The no good, lazy serfs are living high on the hog

Once again, the communists in Washington have made it too easy on the lower classes (who have no work ethic, otherwise they wouldn't be poor, amirite?). And this is preventing the wealthy job creators from creating prosperity, even for the undeserving working class.

The implication is that the federal government’s expanded unemployment benefits of $300 each week are keeping people at home instead of behind cash registers and in fast-food kitchens.

It’s a concern shared by independent business owners in interviews with local and national media, worried that their efforts to bump wages and increase benefits aren’t luring in the workers they need as Covid-19 restrictions fall and consumer spending soars.

Three hundred bucks a month! Why those commoners probably think that they deserve three meals a day and a roof over their heads too!
If we start treating the workers as if they are actual human beings then they might start expecting to be treated with respect.

It is true that a sliver of people would rather stay home for a few months making as much, or more, from unemployment than they would defrosting meat patties or answering phones.

But would-be employees are also concerned about safety - 46% of the population hasn’t received a single vaccine dose and the spread of Covid-19 is uncontrolled in the US. Potential employees also have caregiving responsibilities: this recession has disproportionately affected women, who largely take up these duties and in late March more than half of schools were still doing remote learning or a combination of remote and in-person classes.

Others, like LaShanta Knowles in Cleveland, Ohio, are using their job loss as an opportunity to do something different.

Until September, Knowles had worked the same job at a relocation services company for seven years, unhappy and unsupported, only ever receiving attention for doing things wrong.

“I stayed out of comfort and out of fear if this job didn’t want me, I didn’t think anyone else would,” Knowles said. “Luckily, I don’t feel that way any more since I went back to school.”

Ungrateful cow! She should feel lucky that her betters allow her anything.

This is actually GREAT NEWS!

People don't want to work shitty jobs that pay crap wages. Excellent. Employers will finally have to pay higher wages, rather than keep all of the increased productivity and profits like they've been doing for 40 years.

Yet, this article is written like there is a problem and we must punish the working class.

WTF is wrong with everyone who thinks like that?

The largest employers in America are Amazon and Walmart. Both companies 1) steal wages from their employees, 2) encourage their employees to use food stamps because they don't pay enough to actually live on, and 3) rake in hundreds of billions in profits from their workers production, while 4) getting subsidized by the government (i.e. a free lunch).

And yet for some reason people think that the working class is the problem.

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Any taxes at all on our benevolent overlords is too much

In 2007, Jeff Bezos, then a multibillionaire and now the world’s richest man, did not pay a penny in federal income taxes. He achieved the feat again in 2011. In 2018, Tesla founder Elon Musk, the second-richest person in the world, also paid no federal income taxes.

Michael Bloomberg managed to do the same in recent years. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn did it twice. George Soros paid no federal income tax three years in a row.
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Many Americans live paycheck to paycheck, amassing little wealth and paying the federal government a percentage of their income that rises if they earn more. In recent years, the median American household earned about $70,000 annually and paid 14% in federal taxes. The highest income tax rate, 37%, kicked in this year, for couples, on earnings above $628,300.

The results are stark. According to Forbes, those 25 people saw their worth rise a collective $401 billion from 2014 to 2018. They paid a total of $13.6 billion in federal income taxes in those five years, the IRS data shows. That’s a staggering sum, but it amounts to a true tax rate of only 3.4%.

3.4% on these saints! That's an outrage!

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...... they mean "people aren't willing to work for nothing" !!

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Conservatives still think the problem is the working class (just one sector of the working class), rather than the people who run this country and who set the political and economic policies. Which is a curious tendency of conservatives in this country:

Conservatives like to preach responsibility (for instance, if someone gets sick or hurt and because of that ends up broke and homeless, then its all their fault. They have no one to blame but themselves).

However, the fucked up political and economic policies of this country are NEVER the fault and responsibility of the wealthy elite who own everything and everyone and who get everything they want.

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When job markets push wages higher, business will look to interfere to drive wages down by bringing in both legal and illegal migrant labor. CA wine producers used to drive busses to Mexico to pick up workers. In Aspen as wages at resorts, etc began to rise, business legally brought in indentured seasonal migrant labor. Expect gop to become pro-immigrant if not in public, but private also as their donors demand low wage workers.

I hope Sonic can pay higher wages. I really like their hotdogs.

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on the ultra wealthy dodging taxes, because our elected lap dogs are the ones that wrote the tax carve outs for their donors in the first place.

As for the labour "shortage", time to crank up that ol' green card H1B mimeograph machine. Lazy Americans, how dare they.

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Hi gj! Hope all is well!

Saw those tax figures for the richest greediest this morn... I pay a higher percent.

I just saw a related meme... Someone took a pic of the Denver area restaurant's whiny pissy similar sign and then screenshot the evidence that they got over a couple hundred thou in PPE loans. Which they probably won't have to pay back, and clearly aren't using for employees. https://imgur.com/a/3sDmLTH

I never cease to be amazed how the greedy bastards are playing this... as lazy workers, and guv handouts... instead of selfishness, all over the country. They are the ones with gubmint handouts wanting more money for nuthin'.

Delta and American got how many billions in bailout bucks? Both have asked employees to VOLUNTEER time to work FREE shifts! There are no limits on how greedy the rich can be.

Money is rich people's crack apparently.

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