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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