posted on Jun, 17 2010 @ 12:44 PM
I can see both sides of the unemployment issue. On one hand, I'm unemployed and have been unemployed/underemployed for a year and a half now. I have
taken the grunt jobs, the low-paying jobs, the temp jobs. And in between (and sometimes during
) I have drawn both unemployment and food
stamps. I don't like it, but my present family circumstances prevent me from being gone for long periods of time (truck driver) and I haven't been
able to even get an interview in my old field (drafting/design).
So yes, I am on the government dole. It's that or starve. There are no jobs around here for which I am qualified. They either require training which
I do not have, or are manual labor jobs that I am, simply put, too old to do now. I'm not exactly 21 and in my prime. And my earned income last year
was on the order of $10,500... to raise a family of four with one child in college and another getting ready.
Incidentally, those part-time part-pay grunt jobs have kept my unemployment running for much much longer than it would had I not taken them. I am not
even to my first extension yet, and at present time there are four extensions available. And I have cut back my standard of living so I can survive on
what is available, even if barely.
On the other hand, I do not expect the taxpayers to rescue me indefinitely. After all, I was one for most of my life. I just applied for a program
which will let me re-train for a better field. As a matter fact, I applied to the college today, pending approval from the State. It will take two
years, but after that I will (hopefully) be able to get a job (just in time for the end of the world, actually... hmmm...).
So I agree that unemployment/welfare/food stamps are necessary tools to keep people from going hungry, especially in these tough times. But I also
agree that anyone who is sitting at home, enjoying a paid retirement at the taxpayers expense with no plans to get back on their feet should be
dropped from the role like a hot potato. That is laziness, and should never be rewarded.