Attack the handout attitude and entitlement generation(s) head on. The government needs to stop tacking on additional weeks that unemployment is provided for – pick a duration, whether it is 26, 30, or 40 weeks. Stop creating extensions and just agree on a timeframe. Those that are unemployed will have to finally take other jobs. Regardless of how bad the economy is, there ARE jobs out there. Many of the positions that existed during the last bubble may never exist again. So, why should the rest of the taxpayers pay for the stubbornness of those that are waiting for positions that are not coming back for a very long time or opportunities that they may just be under-qualified for? What ever happened to putting your head down, working hard, and moving up?
The Unemployment Benefits Program that provides money to those out of work should change in the following two major ways:
All recipients should be mandated to complete 15 hours or more of community service within the last 28 days. This requirement would be ongoing and recurring to require a new contribution of 15 hours monthly. The time also needs to be reported and signed off to prevent false information, and would be required until they are off of unemployment. Imagine the results and potential turnaround? The current 15 million people that are unemployed would be dedicating 15 hours a month totally over 50 million hours a week to local organizations going forward. The impact would be tremendous! The networking alone would reduce the numbers on unemployment by connecting those looking with leads back into the workforce. And the amount of service that would delivered to all of the good causes…America would genuinely be having a rebirth.
For those that are financially de-motivated because collecting their unemployment allocation pays more than jobs they would land – well, at least they are donating their time while trying to ‘beat the system’.
There would be no mandate to be absolute with this theme of buying all American - just to take recognition and adjust your decision making process similar to how we do with Breast Cancer Awareness Month or Earth Day. Have Americans think about their decisions, reflect on their history, forecast the futures of their grandchildren, and support the cause for the whole month.
The results would surely be staggering. Americans would eventually change after instilling this behavior amongst family, friends, co-workers, and peers to recognize who and what you are supporting with the purchase of goods and services.
This tactic of the larger initiative to re-establish American dominance would be a bit more challenging. Initiating and fast tracking Infrastructure projects would make our country better as well as providing more jobs. Even though this could be viewed as a temporary solution, the results become building blocks. Not only would people be placed with new jobs to help build out or improve bridges, roads, railways, bus stations, etc.. The areas where travelers will end up in transit would improve over time. Citizens would be able to travel safer and easier from place to place increasing the need for businesses and homes in both destinations: to and from.