Just days before the new year began, over one million people lost their emergency unemployment benefits, and this is just the beginning. Most of these people are hardworking upstanding citizens that have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. They have worked for many years and paid their dues to society, only to be thrust into a world that is unknown to them. A world of poverty and loss of self esteem are just two examples of what will become of most. This is a sad beginning to a new year that should be full of hope and prosperity, but instead it will be a year of doom for many.
Will it lower the unemployment rate in this country? My thoughts on this are that it will only appear to be lower than it actually is, as most unemployed will vanish from the system and not register at job centers and will not be counted as unemployed anymore. On a negative note this is a very dismal array of events that I feel we may be heading towards. The homeless in this country will rise as will depression. People will panic and life will become intolerable. Tragically, suicide rates will rise. Others will find unlawful ways to survive in a difficult situation, which will cause a higher crime percentage.
If there are any positive effects to this ruling it is only a small positive. Some will find jobs to help until more suitable positions are open to them. Others will look to family and friends to help them get through a tough period in their lives. Some will look to welfare options such as food stamps and mortgage relief programs to guide them until they can find work.
The government will save millions of dollars because of this law passed by congress. Or will they? Where will this money go? I haven’t got an answer to that, but I can say in all reality, that some of it may be needed to fund the homeless shelters as they fill up with many more occupants. This is not a win for congress, it is something that is going to create more financial stress not only for the unemployed, but for their families that will also be affected by this.
Billions of dollars are spent on foreign aid each year, yet our own will suffer. There is not enough sufficient help for those that truly need it. Take our military veterans for instance, they are not receiving the medical and financial help they should be receiving. Charities are popping up all over the place to cover costs for the disabled veterans. They are our heroes and yet they suffer with financial stress as well.
Although congress may have seen something further into the future that maybe some good will come out of this, I don’t. They really can’t expect millions to run out and find a job at the drop of a hat. It is ludicrous to think that there won’t be any repercussions. Perhaps a better solution would be to decrease the emergency benefit amount in small increments each month rather than drastically ending it all together. This transition needs to be done in a humane fashion with respect for those involved. A sudden halt is never the right solution for anything.