Are you one of the millions of Americans sitting on your couch in your underwear channel surfing, thumbing through old books, glancing up every now and then to see if the mailman has brought your welfare/unemployment check? Governor Chris Christie has offered up some advice for Americans like you who are still out of work – and still not looking for a job in this, our “paternalistic entitlement society”.
“Government’s telling them stop dreaming, stop striving, we’ll take care of you. We’re turning into a paternalistic entitlement society. That will not just bankrupt us financially, it will bankrupt us morally. We’ll have a bunch of people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check”.
The problem we face in America right now, and will continue to face so long as Obama remains President, is that the opportunity for full-time employment is extremely low. Businesses are being pinched, over taxed and over regulated by Obama’s government and to an extent their own state and local governments. Knowing and understanding this is fundamental because too many Americans still feel that so long as the welfare/unemployment checks keep coming in, there is no urgency for finding a full-time job. Does anyone believe that even a slight majority of people collecting a check in some form from government is actively searching for a job – any job – whether it is full time or not? In other words, if one can get by on government assistance, what incentive is there for independence, as opposed to government dependence?
Now that the federal extension for unemployment insurance is being reduced from 99 weeks to 73 weeks over the remaining year, 2012, more people will be looking for jobs, but the amount of jobs available will either be the same or lower. In other words, because the full-time jobs are not there, and because more Americans will be thrown into a market that works much like musical chairs, this will leave millions of Americans both without jobs and without government assistance to get them through another month. Action by Democrats and liberals only revolves around adding more weeks of unemployment insurance benefits. But how many more weeks can government add before the time comes when jobless Americans will see their children pass through elementary school, Jr. High and high school, all while they are at home collecting a check? Billions of dollars are being squandered, and while there are millions of Americans who genuinely need short-term assistance, are we supposed to overlook and ignore the many millions of Americans who are intentionally abusing and taking advantage of the system and taxpayers?
If enough full-time jobs are not available right now for every American who wants one, is there an alternative to get them, and those of us who also want and need to work full-time, through until those full-time jobs are available?
Of course. The solution is to simply take on two or three very part-time jobs. Those types of jobs are plentiful, and while they don’t pay as much as full-time, and don’t offer insurance or other benefits of full-time employment – they still offer a paycheck. And paychecks, for people who need an income right now, are, and ought to be, more important in the short-term, while still looking for full-time employment. It makes no sense to sit on the couch, collecting welfare/unemployment waiting, expecting – demanding – full-time employment, and refusing to leave that couch until someone comes along and offers you a that job. It doesn’t work that way in America, in Europe, or anywhere in the real world. Try living like that in Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, China or any socialist “paradise” and “utopia”. Mm, maybe France.
Why should Americans not be willing to “suck it in” so to speak (their pride, that is) and be willing to take these lesser paying jobs until the economy improves and business start offering more full-time jobs? Virtually every single small business in America that is still afloat, that is still fighting for life, is looking for extra help, even for a few hours a day or week. We have been put in a situation, in America, primarily caused by Obama and the Democrat Party, that has seen businesses close their doors to new full-time hires, or close its door permanently, thereby laying off all its employees. Our economy is very sensitive. It does not react well to high taxes, high regulations, high inflation – and threat of even higher taxes, regulation and inflation. Obama promises more of this, so why would any savvy business owners take on full-time employees during a time they know their cash flow is going to be further depleted?
Our best bet is to get off the couch, brush away the crumbs, grow some courage and take that part-time job across the street. Get a few hours there, and go into the business next door as see what they have. Doing this will put millions – tens of millions – of Americans back to work. It will help an already fledgling small business sector, which account for about 75% off all business in America, get back on its own feet and pull our economy out of this hole. The success of small businesses will cross over to medium and large businesses who rely and depend upon small business for myriad services. And if/when big business is helped by small business, that extra help will transfer into the need, and urgency, for more full-time jobs.
If we have to work three or four, or five jobs, why should that be more insulting, more degrading, more indignant and more “work” than going to the mail box, collecting the welfare/unemployment check and taking it to the bank to cash it?
- Working Longer and Enjoying It Less? (talkingunion.wordpress.com)
- Who Killed The Jobs? (treeofmamre.wordpress.com)
- Number of Americans not in labor force hits record high of 87,897,000 (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
- Should I Continue Freelancing or Find a Full Time Job? (businessns.wordpress.com)
- Record 87,897,000 Americans Not in the Labor Force (thebusypost.wordpress.com)
- Chris Christie: This nation is turning into “people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check” (Hotair.com)