Have had many discussions with the Danish side of the family in for Christmas, as to what is happening here and abroad.
It seems many here in the states keep mentioning how we should be more like the Europeans. So I pass this along for your consideration.
Years ago in Denmark, the unemployment period for those losing their jobs was up to four years. That is 4 years of getting 90% of pay of the last job held. That is nice.
Then a few year back, they lowered that to 3 years. Then 2 years. And as of today, the unemployment benefit period is down to 18 months. But why are they lowering the unemployment benefits? Why not stay at 4 years?
At four years of 90% of your last job held, what they found was this. About 10% would find a new job in the first month or two of being unemployed. Then almost none found jobs for the next three years. Then within a few months of the 4 year period running out, almost everyone else found a job. It was a miracle!
So they lowered the rate to 3 years. Same thing happened. Some found a job right away, and most waited till right before their benefits ran out, then went back to work.
They lowered it to 2 years. And now the period for unemployment is 18 months. And some say that is too long.
Yes they have programs that can extend that for those that qualify for training, and other programs. But if you lose your job, you get benefits for a certain period, then no more.
Here in America, I hear over and over from politicians that nobody wants to be unemployed. And of course someone can stand up and show that by a few examples of unfortunate circumstances. I'm talking about some of those that work the system, get everything they can, and do little to pull themselves up.
Human nature is probably the same in Denmark as it is here. You give folks everything they need, and they have no desire to go to work. They found it out in Denmark. And they have been lowering the unemployment rate for years now.
Sure we need a safety net. And in Denmark they have a welfare/social security payment (much lower than unemployment for those not willing or able to work ). But I also know, and you probably do also, those who milk the system.
Throw in generation after generation of welfare, and perhaps, just maybe, some of these cuts we need should be in the form of realizing that some are just living off the system.
As in Denmark, when you set unemployment at 4 years with 90% of your last job held, there were certainly a good number not willing to look for work.
While we do not have 90% of pay for 4 years of benefits, we have so many handout programs, that as a whole, some have no incentive to do much more than live off the government.
Just something to consider. I find it interesting that when benefits ran out in Denmark, most found work. Simply amazing. Who would of thought.
To suggest that nobody is milking the system, while seeing commercial after commercial selling the idea that you deserve government handouts in one form or another, I wonder who is actually keeping things in check.