Dump the freeloaders

I just had a thought after reading this article. Dump the idea of extending jobless benefits, but increase the safety net under welfare by the same amount.

That way the country will be more likely to shake out the freeloaders milking the system while still providing support for those in real need.


  1. J. Strupp says:

    Millions of unemployed Americans don’t qualify for welfare programs because they have a spouse who has an income above the proverty line. For example, I have a friend who lost his job when his company went bankrupt and his family of 3 didn’t qualify for anything because his wife worked part time.

    “In a recent survey by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 40 percent of the members of the Inc. 500 (a group of the fastest-growing companies in the United States) reported that the biggest impediment to growing their companies was “finding qualified people.”

    Uh huh. The idea that businesses can’t find qualified employees to fit certain jobs is a farce. Always has been. Simple econ.: If you can’t find qualified people for a given job, you raise compensation for that particular job. The real problem is that businesses whine about not finding qualified employees because they’re unwilling to pay more for them. If they really needed to fill a particular position, they can do so easily. Raise their asking price. People will come. Fact is, many businesses simply don’t need to hire because demand isn’t all that strong so they’d rather ignore basic econ. and print drivel like this.

  2. i agree that you get what you pay for. some in business think that by paying your help less you make money. it works for a while until the customers catch on. there is also a method of firing workers with experience and seniority and replacing them with younger less capable workers who get less pay and the lower end of benefits. not always illegal but part of our economy. the so-called experts omit the technological revolution which has replaced people with high tech equipment. this article is at best C in a college journalism class. the numbers game is becoming unbecoming. last, the present generation is not hard pressed enough to take just any job.

  3. @J Strupp and Dick, one tiny little issue is that some jobs that are worth doing at a low price aren’t worth doing at a high price. I probably won’t get a much better janitor for $100/hr than I can get for $10/hr. Even at the professional level, there is competition from overseas. There are lots of bright people in India and China.

    What’s interesting is how so many on the left want to force “competition” by blocking mergers, etc. to keep prices of goods down, but then want to reduce “competition” by taking protectionist measures or banning “outsourcing,” not quite making the connection that low prices and high wages make for very stagnant companies incapable of paying high wages for long.

  4. J. Strupp says:

    “I probably won’t get a much better janitor for $100/hr than I can get for $10/hr.”

    The issue isn’t whether or not you’re going to get a better janitor by raising your asking wage, the issue is whether or not you’re willing to raise your asking wage to FILL the position. These companies are saying that they can’t find anyone. Hogwash. The market doesn’t work that way. At the same time, these same companies justify paying CEO’s 5,000 times the average worker’s wage because, “that’s what the market dictates”. On the low end, they whine about not being able to lure qualified professionals and on the top end they throw millions of dollars and golden parachutes to executives in order to “compete for top talent”. The market works the same way at either level. But they don’t see it.

    “Even at the professional level, there is competition from overseas. There are lots of bright people in India and China.”

    By that logic, U.S. corporations have the ability to raise their compensation package to a level in which Chinese and Indian professionals will find it in their interest to fill positions that, allegedly, Americans are unqualified to fill. This happens all the time of course in certain professions. So, again, the idea that their simply aren’t enough qualified professionals to fill a given position is a farce.

    And your last paragraph made me chuckle a bit. Republicans have messed with “free” markets via protectionist policies (see Bush, George W., steel industry) just as much as liberals. The idea that the GOP is in favor of “free” markets is nonsense. They just favor different parties who line their pockets in order to protect certain interests.

  5. my private law practice emphasis is employment law. employers terminate some people because of age, retaliation and disability including injury on the job. as an example those people do not want unemployment compensation and some find other jobs unless the employer gives them a negative work referral. by not asking for uc until you get a decent job you give up certain legal rights to make other claims. under the uc laws there are strict guidlines to follow. many people after firing are either over or under qualified for other jobs. then there is the issue of medical care. cobra is expensive and not permanent and a new job may not offer medical care insurance. to say all those on uc are lazy bums is a lie. i have a son who is a technician and was laid off, refused to accept uc and got another similar job for much less pay and no benefits. commission jobs are a dime a dozen and it is damn hard to make the uphill quota and the mind games involved. 2 young county summer workers at the golf course told me they get $8.00 doing dirty work and no benefits. even those jobs are tough to find. there are provisions in the uc law that employers use to deny uc after setting up an employee for termination and avoiding paying uc out of their mandated fund. i have also represented employers and business owners who are taken advantage of by their employees. a “freeloader” is not a person who has/had a job and lost it. welfare is totally another issue that i have no expertise in. note: an employee is denied uc if terminated for misconduct on the job, excessive absenses and voluntary resignation, among other reasons.

  6. Blogger reads an article about the skills mismatch in the job marketplace and brings out of it “Dump the freeloaders!” Talk about reading comprehension!

    Noted in the Manpower Talent Shortage Survey: 1. Skilled Trades. At the same time, we’re cutting funding to tech schools. Something’s wrong here.