Posted by: Rational Voice | August 30, 2010

The Folly of Unemployment Benefits

The first thing I read this morning was an excellent piece on unemployment benefits. We can’t keep extending these because it makes unemployment comfortable for some. They’d rather sit around and do nothing than go out and work , especially if the jobs they can find right now only pay slightly more than their unemployment benefits. Unemployment benefits perpetuate unemployment by giving people the means to survive without having to work. I’m not saying we shouldn’t have it to help people for a short duration but we can’t keep subsidizing it. If anything is adding to the deficit, it’s spending money on people who aren’t producing anything and therefore aren’t paying into the tax system. Yet, some want to continue to extend unemployment benefits an additional 20 weeks with the ironically named Americans Want to Work Act. This is only going to encourage people to put off looking for a job again. I can’t tell you the number of examples I’ve heard of people wanting to continue milking their unemployment benefits by either not wanting to look for a job until it runs out, turning down actual job offers because it doesn’t pay much more than their unemployment benefits, or wanting to work off the books until the benefits run out.

America has changed for the for the worse with this. Years ago nobody wanted to even have their name mentioned along side unemployment and if they were on it they got off it as soon as they could. Now people openly embrace and exploit it and its policies like these that are destroying the America the once was, the America of hard work, responsibility, and self-reliance.

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