The Boston Globe has a particularly galling piece, complete with fluffy baby video, of people who are out of work and enjoying it. Who knew living off the work of taxpayers could be so fulfilling? (Emphasis is mine):
For now, laid off and loving it.
Some are finding respite in a life without work.
As the ranks of the nation’s unemployed grows, more Americans are facing the reality of life without work. Despite the grim task of making ends meet (firing the nanny, bailing on Whole Foods, applying for unemployment), there is a newly forming society of people who are making the best of being laid off. They are rediscovering hobbies. They are greeting kids at the school bus. They are remembering what daylight actually looks like.
42 year old David Adler “spends his days doting on his 6-month-old daughter, visiting museums with his family, and preparing for a possible exhibit of his photos at a local coffee shop in Dedham. Living off savings, unemployment, and severance packages, Adler knows he has to get a job eventually and has started the search. But for now, he’s cherishing every moment. “It’s our first child and I love watching her grow,” Adler said. “And it’s nice to have time off and get in touch with my old hobbies.
John Stephen Dwyer so far isn’t missing his job or former office overlooking Chinatown. The 41-year-old Boston native was laid off in November from his $40,000-a-year job as education coordinator for the Clinical Research Graduate Program of Tufts University Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences. And he hasn’t started seriously looking for new work. Don’t get Dwyer wrong – times aren’t exactly easy. He has applied for unemployment and now takes the subway instead of taxis. But he has started doing things he enjoys: taking a class in history and ethics of biotechnology at the Harvard Extension School; cooking food for the homeless; and attending weekday Mass at churches around Boston.
Kendra Winner, who in September lost her $95,000-a-year job designing teacher professional development training, described her escape from the spiral: “I’m loving being home because I no longer feel like the Eiffel Tower is crushing my skull. I was squeezing so much into limited bandwidth as a working mom. Now, I don’t feel like I’m chronically overcapacitated.
Winner’s epiphany has come at a price. The 46-year-old has cut back on the nanny, slashed last year’s Christmas budget in half to $400, and started shopping for less expensive groceries at Market Basket. The usual February ski vacation is being replaced by a stay-at-home vacation with the kids.
Now, I don’t begrudge anyone for gleaning positives from a dire situation, but I don’t have much sympathy for someone who has to fire a nanny now that they can stay at home with their kids.
I have hobbies, too. I pursue them in my personal time away from work. Getting “in touch with my old hobbies” while unemployed and living off the taxpayers’ dime doesn’t seem very noble to me, especially when it is pronounced as proudly as Mr. Adler says it.
These poor people have to take subways, go without ski vacations, and have to shop at less than high-end grocery stores.
The more I read from the Boston Globe, the less I like it.
This is the kind of pap that liberals like to push forward as enlightened thinking. It sounds like the Globe glorifies this type of behavior. I am sure those of you who have children would like to be able to stay at home with your kids full-time and get paid for it. Is it not too far away when fathers will be eligible for paid maternity leave?
Read the rest of the article and watch the video, but be prepared to squirm in your britches.