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As it has become painfully obvious to all concerned, Gov. Scott Walker's promise to create 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin has spectacularly failed. Due to his failures and chronic unemployment in Wisconsin the Unemployment Reserve Fund is not in real great shape. Now the way to fix this would be to create jobs that pay a living wage so that people can get off of unemployment. But that would require common sense and intelligence, two things of which Governor Walker is in short supply.

What is Governor Walker's plan to fund unemployment?

  1. [R]equiring the unemployed to do four job applications a week instead of the current two.
  2. Requiring more documentation from recipients of jobless benefits to cut down on fraud.
  3. Restricting the number of reasons such as illness, travel distance or physical limitations that a person can give to refuse work and still receive jobless benefits.
  4. Narrowing the list of exceptions that allow workers to quit a job and then receive unemployment insurance. Wisconsin currently has 18 of these exemptions, such as quitting for medical reasons or moving to a new region with a spouse. According to the report, Minnesota is the state with the next highest number of exemptions with nine.

So instead of trying to actually do anything to alleviate joblessness in Wisconsin Governor Walker is blaming the victim. So what if you have a Master's degree in accounting ... you are going to take that job at McDonald's or Walmart and earn a wage that likely will not cover your living expenses. But, that is exactly what Walker's corporate overlords want. A weak, compliant working class that will work for peanuts just so they they can survive while the corporate overlords swim in their money much like Scrooge McDuck.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 02:00 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Badger State Progressive, and Unemployment Chronicles.

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