Italy Will No Longer Pay People for Not Working

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If you haven’t noticed, there is a growing problem with today’s workforce. Namely, they don’t want to work. Now, to be clear, not many of us actually want to work. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be financially independent enough not to have to work to provide for our families?

But, for a growing number of people, even providing for themselves or their loved ones is enough to spur them into action.

Of course, it’s not completely their fault. Thanks to government programs and buyouts, people from all walks of life have figured out that if they simply choose not to work and stay unemployed, the government and left-leaning politicians will pay for everything.

And since COVID-19 and its subsequent pandemic, it’s easier than ever to live off the system in this way – to take but never give back to society.
Thankfully, some countries are seeing a major problem with this and beginning to do something about it.

Italy, for example, is making serious headway in ensuring that people who are currently receiving welfare are those who actually deserve it and aren’t abusing the system.

You’ll remember that Italy, like the US took some rather big hits during the pandemic. And like the US, the government’s response was to pretty much shut everything down for a time, sending the nation’s economy backward. Now, like the United States, they are trying to recover from that and bring back nationwide prosperity.

And for newly elected conservative Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, that means knocking the boots off of the country’s rather faulty welfare system.
As The Telegraph reported, the nation’s “citizens’ income” system will no longer provide benefits to those who aren’t actively seeking work. And by actively seeking, it means that if an individual is offered a viable job and they don’t take it, those benefits will be forfeited.

For most of us, the plan only makes sense. I mean, if you are enrolled in an unemployment program, it means that you have, thus far, been unable to find work. And as you well know, most of those programs require you to be actively looking for work, as in filling out applications, handing out resumes, and/or going to interviews.

The problem is that for a few growing million people, the goal is no longer to actually find work. Instead, it’s just to get free money.
Sure, they’ll go through the paces of “looking” for work.

Hell, they’ll even show up for interviews. But as I’ve heard from a number of employers, few actually sit for the interview. They show up, make sure their name is taken down as being there, and then leave.

It’s a complete waste of time, and therefore money, for those who need workers. And an even bigger problem for those who are actually seeking work.
It also means that your hard-earned taxpayer dollars are literally funding someone’s laziness.

For those like me, and clearly, for Meloni, it’s maddening. And as one Twitter user says, moves like this shouldn’t be controversial in the least.
“The Italian government will no longer provide free handouts to those who simply refuse to work. This should not be controversial.”

As The Telegraph noted, some 3.5 million Italians are currently enrolled in the nation’s welfare program, all of whom are supposed to be looking for work. But like in the United States, far too many of those individuals have used the system to continue not working. And so Meloni is making moves to ensure the end of that lifestyle.

Of course, some are wholly unhappy about the plan, which is one of her very first economic budget proposals as the new PM. Naturally, they say it unfairly targets the poor.

Meloni, however, calls it “courageous,” as it “bets on the future” being better. As a conservative, she thinks that better means less government assistance because people can provide for themselves and contribute to society. She’s not anti-welfare, just anti-welfare abuse.
And that abuse won’t stop until there are some changes made. Now, if only the US would follow in Italy’s footsteps.