For years unemployment was used as a safety net and was set at 26 weeks. During
that time you had to search for work. Over time and with the down turn in the
economy unemployment beneifits went to nearly two years. According to most, the
economy has begun to rebound but the unemployment benefits remained at two
years. Nobody wants to take less than they were making before or a lesser
position. The length of the benefits left many accepting of the government
check. Not all mind you, many who lost their jobs found a way, but millions
didn't and settled for the check. Unemployment benefits should be cut back
gradually to 6 months as the economy improves. There are thousands of jobs
right now in Utah that are not filled. People will need to adapt and get out of
their comfort zones. Benefits should be a safety net to help people rebound or
permanent to take care of the truly needy, they should not be a way of life for
those that can do for themselves.
The November 2013 Utah unemployment rate was 4.3 which is near the normal rate
for full employment. As far as the minimum wage is concerned, I suppose
enforcing laws against the employment of illegal aliens and reducing the number
of work visas is out of the question? Reducing the number of cheap foreign
worker, would tighten the labor market, reduce unemployment and raise wages
especially for the working poor. No I am not talking about deporting anyone,
just give American workers the advantage over illegal and legal foreign labor.
As long as the sob sister administration democrats are in charge and
supported by cheap labor republicans in Congress the American workers are out of
luck. Even if political roles were reversed it wouldn't make a difference
for American Workers.
Aren't you glad we spent $4 trillion dollars in Iraq under a Republican
congress and President. Note: Sarcasm.
"Brer Rabbits" analysis is spot on.HOW do we reconcile this
Presidential administrations' stated goal to lower unemployment, while at
the same time ADDING 20-30 million "new" illegal aliens to the labor
pool?Which is it? do we WANT lower unemployment, or jobs for
foreign nationals?BTW - in the "for what its" worth
category; the Obama administration lowered the requirements to be placed on SSDI
early on in his presidential administration. I work almost daily in helping
unemployed Americans find jobs, but when they get especially discouraged they go
on SSDI. Which is much more expensive to the taxpayer and results in absolutely
It is too bad the Congress couldn't have been more productive and passed
sound policy that would bring jobs back to America. Then this wouldn't have
been a problem. Instead, we got a bunch of louts in both political parties.
Cougar, I just have a hard time believing that very many folks would simply give
up because $300/week for two years is too much to pass up. As for Congress, they
were hyper busy voting Obamacare down in the House 40 or 60 times. Their message
was clear - "I got mine, Jack".
Just a question... Is there any term limit that Obama's
liberals would place on unemployment benefits?Or... should the
chronically unemployed be government supported for a lifetime?
It's about time! "Americans taking care of
themselves".What a shame when able-bodied people have to rely on
others for their support.
They might be forced to take minimum wage jobs?Oh the horrorNote: sarcasm