|Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 47):|
Superfly commented that he was against making people work for the money, while receiving the hand-out.... something about it being a punishment. But I wonder if anyone would be opposed to your suggestion? Hell, it might be an incentive for them to get off their lazy asses, and not wait around for NINETY NINE freakin' weeks.
You seem to be clueless about the state of the US economy. Try reading up on the subject before categorizing 15+ million people as "Lazy." Given that much of the long term unemployed are older, they've paid into the system for years, so hardly "a hand out" as you claim. Eligibility for Unemployment is determined by prior wage and the reason you lost your job. You have to submit your work search logs and review your progress with a caseworker.
Look at the graph on the multimedia section of the article. Net job creation by the private sector has been in positive territory for the past few months and is not growing at a pace to keep up with population growth let alone recouping the jobs lost in the recession. Much of those numbers have been inflated by temporary census hiring (overall) and of course the impending state layoffs as the stimulus money expires.
You can't get jobs if the economy isn't creating them. The US economy is based on consumer spending and job creation comes typically from small business hiring. Neither of which are doing well right now.
You all seem to spout out notions of people sitting on their asses, but yet the actual stats dispute that claim. Using anecdotal stories of a few abusing unemployment doesn't give you the right to judge so many desperate people actually trying to find a job. $325 a week is hardly a sustainable wage, and you still have to pay taxes on that. I am not sure what planet some of the people here are living on, but I'd like to see a household actually manage their life on $1,200 a month. Unless you're some kid living in your parents' basement, it's practically impossible.
|Quoting AGM100 (Reply 45):|
Man you are right about that ... but in most cases a employee will have some idea that the ice is thin. Of course there are exceptions ... like a pending contract getting canceled and the workforce cut that happens . This happened to me .... after I had relocated to another state . It was tough no doubt ...very uncertain times .. but we made it .. we made it without taking your money to get by.
Not when the entire economy tanks within a few months. Everyone has been hit hard by this recession. There is no way to hedge that kind of risk.
|Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 48):|
Why couldn't they do what the Republicans suggested and simply redirect the money this government wastes to pay for this?
Statement on the economic impact:
"The President's Council of Economic Advisers calculates that every $1 spent on unemployment benefits boosts economic output by $1.60. Similarly, the Congressional Budget Office says unemployment checks offer the biggest bang for the buck of any government policy designed to jump-start economic growth — anywhere from 70 cents to $1.90 for every $1 spent on benefits. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, pegs the figure at $1.61."
Edit: Misread thegreatRDU's comment, sorry about that!
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