History is a good thing to learn. If learned well there is not the need to repeat it. Not learned, history will be repeated until it is learned.
Unemployment is an insurance tax that is paid by each working American just in case they ever become unemployed. As with all insurance one hopes that they will never need to use it, however, if they ever need it, it's nice to know that it is there.
Perhaps if we all took a page from Chris Rock and called it what it really is, incaseshit. You know, in case shit happens, you have a plan B.
Unemployment is not a hand out, unemployment is not an alternative form of work, and most of all, unemployment is not the easy way out!
Since unemployment is a fund so to speak, that is paid into, (by the same folks that are now collecting from it), it is not a handout. It is an insurance or a safty net, you know, just incaseshit (happens).
Only a creative idiot (such as those Californians supported by half term governors) would think that unemployment is an alternative form of work. Most people that recieve unemployment would prefer to receive actual paychecks. Because of certain policies at many companies, many, many jobs have been outsourced to foreign countries, leaving thousands of Californians (and Americans per se) without jobs. That creative idiot from California ran such a company until she was dethroned.
To say that unemployment is the easy way out, could only be said by someone that knows very little about unemployment, save for the term and the political miles that may be garnered from such. Unemployment pays a person only a fraction of their normal salary and Americans as a whole, live well beyond their means, not under their means. This means that unemployment payments, while helpful and sometimes lifesaving, cannot even begin to cover normal expenses for those upon which the benefits befall. Thus, the hole gets bigger, unemployment merely gives the person a chance to fight back to begin to dig out of the hole. The hole does not diminish ....at best a status quo (of being in debt) is maintained.
Maybe as a country we need to rethink how we how we value people, work, and what our ethics really are. Do we put people first or must the status quo be maintained at all costs and who are we really fooling anyway?