Re: collecting unemployment

Subject: Re: collecting unemployment
From: edunn -at- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 11:32:59 -0400

While not an American, I have to disagree. Our system in Canada is not so
different so my objection applies.

While the existence of an unemployment insurance system may be a privilege, once
you begin to pay into one it is your Right to receive payments back from the

I agree that people need to learn the difference between rights, and privileges
They also have to learn that many rights guaranteed by law require certain
responsibilities. But, while a law may bestow a privilege upon citizens, that
privilege becomes a right as soon as the citizen has fulfilled their
duties/responsibilities towards the state.

This is the same as once you fulfill your contractual requirements with an
individual or company, you have a right to the payment or service due to you by
the other party.

The difference between the rights bestowed on citizens by laws and those
bestowed on citizens by constitution or 'bill of rights' is that the two latter
documents are considered higher laws that no other law can overturn.

Many of the 'rights' that we take for granted in the western world are
privileges elsewhere. Whether rights are bestowed upon us by constitutions,
Unemployment Insurance Laws, collective agreements between employer and
employee, or private agreements makes little difference.

Eric L. Dunn

Subject: Re: collecting unemployment

Unemployment is a *right*?!?!?!?!

I think not. *Rights* are "the pursuit
of happiness" and other such *rights*
that are mentioned in the U.S.
Constitution and in the U.S. Bill of

Please don't misunderstand. I, too, am
unemployed and, after my severance pay
runs out, will also apply for

But unemployment is *not* a right!



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