A help­ing hand or a hand­out?

Los Angeles Times - - Sunday Opinion -

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.

Leslie Ro­driguez

Los An­ge­les

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?

Ed Brand


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.”

Michael McAn­drew


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.

Dar­ryl Dickey

Porter Ranch

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