A new poll involving Americans and unemployment benefits solidifies for one researcher why the pandemic handouts should not be permanent.
The Morning Consult poll finds that nearly 1.8 million Americans have turned down jobs due to enhanced unemployment benefits. The numbers come amid concerns from politicians and private citizens that the extra money offered by the government is keeping people from returning to the workforce.
“It’s wrong for the federal government to be encouraging workers to not accept jobs and to be actually actively competing against private sector businesses that are trying to recover from the pandemic,” contends Rachel Greszler, research fellow in economics, budget, and entitlements for The Heritage Foundation . “They’re preventing them from getting the workers that they need to come in and to meet the demand that’s out there.” Greszler Greszler adds that unemployment insurance in the United States is traditionally for people who have lost their job through no fault of their own and for whom there is no available job.
“Now we hear of millions of people for whom there are jobs available. There’s a record high 9.2 million jobs open in the United States,” Greszler reports. “We’ve never seen that before, and yet you have millions of people who are still on unemployment insurance and who are collecting these benefits that are only supposed to be there if there are not jobs available for them.”
President Biden and other supporters of the benefits believe more people would return to work if employers paid them more. But critics of that line of thinking point out that most employers had a terrible year in 2020 and cannot afford to pay workers more, as it risks losing business to consumers who would be forced to pay higher prices.
Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
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