I have collected unemployment three times in my life. The first time was over 35 years ago and I had to file a claim at an unemployment office in Manhattan. I also had to go there every week to collect a check. The second time was in 1995 when I was laid off and replaced by the owner´s wife. I then applied in person but after that I only had to report by phone and punch in my responses. The last time I filed was in 2008 when my newspaper folded and all I had to do was file online.
Terminate the handouts and many will immediately find a job. Lots are working for under the table cash and collecting benefits until they run out. Unemployment numbers would have dropped long ago if this would have been done.
"The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever. Meanwhile the National Park Service - also part of the Department of Agriculture - asks visitors "Please do not feed the animals" because it may cause them to grow dependent and not take care and fend for themselves." You couldn´t find two more appropriate statements to describe the problem! The government is PLEASED that the animals are more dependent on government to take car of them. Man, we are screwed...big time.
I´ve been laid off several times and was always grateful to qualify for unemployment benefits - but was always embarrassed when I collected and that was enough motivation to get going and find work once again.
Sad that nowadays we´ve removed shame from our culture and our daily lives.
The question I keep asking and no one has ever answered - Why aren´t all of those government ´benefits´ considered to be income and taxed accordingly? Especially since every other type of income imaginable is taxed.
I work hard and have paid taxes since I was a teen. Why does someone get to gobble up $60,000 in benefits every year and not pay a penny of taxes? I wish I earned $60,000 a year.
Fortunately I was raised with a sense of shame and a solid knowledge of right and wrong, so I´ve never taken one penny of government assistance. I graduated from college just in time for Jimmah Carter´s economy and couldn´t find work in my field, so I worked as a waitress in a tiny cafe. I survived on peanut butter and canned pork and beans. Bringing back shame would go a long way toward fixing what is wrong with our society.
The quote from the Dept of Ag is incredible: FTA: "The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever." They´re so proud that 1 in 4 Americans are now on their gravy train. Think how happy they would be if 100% were on the dole.
I wish everyone was aware of the fact that something like 80% of the USDA budget goes into food programs not payments or services to farmers. While unemployment benefits are taxable, I´d guess because they come from money paid in by employers, I don´t think any of the myriad other gov´t handouts are.
#5, You are exactly right. We live in a "no fault" or "it´s someone else´s fault" world. The concept of personal responsibility is foreign to many people. Many social ills such as alcoholism, drug addiction, promiscuity, etc., are defined as a disease. It is hard to hold yourself responsible for your actions when it is considered a weakness you were born with. Or your environment is so bad that it is no wonder you steal or take your anger out on others. There is no accountability. Just look to Washington DC. Politicians have made decisions that are destroying the country, yet no one will do what is right for the country over what is good for their party.
...FTA: " No one should go hungry in America."...sounds reasonable,doesn´t it?...but why is this??...is it because some people are so productive and create this wealth that others "deserve" to mooch off them??.. how about my motto : "No one in America should be forced to support lazy parasites who´s only effort to support themselves is in voting for dems." ...?? ...dems are the Parasite Party...they have no shame.
I play bridge everyday with highly qualified young people who are collecting unemployment; it is a game with them. When their two years are up they work just long enough to qualify again. They love their benefits, and they brag about having free time to play cards everyday.
Alicia Colon is one of the best of the honest truth seeking writer reporters. Great article showing us how easy and pleasant it is to cash in. A credit card that causes no attention with the market cashier where everybody else actually pays out of their own pocket. It is totally out of hand, out of control, and even the good guys like Rand, Marco and Ted DO NOTHING to alert Americans to the ruin of it all. So many things going wrong, it´s no wonder there is nobody, only the few like Alicia, to complain. But just look at all the lying Congress droids on TV all day long, and none of them are complaining. Of course, the Protection Racket TV mafia media SUPPORTS all that is wrong. It would be easy to say that these blind TV liars to the truth, are even more dangerous and more of a threat to our survival, than are our greed addicted elected so-called leaders. If the Diane Sawyers would report on any of the Congress Criminality, things would change, but the TV Diane´s are silent to all the crime and corruption. Media blindness is more frightening than Congressional corruptness. The main stream media is destroying America.
I can proudly say I have never been on unemployment, food stamps or any Government program. Well, until now that is. I am 65 and collecting on my deposits of nearly 50 yrs known as SS. I also never got fired but I sure quit a lot of jobs. I didn´t hang around complaining to the owner about how he/she should run his/her business. If you want the "good life" then start your own business and do something you love and not worry about getting rich. I have Jesus, a wonderful marriage of 45 years, a great family and a love for Country. Life is good, regardless of the Left and Moderates.
Sadly, America today is in the midst of a general looting. It´s like the pictures of New Orleans during Katrina when once the mobs broke into the stores even the cops joined in the looting, hauling away big screen TVs while grinning into the camera.
"Everybody´s doing it, so why not?" seems to be the general attitude. Food stamps, disability scams, etc. It´s disgusting.
No nation that devolves to this point can survive.
#6, I´ll do you one better. Why aren´t we "asking" those who live off the tax payers to work for it while they receive benefits? Surely there is work at all levels of government that they can do: washing windows, street sweeping, dusting the libraries, washing government cars, work in the cafeteria, whatever. You want us to subsidize you? Fine. Here´s a mop.
Part of my portfolio is low income housing. Not Section 8, but the working poor. They do pay their rent but subsidized utilities (CARE, FERA) and food stamps (SNAP) and other (SSI, WIC, NSLP) are the norm.
As an example, I deal directly with PG&E and turn in some CARE applications. Some I think may be false. PG&E has told me it´s not my responsibility to spot a fraudulent claim. So, for four years now, EVERY claim has been accepted with no questions asked.
There are millions like these folks out here. They are not political but if these benefits are threatened, and they will be, (it´s the Democrat M.O.) I´m sure they would flock to the polls.
I was shopping at a Lucky food market next to a Home Depot where all the Mexicans hang out looking for day labor. I was in a hurry, and the man in front of me had purchased a big package of cooked ribs, and he was having trouble paying with his card. He stood there eating the ribs as he kept passing his card through, and it just would not work. The cashier asked to see his card, and he actually licked it to get the sauce off. She would not touch it, but said he could not buy cooked food with his food stamp card. He did not speak English (so he said), he pulled out his pockets to show he had no money. And then he walked out of the store, and no one did anything. When I put my groceries in the car, he and three other illegals were sitting on the curb texting on their free 0bama phones. Isn´t America wonderful.
I recall in my American History classes that there was one group of early settlers to this country (I think it was the Pilgrims) where there was a severe shortage of food. And some of those who made the trip from England considered themselves as "gentlemen" and thus didn´t bother to work, were part of the problem. And (again I´m trying to think back over 50yrs) Miles Standish, who was in charge of the colony, lock up all the food supplies and simply told everyone that "if you don´t work, you don´t eat". Problem solved and the colony survived.
Now, why can´t we apply that same logic to today´s problems? When the welfare reform act was passed in the 90´s under Clinton, that logic was used and it was very successful. And as poster #23 pointe out, there are a lot of jobs out there that need doing. People need to be educated that ALL work, no matter what it is, has dignity and is worthy of respect.
#29, It was more than that. originally, the mayflower pilgrims set up a system of communal living. Everyone would share the work and everyone would share the food. Very quickly, enough folks stopped working, but still got their "share" or the food. Unfortunately less hands working meant less food. After the disastrous first winter, the elders divided up the farmland among the families. Then if they didn´t work, they didn´t eat. After that the settlement had a surplus of food.
The biggest shame in all of this is the democrat party. Dems could not get votes if they did not promote all of this cradle to grave free caretaking, courtesy of the working taxpayers. Judging by the results of the past two presidential elections, over fifty percent of the country is shiftless and lazy, allowing for a deviance of a few million fraudulent votes of course.
Woman "A" had a good family and earned self-esteem, she went to college, then married and a few years later she and her husband decided they were financially and psychologically ready to be parents. She worked through most of her pregnancy, then as soon as she was able, returned to work at a job she loved. She and her husband maintain a good budget and always pay their taxes.
Woman "B" may not have had a prefect family, but she never chose to develop her abilities, and found partying and "having fun" more important than having goals. She found school difficult so she dropped out, and IF she used birth control, she wasn´t careful about it, so she became pregnant as a teenager. All of the several "boyfriends" she was seeing denied culpability, so she applied for welfare. Over the years, she took advantage of every program she "qualified" for, and never felt any "shame" because that is just abusive, she and her children are "entitled" to everything they want!
Which culture did the Founding Fathers support and which does the current regime favor?
#23. I agree completely. When I was assigned (Military) to Germany way back in the 60´s, Germany had a welfare program that did exactly that. If you wanted government assistance, you swept the street, cleaned public restrooms and parks and did all of those things that the government had to hire unskilled labor to do. A further comment. The idea has been around the Internet, but if I have to have mandatory drug testing to work to earn the money so people can have welfare, then those same people should have to have mandatory drug testing to receive it.
#29 It wasn´t the pilgrims, but Jamestown where the policy of "if you don´t work you don´t eat" started. Other than that your recall is excellent. I doubt they even teach that part of history in school anymore.
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