The latest version of Mitt Romney is here (for those of you having a hard time keeping up, this is Mitt 2011.0).
Among the changes: Mitt now thinks that the whole system of unemployment insurance has got to go. Here’s his rationale:
The system is … not designed for a flexible economy like ours in which some employees move from job to job for short periods, and are therefore ineligible for unemployment compensation when they are faced with a protracted spell without work.
The idea of scrapping the entire unemployment system is a redesign from Mitt MG (Massachusetts Governor Edition). Mitt MG would have kept the system, with changes to ensure that many more employees who move from job to job for short periods and are then faced with a protracted spell without work would be ineligible for unemployment compensation.
The new version moves moves Mitt closer to former Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller, who’s of the view that unemployment insurance might be unconstitutional, thereby closing daylight between Mitt and Joe Miller patron and Mitt rival, Sarah Palin.
Unchanged from earlier Mitt versions is the principle that, in the “flexible economy,” it’s still the employees who are doing all the contortions.
That is, workers like those at the Ampad plant (sub req’d) in Indiana, whom Romney’s company, Bain Capital, fired and then offered to hire back at lower wages.
Or temporary workers, those who by definition move from job to job for short periods. They’re not only flexible – going without job security or employee benefits, they can also reduce corporate costs by totally disappearing from a company’s (permanent) headcount. And, in most states, including Massachusetts, they are presumptively ineligible for unemployment insurance if their temporary assignments run out. They’re one reason that Mitt now thinks that unemployment insurance is so passé.
Stay tuned for Mitt 2011.1. Joe Miller also thinks the federal minimum wage is unconstitutional.