On Air: Should you be paid for not having a job?
... honest, decent, hardworking folks who've fallen on hard times through no fault of their own, and who have nowhere else to turn except unemployment benefits and who need emergency relief to help them weather this economic storm.
The argument online mainly boils down to whether sustaining people who aren't working is government money well spent - and whether there really is "nowhere else to turn".
These are a couple of views from the 6000+ comments on CNN's page on this story ...
Mike SP: "I remember as a child going through weeks with no power and collecting bottles to get by on. My mother tried welfare once and was too ashamed to try again. We came out of that experience much more rounded individuals and I have always ensured that I had legal fall back plans to avoid such a situation ever since."
unemployed44 (who has 2 kids and refers to her husband who lost his job): " ... when he was receiving those bi-weekly unemployment checks it was enough to keep our heads above water. Now we are in danger of losing our electricity, not being able to have enough food on our table, and there is always the possibility of losing our home."
Should you be paid for not having a job? Or is it more of a help to people to NOT pay them? Does it encourage drive and entrepreneurship if jobless people are left to help themselves? How should unemployed people be dealt with in your country?