Thursday, August 25, 2011

Michigan's Jobs Plan: Boot 30,000 Children from Their Homes

To justify kicking nearly 30,000 Michigan children off of a pittance of state assistance on October 1st, Michigan Representative Agema quotes this Bible verse from 2 Theselonians 3:10 :

"let them that will not work, not eat"

I'm not sure how the other State representatives are justifying throwing tens of thousands of Michigan's children out on the street while handing that money over to their favorite businesses as tax cuts in exchange for...apparently...letting the state job situation contract some more.

But I'm sure our Republican legislators clutch their ultraconservative one liners closely to their chests to warm themselves as they snuggle warm into bed safe in their tax payer supplied pensions, salaries, and health care.

The state Legislature on Wednesday passed a 48-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits expected to cast more than 11,000 families off the welfare rolls on Oct. 1 — including more than 29,700 children, according to state officials.
The cumulative time limit will save $77.4 million in the budget year that starts Oct. 1, but Democrats and child advocates said they fear it will cause a humanitarian crisis as social agencies are flooded with families who can't pay for rent, utilities or other essentials.

From The Detroit News

As of October 1st, thousands of Michigan families will be without a means of paying for shelter, clothing, utilities. Here's an image from the Detroit News showing which Michigan regions are hardest hit by this new law.

Yes...maybe they should just go out and get jobs!

Wizardkitten's blog points out that as Michigan's unemployment numbers are once again on the rise, Up to a thousand people applying to 12 positions at a new Aldi store in Holland, Michigan.

12 to 1000! I like those odds. Why, that's a good sporting 1% chance at finding a job each time you apply! And who knows, you MIGHT be that lucky one who wins the grand prize of working part time at minimum wage!

The problem isn't that people don't want to work. The problems is that there is no work, and no money changing hands.

Casting tens of thousands of Michgian's children from state assistance isn't going to change that.


Susan said...

Excellent....I love the bible quote as it illustrates how non christian these Republicans are.

Muskegon Critic said...

I do admit that this sort of mindset among Christian Conservatives has made me move away from my religious's not something I want my children growing up around.