R.I.P American Work Ethic

Nearly two million Americans are passing on job offers because the illegitimate president’s unemployment benefits pay higher than most entry-level occupations.

More than 1.8 million unemployed Americans have turned down jobs over the course of the pandemic because of the generosity of unemployment insurance benefits, according to a poll published Wednesday by Morning Consult.

I’ve said this to Kyle, as I will to my other kids; there is dignity in work. Whether you work in a Fortune 500 company or the local McDonald’s, there is dignity in every job, big or small. I’ve worked at a car wash, in a delicatessen, at KFC, as a proofreader, and in policing. Some jobs were better than others, some were harder than others, but working hard and earning a paycheck was liberating.

Of those surveyed who were actively collecting unemployment benefits, 29 percent said they had turned down job offers during the pandemic, according to the poll.

And among the group who said they had passed on a job, 45 percent cited the generosity of the benefits “as a major reason why they did not accept the job offer.”

It saddens me that Americans would rather sit at home, “earning” money by doing literally nothing, while the rest of us are working to keep the country afloat.

Also, since we’re talking about unemployment benefits, Philadelphia has had a rash of unemployment frauds. In the past month or so, we’ve received dozens of reports of people obtaining unemployment benefits in their name, even though the victims are gainfully employed. It’s a real problem here, and it will likely get worse.

7 thoughts on “R.I.P American Work Ethic

  1. I was furloughed for two months at the beginning of the pandemic. I went back the first day I was given to come back out of two weeks of days. People actually came back on the last day they could. My director said she knew I would come back on day 1 rather than day 15. I guess how you were raised makes a difference. Probably why I am still employed full-time at 71 and thankful my mind is still sharp.


  2. Ronni – There are times when I dread coming here, but I do it, every day, because my parents instilled that in me. Of course, there will always be slugs who want free money, but that’s not me.


  3. I was out of work for @3-4 years after my dad died and the company I worked for decided that buying ready-built equipment was easier than me doing the building. Sort of took some time off to recharge but found it hard to get a job under Obama. When I got a call for something that would either be long-term or just a few months I jumped at it to keep my skills up. That job lasted almost 3 years them they downsized only took a bit over a month until I found my current gig. Trust me when I say it is easy to slip into doing the minimum to fill the needed job search for unemployment and then spend the rest of the week doing nothing. Something if I hit the lottery for 50 mil or more will happen so fast the sound barrier will break twice.


  4. Gary – I think that’s an option for people who cannot find a job, but this is something entirely different. People just want to sit home all day and collect money from the working people. I mean, 1,8 million Americans are doing this? At that rate, we’ll be Venezuela in three years.


  5. This is one of those things that I don’t have anything snarky to say because it’s so sad.

    On the up side:
    Hey, Wyatt, nice picture of Bogie from the Bugs Bunny Cartoon 8 Ball Bunny.


  6. While I don’t think anyone should be paid for sitting home when they could be working, I have to admit to a little bit of schadenfreude … it’s a bit like people “going Galt” and refusing to contribute to a corrupt society. This can only hasten the downfall of the current degenerate administration, which will be a good thing in the long run.


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