posted on Sep, 19 2013 @ 09:46 AM
The people on Welfare were required to work at the counties and other government funded programs in the early eighties. I had some of them on the
Insulating crew that I was a foreman of back then. A single women without kids had to work but one with kids was not required to. That was a good
system, at least the taxpayer was getting something for taking care of these people when times were tough. They had a lot of workers at the Community
Action agency up there working under that welfare program. They were making firewood and selling it cheaply to older low income people. The money
from the sales paid for the logging trucks full of firewood they had delivered. It was a nonprofit organization.
I don't know why they discontinued making people work for their welfare, people who work for their money often feel better about themselves and the
exercise keeps them in shape to go get a job. Also, if you have to work for your money, it is better to go out and look for a better paying job. It
is good incentive.
The system they adopted presently was a big downgrade from the system they had back then. I think the whole thing should be reevaluated and the
Michigan Works programs necessity be reevaluated. That program sucks, I know people who had to utilize it and it is just a waste of money. Someone
formed a totally useless program. Why does a person have to go to look for work if you are layed off for a couple of months, why do you have to go
sit in on a lecture or watch movies on looking for jobs when you will be going back with your employer as soon as the weather gets better. I think
that is rediculous. We have a lot of construction workers who get layed off for three or four months each winter. They go back to work in the
spring. Their employer pays an unemployment rate that considers this layoff, it is part of the system to make the unemployment self sufficient in
funding. I know, I was an employer, my rate was about 12 percent of wages after a while.
edit on 19-9-2013 by rickymouse because: (no reason