“I am no Superman
I have no reasons for you
I am no hero
Oh, that’s for sure
But I do know one thing
Is where you are is where I belong
I do know where you go
That’s where I want to be” ~ Dave Matthews
Lying in bed and wondering where the next dollar to pay the rent, mortgage, gas, tuition, or any other expense is a reality for many Wisconsinite’s. The chorus of “Where are you going” by the Dave Matthews Band was stuck in my head over the weekend as I pondered how we, 10 month later, are still barely treading water. The relief needed is no superman, it isn’t our hero, but it is the one thing that is being kept from the hands of those in need. The relief is just out of reach. It wants to be useful . . . its purpose is to belong and to relieve.
I spent over 30 years working with The Salvation Army organization and had many wonderful opportunities to witness the story of relief from start to finish. So, when I speak of it as a living breathing thing, it is intentional. Quite literally, relief takes hold like the virus that beckons its very need in the first place. The relief hops from host to host until it reaches its final destination, right where it belongs and right where it wants to be. But here is the problem, our relief is stuck.
It isn’t being held for penalty, or held and gaining strength, its just simply on the bench and screaming “put me in coach”! The DWD in Wisconsin continues to ignore the bigger picture and address issues that were never really issues. They shuffle claims from bucket to bucket so they can say progress is being made. They’ve met a huge goal, don’t ya know!?!?! The backlog is clear! Ya, right. If you are one of the idiots that has given the newly minted and under qualified DWD Secretary a pat on the back, you can move on and find another source because this truth may be too harsh for you. BUT, if you can handle it, and are ready to see the light, stick around.
That glorious backlog clearing was nothing more than a transfer of claims that “hadn’t been viewed” to the “needs review/adjudication” pile. Furthermore, in their efforts to process more claims, at a quicker pace, they partnered with google and more claimants have had their claims deposited in fraudulent bank accounts than before. Then we can discuss the shuffling of claims to the denial pile and off to the months long appeals process for simple issues of SSDI, requalifying after quitting a job, etc. Confused? You should be. These are issues that ANY supervisor can review and correct.
Moving on to the wonderful news that Congress finally passed a half-assed form of Covid aide to get programs back on track for a while. Again, we see the lackluster efforts from the DWD shining through and the reports continue to come out that there will be multiple weeks of delay until these programs can be live. Interesting, isn’t? Because back in July they kept saying that as long as the bills were passed prior to the ending of the existing bills there would not be a delay. The president signed the bills prior to the end of the prior bills and yet . . . delays are existing and no one is getting benefits again.
So, the journey of your relief dollars? Currently they are in DC. DC doesn’t want them . . . they have worked to get them to you. Why is there no push on state likes Wisconsin who take so long to get these programs implemented. Wisconsin runs the SAME EXACT system and technology as 11 other states. That excuse is seriously pissing me off. Every time the media waste ink on and air time on it my rage level increases exponentially. But until someone finally decides to get their head out of their ass and hold the inner department heads of the UI Division responsible for this mess and bring in a ground level team to fix it, I’ll just sing this chorus as a lullaby to our relief dollars and hope they find their way to each of us before we hit month twelve.