#5

This week I will attempt to debunk some of the many false assumptions that are maintained by society against the unemployed, as well as look into the progress NC made in months prior to the cuts.  The issue of unemployment benefits is often brushed off by the public, because many people do not believe they will be affected by such programs.  Most people do not understand the significance of this welfare until they are faced with unemployment themselves, at which point their support is undermined because they’ve been branded as incapable and lazy by society.  It is a vicious cycle, and people’s lack of compassion as well as lack of relatability to the issue really drive some of the negative prejudices held against those out of work.  In recent posts I have elaborated upon the technicalities of the altered North Carolina unemployment insurance program, and with an objective view, free of bias, it is clear that three to five months of merely a quarter of your former wages is not going to allow those out of work to live the privileged moocher lifestyle that they are portrayed as living.  To blame the unemployed people of our state for the economic turmoil is a great injustice.  It is evident over the past two quarters that our state is recovering, a decrease in debt from $2.4 billion to $2.1 billion in 6 months is no small feat.  This demonstrates that previous expenditures were helping to rebuild the state’s economy, but this looks set to undo the economic progress.  Why, with this progress, is it necessary to dis-articulate such a broad and secure source of welfare within the state?

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5 Responses to #5

  1. I think you have a great perspective of this issue. You really provide a great understanding for your audience about the unemployed, and I really feel as though I have a more accepting view on the issue. Not only are you able to speak from personal experience, but you provide facts and evidence to back up your claims. I think that this post is helpful because you address the misconceptions that many (including myself) have (or had) about unemployment, and you provide an alternative viewpoint. The information you gave was credible, and it gave your argument a foundation, whereas the misconceptions that you mentioned are not based on fact but on hearsay and misinformation. I feel that this post gave me a much better understanding of your topic.

    • dogfunk says:

      Thanks for the comment!! I hope that, like you said, my blog provides a good mix of personal experience and factual evidence in order to correlate the true issues of unemployment benefits. I believe that the misconceptions that people have about unemployment insurance truly hinder the program and that with an engaged and educated populace that we can move past this issue and observe the factual evidence that provides a permanent base for the program.

  2. Overall, I thought this was a great post! I agree that there are often assumptions made when it comes to unemployment and that it is important to expose these assumptions as purely assumptions and not the solid truth. Your unique and personal perspective on the topic has also shed light on the topic in a different view that helps many, like myself, get a better sense of the issue. I agree it is a great injustice to label the unemployed as lazy and incapable of maintaining a job; and to blame our economic issues on the unemployed is wrong and simply not fair.

    • dogfunk says:

      I’m glad that my personal experience allowed you to relate better to this issue and to really focus on it in an unbiased manner because you understood how it could negatively affect people. It is certainly not alright to label the unemployed as the reason for this economic downturn, because for the most part they were the ones that were wronged and sent away when the going got tough. Companies laid them off with no plans to bring them back into the fold, so when Americans had no one left to blame we looked towards the unemployed. Eliminating this tendency to scapegoat the unemployed as well as eliminating peoples prejudicial biases was a key focus of my blog and I hope that I conveyed these points well. I hope that this blog and the data behind it gave you a new vision of the unemployed in North Carolina, one that includes them as fully contributing citizens in the local and state economy. These cuts are set to cost us 600 million dollars in spending this year alone in the state economy, and a loss of 1.2 billion dollars of total cash flow, including wages and money spent. Clearly, even through all the bias and contempt held towards them, the unemployed have provided a boost to our economy each and every year. These cuts will put a halt to the solid progress of unemployment insurance that we have experienced in previous years. Thanks for taking the time to read the blog and I’m glad that you’re able to see my point of view after finishing the blog. Thanks for commenting!!

  3. This is a very well written post. You do a great job of approaching the subject in a non-biased manner. You bring facts and make reasonable conclusions from them. I feel that you did a very good job of explaining the subject as well. In the issue itself, I must say that I agree with you. I believe that placing prejudices on those who are unemployed is not only unfair, but it is also causing a negative stigma that prevents those people from becoming employed again. It doesn’t make sense to blame these people for the economic troubles we are currently facing. Unemployment is an effect of the economy, not a cause for the debt North Carolina owes. It is wrong to make assumptions about people you do not know nor wish to know because of the prejudices you have placed on them. I like the way you approached this issue in an objective manner. This is very difficult thing to do in many cases because social prejudice is such a strong factor in many issues like these.

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