Letter of the week

Political scapegoating

While I empathize with the Messenger letter writer (May 6) regarding her frustrations with her Unemployment Insurance Compensation claim, but I disagree with her scapegoating of Governor Walz. Here are some quotes from an NBC News article on May 6. “The U.S. economy lost an unprecedented 20.5 million jobs in April, and the unemployment rate soared to 14.7%, up from 4.4% in March after months at a half-century low, according to the monthly employment report, released Friday by the Department of Labor.” “Since mid-March, 33.5 million people have filed for initial unemployment claims within the nation, with 22.6 million seeking ongoing benefits – by far surpassing the recessionary peak of 6.6 million.” Market Watch writer Jeffery Bartash reported on April 16 that 23.3 million jobs have been created since the Great Recession (February 2010 to February 2020). From mid-March to mid-April, 23.5 million jobs have been lost. The Unemployment Insurance Compensation system simply was not and could not be designed to handle this rapid influx of claims. Hiring and training of new staff could not have happened quickly enough. While I empathize with those caught in the overwhelmed Unemployment Insurance Compensation system, blaming Governor Walz or any state governor while ignoring the Trump administration’s major role in the country’s lack of preparedness for a pandemic followed by the President’s decision to make the state governors responsible regarding how to best respond to the pandemic is simply political scapegoating to now blame the Governor for an imperfect response.

Douglas Jacobson, Wahkon

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