Every Worker Is an Essential Worker
Politicians have too much power over our lives.
Many used the pandemic as another excuse to take more.
Early on, politicians declared that they would decide who was “essential.” Everyone else was told to stay home.
Much of the economy stopped. Millions were laid off.
Then politicians relaxed the rules for industries that they deemed “essential.”
“You can’t just call somebody essential without implicitly suggesting that half the workforce is not essential,” points out Mike Rowe, host of the surprise hit TV series, “Dirty Jobs.”
That’s a big problem, says Rowe, because people find purpose in work.
Now the Biden administration is eager to give money to people not working. It’s pushing a new stimulus package that would pay the unemployed an additional $400/week.
Since states like mine tack on as much as $500/week in unemployment benefits, many people learn that the $900/week. leaves them with more money if they don’t go back to work.
So, many don’t.
But staying home imposes costs, too. Calls to suicide hotlines are up. Domestic violence is up.
“It’s happening because people simply don’t feel valued,” says Rowe.
Politicians claim they save lives when they order businesses to clos
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