Twice in the past month, I have become aware of job candidates turning down a job offer because, they said, it was easier and financially better for them to stay on welfare.
This happened here and in Illinois, where we own a business. Where can you start on how sad this is? It's a sad statement about individuals who would rather take a handout than use their own hands to pull themselves up. It's a sad statement about our entitlement programs when we continue to provide unemployment benefits when someone turns down employment.
We cannot force people to do the right thing and accept employment when it's offered, even if it's not the "perfect" job. Accepting an offer allows one to become a productive member of society while continuing to search for self-improvement. Unfortunately, our ever-expanding social aid programs often create less motivation for people to improve their situation.
One option to prevent this specific abuse of well-intentioned welfare programs is for employers to submit a report when they have offered a position to a job candidate only to have it refused. If the applicant has refused a job, unemployment benefits should be stopped or at least reduced by the same amount of pay turned down.
It's sad when people lose their income, and we should help them stay on their feet. It's equally sad when people refuse opportunities offered because they can keep on taking handouts. Both society and individuals have to be held accountable.
Hilton Head Island