Why the unemployed are marginalized
Mike Konczal, a writer for the Atlantic, makes a very prescient statement on his blog about the difficult time the unemployed have had in getting their interests taken as seriously as the interests of the wealthy and powerful:
We just had to bribe the top 3% with massive tax cuts for the next two years in order to keep unemployment insurance extensions in place for another year. Unemployment benefit extension are a net job creator and should have been a no-brainer, but it couldn’t pass without a massive bribe. This doesn’t include the brutal battle for extending health care to an additional 30 million+ people. This is even after the Federal Reserve created an alphabet soup of wicked-good safety net for the top 3% of the financial system, it’s difficult to get extra benefits for working-people in the largest post-war downturn.
And all of that took place with the Democrats in control of the White House and both houses of Congress. It only gets tougher in the new Congress.