In another thread about the poor, ( see post #45) the subject came up about the poor staying on welfare/unemployment So, my question is: Is staying on welfare/unemployment an excuse or a reason. (excuse = not justified / reason = justified) I contend the system actually give a person a reason to stay on the govt programs! For example, a person had a job making $1,000 a week. For the sake of argument their unemployment would be $600 a week. Now, there is a job he could take but only pays $500 a week. Would you really take that job? Remember the purpose of unemployment is to look for work. If you take that $500 job, your time will be limited to apply for other higher paying jobs - as most interviews are done during normal business hours. Personally, once I applied for unemployment, but was denied. Back in '90 or so, I was making about $250 a week. I was laid off due to low production requirements (lack of business). However, I was making about $30 a week at the radio station for part time work. Unemployment told me at least I some income. Wait, I lost about 90% of my income. Had I known about this situation, it would have been better to quit my part time job, then I would have received unemployment. As far as welfare, often the recipient is on Medicaid. If they get a job (with no benefits) they are subject to loosing Medicaid. So are they wrong in not accepting a job with no benefits? :BangHead: I say the system encourages a person to stay on govt programs. What say you?