Unemployment Extension Does Not Create Additional Benefits

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Monday, March 01, 2010 at 2:11 pm

There’s been a great deal of confusion surrounding the Democrats’ proposals to extend the filing deadline for unemployment benefits, which came and went yesterday. And it’s easy to see why. A number of media outlets have reported that the Democratic bills include “an extension of UI benefits,” or some variation thereof. (The Associated Press, for example, wrote a widely circulated piece last week indicating that the Senate bill “would continue to provide additional weeks of benefits to jobless people whose unemployment insurance would otherwise expire.”)

Reports like that one have raised the spirits of many long-term unemployed folks, who are hoping that Congress will create additional tiers of benefits. Sorry in advance for being the bearer of bad news, but the proposals floating around Capitol Hill wouldn’t do it.

“It is not a new tier,” the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) clarified today, “but rather an extension of the expiration of the [existing] tiers.”

The confusion stems largely from the bewildering framework of the UI system itself. Very generally, states offer 26 weeks of benefits to qualified unemployed workers before four tiers (maximum) of federal benefits — dubbed Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) – kick in.

Tier I (20 weeks) and Tier II (13 weeks) were created by last year’s $787 billion stimulus bill. And last fall, lawmakers stepped in again to (1) add an extra week to Tier 2, making it 14 weeks instead of 13 weeks, (2) create Tier III (13 weeks) for states with unemployment rates higher than 6 percent, and (3) create Tier IV (6 weeks) for states with unemployment rates topping 8.5 percent.

The problem: Beneficiaries must exhaust the benefits they’re receiving before they can file for the next level. Because that filing deadline was yesterday, those exhausting their Tier I, II or III benefits from now forward won’t be eligible for the next level without congressional action.

The House passed a six-month filing extension in December. And Senate lawmakers are currently eying plans to go further, extending the filing deadline at least through December, and maybe two months longer. But neither plan would, for example, add a Tier V.

The distinction is notable in an economy where 6.3 million Americans have been out of work longer than 27 weeks.

Comments

401 Comments

joshuawhelpley
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

Thank you for making this so clear. I am on the original 26 weeks of unemployment and have search EVERYWHERE for a clear concise explanation of the tiers.


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


Mark
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

So, my initial 26 weeks ended yesterday. Does this mean once they extend the benefits I will be eligible to apply for and receive Tier I benefits? I live in NY


roger m
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

still confusing. so, if someone exhausts their final 6 weeks, without some sort of congressional act they are now completely out of benefits?


allan fischer
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

the unemployment extension needs a new tier or at the minimum allow each
unemployed person to receive at least the 99 total weeks that some people
had access to…my total will end at 73 weeks so therefore I should be able
to obtain the additonal 26wks which will total 99weeks.
make it fair democrats! republicans don't give a dam either way.


allan fischer
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

the unemployment extension needs a new tier or at the minimum allow each
unemployed person to receive at least the 99 total weeks that some people
had access to…my total will end at 73 weeks so therefore I should be able
to obtain the additional 26 weeks which will thn total 99 weeks.
make it fair democrats! republicans don”t give a dam either way.


sarcasm23
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

yea republicans hate their country and all the people in it, they are all old white men trying to put everyone else in the poor house.

jackass…


BB215
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

I too am a long-term unemployed person. I would love to see the government cut taxes and spending so we can create JOB GROWTH! Extending benefits would certainly be nice but not a long term growth solution. Instead, we have an administration that has a plan to keep the nation poor and in need of “assistance” to be able to implement their agenda to socialize the nation.


Chula
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

Yes, if you did not collect your last payment prior to February 28th, you will NOt receive any more money/be able to move to the next Tier. There is no way around it without the dates being extended. If you don't believe it, call the Dept Of Labor. The only payments you will have left are those that redflect in the benefits you have remaining in the Tier you are currently in. To put it simple, whatever the balance is in on your DOL account page. Hope this helps.


Chula
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

Yes, if you did not collect your last payment prior to February 28th, you will NOt receive any more money/be able to move to the next Tier. There is no way around it without the dates being extended. If you don't believe it, call the Dept Of Labor. The only payments you will have left are those that redflect in the benefits you have remaining in the Tier you are currently in. To put it simple, whatever the balance is in on your DOL account page. Hope this helps.


Chula
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

Yes, if you did not collect your last payment prior to February 28th, you will NOt receive any more money/be able to move to the next Tier. There is no way around it without the dates being extended. If you don't believe it, call the Dept Of Labor. The only payments you will have left are those that redflect in the benefits you have remaining in the Tier you are currently in. To put it simple, whatever the balance is in on your DOL account page. Hope this helps.


Chula
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

You will move to the next Tier, if and when Congress extends the collection dates.


Chula
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

You will move to the next Tier, if and when Congress extends the collection dates.


Chula
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

You will move to the next Tier, if and when Congress extends the collection dates.


John
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

i need some help too mine run out at the end or march and if i understand the chart correctly because i filed in septmeber i wont get any extensions is that true, if you know something i dont please email me at johnathanpierce@hotmail.com


john
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

are you talking to me Chula? cause if you are and thats true thats a big help


john
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

are you talking to me Chula? cause if you are and thats true thats a big help


john
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 5:42 pm

ok cause i read the charts and it says cause i filed after august im only entitled to my 26 weeks which ends at the ends of march, so what your saying is that im just misunderstanding the chart and will move on to new emergency benefits?


Joshua Reid
Comment posted March 1, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

Well, we ran out of benefits two weeks ago. I have been trying to get on anywhere for any wage and hours I can for the past year. So far with no luck. Getting ready for the first eviction notice. How strange is it to be doing so well in life, finishing college, working twenty years with one company, and then in a little over one year, to start getting eviction notices.

My 401k was killed, and I have used up all of my savings just to keep everything from collapsing. If I can't find anything soon, we already have a plan. Since we have no real family to go to, me and my boys will just have to live out of our van until things start to look up for us. We just have to keep the faith that god will direct us on the right path, and that life will get better for us in the future. Til then, I have already applied for food stamps, and have quit paying the bills for utilities and such to pay for gas.

I know that there are plenty of people out there just like us. I wish you all the best of luck, and keep up hope that god will point you the way. If your family is strong like ours, you will prevail in the end as long as you are together. For those of you that are doing well, cherish every moment of it. You never know when life will throw you that curve you were not expecting.


Ebenezer Munroe
Comment posted March 2, 2010 @ 1:55 am

How about a first extension for those whom started an original claim after Aug 19 2009 – Like Aug 23rd. DUH. That won't happen for us guys because O'Dummy is claiming the bail out worked and the economy is fixed and the recession is over. This guy never knows what he is talking about. What a moron; I can spend 2trillion – no just 1trillion- and fix the economy in one day, with one Cognitive thought. That's one more than all of congress combined!


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ikeule
Comment posted March 2, 2010 @ 6:43 am

WE NEED A TIER V!! THERE IS NOTHING OUT THERE DRIVE AROUND EVERYDAY AND NOBODY IS HIRING. SO WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE US.


Brad
Comment posted March 2, 2010 @ 7:30 am

You guys are idiots. All the REPUBLICANS want to do is PAY for it out of already earmarked STIMULUS money your God, Obama has, but instead, YOUR DEMOCRATS just want to make it NEW spending and tack it onto the already record breaking DEBT. I have been on UI for 1.2 years, so I understand your frustration, but we are RUINING this country with the Democrats and Obama in charge!


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joblessandscared
Comment posted March 2, 2010 @ 5:50 pm

I agree. I fully exhaust my UI benies on my birthday, March 16th. The deadline for exhausting your benies and filing a new claim was 2/28/10/ I started on UI in January of 2009 so why don't I get the full 99 weeks? Why the discrimination, we are all in the same damn sinking boat so we all deserve the same benefits right?


joblessandscared
Comment posted March 2, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

I totally agree! Why are they picking and choosing? We didn't ask to get into this mess. I see all of these people say they were on UI for 2+ years???


joblessandscared
Comment posted March 2, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

Yeah – I missed it by two weeks. My benefits run out March 16th (my birthday) so I'm devastated. What the democrats are trying to pass now is for people like me to get benefits until the end of 2010 correct?


GOP-DeadEndParty
Comment posted March 2, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

Brad,

Your singleminded partisan view is both laughable and vomit-worthy. If Obama fails, a great deal of the responsibility is on the heads of your party's representatives, who have obstructed every initiation to travel down new roads to recovery. In keeping with the prior administration, your party prefers to maintain us at their dead end.

Read meeting minutes, motions, all recorded congressional and senatorial goings on over the past year. If you're not as blind as you seem to be, perhaps you'll see the year-long pattern of your party proving, in a very public way, that they have no intention to support our current president because they are still pouting like little girls because a black, Democratic president was voted in.

I am by no means oversimplifying by referring to this as bad partisan sportsmanship. Republicans (and you, sir) are not team players. They've been unable to dig up any dirt on Obama, so they have deliberately set him up for failure.

Shame on you, shame on your party – the party of dead ends.


john
Comment posted March 2, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

to be honest im not sure but i dont think were gonna get singled out they just passed it today the extensions and stuff and are putting them into effect as fast as possible check out this link i hope it help, god knows it will help me if all goes well mine runs out just before the end of this month here is the linkhttp://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jV2q6yIYA9BoM9XFAck_wsVdCJHwD9E6T4M00


joblessandscared
Comment posted March 2, 2010 @ 10:59 pm

Thanks John – I'm just crossing my fingers I continue to get benefits after I completely exhaust all of the tiers on March 16th. This constant feeling of panic isn't good for my health. That's not good when you don't have health insurance! This situation is just horrible!


john
Comment posted March 2, 2010 @ 11:19 pm

well yeah i feel the pressure too cause we filed after the 24 of august we only got the 26 now im here in syracuse new york and their is nothing, i have 2 college degrees and cant even get a job at burgerking, so i don't think were gonna be singled out here, i just read somewhere on twitter forgive me i cant remember that obama already signed this 1 month emergency extension like a half hour ago and that will hopefully buy us time while they pass the big one along to the end of the year, if this goes through im done, im just gonna drop 30 pounds and go into the service, seems to me like the only job security left.


joblessandscared
Comment posted March 2, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

I've seriously thought about that too. It's pretty sad that we have to make these life altering decissions out of panic due to other people's stupidity. I have over 8 years of experience in Human Resources and now my career is just gone. I don't think it will ever get back on track. So what you are saying is Obama signed the 1 month emergency extension a half out ago? So if my UI completely ends on 3/16 I can call back for another claim? Thanks for helping me…I'm so confused every since all of this Bunning crap surfaced!


pkwhiskr
Comment posted March 3, 2010 @ 2:39 am

I'm curious to see if there will just be an extension of a month, or if there will be new tiers put into place. This country is IN THE HOLE and only the MILLIONS that don't have jobs understand the trauma associated with it!!


Don Logue
Comment posted March 3, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

To: Mike Lillis (author of this article)

I appreciate your attention to the detail of the bill for the long term unemployed. However I have a different interpretation on the verbiage of the bill. I realize that you spoke to Harry Reids office concerning the language of the bill. the exact verbiage of the bill states:
This proposal extends these provisions, including increased unemployment benefits.

If you notice it states ” including increased unemployment benefits.” It does not state extending the expiration date of benefits. Therefore my question is; Could you and Harry Reids office be wrong about the extension of unemployment benefits for those exhausting their Tier IV benefits?
If the bill cost $140 billion over a ten year span. Wouldn't that indicate that a broader spectrum of people will be included in this bill? (e.i.: those whom Tier IV benefits are exhausted). Would you please examine and report on this. Thx.


Don Logue
Comment posted March 3, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

To: Mike Lillis (author of this article)

I appreciate your attention to the detail of the bill for the long term unemployed. However I have a different interpretation on the verbiage of the bill. I realize that you spoke to Harry Reids office concerning the language of the bill. the exact verbiage of the bill states:
This proposal extends these provisions, including increased unemployment benefits.

If you notice it states ” including increased unemployment benefits.” It does not state extending the expiration date of benefits. Therefore my question is; Could you and Harry Reids office be wrong about the extension of unemployment benefits for those exhausting their Tier IV benefits?
If the bill cost $140 billion over a ten year span. Wouldn't that indicate that a broader spectrum of people will be included in this bill? (e.i.: those whom Tier IV benefits are exhausted). Would you please examine and report on this. Thx.


chris green
Comment posted March 5, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

Type your comment here.I agree…when they said they passed a 30 day extension i thought i was going to get a 30 day extension on my tiers or something..i exausted my tier 4 and only was qualified for 58 wks…this is the second time i was layed off ever..but supposably they go by what you make..i dont think thats right either..also i filed a claim in jan of 08 and was denied because i quit a job to take another job..gave my 2 weeks notice..the other job told me that i had the job and was to start the beginning of jan and even signed w-2's drug test and everything else..then that week went by and they told me they were waiting for the other company to give the go ahead to bring us in…i dealt with these people for a month adn they gave me the run around..so i had to take another job and it was hell they put me through that… i was layed off in oct of 08 and qualified for benefits…the denied me before because they said i quit my other job and because i didnt get a paycheck from the job that screwed me over i had to satisfy rework hours..i files another claim..was excepted and started collecting the end of oct.. i was only qualified for 17 wks..come jan they said i had to file a new claim and because i didnt have enough hours i had to go straight on eb..i lost 6 weeks and they said i couldnt carry over my left over weeks to a new benefit yr…i dont think thats right at all… my benefit yr should of started the day i started collecting…i am a single mom and am paying 500 in rent…its breaking me and i cant even get housing assistance…i know people that own houses for less than that…and yes it isnt fair that people do get 99 weeks..also when i call u-office i get 3-4 people that tell you different answers…they need to retrain these people because they sit on there fat asses and dont give you the right information and still get paid.


trace1000
Comment posted March 5, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

Dont give up hope our government knows what is happening to the economy and it would be a catastrophe not to allow all benefits to those out of work including an additional tier 5 as most would not survive until the jobs bill that was passed starts to take effect.

It's not over yet. call and email your senators let them know what needs to be done and dont hesitate

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_informati…


angie555
Comment posted March 5, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

TO EVERYONE THIS MONTH ON THE HOUSES CALANDAR IS A NEW TIER OF BENFITS!! WRITE YOU REPS(CONGRESSMAN NOW, TODAY AND EVERY DAY) I HAVE SNET MANY PETITONS AND ONE TO NANACY PELOSI AND HAVE RECIVED LETTERS THIS WEEK THAT THE BILL S DRAFTED AND COMING TO THE FLOOR SOMETIME THIS MONTH. NOW IS THE TIME PEOPLE HIT THOSE EMAILS AND PHONES , LEAVE MESSAGES WITH ANYONE IN THE REPS OFFICES THEY RELAY THE INFO BY NBUMBERS TO THE CONGRESSMAN, THANKS


MIKO71
Comment posted March 6, 2010 @ 2:20 am

My regular 26 weeks of UI runs out on April 5th, 2010, meaning I filled my original claim on September 23rd, 2009.

I am not included in this most recent extension of filing deadline that was signed on March 2nd, 2010.

I am missing eligibility to file for Tier 1 benefits by 1 week.

Do you think they will include another extension of filing deadline in the long-term plans for unemployment that Senator Reid has discussed?


angie555
Comment posted March 7, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

they are trying to extend till december and to create a tier 5 and 6 for the long term unemployed hang in there miko its coming they just move real slowly.I dont think you will get tier 1 and 2 though I think they are just moving tier 3 and 4 deadline if im not mistaken/


angie555
Comment posted March 7, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

IKEULE THE HOUSE IS BRINGING A TIER 5 AND 6 TO THE FLOOR THIS MONTH AS TOLD TO ME BY HARRY REIDS OFFICE THEMSELF AND ALSO NANCY PELOSIS OFFICE, THEY JUST SAID SOMETIME IN MAERCH!GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY


angie555
Comment posted March 7, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

NO ONE IS ON BENFITS FOR TWO YEARS AND OVER!!! DEPENDING ON WHAT STATE YOUR IN YOU MIGHT OF BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET A STATE EXTENSION BUT ONLY CERTAIN STATES GAVE THAT! MOST OF US DIDNT, THATS UP TO YOUR GOVERMNORS! MOST STATES DIDNT HAVE THE MONEY TO DO THIS, THE GOVT FAVE 76 WEEKS THATS IT AND SOME MISSED DEADLINES AND HAD TO JUMP A TIER AND GO ON TO THE NEXT . THERE IS NO FAIR WAY TO KEEP THE NEWER AND THE OLDER UNEMPLOYED IN THE SAME TIERS ITS IMPOSSIBLE, I MISSEWD A TIER BY WHEN I WAS LAID OFF, THERES NOTHING WE CAN DO IF IUT EXPIRES YOU HAVE TO WRITE TO ADD MORE NEW TIERS, LIKE 5 AND 6 THEY ARE STATING IT IN THE HOUSE THIS MONTH! GOOD LUCK TO YOU


angie555
Comment posted March 7, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

ROGER M YES IF YOU EXHAUSTED TIER 4 AND THEIR 6 WEEKS YOU ARE DONE!! OUT OF BENEFITS, THEY AE CONSIDERING A TIER 5 AND 6 IN THE HOUSE LATER THIS MONTH WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN A DNNANCY PELOSI AND TELL THEM WE NEED THIS NOW,,, THAT U R OUT OF ALL BENEFITS, AND NOT BY A DEADLINE BY EXHAUSTING THEM, THELL THEM TO MOVE QUICKLY OR HOMES WILL BE LOST AND PEOPLE WILL GO HUNGARY AND TO BOOT WE WILL HAVE NO GAS FOR OUR CARS TO EVEN LOOK FOR A JOB!


joblessandscared
Comment posted March 8, 2010 @ 6:15 am

Thank god, and thanks for the good news angie! God bless you!


joblessandscared
Comment posted March 8, 2010 @ 6:16 am

I haven't been on UI for 2 years. I've been on it a little over a year now. I live in MA. I called last week and the guy told me to just keep calling after the 16th and I'll be fine.


CarCzarConsulting
Comment posted March 8, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

Email your 5 politicians in less than 1 minute.

Our battle has just begun.

We need more Tiers and/or more weeks added to existing Tiers.

Neither H.R.4691 or H.R.4213 will help the 15 million unemployed who have already exhausted all Tiers.

WE NEED EVERYONE'S HELP to get more Tiers added and/or more weeks added to existing Tiers.

Please keep calling and emailing your congressmen and senators to finish the job.

I suggest increasing existing Tiers to 26 weeks each.

And, those who exhaust all Tiers should be able to get food stamps AND cash assistance even if they don't have any kids, when applying for public assistance.

Go to the following links and modify your closings as I have or in any way you see fit.
Links automatically send emails to Prez, V-Prez, your Senators and Rep.

http://capwiz.com/iamaw/issues/alert/?alertid=1…
Your Closing:
Increase existing Tiers to 26 weeks each. Sincerely,

http://capwiz.com/iamaw/issues/alert/?alertid=1…
Your Closing:
And cash assistance for those without kids. Sincerely,

My e-mail messages were sent to:
President Barack Obama (D)
Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)
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Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)
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AL
Comment posted March 8, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

I JUST called Reids office myself and was told “we don't' have any information regarding a Tier system right now” so not sure why one person is being told they are “bringing a Tier 5 and 6 to the floor this month” yet I was told they have no info on Tiers at this time. March 8, 2010, 11AM EST


Al
Comment posted March 8, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

I've read some people have called Reids office and were told that Reid is working on a Tier 5 however I called and was told they have no info on any tiers at this time. This past week I have emailed my state senators, Reid and Pelosi's offices and asked that they give a Tier 5 as so many people are exhausting all benefits this month. Please contact your state senators as well as Reid and Pelosi's office and ask for a Tier 5 extension (one woman said she called Pelosi's office and was told there is no Tier 5 because they haven't gotten enough complaints IF that is true then more people need to be contacting their senators etc.

Contact for Pelosi:
Office of the Speaker
H-232, US Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-0100
http://www.speaker.gov/contact/

Contact for Reid:
528 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3542 / Fax: 202-224-7327
http://reid.senate.gov/contact/

Your local Senators contact:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_informati…


CarCzarConsulting
Comment posted March 8, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

Excellent work and advice.

Thank you!


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donlogue
Comment posted March 9, 2010 @ 11:16 pm

I responded to the : http://capwiz.com/iamaw/issues/alert/?alertid=1… although it was not specific about additional tiers. It addresses the need for “extension” of unemployment insurance. Like this article above by Mike Lillis indicates; people are getting confused between the difference in “extension date” of benefits and “adding another Tier.”
As of today 3/09/10 there has not been any public (Senate or House) about any additional Tier V. Nevertheless, it is important that Senators and Congresspeople be contacted about this issue.
First we have to pass the long term extension (in the process now) then work on an additional Tier.


CarCzarConsulting
Comment posted March 9, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

Voting tight now!!!!!!!
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Senate to Vote on Unemployment Benefit and Tax Extensions Today

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The Senate will put forward a key vote on unemployment insurance and tax
extensions today, which could effect millions of people who have seen their
unemployment checks dry up in the past month.

Rehashing the Stimulus
Passing this legislation is bound to be difficult for Democrats, as many
aspects of the bill are re-visitations of the now unpopular economic stimulus
bill passed last year. The new measure addresses some 60 tax breaks for
individuals and businesses that expired at the end of last year.
A temporary bill was passed to extend benefits for 30 days, despite an
attempt at a filibuster by Republican Senator Jim Bunning.
The new bill is estimated to cost around $148 billion, of which $66 billion
will be allocated to provide weekly unemployment insurance to people whose
26-week core benefits packages have run out.
Achieving Bipartisanship
In order to pass the new bill, Democrats must convince at least one
Republican to go along with the bill, so that they achieve the 60 votes needed to
make it a simple up or down vote. If they do not reach this level of
agreement, there will be more discussion, which could result in a longer time
without unemployment insurance for consumers.
If passed, the bill will extend the 60 most popular tax breaks through
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joblessandscared
Comment posted March 10, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

I am so confused!!!! I'm so tired of feeling hopeful, then feeling worried again and again! If I started unemployement in january of 2009, I have been on it for a little over 60 weeks. I can't get the people at the Unemployment to tell me what tier I'm on so I'm so confused! The guy I spoke to last week said my stored money won't show as being there for me, but I will still get benefits after it runs out and I need to just keep calling in as I normally do. When will I get cut off? Do I get the full 99 weeks? I live in Massachusetts – if anyone out there can help me please do so! I can't sleep, I have a constant knott in my stomach, my neck is stiff from not being able to relax and I feel like the stress is killing me. What does this new bill passed today do for people like me?


trace1000
Comment posted March 10, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

If your state is over 8.5% unemployed you should get state extended benefits plus tiers 1-4 If you have not gone down to the Unemp. office personally I would suggest to do so. here is the latest blog link

http://washingtonindependent.com/78811/jobless-…

I know its hard to fathom our congress has not moved any swifter on this rather choosing to help other nations before their own.

Call your senators and demand immediate action before its too late

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_informati…


joblessandscared
Comment posted March 11, 2010 @ 3:22 am

I am so confused!!!! I'm so tired of feeling hopeful, then feeling worried again and again! If I started unemployement in january of 2009, I have been on it for a little over 60 weeks. I can't get the people at the Unemployment to tell me what tier I'm on so I'm so confused! The guy I spoke to last week said my stored money won't show as being there for me, but I will still get benefits after it runs out and I need to just keep calling in as I normally do. When will I get cut off? Do I get the full 99 weeks? I live in Massachusetts – if anyone out there can help me please do so! I can't sleep, I have a constant knott in my stomach, my neck is stiff from not being able to relax and I feel like the stress is killing me. What does this new bill passed today do for people like me?


trace1000
Comment posted March 11, 2010 @ 3:40 am

If your state is over 8.5% unemployed you should get state extended benefits plus tiers 1-4 If you have not gone down to the Unemp. office personally I would suggest to do so. here is the latest blog link

http://washingtonindependent.com/78811/jobless-…

I know its hard to fathom our congress has not moved any swifter on this rather choosing to help other nations before their own.

Call your senators and demand immediate action before its too late

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_informati…


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Goldie
Comment posted March 11, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

I just spoke with one of Senator Reid's aides in Washington. I think he is spearheading a move to add more tiers to the unemployment issue. HR 4213 DOES NOT HELP YOU IF YOU HAVE ALREADY EXHAUSTED YOUR BENEFITS. The aide told me this specifically. It only aids the people who still have EUC tiers left. 15 Million of us are SOL. Anyway, the woman I spoke with said there is a plan for long term benefits being discussed but there was no bill number she would give me…..as it has not been actually codified into a bill yet. So they are working to help the SOL 15 million, so she says, but the details are vague at this moment. I could barely hear this woman and kept asking her to speak up, she was so timid and seemed to not like answering questions. I also emailed Senator Reid and called and emailed Nancy Pelosi about adding additional tiers. Everyone must begin to BLITZ these people and demand that we receive something pas Tier IV!!!


YVONNE
Comment posted March 11, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

JOBLESSANDSCARED IT DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR PEOPLE LIKE U AND ME!!!! UNLESS WE BAND TOGETHER AND SEND EMAILS AND MAKE PHONE CALLS DEMANDING THEY SET UP A TIER 4 5 AND SO ON WE ARE SOL!!!! BEST THING TO DO IS CALL REID'S OFFICE AND PELOSI. TELL THEM WE NEED THESE ADDITIONAL TIERS OR WE WILL ALL BE HOMELESS IN JUST A MATTER OF TIME. CALL UR SENATORS AND CONGRESS THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRES ANYBODY AND EVERYBOSY THAT WILL LISTEN. TELL THEM WHAT U ARE TELLING US ON HERE. DOES NO GOOD TO TELL US!!!! CALL AND WRITE SEND EMAILS TODAY I MEAN WE HAVE GOT TO GET TO WORK ON THIS NOWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!


yvonne
Comment posted March 11, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

Some states like Fl do not participate in the Extended Benefits for people like me, additional 20 wks, who have exhausted tier4 as of about a week ago. Florida says that the guidelines for EB is too strict that the Government lays out, so they do not participate. Only Fl and handful of others do not have this for the unemployed. Just my luck!!


YVONNE
Comment posted March 11, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

The time is 2:51 pm EST on Thursday Mar 11th, 2010. I just spoke with an aide in Senator Reids office and he said that YESSSSS, they are talking about additional tiers for the long term unemployed, but have no idea when that would be brought to the floor. But, I say we continue to BOMBARD HIS OFFICE WITH CALLS AND EMAILS. DON'T LET UP ON HIM!! WE NEED IT NOWWWWWW, NOT NXT WEEK, NEXT MONTH WE NEED TIER 5 NOWWWWWW!!!!!!!!


angie555
Comment posted March 11, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

yvonne: Yes me also they said there wasnt a bill number as yet , but addittional tiers are coming! i have been emailing and calling every single house rep today, ive even faxed 123 of them, im getting bleary eyed, but we cant do it alone everyone has to do it now now now like yvonne said!! call nancy pelosi ,still call harry reid also, hes a big one!! call your state rep dem or gop i dont care what they are and tell them this is needed! now not next month like yvonne said we are so close guys LETS GO GOOG GO! AND SCREW YOU MACK IM SAYING IT TO SAVE TIME BECUASE I KNOW YOULL HAVE SOME SHITTY COMMENT TO MAKE


yvonne
Comment posted March 11, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

We all know the LEAGUE OF FAMILIES FOR POW MIA SLOGAN of GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Well we the FORGOTTEN UNEMPLOYED
AKA SOL UNEMPLOYED WE ARE FORGOTTEN , BUT WE AREN'T GONE, AND WE NEED TO LET THIS BE KNOWN!!!! Angie like you, I have been on this all day long today and like you said just a hand full can't do it alone, we must band together and get this accomplished!! WE ARE AMERICANS AND WE VOTE, LET THEM KNOW THIS!! We are Americans that matter!!!! We are Americans that only want a piece of the American dream pie of being able to feed and clothe our families. We are Americans that at one time WORKED, PAID OUR TAXES, LOVED OUR COUNTRY AND NEVERRRRR IMAGINED OURSELVES LIKE THIS!!!! WE ARE FORGOTTEN BUT HELL NO,WE AREN'T GONE!!!! NOT BY A LONG SHOT!!!! They will hear from me EVERYYYYYY DAYYYY!! I'll email, I'll call, I'll fax!!!! We need help from OUR COUNTRY NOWWWW, YESTERDAY!!!! They should have helped us yesterday when this other bill was passed!! They think they can push us aside and FORGET ABOUT US, BUT WE NEED TO SHOW THEM WE DO MATTER, WE HAVE FAMILIES THAT NEED TO EAT AND NEED SHELTER. I'm not going to give up and accept defeat on this issue!!!! As long as there is breath in me, I will say what I feel about this and we alllllllll need to get an attitude that we are going to be heard about this issue!!!!!!!! If I can do anything to help anyone with phone numbers, fax numbers, etc please let me know, I'll do whatever I can to help you.


bergcycles1
Comment posted March 11, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

Geez, Im still confused. I am currently On my Teir II that I got from November 09 extension. Am I going to be covered through the rest of the year with the new bill that was passed? Angie, Goldie, Yvonne, seems like you guys can maybe help me. I have one son and a wife and we are depending on these checks. Also I live in WA where our unplymt rate is 9%.
Thank You.
JB


yvonne
Comment posted March 11, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

JB this is how it goes with the Tiers. tier 1 = 20 wks
2 = 14
3 = 13
4= 6
I would get a calendar and see just where I'm at RIGHT NOW, if I were you and see just how many weeks you have left. Do you know where you are in Tier 2? How many weeks do you have left in that tier? I always go online into my account on the sight where I claim my weeks and see how much money I have left on that tier. THIS WAY NOOOOOO SURPRISES!! Hopefully!! Remember the three month rule in order to qualify for the next tier. Unemployment in your state has an effect on this.


bergcycles1
Comment posted March 11, 2010 @ 10:46 pm

Ya. My Teir II ends on March 24th. I did the math on those other Teirs and based on that, It looks like my benefits will dry up July 31st.

So I thought this last Senate Bill would extend benefits throughout the rest of the year as long as you have Teirs left? Or does it not effect my situation. Thank you for responding. I really appreciate it.


bergcycles1
Comment posted March 11, 2010 @ 11:32 pm

So I start my III Teir next week. How does this new bill affect me? I only have one more Teir left. Kinda stressing. Thanks


yvonne
Comment posted March 11, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

It does extend it JB as long as you have Tiers left, but after July 31, you won't have any left. You will be where those of us that have exhausted tier 4 are now. WITHOUT ANYTHING, unless we get additional tiers added and this is why it's so important for everyyyyyyyone on unemployment to call, email, fax Reid and Pelosi and all of their Senators and Congressmen. We are trying to get these additional tiers for ALLLLLL OF US ON UNEMPLOYMENT because veryyyyyyy soon all of you that the bill that was passed yesterday helped, WILL BE WHERE WE ARE NOW!! July 31, and that will be here before you know it, you have nothing JB. I hope this helps.


Duane
Comment posted March 12, 2010 @ 6:48 am

The thing I hope the Congress realizes is that every dollar of UI that is paid out goes directly into this failing economy and will act as further stimulate the economy. For example, where does the UI benefits go?? It goes for food, rent, gas, and basic needs. That feeds the local economies. Further, unemployment benefits are taxed at 10% as far as i know, so the Feds get that back too. Not much to get back I realize. However, if they can bail out the banking system, which did nothing to feed the economy, UI benefits at least will go directly back into the economy.

I hope they are looking at adding a tier!!! A tier 5. And, quick too.


chris
Comment posted March 12, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

does anyone know how they caculate or what the formula is to determine how many weeks of extended benefits and tiers you get? Also i wrote polasi and she sent me back an email talking about healthcare reform! I dont think these people read anything..obabma doesnt even help us or step in…supposably he came from a middle class family and knew what it was like to struggle..now he is pushing us low class and middle class aside while him and the rest of congress live in fancy houses, wear fancy clothes and eat like kings…BS…I am out of benefits and some reason i only qualified for 57 weeks? Single, 2 kids and cant get no help..


YVONNE
Comment posted March 12, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

HOW MANY OF US ARE CONTACTING REID AND PELOSI EVERYYYYY DAY???? We have to contact these offices everyyy day, not just one time and then stop!! I can't say this enough. They are not going to give any additional tiers without a fight!!!! They say the squeaky wheel gets the grease or replaced. I say let's let them know that if we don't get some grease in the way of some additional tiers, that THEY WILL BE REPLACED COME ELECTION TIME!!!! We must, must keep up the fight!!!! We need these additional tiers to live. I just received my last check from tier 4 yesterday and I know that a lot of you are in the same boat I am in. If I can help anyone with a number, email address or whatever please let me know. We must email, fax, call every day, everyyyyyyy dayyyyy!!!!!!!! We can't let up for one second!!!! COME ON, LET'S SEE WHERE THAT FIGHTING SPIRIT THAT WE ARE KNOWN FOR IS. Americans love a good challenge and this my friends is a CHALLENGE AND A HALF TO GET THESE ADDITIONAL TIERS. We need everyyyyy oneeeeee on unemployment to call in, not just the ones that have exhausted or will soon exhaust their tiers. For all of you that think just because this bill was passed this week and you are still receiving your benefits that YOU ARE IN THE SAFETY ZONE, GUESS WHAT????? YOU ARE NOT, BECAUSE IN A FEW SHORT MONTHS YOU ARE GOING TO BE WHERE THE SOL FORGOTTEN UNEMPLOYED ARE NOW, WITH A FINAL CHECK FROM TIER 4 AND NOTHINGGGGGGG ELSE COMING IN!!!! CALL. EMAIL, FAX WHATEVER YOU CAN DO. DO IT NOWWWW, WE NEED THIS NOWWWW!!!!


bergcycles1
Comment posted March 12, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

Who can I e-mail? I'll do it.


Ne Ne
Comment posted March 13, 2010 @ 7:38 am

If I understand correctly….I have been unemployed since June, 2009, so I have exhausted my initial UI unemployment and am on my 1st extension (Tier 1) (it ends the first half of May), so that means I should start my Tier 2 immediately after that. I am in California and the unemplyment rate is 12.5 (I am unable to move or I would). So, essentially one person has 20 weeks plus 53 weeks of extension available to them (unless another Tier is added). Am I understanding this whole mess correctly?


Yvonne
Comment posted March 13, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

BERG you need to go to reid.state.gove to email sen reid sen pelosi can be emailed at http://www.speaker.gov Reid's ph # is 202-224-3542 pelosi ph# 202-225-0100. We need to call and email Reid and Pelosi everyyyyyyyyy day and we need to contact our own state sen and congressmen as well. NO ONE IS SAFE AS FAR AS UNEMPLOYMENT GOES. NOT EVEN THE ONES THAT BENEFITTED FROM THE BILL THAT WAS PASSED THIS WEEK. NO ONE THAT IS ON UNEMPLOYMENT IS SAFE AND EVERYYYYYONE ON UNEMPLOYMENT SHOULD EMAIL AND CALL REID AND PELOSI. If we don't do this we alllllllllllllllllllllllllll are going to suffer in the long run!!!!


Rachel
Comment posted March 13, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

Yes, please post the e-mail, fax, and phone number for everyone to see. So we can all start to call.


brian
Comment posted March 13, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

CALL SENATOR REIDS OFFICE 1-202-224-3542 OR FAX LETTER OVER AND OVER AGAIN.FAX NUMBER-1-202-228-1265 SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI OFFICE 1-202-224-3542 HER FAX NUMBER-1-202-228-1265 SWITCH BOARD# 1-888-245-0215 HOPE THIS HELPS.WE NEED MORE WEEKS ADDED TO TIER 4 OR A NEW TIER 5 WITH 30 WEEKS OR SO.


Elizabeth
Comment posted March 14, 2010 @ 4:14 am

I just called SENATOR REIDS OFFICE 1-202-224-3542 HIS MAILBOX IS FULL
I WILL BE CALLING BACK SUNDAY AND MONDAY AND EVERYDAY UNTILLLL!


yvonne
Comment posted March 14, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

Yes, Elizabeth I got the same message, mailbox is full. But, like you said, I'll be right back on the phone again Sunday, Monday and UNTILLLLLLLLL!!!! We've got to. We can't let up!!!! I'm going to be honest with all of you, if we don't get these additional tiers passed, I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE ALL ARE GOING TO DO AND I'M AFRAID THAT WE ARE ABOUT TO SEE SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE NEVER SEEN AND THAT'S PEOPLE DOING MORE AND MORE STEALING, ROBBING, MURDERING AND SO FORTH AND SO ON, BECAUSE DESPERATE PEOPLE DO DESPERATE THINGS AND WHEN U HAVE NOTHINGGGGGGG COMING IN , NO FOOD FOR YOUR CHILDREN, NO MONEY TO KEEP A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD, LOOKING AT YOUR CHILDREN'S FACES WHEN THEY ARE SICK, HUNGRY AND NOTHING TO GIVE THEM YOU WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO TAKE CARE OF THAT CHILD!!!! Crime is going to get worse and worse!! WE HAVE GOT TO GET THESE ADDITIONAL TIERS ADDED. NOT JUST FOR OURSELVES BUT FOR THE CHILDREN AND ELDERLY THAT HAVE BEEN DIRECTLY EFFECTED BY NO ADDITIONAL TIERS BEING ADDED!!!! ANYTIME THAT WE SAY TO OURSELVES WELL, I DON'T FEEL LIKE CALLING TODAY, JUST IMAGINE YOUR CHILD COMING TO YOU AND SAYING MOMMA I'M HUNGRY OR DADDY I'M HUNGRY AND YOU HAVE NOTHINGGGG TO GIVE THIS CHILD. OR, HAVING TO TELL YOUR CHILD THAT THEY WON'T SLEEP IN THEIR WARM BED TONIGHT, THEY WILL BE SLEEPING IN THE CAR. NoW I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE MAY SAY WELL, THAT'S A LOT OF DRAMA BUT NO DRAMA HERE, IT'S REALITY!!!!!!!!!!!! YES, THIS IS AMERICA AND THIS IS WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR THE SOL FORGOTTEN UNEMPLOYED LIKE U AND I!! WE MUST AND I MEAN MUST GET AN ATTITUDE THAT WE WILL NOT TAKE NOOOOO FOR AN ANSWER. WE NEED HELP!!!! NOT A HANDOUT, HELP!!!! WE ARE GOOD HARDWORKIN PEOPLE THAT ONLY WHAT A SMALLLLLLL PIECE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM!! WE ARE UNEMPLOYED WITH NO FAULT OF OUR OWN, NOW THE COUNTRY THAT WE WORKED FOR, HAS TURNED IT'S BACK ON US. DAMN RIGHT WE'VE BEEN FORGOTTEN. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE REST OF YOU, BUT THEY WILL HEAR FROM ME EVERYYYYYYYYYYYYYY DAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!! I WON'T LET UP!!!! I'LL SEE THAT VISION OF THAT LITTLE CHILD TELLING SOME MOMMA OR DADDY SOMEWHERE THAT THEY ARE HUNGRY OR SOME MAN OR WOMAN HAVING TO TELL THEIR CHILD THAT THEY WILL HAVE TO SLEEP IN THE CAR TONIGHT AND THIS WILL MAKE THE FIGHTTTTTT COME OUT OF ME AND I'LL CLIMB A MOUNTAIN AND SCREAM FROM THE TOP IF I HAVE TO IN ORDER TO BE HEARD. IF WE DON'T BAND TOGETHER AND I MEAN BAND TOGETHER AND THIS MEANS ALLLLLLL UNEMPLOYED NOT JUST THE ONES THAT HAVE EXHAUSTED BENEFITS OR WILL SOON EXHAUST I MEAN EVERYONE THAT IS UNEMPLOYED!!!!!!!! EVEN THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE JUST STARTED RECEIVING BENEFITS. IF YOU DON'T HELP US FIGHT FOR THESE TIERS, ONE DAY REAL SOON YOU WILL BE IN THE SAME BOAT WE ARE IN NOW!!!!!!!! THIS IS SERIOUS AND WE HAVE NO TIME TO WASTE. CALL REID, CALL PELOSI, EMAIL THEM AND ALSO EMAIL YOUR OWN STATE SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN. HEY, WE DON'T HAVE MONEY TO BUY GAS TO LOOK FOR A JOB, SO WE MIGHT AS WELL DO WHAT WE CAN ON THE COMPUTER AND FAXES. WE HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN TO SIT AROUND AND DO THIS BECAUSE WHAT HAVE WE GOT TO LOSE????????? OUR BENEFITS???????? YEAH RIGHT!! IF I CAN HELP ANYONE WITH EMAIL ADDRESSES, FAX NUMBERS, ETC PLEASE LET ME KNOW. MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS bkbullfrog@yahoo.com send me an email if I can help in any way.


pudintame
Comment posted March 14, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

So what are we supposed to do if we have no extra weeks?????????????????
We are up a creek.
Well this should create more foreclosure jobs !!


brian
Comment posted March 14, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

Quick question to anyone on here who knows….I live in California and on March 7 2010, I just began my 4th tier. How does this new law help me?


yvonne
Comment posted March 15, 2010 @ 2:02 am

Brian, this means that in SIX WEEKS, you will join the ranks of the SOL FORGOTTEN UNEMPLOYED. ALL YOU CAN HOPE FOR IS THAT CALIFORNIA HAS EXTENDED STATE BENEFITS. THE PEOPLE LIKE ME, IN FLORIDA ARE NOT ABLE TO HAVE EXTENDED STATE BENEFITS BECAUSE FLORIDA DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN STATE EXTENDED BENEFITS, THIS IS THE ADDITIONAL 20 WEEKS THAT MOST STATES NOW GIVE. AFTER THAT YOU HAVE NOTHINGGGGG, UNLESS ADDITIONAL TIERS ARE ADDED!!!! THIS IS WHY I HAVE TRIED TO STRESS TO EVERYONE ON UNEMPLOYMENT TO MAKE THESE CALLS TO REID AND PELOSI. SEND EMAILS, FAXES. IF WE DO NOT SECURE ADDITIONAL TIERS, WE ARE ALLLLLLLLLLL GOING TO SUFFER. DO NOT ,AND I STRESS DO NOT GET COMFORTABLE WITH THE BILL THAT WAS PASSED THIS PAST WEEK AND FEEL THAT YOU ARE IN A SAFETY ZONE. BULLSHIT!!!!!!!! YOU ARE NOT SAFE, BECAUSE ALL THAT BILL DOES, IS SLOWLY BUT SURELY PHASE OUT UNEMPLOYMENT ALLLLLLLLLLL TOGETHER FOR THE LONG TIME UNEMPLOYED. BY THE END OF THE YEAR, EVERYYYYYYYONE THAT IS WHAT THEY CALL LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED, THOSE UNEMPLOYED OVER A YEAR, WILL HAVE EXHAUSTED EVERYTHING AND I MEAN EVERYTHING THAT THEY HAVE COMING TO THEM IN THE WAY OF EXTENDED BENEFITS AND THIS INCLUDES STATE EXTENDED BENEFITS. THIS BILL IS NOTHING MORE THAN A PHASE OUT PACKAGE FOR THOSE OF US THAT ARE LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED AND BRIAN THAT INCLUDES YOU. SO WE CAN ALL SIT ON OUR ASSES AND LET TIME GO BY AND LET WASHINGTON GET AWAY WITH THIS, BUT WE ARE ALL GOING TO START SEEING OURSELVES AND SOME OF OUR FELLOW UNEMPLOYED, BEING HOMELESS, SLEEPING IN OUR CARS, UNDER BRIDGES, NO FOOD, BEGGING IN THE STREETS AND THIS IS NO DRAMA, THIS IS REALITY!!!!!!!! THEY DO NOT GIVE A DAMN THAT YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FEED UR FAMILY, NO PLACE TO LAY UR HEAD. UNLESS WE STAND UP AND FIGHT WE ALL MIGHT AS WELL JUST STICK OUR HEADS BETWEEN OUR LEGS AND KISS OUR ASS GOODBYE, BECAUSE WE WILL NOT SURVIVE AND OUR FAMILIES WILL NOT SURVIVE. MURDER, SUICIDE, STEALING, ROBBING, ALLLLLLL OF THIS IS GOING TO GET WORSE AND WORSE AND THERE ARE NO JOBS OUT HERE ,NONE AND WE ALLLLLLLLL KNOW THIS, SO WHAT THE HELL ARE WE GOING TO DO???????? WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT, I MEAN FIGHT AND I MEAN FIGHTTTTTTTTT THESE BASTARDS THAT SAY WE DO NOT MATTER!!! DAMN RIGHT WE MATTER, MY FAMILY MATTERS, MY HOME MATTERS, MY CAR MATTERS, MY HEALTH MATTERS, MY LIFE MATTERS AND ALL I WANT IS JUST A SMALL PIECE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM , THAT WE ALL HAD ONCE, BUT FROM NO FAULT OF OUR OWN, IT WAS TAKEN AND NOW THEY WANT TO TAKE WHAT LITTLE WE DO HAVE LEFT AND THIS IS THAT LITTLE AND I MEAN LITTLE UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK THAT WE GET EVERY TWO WEEKS, THEY NOW TAKE THAT AWAY TOO!!!!!!!! UNLESS WE FIGHT FOR IT, THERE WILL BE NO ADDITIONAL TIERS!! THEY ARE NOT GOING TO GIVE US ANYTHING OUT OF THE GOODNESS OF THEIR HEARTS. THEY DON'T HAVE A HEART!!!! WE HAVE GOT TO SEND EMAILS, MAKE CALLS, SEND FAXES AND I MEAN EVERYYYYYYY DAYYYYYYY!!!!!!! NOT JUST ONCE AND THEN STOP, EVERYYYYYY DAY. CALL REID, CALL PELOSI. EMAIL THEM, FAX THEM. I MEAN EVERYYYYYYY DAY!!!!!!! ALSO, UR OWN STATE SEN AND CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN. EVERYYYYYYYY DAYYYYYY!!!!!! TELL THEM WE NEED THESE ADDITIOANL TIERS TO SURVIVE. ALL WE WANT IS TO SURVIVE AND WITHOUT THESE ADDITIONAL TIERS, NONE OF US WILL MAKE IT. IF WE DO NOT BAND TOGETHER ON THIS, WE ARE ALLLLLLLL AND I MEAN ALL THAT ARE ON UNEMPLOYMENT WE ARE ALLLLLLL GOING TO SUFFER AND THE SUFFERING WILL GO ON AND ON AND ON. OUR KIDS, GRANDKIDS, OUR WHOLE FAMILY WILL SUFFER RIGHT ALONG WITH US. HOW MANY OF YOU ARE VERY CLOSE TO HAVING TO TELL YOUR CHILD THAT THEY MAY NOT HAVE THAT WARM BED VERY MUCH LONGER, THAT WE MAY HAVE TO SLEEP IN OUR CAR????????? THAT DADDY OR MOMMY DOESN'T HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY THE MORTGAGE OR THE RENT AND WE MAY BE LEAVING OUR HOME. HOW MANY OF YOU ARE VERY CLOSE TO NOT HAVING FOOD FOR YOUR CHILDREN??????? HOW MANY OF YOU RIGHT NOW, LET YOUR CHILD HAVE THAT LAST PIECE OF CHICKEN AND YOU SAY NO, I'M NOT HUNGRY KNOWING THAT YOU ARE BUT KNOWING THAT THIS MAY BE ONE OF THE LAST MEALS THAT YOU HAVE TO PREPARE FOR YOUR FAMILY , SO YOU LET THEM HAVE THE FOOD AND YOU SAY NO I'M NOT HUNGRY, BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE NOTHING LEFT, NOTHING COMING IN OR THAT YOU WILL SOON HAVE NOTHING COMING IN TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY?? YESSS, THIS IS AMERICA, WE ARE AMERICANS BUT THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW, IN THIS COUNTRY, IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, MAYBE EVEN IN YOUR HOME TO SOME OF US THAT HAVE EXHAUSTED ALL OF OUR BENEFITS OR WILL SOON EXHAUST ALL OF THEM. CALL, EMAIL, CALL, EMAIL, CALL, EMAIL AND THEN CALL SOMEMORE. WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE THESE ADDITIONAL TIERS!!!!!!!!!! WE HAVE GOT TO FIGHT FOR THESE TIERS!!!!!! IF I CAN HELP ANYONE IN THE WAY OF PHONE NUMBERS, EMAIL ADDRESS, PLEASE CONTACT ME. MY EMAIL IS bkbullfrog@yahoo.com


Too Late for Tier II
Comment posted March 15, 2010 @ 4:56 am

If I understand the article correctly since my Tier I is exhausted in May 2010, I won't be eligible for Tier II at all? Though my state has over 6% unemployment.

Is anyone able to make heads or tails of it? I have read that if you exhaust your Tier I, II or III after April 3 – you are not eligible for further benefits.

Scary times.


hopelesslyconfuseducuinewbie
Comment posted March 15, 2010 @ 9:38 am

Hey everyone – I was laid off January 12, 2010 and therefore still have the majority of my 26 weeks left – running out approx. August 1, 2010. I got online to research EUC in case I am not able to find suitable employment by the time my regular 26 weeks runs out and have spent the last 1.5 hours trying to find the answer. So not only am I now panicked by knowing that there are people who have been on UC/UI for 99 weeks, I'm completely confused about this bill extension. Will I be able to progress through the tiers if I am unable to find employment by the time my 26 weeks is up? I am certainly hoping to find a new job but will sleep better at night knowing whether or not I have a little extra time. Thanks :)


Too Late for Tier II
Comment posted March 15, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

EUC is a federal emergency extension that provides up to 53 additional weeks of unemployment benefits. In November, 2009, Congress passed a record-long extension of federally paid benefits up to 99 weeks. The House and the Senate passed measures in December, 2009 to extend the filing deadline through the end of February.

Congress and the President approved extending the dates Employment Security can pay emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) benefits by two months. EUC was scheduled to end on December 31, 2009, and has been extended until February 28, 2010. Payments were scheduled to end May 31, 2010, and now are scheduled to end July 31, 2010.

Lawmakers in both chambers had initially introduced bills to push the deadline to apply for benefits as far back as 2011, but House Democratic leaders compromised the effort in order to speed up the process of getting the bill through the Senate.


bergcycles1
Comment posted March 15, 2010 @ 10:59 pm

I just called and found out that my benefits run out in two weeks! I thought I had another teir in the bank but I dont. I have been e-mailing Reid, Pelosi all day about adding new Teirs. And I hope everyone else does too. ITS OUR ONLY HOPE.:(

http://reid.senate.gov/contact
http://www.speaker.gov/contact

DO IT AS MANY TIMES AS POSSIBLE.


yvonne
Comment posted March 16, 2010 @ 2:08 am

IT IS MONDAY MARCH 15, 2010 AND I AM WRITING THIS TO LET EVERYONE KNOW AND ESPECIALLY THOSE IN FLORIDA THAT A PBS PRODUCER IS COMING TO FLORIDA LATER THIS MONTH TO DO INTERVIEWS ON A VARIETY OF TOPICS AND ONE IS UNEMPLOYMENT. SHE WOULD LIKE TO INTERVIEW THOSE OF US ON UNEMPLOYMENT AND I THINK THAT WE NEED TO GET THE MEDIA INVOLVED IN THIS ISSUE OF ADDITIONAL TIERS BEING NEEDED. THIS PBS PROGRAM WAS FORMERLY THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER. THE PRODUCERS NAME IS DIANE LINCOLN AND SHE CAN BE REACHED AT dlincoln@newshour.org OR YOU CAN CALL HER AT 703-998-2184. ALL OF US NEED TO GET INVOLVED AND GET THE MEDIA TO WORKING ON THIS FOR US. SENATE AND CONGRESS WILL LEAVE FOR SPRING VACATION ON THE 28TH OF THIS MONTH AND WE NEED TO DO ALL WE CAN TO GET SOMETHING DONE ON THESE ADDITIONAL TIERS BEFORE THIS DATE. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE REST OF YOU BUT I DON'T HAVE ANY TIME TO WASTE AND MY BILLS ARE GETTING FURTHER AND FURTHER BEHIND EVERYDAY. THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE NOT IN FLORIDA, PLEASE CALL MS LINCOLN AND ASK TO SPEAK WITH HER AND MAYBE SHE HAS SOME ADVICE ON WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT YOUR STATE AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT. WE MUST, MUST , MUST GET THE MEDIA INVOLVED IN THIS. I AM MAKING CONTACT WITH LOCAL TELEVISION STATIONS HERE IN MY TOWN AND NEWSPAPERS IN HOPES THAT SOMEONE WILL LISTEN TO US AND HELP US GET THESE NEEDED TIERS. WE HAVE GOT TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THE NEED THAT IS HERE AND THE SUFFERING THAT IS GOING ON NOW AND THAT WILL ONLY GET WORSE. WE NEED THE MEDIA TO HELP US DO THIS. REMEMBER WE ONLY HAVE A COUPLE WEEKS BEFORE THEY GO ON VACATION AND THEY HAVE NO WORRIES WHILE WE ARE OUT HERE STARVING AND GETTING EVICTED AND FORECLOSED ON. GET THE WORD OUT ANYYYYYY WAYYYYYY YOUUUUUU CANNNNNNN!!!!!!!! WE NEED THESE TIERS. IF I CAN HELP ANYONE WITH EMAIL ADDRESSES PHONE NUMBERS PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND DON'T FORGET TO CALL REID AND PELOSI EVERYYYYYY DAY AS WELL AS YOUR OWN STATE SEN, AND CONG. DO THIS EVERYDAY!!!!!! NOT JUST ONCE AND STOP. U CAN REACH ME AT bkbullfrog@yahoo.com


bergcycles1
Comment posted March 17, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

I just read on Yahoo that a bill has already passed the House and Senate that will extend benefits to those who ran out. But it has hit a snag because now their tusseling over how to pay for it. Good news though. I guess.


brian
Comment posted March 18, 2010 @ 2:19 am

To bergcycles1, are you speaking of REAL extended benifits OR are you speaking of the filing deadlines that only helps folks who basically just started their extensions? There is a MAJOR difference. I haven't seen anything today, March 17, 2010, where the House has voted on anything to do with anything to do with the “extensions”. All I've seen is them on the Health Care crisis and I figured (although hopefully I'm wrong) that Congress couldn't or wouldn't discuss anything to do with the unemployment UNTILL they settle the Health Care battle. So I hope you're right that Congress indeed passed an extension on benifits for those who have run out of benifits and not just the filing deadlines.


Jim
Comment posted March 18, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

Sign the tier 5 petition!

http://www.change.org/actions/view/the_99ers_ne…


unemployed teacher
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 10:35 pm

Dear President Obama…please extend unemployment extension at least through December of 2010. I have been looking for a job daily…including applying for minimum wage jobs. I haven't even been able to find a full or part time job that pays this wage! Many employers are taking advantage of this situation…such as the gentleman that I studies for (and passed) his tax service test. Passed it with flying colors…but he led all of us along and only hired his first class of graduates…and not any of the second class…of which I was a part of. We wasted so much time on his false promises!
Its excruciating to be unemployed and stressful too. I have eliminated all “frills” and lower thermostats, lights and etc. I have 4 different types of resumes and have exhausted all “network” connections.
Unfortunately, all “utility” companies have become vultures, my heating gas, electricity, water and trash bills rates of dramatically risen sharply…IN SPITE OF MY CONSERVATIVE MEASURES!!!!
HELP US PRESIDENT OBAMA! PASS THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION!
P.S. I am on the first extension (20 weeks) and am worried!!!!


cherylchay
Comment posted March 21, 2010 @ 1:40 am

Thanks for that Yvonne,now tell me President Obama signed the bill this week so will funds be available before the senate and congress go on their SPRING VACATIONS,for screwing up our lives?We can't vacation,we can't feed our families,pay our bills but they go on break while we scrape the bottom of the barrel.Excuse me,don't they work for US ,the ones who are looking for help?When will they release the funds.Yu=ou know?


cherylchay
Comment posted March 21, 2010 @ 1:53 am

Thanks for the info,but do you know when will these funds become available?The unsimpathetic idiots go on break3-28-2010,so will we be blessed to be able to feed our families for Easter a decent meal?Excuse me ,they DO work for US,WHO DON'T HAVE JOBS,VACATIONS,BENEFITS,MONEY, FOOD TO EAT AND FEED OUR FAMILY,CAN'T PAY OUR BILLS,ON THE VERGE OF HOMELESSNESS ,but they get to go on spring break,right and live in their fancy homes and contemplate the next move how to break us and make our life miserable. Is that right? Something is definitely wrong with this picture,you think?


bergcycles1
Comment posted March 23, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

Sorry. That was only for filing deadlines I guess. Its sad. It seems like they dont understand that this bill does nothing for people who have exausted all weeks. Or maybe they just dont give a damn! I think theyve given up on all of us.

THE ONLY WAY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT IS TO CALL SENATORS AND TELL THEM TO SUPPORT ADDING A TEIR 5 TO UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION! AND HERES THE NUMBER:1-866-220-0044

this is the Senator switchboard. call and tell them to send you over to Senator_______ please!


Debbie
Comment posted March 25, 2010 @ 11:31 pm

We need a Tier V, not an extension to filing. If they are going on Easter vacation then they need to add weeks to Tier IV or add a Tier V. If Tom Coburn wants spending cuts someplace then he can start with the salaries of the Senators and Representatives!


Debbie
Comment posted March 25, 2010 @ 11:39 pm

As of right now, it doesn't help you at all.


NakoaGnosis
Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

Right now this minute they are speaking on unemployment extensions in the senate, on c span 2 and the republicans are blocking it, it doesn't look like they are going to approve it until (maybe”) after easter break…. this doesn't look good for us people republicans suck!!


Allan Wilson
Comment posted March 30, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

Washington Elitists Ignore JOBLESS USA – What part of The FIERCE URGENCY of NOW don't they GET?
Washington takes yet another vacation while long term JOBLESS benefits have run out. Either Congress doesn't know how bad the jobless in this country are suffering or they simply do not care. Clearly the unemployed face this Economic Tsunami alone.

Once again all of washington went on vacation without any concern for long term unemployed who are left with expired unemployment INSURANCE.
Capital Hill and returned to their own districts, back to their mansions, fabulous meals, fancy cars and opulent lifestyles without doing anything to assist millions of long term unemployed Americans who are facing financial disaster and worse.

When you consider the average senate salary (before perks) is $170K per year and the average long term jobless benefits were $239.00 per week, it is very clear how out of touch these Washington representatives are with the struggles of the Main Street Americans who put them in office. As a direct result of their indifference toward the unemployed (and NOT the Health Care Reform issue), Washington incumbents realistically face their own unemployment come this November.

The long term unemployed are angry about some Capitol Hill cronies who have openly expressed their opinion that jobless benefits make Americans lazy and unmotivated to seriously look for work. They cannot seem to comprehend the fact that even the most diligent job search efforts cannot land jobs that simply do not exist. The main stream media also has been sorely lagging in their coverage on this important subject, thus millions of unemployed Americans are uniting to send Washington a message when they reconvene in mid-April. Just to name a few of the efforts aimed at getting both Washington's and Media attention are:

1) Marches are being organized in every state with the help of Craig's list
2) A petition site where you can quickly send letters of support for the cause to your Washington Reps. View the petition : The 99ers need a Tier V added to Unemployment Benefits
3) A YouTube video push to go viral: Exposing the lie about HR 4213 -Tier 5 to Survive:The MOVIE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEDDTxRrtK4
4) Phone-in/FAX/Email/Twitter campaigns supported by:
Unemployed-friends.com http://unemployed-friends.forumotion.com
Washingtonwatch.com http://www.washingtonwatch.com/bills/show/111_P…
Tier 5 Unemployment Extension Needed!!! http://tier5.webs.com

It is shameful that 6.5 million long term unemployed in this country who have exhausted all tiers of emergency benefits cannot get the help they need from the Washington elite who have so much, due in part to the Americans who pay them handsomely. It is pretty clear that we are not getting our moneys worth from Washington.


valerie
Comment posted March 30, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

Call the local numbers in Reno and Las Vegas for Reid. You will get someone on the phone!! Call NOW!!


debracline
Comment posted April 2, 2010 @ 1:13 am

I have been on unemployment for over a year now i went to college and got a degree today alone i have went to over 100 places to either be told i am over quatifed or they are just taking resumes i get my last check this week tier 4 how are we suppose to feed and cloth our children and be able to send our children to school and pay the rent and try to keep the house.I feel that congress has put us in this postion things should have been done a long time ago. I voted for President Omaha and i do like him But i think he should referece the situation and say that he wasn't the President and he was about to lose everything he has 2 children how would you explain this to your children with ther tears not knowing what is going to happen tommorow.Michigan is bad off we do need futher extensions on the unemployment untill the job market gets better which is not going to happen overnight because its already been over a year.Please don't you realize that Michigan needs help.Debra Cline in Michigan


Nate
Comment posted April 2, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

The Army is looking for people.


Lezlie
Comment posted April 5, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

My husband and I are both unemployed. He has exhausted his benefits and got on the second Tier or the EUC just a week ago. I have 3 weeks left of my original 20 weeks. We search for jobs daily! I can't even get hired at a fast food place because I am “over qualified” and they fear that when jobs open up in my field of expertise that I will quit and take a better paying job (like who wouldn't), our government is out of touch about what is happening in the streets of it's own country. We are not lazy, we are not asking for a hand out. I have been in the work force for over 30 years now and NEVER been on unemployment before. I just don't understand. WE elect these people to watch out for our best interest but it is obvious that THEY are not doing what they were hired to do. If they were ordinary citizens and worked for any ordinary company they would have been fired.


Jim
Comment posted April 6, 2010 @ 3:00 am

They don't understand that even if I am unemployed I can still vote and believe me I'm taken names.These people in congress will not have a job come election time after the bull they pulled this year.All they care about are their buddies and the little games they play with peoples lives but this year with millions of unemployed we will make a impact they won't believe.


curiousgeorge11
Comment posted April 6, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

Yeah the army is looking so great since these veterans are able to find jobs after the get home. (SARCASM)

1 out of every 9 veterans are unemployed.
If this country can't provide jobs for people who risked their lifes to save it, I think the rest of us are screwed.

Also, I can't wait for November because it's time to clean house.
Both the Dems and Repubs have their own faults.
The way I see it the “cloture vote” is at the fault of both parties.
Reid could of easily said, hey were not going anywhere until we resolve this.
The Republicans however are hypocrits.
The defecit is only an issue when it doesn't focus around their agendas.
Regarding our lovely President he should really focus on the larger problem at hand, Unemployment/Job creation. I think his conquest for Health care reform is a bit overplayed.

How many millions of unemployed Americans does it take to start a revolution?


Mad as hell
Comment posted April 7, 2010 @ 4:35 pm

what we the people should do since we cant find jobs to pay our bills is not to pay any bills, credit cards, mortgage, fhone , utilities etc. since the same people at Wall Street are the same in Washington, the only language they understand is money.No taxes, everything starts falling apart, no bonuses for congress(wall streeters) then they will be force to do the job that they were hire to do, instead of spending time doing nothing but giving themselves raises and benefits that most of us can only dream of getting.One congressional raise equals the salary and benefits for most of us.Useless jerks.


No plan yet for making unemployment benefits retroactive at Mashed Up Blogger Substance
Pingback posted April 12, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

[...] extending the filing deadline for unemployment benefits through the end of the month — a proposal not to be confused with the creation of a new insurance tier. That deadline came and went April 5, pushing an estimated 200,000 folks out of the program since [...]


Tammy Burgeson
Comment posted April 12, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

no tier 5 so going homeless now! used all 99 weeks… and don't even have Gas money to get to another Interview and stand in line with 500 people p.s. this 30 days they put though today does not help us that used all our extensions and them extending it for another year does not help us either so now will live on the streets. do they give food stamps to the homeless? went from making 45,000 a year to this and because i was laid off! wow!


NoHelpWhatsoever
Comment posted April 12, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

What they are voting on today is useless. The point IS that we have no more weeks, extending the Damn deadline does nothing… Why are these people even in office?


Guy
Comment posted April 13, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

Dear congress and senate, please do not ask me for your votes anymore because you have FAILED.


Cindi
Comment posted April 13, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

Go to Change.org and sign the petition


Cindi
Comment posted April 13, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

Go to change.org and sign the petition


Cindi
Comment posted April 13, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

go to change.org and sign the petition


Cindi
Comment posted April 13, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

go to change.org and sign the petition.


hit the phones
Comment posted April 13, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

hit the phones people. this is the only thing that works. i just got off the phone with my senators office, and they reported that they have not got many calls from people who need a tier V. hit the phones, explain your plight, and demand help from your reps


marnie17
Comment posted April 13, 2010 @ 7:36 pm

I was just reading, as I'm sure many of you have, that targeting the media is the only way to go at this point. I know it seems pretty daunting and depressing but we can do it if we all commit ( or at least some of us!)to at least email a media outlet.


bergcycles1
Comment posted April 13, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

Sorry. That was only for filing deadlines I guess. Its sad. It seems like they dont understand that this bill does nothing for people who have exausted all weeks. Or maybe they just dont give a damn! I think theyve given up on all of us.

THE ONLY WAY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT IS TO CALL SENATORS AND TELL THEM TO SUPPORT ADDING A TEIR 5 TO UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION! AND HERES THE NUMBER:

1-866-220-0044

this is the Senator switchboard. call and tell them to send you over to Senator of your choice. DO IT NOW!!!!! LETS BLOW THEM UP!!!!!


bergcycles1
Comment posted April 13, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

Sorry. That was only for filing deadlines I guess. Its sad. It seems like they dont understand that this bill does nothing for people who have exausted all weeks. Or maybe they just dont give a damn! I think theyve given up on all of us.

THE ONLY WAY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT IS TO CALL SENATORS AND TELL THEM TO SUPPORT ADDING A TEIR 5 TO UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION! AND HERES THE NUMBER:

1-866-220-0044

this is the Senator switchboard. call and tell them to send you over to Senator of choice please!


bergcycles1
Comment posted April 13, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

Sorry. That was only for filing deadlines I guess. Its sad. It seems like they dont understand that this bill does nothing for people who have exausted all weeks. Or maybe they just dont give a damn! I think theyve given up on all of us.

THE ONLY WAY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT IS TO CALL SENATORS AND TELL THEM TO SUPPORT ADDING A TEIR 5 TO UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION! AND HERES THE NUMBER:

1-866-220-0044

this is the Senator switchboard. call and tell them to send you over to Senator_______ please!


jh443
Comment posted April 15, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

You can also sign the petition requesting a Tier V. When you sign the petition, it automatically sends an email to your representatives! Please flood their Inboxes with your signatures!

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_…


invisableamerican
Comment posted April 15, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

I agree with so many of you here. Unfortunately for myself, i made some bad choices over 20 years ago and im not allowed to vote. It was petty nothing serious. However i encourage you all, more like plea with you all for my daughter and myself. Do not let one seat in the senate , congress or the Whites house be sat in by the same person again. Until there is a standard reestablished by “we the people ” that the “elected” will serve “our” needs and “actual best interests” the only thing the “elected can be assured of is that his replacement IS coming. And whats up with these guys that NO LONGER HAVE TO PAY for there health care for the rest of there lives know about what it takes on the middle class or lower to actually be able to feed your family's and have health care? Oh ya and while on unemployment! Or what was unemployment . I claimed my last full weeks last time around and now like many of you I am left in what seems to be a hopeless situation for me. I have no vehicle because my truck was repossessed by the bank because i just couldn't pay it anymore. With work scarce if at all, the gas would rip what money you had in your pockets right out! Well I just pray that everyone the votes , does it for the the right reasons.
No to reelections!


Pam
Comment posted April 15, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

I have a question,if you have just exhausted tier 4, are you eligible for any additional weeks that are going into the existing tiers,or are we just totally out of extensions until they form tier 5? I just left the tier 4 level,am I understanding that they are extending an additional month onto these tiers as well as tier 4?


CAFranco
Comment posted April 15, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

Oh yes the John Crow law, doen's you state give you rights to vote back. Twenty years ago seem to be too long. In Florida the ACLU took them to court, and now evern before theyy leave prison you get your civil right, vote but cant carry a Gun. Even people that never went to prison and did provation can get their rights back now pretty immedietly. The Florida State used to have a system where the bureocrats could drag their feet and ask you to go up to Tally for a hearing. Some of their desicions wher base on the mood they were in that day and not on the case of the person. Some people that did some pretty bad thing got their rights and people with victim less crimes depende if the hearing officers where in bad mood that they would give them there rights people got to get attorneys and the ACLU finally got that off and made every one equal. Just to get to vote they were disfranchising a lot of Black voters.

But I keep saying lets send your representatives to the Unemployemtn line so they feel how it feels.


CommonSense
Comment posted April 15, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

If you have completed all the weeks available under Tier 4 then you have currently exhausted all the Unemployment Benefits available to you as currently there is no Tier 5, unfortunately Congress is not even discussing the possibility of creating a Tier 5. All the hoopla of the Unemployment Extension deadline is for filing for available Tiers up to Tier 4.


michael84
Comment posted April 15, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

Im in the same boat as Pam and very confused??My tier 4 ran out March 28th ive been with out any money coming in to my house hold for weeks .Do people like me get the 30 day extention? being there looks to be no new tier v ever coming??


Suburban Guerrilla » Blog Archive » Tier V Petition
Pingback posted April 15, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

[...] is gathering signatures to petition Congress to add another tier of unemployment benefits. (No, the just-passed legislation doesn’t do a thing for people like me who have just exhausted their 99 weeks of benefits [...]


Laura
Comment posted April 16, 2010 @ 3:18 am

Right now, nothing is available after Tier IV benefits run out.
We need Tier V (or additional weeks beyond the current Tier IV benefits).

Sign the petition at:

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_…


Margaret
Comment posted April 16, 2010 @ 7:08 am

Where does the 99 weeks come from? I only received 79 weeks and the UI benefit office said I have no more benefits yet everywhere I look online I see the 99 weeks offered.
Where are my 20 missing weeks?


Mike Lillis
Comment posted April 16, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

Works like this. State benefits are 26 weeks. Then the federal help kicks in, for a maximum of 53 additional weeks divided among four separate benefit tiers. (Eligibility for some tiers depends on what state you live in.) So the max total between those two programs is 79 weeks. But some states also offer something called the Extended Benefits (EB) program, which is a joint venture combining state and federal funds for a maximum of 20 additional weeks of benefits (though some states offer only 13). So when you see that 99-week figure, it represents the max total of the three programs combined: state benefits (26 weeks); emergency federal benefits (max 53 weeks); and the EB program (max 20 weeks). Check with your state labor department about eligibility rules.


Pipster
Comment posted April 16, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

We need Tier 5! sign the petition at:

http://www.change.org/actions/view/the_99ers_ne


Silentbutsmart
Comment posted April 16, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

Just received a letter today saying “this is your final UI payment”

I just exhausted the state of GA 26 weeks payments. I thought I would get EUC. Where do I go sign up for that? But I am confuse because it seems like I missed the deadline for EUC?

sigh there isnt nobody hiring in GA!


LEE
Comment posted April 16, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

YOU GUYS WERE DUPPED. HAHAHA. IT WAS FRAUD TO LET YOU ALL THINK YOU WERE GETTING AN EXTENSION. THEY DON'T NEED YOUR SUPPORT I GUESS, BUT TO LIE MAKES THIS HORRENDOUS. I'M SHOCKED THE GOV WOULD DO THIS TO YOU GUYS, SORRY, BUT IT'S SAD, BUT I CAN'T STOP LAUGHTING BECAUSE THIS WILL NOW BACKFIRE. THE DECEITFULL WILL PAY BECAUSE FAMILIES STICK TOGETHER AND THIS EFFECTS EVERYONE AS THEIR PAY HELPS US WITH OUR EXPENSES. SHAME ON THE LYING MEDIA, BUT WORSE WAS CONGRESS TO NOT MAKE IT CLEAR. SCOTT BROWN MUST BE SO HAPPY SINCE HE VOTED FOR EXTENSION, THEN TAUGHT HE WOULD BE SPOILER. WE ARE ALL PAWNS. THIS IS INSANE.


carol
Comment posted April 17, 2010 @ 11:29 am

I was only on tier 111. Unemployment told me I would not receive tier1V because I was not already on tier1V the last time congress passed extention. So they actualy hurt me by passing the extention. In 1 week my tier 111 is over, so I no longer can receive any more unemployment. According to the Mi. unemployment office. I don't get it???


micha
Comment posted April 17, 2010 @ 11:59 am

Here in Ohio we have what is called a “Benefit Year”. This is based on when you first filed your original claim. EX: Filed September 15th,2009 then one can receive regular unemployment and euc for 12 months from this date. So “Benefit Year” for the example to get regular ui payments or euc would be 9/15/2009-9/15/2010. Chedk your benefit year and this maybe why you cannot go on to collect for tier iv.


ironpriest
Comment posted April 17, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

Now what are supposed to do. I'm still been looking for a job the past year and a half. I guess turn to crime now.


Kimberly from Texas
Comment posted April 18, 2010 @ 2:20 am

You are correct, however, we hear all the promises these people make when they run for office, only to find out very shortly into their elected term…THEY LIED!!!!! So, when you vote, keep in mind…you are voting for the BEST LIAR!!!
All of us that are on the verge of eviction and starvation should park ourselves at the doorsteps of these politicians and maybe they will invite us in, put a roof over our heads, and feed us until all this mess THEY GOT US IN blows over.


bob d.
Comment posted April 18, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

i'm running out of benfits in june. that will be 60 weeks. can i find out if i could be extended or do i have to see in june.


davellooll
Comment posted April 18, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

you sign up on the georgia dol website at the bottom of the screen where it says extened benifits


Michelle
Comment posted April 18, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

Dear Fellow Unemployed Americans,
Please go to change.org, read the letter to Congress and sign the petition. Also copy and paste it into the email section of each congress members website. Also CALL their offices.

We need 10,000 more signatures for the petition. Your voice can move mountains. I spoke with Speaker Pelosi's office. I was told that they tally up the type of calls at the end of each day to see what is taken to the Speaker as a serious issue.

If this is not serious, nothing is.

Let's make them stand up and pay ATTENTION to us, the VOTERS!

The best of luck to all.

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_…


trace1000
Comment posted April 18, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

Senator'shone numbers

http://www.senate.gov/general/resources/pdf/sen…


Will benefits extensions be enough for unemployed jobseekers?does it mean for jobseekers?
Pingback posted April 19, 2010 @ 11:20 am

[...] There’s been a lot of confusion about what the new legislation will and won’t do, creating a serious headache for already frustrated job seekers. With more than six million Americans out of work for more than 27 weeks, many might have set unrealistic hopes for the new federal money. Over at the Washington Independent, Mike Lillis lays it out this way: [...]


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Comment posted April 19, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

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KColumbo
Comment posted April 19, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

Does anyone else find it simply frightening that Congress is apparently so out of touch with the dire circumstances faced by the long term unemployed in this country? We are those who have faced the lack of jobs in this country for the greatest length of time, were upheld by unemployment insurance benefits to which we are entitled as American workers/taxpayers, who suffered career and job loss due to no fault of our own. We are now left with ZERO income, having exhausted the series of benefits extensions. By the way, that unemployment benefits and extensions are ever positioned as a “gift” or some kind of “benevolent gesture” is completely inappropriate. Unemployment insurance was established for emergencies like our current recession so stop representing it as anything other than an insurance plan which now must pay its policy holders. How is it that we are simply disregarded and left to flounder in this continuing grave situation of no jobs? Is there some idea that after 99 weeks we are no longer deserving, or that we are suddenly able to find employment in this festering recession pit? Someone please explain the rationale of no Tier 5 to all of us who now see foreclosure and homelessness as a real and looming possibility. Seriously, of the people and for the people???? Or is it just of SOME of the people and for SOME of the people?? What is the basis of dismissing the long term unemployed?


XY
Comment posted April 19, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

No Tier V, I am so outraged right now, my area has no jobs, I have been applying at places for a year now, and nothing. My unemployment ran out in March 2010 and now they saying that the extension is not for people who exhausted their balance already!!!! I have called the Senators, sent them letters and also letters to my Governor. How could they not help out the ones the have ran out of unemployment??? Now, I will have to rob a bank or if I could and know how, I'll rob the f#%king Senators.


XY
Comment posted April 19, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

Don't become homeless!!! I will not, I refuse it!!! It is no fault of my own!!! Our congress has no real clue what is going on in the real world. They fight and argue amongst themselves (Republican and Democrat). Our children have seen what we are going through and have suffered along with us. This is and will be an end to the 2 parties, there will be a political revolt to remove the 2 parties from congress for good.


Revolt
Comment posted April 19, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

I call for a revolution!!!! Get these corrupt parties out of congress (Republican and Democrats) whether it be a political revolt or a bloody revolt, it does not matter any more. If you take a poll on how the American feel about congress, our voted officials and representatives. I guarantee you that it will be a landslide victory on how horrible they have done and are doing for the past decade!!!!

We need to remove them now!!!! Politically or with arms, it don't matter to me, I am in either way!!!! Just get these F#%ks out. They are not helping the people unless they see that it will benefit them.


Joe Smith
Comment posted April 19, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

WE ALL NEED TIER 5 sign the petition now!

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_…


Revolt
Comment posted April 19, 2010 @ 5:12 pm

Why the hell would we join the army???? Fight for a cause that's not our own and for congress, a congress that is not even helping us now!!!! The big picture in this war is not on terrorism, its on establishing this country's power in the middle east for what is to come. Trying to get closer to Iran and see what they are up to!!! And also it gives this country a ground for an assault should N. Korea step out of line!!!! That right there is the truth. The media is fed BS from the Government, the Gov uses the media to bring the morale and hopes up for the American people letting them think that what WE (our military) are doing the right thing by finding terrorists. It's never been about the terrorists, they are made up ghosts just so we can step foot over there in the middle east and establish our POWER!!!!

Do not join the Army, if you do, you have given up and you let congress win.


XY
Comment posted April 19, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

Count me in on the Revolution!!!! I call for a political revolution!!!! Remove the current heads of state and clean the house of congress out. Anyone accepting bribes in congress from this day forward will be punishable by death as what congress does affects the lives of millions. We need to stop congress from taking bribes and pocketing money with wall street.

But 1st we need to remove our current congress from office!!!


Outraged
Comment posted April 19, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

Why would they leave the 99'ers out in the cold? This hasnt been any easier on us. Im losing my home, already lost both cars because I couldnt afford them, because of that I am being sued by the financial institutions my credit is ruined and for what? This is the way I wanted my life to be? Give me a break, at least if they arent going to extend our benefits tell the creditors to get off our a$$ until we can figure things out. Why do we have to lose EVERYTHING for something that isnt our fault. Other countries get millions of dollars from us, but the Americans, we the people who worked hard for many many years have to sit and watch our dreams get taken away.

I have contacted the president, my states representatives, signed the petition

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_…

We need help! So HELP US!


Laura
Comment posted April 19, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

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robert foster
Comment posted April 20, 2010 @ 4:15 am

We can see how much the American people matter in DC. If the banks need money, or if they want to spend unlimited money on the wars, its just fine. But the unemployed can just starve. Thanks Congress and Senate. And they wonder why no one trust the government?


gwendolyn mcdowell
Comment posted April 20, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

i have exhausted all tier of benefits and is still without work and is a single parent trying to put daughter through school, it wouldnot hurt to create another tier for us thousands who has exhausted their benefit until jobs start flowing like it use to be Congress need to vote soon to help us out.


Betty Smith
Comment posted April 21, 2010 @ 4:13 am

Lawmakers should continue to help all of us at least through Dec 2010. Employers are starting to interview again and perhaps this is the slow beginning of recovery. It's shameful to allow those with exhausted benefits down now. Our road has been long and bumpy. It's infuriating that we help so many others outside this country with trillions of dollars, but would deny $300 per week subsistence money to the long-term unemployed. Sad, sad, sad.


veronica richie
Comment posted April 24, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

what about people who have exhausted tier four are we not citizen of the united state help us make our way back we did not ask for the hell hole of economic


barryreichman
Comment posted April 25, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

The lack of additional tiers is a disgrace. We did not create the atmosphere in which there are many unemployed an few jobs but will be forced to suffer anyway. When you run out of tiers you drop off the statistics and when that happens the picture brightens. The people will still exist but not the numbers. This is apparently the CHANGE we were all promised when we voted. Maybe the long-term unemployed should just drop dead and stop being a burden to a government that has many issues but very few answers.


Spyder09
Comment posted April 27, 2010 @ 7:27 pm

Well is anyone shocked that they lie, that is the norm when it does not effect their pockets and bills and welfare, the promise was to take care of us all til or through the end of the year if needed. Hey but as you see they just keep telling us lies, but the biggest lie thats being told is things are getting better, hmmm who is it really getting better for ??? not me not all the other 200,000 people that have used up all their 99weeks of unemployment. The real trick is to say well unemployment claims have gone down this month, hmmmm here is the truth if you have 200,000 peolpe that can't claim I guess it would go down, so things are not better we just can't claim so it gives the false sense of security that gives birth to a lie. Why don't they come down to the Wal-mart parking lot and ask the guy thats living in his Van if things seem better. Why don't they come dome to the Savannah unemployment office and ask all the people in there if things are getting better, well if they can find a parking space. I just wish they all would stop with the lies and just tell us we're going to screw you like we do most times. Then if things were not bad enough those wonderful retards and no insult to real people that have mental problems, the Republicans stand back and say well unemployment makes people not want to work, well you never see them checking it out for real they just sit in their cushy offices away from the real people that helped to put all that money into their pockets and they just think of bull crap. I think they should pull their pay for two year and give them what the unemployment is in there state and shut down access to all there money and let them live off $250.00 dollars a week and see if they can pay there bills and then while living from check to check let some jerk like themselves say hmmm he looks like he does not want to work. By the time they get off their sorry behinds we are so far behind in bills we spend months trying to play catch up, because they have to make us suffer first because that is what they do. We all know they need to pass a 5th tier of unemployment but in their eyes we have not suffered enough.and they just don't give a damn that why they are voting on everything else except that 5th tier. trust me when I say they will wait to the last second like always if they pass it at all.


Change.org
Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 7:06 am

Tier V Petition
http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_…


about 2 be homeless in jersey
Comment posted April 28, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

I think that it is truly wrong for congress too forget about people that have exhausted all of there benefits how are we suppose too live,eat, pay bills seeing as how this fake ass bill for two months of benefits does'nt apply to those that have been through tier iv. i was using my benefits to search for work all over my state of new jersey and i live in jersey city tell what local politicans,senators,wont be getting any votes from me or the hundres of jersey city residents i have spoken with come election time.


jamesmarty
Comment posted April 29, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

I am in tier 4 and I am only getting 4 weeks why? and is there a tier 5 next.


pro2847
Comment posted April 29, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

Sign the tier 5 unemployment extension petition. Congress is more inclined to react when large numbers are made public. The stories are great, but the petition gets reactions by officials. The number of unemployed continues to increase and we should signify our positions by petitioning our numbers.

Tier 5 petition link:
http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_…


BINKLAND
Comment posted May 2, 2010 @ 4:52 am

All of us that are out of work for so long can really blame all of this on our congress rushing to give our jobs to China. They are using the banks as a scapegoat to blame them for the downfall of the economy. So what? People had mortgages that were worth 20%-30% more than what their homes were valued at but they were all working and buying new cars and furniture and other stuff and then POOF! No more jobs! China now has those jobs and when everyone started defaulting on their mortgages and other bills the banks were exposed. And now we sit here for a long time with only unemployment because McDonalds won't even hire us and now the unemployment is gone. Gone because the same rats that hurried our jobs overseas are the same rats that are telling us that we don't get anymore unemployment extensions. What were they really thinking when they sent our jobs overseas so quickly? They are only concerned about the rich. Nothing else. And we all suffer. I figure that my family and I will be homeless in about 3-4 months. Incidently, take a look at the way China's economy has grown in leaps and bounds, all in the double digits. George W. was peeing in his pants with delight as he hurried jobs overseas and watched the hard working middle class crumble to their knees. He literally laughed in our faces. Remember this at election time. Because I'm madder than hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!


Ismael
Comment posted May 2, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

NO, TIER V, SIGN A LETTER TO CONGRESS to
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DawnNJ
Comment posted May 4, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

I've worked hard and with pride since I was 17yrs old. I'm 35 yrs old and have been unemployed for 2 yrs. I had a high paying corporate job. I can not even get CVS or Walgreens or even Dunkin Donuts to hire me. I guess I'm over qualified. My benefits ran out 2 weeks ago. I'm sad and feel very beaten down. What are people like myself to do? My salary was less than a 1/3 of what it was on unemployment yet it kept a roof over my head. I'm willing and desperately wanting to work but not getting any interviews. The state temporary services is willing to help very little. I will be homeless in 1 month, lost my entire 401K and my credit is destroyed. Its a disgrace to this country that people like myself are in this situation. BRING THE JOBS BACK MR. PRESIDENT & CONGRESS! AT THE VERY LEAST ADD TIERS OF UNEMPLOYMENT UNTIL THE JOBS COME BACK.


Bridget
Comment posted May 5, 2010 @ 1:48 am

I was informed last week that all of my benefits have been used up and I was only on Tier 3. I only had 72 weeks of unemployment payments and my Cobra insurance is ending in two weeks and I have been trying this entire time to find a job. I am diabetic and don't know what I am going to do without a job and insurance or any money coming in at all. It is really ridiculous. I have worked continuously since I was 16 years old and payed all of my taxes. I have never had to depend on assistance in any way and now that I really need it, it is not there. We are a plentiful nation and seem to have funds for any other country that needs it, but don't have funds to help our own people. Something is really wrong here. I have applied for jobs that I am over qualified for and get no response. I just want to work! When will they realize what we are going through?


though123
Comment posted May 7, 2010 @ 11:50 pm

my unemployment started november 29, 2009 and ends on may 29, 2010 and the deadline to receive extended benefits is may 22, 2010. so i get just the regular 26 weeks of unemployment. i hear alot of people complaining about needing a fifth tier, i cant even get to the first tier. THIS IS NOT FAIR. how some get 99 weeks and others only get 26 weeks. how do you feed your family and pay your bills. does anyone know if obama will entend the may 22, 2010 deadline?


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randy
Comment posted May 11, 2010 @ 11:47 pm

Im on my 2 tier why am i only recieving 13 weeks i thought it was 14 weeks
I live in California


Larry
Comment posted May 14, 2010 @ 2:05 am

Dawn- I have been out of work since July 2007 I know the feeling! Please write, I will share a story with you that will blow your mind!
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ejy
Comment posted May 17, 2010 @ 7:18 am

Oh My God! How will I support my family? How will I pay the electricity or gas bill? What will the unemployed who have exhausted Tier IV do? There will be CHAOS! PANDEMONIUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOMEONE, PLEASE HELP!


dms
Comment posted May 18, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

Fire Congress-recall all of congress and let them see how it is. Let Congress take a 50% pay cut they can afford it. Give the older workers and the long unemployed a tier V in fact it is not charity they have paid for it all the years they worked.


MICHIGAN
Comment posted May 19, 2010 @ 12:15 am

WE SHOULD GET TO GATHER AND RUN A PROTEST MEETING !!!


Dawn
Comment posted May 19, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

Please make an tier 5 extension. I know several who need this. They have child support to pay and daily living expenses. They have looked for jobs but, there is nothing out there.

Thank you!!!


People First
Comment posted May 19, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

Persons on unemployment make under $400 per week, in which they have held jobs making far more and lived a life style based on their job salary. The extreme decrease in having to be on unemployment is really 'poverty level' for them. The unemployment income is NOT enough to make ends meet as it is and most unemployment reciprients have to apply for welfare benefits if they have two or more children or a senior to take care of. Under these few circumstances alone, I am wondering why the senators and representatives these same unemployed persons voted into their office jobs will NOT pass legislation to make sure as many unemployment extentions as possible pass until our government gets back on track and more jobs open up in All STATES. Do our congress care more about GM Cars than they do the people? Congress bailed them out. If people don't have mioney or jobs how in the world will they be able to buy a car? This doesn't make sense.


Atlenta
Comment posted May 20, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-437859

Dear President & Mrs. Michelle Obama, Senators, & Congressmen,
 
Starving Americans are beginning to sell all of their belongings just to survive because there are no Tier V Unemployment Benefits.
 
Please enact as quickly as possible legislation for those of us, the majority of whom are over 40 years old, well educated, and responsible Americans,  who have exceeded 99 weeks without securing gainful employment. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR. I beg of you speaking for the thousands of Americans out of work.
 
Some say that  80-90% of those receiving unemployment spend it as fast as they receive it. Based on the amount that is received by any recipient of unemployment benefits, it is easy to do. All one has to do is review one's monthly budget to truly understand that the individual receiving these benefits, according to our own government standards, is at the poverty level. The reason I say this is because when one collects unemployment they are unable to collect food stamps which implies one has to be at or below the poverty level.
 
In the interim of finding a job I can't express how many people attempt to scam others who are down and out instead of trying to help one's neighbor. I have had people call me to tell me they want me to be part of a executive team headed by Donald Trump. Unfortunately these days it is far more common not to know one's neighbor under the notion of everyone trying to mind their own business.
 
Mrs. Obama, you cannot grow enough fruit and vegetables in the White House Garden to feed the thousands of Americans who have lost all unemployment benefits beyond 99 weeks.
 
I understand that you don't have beets in your garden. I didn't plant them because I was afraid that the growing period would be longer than I would be in my home because of the fact that I am now in imminent danger of losing my home because I am 6 months behind in my mortgage payments because I am out of work and exhausted all of my 401K funds to pay healthcare bills, fuel, and lodging. On top of all of this I was in a vehicle accident where my entire car this week had been total loss.
 
Please let this be your first and utmost cause not photo opportunities of you talking to kindergarden students!
 
Len Pasek
http://www.atlantaphotographer4hire.com
Tel: 770.751.5942


David
Comment posted May 20, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

We need a loud a voice as possible to get congress to add a Tier 5 benefit. There have been several petitions active. Sign them if they are still open. We at nojobsurvivor close out our petition et the end of the month. Lets keep the noise level high until congress cannot ignore.

Please sign. Link to the petition site is on our front page.

Thanks in advance.


Michael
Comment posted May 20, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

West Central Minnesota needs Tier 5 benefits Some of the larger communities are Willmar, Benson, Morris, Appleton, Ortonville, Madison, Montevideo, Granite Falls, Canby, Marshall, Redwood Falls. Employers that I have talked too said that a job posting in the local newspaper and they get about 300 job applications for that one job. One large employer tells their employees on Friday if they should report to work the following week. One weeks of pay was tough enough on the monthly budget. There were a couple of months last year when they only worked two weeks for the month. Some parents are asking their relatives in other towns if their child can live with them after graduation and look for work. Some large employers are doing 32 hour weeks so before they hire anyone, they need to get their existing staff upto 40 hour weeks. It will take a long time for that to happen. Some are trying to sell their house so they can move to a different area and look for work. You can get an okay house out here for $20 to $40k. I have talked to several people who were lucky enough to keep their job that absolutely refuse to help anyone get hired in their company. Doing so adds to their job security. So nice to hear that people worth several million dollars get bailout money. Government helping out millionaires instead of helping out entire communities.


lorraine
Comment posted May 20, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

Please Please help. People need the tier V just to live right now. Utlilty bills, food, mortgage and so many more important things are needed to be paid. We have nothing!! Why can't our government take care of their own people almost like they do themselves. I bet none of them are wondering how to feed their families.


jay
Comment posted May 20, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

All the money paid out in unemployment is Peanuts compared to the money that we constituents paid out for the Wall Street Bailout. Not to mention Greece, and now the Oil Spill.
For goodness sakes politicians – Help Out Your People!!
Elections are always around the corner and we will Not Forget it if our needs are neglected!


Mike
Comment posted May 20, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

Should we be reliant on our Government to live? Yes people need help and a safety net. Most of all people need to find away to help themselves. We need a fishing rod not a fish.


EJY
Comment posted May 22, 2010 @ 2:02 am

THE SAD PART IS THAT CONGRESS WANTS TO GIVE THE MILITARY BILLIONS TO FURNISH A STEALTH BOMBER THE MILITARY CLEARLY SAYS THEY DON'T NEED AND WON'T USE. JUST ON THE NEWS, THE TOP MILITARY ADVISOR SAYS HE WILL ADVISE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO VETO THE BILL CONGRESS HAS PASSED ON THIS PIECE OF EQUIPMENT THAT WILL NOT BE USED BY THE MILITARY, YET GE WANTS TO CONTRACT TO MAKE IT. MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON EQUIPMENT THAT WILL NOT BE USED BY THE MILITARY. BUT BECAUSE WE ARE IN TWO WARS, CONGRESS WILL APPROVE PRACTICALLY ANYTHING THAT COMES UP — WITHOUT REALLY KNOWING WHAT THEY ARE APPROVING! YET, WHEN IT COMES TO THE STRUGGLING UNEMPLOYED CITIZENS OF AMERICA, THEY STAMMER AND REFUSE TO ALLOW ONE DAMN ADDITIONAL TIER OF UNEMPLOYMENT — TIER V. I HATE THAT I EVEN VOTED THIS YEAR, THEY ARE ALL PATHETIC UNCARING POLITICIANS IN THE END. THEY COULD HELP IF THEY WANTED TO. THEY ARE EVIL AND SELF-SERVING. IF IT'S NOT HAPPENING TO THEM, THEY COULD GIVE A DAMN. ARROGANT AND UN-MOVED BY WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED ALL OF THEIR LIVES. PEOPLE, PLEASE REMEMBER THIS EVENT WHEN IT IS TIME TO GO TO THE POLLS. VOTE THESE BASTARDS OUT OF OFFICE. AND IF THIS IS THE WAY THE GOVERNMENT TREATS YOU WHEN YOU ARE COMPLETELY OUT OF ALL YOU LIVE ON TO SURVIVE, DO YOU REALLY THINK YOU CAN RELY ON THE GOVERNMENT FOR HEALTHCARE?


EJY
Comment posted May 22, 2010 @ 3:00 am

IS IT ANY SHOCK THAT ALL OF CONGRESS IS A LIAR? EVERY SINGLE REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATOR! DO YOU BELIEVE THE LIES THAT DRIP FROM OBAMA'S MOUTH WHEN HE SAYS THIS COUNTRY IS DOING BETTER? THAT UNEMPLOYMENT HAS DROPPED? MAYBE IT IS TO HIM, IF HE DOES NOT INCLUDE THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT CAN NO LONGER CLAIM AND HAVE EXHAUSTED ALL BENEFITS! THEY ARE KICKED OFF THE ROSTER, AND LEFT TO WANDER AIMLESSLY WITHOUT ANY DIRECTION, NO JOB, NO NOTHING. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE OBAMA WILL NOT DISCUSS. I AM SO ANGRY WITH CAPITOL HILL, I SIMPLY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO! JUST INCREDIBLE TO COMPREHEND THAT THESE RICH PEOPLE DON'T CARE AT ALL. YET, JUST THIS VERY DAY, I WITNESSED A WOMAN GIVING HER LAST $5 TO ANOTHER LADY WHO COULD NOT AFFORD HER MEDICINE AT A WALMART PHARMACY. IT WAS MOVING TO SEE — IT'S A FACT THAT THE POOREST OF CITIZENS ARE WILLING TO HELP ONE ANOTHER, WHILE THE RICH WHO SIT IN CONGRESS ARE TOO STINGY TO PASS A BILL IN ORDER TO HELP — AS IF THE MONEY IS LITERALLY COMING FROM THEIR PAYCHECKS — AND IT IS NOT!


EJY
Comment posted May 22, 2010 @ 3:02 am

AND ONE MORE THING, PRESIDENT OBAMA CAME FROM A SINGLE MOTHER WHO RELIED ON FOOD STAMPS. SO IT'S NOT LIKE HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO SEE THE ROOF CAVING IN — HE KNOWS FIRST HAND, SO I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY HE WON'T COME TO THE AID OF THE PEOPLE. TIER V, OBAMA, NOW!!!!!!!!!


Joyce M Buckles
Comment posted May 22, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

It is asham that these elected officials will let millions of unemployed workers lose everything that they have worked for all their lives and can`t find work because CONGRESS will not pass a tierV till the job market picks up.If congress don`t give us help,remember election time is November and we will remember that when we cast our vote.It is the Government fault that we are out of work because all of you voted to do business out of the country


needshelpfast
Comment posted May 22, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

I am just in ewe of the hardships going on today. Who can we SCREEEEEM at!!! No one is listening. We NEED a tier V to keep us alive! Why isn't anyone in washington realizing it??? My husband and I have worked all our lives (we're 62 & 67) and now we have to BEG the rest of our lives because we can't get enough help to even keep the home we've worked so hard to get, or even EAT enough food to stay alive.


david@nojobsurvivor.com
Comment posted May 22, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

P.S. The petition can be found at http://nojobsurvivor.com/


Linda
Comment posted May 23, 2010 @ 12:33 am

Tier V would help me to pay most of the $14,400 balance on my house. I don't want a foreclosure at $14,400. Where are the jobs? Oh yeah, I am over 55. How do I pay the mortgage. Tier V would help tremendously. Linda


Deane
Comment posted May 23, 2010 @ 3:35 am

I am a member of what is commonly called the “99ers”. At age 60 I find myself competing with 4.5 others for each job posting. These are not good odds by any measuring stick.

To our representatives and others who say the “99ers are lazy”, “99 weeks is enough” or “there are not enough people complaining” I would like to ask and receive a reasonable, logical answer to one question. That question is this, if as the Labor Department website states, there are 5.5 unemployed persons for every job offering in the United States and if every one of those positions were filled miraculously tonight by one of the currently unemployed, what would you suggest the other 4.5 persons do tomorrow morning when they awake to find not a single job available in the nation and they are still unemployed ? How do we as a nation squeeze 5.5 people into every single job opening?

Based on Labor Department figures I suggest that number would be in excess of 20,000,000 Americans with no job and not a single job opening. What are they supposed to do at that point. Consider this as well, although every job has not been filled, the 4.5 unemployed who would not find a job if they all were filled are in the same boat as if all jobs were filled because there are no jobs available for that number of unemployed. They are unemployed now and will be unemployed tomorrow no matter how hard they look for work, no matter how qualified they are for the job.

The unemployed will not be employed until this country has jobs for them and that is not going to happen for a long time.

President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Government should do for the people what the people can not do for themselves.” I suggest that the people can not create millions of jobs for themselves and therefor it is necessary for the government to do what it can to create new jobs in this country. Until then the government must assist the unemployed with the means to survive which needs to be done with extended unemployment of some kind no matter how long it takes.

The average Joe the Plumber person on the street did not create this mess! We do not have the tools to fix it by ourselves. Government must do what President Lincoln referred to and it must be done now.

How are we as the population most affected by this economic mess going to pressure our representatives into doing the right thing since they can not seem to do it on their own ? We have tried faxing, calling, emailing and snail mail for weeks and what have we accomplished? From my perspective, we have accomplished absolutely nothing of any significance.

Faxing, calling etc does not work because our representatives do not answer their publicly listed phone numbers. They do not receive our faxes and they do not read anything we send. Seriously, they do not read the bills they sign that affect hundreds of millions of people why would they read or pay any attention to anything less?

Let us look at history to find out what works. What our representatives pay attention to is bodies. Bodies in the form of protesters at their front door. They pay attention to these bodies because the media shows them on TV. Bodies in your way get everyone's attention. I suggest the unemployed stage a protest in Washington DC in numbers that no one can ignore.

I realize we can not afford to fly into DC in mass and gather in front of Congress but we can hitchhike there if we are desperate enough. Imagine the effect thousands of unemployed heading towards DC on the highways of America with their thumbs out would have. We could wear an armband that would show to the world who we are and what we are doing. Ultimately, we would all be gathered in the same place as those who gathered against the Vietnam war. We would be marching together from all corners of the nation just as those who marched in Selma with Reverend Martin Luther King. Those demonstrations ultimately changed this country and we need to call upon this form of protest again.

I believe if thousands of people were sitting everywhere there was an open spot in Washington DC that no representative could ignore the situation a minute longer. A sea of unemployed people who have walked, hitched a ride or crawled to express their needs and demands in person will have an effect that no amount of calling, faxing etc will ever produce.

Calling, faxing, complaining, blogging etc will never affect our elected officials because they don't read or hear the message. They will however “see” the message on prime time TV if thousands of messengers are sitting outside their window.

This would not be easy, many of us do not have money for food, rent etc and venturing out for such a cause would require bravery and determination we may not have had to call upon in our lifetime. However, would you be any worse off while thumbing across America? I don't think so. Peaceful protest “in person and in mass” is sadly, the only way to get our point across in any meaningful manner.

When do we start ?


EJY
Comment posted May 24, 2010 @ 12:42 am

The sad truth is as bad as it is exhausting all benefits — can you imagine where we would all be under Bush's reign? It's hard to comprehend that a president who has been OUT of office damn near two years, and the entire USA is still hurting from his administration. You can rest assure, with unemployment benefits under him, you would have received 26 weeks FLAT. NO MORE. Can you imagine how worse off we'd be? As if things aren't bad enough now — but looking back . . .and underneath this rage, I can still thank President Obama for at least, EXTENDING the benenits. 99 weeks — and I didn't get the entire 99 weeks, but that would not have been considered under BUSH. And to President Obama's credit, — he has passed extensions, and I believe he would pass more — but the damn GOP fight him on every decision he makes! They SCREAM he's spending too much money — as if they really give a damn — they sure didn't when BUSH threw this country into two wars, bankrupted the nation, and now, we are all out of jobs wondering what the hell to do next. The GOP keeps blocking any help OBAMA tries to send out — so we should realize what is really going on — Call that damn Sen. Baucus and tell him he should NEVER say 99 weeks is sufficient, when everyone unemployed didn't get a full 99 weeks, and the worst of it is, unemployment is at an all time high in every state. EVERY ONE. So until the job situation gets better, he should vote for extending it. Direct your anger where it's due — Obama does what he can — but the right wing idiots block him at every turn. They would rather argue and present every reason in the world NOT to pass Tier V, while we suffer and in the midst of losing everything, we blame Pres. Obama. He gets the grunt of all the anger and madness, while those GOP bastards are the real reasons we are not getting any extensions!


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Rodney Adams
Comment posted May 24, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

A country is no stronger than its weakest link. This country should take care of its own first. The poor people out of work is what the weakest link is. We are the ones who put money back into the economy. So please extend the unemployment benefits to everyone out of work. till we find a solution to the job market. We really cant help anyone outside of our country till we strengthen our own country first. Then we can help others.


CATHERINE
Comment posted May 24, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

THIS IS GREAT, BILLIONS TO IMF TO BAIL OUT EUROPE – AND 10.5 BILLION IN CA AND 3 BILLION IN ARIZONA TO PAY FOR ILLEGAL CRIMINAL ALIENS, TIMES 50 STATES…………YEAH DEMOCRATS YOU GO AHEAD AND DON'T DO A TIER V — THAT MAKES NOVEMBER A DONE DEAL, DOESN'T IT?
CATHERINE
COMING UP ON ELECTION DAY – BAILING OUT BANKS, OTHER COUNTRIES, ILLEGAL CRIMINAL ALIENS AND WALL STREET AND AIG AND THOSE POOR WORTHLESS TIER V UNEMPLOYED GET NOTHING…………….GO GET A JOB YOU LAZY PEOPLE…………….YEAH THEY SAY THAT LAUGHING AS 475,000 MORE PEOPLE LOST THEIR JOBS LAST WEEK – OH YEAH LONGTERM UNEMPLOYED SHOULD HAVE AN EASY TIME SINCE THEY ARE ONLY LAYING OFF 475,000 A WEEK FOR THREE YEARS NOW…………………..

DEMOCRATS YOU ARE SOON GOING TO BE UNEMPLOYED AND BE SHOCKED HOW OUR GOVERNMENT IGNORES OR MAKES FUN OF 21 MILLION PEOPLE…………..YOU JUST SENT 60 STUDENT LOAN EXECUTIVES TO UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE HEALTHCARE BILL……………AMERICA – THE DEMOCRATS DON'T CARE ABOUT HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT BECAUSE THEY CARE MORE ABOUT ILLEGAL VOTERS AND THEY WON'T CUT THEIR CASH OFF……….

BUT YOU TIER V UNEMPLOYED, OILYBAMA SAYS YOU ARE THRU AND THE DEMOCRAT REGIME AGREEES………


CATHERINE
Comment posted May 24, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

OH HOW WRONG YOU ARE – the democrats took TOTAL CONTROL OF YOUR FINANCES IN 2007 – THEY HANDLE EVERYTHING EXCEPT TAXES AND SECURITY AND OVERSIGHT…………THEIR POLICIES WERE TOTALLY IN PLACE IN 07 – JUST WHEN DID YOUR ECONOMY DIE??? THIS FREAKY FACIST TOOK A BAD WAR SITUATION AND DOUBLED IT………….DOUBLED IT…………..HE TOOK A HUGE BUDGET DEFICIT AND TRIPLED IT………..TRIPLED IT………..

BUSH SPENT A LOT WITH TWO OF THE WORST DISASTERS IN HISTORY BUT THIS FREAK AND HIS CZARS HAS SPENT MORE IN 16 MONTHS THAN BUSH DID IN 5 YEARS ——– HOW IS THAT OILY KATRINA WORKING FOR YOU…….TOOK BP'S MONEY AND THEN WAIVED THE EPA RULES, YOUR FREAK…………..

YOU CAN'T BLAME BUSH FOR THE RUINATION THIS COMMIE IS DOING TO US……………GM BEGGED FOR A BAILOUT AND BUSH SAID NO, THIS UNION LOVER BAILED THEM AND DUMPED BILLIONS OF WORTHLESS PENSIONS ON THE TAXPAYER TO PAY………..

I WOULD LOVE BUSH'S 4.2 – 7.2 UNEMPLOYMENT NOW, HOW ABOUT YOU?????, HOW ABOUT THAT 14,000 STOCK MARKET BACK…………..GUARANTEE WHEN YOU GET YOUR TAX BILL IN JANUARY YOU WILL BE KISSING BUSH'S ASS TO GET THOSE TAX CUTS BACK

AND HEY GUESS YOU ARE OKAY WITH 4 MUSLIM FANATICAL ATTACKS IN 16 MONTHS, GUESS YOUR GRANDMA WASN'T SITTING NEXT TO THE PANTY BOMBER OR YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER WASN'T KILLED AT FT. HOOD……………HISTORY IS GOING TO LOVE BUSH AND HIS HANDLING OF TWO OF THE WORST DISASTERS IN HISTORY………………..HISTORY IS GOING TO PUT YOUR FREAKY FACIST UNDER CRAZY CARTER, THAT IS IF WE SURVIVE THIS FREAK……………….YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE EVERYTHING IN NOVEMBER, THE COUNTRY TRIED TO TELL YOU BUT YOU GUYS ARE JUST TOO ARROGANT TO LISTEN…………….SO WE ARE THROWING YOU OUT.


AnnB
Comment posted May 25, 2010 @ 9:33 am

…and you are the freaky fringe fanatic, the hateful sociopaths we fear. You mold and mangle facts to suit your argument, and you are so laughably ignorant about prior administrations that you have come off as a buffoon and a racist here, as well as probably 100 other blogs you rant on each day.

Under whose administration were bad mortgages written, homes unable to be paid for, when the bottom fell out of residential construction leaving hundreds of thousands of tradesmen unemployed, while simultaneously dropping the bottom out for smaller banking institutions bartering mortgages, and for homeowners who were granted loans that they would never be able to repay and instead lost their homes?
ANSWER: The Bush Administration.

Under whose administration were we thrust into an unwinnable war, sending national guard troops virtually unarmed, with weapons and vehicles not suitable for sandstorms and soft terrain, all the while being told “The troops will be home by Christmas. We must find the Weapons of Mass Destruction.” ANSWER: The Bush Administration. (GW was hellbent to hand his daddy the head of Saddam Hussein, and he did. Hussein, who was a tyrant, but was at least able to control the religious zealots of his land.

Who created one of the greatest deficits, caused the country to split down party lines till we bled, encouraged and fostered off-shore outsourcing, and saw the end of millions of jobs lost during his very administration, leaving a huge mess that could never be cleaned up in one four year term with ANY man as president?
ANSWER: George Bush.

…and who sat reading (or more likely just looking at the pictures) in front of a classroom full of children, as our worst fears were whispered into his ear, and he knew at that very moment that he should have heeded the warnings of several members of his own staff, and military strategists, who had warned him that disaster was imminent right down to the very week it happened?
ANSWER: George W. Bush.

So, remain useless to the rest of us… stay as you are.. a whiny, useless a**hole, wail and moan and kvetch on a blog. Or, for once in your life, get off your fat stupid ass and make some kind of a difference.

Either that, or get thee to a mental health professional: Masses doses of lithium might take off the psychotic edge.


AnnB
Comment posted May 25, 2010 @ 9:51 am

..so who is “we”, Catherine? You, FOX News, Charles Manson, Sarah “The Clown” Palin, and a bunch of teabaggers?

Certainly, the republicans will not be involved in your “throwing out” efforts. They are far too busy playing partisan politics, cock-blocking the current president at every turn, at any sign of change, so that it is them, the republicans, who make US government daily business look like a less organized, more immature version of the Keystone Cops on CSPAN.

“F” is the letter of the day. Filibusterers, Fringe, religious Fanatics.

Bet you're all for mixing your inane religious beliefs with my state, aren't you? Ah, how forward thinking of our forefathers to disallow the merge of church and state, and how shrewd their abilities to foresee these lunatics centuries prior to their emergence from the woodwork?

Ah…. life is good.

The rest of you? Get angry, but do not share in the anger of a group. Those who gather, are getting nothing done. Turn your feelings of helplessness into anger at your situation, become more aggressive, more marketable, more “in your face” with interviewers. SELL YOURSELF OR THE NEXT GUY IN LINE WILL GET THE JOB.

I was out of work for 18 months, took advantage of small business loans, and now have my own consulting firm, as well as a full-time w/benefits job with a stable medical group.

Healthcare is where the jobs are. Adapt to it, or flounder on the last of your savings.


AnnB
Comment posted May 25, 2010 @ 10:05 am

That was the dilemma I had to overcome. Protests have a very low average at making any difference at all, and even if a compromise is reached, no change would take place in time to save our homes, put food on our tables.

We're on our own, Deane. Each of us. One by one. You need to fight for yourself and get back on your feet, waste no money on calling senators' offices, and sending faxes, and spending time in front of a federal building when you can be completing job applications.

Get angry about your situation. The protesters are not helping us. We each have to help ourselves. To join a group at this point, when the end of UI is just about here, is to ensure absolutely no future or security for you or your family.

Take even 1 online class. Bulk up your skills by exaggerating or flat out lieing on your resume if you must, to get your foot in the door. Employers are not playing fair… why should we? They are asking us questions which they are not legally allowed to ask… age…. graduation date from High School (which will give age away), or making small talk during interviews about the ages of your children (another age giveaway). Give telephone numbers of friends as business references, rent an 800# to field potential employee reference check calls, and get back into the game in a big way. Anyone who isn't filing at least 30 applications a week online, and getting at least 1 interview a month, is not working hard enough at it.

This is the first time I've been back to this site in 8 months. It was at that time that I was sickened by the mob mentality, and the fantasy fix of protest.

We are, each one of us, on our own. We must find our own strengths, make ourselves more marketable, and be ready to sell yourself in an interview. Don't go in there frightened and intimidated; HR reps smell your fear. Put on your most business like outfit, be as clean and currently fashionable as you are able (financially), get out there and wow them.

They had my self confidence in their pockets for 18 months. I reached into their pockets and took it back, and I'm making more for my endeavors than I did prior to my unemployment.

There is no point to get across. Forget unemployment…. it is fading fast. Blitz your way into a job, even an inferior job, until something better comes along.


North Capitol Street » Blog Archive » Extension of Unemployment Benefits Stalled in House
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[...] enormous jobs proposal that would extend the deadline to file for additional unemployment benefits (but not create new benefits) through the end of the [...]


Just_The_Way_It_Is
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

It's the sign of the times. With the recent oil spill our seafood supply is contaminated which means less people will purchase seafood causing a backlash effect on the fishing industry, markets, restaurants, etc and don't fool yourselves into thinking that the prices of gasoline won't jump to over $8 a gallon to defray the costs of the BP mess. All of these things have a growing effect on our economy. It's just a matter of time, people….. so better get used to living on less and less. Grass huts and adobie homes are a thing of the future. We are destined to become a 3rd world country.


Leadville Lifestyle | Blog | Report: 1.2 Million Set to Lose Unemployment Benefits in June
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[...] unveiled their plan to extend unemployment benefits through the end of the year (not to be mistaken for a plan to create new benefits), Democrats will no doubt be racing to pass the measure before June 1, which marks the current [...]


cat
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

ok we will


Janet
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 10:29 pm

Imagine, us dumb lowly Know-nothing citizens can figure this out and CONGRESS can’t! This is embarrassing. It’s the same as re-writing someone’s mortgage for them to get them off your delinquent report. How dare they think we can’t figure this out. Their ignorance is disgusting. And they want us to respect them? Never ever again. I will NEVER trust ANY POLITICIAN AGAIN.


Tonka Truck
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

Finally; someone who sees it like I do; I have been saying for a while now that the U.S. of A is becoming a third world country.


Janet
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

Whatever. The “Jobs Market” has not even remotely improved yet. So how Congress can get away with this is beyond me. THEIR JOB IS TO FIX THE UNEMPLOYMENT MESS. They have not done this, sooooooooooooooooooo benefits have to continue until THEY DO FIX IT. This whole mess was caused by “Corporate America” because “our Government” did not see fit to regulate them properly. And who got bailed out by billions? Just think. If that money went back into our unemployment system and was doled out to America's very desperate citizens who have been unemployed for 99 weeks or longer, it would circulate back into the system as we buy the food, clothes, etc. that we need to survive. But these BIG SHOTS say we are lazy and enough is enough. Well we'll see how they react when the news we start seeing everyday shows the violence and crime that will come from this as our citizens slowly but surely end up on the streets. It will be a whole new world in this fine country of ours. I don't know about anyone else, but, I'm truly afraid. “We The People” no longer matter to the leaders of this country who are sitting fat up on the hill. But guess what “We The People” can do. We can vote them all out. The is our right as citizens. So all you big rich ignorant Congressmen, Senators, (Oh, and let's not forget the powerful “Change” President O'Bama)enjoy the ride for now, because when we become “boss” on election day, WE WILL REMEMBER. Oh believe me, I did not vote for Obama, but neither am I impressed at all with John McCain. They should both be ashamed of themselves. They don't see us, they don't hear us, they don't care about us. So Sad


Janet
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

Hey ANN B. Guess you have a job huh? Are you deaf, blind and dumb? Who cares who did this. It's done, and needs fixed. It was a disgusting mess when O'Bama got elected. HE WANTED THE FRIGGIN JOB. Now he's got it. So now he has to DO HIS JOB FOR THE PEOPLE WHO PUT HIM IN THE CHAIR. How dare you ridicule anyone who is suffering in this way now. I guess we all Know that you are a staunch Democrat, but who cares. This is about our current administration NOT CARING ABOUT THEIR CITIZENS. You are the one who needs a mental hospital. I hate them all now. The only way I will ever vote again is to vote them all out. Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, all of them If they do not continue the unemployment tiers until they have a handle on this unemployment disaster. Everything gets top priority over this. Tomorrow, it will be something else as another one of the world's biggest conglomerates makes a new mess for us (So the good 'ole U S of A can bail out once again) Please Ann B, we don't need a history lesson from the likes of you.


Janet
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

HE'S THE PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why did we vote him in if he can't do anything for us? We all know HE COULD DO THIS IF HE WANTED TO. God I hate all the blame throwing. He has to fix this regardless of the GOP. If he can't, he needs to find another job. (Isn't that funny!?!?) He wanted this job, and he knew what the last administration did to it. HE STILL WANTED THE JOB. Well, now he has it. He can't stop the extensions he so generously started. He has to finish the job at hand. He has not done that yet. So, the extensions have to continue. If he is going to let the GOP bully him, he does not belong in office. This is not a debate. This is really happening out here. This Government as it stands today will wait for the “Violence” to begin before they finally clean out their ears. Enough said. We all need to band together as a whole (GOP's, DEM's United States Citizens, etc.)to get this fixed. Giving money back to the needy citizens is the only way to circulate it again.


Janet
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

I knew it. You have a job. You lucky ignorant jerk. Go blogg to someone else. You think you can't go “under” tomorrow? Huh!!! We shall see. Tell me something. Would you be blasting us like this if you were still out of work? Did you collect unemployment? If not, how did you survive? You have not told us your whole story. Any help from relatives? A husband maybe. Please Ann B – Just Go Away. You want to argue with someone about politics, try people who give a shit about your thoughts. WE DON”T


Janet
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

Only problem with this Deane, is how bad our crime rate is now. I would hate to see anyone get killed because they were thumbing to D.C. The Idea is Awesome though. If we could all get there one way or the other. It's the best I've heard yet, as we sit here in our frustration. They would still call us lazy, because here we are with all this time on our hands to do this. But job searching is so totally unrewarding. I never ever thought I would be in this situation. My last job was for 18 years. I was sure I would retire from it. Never assume. You are so right. We need to be seen, because we cannot be heard.


Janet
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

How old are you. I am now 60. I was 58 when I lost my job. I worked full time for 40 years. Never filed for unemployment until 4/2008. Never asked ANYTHING OF MY GOVERNMENT. I always took care of myself. Please stop giving advice to us. Don't you understand anything! THERE ARE NO JOBS! If you are over 50 you might as well forget it. There will be a few of us who will make out OK because someone we know will make a position for us. But we are talking about millions of unemployed people. Listen to you. If I had a million dollar wardrobe it would not matter to any HR representative. I'd get thrown over for someone younger and you know it. That is my life right now. And I work every day to find a job. Stop patting yourself on the back. You're going to hurt someone.


Janet
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

No Backbone. He does have fun parties at the White House though, huh?
Anyone can go.


Janet
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

Call your unemployment office or The Division Of Unemployment. Even if you have to stay on hold for 40 minutes (and you will) Just call and reapply. You WILL GET YOUR EXTENSION. California has a high unemployment rate. Look up your paperwork and there should be a 800 or 877 number you can call. Good Luck.


Janet
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

It's based on what the unemployment rate is in your state. Another thing that has to be changed…


Janet
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

What difference will it make. They're all to blame. Bush may have started it, but I don't see O'bama getting all teary-eyed over it. He's only president for the power (what a joke-gets bullied by the GOP every day) he already has the money. And it's O'bama's administration that is turning their backs on us. THEY ARE ALL TO BLAME. I AM NO LONGER A PROUD AMERICAN.


Janet
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

That's what we are fighting for here. We need TIER V and possibly tiers 6,7,8 & 9. Whatever it takes till the job market gets better.


Christine
Comment posted May 27, 2010 @ 12:16 am

Janet, I agree 100% with your comment, we can vote these folks out, but who will fill their shoes? I see no leaders in this country. Once the numbers of unemployed who exhaust all federal and state extensions (including Tiers 1-4) reach or surpass the million mark, I predict riots because of grievous neglect by our government of the American people. People aren't hungry enought yet! Let's see what happens when another 100,000 exhaust all UE benefits very soon.


Wake_Up
Comment posted May 27, 2010 @ 5:12 am

What good does it do to bring up the past and rehash it over and over? Regardless of who is at fault……… what is done, is done. No amount of “should've” “could've” or “would've” matters at this point. None of “us” have a say in the matter. The present government is going to do as it sees fit as did the previous government. We are all just along for the ride.


God_Help_Me2
Comment posted May 27, 2010 @ 5:17 am

Yup. And like 3rd world countries, we won't have two party leaders. We will be divided into TRIBES.


Making Lemonade Out of Lemons
Comment posted May 27, 2010 @ 5:21 am

Everyone is complaining about not having work. With the BP oil fiasco there will be 1000's of jobs to help with the clean up paying $10 or more per hour.


Ryan
Comment posted May 27, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

United we stand, divided we fall. We need to stand for more than just unemployment. We need to take our country back. AnnB would have us all give up and allow ourselves to be used as doormats. We need to stop outsourcing…..give massive tax breaks to companies that bring jobs to America while chargin exorbitant taxes to a**hole companies that just want to make an extra 10 cents on the buck. Hire on home soil or GTFO. Charge more for “Made in America” products, I don't care, we would all have jobs and the nation would prosper. Throw all illegals out. What other country can you think of that is more lenient than us regarding turning a blind eye to illegals. Our immigration policy is not unjust, people in America are just in some wierd, touchy/feely, mr. sensitive ponytail man funk. We need to worry about America, not every other GD country in the world. Let them fight and squabble amongst themselves, WHO CARES!?!?! It has always been that way, since the beginning of recorded history. Land becomes scare, people breed like rats, and fight for more land to accomodate. Stop this ridiculous war on drugs. It is exspensive and allows Mexico to make a literal TON of money off U.S. citizens while selling them unregulated drugs. Who cares if somebody wants to smoke a joint, or do whatever. If they die, it is their choice. If we did these few things, we would be back on top in NO TIME. It is really time to stand together to make the government listen to us, “WE THE PEOPLE”. We cannot stay divided any longer, it is as slitting the wrists of freedom. Imagine what we could do if we all stood together…..not a few but MOST. This is OUR COUNTRY.


Steve Morrow
Comment posted May 27, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

Very well articulated Janet – next we need internet voting so people won't have to brave the danger found out on the street as the homeless rob and loot. Everything will be delivered, even complicated health care.


Julie Ann
Comment posted May 27, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

They have money for what they want. It is always the USA helping other nations, but they never help us. I am finding less jobs to apply to, not getting calls for interviews, and only scammers email me from overseas offering work. What am I suppose to do for income? I want to go back to work. Please help me find work if you don't want to give me more extensions!


Mark S.
Comment posted May 27, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

I was at my local park yesterday, and during the middle of the day, it is all middle age unemployed. We talk about how long we are out of work, interviews that flopped and all sad stories. I don't hear that ANYONE received an offer. Do you want America to work and generate tax income? I want to keep my skills fresh and utilize them, but WORKING.


Melanie
Comment posted May 27, 2010 @ 4:56 pm

I agree with your idea although you don't have to go to DC. We need to organize all the unemployed state by state, Set a date and everyone go to your state building Bring your signs How about it how would it look to have thousands of people begging in front of your Capital. Its hard for them to ignore us if we meet them coming to work with all our news crews at hand. Bring your tin cups and your children. won't that look nice on the 5;00 news! I keep hearing what we can't do, well how bout it this is possible and it would be very effective.


frankie n..
Comment posted May 27, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

ive only been on it for 11months..and ran out may22…it wasnt 99..weeks..how do people get 99weeks,i kept signin up and it started a new claim but with an active issue..it says i have money in there from the first two quarters i worked in 09..buti cant get cause i didnt find a job in a set period..what is this?..will i be one of the ones who will get an extention if it passes..i dont know..and i think the 99ers desevre more also itsbad out there…email me please if u can answer or on here..thanks and goodluck!


JOHN
Comment posted May 27, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

To most liberals and many economists, the first $787 billion economic stimulus bill (H.R.1) didn’t do enough to promote job growth and general recovery given the depth of the recession caused by the 2008 financial crisis. The national unemployment rate, for example, is still at 9.5%, and in areas that were hit especially hard by the recession, the unemployment rate is still going up.

So, the Democrats have prepared a second, smaller stimulus bill of about $127 billion in new short-term spending called the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010, and they are planning to hold a vote on it in the House on today. Late on Wednesday night, the bill was revised. Here’s what’s in the final bill.

The single largest item in the bill is the single most stimulative form of government spending — the bill would extend unemployment insurance benefits until the end of November 2010, at a cost of about $40 billion. This provision is designed to help the long-term unemployed who have exhausted their state-based benefits and are in tiers 1-3 of the federally funded extension. The bill would not add a fifth tier of benefits, but would extend the filing deadline to November 30 for people in tiers I (20 weeks), II (14 weeks) and III (13 weeks for states with unemployment rates above 6%) whose benefits are expiring and are looking to move into the next tier of benefits. The current filing deadline for these extended federal benefits tiers is May 31. The bill would also extend COBRA health care benefits for unemployed workers until November 30.


EUV
Comment posted May 27, 2010 @ 11:04 pm

here's where the billions went, for states to keep teachers and police from having to collect week one of unemployment benefits, (don't you wish you were at week one?), that to help keep the unemployment numbers down for dems, even more than all of you dropping off. (Which you do, don't let them lie to you) Then they hold out a carrot to anyone losing benefits later in the year and still might vote for dems for possible benefits. You have been written off. Donut anyone?


scottprojects reebo
Comment posted May 28, 2010 @ 5:27 am

congressmen are delusional .time to sell all your belongings.


scottprojectsreebo
Comment posted May 28, 2010 @ 5:42 am

bush was a retarded jackass


North Capitol Street » Blog Archive » Unemployment Benefits Likely to Expire June 2
Pingback posted May 28, 2010 @ 11:15 am

[...] As a possible Plan B, Senate Democratic leaders might offer a much smaller proposal Friday: a $4 billion package to provide a 14-day extension of the programs scheduled to expire next week while Congress is gone, including unemployment benefits, COBRA health benefits, payments to Medicare doctors, SBA loans and flood insurance. (None of the proposals under consideration would create new tiers of unemployment benefits.) [...]


North Capitol Street » Blog Archive » House Passes Unemployment Benefits Extension
Pingback posted May 28, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

[...] The House on Friday approved legislation to extend the filing deadline for emergency unemployment benefits through November. It does not create new benefits. [...]


summer001
Comment posted May 28, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

Great article! This is the first article that actually explains what is really going on and what is at stake. I know this from being unemployed and hoping to get an extension past the 26 weeks but most employed people do not understand and think all unemployed people can collect up to 99 weeks.


Michigan and Pissed off
Comment posted May 28, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

call 202-225-0100 Nanyc Pelosi and give her your thoughts, tell her to fly commerical or to walk we do not want to pay for this out of tax dollars. Bombard that twoface dem with calls. I will vote rep in the future because of her and this Tier 5 extension. Call 202-225-0100 house speaker Nancy Pelosi and I just called, she is getting nonstop calls on this matter. Call, Call, Call or stop complaining about Tier 5 extension.


Denise
Comment posted May 28, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

What is congress thinking. These fools are going an vacation again.
Millions more Americans are going to be homeless very soon. Can't they see tha catastrophe unfolding. WAKE UP…THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED HELP NOW.. Add a tier V before it is too late.


scott d. hansen
Comment posted May 28, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

it's time to put ALL of the idiots on unemployment..let's see how they like it.REMEMBER this come election time.Maybe we should start investigating there spending a little closer.they waste more money in one year than we can make in ten.Congress doesn't seem to mind that their little stunts are causing people to go hungry and homeless.Are these the kind of people we want running our government???


Norma
Comment posted May 28, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

Julie Ann.. I hear you! Right now, my husband is into his 3rd and right now, final week of TIER I federal extension. I got on here to find any news of an extension! Every week you apply for 3 jobs, at least. However, every week you search, the list grows by 2 available! The jobs you applied for the last week and the week before that, are not far down the list! HOWEVER, according to the guidelines, just cold calling or sending letters with a resume do not count as a job search. RIDICULOUS!


George Streeper
Comment posted May 28, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

It is amazing that Congress can come up or create a urgent EMERGENCY with all kinds of resolution and legislation concern Banks, Automakers, Credit Card Companies, Health Care Co. Oil Business, etc, etc. But when it comes to the citizens that put them in office they cant find time to even stay focused on something that effects over 15 million unemployed taxpayers.

Its not that they can claim that they don't know, or that they did not realize. They are well aware of the situtaion that their voters are in. If there was ever an emergency or an urgent call for help it is now. People on unemployment and Cobra are not there because the want to be. They are there because of the actions of Congress over the past 20 years which lead up to this Crash.

The Banks and Auto Makers are given Billions of dollars becasue they are in such bad shape and are going out of business. Yet in less then 8 months, they are able to repay all the money that they borrowed and now report that they are doing great making Billions of dollars in profits in the past quarters.

SOMETHING IS WRONG, SOMETHING SMELLS, SOMETHING IS CORRUPT

Meanwhile Millions of voters who are unemployed and the only connection they have to reality is there unemployment and Cobra are being notified each and every day that their benefits have expired. This leavesmost un employed and uninsured, for where are they to get the funds to pay for insurance and put food on the table.

Congress does not seem to care, they have delayed discussion, compassion, and passage of extensions for this TRUE EMERGENCY instead they decided to let it lay while they go on Holiday.

I believe each and every one of these pompus elitist corrupt politicans should be sent on permenant vaction come Novermber and every november to come until the wake up and realize they are there to work for the people not big Business. They all Stink.


Matt B
Comment posted May 28, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

We need to stop complaining on sites like this and start spending our time writing to our Congress and Senate. Write to all of your Gorvenment reps. This is an election year and some of them will soon experience the heartbreak of the unemployed.


dee
Comment posted May 28, 2010 @ 11:31 pm

thats not true, that only applies to those who choose to turn to thier back side and get it for free with no vasoline!!! there is power in numbers!!! no one seems to want to hear it in goverment, of course not we are the few, people who are employed dont think this applies to them so they feel no involement is best for them,.but down the line..no one is a exception, there may be family of their going thru this also or God forbid they can be the next on the chop block..Shame on those who Judge the 99ers for not seeking employment…lets look at the other side too. Employers have such a wide variety of whom they can pick for the job –payrates have been reduced as if we were illegal alliens…age discrimation also is taking place in the interviews reguarding people ages…but employers are too slick to get caught..I myself went to a agency and I was out of work since 2008..the agency had the odessy to tell me I was out of work too long and employers are looking for recent experience…Wow!!!! How do you win in this dog eat dog situation…your diss by your goverment, by potential employers, and still have to make ends meet to feed our families…Common People, dont give up keep your heads up..we need to , get media , and show our stories on our signs as we picket on the corners to show everybody there are so many people in a bad situation…without this exposure they will just pass it by and throw all the 99ers under the rug…


Making_Lemons_Out_of_Lemonade
Comment posted May 29, 2010 @ 4:11 am

@ Dee:

*** DO NOT PUT WORDS IN MY MOUTH OR QUOTE INACCURATELY.*** NO WHERE DO MY COMMENTS IMPLY THAT I HAVE A JOB OR THAT I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE 99'ERS. SPEAK THE TRUTH OR KEEP YOUR COMMENTS OUT OF THIS FORUM. *** I stand firm on my previous comment that no amount of blaming one party over the other is going to accomplish anything. I am absolutely in favor of the government adding Tier 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and however many more needs to be added.

I am someone who knows all too well what being UNEMPLOYED FOR 10 MONTHS has done to me and my family. I am the SOLE SUPPORT of my family who worked in Corporate American all of my life only to see the fruitages of my labor destroyed in less than one year. My husband is deceased leaving me to feed our 3 children and pay all the bills by myself. In less than one year I have suffered the loss of the American Dream — Our $800k home in a prestigious area of town, a brand new Mercedes Benz E350 that I worked all my life to have and several investment properties along with stocks, bonds, municipal funds, hedge funds and all of our savings. My unemployment benefits will be exhausting at the end of JUNE 2010 with no job prospects in site and I am facing the inevitable of having to break up my family and send my children off to live with out-of-state relatives while I live on the streets or with a friend. The only hope I have is that BP will fund a mass hiring effort to clean up the oil spill and I will be one of the fortunate few to work a back breaking job for minimum wage so I can keep somewhat of a minimal income for a few more months.

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not making ends meet
Comment posted May 29, 2010 @ 1:16 pm

How do expect someone whom is on unemployment that JUST covers enough for the food and bills to be able to afford to travel to south to help? I live in the far northern states of the midwest and will not have the money to travel there. If I did, I would definately be on board!!!


dee
Comment posted May 29, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

Just FYI, no one is quoting you or putting words in your mouth, you indicated that None of “us” have a say in the matter, We do, but it has to be in strong numbers and just complaining and Faxing will not get any one of us anywhere or it would have done so by now, Like the old saying….Action speaks louder than words! so if everyone who truly feels we need a tier v, then we should be trying to gather signs and express ourselves since we are always being thrown under the rug..I am also a sole provider for myself and my 3 children, I lost my husband also after 17 yrs of marriage..
We all have a story..we just need to show the public we are not lazy,we are not the reason why we are not working skeptical people will judge us and that gives congress power to hold on too, but if we tell our side people may just understand whats really going on.,since the goverment has no heart. WE HAVE TO EXPOSE AND EXPRESS OURSELVES ..


Making Lemons Out of Lemonade
Comment posted May 30, 2010 @ 1:50 am

@ Not Making Ends Meet: From what I was told by a temporary staffing agency recruiter, once they do begin recruiting people will be sent down in truck loads and the cost of transportation, lodging and meal expenses are paid for by the company doing the recruiting. In addition, the pay is weekly.


Michael Walsh
Comment posted May 31, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

welcome to the “NEW WORLD ORDER”. the objective of this order is to reduce the earths population by two thirds, a one world currency, court system, one military “Nato”. and too have complete control over everone on the planet (everyone chipped by 2017). the middle class will be eliminated. during this process many people will die from starvation, diseases etc. so things will be getting worse. good luck


Dennisthelongtermunemployed
Comment posted May 31, 2010 @ 10:46 pm

hey it's not just complaining guy! I've been in this rut for quite a while and its a sense of shock that we let the country be this way. Everyone has been complacent to “our elected” and what they are doing, at least up until the past year or two. I have written everybody that I can and have gotten lackluster responses everytime. “Oh were working on it” and “Well we passed the jobs bill with unemployment extension” well right now thats not good enough . For one I never got 99 weeks. Good Lord if I had 99 weeks I sure as hell would have saved some money from it. I got less than half of that. Thank God for being able to work under the table and ahemm… not pay taxes.


GodHelpMe2
Comment posted June 1, 2010 @ 6:59 am

If anyone out there knows of any available jobs in the Orlando, Florida area, contact me back. I am talking about legimate jobs. No stupid comments or scammers. This is serious!!! I am about to lose my unemployment benefits and I will be homeless unless I find a job SOON. I can't wait for the government to decide my fate. I need to find a job NOW and start working earning a paycheck NOW!!!!


Greg A.
Comment posted June 1, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

This is absolulely ridiculous, that anyone in the senate is suggesting the economy is getting better. We can bail out the Banks, but not the people whon did not cause the problems. I have worked my whole life. Raised Five Children and I'm being being treated as someone taking advantage of the Government. How come the executives at the company that laid me off are still making Hundred's of Thousands? You need to add a Tier V.


joe
Comment posted June 1, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

Need a tier 5 lets cut the bs and wake up congress.


jeff
Comment posted June 3, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

Just ran out of my 4 week tier 4, No money and no job. Been laid off since feb 2009. Good luck to you all! Even if you have run out of tier 4 keep doing marvin to keep your claim open!


jeff
Comment posted June 3, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

Keep doing marvin my friend even if you ran out of tier 4, Lets hope for tier 5!


Janet
Comment posted June 4, 2010 @ 10:50 pm

(To Matt B) Been there Done that. We are not being heard or taken seriously. I've been e-mailing CNN and FOX News. Maybe the media will take the ball and run with this. If they get enough e-mails they will. They have to start talking about it. Only then will Congress and the Senate stand up and take notice. Like you said, this is an election year.


Janet
Comment posted June 4, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

Save some money from it?!?!? Unemployment gives you barely enough to feed yourself and keep a roof over your head.


Janet
Comment posted June 4, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

What, this is suppose to make us happy? The long termed unemployed are the ones who have been on unemployment for 99 weeks, have fallen off, and are now receiving NO INCOME AT ALL, because the “JOBS MARKET” is still in the toilet. So this does not do anything for millions of citizens. The problem has not been fixed yet. So they have to cover our butts for a while longer. Whether they do or not is anybodies guess. I just don't trust any of them anymore. After working 40 years full time and never ever filing for unemployment benefits before 4/2008, I do not feel guilty at all by asking for another extension. This was not our fault, but WE are paying the price. The Fat Cats who got bailed out NEVER SUFFERED AT ALL. Our government bailed them out. They are still RICH & GREEDY. As are all the people in Congress who call us lazy freeloaders. God Damn them all.


Janet
Comment posted June 4, 2010 @ 11:13 pm

You have to find out what the unemployment rate is in your state. The states with the highest unemployment rates get 99 weeks. I don't understand why you have money in there and they have not sent it to you. Someone's pulling your chain. This just gets better and better as I hear all these cases.


Janet
Comment posted June 4, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

Sign me up! How can we get there? I would love to help clean and save the wild-life! Guess I'll have to wait till the damage hits the New England coast. That should not take too long. Hope I'M still alive.


Janet
Comment posted June 4, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

No Way! Go to the polls. VOTE THEM ALL OUT! We put them in, We can take them out.


Janet
Comment posted June 4, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

E-mail the Media every day. FOX NEWS = americasnewsroom@foxnews.com
CNN = rick@allyoutv.com. For CNN, that's Risks List e-mail. Really, nothing is being talked about with the media. If we storm them with e-mails – THEY WILL TALK ABOUT IT. Obama does not want to get bashed in the media. He is our current President. He wanted the job even though we were already in an economical mess. Let's see him do his job. He will if the media starts running with it like they did the Oil Spill. What have we got to lose?


Janet
Comment posted June 4, 2010 @ 11:52 pm

Wow. I don't think I have ever heard anyone hate Obama this much. These blogs are suppose to be about “Unemployment Extensions” and how we can get our Government to sit up and listen to us. Bush bashing and Obama bashing isn't going to help the cause at all. The war happened because we got HIT REAL BAD (Ya think?) What, the most powerful country in the world was suppose to turn the other cheek? (for EJY) Why do people forget about 9/11 and the 3000+ citizens that were murdered that day. We weren't suppose to go to war over that? I'm confused. Anyway that is not the issue here. The issue is to get THIS Administration to work FOR us, not AGAINST us, and get another reprieve of unemployment extensions. We have to feed the kids for God's sake. Politics aside, we NEED them to help us NOW. But I guess we all know, everything is politics.


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Comment posted June 5, 2010 @ 1:13 am

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Jim V
Comment posted June 5, 2010 @ 3:05 am

I was just told my NYS labor dept that my benefits are over and done on Sunday June 6, 2010, I never got 20 weeks extended benefits or the Tier 4 benefit of 6 weeks. I will be done at 73 weeks total never seeing the 99 weeks. They say its because when they extend benefits they dont change the “original claim” qualification date which puts most of us filing claims after December, 2008 out of 26 weeks of benefits no matter what Congress does.


Living in the USA
Comment posted June 5, 2010 @ 8:29 am

As fast as that oil is spreading, it shouldn't be too long before it pollutes New England. I have faith that you'll still be alive in a week.


phyllis
Comment posted June 7, 2010 @ 12:45 am

My Hope and prayer is for an extenstion and very quickly, Makes no difference that we're raising families moving in with relatives who are also raising families, and we can't contribute , thus homeless again, worked most of our lives , losing homes to foreclosure, lights out, no food,homeless shelters substandard and full, no jobs, sounds like an era our grandparents lived through-Depression. This is America. I have not yet learned to be criminal, yet I'm sure I'll soon have to learn,I'll have to be good at stealing food and shelter for my children, oh wait, they'll need electricity and water too, what's the penilty for that, oh I'll be thrown into jail, then what, food and shelter for myself, foster care for my kid


GodHelpMe2
Comment posted June 7, 2010 @ 8:00 am

Ok guys. Today is the day (June 7) they come back from recess today. They are also supposed to vote on establishing a Tier 5.


Richard
Comment posted June 7, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

I only have this to say..it is ridiculous that we sit here while they are on vacation !! they have left us hanging on by our finger tips. and they make comments such as 99 weeks is enough….and the economy is getting better… …I hope they remember this when none of them, Not a single one, get reelected .. my tier 4 runs out next week .. they dont care they have theirs.!!!


SCARED IN FLORIDA
Comment posted June 7, 2010 @ 9:17 pm

Here is my contribution. I've made a slogan we can chant:

WE ARE ALL CRIED OUT!!! WE NEED MORE TIERS!!!
WE ARE ALL CRIED OUT!!! WE NEED MORE TIERS!!!
WE ARE ALL CRIED OUT!!! WE NEED MORE TIERS!!!


SCARED IN FLORIDA
Comment posted June 7, 2010 @ 9:24 pm

HERE IS MY CONTRIBUTION TO THIS MADDENING SITUATION. WE NEED TO MAKE SIGNS AND TAKE TO THE STREETS NOW!!! WE NEED TO MAKE POSTERS, SIGNS and ANYTHING THAT WILL GAIN THE MEDIA'S ATTENTION. GET YOUR MOTHERS, FATHERS, SISTERS, BROTHERS, KIDS, GRANDPARENTS, NEIGHBORS ANYONE AND EVERYONE INVOLVED!!!! DO IT NOW!!!

Here is something we can ALL chant on the White House steps:

WE ARE ALL CRIED OUT!!! WE NEED MORE TIERS!!!
WE ARE ALL CRIED OUT!!! WE NEED MORE TIERS!!!
WE ARE ALL CRIED OUT!!! WE NEED MORE TIERS!!!


Jim V
Comment posted June 8, 2010 @ 12:19 am

I too have worked all my life. I am now 63 and can not get hired after 27 years in the same field. Unemployment only helps us eat, keep power on, and some other things like, car and home, maybe. I have been out since Jan.5,2009 and with unemployment benefits and a from what I had in savings I usually am around $300+ short each month. I have cared about people and fairness all my life and have been a volunteer Paramedic in my Town for 20 years. This is the only time I have “ever” asked for help. After a total of 73 weeks of benefits, they tell me I am done even though New York is a high unemployment state. Even if they extend benefits, I wont get any more because I don't qualify for 20 weeks extended benefits EB and don't qualify for Tier 4 because my “original claim” date is after Nov. 11, 2008 and December 29, 2008. Now I am going to lose what little I had left, like my home and my car. Thanks for turning your back on me America! Good luck to everyone. Keep up the fight as I am. I write to someone in the Government or press daily and I won't stop until I get my benefits or I'm dead, Whichever comes first!


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Comment posted June 9, 2010 @ 1:41 am

So it looks as though we are all just up a marsh with only the courtesy of the oil spill. So… does anyone have any suggestions cause I'm all cried out!!!


Terri
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

I don't understand. I had $275 remaining balance from Tier I on 6/5. Apparently the deadline for Tier II was 5/29. Because I had $275 and 7 days in between the deadline and my next call in date I am not eligible for any further benefit? Does anybody know anything I can do or who can help?


Risquediver
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

I started my claim back in 7/2007. Beneifits never extended in Jan 2008 so i went 9 months w/o a paycheck not one penny. Then the extension came, i collected a few weeks and took a temporary job. Unemployed again I just made new deadline for extension by one week. But i wont see 99 weeks because i worked. If you started your benefits after me and havent worked then you get the full 99 weeks. Everyone else is sol. So there is a very small frame of people who got lucky to open a claim in a certain time frame that can collect the whole 99. Dam You if you worked in between. Had I not worked I would of gotten the full 99 weeks so now i will be cut off the same time the people who collect full amount and didnt work, sounds fair… right? Make it simple cut the BS and just give everyone 99 weeks, thats fair. I would in meantime start learning chinese.


Pelosi sux
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

Good luck finding one of those jobs. I actually have tried. I have a diverse background in what i am qualified to do w education etc and still no luck. Lines went around the block for few clean up available. Besides preference is given to locals first which i have to agree is only fair.


RAC
Comment posted June 18, 2010 @ 2:30 am

I do not understand why the Senate set up there on Capital Hill & do not care about the people that put them there. I think they got the idea that they got there's & we got to get ours. We need to vote the ones out come November 2010 that are messing over we the people.


Missy
Comment posted June 18, 2010 @ 7:52 am

Hi Jim V., Same here!! I'm in PA, my Tier 3 ended on June 6 it took me literally 5 days to get in touch with the PA Unemployment office…only for them to tell me there is nothing they can do for me…I have to wait for Congress to make a decision. When I read PA's website, it clearly states that I am eligible for Tier 4! Clearly states it!! I received the same as you, 73 weeks. I still have not been able to find work no matter how hard I have tried. I thought I still had at least 26 weeks to search for work and still not be homeless! But, I guess good ole America, just can't keep it's word! Maybe if they'd stop letting so many foreigner's in on working Visa's I could have a job! Why can't they put temporary limits on that until the economy turns around? Why are they not doing anything to improve the number of jobs out there? Why are they not coming down on employers to hire more people? Reward them for the number of people they hire and punish with harsher taxes the less the hire and more they lay off? Why? It's not going to ever end until employers begin hiring people! Good luck Jim and good luck to everyone else as well!!


missy
Comment posted June 18, 2010 @ 7:56 am

I'm with you Matt!! Been writing to all of mine!! It is the only way we can possibly get things to change!! Mine ran out two weeks ago..I don't even know how I'm going to buy food. I'm now planning for homelessness and can't seem to figure out where I'll go live next month..and my three cats..It's breaking my heart to have to give them away. The one I've had for 12 years! This is just so unfair and wrong! Good luck to you!


wilson
Comment posted June 19, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

why would they create Emergency help plans then not follow through?… unemployment rates are rising overall, not really falling… my states unemployment hit a record high this week, as just one example… i am only on tier 1, and my states unemployment is at 14% (the highest in the country) but this week my benefits are Frozen??… ok so wheres congresses' reasoning on that?.. (the new#1 worst employment rate & they freeze benefits the next day?!)…

we should be using some of the 45% stimulus money that is still leftover. AND how about some of the new stimulus money that Obama is getting… can we please take care of the 25+ million people who will be affected by this bill!!!…

PASS THE DAM BILL & unfreeze everyone's benefits… we are wwaitinggggg???……………


Cent26_9
Comment posted June 23, 2010 @ 10:48 am

I agree. How can you save anything? Between gas, food and electric – everything is so expensive.


Cent26_9
Comment posted June 23, 2010 @ 10:55 am

I agree Janet. I never filed unemployment until 2008 either, and I worked 33 years of my life.


Bling Bling
Comment posted July 3, 2010 @ 2:00 am

Let's recap people…
Big business steals the money, robs you and I in the process, they get a bail out… We get screwed.

Here it is… Millions of Americans are out of work, running out of unemployment and not eligible for social serivces. … Your goverment says.. Too Bad.. I say.. You got screwed.

The banks screwed millions with the universal default… Some even slid in to bankruptcy behind the 29.99% interest on every credit card they own. The goverment says.. Too Bad. I say… You got screwed.

Americans, stop thinking you are soo Rich… YOu ain't pick up a sign and protest for the benefits your family deserves!


Micheletheroux
Comment posted July 17, 2010 @ 12:24 am

this is crap I work since I was 15 and if I remember they took taxes and unemployment out of my checks every week. Sowhy cant I collect what I need ? Congress is putting a limit on how long I can survive on what pennies!!! whats next me and my 5 kids eat dog food or cat food this is really some shit there really getting that fat pay check!!!!!


Mindy22
Comment posted July 18, 2010 @ 11:05 am

so you have been on Unemployment for 99 WEEKS!!!!!! and you want your goverment to bail you out for more weeks while you TRY and look for that job of 25.00 an hour or more…………well don't kid yourself. why didn't you look for a part time job in all that time? anything would of helped, but no, you can't work at those low paying jobs…I HAVE A DEGREE!!!!! get over yourself and take it!! But I get a pay check for being UNEMPLOYED why look? Scary that this country has raised such lazy people who rather wait for a goverment to give them money then lower themselves to work for less. BECAUSE WE DESERVE IT!!!!.
I myself have a MASTERS DEGREE and oh look whos behind the counter taking your order for a BIG MAC, extra cheese please!


Terri
Comment posted July 18, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

I was laid off a year ago. My UI ended with a final check on 6/8 because of a “balance” that prevented me from crossing over to Tier II. You're damned right I want the Federal govt to continue this pittance of assistance. My county still has a 12.4% unemployment rate. There are 12 FULLY qualified applicants for every single job, no matter what skill level. I am single and have zero income. If you think for a second that I am not trying to keep the roof over my head and insurance on my car you're dead wrong. Congratulations on your burger job, my FF joints aren't hiring, F/T or P/T. But hey, thanks for the laugh.


Bubba
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 10:59 pm

This is also for Mindy…..I agree with Terri,i lost my job 2 years ago,after 20 years through no fault of my own…..Im 62 years old and NO ONE will hire me due to my age,of course they wont tell you that,i also have zero income and never stop looking……I have been working since i was 13 and paying taxes all that time,so yeah let my goverment support me,they are the ones who made this economy what it is today……I feel sorry with the people with young kids to support,luckly i have a daughter who took me in and takes care of me……..PS Mindy i freaking hate Big Macs lmao


Don't like jerks
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

Wow, what a jerk you are! I have been unemployed for a year and a half and have been diligently looking for work EVERY DAY! I AM one to take the lower paying job because I DON'T want to sit home and collect a check from unemployment. Why don't you get over yourself, you pompous ass!


Nypd75
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

I don't know where you live..what state…I have been out of work and trying-I went to sally's the woman laughed in my face and said we won't hire you …we are looking for someone who will stay…$7.00 isn't enough for you…I went to six flags for HR and they basically said we only have jobs in food services and nothing is available…truth they only hire teenagers for the summer. I put out 100 resume spend time pushing computers speaking with folks…Went to Mickey D…never heard.Sears had a box help wanted…place my name in the box…had me to go back on sears.com said I didn't qualify for retail….I never had a retail job and working in a resturant was so far back in my college days…There are alot of us who aren't lazy, don't want to loose homes or place children in group homes because..honey when you have made the middle class money no one wants to hire you….my savings…yes, I cut down on everything guess what before I could get healthcare I could only have $1,000. in the bank…I collected too much money and didn't qualify from my unemployment check..and COBRA I had to pay 1,600.00 month..so what do you think happen to my savings….my husband lost his job…manpower gave him a job but, it won't save our home unless I am working…so do I want to loose everything I worked for ..no…you help to get me a job paying less ….I will take it…So don't say we are all lazy….by the way I don't qualify for the extension ….and there are alot of us out there..I need money and I need a job…I would work 3 jobs if I could…I went to a hotel to make beds…they said go online..did I hear from them nope….If you have a master degree you should be doing alot better…especially if you don't have a family or children


Mark
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

Senator , congress, house all those people don't care..black /white/ they don't care…they know the country and the people are divided and would never have their own revolution to over throw the government…

They have taken God…our freedom our land that we live for and destroyed. CEO /CIO/all the c's earn big bucks ..stealing, lying. Most of all they do too much drinking and getting drunk and probably drugs on that hill…to much party and having fun…they do not know what they are talking about after lunch….Thursday is Happy hour lunch in DC starts at 11:00….amazing.


AnnaJoy10
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

ATTENTION: McD's Employee's: If your name is MINDY, BEWARE! Any of the 14 million unemployed americans who have read 'MINDY's' comment may jump over the counter and show you where you can put your Big Mac, with cheese!

Imagine this Mindy…An unemployed american reads your comment, finds you, jumps the counter and takes 99 weeks of frustration out on your 'pompous ass'. You lose your job because you are in the hospital for a month. There is no UE benefits, you've used up all your savings. You hope your friends invite you over for dinner because you can't afford to buy food. You have no phone, no gas for your car, and your being evicted because you can't pay your rent! You now live in your parents living room and you go to the library everyday looking for a job. After weeks of hopelessness you receive a response to your emailed resume. Oh, but don't get too excited, the response is from another pompous ass trying to scam the unemployed. Now your losing money you don't even have.

Do us a favor MINDY…When this happens to you…be sure to log in and give us a piece of your mind!


Justmaps1
Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 2:48 am

fu mindy- i have a masters in business and have applied at at least 3000 places. the answer is i am either overeducated or want too much money! btw my last career paid me over 190k +bonus. at this point in my life i think its a little late to say “would you like that super sized” Bi


Tolnbltp
Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 6:12 am

I have been unemployed for a year! Excuse me Mindy22 but I have applied for every single job I can, even those paying minimum wage and I still do not have a job. Do not judge others until you know the facts. Because of my experience and education, places that are paying low wages still won't hire me because they feel I would leave as soon as I could find a job in my profession that will actually pay all my bills and I do not live high on the hog. Take a chill pill and stop thinking you know it all because you don't!!


Diana
Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

well, arent you special..you and your big degree. These people out of work have put in 10, 20, 30 yrs on the job where your degree means crap. WE are the backbone of this country. WE paid the taxes so millions counld stay on welfare. We deserve the jobs, that are being taken ny other countries. You are a pathetic


Diana
Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

My son adn I have ran out of food 2 months in a row. We eat very frugally. I ahve 6 weeks to find a job and then it is homeless city for me.
I talk to someone where I wantesd to work and he said he was lucky to get the job. I am 10 times more qualified. Turned out Daddy was his boss and gave him the job. Aint that Nice? I ahve about 40 resumes, I apply skills and take them off accordning to the type of job I was applying for.

Mindi you really suck, bet she is fresh out of college that momy abd daddy paid for. Probably never earned a buck that wasnt handed to her.


Diana
Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

99 weeks
tier 1 20 weeks
tier 2 13 weeks
tier 3 13 weeks
tier 4 6 weeks
Where did they get 99 weeks. I get 65
In florida we get 275.00 dollars a week, which disqualifies you for medical and food stamps.
We applyed for the oil spills jobs but they are going to the people in the county.
HOWEVER, Texas has taken over and bombarding the state for state ID's then getting the oil jobs. Google pics of pensacola. Pensacola isnt texas and I wanted that job.


Going Down Hill Fast
Comment posted July 26, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

Thanks Dems for nothing! Thanks for shafting us once again. I am 60 week unemployed and can't get a job for nothing. No one wants to hire a 49 year old man. They think I will run off when the first job appears. I hate to tell them there is NO job to run to.

So now the House & Senate voted to extend benefits EXCEPT for US. Yo can't go out and blame the Republicans on this one. The Dems have the majority on both sides and THEY are the ones who voted in this bill. So there you go. Can't go out and argue with the facts. Excuse me now but I need to go borrow a rope so I can hang myself. I am worth more to my family dead than alive.


Going Down Hill Fast
Comment posted July 26, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

and for video proof here is Nancy P. telling us all it ain't happening folks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPkrKJ1R0v4&feat…

Nevermind we are sending tens of millions of dollars across the world to third world countries. Hell just a few weeks ago they sent $40 million to Hamas! Are you freaking kidding me … Hamas???????


Dcommissaris
Comment posted July 27, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

Hey Mindy, do you want fries with that? My 55 year old brother went back to school to learn a new skills so he could get a job, he worked part time then lost his job and can't find another, his benefits ran out and he has 1 month left at school, beenevicted from his apartment, eats only becuase I take food to him and give him gas money to get back and forth to school, because he missed so much time when things were tight with my finances as well and I could not give him gas moeny he now has 35 days to make up at school and can't graduate in August as planned, has no place to live, nothing to eat, no health insurance and you are standing behind the counter taking up a job that a person who has no degree would have qualified for except for you taking it and then rubbing your degree in their faces.
What goes around comes around missy, I just hope your degree lkands you a job before your idenity becomes known and you get yourself charbroiled!!!


David Bradley
Comment posted August 5, 2010 @ 6:45 am

You should do a writeup on this as well, news just came out! Millions of people have been waiting on a tier 5 unemployment extension.

BREAKING NEWS: AUG 4TH
Sen. Stabenow Introduces Tier 5 Unemployment Extension 2010

The Tier 5 unemployment extension 2010 bill is cosponsored by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Carl Levin (D-MI), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Dodd (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), according to a message posted on her website.

Source: stabenow.senate.gov/press/2010/080410Americanswanttoworkact.htm


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