My wife asked me if I was making more now than I dd on unemployment.
No, about 2/3 what I was making then I told her.
Which, of course, got me to thinking.
In the summer of 2009 I was making $28.25 an hour plus overtime at time and a half, double time Sundays (and there was ALWAYS overtime).
8 months into Obama and my position was unceremoniously and without warning eliminated.
And then I was making (roughly) $14.12 an hour on unemployment (we won't again discuss the tens of thousands spent from my now defunct IRA and the former wealth I still owe the government for the privilege of using my own money).
Then for about 10 months I had no income at all. Until I started working in the backroom of the Big Box Retailer (no, not that one, the other one)(I lift things up and put them down).
Where I now make $8.25 an hour for less than 40 hrs a week
Since they carved my old position into many tiny pieces and gave them to a bunch of supervisors plus a little outsourcing tell me, where did that other $20 an hour (plus overtime)($800 a week)(plus overtime) go?
Why, right back into the pocket of the corporate entity that formerly employed me of course.
My wife has a very similar story to tell.
As do millions of other Americans.