We live in a country with more opportunities than anywhere else on the planet, and right now we see so many of our neighbors squandering that opportunity.
This isn’t “building back better”, this is the road to serfdom.
From the Washington Examiner:
The Labor Department recently reported there are now a record 10.9 million job openings in America. That’s twice the size of the entire Ohio labor force.
Yet the Labor Department also has counted some 8 million unemployed people. So what in the world is going on here? Why aren’t the 8 million workers allegedly looking for jobs filling any of the 10.9 million open positions? Could it be they aren’t looking very hard?
Job growth fell by more than half in August, partly because of COVID-19 concerns and the delta variant. But there is a lot more going on here.
Government welfare policies are clearly keeping Americans, millions of them, from taking jobs. Even though there are millions of retail and restaurant jobs open, these industries lost employment in August. Same for construction, with a loss of jobs even though nearly every construction company in America is desperate for workers. The same is true for unfilled warehousing, manufacturing, trucking, engineering, and business services jobs. These aren’t “dead-end” or even minimum wage jobs in most cases. Open factory and truck driver jobs pay $50,000 to $100,000 a year with benefits.
But economist Casey Mulligan of the University of Chicago has found that when counting all government benefits, a family of four in states with high welfare benefits, such as New York and Connecticut, with two unemployed parents can receive up to $100,000 in cash, food stamps, and more.
Why work? In some cases, workers would see a cut in their income if they returned to their jobs.
Former Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow noted that President Joe Biden and the Democrats in Congress have “done away with the successful bipartisan welfare reforms of the 1990s. Those required work.” They also had time limits of about 26 weeks. As a result, we now have people who have been collecting unemployment benefits and other government payments for 18 months.
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