2KNYC, IT'S TOO EARLY TO END UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IN PANDEMIC NYC.
Let’s face it, this time last year the vast majority of us thought that this time this year, COVID
would be a rapidly diminishing reflection in the world’s rear-view mirror. The impact of the
pandemic had been nothing shy of brutal – the world seemingly turned on its 2020 head.
Surely 2021 would be the year of recovery, the year of a return to some semblance of pre-
pandemic normality. Sadly, how wrong we were. Now we find ourselves in the midst of
COVID 2.0, aka the Delta version. And while that rages across the country just as bad, or
even worse than last year, the de facto economic punishment of those that can least afford
it is now crushing down upon them
In early September, potentially tens of millions will see their unemployment benefits
evaporate into thin air. At a time of on-going economic insecurity for the many, the
politically privileged few have determined that they will have to endure and suffer
regardless. The cessation of unemployment benefits comes on top of the end of the federal
moratorium on evections. So, buckle up friends, the hammer is about to hit hard and, of
course, the DNC couldn’t give a damn about you as the all starts to ramp up.
Just why it is that those that can least afford life always end up paying way more than those
that can more than afford it, is one of the brutal peculiarities of Western capitalism,
especially so the American version of that. And here’s the thing – when it come to flinging
millions back into abject poverty, it’s not only Black Americans that will feel that pain, it will
be millions of White folk also. That’s the joy of run-away, billionaire sponsored, failed
corporate capitalism – it likes to take out as many as it can in its relentless thirst for yet
There is a taunting battle-cry held by way too many on the right of American politics. And
that cry is that ultimately, if you can’t swim with the strongest, you get to sink. The problem
is, the strongest have tax-breaks, lawyers, accountants and more, all designed to ensure
that they stay afloat and you don’t.
So just where are the DNC when it comes to this critical matter? Maybe we could run the
dilemma by red-neck Joe Manchin or cactus-cowgirl Krystan Sinema. And while those are
two of the most extreme versions of DINOs (Democrats in Name Only), the rot runs deep in
the body-majority of the Democratic party. As we know, the bulk of the Dems are deep in
the pockets of corporate America and are quite content to do so. The disconnect between
the average American and the party that is supposed to have their best interests at heart,
has never been as wide as it is now. The prospect of financial oblivion is now being stared
at in the face by the many, while the majority of the elected Democratic party issue moral
platitude after platitude. Words come easy, right?
Here’s the thing too. If Delta should mutate into something else, then what? Add to that
how winter really isn’t all that far around the corner and the potential for the US to remain
ever-more shackled to COVID continues to loom larger and larger than ever. The Democrats
are supposed to be the political saviors of the many, not the few. And certainly not the
billionaire, corporate classes.
New York City is undoubtedly the beating heart of the USA. It is an unmatched hive of
energy, ingenuity and invention. And when NYC suffers, you can bet your last dollar that the
rest of the country, indeed the world, suffers too. The city, where so many live, work and
play shoulder to shoulder, has been stuck in a COVID hell for over 18 months now, with no
end in sight. The last thing New Yorkers now need is yet more financial misery raining down
upon them while the DNC whistle and look the other way. What a great recipe for turning
off their voters.
As we have noted so many times before, as long as the archaic two-party system of
oscillation between Democrats and Republicans persists, these kinds of travesties will
continue. In the final analysis, the DNC and the bulk of the centrist Democratic party only
care about filling their own pockets at the expense of emptying others. Their refusal to do
the right thing when it comes to extending unemployment benefits through the second
wave of a deadly pandemic will come back to bite them in the ASS
. And rightly so.