October 6, 2012
Pat McCrory thinks unemployed have it too easy
Kicking people while they’re down
According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate fell below 8 percent in September for the first time in four years. That’s good news for the economy, but many jobless North Carolinians looking for work will still have to rely on jobless benefits to make ends meet.
Too bad for them the Republican candidate for Governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, says applying for unemployment benefits should be more difficult. This summer, McCrory maligned jobless workers who receive the jobless benefits – which they’ve earned – as lacking incentive to find work. McCrory then described to the Fayetteville Observer his plans for “reforming” our state’s vital unemployment insurance system by saying “Part of it is the process of applying is too easy.”
Walter Dalton’s campaign responded that “McCrory’s shameful assertion that out-of-work North Carolinians prefer unemployment to the rigors of the job search sounded more like corporate interests pulling his strings than the reality faced by people across this state.”
If you think workers who become jobless through no fault of their own deserve a governor who understands the difficult realities of unemployment, you are on the wrong side of Pat McCrory.
If Mr. McCrory thinks the unemployed have it too easy, I would gladly change positions with him and let him lose his job and be unemployed for 8 months and make due on the unemployment check that you get. For someone who loses his job it is hard enough to go to the unemployment office to sign up when you want to work. As long as you are doing your part to find work and doing in properly it should be easy. It is the ones that abuse the system that causes the problems. We need to make it easy not harder.