Unemployment in America
As I listened to the news today, Obama was making a petition to Congress to extend the unemployment benefits. On the surface this sounds really great. These are hard economic times and who doesn’t want to help the poor unemployed? But really… think about it! These “unemployed” already have 99 weeks! That’s utterly ridiculous. He went on with this same ridiculousness by saying, he was working to make a law to prevent “unemployment discrimination”. It is an assumption by the lawmakers, that if someone has been unemployed for an extended amount of time, they could be potentially discriminated against… they’re joking, right? When presented with a person that has been out of work for two years, some employers may question the applicant’s work ethic and dependability. I know, if I were an employer looking through resume’s for an employee, and I found a person (although highly qualified) with a gap in his employment for more than three months, (and he hasn’t been in school getting his advanced degree) you’d better bet that I’d discriminate. This guy’s lazy and unfit to work for me. There are plenty of jobs out there. Yes, some of them are a long ways from glamorous… but they’re jobs! I’ve got news… McDonalds was never meant to be a career. It is a “stepping stone” job. This is a job used for a bridge, until something better comes along. My life is littered with crappy stepping stone jobs. Some jobs were so crappy, they made McDonalds look like an executive administration job. I’ve worked everything from the Waffle Hut to heading shrimp at the Fisheries to cover my bills. The point is, there are indeed real jobs out there… and you don’t ever just let your rent, utilities, child support, and such, just go unpaid.
My mother rents several apartments. She also has an unusually big heart. One renter hasn’t paid his rent in many months. She gives him “odd jobs” around the apartments to do in order to supplement his lack of rent. Even discounting the “odd job” payments, he still owes her over $3000 in past rent payment. The last time I was inAlabama, she asked me for advice. I say surely he can work… I saw a “help wanted” poster at McDonalds just the other day. Mom said, “I mentioned that to him, and he said rather adamantly, I can’t do that… I have a college degree!” Well, the attitude alone infuriated me! I advised mom to call the sheriff and get him evicted right away. He’s not unemployed, he’s just lazy!
Advanced unemployment payments, as well as a special advocacy support for the chronically lazy, is no good, and it’s doing these people no favors either. This attitude is only adding yet another level to the continually growing number of “totally dependent on the government for everything” population in this country.
Ever notice that people who spend money on beer, cigarettes and lottery tickets, are always complaining about being broke and not feeling well?