why are democrats wanting unemployed to make more than the employed when the unemployed aren't looking for work?

Update:

Nobody should be making 3200-3600 sitting on their *** while the rest of us barely bull 1400 even at walmart, unemployed should be making the same as those working at say Mcdonalds, if they aren't going to look for work 

Update 2:

Unemployment is often around 300 per week to start, ad another 600 thats 900 per week times 4 thats 3600 to sit on your Butt  while the rest of us work

Update 3:

Stephen weinstein if Democrats cared about saving american lives they would not have knowingly caused the virus spread to speed up in february and they would actually help the president instead of hindering his attempt to save lives

Update 4:

The unemployed should make no more than those who are employed minimum wage they should not make more than police officers

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    So the logic for paying unemployed people less than they would make at a job is that it motivates them to find work.  The logic, which makes sense, is that if people can make as much from unemployment as they can for a job they won't bother to go out and find a job.  After all, they don't actually have to work to get unemployment.  So unemployment has traditionally paid them a portion of their salary.

    But that logic doesn't make sense in the current context.  That logic applies to a healthy economy where jobs are relatively plentiful.  In that context, unemployment is not meant to really replace your income, but rather to allow you to get by for a couple of weeks at most while you find a new job.  But that doesn't hold anymore.  That's because there just aren't jobs out there.  NBC just had a story about a guy who spend something like six or eight weeks trying to find a job before he got hired.  And this guy was a corporate HR executive.  For low skilled workers, the ones who are making more on unemployment than they would working, the job market is even tighter.  So the idea that this will motivate them to not work is moot.  Even if they're incredibly desperate to work there just aren't jobs out there for them to have. So cutting their unemployment doesn't do them any good because the action which it's supposed to promote, looking for a job, is next to impossible right now.  All a cut in benefits does is make them more economically precarious. 

    And from a macroeconomic perspective it's bad too.  Our economy is in dire straits.  It's surviving right now mostly because we're pumping a ton of money into the economy via unemployment and other benefits.  Cutting that money is just going to make the economy worse, which compounds all the other problems.  If people lose that $600 extra benefit then that's money they can't spend.  They can't pay rent, they can't buy food, they can't spend on other things.  It's a cascading cycle which doesn't do anyone any good.  Republicans are complaining about the debt which this brings us, but it's needed right now.   Government stimulus, in the form or unemployment and other benefits, is the only thing keeping our economy afloat.  When your house is on fire you don't worry about the water bill, you get the hose out and start spraying.  Republicans should have worried about the deficit and debt when the economy was good.  Instead they enacted a massive tax give away to millionaires and billionaires.  They didn't care about the deficit then, so it's pretty egregious for them to complain about it now when we really need deficit spending.

  • RockIt
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    They want to keep a high unemployment rate because Democrats are sociopaths.

  • 1 month ago

    Because the Democrats care about saving American lives.

    By staying home, the unemployed are saving lives.

    A person should be paid more not to spread the virus than a person gets paid to spread the virus.

  • 1 month ago

    It's an easy way to buy the votes of the lazy ignoramuses.  It doesn't cost them anything to vote for it.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Pandering to the unemployed, duh.

  • Leo
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You don't know what you are talking about.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    here's an idea, maybe the employers should pay more

  • Rick
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    that way they will be 'beholding' to the great dem GOVERNMENT !!!! 

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  • 1 month ago

    Because they believe the employed already have money saved up.

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