaging and despicable, ideologies of the status quo.
This system is not teaching kids what they need to succeed in life, it only teaches them that they are victims who are owed something… Leaving out the point that the whole consequence of being a victim is that you are NOT owed ANYTHING, you are only there to be exploited by your master, and the next master after that.
I see one generation’s indifference to the enslavement and exploitation of the last one, continuing on, in perpetuity…
But then again, this principle is reinforced in the adult world as well, just look at reparations and Social Security.
As long as mechanisms of slavery, intellectual and personal, are reinforced, and reinvented, and extended to those of the next generation as fervently as the last, there can be no reconciliation, no progress… Collective punishment offers no joy.
Nothing but a protracted, meticulously managed decline, where the masters of our minds, and of the means of society, get to secure it at our expense, as they are entertained with the neverending show, watching people across all artificial barriers, struggle to survive the REAL barriers they imposed, as they destroy each other, with the artificial barriers, that the think tanks, college campuses, and non governmental organizations and corporate wealth class, and political class wealth protectors, skillfully use, to get the slaves to police, sacrifice and ultimately destroy themselves, and make their masters a profit, in the process…
If man itself is to survive, THIS SHIT HAS GOT TO GO!
The very first thing you should do, if you care to do anything at all. Is to inoculate yourself from this hateful poison that goads on the powerless, to enslave the rest of us, to serve the interests and aims of those in absolute power. And to exist in luxury, at our expense, and watch us needlessly suffer and die, for their profit and sadistic pleasure.
Move on, evolve, see the BIG picture, and what your role isn’t now…
But if you bothered to be informed, very well could be, to be an agent of REAL actual, tangible change, for the better of society, your neighbor, as well as yourself.
We ALL benefit when we are inspired to speak our minds, respectfully, share ideas, and work towards a common goal.
We cannot benefit when a self righteous interest group, let alone a collection of them, engage in acts of metaphorical and literal TERRORISM, against life, people and property. That is the tyranny of the majority, the tyranny of mob rule, which is always temporary, until the STATE comes in, and indiscriminately seizes the rights, property, and opportunity for freedom and the free will of ALL MEN AND WOMEN, to think what they want, say what they want, act as they want, and work to achieve a common goal, so long as it is PEACEFUL, and just. Not violent and UNJUST!
These true “Violent Radicalized, Homegrown, Domestic, Terrorist, & Extremist” ONLY exist to create the necessary chaos to facilitate a violent crackdown on ALL people, INDISCRIMINATELY on behalf OF the ALL powerful STATE!
These people are like the little kid that sucks up to the bully. And thinks they are his friend, and are protected. And they help him harass and terrorize, and assault, every kid on the playground… But never see it coming when the bully they think is one of their own, turns on them, and destroys them, to take out their only rival, and maintain their supremacy, and security, as a bully.
The only way to stop a bully is to call them out, ostracize them, and if need be, organize to contain them and disempower them…
But how can we ever come together, if we actively look for, reasons for division and separation. To the point that we are isolated and slaughtered at a time of our master’s choosing?
Mental chains bring physical chains. You cannot have one, without the other.
For people to choose of their own free will to be in slavery, I cannot bring one second of concern…
For people who do not choose, of their own free will to be enslaved, and yearn to live and act, and speak, and assemble freely… I would rather stand with you, and be destroyed, than stand one moment, with any other, who will just destroy me anyway, on the basis of self imposed privilege, and delusional, illusive, final supremacy…
“Check My Privilege?”
Check your ego. Then your maturity. Then your facts… Then once you have the facts in front of you… KEEP DOING YOUR RESEARCH… THEN get OUT of the house/apt./dorm… Meet REAL PEOPLE YOU DON’T KNOW… And TALK to them!
About what their concerns are.
What their life is like.
What could be done to help THEM, in REAL LIFE
And NOT about how YOU can force other people, to think and act like YOU, against their will…
That is REAL TYRANNY, REAL OPPRESSION, REAL SLAVERY!
Here’s an idea, STOP beLIEving everything you are told… and open up a BOOK!
If it just so happens to be a Dictionary, all the better!
Then once you have an actual grasp of what words actually MEAN, and do not mean…
THEN you get to form an argument, so long as it is based on actual events, that took place, in the WORLD, and not your imagination, to feed your personal ego as a martyr, while making people subservient to your will, since they are supposed to be victims, who are too powerless or traumatized to do anything for themselves, least of all THINK for themselves…
When you do that, THEN I will bother to hear what you may have to say, even if it isn’t much. Because then it has a chance to be productive and substantive. Until that time I shall be as dismissive of you, as you are of anyone else. And I will leave you in peace, demanding that you do the same. And if not, I shall traumatize you with multiple fact based arguments, that all of the invented trauma, you are inflicting on your sorry selves, will never be able to eliminate.
You cannot make things you don’t like disappear, and never exist…
For there is a God, and thankfully he/she is NOT YOU!!!
You guys hate Trump because you sound just like him. I’m smart, your dumb, nah, nah, nah…. It’s the Three Stooges level of politics. Talk about reducing the discourse to the lowest level, have you watched some of your videos. Let alone the garbage you talk about when you don’t talk about politics. I really see no difference between you guys and Trump. Outsiders, who wanna be insiders, who bluster, insult and gag their way through the issues, and always with a “look at me, I am smart, so much smarter than you, STUPID!” attitude. You guys are JUST LIKE TRUMP, and you are TOO STUPID, VAPID and ARROGANT to even see it. Cenk is the only one here who makes any sense, but then HE allows the idiots to spew their crap, Wesley Clark’s son, come on! Ana, John, Jimmy, only Cenk, and the brother who rarely gets to speak make ANY sense on this channel. The rest of the lot are attention grabbing insult comics who ARE NOT FUNNY! Did you guys see “Left of the Dial” about the failure of Air America… I see the same BS from you guys as them. Watch the documentary, and tell me what you see… I don’t even support Trump or any candidate, and I’m sick of you guys, already… Your shtick is old…. How about having guests that DON’T agree with you on, every once in a while. Can your smug attitude and general arrogance handle THAT! Guess not, right, Cenk. What a waste…