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  •  Again, what if there is no work? (3+ / 0-)
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    tikkun, Lucy2009, JamieG from Md

    The policy contains no exceptions for people who are trying and can't find work, nor does it provide relief for people who live in areas where there just isn't any work to be had. What happens then? Does the Kansas government step in and partner with businesses to "allow" these starving citizens to work for free? Or maybe they should work for big agricultural companies. Why don't we just call that what it is? I mean, it all sounds well and good until you experience just how much time it takes to be long term unemployed. Between the hoops various agencies set up for you to jump through and making every effort to find gainful employment, there is no time for the life of ease on public assistance that you are clearly imagining. Work at Subway, you say? Ever tried to get a job in fast food in your 40s or 50s with no food service experience? I have. "Flipping burgers" is a euphemism for a job anyone can do. A stereotype. The idea that anybody in the country can walk into any fast food franchise and get a job is  absurd.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 07:16:22 PM PDT

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    •  You make some good points, MPOA.... (0+ / 0-)

      fyi---I don't imagine the long term unemployed are living a "life of ease"!   My daughter-in-law's mother is a long term unemployed person, who last month had to move from Denver to Los Angeles to live with ME because she had nowhere else to go!!  She's not been looking at fast food joints, so I didn't realize the potential difficulties of doing so!!  I hope that's not true here in LA, because she's not having any luck looking for office work, and I've been assuming that worse case scenario, she'll go flip burgers in the next couple of weeks. Live and learn!

      I've also been assuming that until she is able to find something that she could always apply for food stamps if her small savings runs out.

      So I'm still a bit on the fence, but leaning towards your way of thinking!     :)

      Corporations before people.... it's the American way!

      by Lucy2009 on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 01:01:25 AM PDT

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    •  I'm guessing... (0+ / 0-)

      ...but based on lots of experience being unemployed over the years, and on profiles of long term unemployed in many settings since the economic implosion/stagnation of the past five years, the most affected will be older/elderly workers and folks with emotional/psychological issues that are debilitating, and other "invisibles" of the economy.

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