Tanya Wells of Williamsburg, Virginia said in an interview
on MSNBC last Sunday that she and her husband had good jobs until 2008, but not
anymore. "We had jobs. We were making good money. We were your average
middle class family, living comfortably. All of a sudden the rug got pulled out
from under us and we are -- along with the rest of the people from the middle
class -- we are now poor."
Wells, who is 32 and lives with her husband and two kids, relies on Medicaid, food stamps and student loans to help take care of her family. She said she and her husband are pursuing degrees in order to boost their employability. She used to work as an oil company's logistics coordinator, her husband as a sheet metal mechanic, and together they earned $100,000. Now they're bringing in $18,000.
Florida Governor Rick Scott will claim he saved the State's economy by
kicking people off unemployment.
A 65-year-old Florida resident named Raymond Togyer is polishing his resume, cold calling potential employers, and spending hours trying, unsuccessfully, to navigate Florida's labyrinthine unemployment compensation system.
Togyer -- who was laid off for the first time in his adult life from a high-paying civil engineering job in June -- has been sending and resending letters, staying on hold for hours and checking state websites, all to no avail. He is one of hundreds of thousands of out-of-work Floridians flummoxed by what has become the most tightfisted unemployment compensation system in the nation.
"They told me that I was eligible and that I was going to be getting $275 a week," said the Togyer of Fort Lauderdale. "That was seven weeks ago. To this day I have not received anything. I'm draining my savings to pay my bills."
Maybe with tropical storm Iassc passing so close to the GOP convention in
Tampa, it might be a warning from God.
Pew Research says that since the beginning of George W. Bush's administration, the middle class has shrunk in size, and has fallen backward in both income and wealth. During that time 52,000 factories fled our shores, costing the U.S. over 8 million jobs during that time.
"For the first time since the end of World War II, family incomes declined for Americans in all income tiers. But the middle-income tier is the only one that also shrunk in size, a trend that has continued over the past four decades."
Bill Clinton recently said, "This election to me is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment. The Republican plan is to cut more taxes on upper-income people and go back to deregulation. That's what got us in trouble in the first place."
See my post: Starve the Beast - The GOP's 30-Year Strategy