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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 [1] 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 [2] 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.