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Irony alert

As part of their ongoing and never-ending effort to demonstrate complete and everlasting fealty to corporate lobbyists,  North Carolina House Republicans are cranking up the House Unemployment Fraud Task Force this morning. The plan is to hear about all those dastardly and lazy workers out there who are milking the system for the munificent, minimum wage-equivalent sums it dispenses to people who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.

In an ironic twist, however, the meeting comes at the same time that a new investigation has uncovered a vast amount of employer malfeasance when it come to purchasing legally-required workers’ compensation insurance.

Here’s the obvious bottom line: Humans are humans. Sometimes they try to take advantage of the system — be they workers or employers. This seems especially true in the modern world in which everyone is being bombarded every single day with the right-wing message that government is the enemy. 

Fraud should be combated at every opportunity. But let’s keep a little perspective and a little balance in the processes we employ to go about it. Let’s hope the members of the Task Force meeting today — who have made no secret of their objective of targeting worker fraud  — have the decency to admit that any fair investigation would look at all sides of the issue.

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