It seems that Dog Ate My Finances has created another uproar within the blogosphere by refusing to apply for unemployment insurance after a recent job loss.
Her feeling (that unemployment is equivalent to a hand-out – which I don’t agree with) may tick people off, but her action (not taking unemployment, which, in some teeny tiny way, lessens the strain on the whole system) should be something that benefits everyone in her state who is taking unemployment.
So I say, each to his/her own. If you qualify for unemployment assistance, don’t be ashamed to take it. Being on unemployment is not a sign of weakness nor a personal failing. If you decide not to take unemployment for whatever reason, then good for you, and don’t be ashamed to stand behind your decision.
In the end, we’re all just trying to do the best we can, by making decisions that mesh with our financial and personal goals and beliefs, right?