A little while later, a trucking company owner named Darrin Forse went on a tear. “You get people to come in and apply for jobs,” said Forse. “First thing they ask is, ‘What’s it gonna pay?’ The government’s giving them whatever they want anyway. A lot of them come up and sign a card and say, ‘OK, I can get another free check and whatever else.’ That’s what’s happened. They’re getting their insurance for nothing, and here we are, the working people.”The nerve of those people, asking how much a job pays before they take it! I bet Darrin Forse loves work so much he takes on new clients every day without asking how much they intend to pay him.
It is certainly true that the existence of a government safety net makes people less willing to take miserable, badly paid jobs. The solution for business owners is to pay people more and make their jobs less miserable. After all, their competitors are hiring in the same labor market, so it shouldn't keep them from making money.