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Journal sweeney37's Journal: God, I love the government!

So, seeing how I'm laid off one of the first things I've did was file for unemployment. The cool thing is in Missouri you're able to file for unemployment online. (As I've gone through the laid-off spiel before, I knocked out all of this stuff right after my heave-ho.)

So I filed, and received all of my info in the mail.

Do you want taxes taken out? Yes.

Do you want you benefits direct-deposited (Yet another nice Missouri function)? Yes.

So two weeks later I receive another letter telling me that someone from the State will be giving me a call about my claim. Fine, this has happened before. The guy calls, one of my former employers disputed the claim, but the guy says "This won't be a problem, I'll push it through." Cool.

One week later I get another letter. Same thing, someone will be calling on 7/22/03 to ask some questions. Blah, Blah, Blah. So I get the call today.

Mr. Sweeney, we've noticed on your claim you say that you've been attending class or training. Is this correct?
Yeah, I'm taking a class, trying to make up some credits.

She asks me a whole bunch of questions about where I was going, what I was taking, when I was taking it, and then the (what I soon learned was going to be) magic question popped up:

Mr. Sweeney, if a job opportunity arrose that would conflict with your schooling would you stop or withdraw from school to take the job?

I gave a long drawn out answer that basically reminded her that my schooling was almost over and it doesn't really conflict, or would not conflict at all so I don't see how this would be a problem.

Mr. Sweeney, yes or no, sir?
Yeah, I guess I would quit.

So with a couple more questions she wraps it up. "I'm going to send this information to my supervisor and we'll get back to you within 7-10 days if your claim is approved or denied." I say, "Wait, I could be denied just because I'm going to school?" She replies, "If we feel that you'll turn down a job because of school you would be denied. But I don't think that you should have a problem."

So after 4 weeks, it sounds like I'm getting my sweet 250 dollars a week (before taxes) very shortly.

Maybe it's just me, but I just can't understand how the government wouldn't want you to improve yourself by getting more education, therefore making it easier to get a job.


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