Why work when I can get paid more not working?
What happens when the benefits run out?
Well I was looking for a topic that might spur interest, I think this is it. What will happen when all tose voted in unemployment extensions cease? I know from experience that calamity could come crashing back in. I'm not advocating not working, nor am I saying all should work for less than they would make if they are receiving top benefits from their state coffers. Why would you work for less than unemployment would pay you?
My problem with this whole picture is it's not working, excuse the pun. I don't want to place blame on the government, the businesses, or the individual. I want to place the blame on ALL.
We each need to change our habits. We each need to put less emphasis on sporting events, or concerts and even cars, clothes and other status symbols. It seems ludicrous that one would pay thousands for a ring, a suit, or going to the superbowl when we could save that money by watching the game at home, or comparative shopping of the aforementioned items.
I am not a socialist, I do not condone communism and I know what a free market economy is. WhatI advocate is taking care of our own and NOW, before we ALL pay later, or our children do.
I believe we could soon be on the verge of another civil war, except this one being driven by social classes. It could happen, though I think more likely would be a significant rise in crime.
This problem is not going to go away and we can't expect the government to solve it for us, that just will never happen. So again, please examine your/our current spending habits, our current thinking in promoting entertainers above humanity, something has got to give, or the dam will burst. Recession? We have not even seen the worst yet. The upper class, the middle upper class and the middle class will ALL pay severely if we stay on this current path of individualism and who said the me generation had moved on.
If I was given the choice to work at say McDonalds making minimum wage, or stay on unemployment another year making an extra $100 + do you think I would work? I have very good work ethics and my morals almost compel me to work for my wages, but come on, it just doesn't add up.
Any suggestions on how you think we could turn this viscious cycle of dependence around would be appreciated, possibly we might be able to forward them to the mainstream population.
Maximum benefits by state
Weekly maximum unemployment benefits by state
Alabama $255 Montana $407 Alaska $370 Nebraska $308 Arizona $240 Nevada $362
Arkansas $409 New Hampshire $427 California $450 New Jersey $584 Colorado $475
New Mexico $455 Connecticut $519 New York $405 Delaware $330 North Carolina $494
District of Columbia $359 North Dakota $385 Florida $275 Ohio $372 Georgia $330
Oklahoma $392 Hawaii $545 Oregon $482 Idaho $362 Pennsylvania $539 Illinois $385
Rhode Island $528 Indiana $390 South Carolina $326 Iowa $443 South Dakota $285
Kansas $423 Tennessee $275 Kentucky $415 Texas $378 Louisiana $284 Utah $444
Maine $496 Vermont $409 Maryland $380 Virginia $378 Massachusetts $628
Washington $541* Michigan $365 West Virginia $424 Minnesota $566 Wisconsin $363
Mississippi $230 Wyoming $387 Missouri $320
* State has OK'd a temporary $45 increase beginning May 3. Sources: The Associated Press, state labor department Web sites.
The states minum wages are from $7.25 (Federal standard) to $8.50 in Oregon. At $8.50 for a 40 hour work week in Oregon you would be paid $ 340.00.
Just in Oregon alone you stand to make an additional $ 142.00 by NOT working, Is there something wrong here? You bet there is.
Look at the others states and I am including a Wikipedia link for that purpose here, do the math I suspect, without even looking that this is going to be the rule and not the exception.
Not to be a fun buster, but as you can read in the comment section this is the Green Bay Packers theme song. I believe that says a lot right there, we must change our mentality about entertainment and people, we otherwise send the wrong message to our children who will go out in the business world thinking their owed a top paying job just "because".