@Markerrag -- Unemployment benefits are meant to be used in the short term. Just long enough for people to get back on their feet. More often than not, they are used for that exact purpose.
There are some ways to make sure people are looking for work while drawing those benefits. Is there some abuse in the system? Sure. Could some things be done to curb abuses? Yes. However, the system largely works as intended. It gives people a safety net so they can meet their financial obligations until they can find employment.
I don't have a problem with that system at all. It is humane and the type of thing our government ought to be doing.