Originally Posted by libertyforall
Time to get the government out of the business of entitlements, so people will not be incentivized to turn to the government for handouts... Then you would have more people remaining in the workforce and less "long-term unemployed".
Wow, what an ignorant regurgitation of right wing talking points that was.
First, did our unemployment rate blossom to over 10% because suddenly 10% of America's Workforce decided, "To hell with it! I'm not going to "remain in the workforce", I'm going to go live off "government entitlement handouts" from now on! Unemployment is *free money* so I'm just going to quit my job and sign up!"
You're saying if there was no Unemployment Insurance, those people would've remained in the workforce and..... WHAT?? Yep. A pretty ignorant and mistaken image of reality.
Have you ever tried "living on unemployment"? Do you think people are happy there, satisfied by relegating their lives to the edge of poverty? I don't see any incentive at all to remaining unemployed. Unless the only jobs available pay LESS than unemployment insurance. That's a piss-poor job market, not an overabundance of "entitlements".
So how is Unemployment Insurance an "entitlement" or a "handout"?? Unemployment Insurance is neither of those. It's an insurance policy. One that you pay into, over many years of employment, that provides a safety net in case the company you work for suddenly cuts half its workforce, or closes down due to a crashed economy, or whatever happens that causes you to lose your employment. You don't get to claim it when you QUIT.
It isn't a "handout". You worked and paid into it.
OUR government belongs in the business of managing safety nets because part of the reason for creating our Constitution was to "promote the general welfare", which most of us believe includes supporting people when things get so bad they can't find a job to save their lives.
We've had too much starvation and death due to hard times before, and decided NO MORE in our Great Society. That's why we have Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Insurance, Food Supplements, and other safety net programs. The first three we ALL pay into for our own "account" when we work. Don't tell ME it's a "handout" or some "free money entitlement" when I claim against them in times of need.
Don't you dare!
Go and get educated, and stop spewing "stupid" here. Please!
PS: There is a tiny slice of our society that abuses these benefits. We are not talking about removing what's good to punish the few miscreants. Don't even suggest that. Suggest we fix what's broken, not removing what saves so many lives. That's stupidity and ignorance talking.