A helping hand or a handout?
Re “Jobless to be a political force,” Sept. 22, and “Jobless dispute complacency claim,” Sept. 22
Eighteen months ago, I offered a job to an applicant who had been unemployed for three weeks.
Although she was happy with the job, the salary and the benefits, she turned down my offer. Frankly, she told me, she wanted to to exhaust her unemployment benefits. She reasoned that by the time she factored in gas, childcare, lunches, work clothes, etc., she considered it a “wash.”
She called me when her benefits were exhausted and asked if the job were still available. This time, I turned her down.
Even if the job had been available, I would not have hired her. She had already told me what type of person she was.
Nevada’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Sharron Angle, was quoted in your story as saying: “You can make more money on unemployment than you can going down and getting one of those jobs that is an honest job but doesn’t pay as much.” If she’s so keen for job seekers to accept a lowpaying but honest job, why is she seeking one in politics?
Ninety-nine weeks of unemployment insurance payments should provide enough time for most people to find a job in their chosen field. Or it should provide sufficient time to begin training toward a new career.
Instead of being productive, some unemployed spend this time lobbying for further extensions of benefits.
Extending jobless benefits does not create jobs; it creates larger “jobless unions.”
Let’s put this into perspective. We all know how devastating the oil blowout has been to jobs in the Gulf of Mexico. If that accident had put all the people in all the related industries out of work, it would still be dwarfed by the job losses in the last presidency.
Those jobs are gone, many forever. President Obama stopped further losses, but it took 30 years of Reaganomics to dig the hole this deep. It would take divine intervention to re-create those jobs in only 22 months. Those who are out of work want jobs, not welfare.
Congressional Republicans are blocking every effort to create jobs, and then they put the blame on the very people who can’t get work.