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Enough of the dolebashing.

Posted by Jason O on Oct 19, 2010 in Irish Politics |

If I hear one more person tell me that there are people on the dole taking home more money than they did in work, I’ll crack open their skulls and feed on the delicious goo inside. I’m on the political right, I’m not a lefty “Entitlementista” who thinks that money comes from nowhere, and I believe that people should pull their weight. But spare me this nonsense that people on the dole are raking it in. Yes, we have a section of the country that believes in welfare as a way of life, but they’re the minority. The great, great majority of people who have lost their jobs are still shell shocked and struggling to make ends meet, and I don’t envy them one bit.

I’ve encountered one person who was too proud to go down and claim, feeling ashamed. Ashamed? He’d worked his whole life, paid his taxes and his PRSI for this moment. He’d carried society, and it was time for society to reach down and say “Brother, let me give you a hand.” He was the person in mind when the system was designed, the idea being to maintain a person’s dignity between jobs. No shame in that, because it could be any of us, and I can tell you this: If I ever find myself in the same position, I’ll be down the welfare roaring and shouting for every bleedin’ cent. Shame? We’re the PAYE class. We paid for this country. The real shame is that they don’t come to our house with the cheque. 

3 Comments

Luke
Oct 20, 2010 at 8:49 am

I agree, if you’re a couple with kids and have a mortgage the dole really isn’t enough to cover this. Shouldn’t people save for a rainy day and not rely on the government to bail them out, if you become unemployed the dole should be a supplement income to your savings, until you get another job.

From friends of mine who have been made unemployed over the past two years, it’s the not knowing what to do or how the system works is what gets them. The “clerk” in the dole office annoys them hell out of them to get a job, and looking for proof of this all the time, and recommending FAS courses in dress making to qualified solicitors and architects. Yet there is the minority (4% who were unemployed during the boom) who week after week get handed money and are never asked a bean, they can stay on the dole forever and never get quizzed or a reduction in their payment. There has to be action taken here, it should have been done during the boom.

What about the self employed, who pay tax and pay PRSI, plus will often employ other people and pay them plus the 10.5% on top of their salary to revenue in PRSI. They are entitled to nothing, even if they paid their own PRSI all their life.

If you’re single, living at home with mammy, it’s a different story, the dole will more than cover your expenses. Although how do you enforce this though?


 
John
Oct 27, 2010 at 11:22 am

What about the self employed, who pay tax and pay PRSI, plus will often employ other people and pay them plus the 10.5% on top of their salary to revenue in PRSI. They are entitled to nothing, even if they paid their own PRSI all their life.

They are entitled to means-tested assistance, however as they don’t make the same level of contributions in PRSI compared to the PAYE sector (as they don’t have employer’s PRSI paid for them) they aren’t entitled to jobseekers benefit. Since they don’t pay the same PRSI as the PAYE sector, it makes sense they wouldn’t get the same benefits.


 
Jason O
Oct 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Very fair point, John.


 

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