(Based in a replay I made to another blog)
I am a republican I was unemployed from January 2009 to Aug 2009 and again from Mar 2010 to now. I think Unemployment should not be a permanent lifestyle. Furthermore, like government stimulus, unemployment does nothing to create jobs but rob job growth by taking business capital that could go to job creation. Rep Jim McDermott likes to say, “Every dollar spent on unemployment benefits generates a $1.64 increase in economic activity,” That is not true. Government does not and cannot produce wealth; government can only consume and redistribute via tax revenue from the private sector produce. If government takes one dollar from the private sector and give it to me and I spend it on the private sector, the result will be a total of 0.00 in return -$1.00 (taxes ) + $1.00 = zero.
Welfare state only exist to keep people alive and voting Democrat. I only make around 260 a week and have to VA for healthcare. I collect bottles for gas in my tuck then in turn go to estate sales to find stuff to make a profit on Ebay. I could receive food stamps but Unemployment is more of the indignity of being dependant is more I have to stomach for.
The democrats are trying to pass and extension of unemployment beyond 99 weeks; the problem I have is unemployment payments do dissuade people from making the hard decisions in finding work and independence. These decision include could mean moving and seeking work elsewhere, including rural areas and overseas. One may need to walk way from an unaffordable, mortgage and find a one-room apartment for ones family or better yet open a home a boarding house for some who will have to take a lower wage job to survive. $300 to $400 for two hots and a cot do not seem bad.
A note to all you liberal and conservative fools who think all the jobs are shipping to China I have to say this. Get you but off the couch turn of the TV and stop listen to conservative talk radio and read a good book on economics. Basic Economics 3rd Ed: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy by Tomas Sowell is a start. We are not losing job but shedding and shifting the job market from a manufacturing base to a service base. (Design and managing products from development to delivery)