Unemployment benefits are wonderful. They help persons temporarily out of work meet basic living expenses.
Similarly, different programs benefit the elderly, disabled, caregivers of preschool children and others who are unable for various reasons to work at an income producing job.
I hope the federal government provides extended unemployment benefits to those who need them.
However, unemployment benefits are not designed to let persons sit idly at home drawing a government check instead of performing some useful service.
If you suffer from depression or some other problem get help. There are also job training programs available. If your geographical area lacks job opportunities, please consider relocating.
Persons are happier, healthier, and live longer if they are productive, doing something that benefits themselves and others.
I encourage persons drawing unemployment benefits not to wait for their benefits to run out. Instead search for jobs, do volunteer work, read informative books and other literature to better oneself, etc.
I’ve been blessed to always either have a job or to have friends and family who voluntarily helped me out, and other resources that enabled me to get by without ever accepting unemployment benefits. I am grateful for that help and hope it freed up funds to help others who needed unemployment benefits more.
I don’t want the unemployed to be forced to take any job available. For example, as a Christian, I personally would not want to work selling alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets, or tobacco products. As basically a pacifist, I wouldn’t even desire to work in a military job, though I commend soldiers who serve who do good humanitarian work seeking to rebuild, establish a just peace, etc.
Though I don’t urge persons to take any available job, I do urge the unemployed to seek to find a job, to seek to find a need and fulfill it. Folks, please use unemployment benefits wisely, and only when necessary. Private companies and the government do not have unlimited resources. The resources expended on unnecessary unemployment benefits could be used for something else, maybe even pay raises for workers.
By the way, one of the saddest things about unemployment benefits is that many of the people who in theory might need them most are ineligible due to not working enough hours a week, not working long enough at a company, being self employed, etc. And some employers seem to seek to avoid paying unemployment benefits by excessively relying on short-term temporary employees, part-time employees, etc. Abuse of unemployment benefits is a problem.
The system definitely isn’t perfect. The people who have been actively seeking work, struggling to get unemployment benefits, and meeting obstacles and major financial difficulties know that better than I do.
But I am very thankful that we have a system – and that it is probably much better than it was centuries ago. Please don’t abuse it.