Wow! Some days I read a post that really says it all.
That's how I felt when I checked out this post on Unemployment at The Boxcar Kids blog.
I work with those living below the federal poverty line--some of whom are, just as the critics fear, not all that interested in working.
But they are the exception.
These days, in this economy, I am getting more and more clients who never expected to be in my office. The simple act of getting food stamps and Medicaid embarrasses them. Unemployment, less so, because at least there's a sense that those benefits were earned and that getting Unemployment Compensation proves that there was a time when they were gainfully employed.
I share the blog author's dismay at those who carp about extensions of unemployment compensation, as though it's an unwarranted suck at the public trough.
Are the critics really so set financially that they cannot conceive of being laid off? Of experiencing age discrimination? Of not getting back into the work arena easily?
Or is it a certain smugness brought on by class?
I dunno. But as someone who is just one job away from financial disaster, you won't find Grace complaining about extensions to Unemployment Compensation.
Just don't ask me about all the forms of corporate welfare!