We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I spoke with one of my local pharmacists today. He was harried. I asked him what was up. He told me all four of his assistants had taken a leave from work, then got copies of their unemployment papers from the government.
They are all getting $1600/week from COVID unemployment, and he only pays them about $1000/week.
He is an immigrant from Russia. He was not happy with the situation. Stereotypically cranky Russian. Asked me "Where is the work ethic?" How did he even know about that old fashioned phrase?
My wife work(s)(ed) at the gym across the street part time. She was making about 700 every two weeks.
Thanks to Governor Karen the gym closed in March, and they "furloughed" her in early May.
She is eligble for IIRC 560 a week in unemployment through 31 July (when the current "CARES" act expires).
Since I'm also working well below my normal pay (went from 60 an hour doing computer stuff to 15 an hour delivering groceries during this crisis), we "need" that money to keep us from getting too far behind on house payments etc.
William O. B'Livion
Nancy is insane, but she is also brilliant.
The $600 bonus on top of unemployment has created a loyal cadre of people who support and will fight for keeping the economy closed.
Longer the economy is closed, the worse it gets and of course Trump is blamed for everything.
And Evil. May be the death stroke for Capitalism and America.
May be the beginning of full Marxism in America.
The Shining City on a Hill goes dark, and the darkness enshrouds the world.