Wirths should look into local unemployment office
In Sussex County, the economy never really rebounded from the great recession that began in 2008. For all his promises, President Obama bowed to Wall Street just like his predecessors, and despite the best efforts of Senator Elizabeth Warren the Glass–Steagall Act remains effectively repealed.
Sussex County suffers under the restrictions of the Highlands Act and the resulting decline in growth and loss of population and tax base. Some political leaders -- notably County Clerk Jeff Parrott and State Senator Steve Oroho, among others -- have worked to tackle the fallout from this long economic downturn. For example, the efforts of Parrott and Oroho have sustained the county food bank, the need for which has never been greater. Even when faced with attempts to thwart this by a top county bureaucrat who doesn't even live in Sussex County, Parrott and Oroho have quietly soldiered on to make sure that county residents have food on the table.
It is important to remember that people are not unemployed by choice. The people who run this nation have bestowed on us the world as it is and all the middle class can do is try to cope with it. Now Watchdog has received reports that, instead of being treated with respect, state employees (who have good benefits and a pension waiting for them) apparently amuse themselves by mistreating their fellow citizens.
At the Newton unemployment office, it was reported that some of the staff is "vitriolic, unsympathetic and abusive in speech and manner" in addition to reprimanding adult taxpayers like they are children. The staff do not like to answer the telephone and reports claim that they rarely do.
New Jersey Labor Commissioner Hal Wirths lives in Sussex County, so maybe it is time for him to make an unscheduled visit or two or three to the unemployment office. If they aren't answering their phones, pull them all out and save the money. If they are being rude to unemployed taxpayers, lay them off so that they can experience what it is to be unemployed first hand, so that they develop empathy and use it when they are brought back to work.
We leave it in Hal Wirth's capable hands.