The joke in the Soviet Union was that they pretended to pay you and you pretended to work, but even there you still had to show up on your job. Now, here in the US, even that requirement is gone. From sovereignman.com:at
Last week after my little ‘incident’ when I was almost mugged in downtown Las Vegas, I felt the need to unwind and have a drink.
Apparently everyone else had the same idea, because the hotel bar was packed as tightly as a ‘mostly peaceful’ protest.
Curiously, though, despite such brisk business, there was only ONE waitress working.
She couldn’t possibly keep up with all the orders and looked like she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. So I walked over to see if she was doing OK.
She was almost in tears as she told me that there would usually be at least 4-6 other servers… but all of her colleagues had simply stopped showing up and the hotel hadn’t found anyone to replace them.
After all, why actually work if the government is willing to pay you to Netflix and chill all day?
This is an area where the mainstream press has been noticeably silent. They have plenty of stories about the high unemployment rate in the United States. But they rarely talk about how much the government is incentivizing people to NOT work.
Now, I was born in Eastern Europe in the tiny country of Lithuania towards the end of the Soviet period, and I had never in my life heard of such a bizarre economic policy.