Why Unemployment Insurance Should Not Be Extended–Again, Part III

Two days ago I described why unemployment insurance should not be repeatedly extended.

Yesterday I gave an example of someone on unemployment who is unwilling to take a lower paying job because of the government benefits he’s receiving.

So, what should be done about Unemployment Insurance? Here are a few suggestions. Some have been mentioned by others, some are ideas I’m throwing out.

First, how about if we start the payment for people newly unemployed at what they receive now—half of the salary (let’s say $200—and yes, I understand that’s low. It’s just an example.)  Then, how about if we reduce it by about several dollars a week, in my example let’s use $4, until it gets to $0 at the one year point. That way, during the initial shock of the unemployment, you get a decent amount of money. Then every week it goes down a little, and after a couple weeks the person starts to realize that they’d better get moving, because the amount they’re receiving is diminishing. That might encourage people to look for another job–any job– rather than waiting for one that replaces their former salary.

Or, how about if after one year, the additional money received becomes a loan. That way, the recipient has an incentive to get off unemployment as quickly as possible.

Another possibility: what if those who still receive unemployment after a few months work part-time at something that benefits the taxpayers. If you’re a teacher, you work as a school aide to receive your unemployment check. If you’re a laid-off policeman, you go out a couple nights a week on town watch. If you don’t have a skill that transfers, you put some time in collecting trash, painting, cleaning up parks or the roadside, working at a soup kitchen, etc.

As an alternative, the unemployed would go to school or for retraining to continue to receive their benefits.

Unemployment benefits and other entitlements need to be gotten under control. It will not be easy, and it will not be painless, especially for those who receive them. But, if we are to have any chance of reducing the debt, it must be done. Reining in unemployment insurance is actually one of the easier things that can be done.

Anybody have other ideas?



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3 Responses to “Why Unemployment Insurance Should Not Be Extended–Again, Part III”

  1. thomasjeffersonclubblog Says:

    My point throughout this series has been to show why continually extending unemployment insurance isn’t a good idea and what can be done about it. I have a great deal of sympathy for those who lose a job, but as someone who found a job in the past year, I know from personal experience it is not impossible. Sorry to take away that excuse for extending unemployment insurance.

    Ady, and others, why not come up with ideas on how we as a country deal with the entitlement problem? Or perhaps you see the entitlements you get as untouchable and only those provided to someone else as unaffordable.

    Take a look at Greece. We are not that far away from what they are experiencing and better to rein in the spending now than having a total meltdown later.


  2. ady Says:

    Are you on medication for some heart ailment?

    You should be…

    Or perhaps you do not require medication since you have no heart.

    I suppose YOUR solution would be to send people to live in the streets with children, elderly and disabled.

    Trust me,. its people like YOU with your ignorance and total inability to think things through, that keeps HATE alive and COMPASSION in the closet.
    Regarding people like YOU….I PRAY there IS a Heaven….& a HELL.

    • thomasjeffersonclubblog Says:

      Your comment offers no rebuttal or information – just name calling, self-righteous assumptions, and venom. Of course, this is typical of politically correct, left-leaning ideologues. Do you think you managed to convince anyone to even consider your position with this type of comment or even take your ranting seriously? What, then, is the purpose of this babble?


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