Should society do more to help the unemployed?

Asked by: drsyjeon
  • Yes, because unemployment is not a 'hand out' to begin with.

    There’s a lot of political posturing and maneuvering, but here’s what will happen if Congress does not act, according to analysts interviewed by The Associated Press: Annual economic growth could fall by nearly 1 percent, up to 1 million more people could lose their jobs and hundreds of thousands of people will fall into poverty, putting even more burden on homeless shelters and food banks across the country.Here’s the hypocrisy. Extending the Bush tax cuts to the 2 percent of the wealthiest Americans is estimated to cost nearly $700 billion over the next decade, and it apparently will do little to provide an immediate boost to our economy. How will those tax cuts be paid for?

    Congress is apparently willing to tell the unemployed that we can’t find any savings in a $3.7 trillion budget to help them out. Not a single bloated defense contract. No outdated weapons system. No bureaucratic fat to be trimmed. If those are truly the answers, what chance do we ever have of tackling our long-term debt?

    We certainly don’t support long-term charity from taxpayers as an economic solution. But extending benefits seems like a sensible approach. Congress should stay in session until it figures something out. It’s unconscionable to toy with the lives of 2 million Americans just to make a political point.

  • Without a doubt

    At the moment, with the recession and other problems, jobs are extremley hard to get hold of, even if you have the best qualifications. But even so the goverment is cutting back on almost all help for the umemployed. You can now only get benefits if you are going to a job centre very regularly. Many enemployed can't afford the transport. If you don't do this you have to work unpaid, meaning that now even less jobs are available, because the unemployed are doing them. The disability test has changed now as well, one man was deemed fit for work because he could lift his arms. He was blind. Many others died a few weeks after being deemed fit too. Now there are more foodbanks in the UK than ever before, because the unemployed, and even some people with work, now can't even afford to feed themselves. This has to change.

  • No because I don't believe in handouts.

    Society and the government are already doing enough for the unemployed. Our taxes have paid for numerous unemployment extensions and entitlement benefits and still ongoing for the people who are unemployed. The only way to make your life better is to wake up, get out of bed and do something for yourself and stop expecting handouts. There are plenty of jobs but until the government stops the handouts, people will not go to work. The unemployment benefits need to go back to exactly how they were in 2007, to 26 weeks and that is all you get!!! This is make sure that these people get busy and find work because they will know for sure when the benefits run out. Now the benefits will never run out because the government keeps passing unnecessary extensions. All of the people who are below poverty level and that are on entitlement benefits, most of them are qualified for Pell Grants. These Pell Grants cover most college costs if not all of the costs at 100%, depending on how low a persons income is. As a society we can't help people who won't help themselves. The person has to take the first step and the first step is to want to do something for yourself.

  • The current safety nets are appropriate

    There are already so many social safety nets to help the unemployed, I think there is enough help. The way "society" can help is by the ultra rich investing more in noble causes that further the human spirit, and provide jobs. Unfortunately we as a society have spent the entirety of human existence making work easier to do. We've gotten to a point where we need very few people to run society, yet more people than ever before on the planet. Either we need to go back to the old ways, or decrease the surplus population.

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