Common sense dictates that becoming dependent on others for one’s sustenance is a risky business for all involved. This is not to say that short-term assistance is not beneficial[…] But to create economic dependency in able workers disrupts the economy and can hurt those it purports to help. COVID “relief” funds for “nonessential workers” under the touchy-feely “CARES Act” is a case in point.
Many people did not receive weekly government benefits during COVID-19 (all of which is borrowed/printed money yet to be repaid). Dividing humans between so-called “essentials” and “nonessentials” was an exercise in absurdity, the definition of “arbitrary and capricious.”[…] Local restaurants were devastated, while national franchises like McDonald’s got extra business. And many idled workers bought X-Boxes and other consumer toys while they refused to seek “essential” work — many made more money sitting home than when employed full-time pre-COVID.
This state of affairs further hurt businesses, whose “help wanted” pleas are ubiquitous. Yet this has been the situation in Vermont for years — many able workers make more money collecting welfare and other benefits than if they took a private job position. There is no incentive to change that dependency, and it hardly gives most people a sense of worth — and the public resents people not working who could. Many people receiving benefits object equally strongly — they want a leg up, not an economic enslavement.