Lets remember the men and women who losts their lives on 9/11/01. Lets remember the men and women who helped one another on the day that America was attacked. Not only should we remember that day, but lets remember all men and women who have fought for the freedom that America has. Say thanks to all our everyday heros!
For a country as well developed as America, the unemployed
are given adequate benefits in order to eke out with their everyday living
requirements, until they are able to sustain themselves again. However, a good
paying job is scarce in the US. Worse, the welfare benefits tend to pay better
than what a blue collar job is willing to pay.
In 35 American states, the welfare benefits given to unemployed
citizens is much higher than the minimum wage. As a matter of fact, 13 states
are currently paying more than $15 per hour. This then, puts a big question
mark over the individual claims for welfare in America. How will anybody get motivated
to find a job if the government dole out is relatively higher?
Furthermore, a minimum wage worker is subjected to all the
taxes. The welfare program recipient, on the other hand, is not. Comparing the income
of these two individuals, the one that goes home with the unemployment check
proves to be better off than the person who is sweating himself on a low-paying
In Hawaii for example, unemployment benefit recipients can
claim for as much as $29.13 per hour, which amounts to a $60,590 annual income.
However, the state’s minimum wage is only $7.25 per hour. This scenario happens
in other states as well, like DC that pays $24.423, Massachusetts $24.30, and
Connecticut at $21.33.
While the government can’t dictate much on the minimum wage
rate of states, they can definitely do something to reduce welfare dependence.
Stricter requirements, fewer exemptions, and a more clear-cut definition of job
hunting could improve the structure of welfare in America. And in such a
condition, it will be able to serve the people better.