The Problem Isn’t The $600, It’s About Why You Think Nobody Deserves It
It started with a comment on my Facebook.
“They’re repealing $600 from that CARES Act? Good because I’m tired of going to work and seeing these lazy [expletive] make more money than me. About time. They need to get a job.”
I sat there watching that person climb up on their high horse and denounce everything about unemployment. They were uninformed and spoke as if people were somehow lesser humans for not being able to work during a global pandemic where millions have been laid off from nearly every industry.
It’s sad to see people who are blessed to work during this time get excited that unemployment benefits are being scaled back, if not cut off, for those who have no source of income right now. If minimum wage isn’t livable, how in the world is standard, temporary unemployment sustainable? It’s not and this has been a much needed boost necessary for survival.
It’s disheartening because this country is full of people that claim they care so much about others, but refuse to look in their heart to empathize with those that can’t just “go back to work” or rely on another stream of income.
Every single day we get pounded about love and how its the answer, but we never actually see it action. It’s a cute and catchy mantra that rarely has a real residence with the people who say it to justify their apathy.
Every time there’s a crisis, I go back and forth with myself thinking that maybe I have false hope in humanity’s ability to be above average and halfway decent. This issue is no different. People have used this as an opportunity to show us who they really are and how well trained they have become at weaponizing their bitterness and anger towards the ones who are struggling and doing what they can to live.
Right now is an abnormally hard time. There’s a virus that won’t go away. Companies have shut down, and if they haven’t yet, they’re barely hanging on. Large corporations are making cuts and not everyone works in an industry that is ready for them to come back to work. There are families that need to be provided for and bills that need to be paid just like yours. As a society driven largely by work, this time has been devastating. The economy is on it’s last leg and everything isn’t as easy or convenient or available as it used to be.
It’s incredible, and not in the good way, that some of you can’t see that, feel that, or understand that. This isn’t about bootstraps. There are no boots right now. There’s nothing for people to pull themselves up by. Your classism may be celebrated by others, but it’s that very ideology, the one that delights in the thought of others being at an extreme disadvantage, that’s speaking loud and clear for you.
But you have a job. You work from home or maybe you don’t. Maybe you have to be physically present or go into your office. The difference is that your money hasn’t stopped flowing in. The mouths needed to be fed are full and the things you needed to pay are paid. To you, this is a handout and that’s just not what the United States should be doing…I guess until it’s you who gets that fateful phone call that they can’t keep you right now.
Call me a bleeding heart, but with everything going on right now, how hard is it to realize that every single one of us needs every ounce of help we can get in order to make it?
Before you find your happiness at the expense of other people and make unintelligent statements about how this is a good thing, think about how much that money would mean to you if your job of 6 years decided to let you go today. Think about how it could be helping someone keep their head above water and survive amidst all of this chaos and impossibility. Think about the burdens you know nothing about and everything that people may be having to carry beyond just finances. It goes much further than your opinion.
If you don’t know anything about the people you feel so comfortable chastising outside of your statistics, stay out of their pockets and worry about what you’re doing with your money to make this world better.
And for those of you who think that the extra $600 took away work and disincentivized returning to work, you’re wrong.
Instead of cheering about what’s being taken from people, think about why that satisfies you so much in the first place. Check your heart because if you can’t see the evil in that, I don’t think you have much of one.
I’m desperately trying to see the goodness in people in a time where it seems all but gone. I don’t think I’m the only one either. Show the world around you why it hasn’t left. I dare you. We need to be reminded.