As a result of recent developments in North Carolina politics, I plan to focus on the various aspects of the unemployment benefits program in my personal blog. The posts will analyze the positives and negatives of the program in order to assist my peers in formulating an educated opinion on the topic. As this topic is controversial by nature, bias is one of the glaring issues that must be overcome when educating yourself about unemployment benefits. Welfare recipients were a primary scapegoat of the economic collapse in the United States, and this contributes to them being considered among a lower class of citizens by most, not to mention the various biases held against them. Unemployment benefits are considered to be any social welfare payment allotted to people for the purpose of assisting them while they do not have work. It is a form of welfare that is intended to allow the work force time to recuperate if a job is lost. One of its main purposes is to ensure that talents in the work force do not get wasted by having over-qualified workers in low-level positions. This occurs when unemployed citizens who have lofty educational degrees are forced into entry-level positions because they do not receive enough welfare to survive without obtaining another job. This leads workers to settle for low-wage jobs where their talents are wasted. In a nation where college degrees are so encouraged and sought after, it is disheartening to see people’s hard-earned achievements in school wasted on a job that could be performed by a competent teenager or adult who did not invest in a college education. This is an issue that does not solely affect individuals, but also can negatively impact whole families. This topic interested me because I have faced first-hand the plight and debilitative nature of adult unemployment on a family. The contempt and biases that society hold against unemployed people have affected my family and I personally, and they are often just accepted as fact. In order to dispel these prejudices, the society must look past their assumptions of unemployed people as lazy and unskilled, and rather than placing blame on them for a failing economy, see them as a person who is fully capable of contributing to the work force. These prejudices can be combated with numerical data and rhetoric, but in order for unemployment benefits to be viewed in a neutral perspective, the negative outlook on the currently unemployed must change. Many nations throughout the developed world have installed comprehensive plans that allow an unemployed individual or a family with an unemployed member to remain on their feet. This is in contrast to the system in the United States where unemployed people are targeted and left without proper recourse to regain proper employment.
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