High-Society Welfare

by Sal on February 23, 2009

in Economy,Politics

The Boston Globe today ran a story about people who recently lost their jobs.  Rather, however, than talking about real hardships experienced by people, they are instead glowingly focusing on people who feel “liberated” (Hat Tip:  Mrs. Sal) and are doing such things as taking art history classes, going to museums, and spending time with their kids.  Now, none of this per se is necessarily bad, but these people are receiving government unemployment.  It is one thing for someone to get a corporate severance package and have some emergency fund money that they themselves have saved, and decide to take a month off to clear their heads.  Collecting unemployment from the Government, however, means that taxpayer money is going to people who are going to museums and taking art history classes.

These people will have six months of living off the welfare dole before they need to get a new job, or as some stated in the article, just not get a new job at all.  That length of time will likely be extended by the Obama administration, so these high-society welfare recipients will be able to continue living off the government dole.  So, why work? The government will pay for everything anyways.  It’s no wonder that the market is reacting to everything the Obama administration is doing by tanking on a daily basis, as of today to 1997-levels.

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MrsSal February 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I have to share my favorite line from the article:

Despite the grim task of making ends meet (firing the nanny, bailing on Whole Foods, applying for unemployment), there is a newly forming society of people who are making the best of being laid off.


Carl February 23, 2009 at 5:51 pm

You’re confusing welfare with unemployment insurance. Vastly different programs. Furthermore, the unemployment draw down is far less than a worker will have paid into the system in the first place. If someone is taking time off and living off of unemployment insurance, it’s insignificant to the taxpayer. The unemployment insurance payout is barely enough to cover a mortgage payment anyway, so the imagined free ride you’re so outraged about will be short lived. There are far more worthwhile things to complain about than someone taking a mental rest after being laid off.


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