Surprise: paying people to stay home works

As the workforce participation rate continues to decline, there’s more evidence that more and more people leaving gainful employment really have no interest in coming back. In a story by Ben Casselman on WSJ.com,

Some 34.8% of Americans over age 16 say they don’t want a job, up from about 30% two decades ago, according to the Labor Department.

Casselman goes on to say it isn’t clear what’s behind the drop, but:

The drop is most pronounced among young people, women and the less educated.

Well, let’s just think about this for a minute…

• Unemployment benefits now stretch from 40 weeks to more than a year, depending on your state
• The number of Americans claiming Social Security Disability has skyrocketed, as relaxed screening of applicants gives more weight to claimants with low-mortality disorders such as a primary impairment of mental illness or musculoskeletal disorders (primarily back pain) Food Stamp recipients have increased 49% just since Obama took office.
• Medicaid enrollment is skyrocketing. According to Newsmax:

No figures are available for Medicaid expansion in the 36 states where people are being enrolled through the troubled federal HealthCare.gov website. But in states which have set up their own exchanges under Obamacare, Medicaid enrollment is booming.

In Kentucky, for example, 82 percent, or 21,342, of those enrolling in new insurance plans under Obamacare are signing up for Medicaid, the Journal reported. In Washington, it’s 87 percent of 35,528; and in New York, 64 percent of some 37,000.

In the spirit of Milton Friedman, “if you pay people not to work, you’ll get a lot of people signing up for that job.” It’s getting easier for the progressive socialists to take over this nation. Simply pay people with other people’s money to stay home and not give a damn.

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Not Obamas Son
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It’s sad I have to support my family plus other families I’ve never met were is our pride anymore I served my country and it’s getting sad I’m considering Canada least they pay well for our skilled work we learned

okseabat
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This logic is directly related to what this administration is doing to accelerate his redistribution fantasy driven by his progressive socialist agenda. Most people are inherently lazy and will accept payment for doing nothing. Those with good jobs and salaries or owning their own businesses are the go getters that will have to pay. All those that are twisting or otherwise interpreting laws to allow this kind of activity to survive should be prosecuted and jailed. This country survived almost two hundred years before the socialist gained enough power to reduce us to a third world country. Without personal management… Read more »
DAN HARTLEY
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PROBLEMS FROM HEALTH CARE, IMMIGRATION, TAXATION, ETC …. ARE DIME A DOZEN …. WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS IS LEADER SHIP IN WHAT WOULD SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS …. LIKE FAIR TAX FOR TAXES …. IMMIGRATION .. GIVE THEM 12 MONTHS TO SIGN UP … AFTER THAT ANY ONE CAUGHT IS ILLEGAL AND SENT BACK , ARMY ALONG THE BORDER, NO ONE GETS IN , AND THOSE IN JAIL SHIPPED BACK TO THEIR COUNTRY …. HEALTH CARE … GRANTS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO GO TO MEDICAL SCHOOL … NURSE , DOCTOR, SPECIALIST, CREATE MORE DOCTORS … LIMIT LAW SUITS …. ETC ….… Read more »
Kcender
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I really don’t know too many 16 year olds that do want a job. Based off the broad stroke of the brush so to speak they say 34% don’t want a job. Based off the labor force stats. 16 year olds are the future labor force not the current. So these stats make for a great story when used in this fashion to support the author’s own opinion. Not facts I wish to base a judgement of our society on. Especially when jobs and education are the issues. We need more job opportunities and training and education that matches today’s… Read more »
Pase' Doble
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I started working sweeping parking lots at age 12. My pay was 50 cents an hour plus free pool privileges. I wanted to use the pool but it was $1/day. My Mum couldn’t afford it, maybe she could, but the point she was making was while in her house if I WANT something, not NEED something, work for it. I grew up in the recession of the 70’s, working is not a bad habit too get into. You aren’t gonna make a million right out of the gate, college educated, trades or white collar. We’ve got people with BA’s, BS’s… Read more »
Kcender
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Look around at who is cutting the grass and cutting yards or doing any of that work that trained our youth how to work. Who is doing those jobs in your neighborhood? Odds are not some local industrious youth but a grown man working for some commercial lawn service, most likely minority owned. See if you can have a conversation with one of them. The same thing for most entry level construction jobs and so on and so on. You and I grew up in a different time. In today’s world the 21st century America you compete with immigrant labor,… Read more »
Pase' Doble
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Well, it might be a regional thing for me. I don’t see a lot of minority owners, I do see a lot of floor refinishers that are minority owned, all the painters, carpenters, framers, siders, masons, etc… are mostly in their early 30’s and up. Almost every single 20 something is walking around with their face plastered to their phones. I think we agree in a round about way. There are jobs out there but ya gotta WANT to work. Plenty of kids around my block ask to collect your bottles, rake, etc.. just not enough. And ya know whos… Read more »
a taxpayer
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right, while us working people have to pay higher and higher taxes. we cannot afford certain things, especially if Medicare is your primary insurance and you need home healthcare for your spouse.

Peter Poulidakis
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How boring no feeling of accomplishment in that!

Kenny Dupre
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Obama knows that by killing the American Dream he kills America.

Wentra
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OK. So, how are these people surviving? My husband is out of work and his unemployment payments are very paltry. Fortunately, I have a job. You have to have kids to get welfare and that is for only two years at a time. I understand that anyone can get food stamps and housing assistance if they qualify. But, there are other living expenses. Its hard to believe that people who are not working are living very well unless they are committing massive fraud or selling drugs or some such other illegal activities.

Michael Rhodes Autry
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The papers are full of jobs in nursing & truck driving… I have a 38% partial / permanent disability in my ankle, a wife with 4 chronic illnesses, and a teen daughter with 2 chronic illnesses. We all work… no choice but to become a ward of some creepy socialist state… we will just choose to work sick, hurt, and in pain…without a bunch of drugs to numb the experience unless it is beyond tolerating. We will suck it up and have that American pioneer spirit… NOT BECAUSE WE ARE GOOD OR NOBLE…but because the alternative is deplorable.

Patrick Ronan
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This is more scary than anything else. The promotion of laziness among our youth. Another voting block for the liberals.

disqus_zLY0jsDmax
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My brother’s former coworker, an immigrant from the former USSR once remarked to him, “The government pretended to pay us and we pretended to work.” We are well on our way down that road. However, I have found that the most degrading and dehumanizing experience of life is to not be engaged in productive work. I believe it is a human trait to desire, above all else, to fulfill our God-given potential. To avoid or ignor it causes great pain and suffering. We need to educate people on this fact, that the welfare state is slow death, it a virus,… Read more »
MotherBatherick
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Seeing that potato head on the couch reminds me; when obama said everyone has to have skin in his game, is this what he meant???

The attitude use to be that if you weren’t working while looking for a better job, then you weren’t going anywhere and were dissed by everyone, including your own mother.

MotherBatherick
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The potato: THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON OBAMA!

TheHarp
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Welcome to the Democrat Plantation.

MotherBatherick
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No surprise that they are calling the State Exchanges for obamacare “overseers”.

T.K.
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This OBAMA Economy has created a need for EXTENDED Unemployment. I am aggressively looking for work for 7 months. Interview upon interview. I do not believe in Disability for healthy people. But we need extended unemployment during these times to keep heads above water. I am made to show my active work searches to get these benefits, too.

MotherBatherick
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I must say that I agree…obama “owns” this economy and it’s time he man up to it. But he never will because Communists plow ahead and do anything for their cause. They are an evil walking amongst us and we will find a way to rid our Country of this evil. I am sorry you are struggling…been there myself and still struggling. Gets harder and harder but no matter what ever becomes of me, I am not going to give up and let obama take away my dignity or will to live. obama is hoping the money will run out… Read more »
Caniac Steve Henderson
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Caniac Steve Henderson

not surprised and rather shocked actually