New jobless numbers came out today and of course they are worse than ever and the corporate media again attaches the obligatory disclaimer that the experts are surprised. They need to get new experts; all this surprise must be killing them.
Teachers contracts are being issued by school boards across the country and the new buzz word among the teaching staff is RIF which stands for Reduction In Force. Between plunging real-estate tax revenue and the slashing of aid from state governments, RIF is the word to live by.
You can add a lot of teachers to the unemployment rolls in the fall, plus a lot of teachers will avoid retirement with their pensions depleted so contracts for new teachers will be in short supply.
This is especially true in the Red States where public education was never a priority, states that ranked near the bottom in aid per pupil have been cutting and cutting again to where it isn’t even lunch money. Why should they aid the schools, the Red States are controlled by rich Republicans and their kids never set foot in a public school. That’s where the gardener’s kid goes to school and he doesn’t need any of that book learning. You wouldn’t want him reading the warning label on any of that pesticide he’s been using without any safety equipment.
So far there is no real plan for creating jobs. Was it Ross Perot that said you can’t have an economy from each of us giving the other guy a haircut? I’ve been letting mine grow, I’m the one who shot the economy all to hell. Take the job creation poll at www.prairie2.com