I posted this as a reply to all those Facebook posters who
seem to think that Unemployment Insurance is funded by employees. They
are wrong. It is also an encouragement to those who won't take the
minimum wage position because it won't pay what they used to make or even what
Unemployment Insurance pays. I see that as a moot point given the current
situation regarding federal extensions. Zero income is trumped by any
income and the employed have a much easier time finding other work, even if it
means multiple part time positions.
Two things that need correcting...
1. Employers pay for unemployment insurance not workers. First person to say, "we pay it by having lower wages" gets a virtual cookie. First one to recognize that without it 12% of your neighbors would be destitute, but those working might make an extra couple bucks a week, gets a larger virtual cookie.
2. The extensions are not coming out of some fund somewhere. The Feds are increasing the deficit to pay people to do nothing except look for work.
The best thing for the economy is to get people back to work. Am I sorry that it happened during Christmas time, kinda. But, when I think back to my most beloved Christmas ever, I think back to the year we received muffin mix from the neighbors and built a tree out of a dowel and a few saplings. Hardship builds character. Hardship builds strength. Hardship builds a better nation. We must compete to live, but we must win to thrive. Competing only guarantees the barest minimum of survival. Remember, we have the right to pursue happiness and not the right to attain it. So get up off your butts and do something. Take the part time job, but excel at it. Climb the ladder again. Bring glory to God through hard work. You can do it, but only if you try.
Posted by Brian Cooper. Posted In : Politics