Posted by MikeT23 on 9/19/2012 7:07:00 AM (view original):
Posted by bad_luck on 9/18/2012 9:42:00 PM (view original):Hanging out, doing what you can afford and having your basic needs handled?
I disagree. I don't think anyone wants to be on government assistance. You aren't exactly living large on food stamps and $900 a month in unemployment. But it will keep you from sliding into homelessness after a job loss and it also keeps the economy moving when a huge percentage of the population is suddenly unemployed.
It's ******* high school without the classes. Plenty of people, far more than you can imagine, are fine with that.
I'll expand on this because it applies to everyone.
Most people have a "comfort zone". They reach that level and they're good. No need to work harder or strive for more. It applies to business owners, employees and even the lazily unemployed. If you're fine making 50k a year for your current committment, you're fine. Maybe you want to make 60k but aren't really willing to put in the extra effort. If so, you've found your comfort zone of salary and work required. There are people who always believe they need to move one step higher, I'm sure Obama and Romney both fit the bill, and they're willing to work for it. Others say "I'm good as a state senator" or "I'm fine making $9 per hour in the mail room." If you believe this to be true, you certainly can't deny that there are people who are fine with playing video games all day, eating what food stamps will buy and using their unemployment check to pay their bills.