In addition to creating
employment, we need to stop penalizing the unemployed.
The current system discourages temporary work, part-time
work and self-employment. Those who try to work their
way out of the unemployment line are penalized financially.
Those who work for a week have to apply to have their
unemployment reopened. Instead, when someone makes more
than two-hundred dollars in a week, we should take off
one dollar of benefits for every two dollars they earn,
so that the more they work, the more money they will
make. Also, before stopping their benefits, we should
ask the additional question, "Have you found full-time
employment?" If not, they should not have to reapply.
Their benefits would just continue as normal. This would
also have the benefit of cutting administrative costs,
and be a step towards running our government more efficiently.