It’s being said that the economy and unemployment problems are going to be the main issues in the upcoming election. I’m not positive that is true because liberals and democrats usually just knee-jerk vote for democrats. On Frank Luntz’s special on Fox News last week, Herman Cain nailed it in response to two very annoying liberals in the front row who were just emotionally spouting unenlightened opinions, while a conservative woman calmly gave very measured, intelligent responses. Cain said, “Democrats come from emotion and not facts, whereas Republicans come from facts.” And he said it very calmly and matter-of-factly, like he was simply stating a fact.
But the Independents hopefully will weigh the facts (which are stongly on the GOP side) and sway the election. So then, if whoever has the best plan for the economy and unemployment will win the election, I’d like to contribute to that debate with a 10-phase plan that I’ve come up with the would solve the unemployment problem … which in turn would solve the economy problem.
I won’t be able to get all 10 phases into this article (but they all are in my book THE Solutions), but I can get the first one in, which is: Workfare.
Let me first address the “zero” in the title of this article. This doesn’t include the small number of people who have a slight time of not working in between jobs as they move to another city and another job. And it also doesn’t include people who can’t work because of physical disability. (But even many of them find a way to work.) But neither of these groups file for unemployment anyway.
One way to solve the unemployment problem (as the society currently stands) is to first recognize the huge outlay of money by the government to the unemployed (e.g. unemployment, welfare, food stamps, etc.). Then recognize that there is a way to recoup that money, and allow people to maintain their dignity by being contributors to society and not drains (and I’m not even counting in here the massive fraud that goes on). One of my 10 solutions to all of this is: always have jobs readily available via government corporations. That is, we can take the money that is just being given away now to able bodied people, and set up government corporations, where that money is given in exchange for labor, which then makes products and does services that bring money in. Therefore, there would not be just an outflow of money by the government (which really means by the people), like is the case now, but there will be an inflow of money not only to offset that. And I’m just speaking about able-bodied people here. There will still be those who aren’t capable of work who will need our help.
Some will say, “Well what about the single mothers who need to stay at home and take care of their kids who a lot of this free money is going to support now? They are able-bodied. Therefore, would they qualify for support under the system you are proposing?” Well there will be a transition period for all that I say in this book (primarily in regards to romance, marriage, immorality, economics and easy divorce) to be implemented. But when it finally is concluded, there won’t be any single mothers unless they are widows (whom the Bible says we should take care of). That is, in a happy country where people live morally according to the Bible, marriages will stay together. And if you don’t think that’s possible, consider that in this country that has an over 50% divorce rate, the divorce rate in 1900 was 0.5%. And in societies that totally tried on the Bible ways, there was no divorce (e.g. Shimabuku, the Welsh Revival, etc. I’ll tell their stories later.). In the meantime, working mothers would have to work while their kids are in school, and/or work out of their home, or use day care (which would create more jobs). Or they could even be day care providers themselves, where their children could also be, and could create playmates for their children. And these could even be a form of home schools.
The concept that I’m saying here used to be in a form called “workfare” in this country. The idea was first put forth by civil rights leader James Charles Evers in 1968 and was popularized by Richard Nixon in a televised speech August 1969.
As it is now, welfare benefits are given without compensation by those receiving it. Sometimes they are asked to show that they’ve been looking for work. But even then, these searches are easily fabricated by the recipients.
The previous attempts at workfare included job training. But that was also abused and skirted around. Plus it didn’t produce compensation. In the system I’m proposing there would always be a labor exchange for a paycheck.
Workfare already is the norm in other countries. For example, in Australia (as “mutual obligation”) and in Canada.
There will be those liberals who will say that this program would be anti-poor and not Christian-like. But the Bible concept to care for the poor is greatly misused. 2Thessalonians 3:6-15 “Our orders—backed up by the Master, Jesus—are to refuse to have anything to do with those among you who are lazy and refuse to work the way we taught you. Don’t permit them to freeload on the rest. We showed you how to pull your weight when we were with you, so get on with it. We didn’t sit around on our hands expecting others to take care of us. In fact, we worked our fingers to the bone, up half the night moonlighting so you wouldn’t be burdened with taking care of us. And it wasn’t because we didn’t have a right to your support; we did. We simply wanted to provide an example of diligence, hoping it would prove contagious. Don’t you remember the rule we had when we lived with you? “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” And now we’re getting reports that a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings are taking advantage of you. This must not be tolerated. We command them to get to work immediately—no excuses, no arguments—and earn their own keep. Friends, don’t slack off in doing your duty. If anyone refuses to obey our clear command written in this letter, don’t let him get by with it. Point out such a person and refuse to subsidize his freeloading. Maybe then he’ll think twice. But don’t treat him as an enemy. Sit him down and talk about the problem as someone who cares.”
Therefore, free handouts to able-bodied people who are capable of work is not Biblical.
Therefore, the most charitable thing that we should do is to carry a great concern that everyone has a job.
Dennis Marcellino is the author of THE PROOF that God exists and the Bible is true (which can be seen at www.ConclusiveProofOfGod.com) as well as the political books The Plague Of Liberalism (which can be seen at www.ThePlagueOfLiberalism.com) and THE Solutions (which can be seen at www.TheOptimumPoliticalSolutions.com). He is also available to speak: www.ChristianProofs.com.