Moreover, Messrs. Barnichon and Figura found, the decline in people who want a job wasn’t driven by people entering the labor force. It was driven by people switching from wanting a job to not wanting one. Long before the recession, in other words, Americans were drifting away from the labor force.So, it seems that the number of people not in the labor force, who also don't want a job is up to about 34%, according to the number crunchers at the Journal, and as reported at Hot Air.
I don't have a problem with people not wanting a job. What I have a problem with is people not willing to work, but wanting to eat on my dime. If you don't want a job, fine, but don't sign up for food stamps, or free health care, or housing assistance, or anything. No SNAP, no free lunches, nor Medicaid, nor anything. I believe in the land of the free, but if you don't want to participate, then you should be free to starve to death.
I believe in the freedom to work or not work, but I also believe in the freedom to starve to death. It's one thing to be disabled, or to be in a situation where you simply decide you don't want to work? Fine, but don't burden me with paying it.