After my newspaper closed in 1979, I tried and tried to land another position, but had no luck. I knew I could only draw a limited amount of unemployment, so I managed to make it stretch out as long as possible by telemarketing subscriptions to a weekly newspaper. Finally, with no jobs in sight, I took out a student loan and returned to Missouri Southern State College. My telephone work led to a reporting job and later an editing job.
Since then, I have been on unemployment once, for a few weeks in 1999. There are few things that make a person feel as useless as being ready and willing to work but having no job.
It doesn’t make a person feel any better, but an unemployment check is a lifeline, a way to keep you from being hungry while you pound the pavement looking for work.
That was how I always thought of unemployment insurance until today. I learned today from a noted scholar that many people are just begging for more money to freeload on the government’s dime.
"At what point does unemployment compensation become welfare? The longer you pay people not to work, the longer they're not gonna try to work. At what point does unemployment compensation become welfare? And I'm here to tell you that we may be on the cusp of it. Unemployment compensation is just another welfare program."
How is it that Glenn Beck is the one starting a university, and not the man who spoke these words, that wise sage Rush Limbaugh?
He continued, “It's not emergency spending. We don't have the money for this. This is another expanded welfare program. It's a welfare program. It's not called that. It's called unemployment compensation insurance, now two and a half years.
“It used to be you got this for a month or two, 13 weeks. Then it expanded and expanded and expanded and expanded. So what a dramatic kickoff to the Summer of Recovery, effectively a new welfare program put in place by the Obama regime.”
How easy it must be for Rush Limbaugh, sitting in the lap of luxury, making more money in a month than many of us will make in a lifetime, to sit behind a microphone and make sport of those who, invariably through no fault of their own, are unable to support their families.
How simple it must be for Mr. Limbaugh, who has spent considerable airtime over the past several years preaching the religion of cutting taxes for those in his lofty tax bracket, to state, without even realizing the irony, that it is those who cannot find work who are milking the taxpayers dry.
I wouldn’t wish unemployment on anyone, not even Rush Limbaugh. How scary the thought, though, that this man whose every word is followed by millions, is so out of touch with the reality that his own rantings helped bring about.