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A Very Sad And Somber Labor Day

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It is a sad Labor Day, in the shadow of the Trump Pandemic. Over a fourth of workers are afraid of losing their jobs because of the pandemic, up from 15% last year this time, according to Gallup. That is, the anxiety over joblessness as almost doubled. Many are much more worried, as well, about having their wages cut. Workers are more anxious than at any time since the Great Recession began to taper off nine years ago.

Some 27 million US workers are receiving jobless benefits. While the government is reporting an improvement of unemployment to 8.4%, it is more like 9% because many workers who have been temporarily laid off mark themselves as “absent.” Moreover, some 300,000 of the new jobs are as census workers, which doesn’t really tell you that the private sector is rebounding. Not to mention that 8.4% unemployment is apocalyptic.

The bulk of the crisis is owing to the Trump administration’s refusal to implement a national testing and tracing program or to encourage mask wearing, and its policy of closing down the economy too late and opening too soon, have all deepened and prolonged the crisis in a way that is not paralleled in other industrialized democracies such as South Korea and Germany.

The fears of the workers are justified, especially those with lower incomes. For those making under $27,000 a year, employment was down 14% this July, whereas for those making over $60,000 a year, it was down only about 1%, according Shirley Leung and Larry Edelman at The Boston Globe.

United Airlines is letting 16,000 workers go in October. Ford is firing 1400.

Workers of color have been hit harder than whites, with higher continuing unemployment rates and recent gains wiped out.

And remember all the hoopla about essential workers putting themselves on the line for us? That’s gone, too, even though at least 130 grocery workers have died of the virus and at least 8,200 have fallen ill with it. Abha Bhattarai at WaPo reports that any hazard pay grocery workers received in the early days of the pandemic is gone, and many have quit rather than get Covid-19 or because they are exhausted from dealing with nasty customers who don’t like being told to wear masks or who are just generally rude.This departure of so many has left those who remain bedraggled, over-worked, and more vulnerable and just as poorly paid as ever. One of the workers interviewed was making $11 an hour.

You cannot afford to rent an apartment virtually anywhere in the country even at $15 an hour.

Nor are other jobs easy to come by. Almost a million retail jobs have gone up in smoke this year in the US.

David Cay Johnston at The National Memo figures on the basis of a newly released IRS data known as Table 1.4 that:

“The nearly 87 million taxpayers making less than $50,000 had to get by in 2018 on $307 less per household than in 2016, the year before Trump took office, I find.”
Gee, imagine that. For over half of US workers, Trump did not in fact create the best economy. People who needed a new $300 washing machine under Obama had the money for it. Under Trump, it evaporated. Imagine how much worse they are now, after Trump mishandled the pandemic for six months and consigned millions to unemployment.

People on the top have made out like bandits, Johnston notes:

“The number of taxpayers making $10 million or more soared 37 percent to a record 22,112 households.”
That big Republican tax cut Trump is so proud of only really benefited his super-rich golf buddies.

Meanwhile, America’s 600+ billionaires are nearly $1 trillion richer than they were last March 1, according to Inequality.org.

Here's a Labor Day Reminder That Trump's Covid-19 Mismanagement Left 27 Million Unemployed, 189,000 Dead, and Food Banks Overwhelmed | Common Dreams Views
 

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Why did China lie to the entire world about this Pandemic when they knew in November what was happening?
They did not lock down their country to prevent the COVID 19 from spreading. And they silenced whistle-blowers who
tried to warn the world.


And remember what Dr. Facui said: Fauci says Trump’s coronavirus policy decisions helped save lives!

Testifying before Congress on Friday, Dr. Anthony Fauci repeatedly credited President Trump for coronavirus policy decisions that saved lives.

Those measures included Trump’s decisions to ban flights from China, the UK and the rest of Europe, and the administration’s “Fifteen Days to Slow the Spread” quarantine policy, initially ordered in mid-March and then extended to a total 30 days.

Appearing before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Response, Fauci said he participated in, and approved of, all of those policies — and that he believes they all resulted in the saving of lives.


Fauci says Trump's coronavirus policy decisions helped save lives

-Silenced whistleblowers who sounded alarm
 

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Trump pandemic lol! When he shut down travel to and from China early on Nancy and the usual Dems called him a racist and a xenophobe.
 

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America is coming back!

Payrolls increase by nearly 1.8 million, topping expectations despite coronavirus resurgence
Aug 7 2020
Jobs report July 2020: Payrolls up by nearly 1.8M, unemployment rate falls


New York (CNN Business)The US unemployment rate fell to 11.1% as the economy added a record 4.8 million jobs in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Thursday.


August unemployment rate declined from 10.2 to 8.4 percent, and the number of payroll jobs grew by 1.4 million. Unemployment declined for most demographic groups of workers, and job growth occurred in a wide range of industries.
 
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