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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Well this opinion is going to get me
in deep doo doo, but what the hell, that is what CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY is all about.
The following is the opinion of a
cranky old man with no real insight or knowledge on the subject.Opposing views are welcome…they are wrong,
but welcome and please, no name calling and that means you, you big stupid
recently let unemployment benefits for millions expire.This will be a hardship to many, and my heart
goes out to those people.
benefits used to cover six months of unemployment to help a person get by until
he secured new employment.Those
benefits were paid for out of funds which came from workers payments to
unemployment insurance.There were fairly
strict requirements that every beneficiary had to comply with while collecting
his benefits. These requirements were in place to limit fraud and assure that the recipient
was actively seeking employment.
It seems now
that these unemployment benefits are now extended all the way to forever.When these benefits do run out or are not
extended, we only hear of those cases of extreme hardship.There are certainly extreme hardship cases,
but should all the blame be placed on heartless politicians, or should some also
be placed on fraudulent claims from workers who simply choose not to work?
Don’t go all
nasty on me; unemployment benefits are in fact abused.Oh yes
they are!If you are unemployed it
is now pretty easy to claim and receive your benefits.You no longer have to submit several
employers where you have sought employment each week; you simply assert on-line
that you are still not working.
Many of our
unemployed do not seek employment.Many
do not look for work until their benefits run out.Oh no
they don’t!Many are employed off
the books and also collecting benefits.Oh yes they do!
When I was
laid off from my job in 2008 after working and paying into unemployment
insurance for forty years, I collected benefits.I collected for six months and yes I
considered myself to be retired.I did
not seek employment but I also did not turn down benefits which I had paid into
for forty years.I felt no guilt.When my benefits were extended to nine months
and then one year I still collected my benefits, but with a twinge of guilt. When the benefits were extended to eighteen
months, guilt overtook me and I no longer applied.
point are unemployment benefits detrimental.At what point are people too busy scamming the system to seek full time
employment or “work on the books?”I
don’t want to sound like a cold “Draconian Bastard,” but sometimes that
unemployment check is a disincentive to work, not a safety net stretched out
until work is found.
OK, I am a
cold “Draconian Bastard” but I would like the news to cover the story
fairly.Follow those people who collect
checks and still work off the books.Check out how hard others who collect checks look for real work.Let’s see a survey of how many people
suddenly find employment when their benefits run out.Too often today we are blackmailed by others…
“Support me or I’ll starve…oh yes I will…try me…I will, I swear it!”
I know I am
fortunate; when I was laid off I was able to retire.If I had to seek work I could never have
found employment at my old salary if I could have found anything at all.I would have been seen as overqualified and
I have no answer,
I don’t want to see people starve, but I also don’t want to see people take
advantage of a system which is meant to be a temporary measure. If push comes to shove, I vote to extend
benefits, but when does it end?I say
for now, keep the benefits going, but I don’t like it… I don’t like it one bit.
The preceding was the opinion of a
cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.