Katie Kieffer

I agree. Corrupt politicians destroyed the free market system in America, not you and me. Politicians and greedy corporate interest groups keep pushing to inject stimulus money into the economy. These short-sighted policies shatter the economy’s prospects for long-term recovery. The President proposes continuing unemployment benefits without matching this aid with long-term tax cuts and repealing anti-business, job-killing regulations (think Obamacare and Dodd-Frank). His jobs plan is a sure-fire way to keep people dependent on the government longer.

Bottom line, you can’t blame yourself for the fact that America does not have a thriving free market economy anymore. (Unless you repeatedly voted for politicians who ushered in anti-business government rules and regulations. In that case, then, yes, you are to blame.)

If you end up being cornered into accepting unemployment assistance against your free market principles, it will be difficult to maintain your integrity. It is far harder to stand up for the free markets while you are benefiting from the system than it is when you are independent of the system. The longer you stay on government assistance, the easier it will be to justify these benefits for the long-term.

You cannot control the government. You can only control yourself. Make a firm resolution to maintain your integrity while you are unemployed. Use this necessary evil of temporary public assistance as a launch pad to make yourself more financially and intellectually independent than before.

Entrepreneurship is a great way to do this. About 4.3 unemployed Americans vied for each job opening in July. Why not beat the odds at finding full-time employment with an existing company? Why not utilize your unique talents to create a job for yourself?

Obviously, it takes time and capital to start a business. While you are on unemployment, seek a dependable albeit imperfect situation that allows you to get off extended government assistance and simultaneously work on building up your own small business. You may find a part-time position outside your industry. You may get less sleep. But at least you will be able to survive independently while moving towards an entrepreneurial goal that will eventually utilize your fullest potential.

This is a tough route. You will be pursuing two jobs. You can pride yourself in knowing that you are attempting to use unavoidable government assistance to “advance the cause of freedom” and become self-sufficient.

Bottom line, don’t allow your time on unemployment assistance to weaken your integrity. Use it to strengthen your principles and earn a “black belt” in the free markets.


Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is the author of a new book published by Random House, LET ME BE CLEAR: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials and One Woman’s Case for Hope.” She writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. She also runs KatieKieffer.com.