"I can explain it to you but, I can't understand it for you"
I can assure you unemployment in the U.S. has significant components of these:
1. lack of adequate education/skills for availale jobs (see dropout factorys, teachers union menace, etc)
2. A sense of job entitlement to the type of job, they won't settle for any job
3. A sense of entitlement to welfare, many see no reason to actually find work when being paid for nothing, crazy right? Money good.
4. Life choices that they themselve deem higher than unemployment, such as staying at their current residence for emotional reasons rather than relocate for a job, etc., Choices that none of us have the right to take from them.
Jobs don't grow on trees, gotta work and stuff.
Besides, that's a crock of **** in any case. I don't want them to just look, I want them to WORK. I know plenty of people that look, find jobs, and promptly turn them down for a variety of reasons, first-hand I have had about 3 out of 40 people in the last two years cite unemployment payments as a reason they did not accept the offer (they wanted to wait until it was closer to out, these people presumably have dual incomes or aren't hurting for it apparently). They need to work. Yes there are downsides to taking "just any job". But if I'm paying for their slack time, and they are so unmarketable and so unprepared that they can't fend for themselves, why do beggars turn into picking eaters?
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Any savings you had would drain real quick.
Last edited by Muhammed; 01-07-12 at 03:40 AM.
Why do we need rely on the government for helping the poor? Yes I generally show compassion for the lower class of society, especially given the fact that circumstances beyond peoples control can cause them to be misfortunate and less economically well off. Hell, even the smallest mistakes can plunge one into poverty, but everyone makes mistakes once in a while, and no one should be punished severely for little mistakes.
Instead of relying on the government (which apparently annoys the conservatives to no end, but who cares about what they think) what if people just casually releid on each other? Don't live by yourself, live with family or freinds. Pitch in together and all work part time minimum wage jobs while supporting each other in the respective household. Live a little rag-rag and cheap; the best pleasures in life, like food, sex, and people are usually very cheap or free altogether. Is your nest door neighbor having difficulty paying the rent? Lend him some extra cash and work a flexible date for paying back the money when they're ready. Establish more emotional bonds with the local community. What the government provides to the needy via systemization can also be done through simple will power and love.
"A form of government that is not the result of a long sequence of shared experiences, efforts, and endeavors can never take root."
-Napoleon Bonaparte, 1803