We Are Not Punishing Unemployed

Unemployment benefits were never meant to last for a lifetime.

We Are Not Punishing Unemployed

To the Editor:
Unemployment benefits are designated for the long term unemployed, Patricia Perry states. “What is Long Term?”

Long term as in till that person finds a job?

Long term could be for the rest of your life but Senator Rand Paul thinks different. Senor Rand Paul told Fox News a couple of week ago, “When you allow people to be on unemployment insurance for 99 weeks [sic], you’re causing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy.”

People on unemployment should be given a time period on how long their unemployment benefits will be available to them. Patricia Perry states that Senator Rand Paul must not know what it is like to be living on these benefits checks. Perry argues that the government is punishing the employed which understand, but people on unemployment shouldn’t settle for unemployment benefits for the rest of their life.

Unemployment benefits was never meant to last for a lifetime. It is time for change and for Congress to fail to add an extension to unemployment benefits is a great start. It is an eye opener for the people that’s on unemployment. Congress can change or not extend benefits.

By knowing when your benefits end it wouldn’t be no worries or concerns if Congress don’t decide to extend unemployment benefits. The person will be well aware that unemployment is long term but for a short time of life.

Unemployment was meant to typically last for 27 weeks but Congress extended that by at least seven weeks to help the long-term unemployed. The number of long-term unemployed dropped during the past few months. The unemployed knows that the benefits doesn’t last forever so, why say the government is punishing the unemployed. The government is not punishing the unemployed they simply helping for a short period of time.

Asia Davis

Note: This is in response to “Why Punish The Long-Term Unemployed?” letter by Patricia Perry.

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