For Senate Advocates of Unemployment Insurance Extension, a Battle to Nowhere

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Thursday, July 01, 2010 at 6:00 am

Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell (Ky.), have repeatedly blocked attempts to extend unemployment insurance over deficit concerns. (epa/ZUMApress.com)

On Wednesday night, a bare-bones measure to keep federally funded unemployment insurance checks headed to the long-term unemployed failed in the Senate. Moderate Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine had signed on to vote for cloture on the $34 billion bill. But without Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), who passed away earlier in the week, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — the majority leader who hails from the state with the worst unemployment rate in the country — once again found himself stuck at 59 votes. By the time Byrd’s replacement is in place, in mid-July, two million Americans will have lost their benefits, and the bill extending them will have languished for some 11 weeks.

[Congress1] Economists insist it should not be like this. Benefits for the jobless remain one of the most effective forms of stimulus. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moodys.com, estimates that they generate $1.61 of stimulus for every dollar spent. Moreover, expanding unemployment insurance is wildly popular, even among conservatives. Poll after poll shows that a vast majority of Americans support giving aid to the laid-off. And on Capitol Hill, even the most stringent deficit hawks do not object to the unemployment benefits themselves. They object to expanding the deficit to pay for them.

Democrats insist that the benefits expand the deficit, to put new dollars and fresh demand into the economy. Deficit reduction will have to happen, they say, but later. Having the government give with one hand and take with the other makes little sense. In this, they received support on Wednesday from Doug Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, who said that “[cutting the deficit] while economic activity and employment remain well below their potential levels would probably slow the economic recovery.” Republicans, however, have not been convinced.

So, the debate has dragged on. Yesterday evening’s failed cloture vote is just the latest in a long line of disappointments and failures around unemployment insurance, known as UI. For the past nine months, the Senate has devoted hours of floor time and hundreds of hours of behind-the-scenes negotiations to ensuring that the government continues to support those left unemployed by the worst labor-market recession since the Great Depression. And for the past nine months, every bill — every extension, every jobs package — has faced staunch opposition from Republicans. Repeatedly, the Senate has had to turn to short-term stopgap measures rather than more permanent extensions. In the words of one aide, “it is beyond frustrating,” particularly since the measures are so noncontroversial. “Frustrating” has become the touchword for advocates of UI — and particularly for the unemployed.

It was last fall that Democrats in the White House and on the Hill started worrying that the extended unemployment benefits created by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act — the $787 billion stimulus bill passed in February 2009 — were running out before any sign of a labor-market recovery. The stimulus bill both lengthened the number of weeks of benefits by 13 or 20 and made some more generous, by $25 a week — enough to keep 800,000 people out of poverty, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has estimated.

But by the summer of 2009, the economy had not turned around. The September jobs report showed that the unemployment rate had edged up to 9.8 percent, a 26-year high. Joblessness had officially become a crisis in and of itself. And the stimulus’ expansion of unemployment benefits was due to expire on Dec. 31. President Barack Obama told the nation in a radio address, “[The] report on September job losses was a sobering reminder that progress comes in fits and starts, and that we will need to grind out this recovery step by step. That’s why I’m working closely with my economic team to explore additional options to promote job creation.” Democrats decided they needed to renew the benefits, and to expand them further.

ROUND ONE
Having decided to re-up the federal unemployment insurance benefits, House Democrats originated a bill and passed it with relative ease. The Senate created a stronger version — extending UI benefits for 14 weeks in all states, and 20 weeks in states with unemployment rates higher than 8.5 percent. The maximum number of weeks reached 99.

Senate Democrats anticipated some difficulty moving the measure. They were in the midst of the health care fight, and the bill was not offset with reductions in spending elsewhere; Republicans, they knew, might not come on board instantly. Still, given the horrific condition of the labor market, they expected nothing like the fight they got. On Oct. 8, Reid asked for unanimous consent to move the motion forward. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) objected. Five days later, Senate Democrats tried again. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) objected. Thus started a month-long battle over help for the jobless while the unemployment rate flirted with double digits.

The Senate quickly became embroiled in debates over amendments — with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the minority leader, insisting that Reid allow consideration of a provision to ensure that the community-organizing group and Republican bugbear ACORN would receive no federal funding and another provision to filter illegal immigrants out of the workforce. The amendments enraged Democrats, who saw them as pointless, and a tool for time-wasting. “The other amendments are vexatious,” Reid fumed. “They are argumentative. We don’t want them. They are not germane. They are not relevant to this legislation.” Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) echoed his thoughts. “This [Republican obstruction] has become a tactic,” Stabenow told TWI at the time. “We could have [moved this bill] three weeks ago.”

After weeks of debate, the bill passed a cloture vote to move to consideration, 87 to 13. Democrats expected the legislation to race to passage, but Republicans continued to bring up objections, requiring a number of procedural votes and hours of floor time. “Maybe [Republicans] needed another ACORN amendment,” Reid said. “Maybe that would be something that would please them.” (The amendments did not make it in.) On Oct. 4 — 27 days and four votes since the bill’s initial introduction — it passed unanimously, 98-0. It became law in early November, adding two new tiers of unemployment benefits. The bill was a success — but the struggle for it was a portent of the difficulties to come for Democrats trying to extend benefits for the jobless.

ROUND TWO
That same month, the Senate Democratic leadership admitted problems with the extension. For one, the unemployment rate had drifted above 10 percent, seemingly necessitating a further expansion of the safety net. Additionally, there was a serious glitch in the bill: A Dec. 31 filing deadline meant that many jobless Americans would not get the full 20 weeks of benefits. The National Employment Law Project estimated that 475,000 people would exhaust state-funded benefits after Dec. 31, missing the deadline and losing federal help; a further 580,000 would exhaust one tier of federally funded benefits just after the deadline, missing out on additional federal benefits. Congress needed to extend the deadline. And it needed a better underlying unemployment bill to boot.

In December, Democrats managed to get the patch into the Defense Appropriations Bill after some wrangling — but only a two-month extension, to the end of February. Still, it gave them time to focus on an ambitious new bill aiding the unemployed and others hurt by the recessionary economy: pushing back the deadlines for the federal unemployment benefits,  authorizing more Medicaid and COBRA funding and stalling a 21 percent cut to payments to doctors under Medicare, among numerous other measures under consideration. In December, the House passed those measures as part of the Tax Extenders Act of 2009 — later known as the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 and commonly referred to by its House resolution number, 4213.

Before the Senate could get to it, again, benefits started expiring. On Feb. 25, Senate Democrats asked for unanimous consent for a House-passed 30-day extension of COBRA and unemployment benefits — just enough time to let the Senate get a more permanent fix in place. But Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) objected. “Everybody in this chamber wants to extend unemployment benefits,” he said. “[But] if we can’t find $10 billion somewhere for a bill that everybody in this body supports, we will never pay for anything.” Reid kept on pushing for unanimous consent. Bunning kept on objecting — stopping the Senate from moving forward a total of eleven times.

After a five-day standoff that threatened to stop all congressional work, and after Senate Republican leadership expressed their anger with Bunning, he eventually gave up. The vote passed, 78 to 19.

ROUND THREE
With the temporary extension signed into law, Senate Democrats moved on to a more permanent fix for unemployment insurance and serious consideration of 4213. Reid hoped to extend federal unemployment benefits through the end of 2010, rather than a few months at a time. The Senate included the provision in its amendment to the bill, and the motion passed on March 10, 62 to 36, with six Republicans joining the Democrats and only Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) breaking against them.

The problem? Some argued portions of the bill violated new paygo rules: Democrats could deficit-spend only in “emergencies,” and did the unemployment situation really qualify? Most Democrats insist they do, and have pushed back against whittling down the stimulus to pay for the benefits. “[UI extensions are] done in a way that we have always done it,” Stabenow told TWI. “[Those are] always categorized as an emergency. And, frankly, if 15 million people without jobs is not an emergency, I don’t know what is.”

Either way, the bill needed to go back to the House for approval. And House deficit hawks were not looking kindly on it anymore. Without the bill signed into law, the expiry of unemployment benefits — an albatross following Democrats for months by that time — returned again.

Procedurally, maneuvering to get another patch proved remarkably difficult. The Senate chose to take up a House-passed one-month extension, then to move to a more permanent solution. “We should not let these programs expire,” Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) argued on the Senate floor. But Republicans insisted they would not vote for anything not paid for.

They prevented unanimous consent — meaning Democrats needed to file cloture on the motion, and needed to give it time to “ripen” before a vote. It came down to the Friday before a two-week vacation started at the end of March. The long-term unemployed would start falling off of the federal government’s rolls on April 5. Congress would not be in session until April 12. The Senate failed to move, and hundreds of thousands of jobless Americans — around 200,000 a week — stopped getting their unemployment checks over Easter.

It took until April 15 for the Senate to get to passage of the patch; Republicans Olympia Snowe (Maine), Susan Collins (Maine) and George Voinovich (Ohio) crossed the aisle to support the measure. The bill extended the filing deadline for federal unemployment benefits to June 2, extended COBRA health subsidies and delayed the 21 percent cut to Medicare reimbursements for doctors. It cost $18 billion, with no offsets. On April 15, Obama signed it into law.

ROUND FOUR
And so, Congress turned again to 4213 — the extenders package, passed by the House, modified by the Senate and returned again to the House. There, deficit-hawk Democrats insisted on whittling the portions of the hundred-provision bill down. Compromises took a $140 billion bill down to $54 billion — shortening the extension of UI through November, trimming the Medicare doc fix and the COBRA extension and dropping the additional $25 a week on jobless checks. It passed, but barely.

The modified bill returned to the Senate just before — again — the extensions of UI and other provisions would start to end over the Memorial Day holiday. This brings us to the present, where the bill got stuck in the Senate for a month, dropping extended benefits for 1.2 million Americans before eventually dying.

The death wasn’t quick. On June 18, it lost a cloture vote, 56-40 — shy of the 60 votes needed — with Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.) all voting no. A week later, a pared-down bill lost another cloture vote, 57 to 41. The responses ranged from depression to rage. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said, “This is one of the worst moments I’ve seen in 25 years in the United States Senate. … Even cutting our original proposal nearly in half wasn’t enough to secure even one Republican vote today.”

Reid broke the bill up, moving just the unemployment extension portion, along with a House-passed change to the filing deadline for the homebuyer tax credit. On Wednesday night, that last stopgap bill died, 58 to 38. Senate staffers say that this is not the end. They will wait for Byrd’s replacement, expected to be appointed within two weeks or so, and then move the bill with Snowe and Collins’ support. They will make the UI checks retroactive for the two million Americans who have been denied them in recent weeks.

But the anger is palpable after nine months of delays. “It’s not just Harry Reid or any other Democrat who needs brave Republicans to step up, for once, for what’s right and what’s needed. It’s the people we serve. We have Republicans ready to protect banks while sticking it to the working men and women of this country while opposing efforts to extend unemployment benefits,” Jim Manley, Reid’s spokesman, told TWI. “This is yet one in another series of cynical and brazen attempts by Republicans to position themselves as the party of ‘hell no’ in November.”

And the unemployed? They are confused and enraged. Yesterday evening, I spoke with Deb Martin, a 49-year-old Ohioan on the verge of losing her federally extended benefits. “I have kids,” she said. “I have a mortgage. It’s been years of this [garbage] and I don’t know what I’m going to do without those checks. Even if they make them retroactive, we might be living in the car by the time they do.”

The economic establishment stresses that the unemployment checks continue to be not only beneficial, but necessary. Testifying before the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, John Irons, the research and policy director of the Economic Policy Institute argued, “Unemployment should reach 6 percent or lower, and be trending downward, before any fiscal contraction should be seriously considered. In fact, with unemployment hovering near 10 percent and with projections putting unemployment at elevated levels for at least the next couple of years, further job creation is indeed necessary.”

But privately, Senate staffers whisper that if this unemployment extension makes it through, it will be the last one. There will be no more torturous attempts to grant unemployment benefits to the 15 million unemployed. There will be no bills to add a Tier V for the million who have exhausted all benefits and still cannot find work. The benefits will end in November.

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Sdbaker76
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

What means does he speak of? People did live within their means. Whatever they did make they lived within that to provide reasonable comfort. Does he mean we should live like monks and stuff every dime away in the event this would happen. Then our consumer happy society would have collapsed anyhow. Fact it people did have some level of savings be they a couple months to several but they are gone. UI only barely keeps you afloat so between basic expenses and life happens(cause yes sorry those things like flat tires, etc still happen when your income goes down they don’t kindly hold off so you can hang in there)things they are gone.
Just there fancy way of saying we will be forced if we are so lucky to get a job to live like the typical starving student till you die. Accept if you are passed that age their are likely no care packages arriving monthly


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disqusted
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 10:32 am

Once again the “republicans” dump the mess on the backs of the little folks and put profit before people…. I can only hope their children face the same despair in looking for work as mine…


Ace111
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 10:42 am

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Rtorrecarion
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 10:45 am

It is truly a sad day for us…we will lose our home and cannot feed our family…why can't congress help the American people who need it most…yet they can help everyone else around the world and fight expensive wars for people who could care less about us and bailout big banks and corporations…what happened to all of us here on main street who put you there and trusted you to do the right thing for us…thisis a drop in the bucket compared to all that and it is for your own people…shame on you for turning your backs on us and playing politics


Penrico
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 10:47 am

If any Republicans get voted in Nov., that I will be ashamed of the American people. Not one of those cowards dared to go against McConnel, who is disgrace to the human race, and certainly does not represent the people who put him there and pay his salary. I want to find out how their raised are approved, don't they work for us. We could save a lot of money there, also do they pay for their benefits? If anything good came out of this, it is that people are getting more involved with politics and seeing how dsyfunctional they really are and cannot get anything done. I am not unemployed but ashamed of our representatives


Rtorrecarion
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 10:51 am

I sincerely hope we can get rid of all these Republicans in November so at least something will get done…there only agenda is to try and make everything fail to make this administration look bad at the expense of thier own people


Ace111
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 10:54 am

Great reminder of the history of this in Congress…Three things strike me when I read all of this…Do you really think the Republicans ever wanted this????Amazing how much stalling & wasting of valuable time on such an important issue….and how removed they seem from “the every day man” (out of touch)…
Scott Brown quote: “We need to live within our means”—->Mr. Brown many of the people you represent are losing their means or have no means!!


joe
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:00 am

guns and violence looks like the way to wake up these politicians


Harvey
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:01 am

Ok, now what can those people who voted no give me a letter for my land owner for my rent, or a loan to buy my kids some food, tissue, toothpaste, oh yeah I don't take my medication anymore so no extra for that. I'm sure we will be homeless in two weeks. Where can I go, this is a shame people are going to kill themselves nobody cares I just want to take care of my family. I started working when I was 14 years old I've been a tax payer a long damn time. You people read this and don't care that we can't feed our families Leto a roof over our heads. Please tell mr what to do.


Nobodyspecial
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:03 am

i now have two choices. being homeless or killing myself. it's just deciding now which is the lesser of two evils.


Ace111
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

Here is the exact quote from Scott Brown who voted in Senate agaist the Extension bill. “No one’s disputing the value of these very important programs,” said Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. “But we also have to have tough choices and we also need to live within our means.” So I guess he is concern about spending $$ on this bill. My suggestion to him would be maybe he should take a reduction in pay, or sacrifice some of his senator expidatures or pay a higher co-pay for himself and all the people that work for him(since we pay for their health insurance)-all of these things would help off set the national debt that he is so worried about and help us all “live within our means”!!


Stevelc
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:09 am

It's all fine and dandy for “Three Chin” McConnell, who will probably enjoy a couple racks of ribs,this weekend while we all scrape for a slim jim and a bag o chips. Get rid of this idiot!


all unemployed
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:12 am

How can congress deny us this extension. ALL unemployed are really suffering and hurting and need help. If there are jobs then why are so many unemployed and still being laid off? You do not represent us citizens at all. How dare you to play games with our lives. We don't see you taking pay cuts or opting for bare bones health care do we? Until you walk in our shoes you have no right to do this to us. We voted you in to represent us not work against us so get busy and help. You act like school children. Grow up this is very serious and we need new tiers and extensions now. So before you dare take your holiday vacations you better resolve this issue or our country is gonna be in revolt and look like we are from a 3rd world country. You all make us sick.


Harvey
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:13 am

I know, but the sad thing is these damn people don't care we will be dead and they will having a wonderful holiday.


Tequitz
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:26 am

Hi I am without UI for one month only had used 24 weeks and never had any EB.It is time that we the people are the one who voted them in to office,how about we all go marching on the street,like France and Greece the figting for the rights.
Tom Florida


Mrsdiaz4ever
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:28 am

Just hold on, Things WILL get better. I'm praying for you.


Maw1418
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:28 am

I think everyone should strongly lean to the T Party movement. Lets clean house. They don't care about one of us. If they don't want to give us this extension then make sure that we can get a job. They take care of others before helping their own. I don't care take the money from the unused Stimulus money from last year. Just help us. Do you think we like living like this?


guest
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:32 am

This whole thing sickens me! How can people vote against this bill? I hope they think of all the people who will be homeless daily. I am a college educated, single mother and I have been trying my hardest to find a job with no luck. I live in a town with the highest unemployment rate in its state and finding jobs is hard. Thanks to them voting against the bill I no longer have any money. I don't know how much longer I will be able to keep my electricity on and I already decided I will have to get rid of my car insurance in order to buy food for me and my daughter. There are people worse off than me and it makes me so angry that people who voted no can go home at night and think they did a good job while each day more people will be having to make choices like me. Unfortunantly some people will be making choices to live in homeless shelters or commit crimes or worse commit suicide.


Tequitz
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:37 am

PLEASE ALL YOU remember when election is in November ,it is again the Reps who are say NO ,it is always the party for the Rich and shameless.
Dont cast any of your votes to theses scumbags.
We need a diffrent party like in Europe there is more the one to vote for.
The President Minister only can get voted in with two party votes.
HAPPY 4 TH,I love this Country we need to wake up.
All the best to all without money.

Tom,Florida


Alucas875
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:44 am

What is this above comment Stop Socialism donate to the national republican congresssional committee? We are fighting to save our apartment and put food on the table for our family and you think we have money to donate to any kind of charity group out here. My unemployment check has stop and I have went to several charity group for help and all turn me down even the welfare department turn me down so where I go from here. I am still looking for a job and will continue but, when I do get a job I will never again donate to any charity group. This saying is so true what goes around come back around and when they send me there letter for donation I will enclose the letter they sent to me stating they can not to help at this time, and the red cross will not get a dime.


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Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

This whole ordeal is outrageous. I am in contact with hundreds of unemployed people and most are 99ers who aren't even included in any of these bills. I am sickened by the way Congress is acting. I too am a 99er, and receive emails and messages from others who are giving up. They have lost everything and have no reason to continue living. I pray that the good Lord watches over them and gives them the strength they need to take one day at a time and not give in to the greedy, selfish lawmakers in office. I cry for these people on a daily basis, every time I read about someone giving up. This has to come to an end. Congress is slowly killing the middle class, and I mean that literally. This is not suicide, this is murder on their part by causing such mental anguish on the unemployed. It's time to stand up and fight, from the movie..”We're mad as hell and we aren't going to take it anymore!” Transform your depression into anger and let these lawmakers know they cannot damage the middle class any further. President Obama has to stop his lip service telling people at town hall meetings that the economy is getting better. He needs to step in and make the Republicans responsible for their actions (and Nelson). I am not suggesting violence, I am suggesting embarrassment by the media. It's time to get in touch with every media channel out there. Tell them what you think of how our government is destroying the middle class. There are too many Americans who are lucky to still have jobs, that have absolutely no understanding of what is really going on in our country. The 99ers have been fighting like this for over a year and managed to get 2 more tiers added. We haven't stopped fighting and we won't. Many of us have been without any income for 4 months now. Some have already lost everything, some have taken their own lives over it. Don't give up! Giving up is what they want us to do, being totally oblivious to the unemployed they think we will just go away. They are wrong. We continue to grow by thousands, as each unemployed falls off the list and no longer receives benefits. Our votes will show them our thanks for ruining this country. That is one thing they can never take away from us. I hope and pray that when the party of NO goes home for their holiday break, they have thousands of unemployed Republicans standing at the end of their driveways protesting and letting them know what inhuman people they really are. Greed will be their demise in November. One question to all of them…WHEN DID MONEY BECOME MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE LIVES OF AMERICAN CITIZENS?


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To You who have abandoned the unemployed workers of America
You should be ashamed of yourself, and here's why:
You have decided to ignore the people this goverment reduced to poverty. The longest unemployed workers did not create this depression, this goverment did. They did this with thier failure to regulate the banks, health industry, and corporations and wall street. People who were fully employed, paying taxes, and raising families are now paying the price for this goverments negligence. They trusted this goverment to keep something like this from happening. It failed them.
Now you are deliberately failing them again. This may be a recession for you, but it's a depression for us. You know this depression will last long, yet you have no plans to pass this bill just to keep these people from becoming increasingly destitute. Tens of thousands will begin to lose all financial support . You know with full clarity that these benefits are the only money keeping food on their tables. These American families will be on the path to shelters and soup kitchens.
…and this is not of their making. They're not to blame. you are.
Please make sure that the only choice for Americans who want to work is either a job or unemployment benefits. Don't end benefits until there are jobs for them. As of now, there is only 1 job for every 6 unemployed workers. Take care of these victims.


Shortyam28
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:12 pm

I am absolutly disgusted the senators had the nerve to leave for vacation and leave us all hanging. And weren't there 3 that didn't even place a vote? were they already on there way to some fancy vacation on a beach far away? How can people that were elected to represent the people be so heartless and leave over a million people hanging for 2 weeks and ESPECIALLY over the 4th of July????????
Rent/Mortgages due for most people but they don't care, they are heading out on vacation. they were in such a hurry to go on vacation, did you notice none of them even stayed around for the vote, they just left as soon as they voted. can't let the pesky unemployed postpone any vacation plans. these people sicken me.


ladyink2010
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

The unemployed are outraged!! this bill should have been past before anyone left for recess. While Congress in enjoying their 4th of July recess, people are being evicted, starving for food, kids not sleeping, etc. , THEY ALL SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. IF THE DEMS. NEEDED TO PAY FOR THIS, WHY DIDN'T THEY DO IT? INSTEAD MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING!! THE UNEMPLOYED HAVE NO HOPE. IF I WERE PRESIDENT, I WOULD INSIST THAT BOTH CHAMBERS STAY AND WORK THIS OUT BEFORE ANY RECESS; TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE DEPENDING ON UNEMPLOYMENT. I have put in over 1, 000 apps/ resumes with no results. The only income I have was unemployment. I have been to churches for food, etc. I CANNOT AFFORD MY RENT AND MAYBE EVVICTED, MY UTILITIES ARE GOING TO BE DISCONNECTED,THERE IS NO GAS FOR THE CAR TO CONT. ;LOOKING FOR WORK, MY CHILDREN GO TO BED CRYING AT NIGHT WONDERING HOW WE WILL SURVIVE, ETC. CONGRESS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. THE UNEMPLOYED NEED HELP NOW!! MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING!! EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT NOW, THERE IS NO TIME TO LOSE. CONT. CONTACTING THE SENATORS ETC. MAYBE IT WILL HELP.LET YOUR OUTRAGAE BE HEARD, CALL WRITE , ETC. ASAP. KEEP UP THE PRESSURE. THE UNEMPLOYED KNOW THAT BOTH PARTIES ARE TOO BLAME FOR THIS NOT GETTING PAST.CONGRESS NEEDS TO STOP PLAYING GAMES AND PASS THIS.


Henrym123
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

I never thought that this world could become as cruel and uncaring as it has become.My dad came to this country wide eyed and full of wonderment and as his family grew and my brothers and sister became adults we would have never envisioned this epidemic of unemployment. The worst fears of one's life has become a reality for millions of hard working americans. They have become insignificant to individuals who call themselves Americans as well. I hope and pray that their children will never have to suffer the way so many of us have already. Passing this extension is the only bill that should have been looked at and passed weeks ago. Shame on you for only needing the American people when you need to get reelected to office.


mad-as-hell-in-northcarolina
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

I think that Senator Reid should have not adjourned for the 4th of July break and made them all stay in Washington til they pass this extension. I will never ever vote for any republican again in my life. Anyone who associates with the republican party at this point by principal is not worthy of holding office. Republicans who object to the denial of extension of benefits should leave the party


diane519
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

I get to live on 250.00 since June 5th, until God know when. I collected a lousey 26 weeks. I can't pay, my mortgage and the bank is threatening to forclose. Lights, gas, water sewer, all in dager of being shut off. I am on medication that I can't afford to buy. I need to see a nuerosugeon in Sept. as nerve damage continues to worsen. Sick, homeless, and jobless. That's the amewrican politicians for you. Maybe if I was living in a different country US would help me.


Tim
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

Don't think like that. People do care about you. Reach out and talk to others. And at the very worst, being homeless is preferable – at least you are still alive.


msl
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

The last paragraph of this story makes me even sicker. Why would this be the last bill extending unemployment if the rate goes up and available jobs go down? Is it because the fat cats in Washington don't want to do their job if it is too hard? Or does that just make it easier to take down the middle class?


Henrym123
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

Sometimes you sit at your computer and the outrage that pours out has to be kept in check. Simply put these are the worst of times. President Obama has had to deal with a lot Lord knows we pray for him everyday.


Tim
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

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Emerson
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

Our government sucks.. They can't do anything right to help the unemployed. Vote them all out, or better yet – lets take money from them to pay the unemployed!!


lisa blackstock
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

2 weeks ago a friend blew his brains out because of this. thank you congress, perhaps if more of us are dead it will add less to the deficit.


charlie99
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

Come on Mr President. Hold congress responsible to THE PEOPLE! No vacation while Americans are loosing their homes, with no utilities and food!!!


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B.Erwin
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

What I don't understand is why there is still a single Democrat Sen. Nelson from Nebraska who has vote no on the extensions consistently as well! I hope that Congress is able to enjoy their 4th of July holiday, celebrating the birth of this country, while they have left so many who depended on them to suffer until they return!!!


Gettingtired
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

President OBama YES U CAN do something and do it now , EVERYONE contact COngress now Make noise and you will be heard the skeaky wheel gets the oil


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Revolution
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

I think we should find out where these republicans live and go hang out on they're lawns for the 4th of july. I have never been this disgusted in my government and the people that run it and maybe it is time for revolution and for us to stand up for ourselves or it is at the point where we need to cry out to another country to come save us from tyranny and an absolute lack of compassion for the people because while we starve they stuff they're faces and turn a cold shoulder to us. I always see other countries cry out to us and maybe it's time that we asked for help. Our government has destroyed us financially and has just obliterated the job market to the point that most of us can't find a job and the other half of us are on the verge of losing our jobs and it's sickening. What are they doing to us and why? And to the men and women that are suppose to be (For the people) you will not be voting back in…Your Fired


unclejoe
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

Maw: If the T Party had it's way, there would be NO unemployment benefits AT ALL, not even the first 26 weeks of state benefits.


NoahM
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

I honestly think that the politions responsible for screwing Americans out of unemployment could care less about votes come November. They must realize the people have seen their callus attitude and will not be re-ellected. This is arrogance on a power trip until Novemeber. What do they care about you and me? Vacation time to run off with mistress, and all the other VILE behaviors of EVIL politians whose Greed and Lust took over any fear of God. You WILL answer to God, and PAY BACK is around your corner.


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Erc999
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

I think this 4th of July we make ourselves heard, There are 15 million of us that are mad and disgusted and this 4th we need to let the government know that we ARE the people and we will not be swept under the rug while they go on vacation. If they are going to push aside while they go on vacation then that vacation should be a miserable one. We need to express our disgust and stand up for ourselves and tell them that we will not stand for this. All throughout history we have stood up for ourselves and I don't think this should be any different.


via
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

I think your right about that one. Better yet maybe I can ring the doorbell & ask for a plate of food!!


via
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

We need to be calling,faxing,e-mailing this Senator Nelson non stop! I cannot believe he is a member of my party!


Brad7864
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

but he wont! lip service! what a mistake i have made to believe this guys heart and soul! what was the other option..Mcain? what a joke we have an election in this country and each time i need to support the lesser of two evils! (sad) i cant belive no mater the office that we cant find normal good folks to run for these offices! but then you have to be worth millions to have a shot at the senate these days…. how many folks out there with real money still have an idia of reality and arent messed up? the ones that have common sence and a soul wouldnt wanna run for office and have to deal with the kind of people who preside on both sides of the isl. the Democrats and republicans alike messed up here! by the time they get back from there vacation there will be thousands on the street. this is bad news when so many worked so many years and are out of luck many living week to week already and now they will have nothing for 4 more weeks! i am conviinced the last hand full of years has been a massive move to destroy what little is left of the american investmeent in our country! folks have burnt there savings and lost there property! all to be gathered up by china and other countrys in the form of investing in the us. the is happening as we speak. we will not own land anymore either! I will die defending our constitution i have decided there is no other place on this earth that we can go to start over like our founding fathers did… we are stuck here and i hope im wrong but well …. watch the market go down daily as folks pull money out to live the few that have some left! and all the corperations will take all profits this year to avoid the tax increas comming! next year will be horible and this is just the first wave!


Alucas875
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

I have work for years and never been on welfare and when I went to applied I was turned down where do I go from here my rent is due my life insurance my medical insurance my cable bill this I can do without and I don't have any problem with this but, why should we live this way when every time something happen in another country the USA bail them out and they want take care of their on people. Yes I am piss and there is NO jobs out here. This is my second time in my hold life drawing unemplment and I have exhaused my unemployment and I don't believe I will get an extension because of this bill that they are taking forever to pass. I will continue to fight and send letters to my Senator. If any one can think of any other thing I should be doing please informed. They are going on vacation for 4th of July and will have a big cook out in there large back yard while we are left without food and they will have the best steak and we can not get a hot dog.


RMBell
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

So many people have heard the term history repets its self. Well get ready people for the times of our grand parents going thro the early 30's are just around the corner. it is sad to say that we have a government that is more worried about the rest of the world then here at home. Then again every govenrment that tried this in the past has had a breaking apart. Why because the governement has forgot what it was made for. Who is to blame for this ALL of us are. I am writing this as my 26 weeks of UI ended 5/29/2010 and was told sorry your case is closed you no longer get any help. How does a government that looks out and sees the people getting ready to revolt for lack of help stop it. starve the people. i am in no way saying ” revolt” but the sad truth is many oppon many are saying ” take OUR country back”. I do agree that we need to help All americans right now.. lets stop the add to other countries till we fix the problem here. As the bible tells us, ” take the splinter out of your own eye befor you try and remove the log form your brothers.” Then again as our great leader has told the world ” America is no longer a Christian country(or should we say God fearing country)”


RevolutionsIsNear
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

Killing in the Name OF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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PEGRET5
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

MR PRESIDENT YOU HAVE SAID THE BUCK STOPS WITH YOU HOW COULD YOU LET YOUR CONGRESS GO ON 4TH OF JULY VACATION ? THE PEOPLE WHO HIRED YOU WILL NOT BE CELEBRATING THE BIRTHDAY OF THIS COUNTRY THEY WIL BE WONDERING HOW THEY ARE GOING TO SURVIVE. I HAVE NOT HEARD ONE WORD FROM YOU ABOUT THIS ISSUE ALTHOUGH YOU HAVE BEEN OUT CAMPAIGNING AGAIN FOR OTHER ISSUES. WHERE ARE YOU??????????? BY THE WAY HOW ARE YOU AND THE FAMILY GOING TO CELEBRATE 4TH OF JULY??


Cyborg011
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

This once great nation that looks to celebrate its Independence Day can only do so in the greatest of shame. The shame of our having been so foolish as to have chosen so poorly those whom we elected to be our leaders, to oversee and protect our rights, those whom we in this country did charge with the responsibility of ensuring that our Rights as set forth in the Constitution – not only as whole or one nation, but all of us as individuals therein whom comprise this nation – are honored, protected and enforced. Yet, regrettably most all of those whom we have graced and honored with our belief and worse over our trust, have betrayed us all, and this country as a whole. This is where the greatest shame rest, on them who have engaged in such horrific insurrections as to turn their back on their fellow man in time of need and in the process soiled that which our founding fathers endowed us with, we entrusted our leaders with, Specifically addressing most of our Senators and he is above them all our President, that which rather than honoring our trust by adhesion too have instead forsaken as they have us, and have done so with callus indifference and cruelty, devoid of all conscience while they defile our Constitution of the United States. The Constitution being the very heart and soul of our nation put to ink so as all can see and know ours is a nation founded on and by the strength of virtue, in and for humanity to man and all the graces therein. Knowing and believing that should we ever become as lowly and selfish as to turn our back on our fellow man, as the Senate has turned its back on us the unemployed, it will be God to whom we will all answer to in the end. Our Constitution, the heart and soul of our nation having been so heinously betrayed by our leaders as have we, this will be a July 4th of Shame for all. For those whom may have forgotten as our leaders have ~ The Preamble ~
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
My son Sean was born on 7/4/96 and in my heart it will be the only thing I celebrate that day, and thanks to those betrayers of ours trust I am without the means to give my son a proper 14th birthday. May God forgive those in whom we did foolishly trust, I certainly won’t, nor will I forget. MJP


Dirt Poor
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

As if losing our jobs wasn't hard enough, robbing us of our only income, unemployment benefits, is cold-hearted and cruel. Isn't robbery a felony? The unemployed need to rise up and let the government know that they can no longer play games with our lives and ignore our situation. We didn't ask to lose our jobs, we would be working if the jobs were out there.


AmericanGirl1776
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

The Republicans want to see us die.Republican Senator Mitch McConnell…..choke on a chicken leg at your 4th of July vacation barbecue this weekend.Dont worry about unemployed Americans….we can always go dumpster diving for food on the 4th.HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY MR.McCONNELL!


Breath765
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

we need some national and local news coverage ! saw the first storylast night and im sure governemnt gave the ok to run it based on the thaught the bill would pass today! they didnt count on half the senate leaving early for vacation and wont be back till the 14th. your looking at three weeks to a month before (if they pass a bill you will see a check) dig in! i fear some will snap! in the next few weeks! unfortunatly the first order of buisness when they alll get back will be a 30 million dollar security bill to stimulate employment and provide protection for all the representitives , governors, and judges! things are going to get bad im afraid and im sure there are plenty of nut jobs who are taking it personaly! doesnt mater if your a democrat or republican or whatever! with the economy the stupid money waised on things the pork and corruption all the way down there are too many folks threatening out of fear and desparation and they will have to seround themselves with expensive security in larger noumber… cant say they shoulnt but the shouldnt have to if they were looking out for this country!


Brad56789
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:05 pm

blessings to you and your son on the 4th from wisconsin! as our president appoints a supr court judge who spent an 8th of a lifetime at Harvard trying to finde ways to re-write our constitution! can you smell what we are stepping in? to all who have voted or not voted or just were too bussy over the last 15-20 years to see what was happening! do you smell what your stepping in? to those who hold one party acountable or one president! can you see your ignorance yet? have you accepted the fact or are you still thinking the dems or the republicans or this presidend can save you? 90% are sell outs all the way down to your local school board with no responsibuility or accountabuility and though half know they are destroying this great nation the other half go on and accualy think they are for the good! how stupid of a people we have become to let our constitution get stepped on like this! shame on ME for being to worried about myself to spend my lifetime fiighting for the reason we are to honor this july 4th… our great grandparets are looking down on us with tears in there eyes!


Sdbaker76
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:16 pm

Do they think that everyone is going to shrug and now skip off to some job offers that had been badgering us and we just ignored while on UI? The other forms of temporary help only apply to a certain people IF they are not already maxed out in a given area. And by the time
People need the help NOW. What good is retroactive when rent and bills have a due date.
This does need to be take to the street in some form of marches or protest. They clearly are not getting it whatsoever.


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vince
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

Hey folks, well as Iv'e been posting for days now all over the internet there needs to be a 2 million unemployed march. DOUBLE THE MILLION MAN MARCH YEARS BACK…
Oh, and btw Obama has the power to force a special session and force these criminals to stay and finish completing the extension before going on break.. NOW LETS SEE IF HE HAS THE BALLS TO USE IT… If not i strongly urge all unemployed to join together..


vince
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

lolz oh believe me their not going to be eating chicken.. They'll be eating like kings and queens with their steaks and lobster… Maybe they will enjoy some oil on their seafood..


vince
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

Obama has and should use his authority to keep these criminals in office to settle this b4 going on vacation… If he doesn't then I truly believe a 2 million unemployed march is time..


ChrisInFlorida
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

As horrible as the incompetent liars, cheats and murderers that run BP are, they are doing a much better job of dealing with their oil disaster than the U.S.Senate is doing in dealing with the economic disaster that they have fostered.
The idea of the Senate going home for the Independence Day holiday weekend before they pass an unemployment extension is even more repugnant than BP CEO Tony Hayward enjoying himself, yacht racing, while the company that he was in charge of was blowing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf.
BP SUCKS! Rig workers were killed, the ongoing contamination continues to destroy wildlife, habitat and the region's economy, while Tony is yachting. Tony does NOT care about anything or anyone but Tony.

If our Senators go home for their holiday barbecue before extending the unemployed a lifeline then they are pulling a “Tony Hayward”!
ALL 99 “live” Senators are responsible for this “Lifeline” action before they leave for their weekend or they are WORSE than Tony Hayward.

Senators: Do you care about anything or anyone but yourselves?
We will all know your answer in a few days. Happy Yachting!


Sdbaker76
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

Please do not. And despite the display name you are special to someone or many. It is a crime this situation has put people in such straits they define themselves now only by their job. I have lost two friends to suicide and I am only 34 tomorrow. Too young. But I loved them good or bad and not cause of what they did for a living. Those that matter feel the same. Reach out here and wherever you can. Try 211 to see what is in your area and please don't take your life.


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ALYNCH14
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

I WATCHED PEOPLE AT THE UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE DAMN NEAR RIOT WHEN THEY FOUND OUT THE UNEMPLOYMENT WAS CUT OFF, STOP SENDING AID TO COUNTRIES WHO SPIT ON US, STOP THE MADNESS


ALYNCH14
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

YOUR RIGHT, ITS TIME TO DO THE RIGHT THING, THIS IS NOT A WHITE, OR A BLACK THING, THIS IS A WE ARE ALL IN SREIOUS TROUBLEWITHOUT THE UNEMPLOYMENT, 2 MILLION WITHOUT WILL BE 2 MILLION THAT WILL RIOT


ALYNCH14
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

I LIVE IN CARTERSVILLE, GA, THI TOWN IS DYING DUE TO THE LOSS OF JOBS, ONCE A THRIVING TOWN, NOW JUST A TOWN THAT IS GOING UNDER, IVE WATCHED FREINDS AND FAMILY LOSE THEIR HOMES DUE TO THE ECONOMY, WE CANT WAIT FOR CONGRESS TO GET THEIR THUMB OUT OF THEIR ASS, THEY NEED TO SWITCH PLACES WITH US AND THEN THEY WILL KNOW WHAT FEAR IS


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ALYNCH14
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THOSE SENATORS WHO FAILED TO PASS THE UNEPLOYMENT EXTENSION, WE NEED TO GET RID OF THEM ON ELECTION DAY, WE ARE TIRED OFTHE LIES, WE ARE TIRED OF THOSE SENATORS WHO THINK THE ARE ENTITLED TO MOCK US, WE ARE TIRED!


Vincent Comello
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

Can anyone imagine the historic magnitude that could happen.. 2 MILLION AMERICANS REGUARDLESS OF RACE STANDI AGINST THESE CRIMINALS… NOW THAT WOULD BE A DAY I WOULD BE PROUD OF.


Cacaeee
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

Senator Brown can be reached at (617) 722-1555, Scott.P.Brown@state.ma.us. People please call him , He's the responsible.


ALYNCH14
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

STAND UP AND BE COUNTED, YOUR VOTE WILL COUNT, LETS PUT AN END TO THIS CONGRESSIONAL ENTITLEMENT, 2 MILLION WITHOUT, WILL BE 2 MILLION THAT WILL VOTE SOON


rjcqh
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

Go to the petition and send a message to Washington.

http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/we_demand_an_immediate_passage_of_bill_hr_4213_extension_of_unemployment_benefits Mark As Violation


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ALYNCH14
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

MITCH MCONNELL WHAT A SHITBAG FOR BLOCKING THE EXTENSION, YOU DRIED UP DIRTY OLD BASTARD, SOMEBODY NEEDS TO SLAP THE TASTE OUT OFYOUR MOUTH AND BRING SOME SENSE TO YOU AND YOUR BACKROOM DEALING IDIOTS, EVERY TIME HE OPENS HIS MOUTH ALL WE EVER HEAR IS ONE LIE AFTER ANOTHER, YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND I HOPE WE VOTE YOUR TIRED SAGGY ASS OUT OF OFFICE, YOU FREAKIN RELIC OF THE 1920S


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ChrisInFlorida
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

Unless Sharron Angle becomes Sen. Robert Byrd's replacement, God forbid, the unemployment extension will pass when they come back on July 12.

The only thing that the Republican filibuster can possibly accomplish at this point is to leave our unemployed countrymen floundering for two more weeks with their unpaid bills, hungry children and despair caused by the same Republican's economic policies.

The Republicans should PASS this UI extension NOW!
It will happen without Republican support on July 12, anyway.
Don't the Republicans know that Main Street Americans hate them more than enough already?


ALYNCH14
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

I AM A FATHER WHO IS WATCHING HIS CHILDRENS FUTURE FLUSHED DOWN LIKE A BIG TURD, WE NEED TO FLUSH THOSE TURDS THAT ARE BLOCKING THE EXTENSION, WE NEED TO STOP SENDING AID TO OTHER COUNTRIES, WE NEED TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF OUR VETERANS, CONCENTRATE ON OUR ECONOMY , STOP BAILING OUT BANKS WHO COULD GIVE TWO SHITS ABOUT US, AND MORTGAGE COMPANYS


Dbessire
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

why is the house wasteing time on voteing again when the senate wont be back from there 4th day freaking vacation.


ALYNCH14
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

THEY GOING TO VOTE TONIGHT AND TRY TO PASS IT, LET HOPE THEY DO, OR WE ARE ALL IN TROUBLE


Stanmaday
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

Laid off since 2008 april,50 years young ,get no replys from job searches,UI expired in march.have followed congress for 2yrs. amazing all the BS they can and will put you through.they will screw around with this til november.wanna bet? throw every damn noe of them out! i am totally sick of this.


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Sara
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

How dare them vote against helping the American people! It makes me SICK that they will be enjoying their 4th of July vacation, while those of us who have been cut off are trying to figure out how we will feed our children/pay our mortgages. I've paid for everyone before me to use their UI benefits when needed, and now that I desperately need it, they cut me off. I want to know why they barely cover this injustice on the news.


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Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

Everyone needs to go to http://www.whitehouse.gov and send an email something like the one I just sent – see below:
“Mr. President: I have been a supporter of yours and continue to be, but, please remove me from all “support” emails that deal with anything other than unemployment. I cannot support anything other than taking care of the American People First! Millions of us are SUFFERING at the hands of the politicians and the State Of The Union! Either do something for the people that should be receiving their unemployment or just forget everything else as we don't really have a country worth living in unless we can take care of our own first. Forget about the other benign items up for consideration in the House and Senate or on your roster until the unemployed are taken care of with their unemployment payments (which they are due and have paid for all of their working lives!) and the creation of jobs…everything else should take a back seat until the government takes care of who really counts, the people of America…not other countries, no other issues…the people of America need to come FIRST! Set the priority TODAY and call the Senate back to vote on the bill to reinstate unemployment TODAY or you sign an EXECUTIVE ORDER to take care of Americans before our Independence Day – or we can all hang our heads and not celebrate July 4th as none of us really have anything to celebrate if the People do not come FIRST! How can you go to sleep at night knowing of the millions of families that are going hungry in America through no fault of their own?”


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Ace111
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

“No one's disputing the value of these very important programs,” said Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. “But we also have to have tough choices and we also need to live within our means.” So I guess he is concern about spending $$ on this bill. My suggestion to him would be maybe he should take a reduction in pay, or sacrifice some of his senator expenses or pay a higher co-pay for himself and all the people that work for him(since we pay for their health insurance -it would reduce what we have to pay)-all of these things would help off set the national debt that he is so worried about and help us all “live within our means”!!
His washington number is :202 224-4543


Ddpx
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

Write the white house, call these freak en senators and let them know how abusive and neglectful and great harm they have caused by their vote of no. Let them know that a BIG NO VOTE for them and their party will be the response. Do not support their drilling , war, and all the big business favors . Kill Bill will mean just that. NO MORE MONEY FOR THE BANKS/Business. Fight that at every level from local to Federal. No more back room deals for them. We have nothing to lose just fight them all the way. NO NO NO NO NO. Let them all move to China. This may be a world economy that does not mean without us in in. It means without them.


Rollyn
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

Are we forgetting something? Unemployment insurance is not a dole. It's not supposed to pay for ever. At some point, the benefits stop.

Few seem to look at federal job sites such as http://www.usajobs.gov instead they are content until the cash flow stops. A job delivering mail might seem beneath some's dignity. However its start rate is $20/hr.

Not all will make what they earned previously. That's a risk when trying to work for someone else. While working for one's self may seem risky, living without an employment check is as challenging.

If someone keys on doing work others won't do, there is a market.


Pauljcampbell
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

I've been unemployed for over 1.5 years. No more printed money. It's time to meet the consequences of this failed administration.


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A Detroiter
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

Where is the mail carrier job? I'm from Detroit and the only usajobs around here are for people with 4-year degrees. Did you just look up jobs in your immediate area and assume it's the same everywhere?

I don't think you realize how ignorant you sound to those of us who apply for every job under the sun and get rejected day after day. And then we have to read comments from twats like you who think there are actually jobs to be had.

Here's a homework assignment for you: call up any employer who's got a job posting. Ask them how many applications they've gotten. If the unemployed are truly not trying to get a job, these employers will say they don't have many applicants, right? Please try it and post the results here.


tonysam
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

What are you talking about? You sound incoherent. By the way, the Post Office is cutting back, too. Federal jobs are FIERCELY competitive. Self-employment is a JOKE when it requires MONEY up front and, if people aren't buying, YOU won't be making any money at it. Not everybody can do it. You sound ignorant of what is going on out here. There are NO jobs to be had without extremely fierce competition. There aren't any jobs “nobody else will do.” The more menial the job, the more applicants.


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Rudyiacono
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

The bill will pass, it will be a matter of when. It will unlikely pass tonight simply because the republicans want to string this one out. The stimulus money that has already been approved is like an ace in the hole for the next go round as the economy is heading back into a recession. The democrats are in need of a major victory and they can not chance the bill being defeated. The republicans have voted with the democrats in the past for unemplyment extensions and they have always been considered as emergency funding. The republicans have now changed their tune and are demanding that the extension be paid with stimulus money. I would have to agree with the democrats that the extension should be considered as emergency funding as has been the case in the past. Amazingly republicans can fund two useless wars and appropriate an additional $600+ billion to keep the war effort going to chase 100 taliban. Its incredulous to believe that republicans are more concerned about the Tailban than unemployed Americans at home. I do believe that this kind of posturing does not sit well with the American people unless of course you are a loon like Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, Angle or Brown, The republicnas don't even want to think about how fractured their party is and recognize that they have more to lose with these idiots in the fall then having moderate republicans on the ticket. Republicans at this point were hot and had plenty momentum just after the health care debate and are beginning to recognize that winning back the house and the senate are now impossible tasks. You can thank the tea baggers for helping make the choices perfectly clear, anarchy or democrat. I think I will take the democrat. BTW I am an independent.


Ace111
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

From the Boston Globe today about Senator Scott Brown ““It's disgraceful that Senator Brown is using his political leverage to protect financial elites while turning his back on Massachusetts' unemployed residents,” Rich Rogers, executive secretary-treasurer of the Greater Boston Labor Council, said earlier this week. “He should turn his pickup truck in for a limousine.”


upsidedownflag
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

I think what you said was very dirty but great. it made me laugh a little and i am always ready to cry these days. did you see the looks on their faces in the picture on this blog. haughty and smug. only one to the right looks a little unsure. he is probably just a joiner. all assholes.


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Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

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DawnA
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

Isn't it funny that we don't hear from the Senators on BofA, Wachovia, and HSBC's (all TARP recipients) money laundering schemes with the Mexican Cartel to the tune of nearly 1 trillion dollars?


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patienceisvirture
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

They are debating the UI Extension in the House as we speak. The Republicans would have you believe they are on your side, but they just want this payed for. That is such baloney when you think of all the money that is given to Wars, Military Contractors, Tax cuts for Wealthy, etc. that wasn't payed for. And UI has been payed for by all the millions who have worked in the system already. I say vote them all out in Nov. And bombard them in your home states as they are enjoying their 4th of July if they show up at any public functions, town halls, etc.


TrinxIwas1
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

This is DISGUSTING! How do they sleep at night? For some interesting info on how we got to this point read: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15923.htm


Patienceisvirtue
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

I don't know how we would do it, but I think it would be great if all the unemployed could have a march on Washington. Can you imagine anywhere from 5 to 15 million faces of the unemployed. You could'nt ignore us then, because it would put a face on all of us out here. And although unemployed, we have not lost our dignity, and still have the right to vote.


Erc999
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

I've been watching this on c-span like most of us and I really don't care how they do it but it shouldn't even be a debate. There's sites popping up saying there will be a rally on the 4th because of this in DC. And also they just said this may come up for vote tonight in the senate one more time before they leave for vacation. I'm all for a rally if this doesn't work so you can count me as being there.


shay
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

That's totally inaccurate. I recently applied for a federal job. I received an email stating I was highly qualified but they had received 201 applications for the one position so they would be unable to send my resume any further along. Stop buying into the false belief that the unemployed are lazy good for nothings that are having the time of their lives waiting for their unemployment checks.


Deni762
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

I too thought of the unemployed (includes myself) ralling in Washington. How many Repulicans will leave their party after being dragged through the mud? No one wants to stay unemployment forever! The homeless will increase in masses if people can pay their mortgages!! Wake up Repulicans and stop sitting on your hands! Exactly how do Republicans plan to create jobs over night? In the mean time millions starve, or can't go to job interviews if there are any, because they don't have the monies to get there!! The extensions are an artery of life for not only the unemployed, but banks, businesses and the economy! No one can pay the IRS either if they don't have an extension. The economy will really spiral out of control if the Extension bill is not passed!


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safetygirl65
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

I just called there, surprisingly got through to some “aide” of his- who tried to do a song and dance about how the Senator cares about American people- to which I told him it's “bullshit”- Call him!!! Keep the phones busy! I reached him at the 617-722-1555 number.


Mjcc1987
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

“…It's time to meet the consequences of this failed administration…” Of course you mean Bush, since this actually happend on his watch.


Larry
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

Well this starts the month we cannot pay our mortgage and start toward the foreclosure path. I know we are not alone on this and we have done everything we can to save money. I do think many people are going to lose their homes because of this. I wished the politicians could feel the pain we will have in trying to shelter our children.


Annie_Lowrey
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

They might vote again tonight in the Senate — will keep an eye and write it up as soon as it happens if it happens. In the meantime, I'm always looking to talk with people with expiring benefits. I'm on alowrey@washingtonindependent.com.


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Dcorbett1926
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 7:09 pm

I have been working since I was 18. I am now 47. I was laid of in Dec. 2008. But I should accept that we are sending 400 million to Palestine!


monkey99
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

The guy on the right is John Cornyn, and he is not unsure. He knows EXACTLY what he's doing, denying benefits, just like McConnell.

You're right. They ARE all a**holes.


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Gray
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

Monies for an unjust war, monies to bail out the big banks, money to line the pockets of those Republican a**holes but no money for the unemployed? Time for a change, if anyone votes for The Party of No and their candidates you deserve what you get, which would be nothing!


Gray
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

love the idea, just how do we all pay to get there?


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Abigail Adams
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

Dear Reader and Fellow Americans,

Please cut and paste the link below into your browser. It is a map of your country that tracks the national unemployment rate per county, per state, in a shaded map for the last 3.5 years from 2007-2010. The darker the area / region gets the higher the unemployment rate.

http://cohort11.americanobserver.net/latoyaegwu…

To all the Republican Senators who just voted NO for the fourth time and have refused to SAVE your fellow unemployed Americans who have giving you your job, I ask that you find a spare moment during you Independence Day vacation and just take a look at the map of your country. Find your state and your voting district. Than just take a wild guess as to many of your constituents are involved here. Good luck to all of you in November, we can't wait to return your vote NO!

And to my fellow citizens who are lucky enough to still be currently employed and feel this matter does not affect you, please find your state and county on the map above and see just how really close you are to being next in line at the unemployment office.


Abigail Adams
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

What the Republican Senators do not understand at all, is that there are millions of registered Republicans voters, who through no fault of their own, are now unemployed. For the Republican Senators to continue to show, week after week, no mercy, no sympathy, neither empathy, nor consideration to the plight of members of their own voting base, who are barely surviving on the $450.00 a week they receive in employment insurance is unforgivable and now diabolical. I am so absolutely disguised with my own Republican Party, that for the first time in my life, I would not only vote for a Democrat replacement Senator this fall, I would vote straight ticket Democrat all the way and call it a day!
The deficit of an unemployed household is horrifying and I can assure you heartless Republicans in Congress that it is much more terrifying to the unemployed then the National deficit is to you. Tell me, how can a family of five survive on $450.00 and now nothing thanks to you? How can we go to the grocery store and get a week’s worth of food, plus fill the gas tank up to go job hunting, take the kids to school, take one child to a doctor, that we now pay for in cash since we lost our health issuance, get the prescription filled, buy dog food and set aside the left over pennies for rent, utilities, car repairs, braces payments, etc?
My family has never asked for a hand out. For three months of last year I went to a food bank and stood in line for five hours to get a box of random canned goods, and still have not thought of applying for food stamps! To think we used to hold Republican precinct meetings in our home. What home now, the banks home? I have worked tirelessly on multiple Republican campaigns and for what, abandonment, disgrace and disregard? When you Republicans voted No the last three consecutive times to not extend unemployment benefits, you have taken the food right out of my three children's mouth. There is nowhere for us to cut back. I am a fiscal conservative for God’s sake!
I wish like hell we could vote your arrogance out of office and then you could try to live on $450.00 a week and support your wife and three kids on that. But what I wish for more than anything is that I could then vote to take it away from you without warning! If you Republicans believe in the same God I do, I pray He resigns down on you an Eye for an Eye. And because I have faith the size of a mustard seed in Him, which is 1000% more faith that I have left in your heartless folly, I know that He will.

Sincerely Yours, One of a Million+++ Disenfranchised Republican Unemployed Voters.


Abigail Adams
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

My husband and I were lifelong, very active Republicans. THAT HAS FOREVER CHANGED YESTERDAY!!! Since my husband lost his unemployment extension three weeks ago by the complete and utter incompetence of our Republican Senators and their complacent failure to remedy and recognize a National working class crisis, we have endured the deficit changes to our budget by your actions in the following way. I had the braces removed 6 months early from my 13 and 14 year old children’s teeth. My car got repossessed since I chose to pay the rent instead of the car to keep a roof over our heads. I emphasize the word RENT, because we already LOST our FAMILY HOME of 13 YEARS to FORECLOSURE!! As a result of losing my car, I have had to stop working at the bedside of a 90 year old Hospice patent with congestive heart failure because I can't get there! Her family says she is declining since my abrupt absence and she can’t understand why I’m not coming anymore. Neither can I! Now myself and my husband are both unemployed!
Now that I don’t have a car, I have applied for Medicaid for my three children. And since we don’t have a car, they now qualify. In the last two weeks, I have saved money by not buying frozen concentrate juice from the grocery store. Instead I have hand squeezed over 52 lemons, which I picked myself from a lemon tree in the yard of our rented house, to make lemonade for my children to drink in lieu of buying store bought fruit juice. THANK YOU REPUBLICAN SENATORS FOR MAKING ME FEEL LIKE AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT IN MY OWN COUNTRY!!! I have negotiated with a doctor for his best cash price to see my daughter who had fallen ill, only to get to the pharmacy and find his prescription was $62.00 when the doctor’s visit was only $50.00. I had to have the doctor call the pharmacy and prescribe something available from Wal-Mart’s $9.00 generic brands.
This is just a glimpse in the life of one of the over 1.5 million Americans you have affect in just the last 3.5 weeks by your blatant neglect. I only wish we could all AFFORD the GAS to drive to the steps of the Capital to hold you Republicans accountable. Before this Depression set in, my husband was the Manager of a thriving construction company, after having worked in the construction industry for over 20 years. Construction is no longer an Industry, it’s a charity. He was laid off along with every other employee that he worked with and supervised, all now on unemployment. His former employer is completely out of business after 30 years of outstanding service and workmanship. THANKS TO THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS WE FEEL LIKE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN OUR OWN COUNTRY!!!


Abigail Adams
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 8:14 pm

The Senators let us hang out to dry for their Memorial Day vacation. Now it's the Fourth of July. I am a proud and very angry American.

But we unemployed Americans can't celebrate our independence from Tyranny on July 4th because of the Tyrants. The Tyrants will take a 7 day vacation from doing NOTHING! When will we revolt?

WHEN? After they have starved us to death and we are too weak to fight or even speak! What the hell are we doing AMERICA?

Our Declaration of Independence was founded on the concept that any civil government depends on the consent of those who are governed, which may be withdrawn at any time.

On this Independence Day, are you able to celebrate your consent to be governed by people who chose to let you and your family starve while they take their second 7 day paid vacation in a month?

Can you image having two 7 day paid vacations in the span of just 30 days?
They just got back from their Memorial Day vacation on June 7th (Memorial Day was Monday, May 31st) refusing to act to prevent your extension from expiring on June 2nd, 2010.

Ask yourself, is our government acting reasonably?

I argue they are as unreasonable as Marie Antoinette. What should we eat at our Independence Day cookout, Cake?

Shame on us if we continue to do nothing. Shame, shame on us if we do not withdrawal our consent to be governed by this reckless government.

Our founding fathers had no phones, cars, internet to communicate between each other their dissatisfaction with being governed unreasonably.

Instead they used invisible ink and rode on horseback in the dead of night, up and down the entire East Coast including the interior southern states no less, to communicate between each other their dissatisfaction regarding their government’s unreasonable behavior.

Their horseback trail later became the route for the first postal service.

What is the matter with us that we are so feeble that we would accept this as reasonable behavior from our government?

On this Independence Day, ask yourself if you are going to continue to do nothing by giving your consent to be governed by this horrendous government?

I beg of you, would any reasonable person consent to this?


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Trina
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

Well I did not get a check this week. This is the first week. I am so scared of what is going to happen. How do I pay the rent, electric, water bill. I again signed up to yet another temp service for work, only to get the reply of ” We have nothing right now for you, but we will keep you on our roster”. Damn, what are these people in Washington thinking? Are they going to let me come live with them until I can get some kind of income? I think not. LOL. Heck, right now, I don't even have enough money to buy gas to go rob a bank. LOL. I will hate to see what the crime rate is going to be in the next couple of weeks. Oh well, at least one thing is I can say I am still alive. That counts for something.


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Trina
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

It will probably be the same old, same old. I am scared and tired of this mess. I don't have a job, Joblessness is even worse since the floods in Nashville, and then they go and do this. What are we suppose to do, go sell apples on the street corner like in the depression? Hell, who will buy them, most of the people around here are out of work. TN has a very high unemployment rate, and it is getting worse by the day. I lost my benefits starting this week. We heard about the no vote on Thursday or Friday, and I tried to do my certification on Sunday, and it said I exhausted my benefits. So where does that leave me? Closer to homelessness, or without utilities, etc.. How can these people be so heartless. I sure hope they enjoy all of their 4th of July festivities, and I hope they don't choke on their food. Cause I am NOT going to celebrate the birthday of this nation. I have nothing to celebrate, cause I feel this country has turned its back on me. And come November, I WILL NOT be voting. What is the use?


nukewker
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

I think you should turn on your tv Rollyn, and pay good attention to the news. Just cuz you got a job, does NOT give you the right to crap on those who are struggling to find one!! LIKE ME!! >;(


Trina
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

They won't feel the pain. They are sitting to high up on their pedastels.


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Trina
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

You have got to be kidding me… I have looked every where for a job, even out of state, There are plenty of people out there looking for work. We don't just sit on our rear ends and collect UI. We are looking for work, because you know what? UI does not really pay that much. In fact, it barely gets you through the week, but at least it helps alittle. And in our state, they are still doing the major laying off thing. So, stop trying to judge us, and try to put yourself in our shoes, if only for a moment. Think about how you would deal with this in your life. I did not ask to get laid off from my job, I loved my job and was very good at what I did. Unfortunately it was with a major steel provider. Just remember Karma.. what you do, will happen to you, what you think, will happen to you, what you say, will happen to you. What goes around comes around. So just go back, sit in your cushy airconditioned office, and leave us alone.


Msanonymous222
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

I made my daily phone call to Dick “ma'am, you know that Sen. Durbin has worked very hard for the unemployed” Durbin's office. Today I told her that it was every Senator's staff's turn to turn off the political propagandizing and listen to the anger and pain of constituents–constituents who have every reason to be outraged that 1. our Senate did not work together and 2. that they have made a conscious self-serving decision to recess, and have left people in the lurch who are in dire need of help.

I did not raise my voice. I simply told her the way it is–that this is the day for ALL senators to understand that they did not work to resolve an issue and resolve it in a timely manner (they have had since their return from Easter break to work on this; they have failed us through several holidays, not just one), and that we are the repeated victims of their failure to do so.

And that is the message that I am sending to all of our senators. “You ALL failed us.”


Harvey
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

Your story have me in tears because it's our story but I'm the person with CHF the person you were taking care of is 90 I'm 42 and cand buy my medication. And now we can't pay rent this is a shame.


David Zickau
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

Back in the day, we only agreed to “disagree” for so long, then some fed up crazy bastard would do what we were all thinking. J.F. Kennedy. Robert Kennedy. Martin Luther King. George Wallace.Larry Flint. And less successfully, Ronald Reagan. The time for passive resistance is over.The world is a horrible place to live, but don't go out alone. Take a republican with you when you go.


Trina
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

If we were illegal immigrants, we would be getting alot more aid than what we are receiving. I know what you are going through, as I am in the same boat. I just pray that this mess will be worked out real soon.


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Trina
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

$450.00 a week? Try living on 243.00 a week.


Deni762
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

I have worked from the age 18 to the present age of 48 or will be later this month! I currently live in California. I have had four layoffs since moving here in 2002. This has been a roller coaster ride from hell! I am going to receive my last 26 week unemployment check in two weeks. It will be enough to pay my half of our mortgage. I live with a partner who is working. Republicans want jobs created ! Out of where? Can they give more than 1 million jobs over night? I think not! Every day here in California alone there are lay offs.
As of today every State Employee is being forced to drop in salary to receive the minimum wage of $8.00 an hour! On top the furlough days! In the mean time jobs are scarce. One can't even pound the pavement any more. Everything has to be filled out on line. I am will to walk dogs if necessary. I wake up every morning with fear and anxiety. The last employer I had was with the County Of Riverside under their temporary assistant program. It lasted six months.
While on the TAP program employers do not have funds pulled for EDD. I am drawing from the previous employer. People ask why don't I take a temporary job. Even those are running out and there are no benefits. I feel like I am on a hamster wheel. I am furious at the Republican party for shutting their eyes and ears to the unemployed all the while saying we are taking advantage of the system while they stuff their faces. This July 4th they all get to enjoy BBQ's and festivities when there are many American families barely able to put food on their tables. I don't think there will be a whole lot of celebrating this year! Our unemployment and extensions are the arteries that are keeping us alive. We are headed for another nasty spiral in our economy if this bill is not passed this month. It will effect every industry in this nation because they can't be paid.


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Dirt Poor
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

I was living on $129 a week, since my employer cut my hours in half before I was laid off. But you'll hear no complaints from me about it, my tier 2 unemployment benefits ran out and now I am living on $-0- a week.


Joy
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

The bank started foreclosure on my house, so I put it up for a short sale. In February, had a buyer, but in June, after four months of waiting on the bank to approve the sale, the buyer got disgusted and pulled out. The bank would rather foreclose, rack up legal fees and have the house sit empty for years until they put it on the market, than take a $10,000 loss and be out of it now. Banks got help from the government, I was turned down by the bank for a loan modification. Banks got help, they foreclosed on my house and wouldn't accept a short sale. Banks got help, and oh yeah, I worked at a bank for 30 years until they laid me off. Banks got help from the government but sure did nothing to help me.


robtr
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

Last year President OilBama passed an $867 Billion deficit funded bill that he said at the time would prevent unemployment from reaching 8%. Now OilBama is going around the country telling everyone it worked. If it worked why is unemployment at 9.7% and going up and why do we need to continue to deficit spend?

At the same time the democrats are trying to pass more deficit funded spending to pay the salaries of Union State Employees. The problem is that the Democrats and OilBama have failed in everything they have attempted to do and they are relying on jounior reporters to try and spin it for them.


99er
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

Im a 99er and thus very much in favor of a tier V and extending the already approved benefits. I must say though I find how this story is covered to be irritating. The media seems to focus on “why wont those mean Republicans let the democrats borrow more for the unemployed?”, it seems to me that the question could just as easily be “Why wont those mean Democrats cut spending in other areas to ensure priorities like unemployment benefits remain funded?” Anyways its really sad that this is even a political issue, it shouldnt be.


Darryl Jansson
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

Hi Trina, I am signed up with 6 temp agencies and I get the same thing. How scary is it when you can't even find temp work. I never thought in a million years I would be unemployed at 45 years of age. I honestly think I have run into age discrimination but of course I can't prove it.


Mia Abbott
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

Well, I was upset Monday, but I went to hysterical on Tuesday and totally incredulous today.

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/2010…

Check out this story. I am in Vermont. Last night, after the CSPAN2 Senate show, I decided to watch the local news. Rarely stay up that late, something just said check it out. The annoucement was that EB ( Extended State Benefits- last 13 weeks)were immediately done. OK, over 50, I was laid off after 8 months (moved for job), begged to return by company 6 weeks later, taught myself new job, laid off 9 months later. I am in my 17th week of my 26 weeks of State Benefits, but said OK 9 weeks left and MAYBE,just MAYBE, I'll finally get a second interview ( had one interview in 7 months, then 3 last week, all no thanks) and please,please a job. If they ever passed an extension I could have gotten EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation), per what I was reading. The hold time to speak to anyone at DOL is 1 hour and no one gives you the same answer.

Now, VT State website was last updated 3/27/10, but it says that there are no trigger on the first 2 tiers, and I listened to NPR tonight and they said the same thing (ALL states were eligible). If they did pass the Emergency Extension, can anyone tell me if the article is correct, or NPR.?

The unemployment here is 6.4 and the trigger for EB is 6.5, but the truth is far from 6.4, if you are over 40 and can't stand up 10 hours a day to work at the Cumberland Farms Quick Stop.

So, long story a little shorter- can anyone tell me where to research this?

Thanks for any help/guidance that you can give!


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Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 12:53 am

God Bless you Harvey. I am so sorry and deeply saddened to hear about your debilitating CHF with no cure or meds. How could you afford the meds? Because the only ones that can afford the meds are on Medicare and your far to young for that. I am so touch by your comments, that for the first time in a long time, I an rendered speechless. God Bless you and please continue to scream your story from town to town like Paul Revere.


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Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:13 am

I believe that when W. Virginia seats their replacement Senator, sometime during the week of July 11, 2010, since the death of their current Senator, the late Senator Byrd, left W. Virginia unrepresented, the Senate will then have the 60 votes need. The question then will be, if the continuation of the federal extension program will be retroactive or not, going back to the date they expired on June 2nd, 2010.

By then about 2,000,000 Americans will have lost their benefits. I cannot strongly agree with economist Nouriel Roubini (Doctor Doom) when he said, “When Americans lose everything, they lose it.”


Abigail Adams
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:16 am

Isn't that the most incredible part of this whole disgusting affair, where the hell is the press?


Abigail Adams
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:18 am

Trina I cannot image how any of us have survived this Economic Depression.


Sntonysam5
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:20 am

And then Labor Day will come and go, and Congress will hang us out to dry. This is nothing short of despicable and scandalous.


Sntonysam5
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:24 am

That's probably the max. We EARNED it by making higher salaries than you, so I don't feel sorry for you if you are working for that little money. By the way, we pay taxes on that amount, which doesn't even BEGIN to pay the bills.


Sntonysam5
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:26 am

And you were probably living off somebody else because you could not afford to live on that little money. Or else you are lying, which is likely.


Sntonysam5
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:27 am

You weren't making as much, that's why, and probably living off somebody else.


annoymous
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:35 am

Let's face it. The senate is going off to play for a week, while millions of American struggle to pay their rent/mortgage because their unemployment has been cut off. Let's face it. It's the greedy Republicans again. They have the nerve to spend billions of dollars a month on a bogus war that is just meant to help big business, while the average American is suffering with the highest unemployment since the Great Depression. They should not be allowed to go on a vacation leaving so many people without unemployment benefits. Let's vote all Republicans out of office and stop this bogus war.


Lsdfj
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:43 am

Republicans only fund banks, a bogus war, wall street, and all the other things that only help a few and hurt the rest of the population. LETS GET THESE REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE!


Abigail Adams
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:45 am

It is treason against the people by the politicians.


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Abigail Adams
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:51 am

Trina, I took my daughter to a doctor this week. He knew we were uninsured. Out of sheer frustration he tells me, that if she were an illegal, he could send her out to have a EKG and a full blood panel done and we wouldn’t pay a penny. He told me that he is telling all of his unemployed, uninsured patients, to apply for medicaid, even it it means having to give away a car worth over the $3,500 limit.

All I’m saying, is I want the same medical care as the illegals get. I cannot strongly agree enough with economist Nouriel Roubini (Doctor Doom) when he said, “When Americans lose everything, they lose it.”


Malindastoner
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:51 am

Feed the children how about feeding the americans if they were so strict about the unemployment and people who want to work they should be that strict about the people on welfare i can't wait til november elections they will probably pass it to try and make them selves look like heroe's peoploe do not forget these are the people that made you sweat worryloose your homes no food for your children no medical care for your loved ones remember them when you vote. The people who said nay oh well guess you wont get my vote or maybe over 2 million americans that are registered to vote. This is sad they can spend millions and trillions for overseas. now everyone suffers until after the 4th until they decide to come back. And i am sure they will all be full of food and drink and have no sympathy for the ones who are on the streets with no home no job no food for their children remember americans who has done this remember americans who voted against the bill remember who could have helped but did not. What a shame. We will help aphganistan, iraq, haiti, but when it comes to americans screw the americans REMEMBER WHO DONE ATHIS ATO YOU IN NOVEMEBER……………


Malindastoner
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:57 am

Obama lies he lied about so many things already and put us in more debt. We need change ya he changed us alright he broke the bank and then some but what do you expect you know who he is. Is he a US citizen was he born here never was confirmed…


Malindastoner
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 2:02 am

Trina I am in the same boat i am 51 never been unemployed thius is the first time. And beleive me I am scared I am in the age discrimination stage as well when I am healthier looking than most 32 year olds it the birthdate. I run 3 miles a day lift 4 days out of the week, and am in perfect condition. But the age on the app is what they look at.


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Abigail Adams
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 2:11 am

Sorry folks I stand corrected. The Senate is not going to bring up the issue again until July 14th, when the new W. Senator is seated.


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Harvey
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 2:54 am

Thank you for kind words. I'm still insured by my employer I was paying for my meds with my husband unemployment. I do pray that I get to stick around to see my kids grow up I got a 4 year old who need me. My disability check is half of my pay plus I still pay for my insurance. I have never complained until now I never thought we would never be able to afford food, soap, toothpaste, rent etc.


Looking4Answers
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 3:00 am

If you would have watched the vote and read the facts you would have known that it was NOT the Republicans who have cause this delay. The Republicans weeks ago came up with a bill for the unemployment extensions stating that the government should take it out of the left over money that remains in the stimulus fund.Common sense – why continue to add to the deficit when we have money sitting there to be used. It was the Democrats that refused that bill. Refusing to touch the stimulus fund in order to hold on to it for election campaigns and their own little “projects”. So lets add to our debt and sit on the money we have that could fund the extensions.This never would have happened and would have been resolved weeks ago if the Democrats had a brain.


Looking4Answers
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 3:09 am

Abigail I am right behind ya! I have asking the same question for weeks. There hasn't been anything mentioned about the extensions anywhere in the media. BUT they sure rubbed it in our noses over the Memorial weekend on how our hypocritical Pres was out and about going to this barbecue and to that barbecue. And how he had a picnic for the Senate and House on the White House lawn after coming back from a 10 day vacation. I could a fat rats ass on what our so called Pres is doing on his day off and what the hell he is eating when I am sick to my stomach worried about how to put food on my table.
I guess that only goes to show us how our media is controlled by certain people in our government.
The same way they keep blaming the Republicans for this lapse in unemployment extensions. Watch C-Span and read legitimate articles and you will see the one who voted no is a Democrat.


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Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 3:25 am

Again the Republican Senators are not to blame for this lapse in extensions, it is the Democrats. There is money in stimulus reserves. The Republicans tried to get a bill passed for unemployment extensions weeks ago that suggested the money to fund the extensions be taken from the stimulus reserve instead of adding more debt to the deficit. The Democrats REFUSED it because they want to keep the reserves for their election campaigns. Not only that why do the Democrats have a whole bunch of other crap in the unemployment bill which is keep the bill from passing? When they vote on unemployment extensions they should be voting a bill that contains only that. Instead the Democrats threw in a bunch of other crap to be voted on that has nothing to do with the extensions and that is another reason why the bill cannot get passed. The Democrats want us people fully dependent on them. They have their agenda and believe you me it has nothing to do with looking out for us “little” people.
And just so you know, the bill was held up last night because of 1 vote. That vote was a Democrat. Read up on it or watch C-Span to get your facts.


Joy
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 4:49 am

No, unfortunately that is the sad truth. I am in my 50's and single so have no one else to help me. I was laid off from a high-paying prosessional job, and finding nothing else in my field, I took another job which paid a lot less. (Isn't that what the negative people are always saying – jobs are out there – take anything you can find?) Well, that is what I did. The new company cut our hours down to 19 hours a week, then outsourced several of our jobs and we were laid off so that cut down on the benefits we could receive. But wouldn't you rather receive $129 a week than nothing? I would. You are absolutely correct, Sntonysam, no one can live on that amount of money. Which is why the bank is foreclosing on my house, but at least I was able to keep the water and electricity on while I was receiving benefits. No one believes this will ever happen to them, but in this economy, it can, and in the future, possibly will.


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Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 5:03 am

I have been a proud Republican until now. I am a 49 year old veteran, but this is it, for now on I will be an Independent and will never vote again for a Republican candidate at any level. I pretty sure that my children will do the same. So potentially that is 5 votes that they getting ready to lose for ever.


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Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

Unfair judgment against Americans whom have worked hard and diligently to have a safe environment in America. This is money we have worked legally for and now we are being punished. The Senate, is sleeping, eating, socializing, traveling everyday and not having any conscious about the unemployed. The Senate is creating a new WAR! If people can't eat, feed their families, have monies to survive then trauma is next. “By whatever means is necessary 2 survive will be the next step! Thanks 2 the Senate these are the Americans you are turning in 2 monsters, thieves, robbers, and etc. Thanks America!


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Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

DID I MISS SOMETHING OR DID OUR PRESIDENT JUST GIVE A SHORT SPEECH AT AN AIRPORT TOUTING HOW JOBS HAVE BEEN ADDED, WISHING EVERYONE A GOOD 4TH OF JULY BUT NEVER MENTIONING ANYTHING ABOUT EXTENDING BENEFITS?? I GUESS HE WAS WISHING THE HOUSE AND SENATE PEOPLE A GOOD 4TH. HE HAS FORGOTTEN THE PEOPLE WHO HIRED HIM THAT DO NOT HAVE JOBS AND WILL BE SPENDING THE 4TH WORRYING ABOUT HOW TO GO TO THE GROCERY STORE. DID I MISS SOMETHING????


Lahern
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

oh, god bless you. I too have a husband being cut off unemployment but for now I have a job(with seniors)and know how fortunate I am. You are a very good writer. I encourage you to keep writing- everyday from your heart .
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Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

Why are you all saying the Republicans are to not to blame if they did not ask for the filibuster the vote would of been through 3 weeks ago. hmmmm


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Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

How are we suppose to feed are children and put a roof over there head without no job and no money? Someone needs to explain to our children that the RICH sitting in Washington dont care about them……….Will this countrybe the same………….Widow of a man who served this country


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Comment posted July 3, 2010 @ 1:04 am

Leslie, thank you so very, very much for your words of encouragement. I knew I was either going crazy or going to write. For now writing has won the day. I have felt in my bones I should keep writing because I am so passionate about this issue and your opinion has given me the courage to continue to do so. God Bless You and thank you. Most Sincerely, Abigail Adams


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Abigail Adams
Comment posted July 3, 2010 @ 1:52 am

I unfortunately know my facts all to well. I have a vast political science background which includes Chairperson -Young Republicans, Vice Chair – County GOP. two state campaigns as a Republican, Precinct Chair, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah. After devoting as much of myself to the Republican Party as I could, five years ago I realized my teenage children desired that same level of devotion. I have since tried to live a quite, peaceful and simple life as a housewife and mother and have devoted myself to being available to my family. What is left of me I have invested spending several wonderful years working with Hospice patients and other charities. I can tell you now that I apologize to Republicans across the country who find themselves without their Unemployment INSURANCE Benefits because of our Republican electorate's INDIFFERENCE!. While I also believe the extensions should be absolutely funded by the parked stimulus dollars, the Republicans are in no way able to throw their weight around since they are such a minority party in Congress! And if they think for one minute that their Republican voting base or INDEPENDENT VOTERS will understand their reasoning for cutting them off of receiving their UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS without warning for what will most likely be mid August funding of the extension dollars once Sen. Byrd's replacement is seated on July 14th, you need to keep looking4answers.


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Comment posted July 3, 2010 @ 1:59 am

Amen. AMEN!!!! The Republicans cannot play Russian Roulette with HARD WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES! The Republicans are so stupid to think that their constituents will back them up on this.

http://cohort11.americanobserver.net/latoyaegwu…

To all the Republican Senators who just voted NO for the third time and have refused to SAVE your fellow unemployed Americans who have giving you your job, I ask that you find a spare moment during you Independence Day vacation and just take a look at the map of your country. Find your state and your voting district. Than just take a wild guess as to many of your constituents are involved here. Good luck to all of you in November, we can't wait to return your vote NO!


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Abigail Adams
Comment posted July 3, 2010 @ 2:04 am

This is Tyranny play and simple.

The Senators let us hang out to dry for their Memorial Day vacation. Now it's the Fourth of July. I am a proud and very angry American.

But we unemployed Americans can't celebrate our independence from Tyranny on July 4th because of the Tyrants. The Tyrants will take a 7 day vacation from doing NOTHING! When will we revolt? WHEN? After they have starved us to death and we are too weak to fight or even speak!

What the hell are we doing AMERICA?

Our Declaration of Independence was founded on the concept that any civil government depends on the consent of those who are governed, which may be withdrawn at any time.

On this Independence Day, are you able to celebrate your consent to be governed by people who chose to let you and your family starve while they take their second 7 day paid vacation in a month?

Can you image having two 7 day paid vacations in the span of just 30 days?
They just got back from their Memorial Day vacation on June 7th (Memorial Day was Monday, May 31st) refusing to act to prevent your extension from expiring on June 2nd, 2010.

Ask yourself, is our government acting reasonably?

I argue they are as unreasonable as Marie Antoinette. What should we eat at our Independence Day cookout, Cake?

Shame on us if we continue to do nothing. Shame, shame on us if we do not withdrawal our consent to be governed by this reckless government.

Our founding fathers had no phones, cars, internet to communicate between each other their dissatisfaction with being governed unreasonably.

Instead they used invisible ink and rode on horseback in the dead of night, up and down the entire East Coast including the interior southern states no less, to communicate between each other their dissatisfaction regarding their government’s unreasonable behavior.

Their horseback trail later became the route for the first postal service.
What is the matter with us that we are so feeble that we would accept this as reasonable behavior from our government?

On this Independence Day, ask yourself if you are going to continue to do nothing by giving your consent to be governed by this horrendous government?

I BEG OF YOU, WOULD ANY REASONABLE PERSON SENT TO THIS?


Abigail Adams
Comment posted July 3, 2010 @ 2:11 am

I unfortunately know my facts all to well. I have a vast political science background which includes Chairperson -Young Republicans, Vice Chair – County GOP. two state campaigns as a Republican, Precinct Chair, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah. After devoting as much of myself to the Republican Party as I could, five years ago I realized my teenage children desired that same level of devotion. I have since tried to live a quite, peaceful and simple life as a housewife and mother and have devoted myself to being available to my family. What is left of me I have invested spending several wonderful years working with Hospice patients and other charities. I can tell you now that I apologize to Republicans across the country who find themselves without their Unemployment INSURANCE Benefits because of our Republican electorate's INDIFFERENCE!. While I also believe the extensions should be absolutely funded by the parked stimulus dollars, the Republicans are in no way able to throw their weight around since they are such a minority party in Congress! And if they think for one minute that their Republican voting base or INDEPENDENT VOTERS will understand their reasoning for cutting them off of receiving their UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS without warning for what will most likely be mid August funding of the extension dollars once Sen. Byrd's replacement is seated on July 14th, you need to keep looking4answers.


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Abigail your posts are a blessing to many, your words has put a smile on my face. Thank you.


Abigail Adams
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At least there is something to smile about today (Ha Ha). You are the blessing to me.


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All of as well as me better hope that they get it done in the last 2 weeks of july. Doesnt anyone know that these pricks also get august off till labor day. Pray, harass there offices, and whatever it takes


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I have made calls, letters, emails, twitter march, and still they went on their break. What more can we do? They don't Care!!!!!!! They will eat, and have a good time tomorrow. This experience has taught me a lesson I will not give to any charities anymore now that I'm on the other end I don't know what they were doing with my money, because I sure can't get any help.


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I also want to apologize to any and all unemployed Democrats, Independents, Unaffiliated, Tea Party, Green Party, Libertarians Voters and even if you don't vote, I am so sorry this country has hung you out to dry.

And yes, I still blame the Republicans for not being able to see passed partisan party lines and find the testicular fortitude to do what is right for all AMERICANS CRUSHED BY THIS THE GREATEST DEPRESSION EVER.

I think the Republican Party is so diluted and out of touch, that they think their voting base is still middle class and above.

“We interrupt this program with a breaking news flash”

The middle class is now the impoverished class. The impoverished class are now indigent and the above are currently on vacation as the unaffected elected!

Please, if you haven't seen this map of OUR country, take a minute to see the State of Emergency we are all in.

http://cohort11.americanobserver.net/latoyaegwu…

I cannot strongly agree with economist Nouriel Roubini (Doctor Doom) when he said, “When Americans lose everything, they lose it.”

We, as a society, are on the brink of soup kitchens and tent cities that will make Hooverville (which was the massive Tent City in Central Park during the Depression) look like Mayberry.

The movie “Gangs of New York” is more a picture of our future than our past.

When your neighbor, your brother-in-law, your co-worker, your friend, your bible study partner, all can't feed their kids, what you think they are going to do. Unite and Fight. That's my plan.

People are at a breaking point. Before this economic collapse fully set in, we were a society where if we couldn't pay our cable, we were unstable.

We are way past fretting about negotiating with the utility companies at this point. We are wondering where will the food for our family will come from today, tomorrow, etc.

I don't have a garden in the backyard, or a chicken coop, or a cow to milk, etc. Do you? Maybe we should.

The fact is, I do not see the economy as recovering in anyway, shape or form. In fact, I know people with a credit score of 780 and 15 years at the same job who cannot get a car loan.

I know a young married couple with a baby, who's parents gave them $50,000 to put down on a house, will co-sign and they can't get a loan.

Now what is this lack of lending doing to move the massive housing inventory that has built up, from all of the bank foreclosures, which has killed Real Estate Business, the Mortgage Business and Collapsed Housing Markets Nationwide?

Well, I personally know one Mortgage Broker that is a a Vegas Casino Black Jack Dealer and I just read an article where a 56-year-old female Realtor jumped in front of a commuter train and committed suicide.

http://www.sgvtribune.com/ci_15362016

And have you seen how many abandoned Auto Dealership there are?

I wish we could visibly see how many homes have been foreclosed upon, how many retail store fronts are now vacant, how many office buildings are empty, how many small businesses have closed for good. Then we could really see what we are dealing with.

Close your eyes and imagine for a moment, what it would look like, if all of the foreclosed homes, empty retail spaces and office spaces we leveled, bulldozed down as condemned. Image the wholes there would be in the landscape and horizon. Picture what America would look like today.

This country would resemble post World War II Europe.

I believe our economy has forever changed, as well as our standard of living as we know it.

Available Credit – Gone

Jobs – Gone

Investment Nest Egg – Gone
(Actually stolen by Wall Street than bailed out by Washington)

Assets- Gone

The People hanging on by a thread or have given up – Check

And the Senate – Well their still on vacation.

This economic collapse will undoubtedly go down in history as the worst and GREATEST DEPRESSION ON RECORD. They just don't want us to know it yet.

This recovery (AKA mere survival) is going to hurt both now and later. This unemployment extension tension, should be a glimpse of what is to come.

What is going to happen when we (31 Million Americans) exhaust our Unemployment Benefit?

http://cohort11.americanobserver.net/latoyaegwu…

I think I might sell some furniture, the lawn mover, my grandmother's dishes,my husband tools for that matter- (as his construction job certainly isn't coming back) on craigslist and then use the money to buy some chickens, a cow, some seeds and quickly bush up on some horticulture, while I ponder the future of America.

Heck, I sure do hope the Politicians (the ones living above-the unaffected elected) don't take away my right to protect my chickens, cow, vegetables by abolishing the Second Amendment.

But on the other hand, if they did abolish the Second Amendment, it might spark a Revolution with 31 Million of us employed SOL.

Hmmmmmm. That is literally food for thought and gives us all something to chew on tonight (in lieu of actual food being on our tables) since the government went on vacation and expects us to get cake.

In closing, (as I'm going to bed), I'm sure the members of our U.S. Congress, from their varies vacation destinations around the country, are sincerely wising us (The Faithful Unemployed) a Happy Independence Day all the way from the White House to the Outhouse.

.


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I want to sincerely apologize to any and all unemployed Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Unaffiliated, Tea Party, Green Party, Libertarians Voters and even if you don't vote, I am so sorry this country has hung you out to dry.

And yes, I still blame the Republicans for not being able to see passed partisan party lines and find the testicular fortitude to do what is right for all AMERICANS CRUSHED BY THIS THE GREATEST DEPRESSION EVER.

I think the Republican Party is so diluted and out of touch, that they think their voting base is still middle class and above.

“We interrupt this program with a breaking news flash”

The middle class is now the impoverished class. The impoverished class are now indigent and the above are currently on vacation as the unaffected elected!

Please, if you haven't seen this map of OUR country, take a minute to see the State of Emergency we are all in.

http://cohort11.americanobserver.net/latoyaegwu

I cannot strongly agree with economist Nouriel Roubini (Doctor Doom) when he said, “When Americans lose everything, they lose it.”

We, as a society, are on the brink of soup kitchens and tent cities that will make Hooverville (which was the massive Tent City in Central Park during the Depression) look like Mayberry.

The movie “Gangs of New York” is more a picture of our future than our past.

When your neighbor, your brother-in-law, your co-worker, your friend, your bible study partner, all can't feed their kids, what you think they are going to do. Unite and Fight. That's my plan.

People are at a breaking point. Before this economic collapse fully set in, we were a society where if we couldn't pay our cable, we were unstable.

We are way past fretting about negotiating with the utility companies at this point. We are wondering where will the food for our family come from today, tomorrow, etc.

I don't have a garden in the backyard, or a chicken coop, or a cow to milk, etc. Do you? Maybe we should.

The fact is, I do not see the economy as recovering in anyway, shape or form. In fact, I know people with a credit score of 780 and 15 years at the same job who cannot get a car loan.

I know a young married couple with a baby, who's parents gave them $50,000 to put down on a house, will co-sign and they can't get a loan.

Now what is this lack of lending doing to move the massive housing inventory that has built up, from all of the bank foreclosures, which has killed Real Estate Business, the Mortgage Business and Collapsed Housing Markets Nationwide?

Well, I personally know one Mortgage Broker that is now a Vegas Casino Black Jack Dealer and I just read an article where a 56-year-old female Realtor jumped in front of a commuter train and committed suicide.

http://www.sgvtribune.com/ci_15362016

And have you seen how many abandoned Auto Dealership there are?

I wish we could visibly see how many homes have been foreclosed upon, how many retail store fronts are now vacant, how many office buildings are empty, how many small businesses have closed for good. Then we could really see what we are dealing with.

Close your eyes and imagine for a moment, what it would look like, if all of the foreclosed homes, empty retail spaces and office spaces we leveled, bulldozed down as condemned. Image the holes there would be in the landscape and horizon. Picture what America would look like today in this state.

Our country would resemble post World War II Europe.

I believe our economy has forever changed, as well as our standard of living as we know it.

Available Credit – Gone

Jobs – Gone

Investment Nest Egg – Gone
(Actually stolen by Wall Street than bailed out by Washington)

Assets- Gone

The People hanging on by a thread or have given up – Check

And the Senate – Well, their still on vacation….

This economic collapse will undoubtedly go down in history as the worst and GREATEST DEPRESSION ON RECORD. They just don't want us to know it yet.

This recovery (AKA mere survival) is going to hurt both now and later. This unemployment extension tension, should be a glimpse of what is to come.

What is going to happen when we (31 Million Americans) exhaust our Unemployment Benefit?

http://cohort11.americanobserver.net/latoyaegwu

I think I might sell some furniture, the lawn mover, my grandmother's dishes,my husband tools for that matter- (as his construction job certainly isn't coming back) on craigslist and then use the money to buy some chickens, a cow, some seeds and quickly bush up on some horticulture techniques, while I ponder the future of America.

Heck, I sure do hope the Politicians (the ones living above-the unaffected elected) don't take away my right to protect my chickens, cow, vegetables by abolishing the Second Amendment.

But on the other hand, if they did abolish the Second Amendment, it might spark a Revolution with 31 Million of us employed SOL.

Hmmmmmm. That is literally food for thought and gives us all something to chew on tonight (in lieu of actual food being on our tables) since the government went on vacation and expects us to get cake.

In closing, (as I'm going to bed), I'm sure the members of our U.S. Congress, from their varies vacation destinations around the country, are sincerely wising us (The Faithful Unemployed) a Happy Independence Day all the way from the White House to the Outhouse.


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Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men
who signed the Declaration of Independence ?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;

Another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

Eleven were merchants,

Nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the
British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.

He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall,Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown , Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General

George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.

The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: freedom is never free!


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Wow, what can I say.. I have been unemployed now since Dec, 2009. Almost 7 months. This is the first time in my life being 28 yes I am young. But I have been working sine I was 14 years old, and this is the longest I have ever been unemployed. My family has taught us the value of working so I know of nothing else. I come from a home where my Mother was mother and father who always worked to support her 3 kids never looking for handouts, I wonder how she did it but she did. So I know that working is important, and most Americans feel as I do. How sad it is that all of us who currently are not working and were recieving unemployment benefits have been cut off. I have not recieved any money in 3 weeks, just lost my car,… Fortunetly my wife is still working , but she has now had to work almost everyday, and of course this starts to put a strain on her and our family of 3. But what I hope that they fix this situation soon, I mean real sooooon!! Cause this is just crazy, but you know it really is not that shocking to me. I am a God fearing man, and I am sure most of you on here are.. But Jeramiah 10:23 says in part “who is earthling man to direct his on step?… So look at what is going on wars, foodshortages, people loosing there homes, people loosing there jobs. Why?? All because of man.. Man is not able to direct his on step, not even for a moment. My trust is not in theese men, because they will never fix our problems, but eventualy God will step in and take care of us, and as far as the Republicans go who seem to be self concerned and consumed, they must remember that they too one day will meet there maker. I wonder what there answer will be for not being merciful, and just.. They will not have an answer!


Mr.Sheppard
Comment posted July 5, 2010 @ 6:48 pm

Yes I too must say you have food for thought, I have lost income over 3 weeks and praying to God that they correct this issue. I dont know if you are a woman of God or what you faith is. But the bible sas “God is not unrighteous to forget the love you showed for his name”. Sounds like you have done many generous and kind deeds and have given of yourself, we reap what we sow, So I believe that God will help you and your family, he will not forsake you, trust me I am a living witness. But please continue to keep your head up… My family and I will keep you and all the others who have lost there unemployment benefits in our prayers…


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The Dems are on vacation too. Your head is in the sand. Our money this Administration is spending has not created jobs just more unemployment and higher deficit. Stop spending the money we don't have and cut buisness taxes so they can expand and create jobs. This gravy train is over.


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Faith is all we have left and our faith in God is all the substance we require, A family that prays together, stays together. We at least can find comfort in our faith. God will use this for his purpose and his will. Whatever that is, I will obediently follow. I want to thank you for your prayers and cares. May they be return tenfold. I thank God for your kindness and your support. I will be praying for God to intercede for all of us. Thank you Mr. Sheppard and may God help you and bless you.always. Your friend in faith, Abigail Adams


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Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

This gov't doesn't really care about us. What is it going to take to get them to listen to us? Are we going to have to riot in the streets, like in Greece to get some attention? If that is what it takes, count me in. I have worked for many, many years putting money into this system, and boom, when I need help, I get a run around. They don't care. They are more interested in helping the CEO's, the big time banks, and the Iraqi and Afganistan people. To them, I am a nobody. To them I am a social security number at tax time, to them, they wish I would die or just go away. And they call themselves Christians. Makes me very, very happy that I am a Pagan. My place of worship is the earth and universe, and my job here on earth is to help as many people that I can that are hurt, struggling, etc.. Lady Gov't: I am not going to go away, I am going to remain strong, and I will fight to the death for all of the people that are downtrodden.


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Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

What its going to take for the Government to listen, is for the public to say enough. It is our right to take back the Government if it fails to work for the people, and people, it is failing. Contact OBAMA and let him know we are tired of the Congress bull —- and if its not stopped, we will take back what is ours and clean house.Government needs a good enema.


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Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

If they can just give us this extension until November we can get thing together and plan ahead for what will happen in November. At present we need this extension to pay our bills. I must say for the 1st time since the president was elected I did not watch the 4th of July celebration at the white house. While they was having a great time I was trying to figure out how I will pay my rent and buy food for the family. I am sure after the show it was a nice diner with expense steak and sea food. I really think the president need to step in and take control of this bill we are hurting out here and they really don't care because if they did this bill would have been paid before they went on vacation.


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Now is the time especially now to write to Congress men & women! Sitting idle is the worst feeling in the world. We can't tell that to Landlords, mortagage companies, Com Ed! Hope they didn't choke on their hot dogs! Don't want them getting more than their share of food and fun now do we? This whole situation stinks to high heaven. Even the angels are crying. How can congress be so heartless and selfish!!!!!


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Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

FIXING THE DEFICIT FROM THE TOP DOWN
Roughly…about 6 or 7 yrs ago, I was living in a state which had just elected the new mayor in their capitol city. His FIRST point of business was to give himself a substantial cut in pay! (if I remember correctly about 12%) Then he went down the ranks doing the same! Some objected but couldn’t say much as he started with himself and the percentage, if I recall correctly, was lower for others! Once settled in, he made a trip with the governor to another state with severe deficit problems to have a meeting to swap ideas on steps to take. The 2 of them flew 3rd class, stayed in a Motel 6, drove around in their modest Hertz rental car, and ate mostly at a McD’s! ALL AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE – NOT THE TAXPAYER’S!!! Some reading this probably know who I am referring to, as this certainly is not the ‘norm’! I had moved to another state not long after, so I don’t know if this kind of dedication to the people of the state continued.
What I do know is that the vast majority of politicians, in this scenario, would get elected and give themselves a nice big fat raise! And raises to all their buddies in offices down the line, along with lots of perks! Then they would make such a trip as indicated by flying 1st class, staying in the finest hotel, eating in the finest restaurants, while being chauffeured everywhere in a limo!!!….all at the expense of the taxpayers in their states!!!!…..not to mention perks like gifts for their relatives, etc all written off as business expenses!!!!! And our economy, at that time, was nowhere near the mess it is now!!!! And these are the politicians who are living it up at the expense of the voters who put them in office!!! Many who have lost their homes and are on the streets as the taxes they paid into the system for years are being used to support some rich politician’s dirty lifestyle!!!….while these people (who voted them into their ‘ritzy job’ can’t get an unemployment extension to get their heads above water long enough to get another job and get back into some kind of – ANY kind of – lifestyle!!!
I believe senators and congressmen should be making about $30,000 – $40,000 /yr (with no perks)!!!!! That would ‘weed out’ many of the ones who are deceiving the voters and are really just looking out for themselves!!!! This and a BAN ON LOBBYING would be an excellent 1st step on US citizens getting honest representation!!!!


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Walkman1956
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 9:14 am

Mitch McConnell is the exact problem with our lack of representation. Heartless,out-of-touch,clueless. We need to vote these incumbents out,every one of them,both sides of the aisle. Where the hell was he when Bush was starting two stupid UNPAID for wars?


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ForgottenInOhio
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 11:47 am

three weeks without a federal extension.. Going downhill fast. Gas was turned off yesterday morning. I owed $200.00, Paid $100.00 wasn't good enough. Can't heat up the water for mac and cheese for the kids. $150.00 to reconnect it. We were living week to week. Barely hanging on. Mortgage will be three months late in a week.

The senators have no idea what barely making it means, I've paid taxes since I was 18.. 5 year Navy vet. Layed off last August, Benefits ended because of the date, NOT because I am a 99er.. (I got 46 weeks from state, no federal extended) I don't know what to do. at all…


Harvey
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

I understand your struggle. No gas to look for job, phone off so can't get phone calls, and rent not paid, and I just read we get more money from UI than from employment if we continue to collect we will not look for jobs. What the he'll is wrong with these people? http://www.giveusourmoney.org


Abaybay
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

I hope the voters are listening this time. I am a mother of two and I have no idea what school my children are going to in August because I wont have an address to sign them up at one. I have no place to live I get food stamps with no place to store the food. If this bill isn't passed, my family will be out on the streets. My kids will probably be taken away from me if we can't find shelter I hope the SENATE reads this because I want the guilt to set in deep. Remeber SENATE you to are one check away from this happening to you. Sleep well in your comfortable homes, heated, food in Frig, clothes in closets. Mortgage/Rent paid. Sleep well and think HARD about the families who can't.


Deni762
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

I wish I had a camera on my computer. As I write this I am in a suit ready for an interview! I am ready, where are the jobs? I was on time months ago and yet I am told to sit and wait! I have been waiting for over six months! I have been through the off again on again job status for the last several years here in California! Temporary jobs are not even available! In the mean time Congress, how do I along with millions of others, pay mortgages, buy groceries and fill the gas tank? I will not shout and sceam or use profanity as it is useless. Am I angry? You bet I am! I am furious! I have worked very hard all my life! I feel everything slipping through my hands. I have no control yet everday I put on my suit. So tell me Congress what do you have for miilions of us that struggle every day? We need the extensions just for the bare necessaties of life. I am beyond scrapping the bottom of the barrel. Congress wonders why millions are angry, when was your last meal? Think this is funny or a joke? So Yes I am ready for my interview now, so when is it?


amy
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

See the facts below:

And as our dolt elected leaders of both parties lob verbal stink bombs at one another; 1.7 million people are fast becoming without means to feed, clothe, or keep a roof over their children's heads. At what point do these people begin to exhibit true survival behavior, and do what they have to do to survive? Tick, tock, tick, tock…………..
Am I the only one who see's that they want to take the money out of the stimulus fund purely for the fact that it would bring the stimulus bill BACK to the floor?

To change the bill, in any way, means it would have to go through both the house and senate for approval process again… Wouldn't it?

I mean that's the standard process for changing bills and laws, it has to go through committee's for approval, then be put through a vote in each chamber… THEN put before the president to sign.

By taking away funding for a bill, you effectively kill it and it needs to go back through the process of reallocation of funding. So Economic recovery is put on the back burner because of the Opposition party.. AGAIN.


po'd in mass
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

Ann, I'm with you. I'd like to suggest that the extension that is needed by all the unemployed should be kept in force not until November, but until the senate, president and congress creates the jobs to employ the unemployed. They told us that they were gpoing to cap the unemployment rate @ 8 percent. Well that was 2 years ago and we'er still close to double digit unemployment. Senators, cut your vacation short and get back to work! or rather finally do something!!!!!


po'd in mass
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

And the sad thing is, they don't even know how many people are homeless. The only figures they look at are, how many new jobless claims were filed each MONTH! at that info comes from an office full of interns, the senators actually don't do the work…. Everyone who has lost their home or is about to, go to your state house and get some airtime on the front steps. Get the media to pay attention and the politicians will jump into action to show everyone what heros they are……. They should go down in the history books as the first class of senators who ruined America……


po'd in mass
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

Let's eliminate the party!


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Rfmcg32
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 4:22 am

well maybe i'll see some in the soup kitchen. As I am being evicted . THIS SENATE HAS NO RGARD OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY.. THEY ONLY HAVE MONEY FOR BANKS AND WALL STREET AND SEND MONEY TO OTHER COUNTRY'S. WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN AMERICAN NO JOBS CREATED i'M 55 AND NEVER HAD A PROBLEM GETTING WORK. i APPLY FOR JOBS MAKING 7.25 HOUR AND CAN'T FIND ONE. I HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT VACATION.. I'VE BEEN UNEMPLOYED 5 MONTHS. WHERE ARE THE JOBS YOU CLAIM ARE THERE.. THIS AMINSTRATION IS THE WORST EVER.


ssabo
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

Is it really the entire SENATE who is blocking this bill? Look to see who votes which way on this important issue, and then cast your vote in November.


Trixie8070
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

lets stop voting for theses republicans and see how if feels to be out of work see if they would feel the american people pain


Trixie8070
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

Lets stop voting for theses idiots in washington, lets put them in the unemployment line and see how it feels. Lets elect theses idiots out of office ASAP


Ia50325
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

The problem is the idiots that we have in washington do not have a clue. The unemployment money that is received is spent right away and that helps keep the economy going. The elected officals in congress have a fully vested pension the minute they leave office. Lets take that away from them and watch them cry foul. Let them go without their health care and their pension like everybody else.


Vote 10
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

COST OF SENATES PAID VACATION:
1) Avg unemployment check $300 per week
2) $300×2 million=$600 million per week not going in economy(EST 7/10/10)
3) $300×10%=$30 FED TAXES per week
4) $30×2 million=$60 million FED TAXES not collected per week
DO THE MATH SENATORS
And the numbers go up each week SENATORS!
SENATES VACATION RESULTS:
1) More Homeless FAMILIES
2) Forclosures Up
3) Bankruptcy Up
4) No Sales
5) More Layoffs ETC.
HOW SAD IS THIS AMERICA?
And the U.S. SENATE GOES ON PAID VACATION!
QUESTION; How long before Republicans say NO to letting the unemployed VOTE?
It is time AMERICA to vote these selfish SENATORS out,and have everyday AMERICANS in office!
WRITE THEM> CALL THEM> E-MAIL THEM
Everyday AMERICANS have suffered enough due to Republican politics in AMERICA! They should wonder why they lost their job.
ANSWER: They would not help AMERICAN FAMILIES IN NEED!
VOTE REPUBLICANS OUT NOW!


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Cuatro9
Comment posted July 11, 2010 @ 5:20 am

I'm sure you have a job so you have zero clue on what so many Americans are experiencing. Instead of making satements which you have no first hand knowledge of try thinking about the peopel who lost there job thru no fualt of there own.
I would like to haer what you would say if you lost your job and found that you were in the very same position so many Americans are in.

Your statement shows you are clueless.
Think about other people for once instead of making statement about things you are not experiencing. Get real.


Roni Bloom
Comment posted July 11, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

How come we can engage in wars, drop bombs, bail out Wall St., support all the right-wing nincompoops and cannot see that people need some compensation to live. I am one of them. I am appalled that my (and everyone else's) will be cut off soon. Is this really more expensive than going on Welfare? Because that is what will happen. How evil you Republicans are and how spineless (which may be worse) you Democrats are. Pres. Obama, I think you are a good man in your heart but am extremely disappointed in the horrible decisions you have made. You are an intelligent man with a lovely family. You should know better than to engage in killngs and not help out people who supported you and need you. Roni Bloom


Dave Ziffer
Comment posted July 11, 2010 @ 5:42 pm

It's really hard to imagine anything that destroys jobs more effectively than unemployment insurance (UI).

The first thing UI does is discourage employers from hiring Americans. This is because for every dollar paid in salary, the employer must pay an insurance premium. This is money that would otherwise go to create more jobs, or to pay employees more, ot for corporate reinvestment (which in turn would create more jobs). What it really does most of all is make Americans expensive to hire, so that employers are increasingly outsourcing our jobs to other countries.

UI also discourages saving, which is what debt-ridden Americans need to do now more than anything right now. The employee figures he's covered so there's no need to save for his next job loss. This lack of saving and our propensity to therefore spend what we don't have (borrow) will be our undoing.

Once the employee is let go, UI then gives him an incentive to remain unemployed. And please don't tell me about how people aren't gaming the system. I personally know several people on UI who have no intention of even beginning a serious job search until after the UI payments stop. I've heard construction workers brag about how UI gives them three months' worth of vacation every winter. What a joke.

Of course somebody has to pay for all these UI benefits. Every time we extend the benefits, we taxpayers must foot the bill for all of this money for which there is no budget and which obviously cannot be covered by the paid UI premiums (since these extensions were enver anticipated). So every extension increases our deficit, which is already far beyond repayment. And if you are not scared by our deficit, you obviously have no idea what it is going to do to your standard of living in the near future (not your children's … YOURS). If you truly have no idea about this, you need to be bowing out of any discussion that involves our government spending ANY more money at any level on ANYTHING.

Finally, UI requires that we implement a government bureaucracy in every state. These agencies produce no products or services that are of use to anyone. All they do is mantain a system whose purpose more than anything is to destroy jobs and bankrupt employers. What a racket. It's yet another welfare program, both for the people receiving benefits and the government employees administering it.

Folks, the U.S. is on the way out. We are increasingly paying people NOT to work or to work in destructive endeavors, and we are mightily discouraging people who are still working and paying for all this crap. This is the sort of decadence that accompanies the ends of all empires. For me the only question is, how much time do we have left?

If you are truly unemployed and searching and you cannot find a job, one of the prime factors you can blame is unemployment insurance, which makes you far less attractive to a global employer than people overseas, and which turns you into a serious liability once you are employed. Do you really want a job? Then vote to eliminate unemployment insurance altogether.


NOLLMAN_JL
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 11:52 am

Well I am a single mother with two teenage children who had to fight my state for my benefits. Illinois is in such a deficit that they can't hire enough State workers to effectively hear unemployment claims. In my situation they didn't care to hear the facts they were rushed and needed to get on to the next person so after losing my job in July of 2009 it took me til January 2010 to get the benefits of which I had to cash in my retirement just to get buy. I aggressively looked for work but the community I live in has a 10% unemployment rate I was driving 3 hours a day for the job I was displaced from. Well lets see since losing my job my car has been repossesed, my home is in foreclosure being sold in three days, I couldn't afford to refinance because of my credit taking such a hit because I didn't have a source of income, this wonderful credit based insurance scoring caused my homeowners insurance to shoot from $400 a year to $1200 and of course my taxes increased as well. I wasn't given any notice that my unemployment benefits would be exhausted after 26 weeks of unemployment. I see the Republicans big picture……end the benefits squeeze people back out into jobs that pay minimum wage even though they may have been making $17 a hour before and then when we approval the funds we have lighted our pay load. STOP THE GREED HONESTLY I NEED TO EAT I WANT TO WORK I WANT TO BE A TAXPAYING CITIZEN BUT AT THIS RATE DESPERATE MEASURES CALL FOR DESPERATE MEANS CRIME RATES WILL INCREASE, THEFT AND FRAUD WILL BE A WAY OF PEOPLE GETTING MONEY, JUST GIVE PEOPLE A BREAK FOR CHRIST SAKE


american
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

Write the senate, call the All the senators. I call daily and could use the help. Senator Harry Reid's # 202-224-3542 / Roland Burris' # 202-224-2854 / Richard Durbin # 202-224-2152 / John Rockefeller# 202-224-6472
I just called and their waiting on the Governor of West Virginia to name a replacement for Robert Byrd. Call Call Call


american
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

So, You suggest letting people starve or turn to crime? Because human nature will not let people just wither away and die. We did not ask for this nor did we cause this. You want to fix the problem? Then vote to make it impossible for politicians to be crooked. It should be an act of treason for a politician to have ANY financial gain other than his/her salary. If your not there for the good of the people and nothing more then we do not need you.


Bitter/Sweet
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

I am a single mother of 3 boys and its hard to live of anything that the state gives you if your use to working.Some feel that unemployment makes you lazy and not look for jobs,thats no true.I have looked for a job day in and day out with education behind my name its still nonething,I got laid off of a $23.00 paying job.I would LOVE to have my job back rather to get unemployment checks of $320 a week.I have a house,car,insurance and my son's was in sports,that I had to pull them from because I couldnt afford it.The Congress know that its no jobs out and that we need our unemployment,we not making no profit from drawing unemployment.But there is no reason for them to rush,everything gone be the same for them @ the end of everyday.it just upset me knowing I have worked since 15 and this how things going 20 years later.


Richardbaird128
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 8:14 pm

Republicans say their heart goes out to the Americans that is hurting but cannot in good conscience vote for bills that are not paid for.
With 3 million Americans no longer counted on the Unemployment figures the anger is no longer heard in the halls of congress.
Governments throughout history have ignored these silent cries of anger and anguish to their own demises.
This is not just about the money but is a moral issue. How much is a human life worth? Can you really in good conscience put a price on who will be alive tomorrow? Many a government has sought a “solution“ to this problem and every time they chose money over people they seems to be surprised when the people show up on their door steps wanting their heads. Over and over history lessons have to be relearned with the same results.


Richard128
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

Refugee in America survival tips: Change our 401k into an I.R.A. then remove your money. Sell everything in a yard sale. Cancel all your credit Cards then cut them up. Cancel those Phone plans to and get a track phone.
For those with under age children put those in foster care before they are taken away. Remember 45.000 people die a year in the first Great Depression.
Save only what you need to camp with. Buy as much camping gear as your family can carry! Find a place to camp out. Buy only Non perishable food. Find out where the local food banks are. Keep hydra rated! Remember gas for the vehicles will run out. Get a mail box. Find a public swimming pool with a shower to bath and change. Remember gas for the vehicles will run out.
Find a wifi connection. We use the Holiday Inn wifi. Keep in touch with future Employers. Keep up with your Hygiene. When you become sick find a free clinic.
Don’t give up! You are not alone! An estimated 3 million people have been kicked off the grid already and 1.5 million will be joining you soon. Just because you have been removed from the grid does not mean you no longer exist. You’re down not invisible hold your head up keep a positive attitude, Remember to vote. Keep trying this is America.


Shameka
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

What do people suppose to do? They have worked all there lives and payes taxes. Why not an extention. No one hiring, jobs laying off. What is the world going to be like when everyone is depending on their extention. No way to pay the bills, kids out in the streets with nothing to eat and no where to go. No one deserves this. Just think if it was you and your family and you were not weathy enough to take care of your family. It's not the worlds fault that we are in this situation. I pray to GOD that this law will pass.


Tseuldine
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

YES YES YES


DyinginRI
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

I am 47 years old and I also have been working since the age of 15. I have struggled throughout the years to raise 3 children and now 3 grandchildren. I am a college graduate a former battered woman who has overcome so many obstacles. I was on welfare from 1984 until 1993 and I have never looked back until last week. I am a Black female who was wrongfully terminated from a Financial Service Position in Boston, MA. because of who I am. They couldn't understand why I exceeded their goals each quarter. They fired me then they paid me to say that I quit. I received severance pay and then unemployment benefits. I have exhausted my retirement money. My family has abandoned me. I have been in a shelter, since the first. I have no money. I am having difficulties locating a new position. I do not have any under aged children. It is not my fault I am not working. From a $82,000.00 salary to SNAP benefits and people treating me cruel because of my misfortune. The very people I have helped and donated to all my life don't even want me around. I can relate to living in the car…It is better than a shelter..Shelters are like jails with bedbugs that bite and underpaid wardens. Shelters are not for good people who fall due to misfortune, apparently they are for drug addicts and people who do not want to pay for housing… It is bad enough not having any money; but when your self esteem goes…Well if it were not for the Grace of God? Where would I be? The Republican party will be to blame for the chaos and economic regression will take place in this here United States of America. I have paid too much taxes to have to beg, borrow, or steal in my time of need…

BACK TO WELFARE FOR EVERYONE- THAT IS THE REPUBLICAN WAY….That will boost the economy…


Tseuldine
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

Mr. Ziffer , the reality of it is that people who have worked all there lives would like to continue to so. We are the taxpayers Mr. Ziffer. Due to circumstances beyond our control we are out of work. How much unemployment am I entitled to after working for 32 years. I assure you Mr Ziffer your life as you know it will not be the same if unemployment is eradicated altogether.

Mr. Ziffer I had managed to save $20,000.00 in a one year period and yes my” savings” are exhausted. I have nothing to save. I have nothing to give back at this point in time because someone like you took it away on the job and now that same mentality wishes to kill me.

Archie Bunker I am certain would agree with you! But as we all know Archie was not an educated individual.


Tseuldine
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

They are ignorant and can not see that they are the reason we are in this situation. I can relate…No gas, no, phone, no money, no home and have worked for the past 32 years


Tseuldine
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

We pay them to golf and to work part time… $30,000- or $40,000. should be for full time employment…


sea
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

I feel the same way!! Don't vote these people in office again!


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Dormat54
Comment posted July 13, 2010 @ 12:05 am

The Senators are giving the American people a crock of crap by “saying their hearts go out to us”….There is money available! Americans pay for their unemployment and have for years and and will contintue to do so! Interesting how they ignore a nation wide issue by walking away to their paid vacations. How selfish and greedy! The Republican spent millions on a war that has been unessary for the last ten years. Don't blame Obama for the mess! Now he has to be the one to clean it up!


Asd
Comment posted July 13, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

why don't all the unemployed go to washington and when the Senate meets and if they don't pass it again….we get them!!…..show them who is in charge in this “f”in country!!


Asd
Comment posted July 13, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

It's is time to kick out the politicians and start a revolution


kenD
Comment posted July 14, 2010 @ 3:54 am

C'mon man, 2 years w/out getting a job?? Sounds like they won't work untill Uncle Sam stops paying them $1,000 a month


ann
Comment posted July 14, 2010 @ 7:57 am

Ken D wrote two years without a job yes ken you have some people has been looking for a job for two years.You have to think of the person degree and age. Most of the job out here are not hiring anyone over 60 years of age and if you know of any jobs please inform our reader that are looking for work. Sometime it paid not to say anything if you don't know what you are talking about I am so happy that you have a job and all your family are doing well in the job market. Just remember what happen to us can happen to you so don't knot us because we are out of work. I have work all my life this is the second time I every draw unemployment and if I could have found a job I would have never went to the center. Don't forget if your company is hiring let us know share your wealth. Thanks


Sandra Rios62
Comment posted July 14, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

try being a social worker, non-profits have lost funds, jobs are cut and being 47 a change in careers is not easy when all your history is in helping others. It has not been easy to find a full time job in social work with funding cuts. Before you talk know there are people that want to work and make more money than a 1000. a month . Incomme before this recession was 38,000 now it is 0 no benefits.


ann
Comment posted July 14, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

Sandra don't give up and I no you want but, keep praying and ask God for strengh to see all of us through this bad time. I understand what you are talking about for Ken he has a major problems and both of us know what his problems is. Just remember God promise to us that he will never leave us nor for sake us and this you can believe because God has bring me out of things that I thought was impossible for me to every come out off. I will pray for everyone and special for people like Ken D.


Starrryskyz
Comment posted July 14, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

Yes 2 years without a job. Try living in Michigan where there is NOTHING. It has been nearly two years for me now. It's worse when you live int he middle of farm country and there is even less. It's been almost a month and a half now that I have not received benefits.
Ever tried to feed kids? Get them prepared for the next school year? $1,000 a month? I WISH!!


claude
Comment posted July 14, 2010 @ 4:28 pm

Ken, You will see those people that take advantage of the system however, there are honestly ppl that have been looking for a job for two years and can't find one. We've had 500+ ppl show up for a hiring event with only 8 positions open. It's a tough job market out there.


claude
Comment posted July 14, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

Sandra, the non profit world has taken a hit and ppl don't understand that when UI benefits are not extended more ppl will be looking for services and our non profits are not ready for the current demand. I Houston, many of our resources are exhausted so ppl are not getting the help they need or the jobs. Good luck Sandra..I know there are a few jobs in Houston but the pay is not good. Most non profits are now paying in the mid 20's.


Meghan2irish
Comment posted July 15, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

I am Unemployed and have been without a check for a month and a half. And let me tell you something it has not been easy I spend 30 hours a week looking for work while trying to make ends meet to give my four yr old and one year old a life. We live in public housing have foodstamps and familys frist which is 226 dollars a month and belive me a family of four on that income is not surviving. My husband is in college trying to get a better Job so we can make it work. We the American People are suffering I have seen worse from people who arent as lucky to have what we have got with our bare nessesity. We have payed our taxes for years and voted for you and now that it comes down to helping us it is a no go.I wish it was you that could tell my child why he doesnt get a life like the other children why he is considered under classed.It is not by choice I assure you. As a mother the worst pain is knowing you sold your wedding rings to get dipers for her or other needs the child may need. I will do what ever it will take to support my family and go down fighting for them because you are not. Tell our children why they go hungrey at night or cry because they cant have what they would want, Because my child thinks Mcdonalds is like christmas It only comes once a year.So while you are at home in your lovely homes with your perfect lives remember that you hold the key to our demise.


hblanco81@hotmail.com
Comment posted July 15, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

IT just pisses me that REID is waiting till NEXT week for a VOTE! I am also mad at pres. OBAMA for not REALY PUSHING TO PASS THE EXTENTION.THEY all dont have to worry how to feed their kids, pay rent,utilities,car!! THEY all need to go! WE HAVE TO CHANGE ON HOW THEY WORK BECAUSE THEY GET WAY TO MUCH TIME OFF AND WITH PAY!!! WE THE PEOPLE SHOULD MAKE THE RULES ON HOW THE ONES WE PUT IN POWER DO THIER JOBS, THEY EVEN VOTE THEMSELVES RAISES!! WE need to give us the power to vote a politition out when WE THE PEOPLE SEE IS NOT FOR THE PEOPLE!! REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER !!!!


Judith K. Rapier
Comment posted July 15, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

Have you lost a job because your company made “cut backs”? Have you had to move from your home to get a job in another state – in a real-estate market that has bottomed out? Have you left your family behind to find a job 500 miles away? Have you ever been told you are over qualified for jobs – so you can't even try for a “fast food” jobs. Do you live in a cave? Wake up – read the facts – check out how many “Baby Boomers” are out of work.


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Comment posted July 16, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

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