USA Today reports that there are now three job seekers for every job opening but with this moderately competitive market and very realistic opportunity to find work within 26 weeks for the unemployed, apparently some still think 26 weeks is not enough. Since the recession of 2008 particular states offered workers up to 99 weeks to find a job. If the unemployed cannot find a job, can they not find someone’s windows to wash? Can the unemployed not find someone’s house to clean? Can the unemployed not sell the house and take work serving coffee? Can the unemployed not pick cotton, shovel snow, sell Avon, or perform a temporary project? Can the unemployed not deliver flyers, drive a school bus or paint the neighbors kitchen? If unemployed, somewhere along the line somebody did not want you, need you, or you did not want them. Can you not go out and prove to a community you are deserving of work by working? The American dream is premised by individual liberty and the rights of the individual to contract for services so why is it that this right is left open ended in lost opportunity? Perhaps your idiotic school system forgot to teach capitalism.
Could Mitt Romney have been right during the election campaign of 2012 when stating “there are 47 percent who are with him (Obama), who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.” At the time I didn’t subscribe to Romney’s cynicism but I’m having second thoughts. This endless bantering about extending unemployment benefits is just one more reason why responsible people are left frustrated by the madness in Washington and the climate which continues to perpetuate dependence at a time when debts and deficits are gargantuan, the financial system is in peril, and creditor nations loom like hawks awaiting America’s default.