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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6 Responses to Introduction

  1. I really look forward to learning more about unemployment benefits because, like you said, I mostly only know the negative connotations that I hear other people give it. I think it’s great that you can speak from first hand experience which will give your blog a sense of expertise and believability. I would like to see you talk about the positives of unemployment as well as how we as a country can best handle the problems that are created as a result. Great first post!

    • dogfunk says:

      This issue plays a very important role in our society and I think that this blog will prove that this is the case. You are right that the biases held against these people have caused a lot of issues for them and this program as a whole, but hopefully the evidence and rhetoric that I will use in this blog can outline that these opinions do not coincide with positivity in the economy. Thanks for the response!

  2. I am very interested in your blog. I am not that well informed on the unemployment issue in the United States, and just from your introduction I already feel I have a better grasp on the topic. I found it extremely informative and it definitely sets the stage for your further posts. I think you offer a very important and interesting perspective on the issue that I look forward to learning more about. I definitely agree that there are certain prejudices when it comes to the understanding of welfare recipients and that it is important for people to see beyond the stereotypes and become more informed. Great Job!

    • dogfunk says:

      I agree that the bias held against welfare recipients is one of the key aspects of this issue that must be debunked through education. If people can see past the assumptions that have been made for them by the media and society, they may recognize that they are just one unlucky bureaucratic decision away from being in the same exact position. I think that while I must assist people in removing their bias, I will also have to provide support for how financially feasible unemployment benefits are. Thanks for the comment!!

  3. mad1hatter says:

    I think that you’ve really opened up an interesting view on the effects of unemployment. I’ve never really considered the fact that people who are unemployed and forced to settle for low-wage, lower-skill jobs are wasting their talents. I’m really intrigued to hear about the real issues with unemployment. With recent debt across the nation, job loss numbers have definitely been soaring and I know a lot of people affected by unemployment.

    • dogfunk says:

      I agree that unemployment is a very pressing issue and I hope to bring that to light through this blog. I plan to use a mix of personal experience with unemployment as well as data and statistics to demonstrate my point. We must invest in these people if we want to improve the economy and there will certainly be data to show that this is the case. Thanks for the response.

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