Originally Posted by geds
You do realize that you pay unemployment insurance (not a tax) and that your employer also pays unemployment insurance for you? Taking unemployment benefits is no different than making a claim with your insurance agency on a wrecked car or damaged home. There is no shame (or shouldn't be) for any of those circumstances.
And to be proud that you suffered through by not making a claim you were entitled to is like saying I decided not to file a claim on my house that burned down because I can tough it out! You sacrificed for the benefit of the insurance company.
WRONG! Unemployment tax is a tax.
The Federal Government will admit, when pressed, that they are not constitutionally permitted to create an insurance program. Instead, they have a tax system, and a wholly separate but suspicious-looking system of payments to individuals. This is the position that the government argued in the 1960 Supreme Court Case Flemming v. Nestor.
There is no contractual agreement between the taxpayer and the government; nothing is ever "owed" to the taxpayer. It's not an insurance. It's a tax, the proceeds of which are then used to provide for the general welfare of unemployed people across the nation.