" I'm overqualified for Z and there's no point in me doing Z." uhhh, not if you are trying to feed your kids and pay for all the stuff you charged while working X. Not taking a lower position is selfish, expecting the tax payer's to provide for you until X re-emerges is selfish and irresponsible. Is Z flipping burgers? If so, then there is a tangible "point". You provide a good or service and receive a wage. Is Z cleaning a park? Still a "point" is present. Watch the Stossel video I posted above. It refers to people staying on assistance and turning down job offers pretty consistently. The Danes graph of people finding work just as there benefits expire, even with changing deadlines, is pretty damning.
1. Unemployment for the first 26 weeks is paid by the employer
2. The subsequent 73 are paid from a federal fund signed in by great patriot bush
3. You're still failing to understand that the goal of workfare is to supress middle and low income wages
4. "paying for stuff that you charged" demonstrates your complete lack of simple economics. That charging provided income to companies that paid for workers within their company. It also creates debt that keeps the credit card company highly profitable, a company that hires more people. So on and so forth. Your understanding of the world is seemingly limited to "I have a job, I buy stuff. Other people don't have jobs, I pay for their life" which is indicitive of your simple mind.
"...but that takes up the time that they could be using to find better and more meaningful work or getting the training necessary to have better jobs. Better jobs that would of course bring in more income tax revenue...". Problem is that I don't see this as the case very often. I see generational welfare with participants who are quite comfortable and content without ever attempting to better there position at all.
Sorry to Doh, for still quoting with the ol copy/paste method. It is just faster and more efficient for me.
Of course you don't see that as the case. Your view is excrutiatingly narrow. And I'll bet you don't see the enormous tax credits given to big box retailers for setting up shop in town as welfare either.
Further demonstrating #4 above, you imply that we should all live in constant fear of job loss and therefore only save and not spend. Not a single ramification on the economy there...
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