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Why Go Back to “Work”?

Why Go Back to “Work”?

Is there a chance we’re subsidizing people so much that some won’t return to their jobs?

Many people are in legitimate need and deserve help and support throughout this crisis, so let me acknowledge that first. But as we emerge from it, if unemployment, government subsidy, forgiven loans, and other income amounts to more than one’s normal paycheck, what’s likely to happen? As my British and Australian friends have always admonished, “You don’t want too many people on the (insert expletive) dole.” As it is, only about half the country paid taxes during a ten-year, unprecedented growth period prior to the pandemic.

I’m not blaming anyone, I’m simply wondering if we’re considering all the adverse consequences and if, once again, we’re tending to overreact without adequate information.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 3

  • Alan

    May 15, 2020

    Blue state politicians, California and New York in particular, in my opinion, would rather tank the economy based on lies (covid is a proper concern but way overblown and the numbers prove it), just to discredit the president and get him out of office by any means necessary, then when their states have gone to hell in a hand basket economically, they will cry the blues to Washington to bail them out. Unfortunately for them, Donald will get reelected, and their efforts to tank the economy will fail. As for those on unemployment, many workers don’t want to elevate themselves, good economy or lousy. I heard a wise man once say, we are where we are in life because that’s where we really want to be, whether we’ll admit that or not. That saying is really about taking individual responsibility for our habits, our choices, our social circle, the information we consume, and the path we choose, etc. Most people with no net worth have the latest smartphone, a flat screen tv in their home, and a Netflix subscription. When I started my business (and I’m sure you would agree with me) I didn’t own a television in my apartment, or any furniture. I drove a used car, and had the cheapest phone plan I could get to free up any cash to put into my future. “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.”

  • Alan Weiss

    May 16, 2020

    I really enjoy opinionated posts, thank you. But I wish you’d have the courage to provide your name.

    • Alan

      May 16, 2020

      We have the same first name, Sir.

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