“Mr. Speaker, I once again find myself compelled to vote against the annual budget resolution for a very simple reason: it makes government bigger.” ― Ron Paul
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty. – Thomas Jefferson
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
I think we should continue to help the unemployed until such time as we have a society in which everyone who is able to work, and who wants to work, is able to find a job that is suited to their nature and merits. There is a social contract. But that contract cannot be valid without guaranteed economic and social participation.
Of course, those who are able but do not want to work should receive no help from society. If you find yourself agreeing with that sentiment (i.e. that expressed in just the previous sentence), ask yourself why. What would be the basis of extending no help to those who do not work? I think pretty clearly, the idea is based on the notion of the social contract. Those who can work but do not break their end of the contract, and so are not entitled to the performance of the other party. And if that is so, then also, pretty clearly, the principles of the first paragraph of this post must also be correct.
We need to help the unemployed until everyone is earning $7.50 per hour. It's the only fair thing to do.
Last edited by Sunbelt; 01-15-12 at 12:07 PM.
it certainly is a more complicated issue than some politicians would have us believe.
unemployment is currently one of the usefull safety nets in america.i think its length should be adjust per job growth in the country.just doing job searches now the majority of jobs around my area will only hire people with 5+ years experience plus a college degree,but start them out at the same wages someone fresh out of highschool with no experience would get.even finding a minimum wage job is getting rediculous now,so it would only make sense to make unemployment benefits last longer under the current economy,and make them shorter under an economy with good job growth.