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Times Is Tough...

The Boston Globe has a particularly galling piece, complete with fluffy baby video, of people who are out of work and enjoying it. Who knew living off the work of taxpayers could be so fulfilling? (Emphasis is mine):

For now, laid off and loving it.

Some are finding respite in a life without work.

As the ranks of the nation's unemployed grows, more Americans are facing the reality of life without work. Despite the grim task of making ends meet (firing the nanny, bailing on Whole Foods, applying for unemployment), there is a newly forming society of people who are making the best of being laid off. They are rediscovering hobbies. They are greeting kids at the school bus. They are remembering what daylight actually looks like.

42 year old David Adler "spends his days doting on his 6-month-old daughter, visiting museums with his family, and preparing for a possible exhibit of his photos at a local coffee shop in Dedham. Living off savings, unemployment, and severance packages, Adler knows he has to get a job eventually and has started the search. But for now, he's cherishing every moment. "It's our first child and I love watching her grow," Adler said. "And it's nice to have time off and get in touch with my old hobbies.

John Stephen Dwyer so far isn't missing his job or former office overlooking Chinatown. The 41-year-old Boston native was laid off in November from his $40,000-a-year job as education coordinator for the Clinical Research Graduate Program of Tufts University Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences. And he hasn't started seriously looking for new work. Don't get Dwyer wrong - times aren't exactly easy. He has applied for unemployment and now takes the subway instead of taxis. But he has started doing things he enjoys: taking a class in history and ethics of biotechnology at the Harvard Extension School; cooking food for the homeless; and attending weekday Mass at churches around Boston.

Kendra Winner, who in September lost her $95,000-a-year job designing teacher professional development training, described her escape from the spiral: "I'm loving being home because I no longer feel like the Eiffel Tower is crushing my skull. I was squeezing so much into limited bandwidth as a working mom. Now, I don't feel like I'm chronically overcapacitated.

Winner's epiphany has come at a price. The 46-year-old has cut back on the nanny, slashed last year's Christmas budget in half to $400, and started shopping for less expensive groceries at Market Basket. The usual February ski vacation is being replaced by a stay-at-home vacation with the kids.

Now, I don't begrudge anyone for gleaning positives from a dire situation, but I don't have much sympathy for someone who has to fire a nanny now that they can stay at home with their kids.

I have hobbies, too. I pursue them in my personal time away from work. Getting "in touch with my old hobbies" while unemployed and living off the taxpayers' dime doesn't seem very noble to me, especially when it is pronounced as proudly as Mr. Adler says it.

These poor people have to take subways, go without ski vacations, and have to shop at less than high-end grocery stores.

The more I read from the Boston Globe, the less I like it.

This is the kind of pap that liberals like to push forward as enlightened thinking. It sounds like the Globe glorifies this type of behavior. I am sure those of you who have children would like to be able to stay at home with your kids full-time and get paid for it. Is it not too far away when fathers will be eligible for paid maternity leave?

Read the rest of the article and watch the video, but be prepared to squirm in your britches.


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Comments (19)

Unemployment is not welfare... (Below threshold)
ECM:

Unemployment is not welfare--you pay into the former while you're working (at least you do in CA, but I imagine it's similar elsewhere) so it isn't like they're feeding at the trough a la welfare recipients (more like they're getting back money that was already being withheld from their paychecks and, is you've been working for a number of years, there is simply no way you'll ever get back what you put in in the first place).

"Is it not too far away whe... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Is it not too far away when fathers will be eligible for paid maternity leave?"

They are in Kalifornia. Have to use your vacation time, sick time. IIRC, it's two months leave. If you run out of time, you can petition to have fellow workers 'donate' some of their unused time to you. I recall one guy went on a month's fishing vacation while "bonding" with a new-born back home. Heck of a guy.

I think unemployment benefi... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

I think unemployment benefits are temporary and it seems none of these individuals has the desire to go on long term welfare. I interpreted this differently. They lost their jobs, are making the adjustment in cutting back on expenses which they realize were luxuries. They are finding there are a lot of simple/inexpensive/free things that are fulfilling their lives while they make this transition in looking for another job. I cannot determine from this article whether they are working hard enough to find a new job but if you do look around there's not much out there. I think most small and moderate size businesses are not hiring, and I think business is holding its breath waiting to see how much they're gonna be screwed by the government.

If a two income family lose... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

If a two income family loses one income and chooses to get by on the other income then more power to them. It just means one less person looking for work and a better chance for someone who absolutely must work to find a job. Same for older workers who have the means to retire and are finding they are enjoying the time off. Staying out of the workforce just means someone who really needs a job is more likely to find one.

The ultimate question is, h... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

The ultimate question is, had this been a republican president, would we be seeing such a fluff piece on unemployment/welfare?

Can you say "Not in a million years?" Of course you can.

I too didn't read the artic... (Below threshold)
SillyPuddy:

I too didn't read the article the same way, just a couple instances of people making the best of it, having a fairly healthy attitude about the situation they are in. For those that collect unemployment you usually have to show every two weeks or so some evidence that you have been looking for work, at least you do in Georgia, though I imagine it's not hard to milk it if you wanted too, don't really exactly the requirements since the one time some years ago I could have applied I didn't bother because I didn't need the handout.

"Unemployment is not wel... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"Unemployment is not welfare--you pay into the former while you're working (at least you do in CA, but I imagine it's similar elsewhere) so it isn't like they're feeding at the trough a la welfare recipients (more like they're getting back money that was already being withheld from their paychecks and, i[f] you've been working for a number of years, there is simply no way you'll ever get back what you put in in the first place)."

Sounds like you're confusing Social Security taxes with unemployment taxes. Your employer pays unemployment taxes on your wages; State AND Federal. Not you.

Sounds like you're... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Sounds like you're confusing Social Security taxes with unemployment taxes. Your employer pays unemployment taxes on your wages; State AND Federal. Not you.

That's true, but your employer also pays half your Social Security and Medicare taxes on your behalf, and many employers pay most of an employee's medical insurance. None of it is taxpayers money and using unemployment is no more a handout than using your medical insurance.

Not only is unemployment paid in while a person is working, but in most sates, the employer is charged the full amount for the benefits laid off workers use. It's just another cost of business like paying property taxes. If anything, it's the state that's double dipping.

ShawnThis has to b... (Below threshold)
jim:

Shawn

This has to be a new low for Wizbang; begrudging those who have been laid off yet make the most of it. On the one hand you say, you dont begrudge them, yet in your next sentence, you do exactly that, you begrudge them.

I know plenty of people who have been laid off; they have had to tighten their belts, fire the nanny, forego the ski trip etc. But they have saved wisely and have contributed to the public coffers. Why shouldn't they be allowed to claim what is rightfully due to them?

If I remember correctly, in one of your first pieces for Wizbang, you informed us that you worked in retail. Somehow I get the distinct feeling that you are more "shop floor" than 'office based"

Are you jealous because you would probably have to tke the first job that came your way? You, sir, are a first class Prig.........

Like any safety net, unempl... (Below threshold)
tyree:

Like any safety net, unemployment will break if stretched to far. It is a simple economic reality. If everyone who was laid off didn't start looking for work until their benefits ran out the system would be bankrupt in months. That kind of trouble is something we can all do without, and it is something to avoid, not promote.

James Cloniger is right, under a Republican president this article would not have such a glowing "hope and change" aura. Journalism is dead.

TyreeNo matter whi... (Below threshold)
jim:

Tyree

No matter which you look at Shawn's comments, they can only be contrued as coming as having come from a Prig, a similar sounding word ending ick springs to mind.

These are shocking times all the more so as both government and the financial sector are complicit for the mess that we find ourselves in. Obama is no more to blame than Bush, but rather years of sitting on the fence by politicians from both sides of the fence.


However Shawn's priggish comments have an almost Pharisee quality about them "God, I thank thee, as I am not like other men are" I hope that he never finds himself without a job and has to suffer the ignominy of having to take from the public purse.

Now, I do begrudge anyon... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Now, I do begrudge anyone for gleaning positives from a dire situation

Fixed that for you.

jim,What I don't l... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

jim,

What I don't like is the glorified attitude taken by both the participants and the writer of the article.

People need help in bad situations sometimes, however, trumpeting the benefits of being laid off seems pretty shallow.

Especially coming from a leftist, liberal spewpot like the Globe.

BTW, you are the one who said they are suffering "ignominy" in this situation, not me.

ShawnBeing laid of... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Shawn

Being laid off is not the worst thing in the world that can happen to a person. Sometimes it can be the catalyst for something great. There was no trunpeting nor glorification in the article whatsoever. Moreover there was nothing shallow about it all, save for your mindless comments.

In fact I would go so far as to say that your post reeks of jealousy, in that you could not, even for one day, enjoy a single moment, without the safety net of your job. That, old bean is more of a reflection on you than on anybody else cited in the article.
depp=true
notiz=Name calling of the editors= disemvowelment

Feck the begrudgers such as yourself. And again I say, you are a prig, an unmitigated little prig. Go back and stock some shelves or sweep the floor.


ShawnThat is pathe... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Shawn

That is pathetic. You cannot take criticism, so you deface my post. You referred to the peope that lost their jobs as being "shallow" I called you a prig. I see very little difference.

You should grow a pair and grow up. I stand by my earlier comments, you are definitely "shop floor" as opposed to office material.
depp=true
notiz=Never assume anything, I disemvoweled you.. Maggie


"That's true, but your e... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"That's true, but your employer also pays half your Social Security and Medicare taxes on your behalf, and many employers pay most of an employee's medical insurance. None of it is taxpayers money and using unemployment is no more a handout than using your medical insurance."

If you want to get technical, the difference is your employer is forced to pay unemployment and SS/MC taxes by the government. They are not forced to pay for insurance (yet). Neither are insurance companies forced to be in the insurance business. The insurance business is a willing collective.

The fact is unemployment and SS/MC taxes are a "tax". And it is paid for by others. It's figured into the price of the company's product.

We can argue the morality of it being called a "handout" all day long, but it is a forced tax.

Jim,You are a bit ... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Jim,

You are a bit over-reactive.

I don't know how to dis-em-vowel the comments.

But keep it up. I know the powers-that-be do not nave limited patience with trolls like you.

And Jim,You are re... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

And Jim,

You are reeeeealy hurting my feelings with your petty inferences as per my job.

"You should grow a pair and grow up."

ShawnBothered, as ... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Shawn

Bothered, as we say where I come from. In other words I dont really care, either way. You are a nobody that I have wasted too much time on!




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