Arianna Huffington on Jobs
2004 former Independent Challenger for CA Governor
So why is there no sense of urgency coming out of Washington? Perhaps the reason can be found in the stunning results of a study that broke down the unemployment rate by household income. Unemployment for those making $150,000 a year, the study found, was only 3% in the last quarter of 2009. The rate for those in the middle income range was 9%--not far off the national average. The rate for those in the bottom 10% on income was a staggering 31%.
Does anyone believe that the sense of urgency coming out of Washington wouldn't be wildly different of the unemployment rate for the top 10% of income earners was 31%? Of course not--the sense of national emergency would be so great you'd hear air-raid sirens howling. Instead we get policy Band-Aids.
In place of regulation, OSHA has shown whose side it is on by calling for, yes, greater "personal responsibility." The head of OSHA has advocated a "voluntary compliance strategy" of self-policing to encourage careless workers to be a little more cautious, especially when handling company property.
Large posters of workers' making dangerous errors, like erecting a tall ladder close to an overhead wire, were displayed. See, we don't need a regulatory agency at all--just a poster of a mother shaking her finger and saying, "be careful!"
HUFFINGTON: I support the overtime measure. Seeing how many ways that corporations have to try to defraud the workers, any protections I would welcome.
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