Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

2020 Unemployment Called. They Want Their Money Back.

Posted by M. C. on January 20, 2022

If you’re dealing with an economic crisis, if you’re now in an economy that is $30 trillion in debt, if inflation is going through the roof, you will desperately need money as a politician.

How do you get it?

Is it by clawing back unemployment benefits?

Jeff Thompson

How do you know what to prep for unless you know what is going on? Should you live your life as an ostrich? One of the things that you may need to consider prepping for right now is the threat of having unemployment insurance money you received back in 2020 “clawed back” should the state deem that you were either ineligible for that money or received too much.

Unnecessary worrying?

Nope. It’s already happening.

While there has been the threat of clawed back unemployment payments for over a year now, it seems that some states are now adding themselves to the list of states which are engaging in such.

Consider Massachusetts.

It’s there that $2.7 billion in paid out claims is being demanded back. Politicians there have decided that that money was paid out to those who didn’t deserve it, such as Matt Goncalves, who lost his job at Best Buy due to politicians’ lockdown, and is now being ordered to pay back $10,000. He was deemed ineligible months afterwards.

Missouri has already asked for these monies back, with Stephanie San Paulo being told she needs to pay back close to $16,000. The glimmer of hope for the 43,000 people in Missouri who have received similar notifications is SB 673, which may make it so they don’t have to give this money back at all.

Could your state be next?

(This is all the more reason to get your food stores in order, is it not? Check out our free QUICKSTART Guide to food storage here.)

What’s the philosophy here?

For starters, government shouldn’t be involved in the insurance game to begin with. Anytime they insert themselves into the free market, it’s no longer a free market, and people suffer as a result. But they did. And then they further inserted themselves into the free market by labeling some people as “unessential” and robbing them of their ability to make a paycheck back in 2020.

How do you rob somebody of their current income, make it so that there are no other jobs available for them to apply for (after all, when everybody’s unessential, where can you work? What is open?), force them into your state run safety net, and then tell them they have to pay you back well after the fact?

This wasn’t something with a pre-application warning. This was “Here. Take this money. It’s yours.” Several months later, people then hear, “Oh. I want that back.”

That’s what this is.

Oops. I can’t hear you.

Also, consider that should somebody have had issues with their unemployment insurance – say there were paperwork snafus they wanted to clear up – who were they to talk to? At least in California, where the Employment Development Department deals with unemployment insurance, their doors were closed. And have been closed to the public for 25 years. Allegedly, this is in part due to a shooting that took place years back.

One time I caught a stingray. Nobody in my family has been allowed to go fishing ever since.

Other states saw similar situations unfold as government workers responsible for fixing unemployment claims and working with the public as public servants locked and barred their doors for months on end. Americans were left to deal with voice recordings and automated messaging systems which left callers on hold for hours on end.

If the government has robbed you of your job, saying that they’ll give you money to cope, then doesn’t, is that not a grievance? Doesn’t the First Amendment protect Americans’ rights to address their government for grievances? Isn’t locking the doors of all government offices to the public then a violation of this right to be able to address the government for grievances?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the right of the people to peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – The First Amendment

While one may say it was still possible to contact somebody to complain, if one does everything in their power to make it as difficult as possible to do so, they’ve paved the way with caltrops.

But perhaps what’s even more concerning is this…

See the rest here

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