Tuesday, December 1, 2009

And the Lazy Shall Inherit the Earth...

After calculating how much we're saving in childcare expenses, saving in taxes, and getting in unemployment- if Brent returns to a job making EXACTLY what he was making-our NET additional take home is only an additional $1200 A MONTH.

Granted going back to work means we'd be able to contribute more to charity, employ two people, and of course, increase government revenue by paying more taxes - but with the tax laws being what they are, and unemployment being as generous as it is, why would anyone be eager to return to the workforce for a mere $1200 a month?

9 comments:

Emmy said...

Wow.. sounds like he may be a Mr. Mom a little longer

Sarah said...

I believe you mentioned in a post that Brent had worked for the Ford ILC. My brother and I are both in the corporate offices of banks (different ones) in SLC area and my employer in particular is hiring at the moment. Not sure what Brent did, but I'd be happy to see if we have any openings that might interest him or if my brother's company does. My email is in my profile.

Steve said...

Well, I guess it depends on how much you may or may not need $1200 a month. IF you were coming in at say -$800 in your net cash flow for the month, then it might make sense (depending on your savings), but I do agree, if you don't need the $1200 and if your three are happy, then $1200 isn't enough to make your lives probably more hectic (ie adding stops to and from daycare and cramming 12 hours of time at home into 3 each night!). Seriously, I wish socialism would hurry up and get here so we all wouldn't have to pay so much for daycare!!!!

Sherpa said...

Kory-It royally sucks that Brent lost his job.
That being said, it's got to be nice to have a two income household where both make a liveable so when these things happen, there's money to fall back on. You're lucky really, that you have your job.

Go unemployment benefits!!

Salt H2O said...

Yes, I am lucky- but what I find absolutely astounding is that our system does not encourage people to re-enter the workforce. Even those of us who would naturally go stir crazy with out a job- the governement has made it so that is in our best interest to NOT return to work until absolutely necessary, and most definitly not to return working for less than we previously made.

Sherpa said...
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Sherpa said...

Well, at least we agree that you guys are lucky. As someone who would go crazy without working, I feel your family's pain. But I can't help but wonder if it would be different if there wasn't the unemployment program?

Brock Booher said...

I have been reading "Atlas Shrugged" and Ayn Rand beats you over the head with the principle of self reliance and productivity throughout the book. My Dad used to say it more simply, "Anytime somebody gets something for nothing, somebody else worked for free."

At this point several taxes were paid by you or on your behalf to provide you the unemployment check, so it is not exactly a free ride on your part, but unemployment benefits (and other benefits like them)should be a stop-gap measure until people can get on their feet and return to self-respecting productivity. If you use them as such, you will soon be a productive contributor again with your self esteem very much intact. I just wish more people thought like you do - that being a permanent drain on society is not the postition of anyone with self respect. Because of that attitude, I am sure that you will succeed.

Brock

Steve said...

Brock is right on! I mean, you have PAID for these benefits via you and your husband's taxes paid on previous year's earnings. Plus, per Obama's Recovery Act the first $2400 of his benefits are tax free! You shouldn't feel 'bad' or 'guilty', THIS is exactly what social programs are for, people who no fault of their own get dicked over and to prevent a downward spiral b/c of it.

As for incentive to find work, the benefits hardly are equal to a full time job (especially given your husband's qualifications) and the eventual end of the benefit period is a pretty solid incentive to find a job before they expire.