Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Unemployment Insurance Breaks Down in CA


Things are BAD here, folks. The economy is melting down. The government is not able to handle the vast and growing numbers of unemployed in CA. There are a shocking number of empty store fronts in my neighborhood mini mall. And the entrepreneurs don't even qualify for unemployment benefits.

Are these government workers the people we want overseeing our health care system?

Hat Tip NNN.

31 comments:

TRESTIN MEACHAM said...

I wonder how many of those jobs have been lost due to the Delta Smelt

LL said...

An uncomfortable fact of once occupied, now empty storefronts - is that many of them represent bankruptcy, with that fewer jobs, likely one ruined family who owned the small business (and doesn't qualify for unemployment).

I know that Washington doesn't care, but they might start to care in 2010.

Michele said...

This doesn't shock me in the slightest. Name one program that the government has run well! Can anyone? I can't think of one.

I'm compassionate and do not want to see another human being suffer just because he/she is poor; however, I think everyone suffers when we expect/look to our government to take care of everyone. Then we are all poor--poor(er) due to increase taxes, and poor due to horrible service. Look at our education system, for instance; the high schools are so bad that four-year colleges now have to spend the first two years of the program teaching what the students should have learned in high school. As a former college professor, I was shocked by the quality of my students' writing; I would have been flunked in ninth grade if I had turned in the type of essays my students were giving me in college.

I do not understand why so many people have this "entitlement" mentality, accept the poor system we have now, and don't want to take control of their own lives but let the government do everything for them. It just boggles my mind.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

The reason is simple. No one is hiring until they know what the Democrats in California and Washington are going to do to them. If you over provide for the workers in your state, the ones who hire will stop hiring. It's just too expensive to hire someone in California. Some businesses move to Nevada to get employees.

The Democrats just don't understand there are consequences for their actions. They don't see how they are shaping human nature. Ah, it must be the evil business owner.

And part of the "Stimulus package", hire more workers to hand out unemployment checks.

CambridgeLady said...

I am genuinely shocked. I had no idea things were so bad in the USA.

I don't really understand how unemployment benefits/insurance work in the US but why is the guy in the video hanging on the telephone? Are there not offices or online facilities that can deal with his immediate needs?

Opus #6 said...

Trestin, great question. I was in Fresno last month at a Tea Party event where Tom McClintock spoke. There were SO many people out of work. And CA is a "blue state", but most of the libs live near the main population centers. The people of the central valley are conservatives. If cutting off the water to the CA farmers is not a plan to ruin CA conservatives, then it is at least having that effect. I believe in caring for the environment, but the smelt is not even an endangered species. This is wrong!

Opus #6 said...

Michele, the only good writers nowadays are people who were naturally "bookish" in school. Reading great amounts teaches one to write. Kids who avoid reading will always struggle with writing. Parents have some responsibility for this. At my house, I read fun books to the kids every night. The kids love the "mommy time" and they grow up, most of them, loving reading for its own sake.

In working with the employees at my ex husband's medical office, I was shocked by how incapable most people were at writing even the most simple of sentences. They limit their employment prospects in this way.

Opus #6 said...

LL, hopefully we can elect some folks in 2010 who care.

Opus #6 said...

Odie, your comment is spot on. Employers are frozen with dread.

And it look like they need more govt workers at the EDD office.

Opus #6 said...

Cambridge, good question. In the vid, the man explains that in filling out the online paperwork, there are often glitches that require advice of a government worker. Calling by phone would be one way to resolve it, except that the system is overwhelmed. Going in person is another option, if one does not mind long lines and waiting rooms full of people, their coughing, sneezing kids, and who knows what else. I can see why some folks would give up rather than go through what it takes to secure the benefits.

Amusing Bunni said...

THis is sad news Opie...It's the same in Illinois, and even in the area I live, and other places I go to by bus, block after block of once nice small businesses GONE!
Everyone's comments were on target. There will be no hiring until things shake out. And the bigger, smart employers set up shop in states with less taxes. CA and IL are NOT on their list. Don't even get me started on Chicago.

I'm so glad you are such a great mother (well, we all know that) Reading to your children every night. My mom & grandma did that to me, and I've always read since I was Really Little. Books kept me company and entertained. I bet you read alot too. Like you say, that's the only way to become a good writer. Take Care and have a nice nite, sweetie.

Chris W said...

In working with the employees at my ex husband's medical office, I was shocked by how incapable most people were at writing even the most simple of sentences. They limit their employment prospects in this way.
Too true Opus.

I'm reading resumes for a position my company has been trying to hire for for a few months, we don't need to hire right away so we can be very selective, and out of the 500 or so I've looked at, at least half are poorly written and contain spelling errors. A few have even mis-spelled their name.

I would say that only about 10% are well written enough to be considered good.

How do you expect to impress a prospective employer if you can't put the effort into making a good first impression?

The_Kid said...

CambridgeLady. This is what the missing link between capitalism and socialism looks like. The UK has been socialized for a long enough time that people and society in generalthere have adapted.

I lived in Northampton for a year in 1990(New Duston). When it rained, everyone would come running out with a bucket of soapy water to put on their cars and allow the rain to rinse it off. This was a newish well to do neighborhood in 1990. This is apparently how tight their budget was that they didn't want to spend money on rinse water. The poll tax was big when I was there. I remember seeing people on TV crying that they had 10 extra pounds a month and now the government was going to take that.

Imagine how bad off you are if you actually know you have 10 extra pounds per month...

Americans won't adapt well to that sort of thing. Certainly not the hordes of lazy parasites the Democrats have raised over the years.

Well You are witnessing major history being made here in the USA.

Instead of California and the USA for that matter encouraging business growth (80% of people are employed by small business), they are choking it off.

All but two states, Texas and Alaska, are heading for bankruptcy and total dysfunctionality.

It has to be intentional on the part of the state and federal legislatures.

Nickie Goomba said...

I agree with Woody. Employers will hire workers when they...

1. see growth
2. have confidence growth will continue without government "improvements"

Nobody, NOBODY, is confident right now.

Just a conservative girl said...

I have always wanted to move to California. I especially love the Bay Area. I am so glad that I never did make it.

CambridgeLady said...

"missing link between capitalism and socialism" ? Has the USA really changed so much in just one year? I don't know if the UK is "socialized" - if we are then Maggie failed miserably.

I just hope and pray the situation improves rapidly. Sitting and arguing about ideology online is a luxury many do not have right now - they've got real day-to-day life to cope with. As I said before I didn't realise things were so bad over the water - this post has certainly opened my eyes - thank you!

Opus #6 said...

Bunni, you are so sweet. I love the way you grasp the negativity yet hold onto your ability to see sweetness and love in the world. You are a cherished friend.

Opus #6 said...

Chris, you should look for bloggers in your area and try to hire one of them. At least you would have a good sample of their writing already. ;-)

Opus #6 said...

Kid, wow, I hope I never have to read about how well Americans have adapted to socialism. It sends chills. And not the good kind.

Opus #6 said...

Nickie, if you see this, have a safe and wonderful trip.

Opus #6 said...

JACG, OK. But remember to call me when you come to visit Disneyland so we can do lunch.

Opus #6 said...

Cambridge, I very much appreciate you keeping an open mind about my posts and ideas. My hope is for an eventual resurgence of the independent spirit of small business creating private sector jobs for people on both sides of the pond. Then we can have the luxury of blogging about puppies, recipes, kids' plays and gardening.

The_Kid said...

Opus, we won't adapt to socialism, not peacefully anyway.

The_Kid said...

CambridgeLady, The march to socialism began with LBJ, who took over when JFK was assassinated in Dallas, Texas Nov 22, 1963.

Like a snowball rolling downhill, it gets larger as it travels and eventually gets to the point where nothing can stop it.

Even Ronald Reagan only put a dent in this journey to socialism.

With the election of Obama and the majority of liberals in Congress now, I can't argue that the snowball may now be too large.

Add that the major media is truly the State Run Media that runs pure propaganda just as focused as Russia or North Korea ever did/does and you have a perfect storm where the country could change literally in a matter of a few years now.

It has been said that government sometimes takes decades to move weeks and other times takes weeks to move Decades. I believe we are experiencing the latter.

California is committing suicide. It is choking all of it's revenue sources, while increasing spending.

It's the same as you and your husband quitting your job then going out and spending more than you ever have. Literally.

Unbelievable but true.

The_Kid said...

CambridgeLady,

PS - The UK sure seemed socialized when I was there working in 1990.

A very class society. Women were second class citizens, everyone was to constantly tighten their belt except for the super rich or those in power, health care was nationalized, and even today, I see and hear interviews of your members of Parliament who cry out about it often.

I don't know what percentage of your population actually lives via benefit of the taxpayers. I suspect that percentage might even be higher in the US.

But I don't know, you tell me. It seems the common definition of the UK system is one of socialization. As well as most of Europe in fact.

Opus #6 said...

Kid, great commentary. I will tweet that part out on twitter later about the focused propaganda. Words of wisdom. Thank you.

The_Kid said...

Opus, Thanks. Just my thoughts.

But seriously, what is the difference between chrissy mathews talking about obama going into the enemy camp of West Point, and N Korea talking about the 90 foot thick cement wall between N and S Korea? Or Kimmy Jong making 11 holes in one first time out.. Both bona fide NK news stories. It IS that bad.

CambridgeLady said...

Hi The_Kid - It's all about perspective really. I see a UK with a strong welfare state and great healthcare, you see socialism. I mourn the loss of our utilities, transport and other services to the private sector - you probably think that's a positive thing. Other European countries are better examples of social democracies - the big corporations appear to hold the balance of power in the UK.

As a woman I have never felt like a second-class citizen (where does that come from????) and I'd say class differences (or at least wealth differences, which is essentially the same) seemed more pronounced in the US than in the UK. I observed a great deal of prosperity in the USA .... but also levels of poverty that were shocking (and this was a few years ago).

I've always said that a nation that combined the best of the USA's philosophies and the best of Europe's philosophies would be a good place to live. I think that's why I take such an interest in American conservative blogs. I don't think it's as simple as conservatism = BAD, socialism = GOOD or vice versa ;)

Opus #6 said...

Cambridge, you understand that America is and has been a welfare state for decades. There is no reason anybody should be on the streets or starving. In fact, 80% of the street people in America are mentally ill. There was a change of heart about how America treats the mentally ill in the 1970s following the release of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", and well-meaning people decided that most mentally ill people should not be institutionalized. They were turned out in droves, with many ending up on the streets. It may be that these folks are not able to avail themselves of the system of welfare and food stamps and health care (medicaid) that is ALREADY available in the U S for the poor. But that is the main reason for the plight of the homeless you see in America's cities.

CambridgeLady said...

Hi Opus - thanks for the clarification. We have a similar situation in the UK. I certainly don't agree that the mentally ill should be left to fend for themselves under any political system.

The_Kid said...

CambridgeLady,

Interesting. Well, I'm glad you're enjoying life. In the end, that's most of it right there.