In today’s society there are many social issues present, one of them being unemployment. Currently 6.6 million Americans are unemployed, and they are unable to pay their mortgage, tuition, and basic needs. The streets of America are run-down and blanket of sadness clouds American towns. As a result people are forced to change their lifestyle and hope for unemployment benefits, and pray that they will be hired again. The following writing is about an unemployed man named Michael who struggles to support himself and his family. He is a former construction worker who has been without a job for almost a year. He and his family depend on unemployment benefits from the federal government; in ...view middle of the document...
Michael remembers a time when there was happiness, joy, and parents were proud of their ability to care for their kids with the money they worked so hard to earn. He started his old car, and made his way to the unemployment office. By the time he reached the office, the line to collect benefits already stretched around the block. These people did not care about how cold it was, or how much their mind and body hurt, they only had one desire, to obtain small benefits to provide some possible care for their family. Michael stood in line and heard many people cursing the government for not doing anything to fix the problem of unemployment, but he did not care about what they said, he simply waited his turn and eventually the time came.
Michael weakly asks, “I would to collect my unemployment benefits.” The government employee who dreads sitting in a chair all day in a stifling environment, receiving minimum wage, and working a depressing job, replies “I’m sorry, but in the system it says you are not to receive these benefits.”
“What!” refusing to believe this the man said in an angry tone, “I need these benefits, how else I am supposed to pay mortgage, support my kids, and stay afloat!” It was clear the government employee became annoyed with Michael, and wanted to finish with him very quickly,
“Look sir, in the system it says that you may not receive unemployment benefits, you might be able to when congress approves a new budget.”
“When will that happen?”
“I have no idea, next!” Michael could not believe that he was to not receive these benefits, and walked away with his shoulders drooping and feet moving slowly, started his broken car and he sputtered away. Michael could not help but feel betrayed and left out to dry; he engulfed his mind on...