99 Weeks is Long Enough for Unemployment

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Thursday, December 5, 2013

99 Weeks is Long Enough for Unemployment

Among many battles about to start in Congress – in addition to another one over the debt ceiling – is unemployment insurance. Already at 99 weeks, Republicans are talking about not extending it further, in part because we can’t go on borrowing and spending forever. Democrats, of course, will want to extend it some more. That’s what they do.

Unemployment insurance was meant to be temporary to help people while they looked for work. For too many it has become an excuse not to work. Paul, the Apostle, said, "If a man will not work, neither shall he eat." Work is noble. Living on the dole is not.

Jobs are available. You can find them online. Too many people want only jobs that fit their mood, or experience, or income level. In the economy we have that is not always possible. A deadline on benefits can be a great motivator to find work. 99 weeks is long enough, in fact, it is too long. If you're able-bodied and not working, knowing your unearned check won’t be arriving forever can be a great motivator to going out and finding a job. And yes, I’ve been unemployed.

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: December 5, 2013