According to this article, the Labor Department is going after people who can't even be bothered to pay someone minimum wage for their work!
I personally don't like the tone of how the article is written myself. IMHO, it comes off a bit, "those dastardly feds are going to misunderstand your good intentions if you aren't careful, you poor, poor struggling businessman who only wanted to help that sorry unemployed person gain some valuable experience in their field!"
Yes, because a for-profit business who refuses to pay any sort of wage really does have a heart of gold. Even Ebenezer Scrooge paid Bob Cratchit something for the work he did. After all, we were treated to a scene where Bob went to the butcher's and used the meager wages he had to buy the sorriest goose to bring home to his family for Christmas dinner. Imagine this scene in 2010 where Bob Cratchit doesn't even have the moth-eaten 5 bob note to buy dinner with!
Hooray for cracking down on this mess! As bad as unemployment is at the moment, you can't tell me that a chunk of it comes from employers who are sponging off of free labor.
And this is where their arguments about entitlements fail miserably. They all say that they want people to get up off of it and find a paying job because people should take care of themselves. Yet, here they are, helping to create a system where they get free labor while the government and charitable organizations pick up the cost of that person's salary and health care.
It's not like that person working for free in that office can march on over to the unemployment office and tell them to stop their benefits because they are making a grand total of zero dollars working for Scum & Lord, P.C. It's not like this person can walk into a clinic for a minor cold instead of wasting space in an emergency room where they will be treated for free.
Yet, those people doing a lot of the bitching and moaning don't want to put their money where their mouths are. If you think that a person should be rewarded for getting up at 5am every morning and slogging through traffic to help you turn a profit as opposed to getting food stamps and welfare, then you should actually realize that utopia by paying that person a wage and providing them with health insurance. You can't expect people to work for free and then shake your finger at them for having the nerve to find a way to pay for groceries and utilities. People aren't robots that live on air. Unless they are planning on living in a shack in the woods like the unabomber and foraging for berries, then they will need money.