On the perils of being willfully misinformed.
From the Crunchy Conservative himself, Rod Dreher:
“This seems exactly right to me, and put me in mind of a conversation I had with a small business-owning friend around the election. I didn’t ask him for whom he voted, because we were mostly talking about our jobs. He said he’s been putting in 100-hour weeks all year long, on his feet all day at his business, and that the difficulty in holding on to workers, even in this economy, has made that necessary. He told me that every couple of weeks, he’ll show up to find that another of his team is turning in his or her resignation. They all tell him the same thing: that they’re starting to make too much money working for him, and that threatens their government welfare check.”
I will not address the 100-hour work week claim, except to point out that 100 hours a week is more than 14 hours a day, every day. If one observes the Sabbath, it’s nearly 17 hours a day, 6 days a week.
As to the employees quitting to protect their government checks, this doesn’t pass the smell test.
What Dreher’s friend is asking us to accept is that an employee is happy to work for him at a rate that does not disqualify him him receiving some sort of government assistance.
And when his rate of pay exceeds a certain threshold, it no longer makes sense to work if working at the new rate of pay causes the loss of the government assistance.
But threatened with more hours and/or a raise and the resulting disqualification from government assistance the (by Dreher’s reckoning, lack of self respect) solution is to quit the paying job in favor of preserving the government check.
This is absurd.
The reason it is absurd is that employee has already demonstrated that the lower rate of pay plus the government check is preferable to the government check alone. The prudent employee would say, “Boss, I know this is crazy, but I’m better off not taking more hours and/or a raise. That way I can keep working and collecting my government check, which puts more money in my pocket than working more hours and/or at a higher rate, or collecting the government check alone.”
And we don’t have to guess if that’s what the employee would say because that’s exactly what he was saying by showing up for work before he was offered more hours and/or a higher rate of pay.
Or maybe it’s easier to accept the threat of a making more money working makes Dreher’s friend’s employees innumerate, stupid and lazy.