You might think she was on vacation. It has been a year and her benefits have been extended another 20 weeks. Five more months of paid holiday. She is enjoying this time and has made great use of it.
She has painted her entire house, got new curtains and a new dish washer. She recently got a dog to keep her company. I once asked her about going back to school, maybe learn a new skill, brush up on this or that. She is just so busy that she can't find the time, she says! Only two or three more months and she will have to start looking for work! Well, unless her unemployment checks get extended again!
It must be a good deal. She makes more on unemployment than I do on Social Security! She does have expenses that I do not have. She has a brand new car!
I can only think there must be a reason for this that I do not understand.
I know there is no unemployment fund. When I was an employer what was paid into this fund was minimal, less than $15 dollars a week. That has to be long gone by now. Every unemployment check is borrowed money!
I don't think much happens in this world because it is "nice", the right think to do or even earned.
I think of our economy as one big machine that needs a lot of grease, a lot of maintenance. Stopping this food chain at any place has a huge effect down the line.
I suppose she buys milk and I know she buys beer with her unemployment check. That helps support the local store, the delivery drivers, the oil industry, some more benefits for someone else, the bottle industry and lots more. The automobile industry and bankers are happy with monthly check for her new car.
The source of the money is not the critical thing. It is important that it gets spent. It is grease to this monstrous machine.
Truthfully, I don't understand this. I don't really understand a damned thing.
We have lost our pride and maybe America isn't necessary anymore? We don't make anything anymore.
Our manufacturing plants are shuttered all across the country. The Space Shuttle is grounded and we now have to rent space from the Russians. Cuba has a better medical system than we do. Everything that we have worked for is being whittled away.
Much of it is our own fault. We did this to ourselves. Every purchase from Walmart is a statement that we want cheap things for cheap. We have no concept of working hard for something good.
This is one of the reasons the art world is collapsing around us.
We have no sense of unity at all. We want ours and we want it now!
I think we are rats caught in a maze. We tear and claw at each other in our struggle to get to the top.
We subtract from the least of us because it is the easiest meal. We destroy living wage jobs, union benefits and pensions. We steal from Social Security and without CODA are out to destroy it. We want to balance the budget on the backs of the poor.
There is money out there. There are fewer rats at the top but they have accumulated most of it. Why there is a fear of wanting 3% of them is beyond me?
Frankly, I think all of this gives us a bad attitude. I think my neighbor knows she is grease in a machine.
I think she knows that any job she might get will pay less than she had. The old job was destroyed along with the "American Dream". She is discouraged and on vacation from it all. Maybe we are too?