People Still Being Paid Not To Work

Dear Editor,

The federal government kicking in extra money for unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis to some extent made sense as a temporary form of assistance while the country came close to closing down at the height of the pandemic in this country.

The problem is, things are coming back under control. We are getting back to some semblance of normality. You have employers trying to re-staff but can’t seem to find people. Why? Maybe because they are making more money on unemployment then they would if they went back to work.

More and more states are opting out of the federal assistance program and cutting unemployment payments back to what they were. And as they do, people see they can’t keep up their lifestyle while they sat through the crisis and are starting to return to the workplace. But there are still states that have not opted out of the federal assistance programs, North Carolina being one of them.

With the economy acting like it is, I can’t blame people, to some extent, for opting for the more financially secure path, but there are limits. And it doesn’t help when Duke Cooper won’t end participation in the federal program. I would love to know why, but to my knowledge nobody has asked him.

The Michigan governor has added another level to this whole thing, telling people if they go back to work they will still be able to draw unemployment, albeit at a lower rate, until the situation stabilizes. I’m sure there are limits on how much one can make before losing that extra income, along with a time limit. But the point is either you are working and earning a paycheck or you’re drawing a check from the state. And I would like to know things like is there a time limit on this. How much can you make before you lose the state check? This is going to be interesting to watch.

In my opinion, this whole situation has given us a very small glance at what the extreme left would love to see happen, that being this country sliding into socialism. Fortunately more and more states are opting out of the federal assistance program and I want to see how many of those are run by Republican majority versus Democrat.

2022 can’t get here soon enough.

Alan Marshall