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08:54 pm - on whoring... the cure for our unemployment woes...

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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: February 4th, 2005 - 08:51 am (Link)
So, I agree that withholding funds is not the same as holding someone at gunpoint. If the story is true, then you are correct, this would not be rape in the legal sense. My problem with it is more an ethical issue with how the law is set up. If there is to be mandatory payment into an insurance plan for unemployment (and we don't know that that's how the German system works, but it is how the PA and VA systems work), then I would like for the recipient of benefits to have more of a say in the conditions that terminate said coverage. This is obviously tricky. If I break my leg, I don't really have the option to mandate that the insurance company only fix my leg through herbal therapy. However, I do have some amount of control over my care. I can pick my doctor for instance (from an approved list). If I am laid off of my job as a computer programmer, I should (at least in my world view) be able to reject a job as a lumberjack or a prostitute without affecting by benefits despite the fact that I have working limbs and a working penis. That doesn't seem to be the way that any of the systems are set up.

I will grant that this yield the problem of people milking the system. If benefits are unlimited, then I could be laid off and just never work again. However I submit that this wouldn't happen as often as some might worry. First of all benefits are not indefinite. Sooner or later, I will exhaust my alotted funds, and then I'm on my own. Secondly, the checks that I received under unemployment were much less than I could have made working. Just under half, in fact. That kind of sucked, so honestly, I wanted to get back to work as soon as possible.

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