That’s Right Nate

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Make the Unemployed Pay

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One of the best things that has come out of the economic downturn has been a new Republican economic strategy.  Many people like myself who have found Reaganomics and the theories of Milton Friedman solid, but too soft and cuddly to be truly satisfying have embraced this new philosophy espoused by the Heritage Foundation, pundits, and Republicans in Congress alike.    Maybe Arizona’s Senator John Kyl  explained it best when he argued that unemployment benefits dissuade people from job-hunting “because people are being paid even though they’re not working.”

Congressman Jack Kimble (R-CA) told reporters at a House Republican Summit last week, “Unemployment was meant as a safety net for the workers of this country.  It was never meant to be supposed to support non-workers.  The best way to get people back to work is to end this entitlement.”

I have to wonder if that’s really enough though.   Sure, cutting off unemployment and COBRA benefits will get some of the unemployed to stop laying on their couch watching Oprah and check out the want ads, but will it really get to the hard core unemployed–the ones who have made an art form out of life on the public rolls.  I think not.   To really get everybody to start looking for work, we need to start fining the unemployed.

I would say the fine should start small enough at maybe $10 a day and gradually double every week for those who are persistently unemployed.   This will give the recently laid off a couple of weeks to find something new before the big fines really start to come into play, yet still give those who are unemployed a great new incentive to get back to work again.  Now, I would never suggest imprisoning the jobless who could not pay, but I would suggest possibly public shaming or loans as a way to deal with those who refuse to pay their for share.   As Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle put it, “What has happened is the system of entitlement has caused us to have a spoilage with our ability to go out and get a job…There are some jobs out there that are available. Because they have to enter at a lower grade and they cannot keep their unemployment, they have to make a choice now.  We’re making them make a choice between unemploment benefits and going back to work and working up through the ranks of that job and actually building up a good wage again.”


Written by thatsrightnate

July 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm

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  1. Delighted with the news, but when did Jack Kimble move on up to the Senate?


    July 14, 2010 at 5:51 am

  2. I don’t think that fines will do the job. They are fundamentally unserious – as can be seen from the fact that they use them for such things as parking in a handicap parking spot no matter how tired or handicapped you feel (they demand that sticker and no end of hoop jumping!) or for speeding even when it is clear that you’re late. Americans will not take fines seriously and if you can’t put a clamp on their car you can’t make them take them seriously.

    Even if you did apply fines I think that the socialists would find a way of making it look unfair or even more cruel than necessary.

    On the other hand socialists and their ilk just love taxes so why not rewrite the tax code so as to tax the unemployed at the income rate of the last job they abandoned? This would have to be prorated in some way. Wouldn’t do for someone who had worked for $60K for 20 years to get off the hook just for doing minimum wage dishwashing for a year or two! It would show confidence in their ability to return to their potential and be a great reminder of their potential.

    Although I am looking at this primarily as a way of providing incentives to the unemployed I hope that this will offer some tax relief for the entrepreneurs building the economy. They are not unemployed in the sense of being shiftless, goldbrickers but do they have a job? Under the rewritten tax code shouldn’t they be taxed on the basis of their last wage job even if it was 20 years ago?


    July 14, 2010 at 11:56 am

  3. That’s an excellent point. Rather than fines, we most certainly could use the tax code to incentivize these people returning to work.


    July 14, 2010 at 3:37 pm

  4. Although taxing the unemployed offers a financial boost, they just don’t have that much money because they’re too lazy to work anyway. Not to mention that unemployment has struck the poor far worse than the rich in this recession.

    It’s a proven point that the poor are incapable of creating wealth, and are often lazy, and are even more often people of color, so ultimately, there is really not much use for these unemployed people.

    I propose simply deporting or shooting the unemployed, as they are simply of no use to us, and will probably vote for socialist, nazi, communist, black panther, racist, anti-god democrats anyway.


    July 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm

  5. Is this article a troll/joke, or what?


    April 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm

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