The Unemployment Benefits Extension–Unemployment Not As Simple As It Seems

This is a response to the guest article from, Unemployment Benefits Extension – The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Poorer posted on Friday, April 30th.  You may want to read the guest article before continuing with this article.

In the first paragraph of the guest article the writer mentions statistics about the increase in consumer spending.  Our problems begin when the author of the article states that unemployed individuals are the cause for the increase, implying that unemployed men and women are spending despite asking for unemployment benefits extensions.  There is no basis to this and these numbers can easily be said to be a result of employed men and women feeling more confident in their job security and returning to spending as a result.

As, far as the statement that the rich don’t spend money, I suppose everyone on unemployment are the one’s out buying a Learjet and a yacht with their benefit checks.  To say that wealthy people don’t spend money is simple nonsense.

Our guest author does make a good point when he asks if the unemployed are doing everything they can to get a job.  It is no secret that some individuals that are getting unemployment benefits are abusing the system and may not be looking for a job.  Yet, to say that applies to all of those who unemployed borders on a bias ideology that has no foundation in fact.

He also mentions making yourself an asset to your company so that in a worse case scenario, if your company shuts down, your boss can move you to another location.  This again works on the assumption that everyone who is an asset to a company will be able to keep their job, but if business is about making money and an employer shuts down an entire plant or branch, then some of those individuals who are assets will get swept away in the flood.

When the author implies that the unemployed don’t volunteer, network, or ask for employment advice, that is another statement grounded in opinion.  There are unemployed men and women who do volunteer, have applied and begged for jobs well below their skill level, and out of all those contacts for networking or business opportunities, chances are they are either unemployed as well or still concerned about their own job and are in a survival mentality where they may be unwilling to help someone else find a job.

In summation, volunteering, knowing people, and networking are no guarantee for a job and if every unemployed individual that has lost a job in the last two years does this and gets a job, then we still have countless men and women out of work.

The author also says, “By not taking the extra step to gain employment you are allowing businesses to hire less and put even more revenue [from unemployment] in their pockets.” This basically says, by not forcing companies to hire you, the unemployed are allowing businesses to refrain from hiring.  This simply is a statement working on the false assumption that anyone who walks into a business will get hired.

While, there are many people that are antagonistic against the unemployed, opinions formed by people who have never had to face unemployment are groundless since one can’t truly talk about a situation one has never experienced.

Might some people be at fault for losing their job or not doing all they can to be an asset to their company? Yes.  Are some people content to get unemployment benefits and not look for a job? Absolutely.  However, to make all unemployed men and women out to be villains, either because you are biased or because of your political affiliations, is simply ill-informed generalization.  Looking down your nose at those unemployed who are doing all the can but still struggling is the height of arrogance.

Anyone on the outside of unemployment may not agree with unemployment benefits extensions, but they at least must realize that finding a job or unemployment benefits as a whole is not a subject that is as simple as it seems.

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