While countless unemployed workers wait in the dark not knowing when they will see another dime from unemployment insurance, Governor Mike DeWine took to the media Tuesday to declare we need a Public Private Partnership. DeWine who has already paid 9.6 million to Deloitte who has failed the job of getting the payments out but has succeeded in giving DeWine financial contributions is said to be handling unemployment systems for five other states. As the weeks go on Ohio keeps moving dates further and are saying now that people will have to wait months for payment, February 26th was the date that was given yesterday. And despite having databases full of unemployed workers personal information, they have failed to respond or initiate contact with those waiting and suffering growing desperate.
It was reported in July of 2020 that DeWine himself profited from this pandemic. His company was one of many who received money from the $600 billion coronavirus aid program. He is all about paying big chunks of government funds to other private companies as his response to a crisis instead of addressing the issue. If our elected officials are unable to do the job what are we paying them for? It seems we are paying them to find companies to get rich off our tax dollars.
Let me interject here. What happens when they manage to completely privatize unemployment insurance and social services? There is money to be made in unemployment we have learned here in Ohio. Deloitte has figured a way to funnel money from Ohioans job loss up the ladder to increase corporate profits. Most of our retirement funds have gone this way already. Pensions are of the past and we lose retirement funds as the market crashes constantly. Many saw their retirement, savings and 401K vanish before their eyes in the last crash ten years ago. And the response since then was increased privatization, which is just handing barrels of cash from the government to big companies that they just pass out to their CEO with little to nothing going out to the workers in this. As profits at the top increase workers keep facing lines about how things are not stable, and they do not get to see the benefit of this growth.