Paying people –with OUR MONEY — to get back to work


There have been stories about restaurants like McDonald’s offering CA$h if you come in and just interview.  Chick-fil-A is reportedly offering nice signing bonuses for workers to get hired.  Employers in hospitality and retail are struggling to find help as we come out of the pandemic.  A big reason why:  In many cases, it’s more lucrative to sit home and wait for a government check than to actually go to work.  (Seriously.)

DC has been showering money they don’t have all over the countryside.  It sounds like Raleigh is trying to get in on the act too:

North Carolina Republicans are pushing for back-to-work bonuses and the state’s work-search requirement for unemployment benefits to be restored as employers face staffing shortages.

House Republicans sent a letter Friday to Gov. Roy Cooper, asking him to reinstate the work-search requirement as a condition to receive unemployment benefits. Senate Republicans, meanwhile, have proposed legislation to restore the mandate and give workers up to $1,500 to return to work.[….]

Let’s get this straight.  Mr. Berger and his troops think it is a great idea to PAY people with government money to go back to work? How about a plan to gradually make unemployment benefits less and less lucrative as time passes?

There’s already a lot of government money being passed out to the populace.  It’s likely going to be really tough to turn the spigot off.  It’s easy to be Santa Claus and “give” people stuff.  It’s hard to be The Grinch and take it away. It’s tough to find an example of government spending that got started, and then stopped completely.

We still pay taxes on our phone bills that originally had the purpose of bringing phone service to the Appalachian region during The Depression.  Social Security was initially introduced as a way to help older folks make it through The Great Depression.  Nearly 100 years later,  those taxes and that spending are still rolling along.

Paying people to get off the couch and go to work.  Have we really sunk that low as a country?