Nixon wrote:Lets stop kidding ourselves. This country went from making shit, building shit, reduced to rubbish in a declining service industry.
Put the prisoners to do hard labor like building roads, public works. Welfare recepients not terminally ill can work service jobs and the rest of your lower echelon workforce currently can get back to making things.
those who get welfare while some are very much needed and understood for their circumstances
majority just know how to wipe the system and leave those who actually need it in the dark
you say you know a lot of folks who are willing to work but can't find work, what kind of work are they willing to pull themselves out of unemployment for though? I had an ex who did graphics and wouldn't lower himself to work for anything like retail, even high end retail because heaven forbid he speak with anyone in niceness unless he wanted to--something that customer service is about (being nice to someone even when they're blowing steam off on u)
I had a friend who really frustrated me because he had a compensation package (more than fair) for a job that he knew was going to go down in flames but refused to jump off beforehand and, despite only having a HS degree was amongst the highest paying there, nearly 20$ a hour, benefits and everything so I don't blame him.
he ended up collecting unemployment for as long as he could too before he decided to go look for work. folks were pointing him in different directions and he was like nope
ps he filed for bankruptcy recently because he racked up thousands in gambling online and decided that he would rather charge it off than pay it off. he doesn't have to worry about his living situation, he will never have to pay for rent/mortgage or worry where he's gonna end up, except for the food on his table and spending money.
I also could tell you about the single mom who struggled with no help of child support, working 2 40hrs job, because it takes forever for the government to throw any help while another landlord tells me of a mom with two kids, one of whom is underage with a 1 year old and popping another one soon--none that works, the bf of the daughter who has one kid and another on the way won't get married because they get more help that way. section 8 btw with the right to choose wherever they want to live and the government foots the rent.
so there are folks out there who can work but will be very picky about the work.
I wish the government would make those who are capable of working, in prison or welfare, work, in exchange for the help that's given
and if it helps, they can place the work done in prison as part of the resume for skills acquired/refined, etc. so when they come out it may be a bit easier to get back into society and not find themselves hitting brick walls because for the past ten years they've spent it in prison with nothing to do but sleep, eat, and walk around the yard.