Obama Says Republicans Holding Unemployment Extension ‘Hostage’

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010 at 9:02 am

In his weekly radio address, given on Saturday morning, President Obama accused congressional Republicans of holding the federal extension of unemployment benefits “hostage.”

On Friday, we learned that after 22 straight months of job loss, our economy has now created jobs in the private sector for 6 months in a row. That’s a positive sign. But the truth is, the recession from which we’re emerging has left us in a hole that’s about 8 million jobs deep. And as I’ve said from the day I took office, it’s going to take months, even years, to dig our way out — and it’s going to require an all-hands-on-deck effort.In the short term, we’re fighting to speed up this recovery and keep the economy growing by all means possible. That means extending unemployment insurance for workers who lost their jobs. That means getting small businesses the loans they need to keep their doors open and hire new workers. And that means sending relief to states so they don’t have to lay off thousands of teachers and firefighters and police officers.

Still, at a time when millions of Americans feel a deep sense of urgency in their own lives, Republican leaders in Washington just don’t get it. While a majority of Senators support taking these steps to help the American people, some are playing the same old Washington games and using their power to hold this relief hostage — a move that only ends up holding back our recovery. It doesn’t make sense.

The unemployment extension should pass as soon as Monday, when senators return from the July 4 recess and Sen. Robert Byrd’s (D-W.Va.) replacement is in place on the Hill. Additional aid for small businesses looks likely to pass as well. But aid for states, to save the jobs of teachers and police officers? That looks like a much more difficult challenge, given congressional Republicans’ reticence to increase the deficit.

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tyson
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

yea right u probably a ;ittle mama’s boy living off ur parents u little needle dick asshole soon u will see what we are going through this world is going to shit and u rite along with it u stupid little piss head


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smg
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

I’m so glad for you that you feel better by making other people feel small.

The people that are out of work DID work for their money, most of the unemployed have been at their jobs for over 30 years. Contributing to their communities just like you. Paying for your kids and family to go to school with their school and property taxes.

I think I shouldn’t have to pay for school taxes, I chose not to have kids, why should I be paying for yours? I don’t want to pay your parent’s social security either, mine are dead, I’m not ever going to see it at the rate we’re going. Why should I have to pay for your parents?

Sound ridiculous, well this is exactly how your statements sound. I understand sometime you have to put aside your self interests and do things for society as a whole.

I’ve been in sales in a Fortune 10 company. I have had thousands of people going through my training department and I can tell you quite frankly. SALES IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. So telling people they need to do sales is frankly, kinda uninformed. You are setting them up for failure.

I work on high availability systems now, and I train people on what I do. I will tell you database management is not for everyone either. Please don’t point them my way.

Right now the jobs situation is 3 million jobs 15 million unemployed. Even if every job is filled you are talking about 12 million unemployed still. You need to focus on job creation, not the unemployed.

Congratulations on the volunteer work. I hope it’s not with the homeless, I can’t see someone with your attitude doing anything but making their self-esteem lower.

What you do with your public facade isn’t real if what you do with your private face online is to make yourself feel bigger by making others feel smaller. It just shows the volunteer work is for your own personal interests and you are in reality a bully.


smg
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

“I hardly ever watch the news” Says it all.


madashellinmassachusetts
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

THROW THE FILTHY RICH PIGS OUT ON THEIR ASSES. MAKING $165,000.00 + A YEAR. LEFT ALL OF US HIGH AND DRY. WENT ON VACATION. HAVING FUN AND FILLING THEIR FILTHY RICH FACES WHILE MOST OF US COULDN'T EVEN BUY A PACKAGE OF HOT DOGS FOR OUR KIDS THIS 4TH OF JULY. GET THEM OUT OF OFFICE NOW!!!!! THEY SHOULD ALL BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY!! THIS IS INSANE. WHO DO THEY ANSWER TO? THEY SHOULD OF BEEN TOLD NO VACATION UNTIL THIS IS RESOLVED. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS NEEDED THIS EXTENSION PASSED YESTERDAY. NOT JULY 12TH!! NO MONEY FOR FOOD, UTILITIES, RENT. THEY CAN ALL GO TO HELL. EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM.


Rdia32
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

Where is Obama? He should have signed an Executive Order for at least a 30 day extension on this when it failed to pass before Senate's break.


figure it out
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

( DO THE MATH SENATORS)
Estimated 2 million lose benefits by 7/10/10
1)Avg. unemployment check $300 per week.
2)$300x2million=$600million per week not going in economy
3)$300×10%=$30 FED TAXES per week
4)$30x2miilion=$60million in FED TAXES not collectd per week
HOW MUCH IS THE SENATES VACATION COSTING AMERICA NOW!!!!
SENATES VACATION RESULTS: More Homeless Families,Forclosures,Bankruptcy,No Sales,More Layoffs,ETC>
AND THE SENATE GOES ON PAID VACATION?
SELFISH SENATORS>VERY SELFISH!!!!!!!


ZASTROW
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

I am very fortunate to have a great paying job in the public sector. I feel bad for many family members, friends and neighbors who have lost their job abd cannot find work.

I have always voted republican… Until now!

I WILL NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN AGAIN. AND THAT'S WHAT I AM HEARING FROM SO MANY OTHERS. THE REPUBLICANS GOT US INTO THIS MESS AND THEY HAVE BAILED OUT ALL THE BIG BUSINESSES BUT ARE NOT WILLING TO PAY ANY ATTENTION TO THE PEOPLE OF THE U.S.


JOHNWALTER
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

REMMEMBER …ELECTIONS WILL BE HERE SOON
NO REPUBLICANS ,,,,,DO NOT VOTE,,TELL YOUR FAMILY TELL YOUR FRIENDS,,,,SHAME LET GET SO FAR,,,,,,,THEY DONT CARE,,FOR THE PEOPLE THAT VOTE FOR THEM,,SO NO VOTE


Anon
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

Madashell…

before you continue to jump to conclusions…it'd probably be better to actually understand the reason behind the “no”. The stimulus package still has 80 to 90 billion dollars of unallocated funds available. The republicans are only looking to extend unemployment while not increasing the defecit. I also ran out of unemployment and while it is stressful I have to be understanding of their decision. I'm not a republican…I'm sure as hell not a democrat. While I don't agree with a recess during this time where many, including myself are beyond dependant on our unemployment checks…understand its really the democratic party swallowing their pride and admitting that the stimulus was an absolute failure by taking the 30 billion needed to extend unemployment from those unallocated funds while providing an additional tier.


Atv3000
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

Certified with M.A.R.V.I.N on Monday Tried to call the Unemployment agency today all i get is a message saying basicly im screwed then it hangs up on me! How am I suppose to pay rent thats due and utillities with no $?


DMALONE46151
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

HAVE ALWAYS VOTED REPUBLICAN, NOT ANYMORE! PERFECT CREDIT, ALWAYS PAID EVERYTING ONTIME, WIFE LOST HER JOB OVER A YEAR AGO AND CAN NOT FIND EMPLOYMENT. WE HAVE PAID INTO THE SYSTEM FOR MANY, MANY YEARS AND NOW WE NEED HELP ADN CANT GET IT. OUR $1600 A MONTH TAKE HOME DOES NOT ALLOW US TO GET ANY HELP AT ALL. I AM VOTING STR8 DEMOCRATIC TICKET FROM THIS POINT ON. THE MORE I FOLLOW POLITICS THE MORE IT APPEARS DEMORACTS CARE MORE ABOUT THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!


L10751212
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

they just want you to work for nothing & even pay them for the option of finding work


Gabriel
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

POLITICIAN = Person Overtly Lying Incessantly To Individuals Chasing Ignorantly After Nirvana..

Time To”Clean House”… ALL HOUSES. “Old School” Gotta' GO!!!


ReliableGraphicS
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

Vote: “NO CONFIDENCE”


ICUDSI
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

This is not where you draw the line and take a stand on funds.


Jeff
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

Anon, while I do agree that not pointing fingers at JUST one party is accurate, the issue you stand on regarding the “unspent” stimulus money is inaccurate.
The money is actually in a “slush”fund for projects that are currently under way. i.e… a construction project of road improvements can take three to 4 years for completion. there are multiple stages to each project and require bonds for funding for the various stages and contractors whom employ workers. To take money out of that fund would be removing the coffers behind a number of the projects futures stopping the work and laying off workers… So you want to use the money that is currently employing people and their future jobs so that people like you and I can have ou emergency benefits. that is simply stupid. this is the main reason that the Democrats will not use that money at all. It is already allocated. for jobs. Unemployment benefits are deficit spending, that according to most estimates generate 1.60 for every 1.00 given out. it helps the economy period…


jim
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

I agree 100%! We as a people cannot let these scumbags ruin this great country!


Deb
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

Those in Washington should have to be drug and alcohol tested before we pay them their ridiculous salaries. I think they are the ones on drugs, who the hell in their right mind would let so many people suffer this indignity! I'd give my right arm for a job. I don't know about everyone else, but I am worn out, my self confidence is shot, on the upside, I will drop those last few pesky pounds when I don't have any food to eat!! Republicans are the devil incarnate, they smile at you and pick your pocket at the same time. I wonder how these people sleep at night? I am sooooooo looking forward to November :)


Unemployed in Indy
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

I was going to vote republican, but my unemployment monies ran out and i cant afford the gas to get to the voting station. Way to go guys you have one less vote now.


Tom2t123
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

It's the Democrats fault for not paying for the unemployment extension with unused stimulus funds. Unemployment is stimulus, the Democrats are posturing for votes and the general public turn a bling eye. Sad…..really!


Bill
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:05 pm

Thank you Mr.President for showing empathy and understanding ,regarding the disastrous situation that WE…the struggling,out of work Americans who want to work, and cant find jobs…have been suffering through.Thank you!


ginny
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

dear dmalone

since i've lost my job 21 months ago and i'm 62
it's been hell

i'm a registered independent-and after watching the us senate floor
for a month-i decided i'm going to re-register as a DEMOCRAT

Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Sherod Brown of Ohio
made me cry-because their fighting -
and many other Democrat Senators have spoken out in our favor

I have never followed politics like i have since i became unemployed
to see where this country is going as far as what happened to us
who worked in the FINANCIAL SECTOR and the bottom fell out

I am more then shocked of the elementary school behavior of the
republicans- WHO ARE THESE CHARACTERS???
I can't believe people vote for them WHY???

they have forgotton why they are there
they have become jaded-because there are no term limits
they have lost their EDGE

all they care about is THE JOB
and they have to say or do whatever it takes to get re-elected
and the people believe them
don't they realize that there are republicans
that are UNEMPLOYED

they speak like there are NO REPUBLICANS THAT ARE UNEMPLOYED

i love my TV- but when i heard Senator Sessions say that the unemployment extension is not an emergency-i wanted to throw
an object at it-
my mouth dropped-does he know that there are people in Alabama who
are unemployed

sorry -i'm carrying on here-but i'm so shocked of the people in the SENATE
that has our lives in their hands
and the only power we have is to VOTE THEM OUT
i pray all the 11 republican senators get voted out in November


SMITHTOWNny
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

wall street left this country and the global ecomony devastated. the stimulus money is needed to be used as a stimulus! Why are the republicans forcing us to choose between SURVIVING WALL STREET now! or rebuilding our future? it doesn't make sense and is short sited. The president's research showed that we have to get the economy strong first, get people back to work AND THEN reduce spending. This is not an AGENDA, this is the way to recovery without triggering a depression.


Kt2kelly
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

Are you being sarcastic? How about I will never vote GOPig because they haven't done a damn thing for this country but destroy it,in their history!!


Brian
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

Blame the Republicans all you want, but that is just emotion talking and not realism. We can't keep dumping money into the deficit, leaders around the globe are saying the same exact thing.

The Republicans would extend the unemployment if it were to come from the already allotted stimulus fund. The money is there, but the Democrats refuse to cut spending on other things in order to pay for us to continue to receive assistance.

Don't eat what the media is feeding you. I also think we need to oust everyone from Congress, but if you think a Democratically controlled congress is going to be the answer to your prayers you're all sadly mistaken. That will just lead to more out of control spending and bad decisions. Let us not forget we wasted an entire year on universal health care instead of focusing on the debt and job creation. Something the Republicans were against from day 1.

Want Socialism, vote Democrat.

Wait till Obamalamadindong raises our taxes next year because he has no choice. Hope and change my @#$.

I'm unemployed but I'll be damned if I want more Liberal foolishness forced down my throat from a bunch of leaders that only have their position because they have more money then everyone else running.


smithtownny
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

wall street left this country and the global ecomony devastated. the stimulus money is needed to be used as a stimulus! Why are the republicans forcing us to choose between SURVIVING WALL STREET now! or rebuilding our future? it doesn't make sense and is short sited. The president's research showed that we have to get the economy strong first, get people back to work AND THEN reduce spending. This is not an AGENDA, this is the way to recovery without triggering a depression


rkc
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

59 single woman who lost job last Feb. Can't find cheaper apt. w/out a job, lived w/in means, kept apt. at 55 degrees in PA winter,saved for retirement but lost 50% when stock mkt. tanked. Leased car & will likely loose it. NO public trans. here. Am reviewing PA penal code to see what crime I can commit, be incarcerated where I will have heat, lodging, food and dengtal care. No med/dental for me since last yr. My plan is to be released from jail when I reach retirement age. Only brother served in VN and killed in Camb. Now I can buy goods made there in Kohl's, Macys and Bon Ton. In a few years, we will import Afg. and Iraq goods. What is WRONG with this country. Stop importing oil, put in solar energy and windmills. Create jobs here!


smithtownny
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

wall street left this country and the global ecomony devastated. the stimulus money is needed to be used as a stimulus! Why are the republicans forcing us to choose between SURVIVING WALL STREET now! or rebuilding our future? it doesn't make sense and is short sited. The president's research showed that we have to get the economy strong first, get people back to work AND THEN reduce spending. This is not an AGENDA, this is the way to recovery without triggering a depression


kika*
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

Never more again my family and I are going to vote for Republicans or Democrats. All are the same, their interests in first place. Also, we decided to leave this country that looks like more a Third World Country everyday.


Steve
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

LMFAO– I 've been watching the news and havent seen anything about 99ers plucking their eyes balls out or having them suffer a fate worse than death– oh well maybe next week… L@@K… comming soon


smithtownny
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

wall street left this country and the global ecomony devastated. the stimulus money is needed to be used as a stimulus! Why are the republicans forcing us to choose between SURVIVING WALL STREET now! or rebuilding our future? it doesn't make sense and is short sited. The president's research showed that we have to get the economy strong first, get people back to work AND THEN reduce spending. This is not an AGENDA, this is the way to recovery without triggering a depression


Ace111
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

What about Senators taking a paycut (would help the deficit)…Scott Brown newly elected makes $170,000 a year (and that is just base salary)and also has a nice health insurance plan..With so many Americans sacrificing—->taking paycuts..working shorter weeks…taking furlow…going without health insurance……I have yet to see one senator making these kinds of sacrifies…So when they say they don't want to increase the deficit they mean we need to scarfice not them…


smithtownNY
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

IF YOU REALLY WANT UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENDED FASTER?? GET ONLINE TO THE GOV OF WEST VIRGINIA AND HAVE HIM APPOINT A REPLACEMENT FASTER. He is currently under pressure from local republicans to delay and call for an election. This gov needs to hear from US NOW while he is formulating a decision!!!!


GODGOD
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

Hey Brian…Where you driving that truck load of manure that bush handed over to O'bama and that was given a teaspoon (by mcconnell) to shovel… Yeah….Most AMERICANS think so. And, you will continue to brings these people in…


Brian
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

Cmon, Scott has to eat doesn't he? (end sarcasm)


kika*
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

To Brian,
People in the US don't know how to survive without government aid. The culture is different. You don't learn from birth to survive with no governmental help. Most of countries are different, I know. But, in this country the unemployed people need.


A111
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

Stimulus $$ is earmarked for job growth projects …You need both stimuls $$ for job creation and unemployment extension at same time(to run till Nov. at this point)—->what the democrats want…The Rep.have a bill that would only run unemployment benefits till August and would use Job creation $$$ to do this….Nov. isnt long enough never mind August (in this economy)…


Debbie
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

It's both parties fault, Democrats should agree to using stimulus money, to pay for this mess, Republican and senate should not have went on Vacation untill it was done,Obama should not allow this mess to happen,that if the American people can't have vacation they can't have vacation, Also Obama should never agree taking 25.00 from anyone money. I just moved out of my house and had to move in with my daughter because of this mess in a small 2 bedroom apartment, I have bad credit now,and a broken lease,no transportation,,or bus fare make it to interviews. I was making 60,000 a yr,and paid into the unemployment but now living the American dreams its soooo far fetch, I ask if I can go back to school while receiving unemployment they said no they will cut me off if I did, darn if I do darn if I don't. I can't even get to the church of my choice on Sunday for worship. I don't mind us helping others,however take care home first. Than help outside country we don't need to fight everyone else war either not at this time. We funding the war of someone else,lets mind our own business and take care home first than help others out of their situations.


Chris30096
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

Republican wasn't worry about deficit when they were bailing out banks,wall street,auto makers,spending billions of dollars in Iraq and covering up for BP.
I am a Republican myself and just cant understand how stupid they can be.First they had Maccain,who is just like Bush, to go against Obama knowing that people were sick and tired of Bush's 8 years of chaos,and now people are leaning toward Republican cause they dont like what Obama and Dems are doing,and yet they go against people's wish and stopping unemployment extension…..who do you think those millions jobless people now will vote for coming election day??How can they be so stupid???


Lauraannpat
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

If the goverment did waste the millons if not billons of dollars to help save the automobile industry which by the way some got the money and claimed bankruptcy anyway. The government made a bad move on that one. This money could have help the american people and stimulated the economy as well. What ever happen to “We The People” how quick we forget in Congress and the Senate. Who's wellfare are they supporting anyway????? Oh the foreign countries that right they can eat, roof over there head, and health services. If they put as much effort into our needs maybe this could be solved….


Mac
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

come election time in Nov. Just remember TO VOTE. You can vote however you want either Republican or Democrat. Either way is fine, but just as long as you vote for someone who is new and is not in office at this time. I think our best solution is to Clean House and get out everyone that is in office now and start fresh.


Sickofhandouts
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

Can't find work. Grab your mower that you bought on a sears card because you couldn't afford it. Good, now find some long grass in your neighborhood and mow it. Try any retail sales environment. I see now hiring signs on almost every Brew baker, ABC, and Tweeter out there.You say there are no jobs. #$%^$%##$^
Get off your ass and walk downtown. Our state has now the 2nd highest unemployment in the state and I guarantee I could get a job in 2 weeks. Oh and put on a tie for god sakes. Most people that walk in come in dressed like a slob. Stop looking at newspapers and monster.com and walk around. The local marina just hired a guy for 9 bucks an hour to pump gas and get tips from boaters all day. How about the mall 50% of the stores are hiring.


RGS
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

HEAR!!! HEAR!!!


Lauraannpat
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

The fact is in this country that is the way it has always been, SOME of us are not raised on the belief that the government is going to help we have to do for ourselves. What about all of the countries we do help before our own, do these countries even tell there people that our government is helping them?


Rkchisko
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

I would have been grateful to earn 60K (even for 1 year). I was forced to take a pt job …20 hrs per week…40 mile round-trip drive…just to earn 7.25 an hr. These politician must be crazy to think anyone WANTS to be UNEMPLOYED. I cannot sleep due to stress. I have suffered with shingles (which is a stress-induced illness) and could not afford medical treatment and rx to relieve pain. I too maintained good credit, lived w/in my means and struggled to pay off credit card. Now I fear loosing my car.


Metalpen668
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

So our government is telling us that we can't keep increasing the deficit by (barely) helping our jobless Americans through unemployment benefits but our government can approve a multi-trillion dollar war budget!? That makes sense. If this goes on much longer, there may not be many people left fighting for. What the hell are we still fighting for anyway? We got as much oil as we want floating around in the gulf right now….”The greedy become the needy”. No wonder no one likes us. Sad but true.


RGS
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

On The “MARK”!!!
But I don't think the politicians can do the math, without their “Skim”
Love that last comment. :-)
Let's not forget their “Basic” motivation; and it ain't us!
Borrowing a word from another comment… “GREEDY SCUMBAGS”!!!


GODGOD
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

sickofhandouts…. I see that you were a passenger with Brian while driving the truck load of manure that was handed over to O'bama. Oh! maybe it was you instead of mcconnell and his gunnies that handed him a teaspoon to shovel…..Wow!!! It looks like we are NEVER going to get rid of you losers!!! are we? But it looks like from the show of the AMERICANS on most of these sites…..Pay back will come in November… It's a NO BRAINER…


gnick1949
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

As I am one of the unemployed of course I am relieved that I will be able to eat next mo,on the other hand I am distressed that I see no end to this mess that both parties have put the American public in. WE as a nation can not continue to borrow money from China and live like there is no tomorrow. I am 61 years old and will be filling for my social security in a few months only because I cannot find a job and I want to draw as much of the SSI as I can before it is also insolvent and they announce that they have only a bunch of IOUs in the fund that they cannot pay back.


Help
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

You can go to —- you are a prime example of a ass hole. So now how do you feel???????


Gabriel
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

Agreed! 1'st President I've seen in this “Modern” Era who “Sees Us”,
the “People” instead of the “Politico”…
Go Obama Go…:-D


gnick1949
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

Looks like you have been watching to much MSNBC.


Sickofhandouts
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

I am not a republican. In fact I despised president bush. My point of view stems from experience. I am not exaggerating when I say that 80 percent of the people I know on unemployment refuse to look for a job. We need unemployment benefits but there should be stipulations. Drug tests mandatory. Copies of applications for jobs should be submitted to prove eligibility. If you are on unenemplyment for more than six months you should be forced to do city work for that pay. A great example would be infrastructure work. All I am saying is make people work for their money. Also I would pose a bet. I personally would put up 500 dollars that says I can get a job in one month. Unfortunately I am already employed. I have never been on unemployment. Not once in my life.


Rkchisko
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

Politicians, please take notice: The AMERICAN people voted you INTO office, and we can vote you OUT! You are supposed to be working for the BETTERMENT of the PEOPLE of this COUNTRY. We WILL remember your actions, come ELECTION time. You better CUT your own EXPENSES, because you might just find yourself in the UMEMPLOYMENT line. There are few places you can work to earn the WAGES and BENEFITS you currently get.


gnick1949
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

SICKOFHANDOUTS:
You do not know what you are talking about.It is worse than you think.


yoyo
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

yea it looks like obama's in hurry to create jobs, Ha health care was his first priority when half the countries unemployed


madashellinmassachusetts
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

MONEY FOR HAITI….MONEY FOR THE BIG BANKS AND THEIR BONUSES. MONEY TO PAY THESE PIGS IN THE SENATE $165,000.00 + A YEAR. NO MONEY FOR THE AMERICANS WHO CANNOT FIND WORK. CANNOT FEED THEIR FAMILIES. LOSING THE ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS. FUC# ALL OF THE SENATORS WHO DID NOT PASS THIS. FUC# ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE JOBS THAT DON'T CARE ABOUT US. HOLD ONTO YOUR HATS. LOOKS LIKE YOU MIGHT BE JOINING THE REST OF US REAL SOON. WE ARE IN A DEPRESSION! YOU COULD LOSE YOUR JOB NEXT. FUC# THE PRESIDENT FOR NOT DECLARING THIS AN EMERGENCY. HE LET THEM GO ON VACATION. SHAME ON YOU MR. PRESIDENT!!


yoyo
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

ha ha obama's a doof


Sickofhandouts
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

I am an ass hole who does much volunteer work, is married and admired in my community.I also believe that people should work for their money. There are plenty of people that deserve unemployment but unfortunately I have only met a very very small number who truly deserve it. By the way I feel relieved to get that off my chest.


yoyo
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

Democrates= douchbags Republicans are nutless Our Fearless president lost on a golf cart


Joshua_james
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

I am tired of trolls who try to get a fight going! The reality is that people like yourself have no idea what you are talking about and only write to start a fight!


gnick1949
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

SICKOFHANDOUTS
I am 61 years old and used to think just like you until I joined the ranks of the unemployed after 40 years of working and never being out of work. you should keep your mouth shut until you have experienced both sides of the issue.


Sickofhandouts
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

I hardly ever watch the news. Everything I post is from personal experience. I believe that the media and gov't is one and the same. I stand for shrinking the government all together which includes entitlement programs. I would love to believe in the trickle down theory but with too much taxation the money doesn't trickle down. Make people prove their eligibility for unemployment. If you truly deserve it than you should receive it. I know way too many people who spend their unemployment money on pot and beer so I am jaded. I repeat there are people who need and deseve it I just haven't met that many.


Metalpen668
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

SICKOFHANDOUTS – I hope you are LUCKY ENOUGH to keep your sacred job. I was making a six-figure salary before the economy collapsed and I have done everything from mow lawns, construction, to even delivering pizza! If it wasn't for unemployment helping me to BARELY get by, I don't know what i would do. Shame on you for being so nearsighted. You just don't get it. Money for wars, money for Haiti, money for everyone else except the ones who are supposed to matter most. Charity STARTS AT HOME! I guarantee if you lost your job today it wouldn't be as easy as you think to find a new one….at least one that would pay what you would want/expect. You just don't get it. You sound like Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution….and we all know what happened to her.


Mjohnhay
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

I am really glad that you live somewhere where you can walk to your nearest store and fill out an application. We live 20+ miles away from the closest store. My husband and I moved our family out to the country because it was cheaper; to live within our means. We had good jobs and made about $90,000 a year. I got fired because my husband needed 3 surgeries and needed to be taken care of as well as I was pregnant with a grim prognosis. My husband was still technically employed so could not collect any form of unemployment and I had no choice. Almost a year later I still can't find work, we had to sell a vehicle, we lost our son and we're about to lose our home. We have lived here for four years, never collected anything from the state/government, but ALWAYS paid taxes, and now we CAN'T get any help. So there's your lazy people at work for you……. Thanks for the motivational speech!!


yoyo
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

you rock


sarah
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

In the state I am in, proving you are searching for a job is a requirement, the problem is that there are just not enough full time private sector jobs that pay above unemployment. And your idea of working for your city wouldn't work, because most have budget deficits anyways, where would they get the $ to pay them? Its 2 separate entities. My husband put in 34 applications last week, 2 said they *might* have work in a few weeks. I think the problem is that people like you have NO IDEA how hard it is to get a decent paying job in this economy. Sure, my husband could find a $10 hour per job but that would leave us with LESS money because of having to pay for child care. And really would you want a bunch of unqualified people doing work on infrastucture? That could kill somebody.


Sickofhandouts
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

I never said that I have never been unemployed I said that I have never collected unemployment. Big difference I once lived off of my saving for three months until taking a job for cutco selling knives. The job was very difficult but it got me through. Sometimes you have to work below your value to get where you want to go. I feel sympathy toward our aging population. You worked harder for longer hours than any generation currently in the work force. Unfortunately many seniors were promised SSI as a supplement to there savings for retirement. What the gov't didn't tell you about 40 years ago was inflation. I'm not saying that any of this is fair but raising new generations on entitlement programs will not help the situation.


Linbad2
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

stop playing with our lives like this. we are daily losing everything we have and we will never recover from this loss even when the economy picks up. our financial situations are even hurting us now as jobs are looking at finances now and u are making ours get worse. How is this helping the economy. we can't pay our mtgs and bills now so i guess this is your plan for us to fail so banks will we stuck with unpaid houses and credit cards but then u will just give them more stimulus money to bail them out again won't u! sad but true.


Sunset_photo
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

You are so blessed…I hope it stays that way for you, but I seriously doubt it. We are headed for a real depression.


Wulyo
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

How can people with no true empathy such as yourself be admired? You sound like a righteous bully who's been fortunate enough never to have experienced true tough times. Good for you. I wouldn't wish unemployment on my worst enemy. There but for the grace of God go I. You are embarrassing yourself by showing your ignorance.


Sunset_photo
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

Glad to know you feel better now. Maybe you'll lay off now…..We ALL WANT TO WORK FOR MONEY AND WE HAVE PAID TAXES FOR YEARS.


Helpourpeople
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

If you are admired by your community, it is all due to good acting. Any person that claims to have compassion for their fellow Americans and wishes them bad doesn't need to be around people. To have this mentality and to group the unemployeed all in one bad pool shows lack of experience in the community. To be giving with your heart to the community is not all about the actions but the passion and empathy one truelyhas.


Sickofhandouts
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

What you don't understand is that I agree with you on most things. And as previously stated multiple times there are people that deserve unemployment. If you were doing those things than kudos. You probably deserve the paycheck from the gov't form the sounds of things. Yes why Haiti why Iraq Why Iran? I get it. Our gov't spends too much but the people expect too much for free. You may not be one of them but many people on these sites refuse to do what you did and actually work. I am not kidding or exaggerating about jobs available. check any retail, commission based sales environment. They almost all have help wanted signs.


Rkchisko
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

Washington is full of American flags, blowing in the wind. To my knowledge, there is only ONE US company that manufactures them here at home. I wonder where all of the Washington flags are made….probably China. I wonder if I unwrapped my brother's flag (presented at his military funeral), what would the label read….possibly China. I do not think we should allow anyone to make the American flag…except Americans.


GODGOD
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

Now sickofhandouts…..Wow!!!! You are a sadistic MORON….Whats the matter, you don't have enough work to do….or, is it that this is your only way to communicate with the outside world? Why don't you just get off this site and stop playing games with everyone else…You're just NUTS… Are you paying the employers that $500.00 too?


Sussto
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

Here is a new list with links. It… See More’s hard to say with any certainty exactly how many impeachable offenses Barak Obama has committed. But I’m going to take a whack at it anyway.
1. “Election Fraud” as a candidate for the President of the United States. Misrepresenting his status as a Natural Born Citizen.
http://www.globemagazine.com/story/520
2. “Conspiracy and Solicitation of Bribe” in partnership with Governor Rod Blagojevich to sell his Senate Seat….
http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Blago…
3. “Violation of Federal Bankruptcy Statutes” Bailed out numerous private corporations with taxpayer money and defrauded GM shareholders in the process.
4. “Conspiracy to commit Bribery” at least two counts: Colorado US Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff, and Pennsylvania US Senate candidate Joe Sestak.
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-48249-Santa-…
5. “Obstruction of Justice” Black Panther Voter Intimidation Case.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/01/just…
6. “Obstruction of Justice” Using DOJ to stonewall Freedom Of Information requests and Judicial Action to clarify his status as a Natural Born Citizen.
7. “Oath of Office Violations” at least 6 counts for all of the above mentioned violations of federal law.
Mainly to uphold support and defend constution of the USA
8. “Oath of Office Violation” for failing to protect the South Western States against Foreign Invasion.
http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_15411359
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2006/may/18…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzDlN7VLmXQ
9. “Obstruction of Justice” for intentionally impeding the legal application of United States Federal Immigration Laws.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2006/may/18…
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/24/sour…
http://www.newpatriotjournal.com/Articles/Polic…
http://www.thefoxnation.com/illegal-immigration…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEITOQfKVmo&feat…
10. “Treason” for using the Department of Justice to intentionally undermine the security of the South Western States of the United States facilitating foreign invasion, which it is his sworn duty to protect from invasion.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzDlN7VLmXQ
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/24/sour…
http://www.newpatriotjournal.com/Articles/Polic…
11. “Impersonating a Government Official” for acting as President of the United States knowing fullwell that he doesn’t meet the Constitutional Requirements to serve in such a position.
http://www.globemagazine.com/story/520
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=437453…
12. “Conspiracy to Impersonate a Government Official” for collusion with Democrat Party leaders that intentionally distorted and hid his citizenship status and continue to do so.
http://www.globemagazine.com/story/520
13. “Fraud and Perjury” for every official document he has signed requiring the signature of the President of the United States.
14. “Aiding and Abetting Enemies of the United States Constitution” for impeding process of justice against the New Black Panther Party in coalition with CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood, enemies of the Constitution who have demonstrated their clear intention to destroy our Republican Form of Government guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/01/just…

This is just a starter list, but really how many reasons do we need? A, recently formed, facebook page “Americans Calling for the Impeachment of Obama” has surpassed 28,000 members in ~1 month

http://www.rigzone.com/news/article.asp?hpf=1&a… lack of leadership on gulf oilspill
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/01/virg… Illegal healthcare reform
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/camps1.htm His FEMA camps for Americans


Sussto
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

all of the unemployed broke americans , homeless ect didn't stop Obama from having an all out July 4th now did it?


about 2 be homeless
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

In order to get a replacement for Byrd, WV has to either hold a special election in November, or wait until Nov. 2012! We can't wait that long for our benefits! The Dems are going to have to work with the heartless GOP in order to get our benefits restored!


kika*
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

Government wants that you start surviving with no help at all. They prefer to help countries like Haiti. Because, US needs to show the world that we are the Masters of Universe. They prefer to leave 21 million without benefits than lose their political position in the world.


smithtownny
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

anyone who can use fox news as a reference defines themselves. we will just take this info as the true propaganda it is. let me guess, you just LOVe GLENN BECK, right?


kika*
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

Also, ask Hillary Clinton? American Diplomacy is crazy.


Psexton
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

Some people have jobs and when they don't maybe they wont be so quick to think benifts should stop. It is sad how things are.. we have so much taken away every day and it is ever on going. I live in a small southern Indiana town and went to fill out an application last week at a new Video store was only thing in the papaer that day they took them for one day for that one day they took 642 applications for TEN jobs i went to day to a samll store she told me i would only get maybe 15 hours i cant even pay a sitter on that so no lots dont know what it is like We once had 8 factories here now we have 3 and none are hiring most have people laid off once we had a chance for a casino that would have created 1000's of jobs but the high and mightys here didnt want that either so here we set IT IS THE GOVERMENT doing this to all of us!!


Sickofhandouts
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

Your husband is a rare exception and I applaud him for that. Maybe city job was a poor description. The federal gov't is already paying you. I'm just suggesting that labor is traded for pay. They could offer multiple occupations for people on unemployment such as infrastructure child care that would be subsidized with that pay. Again all I am saying is to pay someone to do something not nothing.


smithtownny
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

The GOPs in senate refused to stop the tax payer SUBSIDY to bigoil and gas to the tune of thirtyfive billion dollars a year!! then they turned around and REFUSED TO help unemployed americans for 33 billion dollars. GET IT? THEY MADE US PAY BIG OIL 35b THEN REFUSED TO HELP US KEEP A ROOF OVER OUR HEADS FOR 33b. GET IT!! Who do you think they really care about?


Sickofhandouts
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

You forget that we are the economy. If we overspend than the economy eventually falls. If we over save than there will be too few jobs. If we are taxed too heavily than we (the economy) have less money to spend. Small gov't + smart people= a great economy. we in the U.S. have been to spoiled for too long. I know this I was spoiled as a kid and it took me until the age of 25 to have any work ethic what soever. Back to the basics. Do we need a 6000 sq foot home? Do we need 40,000 dollar cars? Do we need jet skis and boats and 4 wheelers etc. We are responsible as a whole for our own problems. We elected all of the people we now loathe.


Mharvey40
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

Yes the commission based jobs are endless – spend your own money to be paid nothing in return – wow your brilliant – I've research 100's of these GREAT opportunities and found I would have been poorer than I already am


Sickofhandouts
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

I am not looking for a fight but offering suggestions to a solution. Yes I put too much passion and personal opinion into my first post. I apologize.


smithtownny
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

I think there is an option to appoint an immediate replacement. I will be homeless by november as well. oh please, tell me we don't have to wait that long!


kika*
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

U S gets money from others countries too. Don't forget Laura that the Economy is Global.


Bbren0112
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

Is there nothing our President can do to HELP us? NOW! Can he not “override” the Senate or make an”Executive” decision to help the unemployed NOW. Why is it the Republicans hate the American “workers” and love the home”s”, car”s” and free meal tickets, while millions are loosing everything because of greediness?!


devonnoll
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

WV's governor will appoint a replacement who will hold the position until 2012. That is why the replacement can be sworn in by next week to help pass the unemployment bill that is currently on the floor of the Senate.


Simon
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

To Kika:
I agree Kika. I am leaving this country too. It's the best that you can do. Go to leave in Europe(Sweden, Norway and Finland). Or Brazil, they are looking for English Teachers. The US is collapsing, like Rome Empire and Great Britain.


uncle joe
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

Establishing govt jobs for the benefits is a good idea. Direct-investment jobs as were provided in the 1930s in the WPA, CCC, etc. would help immeasurably, but too many conservatives would oppose them as make-work, and that's just insane.


smithtownny
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

If anyone would like to take a pro-active approach to getting H.R. 4213 passed, call or e-mail Governor Joe Manchin of West Virginia and ask him to appoint himself as Senator of West Virginia. Governor Joe Manchin of West Virginia's number is 1-888-438-2731. His e-mail address is Governor@WVGov.org. Hearing from 15 million unemployed Americans should be enough to convince Governor Manchin to appoint himself Senator. In August of 2010, it will be less than the two years and six months Senator Robert Byrd would have had to serve out his Senate term. As such, the law in West Virginia seems to favor an appointment by the Governor of West Virginia pursuant to the current state of law.


smithtownny
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

the rule of separation of powers between legislative and executive branches, ties his hands. he recently announced.


Simon
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

My sister lives in Brazil. She told me that she saw Americans looking for jobs there.


Jmiller17
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

This anger that we are all feeling towards these senators that are voting “no” for this unemployment extension is eating us alive. I am tired of being angry. No, they do not deserve to be in office. Most of them are there for THEIR OWN BENEFIT. And by benefit, I mean just that. These politicians have very generous benefit packages after they leave or are voted out of office. All of them. Good or bad. They do not care if they piss us off. Who wouldn't want to be a congressman or senator knowing that no matter how bad that office got for them, no matter how the public viewed them or the battering that they may take from the press, that eventually they would be well taken care of and not have to think about constituents anymore. They WILL be well taken care of by us the American taxpayer. They will not have to stand in unemployment or social services lines if they become jobless. That's the irony. We must demand that term and/or age limits be set for these offices and the benefits that they receive after they leave office should be drastically cut. THEY determine when they get their own raises and how much they will get. It should be the American people that decide if, when, and how much these officials receive. That is the only way that we will get people in office that really want to be there and not just for the perks and benefits.


devonnoll
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

You talk about infrastructure jobs being an option. Did you miss the fact that all those jobs are now on hold because the Republicans trashed the stimulus bill and removed the money needed for those jobs, and states and local towns do not have the funds? My husband was working on building prisons for the feds and states, and when he was laid off in 2008 it was because those “infrastructure jobs” had been put on hold. Now they have just been scrapped! You think people should go out and find a job, well get a clue: you could find a job in one month because you are still employed. Employers will no longer interview anyone who has been unemployed for more than six months, genius. So keep your $500 wager – anyone who would take it is a fool, just like you!


Txblackmadonna
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

their salary has been increased to 174,000 actually.


Tonyboyd_teboyd
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

I agree with everything that you have said. Keep telling it like it is, we do need extended unemployment to survive right now. People like sickof handouts, may not know what it is like to be in need of anything.


BigBoyBC
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

I am amazed at what I've read in these comments. I am so sick of people playing the “Blame” game. Both sides are guilty of recking the economy and screwing with the unemployed over political BS. Neither party has the moral high ground on anything.

The political parties have been bamboozling and dividing the American people for decades, that problem is all about Democrats vs. Republicans. The real problem in Washington is Entrenched Incumbency.

VOTE ALL INCUMBENTS OUT IN NOVEMBER, BOTH DEMS & REPS.


Julia
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

It's so easy to blame the Republicans but you got it all wrong. They want to pass an extension but not add to the deficit which you can't blame them for. They suggested using unused stimulus money but the dems don't want to do that!! So who's really holding us hostage?!?!?! If the dems really cared, they would agree to that suggestion if it will get it passed! I'm sure there's a program they can nix for now so that the American people don't have to lose everything but that would mean losing votes from the people/company they are nixing!!! Wake up and research the facts and stop drinking the kool aid! The dems have been in power for almost four years and look where it's got us!!!!! You want to continue that for the next four years?!?!?! If so, you deserve what you get. I'm tired of being unemployed, aren't you?!?!?! We need a new set of people running this country, which means a lot of dems need to go!!! They've made enough of a mess in the congress and the senate! Don't you think?!?!?!


karl
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

o why don't u go to hell u asshole u have no idea what we arfe going through so until u do shut ur damn mouth mother fuckerr


karl
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

u seriously don't have a clue so get the hell outa here u peice of crap u probably live with mommy and daddy and work at mcdonalds u little fucker …


tyson
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

o shut up i wish u was standing in front of me right now i woukld knock ur teethe down ur fucking throat


smg
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

However he can pull the senators back from vacation to vote. He is allowed to do that. It wouldn't even be a precident. Truman called back is “Do Nothing 80th Congress” in June and October due to their failure to enact important social legislation due to their bickering like our current congress. FDR called back his Congress to bang out the “New Deal”

His hands aren't tied in this. It would let the unemployed really know he was thinking of the people and not sitting back and seeing how it plays out.


smg
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

In all honesty, if the Dems decided were forced back a couple of days early and let the process of debate take place, they could move this thing to cloture and onto a vote. If the Republicans take three days to filibuster, they will lose any standing they have with the american people. The Dems just aren't ready to call their bluff.


Cshpy
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

Republicans are not totally to blame….if the bill was introduced by itself, it would probably be passed. The dem's keep doing this – making packages….putting a bill like this one in a pkg with other bills that they know the rep's don't want to approve. Then they either get the other bills passed that they want or they lay the blame on the rep's for not passing a bill like this one!….BOTH SIDES ARE TO BLAME!!!….CONGRESS NEEDS TO STOP ACTING LIKE A KINDERGARTEN CLASS….THE 'LABELS (REPUBLICAN / DEMOCRAT) HAVE BECOME MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE PEOPLE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE REPRESENTING!!!!!


smg
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

And what exactly does this have to dowith the topic at hand? I take what you are trying to say is that you don't approve of unemployment benefits extension.

I thought this type of rhetoric was stupid when Gore's supporters did it to Bush and I think it's stupid with Obama detractors.

It's mentality like yours that stops the Republicans and Democrats from putting away their differences and working together toward solutions that can help rather than hinder in the business of government.


Gary R
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

Well the new Bil that was in the House that passed is a stand alone Bill. But that Bill doesnt have the extra 25 a week in it. I have read a somewhere that if it does pass Monday it will take almost tell Aug for the Pres. to sign the Bill. plus I have been readiing that the Republicans think that they will win in Nov. Dont they read what everyone is writing. They are going to lose and the Dems will remain the party with more in the Senate and the House. I hope that they get that new Dem in office ASAP. Im 40 and single father and I have been out of work since 09 and its been real hard to fine work. I put in resumes all day and every day. They say we dont want a 8 an hour job well I do and I cant even get that.I have to go to the food panty every week and the food they give isnt the best at all but it helps.


smg
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

It would be easier to belive this if they hadn't passed the first part of a 110B+ defense spending bill just prior to going on vacation. As to the deficit increase for the unemployment extension they could easily pay this off in two years if they could close the offshoring loophole. In corporate taxes alone it brings back 14+Bil a year and by closing it it stops the bleeding of manufacturing and IT jobs to other countries.

The loophole, if you don't know what it is, was designed originally to help american businesses who have to import foreign goods for manufacturing or production. IE: You are an American Based company that builds teak tables, the tax break is intended to allow the company to receive foreign goods such as teak without having to pay tariffs on it since we already see taxes from the corporation itself, it's workers and the sale of the goods. If it was used as intended it was a great tax break and would encourage business.

However the heads of corporations realized quickly that good produced cheaply in another country could be moved through without tariffs as well, as long as they were received by an American Based company. Now replace teak with your ipods, cell phones, computers, servers, toys, products, IT Intellectual properties…and count in the employees lost, their taxes lost, their spending in our economy lost and you're understanding the true basis of a jobless recovery.

It seems to me that the tax revenue + the 14 billion a year that we reclaim should be used on the unemployed as this is what caused most of these highly qualified workers to become this way.

I do however agree with Olympia Snowe in that you can't ask for back taxes, that's foolish, no grandfathering and from this point forward is fine with me. I'm also ok with tax cuts to business as soon as you close up this loophole, otherwise it's like pouring water into a bucket riddled with holes.

As to unused stimulus money. It's still deficit spending. You wake up and smell the coffee. The Republicans are unwilling to look anywhere other than at the stimulus money. They use the words “if you want us to pass the bill find the money”. Isn't it their constituents as well? You've been told you can't use your college fund to buy the car, it's for your future. So go find the money elsewhere. Turtle bridges, bridges to nowhere, studies on why people like music…they add up.

I'm a Republican, I don't agree with what's happening in Congress right now. The penny wise and dollar foolishness of not approving a plan that you're going to have to spend money on in any way shape or form be it unemployement or the more expensive welfare system makes no sense to me. I'm watching friends of mine who were in IT losing their homes, cars, livelihood while political finger pointing happens. These are people who would and could contribute to our tax base given the opportunity. I signed on for fiscal responsibility not this mess.

I honestly don't give a rats patootie who is to blame. The Dems have their issues, the Republicans theirs, they need to figure it out and move forward.


smithtownny
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

you must have missed last week where they DID put it through alone and the gop still blocked it.


Sussto
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

From: senator@isakson.senate.gov
To: sussto@comcast.net
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 12:14 PM
Subject: A Response From Johnny Isakson
Dear Ms. Stokes:

Thank you for contacting me regarding unemployment and COBRA benefit extensions. I appreciate hearing from you and am glad to have the opportunity to respond.

I will continue to support a temporary extension of unemployment insurance and COBRA benefits, provided that the cost is offset. I empathize with the Georgians and all Americans who are out of work in these tough economic times, but I also feel it is a dangerous precedent for our nation's economic stability to continue to extend these benefits with borrowed money.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please visit my webpage at http://isakson.senate.gov/ for more information on the issues important to you and to sign up for my e-newsletter.

Sincerely,
Johnny Isakson
United States Senator

For future correspondence with my office, please visit my web site at http://isakson.senate.gov/contact.cfm. You can also click here to sign up for the eNewsletter


smithtownNY
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

i wish he could just put this through as an executive order. HOWEVER, he cannot bring sen byrd back, if he forced a reconvene of congress, there is no reason to think the gop won't block again just like they blocked before the break. we as a group of unemployed have to convince gov of wv to appoint immediately. as 15 million people we are now a voting block, hopefully we can get them to listen.


Sussto
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

I can assure you senator isakson that you will never ever get a vote from me on anything at all!
All the unemployed american you turned you back on, homeless ppl living in tents and hungry children.
I sincerely hope you enjoyed your holiday! 10 days vacation !http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00204


smithtownny
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

oh please why is the gop forcing the unemployed to choose between surviving the WALLSTREETDEBACLE now, or the nations full recovery in the future. the stimulus money is for job growth. GROW UP, the more the GOP can run the country in the ground, the better chance they have of getting someone to vote for them in november. COUNTRY FIRST! works against their direct agenda from blocking every attempt the president makes to help this country recover.


homeless soon too
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

If anyone would like to take a pro-active approach to getting H.R. 4213 passed, call or e-mail Governor Joe Manchin of West Virginia and ask him to appoint himself as Senator of West Virginia. Governor Joe Manchin of West Virginia's number is 1-888-438-2731. His e-mail address is Governor@WVGov.org. Hearing from 15 million unemployed Americans should be enough to convince Governor Manchin to appoint himself Senator. In August of 2010, it will be less than the two years and six months Senator Robert Byrd would have had to serve out his Senate term. As such, the law in West Virginia seems to favor an appointment by the Governor of West Virginia pursuant to the current state of law.


chicagogal
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

I get so tired of reading comments by people who have not done their homework first! Sure, everyone gets their say – but by God you should know what you are saying first. This is exactly why we have Congressmen and Senators who act like they are entitled to treat American citizens like crap.

1. Senator Byrd's seat will have a replacement named by the governor of his state. That was announced within 24 hours after he died.

2. Senator Reid cannot just use stimulus funds to pay for the extension because the money is already allocated to projects that will be starting shortly – most of which will need to actually hire employees!

3. Unemployment extensions have always been considered emergency spending, so listening to the Republicans whining about how this one needs to be paid for just shows that you have no clue how our country is run.

4. The $34 billion required to fund this extension bill is less than 1/10 of 1% of the total $13.1 trillion deficit and provides the best economic boost. You'd rather have local stores shut down and create more unemployed people because no one has the money to buy their goods? Or have teachers, police officers and firemen fired because their states can't afford to pay them?

5. The unemployment extension bill that the House just passed and the Senate just killed WAS a stand-alone bill. Nothing else was attached to it so now we know exactly who is for our country and who is not.

6. The Republicans are pissed that they lost the last couple of elections and decided to vote against every single bill to make Obama and the Democrats look bad. They think that they will take back Congress this fall if we are all homeless and hungry.

7. For everyone who is saying nasty things about the unemployed – why don't you take the current 26 weeks of unemployment benefits and an unemployed person can take your job? You'll still have an income for a while and someone who no longer does will have one as well.


smg
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 6:02 pm

Actually, I'm going to disagree. Check the voting record of your incumbents. If they are eneacting legislation the way you would like to see it enacted leave them be. If they are voting against your interests then you vote them out.

Informed voting is always the best idea.


smg
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

They blocked the bill on a pure up down vote where they voted for cloture prior to debate. Bring them back early, let them debate and filibuster until quorum is no longer possible. The president can instruct that they can't move on to other legislation until they come to conclusion of this bill.

They Dems will win in a normal vote. They have the majority for that. It's just stopping with the games and letting the bill go to debate. They weren't supposed to be in session for the last two days of this week, they left two days early, I see no problem with calling them back. Do you?


RGS
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

The USA matured considerably with the election of President Obama.
Now…
Will the Fed' grow up with the rest of us?

We, “The People” of this great 243yr “young country” have outgrown our Government, it's “Operational Practices/Policies” and it's “Effectivness”.
We and Our Government need an “Overhaul”.
Gov' was great for the starting years, worked for those “Just a Few” States.
It was “OK” for our “Teen” and “Middle” years, and “Just Sad” for these “Maturing”? years.

We need Term Limits for ALL of “The Houses/Politicos”…
I'd Propose…
6 years with a Re-Election for another 4 years of Service, 10yrs Total.
We add the policy as applied to our President being eligiable for a 2'd 6yr term only, after or during the new president's 6yr term of service.

Term(s) for the President
6 years with a Re-election for another 4 years of Service… Yet eligible for 2'nd 6yr term only. And after a prior President is developed.

Keep in mind we can still Impeach.

As it stands now, with respect to our electiive process…
A 4yr (1'st) Term of the newley elected President is not enough…
*- 1'st year: Reviewing and getting a grip on the present situations.
*- 2'nd year: Embracing, trying to understand the “Left-Overs” and how to “Deal” with them. Presentation of their Own ideas,and Our's, trying to make friends, etc…
*- 3'rd year: President attempts to deal with previous and present issues as well as trying to maintain/implement their/our own, while at the same time trying to get re-elected during that last 18 or so months of their (1'st) 4yr term.
Pres' is DISTRACTED, low effectiveness. If lucky enough to be re-elected for a second term… The toatal effectivness/value of their “Full” (8yr) term is an interrupted/distracted: +/- 5yrs of 8yrs. A 3yr+ Loss for us all.
(A “Guess-stimate…)

If the Pres' was good, and effective, and we like them… Re-elect for a second 4yr term. We keep the policy of the (present) President being eligiable for a 2'd 6yr term only, after/during the new president's 6yr term of service…

This should apply to ALL “Elected Federal Officials”
Time for a “FEDERAL OVERHAUL, AN UPGRADE, A REBOOT”


Murraystan
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 11:39 pm

I not only agree with cutting all thier paychecks,I personally think we should confiscate all thier assetts too.While we we’re all working and not watching they we’re stealing.Kinda intresting how they call them selves highly educated,Harvard,Yale, Ect– So what did they learn ??How to bankrupt the country ! HOW to Steal Money Legally! What makes them soo smart,Dang I barely have a high school education and I can BALANCE MY CHECKBOOK.


homeless soon too
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

works for me.


Murraystan
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 11:54 pm

WE already have a bunch of unqualified people doing work on infrastucture


I want a job
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

This is bs, I've paid into the system for 35 years , last year I lost my job. UI doesn't let me live high on the hog, It barely helped pay my child support and rent, I wish I was working, In the past year I send resumes every day, the UI kept me from being sent to jail, I'm no dead beat I want to work, but if my child support doesn't get paid I go to jail, that how our lovely system works


A111
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

Great piece in the NY Times-Punishing the Jobless
By PAUL KRUGMAN-July 4th(the full article is online)
“But that was then. Today, American workers face the worst job market since the Great Depression, with five job seekers for every job opening, with the average spell of unemployment now at 35 weeks. Yet the Senate went home for the holiday weekend without extending benefits. How was that possible?

The answer is that we’re facing a coalition of the heartless, the clueless and the confused. Nothing can be done about the first group, and probably not much about the second. But maybe it’s possible to clear up some of the confusion.” …..


pnea
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

I hate to say this, but everything you posted is absolutely correct. You hit the nail on the head. Every one needs to understand that this is exactly what's going on.


Txblackmadonna
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

http://www.gpb.org/news/2010/07/06/senator-isak… all you that are waiting desperately like I am. HOPE


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sickandtired
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

they should also look at the fact that companies need to quit having this unemployed need not apply. how are we suppose to get jobs when you're not willing to even interview us? also stop with the credit checks. my credit is going down the crapper while i'm unemployed. i need a job not a loan!!! maybe obama should think about that as well as to why americans can't find work.


Sunset
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

No it wasn't a standalone. They added the extension for first time home buyers to it!!!!


Sunset4255
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

This president cares only about his agenda and definitely not the American people!!! He's running this country into the ground. The majority didn't want Obama Care, did he care… NO! The majority want the illegal immigration laws enforced, does he care…. NO! The spill has been going on and on, does he care… NO! Reason: He wants cap and trade! In time you will wake up and see how much damage he has done. He's worse than Carter!


Jm-0099
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

Sick, i too am out of work.you make two very good points!
then there you go,a point not taken! y because you turn on
Pres, Obama. ok now if your wife took her visa out and charged
let's say 6 or 7 tillion bucks at the dollar store! what kind of nut would
6 tillion have buy now! at 21.9 %
in 1979 it was worst then now! as in unemployed,and still to this day worst!
we got 26 week's ! that's it buy!
so be thankful we have a man who see's the big pitcher.
and just to say bush started the 99 week thing(ive be off 56 weeks)
and had it passed so it would come up in the Obama term,making him the bad guy! and now its all the republican a holes, crying about how bad its going to get! will it started 9 1/2 yrears ago!


Jm-0099
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

You, young child are nut's
and hear's the kicker! it's poeple like you who
makes me vote again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FDR, didnt keep the office for 12 yrs, by caring if he got re-elected!!!!!!!!


Jm-0099
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 12:12 am

nope, in the last 30 yrs, yes
since the Great Depression, no
all very different!
in the Great D, less then 2% of the people own any stocks,
so they didnt lose, houses, 401k, being cut after 30 yrs, making good money!
in the 80's 26 weeks max! 15% home loans'
this time it was big money, playing working mid class.
BP not losing,nor AGI,
It's we the shepeople!


GETRDONE
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 12:29 am

Make SS retirement age mandatory at 60. Give the retirees all the money the government pays in welfare and UNEMPLOYMENT. That will open up millions of jobs.The youth will will rejuvenize the economy. 50 & 60 year olds arent thinking about buying new houses. Demand retirement at 60, give the retirees a bonus for a new car(aoto ind gets a boost) and bring ENERGY to workplaces. It worked 50 YEARS AGO and we've been working BACKWORDS SINCE. AND NO I'm NOT ready to retire. I have 3 co-workers in their 70's !! What a SHAME.


PEOPLEGETTINGDESPARATE
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 12:33 am

IF it DOESNT PASS SOON ,You'll THROW AWAY the last 2 Years effort!


mulan
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 1:14 am

i have a solution…. lets stop accepting people into our country! less people, more jobs. bam, done. its a simple supply-demand issue that i learned in high school….


justthewayitshouldbe
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 1:42 am

Hey idiot, go back to high school for another 12 years becasue your solution sucks


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Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 2:31 am

we do need ideas, but i dont like mandatory and government,
that looks to much like there noses not were i would like!


Sussto
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 2:56 am

—– Original Message —–
From: correspondence_reply@reid.senate.gov
To: sussto@comcast.net
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 6:09 PM
Subject: Reid Corrrespondence Response

July 6, 2010

Dear Ms. Stokes:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the extension of unemployment benefits. I appreciate hearing from you and assure you that I am working hard to enact policies that promote job creation.

In order to address the needs of long-term jobless Nevadans, I have worked for two months to try and find one or two of my colleagues from across the aisle who might help fight for the passage of the extension of unemployment insurance benefits, ensuring the program uninterrupted funding through November. Unfortunately, certain Senators continue to oppose extending unemployment benefits, and with the death this week of Senator Robert Byrd from West Virginia, the Senate once again fell just short of the 60 votes needed to pass the bill.

As we look ahead, I am hopeful that the Senate will reach the 60 votes needed to overcome the opposition with the replacement of Senator Byrd (D-WV) A replacement for Senator Byrd should be named soon and I expect to hold another vote on extending unemployment benefits as soon as the Senate reconvenes.

As we all work through these trying times, I assure you that I am working with great vigor for Nevadans who are counting on these benefits to provide a lifeline for them and their families. I appreciate all of my colleagues who continue to stand up and fight on behalf of middle-class American families and reaffirm our commitment to help America's unemployed workers support their families through these difficult times.

Please know that my thoughts are with all Nevadans who are struggling. As the Senate Majority Leader, I will continue to work with anyone and everyone in Nevada and Washington on solutions to create jobs and get our economy back on track. Again, thank you for sharing your concerns with me.
My best wishes to you.

Sincerely,
A
HARRY REID
United States Senator
Nevada

HR:mu


ladyink2010
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 3:08 am

CONGRESS NEEDS TO STOP PLAYING THESE POLITICAL GAMES. THIS EXTENSION NEEDS TO BE PAST NOW!! THE UNEMPLOYED ARE STARVING, GOING HOMELESS, ETC. WE NEED HELP. PASS THE EXTENSION!!!EVERY UNEMPLOYED AMERICAN SHOULD STILL BE WRITING, EMAILING, CALLING ETC. THE SENATORS AND DEMAND THIS GET DONE 1ST THING UPON THERE RETURN. NO MORE WAITING AROUND. THE UNEMPLOYED HAVE NO MORE TIME TO LOSE!!1


Canttakenomore
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 3:42 am

This is sad my daughter just posted on fb I'm hungry I'm in tears I can't feed my damn kids, I'm sure they had a good time and still having a good time. No phone, soon no Internet, and then homeless I have called, emailed, and we still have a week to go for an answer I will be homeless next week.


dixiegirlj
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 4:22 am

They said mid july-BS. They need to pass it now. But as you see they are still on vacation so you see both sides are to blame. It tells you how little we mean to both sides and President Obama should may them shorten their vacation or lower their pay to $7.25 an hour. No gas money left to look for a job, no money to pay car insurance to look for a job and no home to cleanse to look for a job. OMG what kind of people did we vote for. I guarantee I will remember the word no in the state of Georgia, because our children and grandchildren are going hungry now. Bless the cold hearted employed Americans. I would gladly take your job so you could be in my shoes, lose your home, and no food for your children, anyways Bless you!!!


dixiegirlj
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 4:31 am

Almost August, BS, Obama better sign it 7/12/10. Fax it to him!!!!!!!!


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Nicky_83
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 11:14 am

how are people supposed to get a job when more and more job postings flat out say ” unemployed need not to apply” SERIOUSLY if i was employed why would i apply in the first place, if i were employed i wouldnt be trying to get a job.. MORONS


ladyink2010
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

GO TO CHANGE.ORG AND SIGN A PETITION FOR IMMEDIATELY EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT BY EXECUTIVE ORDER OF PRESIDENT. THE UNEMPLOYED HAVE NO MORE TIME TO WAIT, SOMETHING MUST BE DONE NOW!!!!!


Robert
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

Extending employment benifits is a must. I just got layed off and I have 20 years in a major corpopration. But outsourcing took my job!


Vote10
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

THE SENATES PAID VACATION! Really sounds like they are going without.
The SENATE should see layoffs,due to lost tax revenew! Thats what their BIG BUSINESS FRIENDS DID TO US!! And then gave them tax loop holes and tax breaks to help them! They bailed out their friends in the banks,but not everyday AMERICANS? HOW DOES THAT WORK?
They just threw 2 million AMERICANS UNDER THE BUS AND NEVER BLINKED AN EYE! It is time they help AMERICANS in need and not themselves! Do they think unemployed people can not vote,or are they trying to say No to that also!! (GO TO CHANGE .ORG) sign the petition now!
SENATE VACATION RESULTS:
1) More Homeless Families
2) More Forclosures
3) Bankruptcy Up
4) No Sales
5) More Layoffs
6) ETC
SO HOW MUCH IS THE SENATES VACATION COSTING AMERICA NOW?
JUST PLAIN SELFISH SENATORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VOTE THEM OUT,BEFORE IT'S TO LATE!!!!!


po'd in mass
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

The Bottom line is that if the extension is not provided, those that have run out of benefits (~5 million workers) will shortly loose their homes. Not only are they impacted, but their families (which includes children and their spouses) makes that ~5 million number increase to 20 million of impacted people based on the national average family size of 4. Those homes will be foreclosed and be sitting empty along with the millions already doing the same. Banks will need another bailout to obsorb the lost revenue. The homeless won't have a place to live and will have to turn to crime to get the money to survive and provide for the families. States are drastically cutting budgets and are not going to be able to support their cities and towns with the aide needed, so police departments will need to make cuts reducing their ability to fight the increasing crime. Not providing the extension now will cost the country a hell of a lot more money to clean up the insuing mess caused by lack of action. I could go on and on but the fact is, the suits on the hill are playing a game of russian roulette with the real future of this country and I don't just mean economically… pass the damn extension…..


musk_melon
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

And what about the 99ers? Our ranks are growing daily!


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Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

By voting to deny extending unemployment benefits, the “survival of the fittest” Republicans in Congress show they are a political party of no good sense, no compassion, no future. President Barack Obama is doing a good job in very difficult times. Yet, Republicans in Congress oppose most everything he and Democrats propose and the Rush Limbaughs, Glenn Becks are out there every weekday proclaiming how awful our gifted president is. If the glib talkers, motivated by greed, say it often enough, too many ill-informed listeners believe their falsehoods to be true.

How credible are politicians who call the jobless lazy and unmotivated to look for jobs, when so many manufacturing jobs no longer exist in America? Today's jobless cannot be blamed for corporation greed which sent huge numbers of jobs overseas. Jobless voters who vote for Republicans in the coming elections (mid-term and 2012) will be foolishly voting against their own economic self-interests. Author Thomas Frank who wrote What's The Matter With Kansas? could just change the title to What's The Matter With America? and it would apply to what's currently going on.


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Facefullopaint822
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 12:02 am

I am also tired of unemployment and the economy. I am a 21 year old Iraq vet who came back to no job, and unemployment has almost ran out because nobody will hire me. Government needs to either do something, or get out of the way.


Jm-0099
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 12:41 am

go back in the army!
if i wasnt 55, i would today!


po'd in mass
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 1:07 am

Rather than being on vacation AGAIN and not supporting the people (Americans) who need the extension, the suits could be delivering to the american people ~5 million jobs that will support those who need them. Until they get their sh*t together and start performing, they must put up and provide some results like helping those that need it and oh by the way, will ultimately decide if the suits on the hill (soth) will become part of the UNEMPLOYED and remembered in history as the government that couldn't do a damn thing right….. not even help there countrymen in need….. it is shameful…….


Djcb1
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 1:51 am

We can support a family of 8 through welfare who havn't worked a day in the United States but a family of 4 who has 2 adults who have worked their whole lives and have fell on hard times can't even get a crumb of help. Fair? I guess if you weren't born here you can get all the finacial and medical help you could ask for.


Psexton
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 2:36 am

Looks like the Governor of West Virginia is going to scerw the unemployed>>


Trina
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

You got that right. I have been saying that for years, even when I was working.


Trina
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

It is a vicious circle in deed. But you are completely right.


vote10
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

HOW SAD IS IT? That when a U.S. SENATOR as ADMIRED as SEN.BYRD passes,the SENATE may not have enough votes to HELP AMERICAN FAMILIES,who need unemployment extensions! It tells me the SENATE does not care about AMERICAN FAMILIES.(ONLY THEMSELVES)
Politics and the SENATES greed is what is holding AMERICA back! What do they know about how AMERICAN FAMILIES are living right now? Has one of them ever asked you? I am 56yrs old and have never met a U.S. SENATOR.
Have you? So how do they know anything about what the real world is like?
AMERICA needs everyday Americans in the SENATE,that have lived in the real world! Last I knew unemployed people can still vote,unless they are going to say NO to that also.WRITE THEM>CALL THEM>E-MAIL THEM.
They should get layed off for lack of taxes collected. Like their BIG BUSINESS FRIENDS did to us. Or would they Bail themselves out like they did their BIG BANKER FRIENDS? AMERICANS NEED HELP NOW SENATORS!!!


Hawaiianstyle
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

That's it? A statement that Republicans are a problem?

Wow what a kick Axx President. What effective politcal use of the bully pulpit. What a leader with great political courage.

Come on Mr. President 1.5 million people need YOUR help. They don't care about elections. They don't care about war and FOREIGN nation building.

They care about America building; about a job and paying off the debts they got from the profligate govenment fiscal policies to help the poor rich folks. You know the one that created the depression that they suffer under.

ACTA NON VERBA Mr. President……..


Bmcarson72
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

this sucks what am i gonna do if there is no extension what am i gonna tell my kids sorry there is no food because are country doesnt want to help. i would be better off moving to canada


Michael
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 3:01 am

you cant get help anymore its all about illegal aliens and people on welfare


Michael
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 3:04 am

ummm i was told you have 2yrs of unemployment i would look into that your military they cant stop u on that plus if u got drafted and u had a job they have to give ya job back i know my father is ex military


Daniel Kennedy1064
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 3:12 am

Where can we send Emails to show our protests for the Governments inablity to pass the needed Tax Extension Bill? The US seems more interested in helping the needy everywhere in the World but here at home! I want to Email someone but do not know where to start!


Daniel
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 3:17 am

Try the Web Site http://www.MI.gov/helpinghand They have info on Food assistance, Morgage Aid, Medical Insurance assistance and more. It's a place to start anyway.


dixiegirlj
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 4:00 am

Ok, Obama can bypass the Senate on a chief for Medicare, but not for his American people for there unemployment benefits? What's wrong with this picture. I need not see him give an executive order to the Senate, there will be no vacation till this bill passes. Come on Obama do something now, not on 7/12/0, do it now!!!!!!!!


nita courtnay
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 4:36 am

it they could find a job making 7.25 hour. I Would take it but there are no jobs out their making that money cause I have looked


vote 10
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

The Republicans in the SENATE,are selfish! Millions of AMERICANS are in need of unemployment extensions,and they could care less! If it was an issue with a BIG BUSINESS or WALL STREET,they would be right on top of it.
But everyday AMERICANS in need (NO BIG DEAL TO SENATORS)
HOW SAD IS THAT AMERICA?
It is time everyday AMERICANS get elected to office. THE SENATE does not have a clue what the real world is like out here. Do they even ask us?
When there is a problem with a BIG CORP. they talk to them. We should be allowed to sit in the SENATE and tell our stories face to face! But they don't want that! Have they forgot unemployed people can vote,or are going to say NO to letting us vote to? AMERICA STAND UP!
WRITE THEM>CALL THEM>E-MAIL THEM
Let them know they to, can soon be unemployed!!!!
This is not about Republicans or Democrats,it is about AMERICAN FAMILIES in need. What part don't they get?
VOTE THEM OUT NOW!!!!!1


txindie
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 2:28 pm

If they want to create jobs, then a heavy tax penalty should be imposed on businesses that send jobs overseas. Bring those jobs back to America. I am sick and tired of stuff I buy only work for (on average) a week to a year!! At least things lasted (cars, toys, electronics) when they were made in America. Not to mention people had jobs and kept them for a long time. What ever happened to companies taking care of their employees? Now you get fired for no viable reason with only 26 weeks of employment (if you get it at all). The Senate says go get a job, they think the 99ers are not looking. Then how do you explain 300-500 applicants per job posting? It is NOT the middle class that is lazy, it is the GOVERNMENT!! They have their fat pockets, business CEOs have their fat pockets and both are on cohorts to crap on the rest of America.


Mcapola1
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

How can President Obama talk the talk but not walk the walk,he needs to step up and sign the order,and show the people He is for the people and stop blaming everyone else.


Starrsfiillednights2007
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

We Need To Bring Our Troops Home Already And Stop This On Going.. War That Is What Is Draining The Deficit Dry! This is where the money continues to go.. and that is why we have to beg and plead when millions are out of work over 11 % in each state.. the highest ever. We the people should come first.. and unskilled workers need to be educated so this does not repeat. The money for this ridiculous war we are fighting.. needs to be spent on the Americans here in crisis.. and the troops need to be returned home safely to their families. The President said July or August.. and yet this continues.. How can the deficit or any further stimulus's that stimulate the growth of our economy and educate our people… be compensated for when all the money is tied up in this war.. Please People.. Start a Petition on and off line to end the war and the deficit it is causing and things will turn around.. We need action to be heard.


po'd in mass
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 1:01 am

Here's the republican senators score card from:
http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?cat=18

It speaks for itself……

A timeline of Republicans blocking unemployment benefits in the last year:

Fall 2009
On September 22, the House passed legislation (H.R. 3548) to provide up to 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits to workers in high unemployment states who are about to run out of benefits.
Senate Republicans delayed action on this bill for more than a month — leaving 500,000 Americans without unemployment benefits when they needed them the most.

February 2010
The House passed Temporary Extension Act (H.R. 4691), emergency legislation to extend UI benefits and certain other programs about to expire for 30 days on February 25.
But Republican Senator Jim Bunning singlehandedly blocked passage of this emergency measure, despite the serious consequences for families across the nation. He objected to Democrats’ 11 requests to extend unemployment benefits. [Congressional Record, 2/24/10; Senate Floor, 2/25/10, 2/26/10, 3/1/10] And when Sen. Merkley (D-Ore.) begged him to drop his objection, Bunning replied: “Tough sh*t.” [Politico, 2/25]
This resulted in a three-day shut down of these critical programs that jeopardized unemployment benefits for more than one million Americans and furloughed thousands of highway and transit workers.

March 2010
The House passed the bill the Continuing Extension Act to extend unemployment benefits and other critical programs for 30 days on March 17, 2010.
But Senator Coburn blocked consideration of this bill. “Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has blocked passage of a crucial package of expiring provisions, including extended unemployment insurance benefits that are scheduled to run out on April 5. Coburn has balked at Democrats’ request for unanimous consent to pass the extensions, threatening a standoff similar to one that pitted Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) against the Democratic leadership last month.” [The Hill, 3/25/10]
With Senate Republicans action, these programs lapsed for twelve days. The Senate then extended unemployment benefits through May 29, 2010 — twenty-nine days later on April 15, 2010.

June 2010
The House passed the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act (H.R. 4213), an American job creation bill which extends unemployment benefits for six months on May 28.
Senate Republicans have blocked moving forward on this crucial job creating legislation all month. Republicans blocked cloture to proceed to the bill on June 17. Even after more changes were made to achieve a compromise, Republicans blocked cloture again on June 24.
On June 29, more than 80 percent of House Republicans vote down a six month extension of unemployment benefits. [House Vote 398]
On June 30, Senate Republicans blocked consideration of a six month unemployment bill. The vote was 58-38.

The House awaits Senate action when they return. As Chairman Levin said today, “those who are still unemployed should not suffer due to the indifference of Republicans in Congress.”


po'd in mass
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 1:40 am

I agree with you 100%…. Viet Nam lost over 55000 american soldiers because of the domino effect the expansion of communisim (our government sold that idea to us common citizens) we left and communissim didn't expand did it….. needless loss of life most important, secondly huge tax payer dollars spent by the government never to be recovered….. How about Nixon and watergate (our government officials at their best), Remember, Afghanistan and their war with the soviet union? It bankrupted the soviet's and caused their collapse…… We went in dropped bombs and left Afghanistan believing that war was over and focused on Iraq (for what reason? Weapons or Mass Destuction) they were never found was it a ploy for GW Bush to finish what his father didn't? (hmmmmm) in anycase the american people didn't have voice about Iraq, we were just there and our money is still being spent there without the american peoples consent. Things seem to be relatively calm in Iraq not “mission accomplished” as stated by GW Bush, so we return focus to Afghanistan which is exploding worse than ever. American soldier daily death tolls are the highest ever…. While we return focus to the taliban increasing our military presence and expeditures, insurgence forces are returning to Iraq to get things going their to attract our attention again…… It's a ping pong game and we're the ball…… Meanwhile, China keeps getting richer and are happily lending us money with interest to pay our bills (isn't China a communist country? Hold On, are we really accepting money from a regime representing what we fought against in Viet Nam?)…… Well, guess what, a new world order is just around the corner and America will no longer be number 1 why, because when China calls for payment on their loans they gave America we won't have the money so we'll all be talking chinese……

I wonder who will President when that happens a Repubilcan or Democrat?


Sussto
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 2:48 am

Obama does what Obama wants, he don't give a crap about us, he already got our vote , and has no further need of us.


Sussto
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 2:49 am

google us senators it will give u a page that has all of their email contacts


Sussto
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 2:49 am

yes he is he is out for himself now


Sussto
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 2:54 am

I emailed this to every senator tonight, http://www.senate.gov/

Please review the attached letter I received from Senator Isakson, and Senator Reid. They both say they want to continue unemployment benefits to help the unemployed americans. I am one of those and I have not received a check in 5 weeks , I have been on unemployment since Nov 09 when the Doctor I worked for filed banckruptcy, closed our office and moved to California. I search for work daily and have not gotten one call for an interview. Can you guys please please for the sake of all of us struggling americans please find some middle ground put your differences aside and help the american people please.

—– Original Message —–
From: senator@isakson.senate.gov
To: sussto@comcast.net
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 12:14 PM
Subject: A Response From Johnny Isakson

Dear Ms. Stokes:

Thank you for contacting me regarding unemployment and COBRA benefit extensions. I appreciate hearing from you and am glad to have the opportunity to respond.

I will continue to support a temporary extension of unemployment insurance and COBRA benefits, provided that the cost is offset. I empathize with the Georgians and all Americans who are out of work in these tough economic times, but I also feel it is a dangerous precedent for our nation's economic stability to continue to extend these benefits with borrowed money.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please visit my webpage at http://isakson.senate.gov/ for more information on the issues important to you and to sign up for my e-newsletter.

Sincerely,
Johnny Isakson
United States Senator

For future correspondence with my office, please visit my web site at http://isakson.senate.gov/contact.cfm. You can also click here to sign up for the eNewsletter

From: correspondence_reply@reid.senate.gov
To: sussto@comcast.net
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 6:09 PM
Subject: Reid Corrrespondence Response

July 6, 2010

Dear Ms. Stokes:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the extension of unemployment benefits. I appreciate hearing from you and assure you that I am working hard to enact policies that promote job creation.

In order to address the needs of long-term jobless Nevadans, I have worked for two months to try and find one or two of my colleagues from across the aisle who might help fight for the passage of the extension of unemployment insurance benefits, ensuring the program uninterrupted funding through November. Unfortunately, certain Senators continue to oppose extending unemployment benefits, and with the death this week of Senator Robert Byrd from West Virginia, the Senate once again fell just short of the 60 votes needed to pass the bill.

As we look ahead, I am hopeful that the Senate will reach the 60 votes needed to overcome the opposition with the replacement of Senator Byrd (D-WV) A replacement for Senator Byrd should be named soon and I expect to hold another vote on extending unemployment benefits as soon as the Senate reconvenes.

As we all work through these trying times, I assure you that I am working with great vigor for Nevadans who are counting on these benefits to provide a lifeline for them and their families. I appreciate all of my colleagues who continue to stand up and fight on behalf of middle-class American families and reaffirm our commitment to help America's unemployed workers support their families through these difficult times.

Please know that my thoughts are with all Nevadans who are struggling. As the Senate Majority Leader, I will continue to work with anyone and everyone in Nevada and Washington on solutions to create jobs and get our economy back on track. Again, thank you for sharing your concerns with me.
My best wishes to you.

Sincerely,
A
HARRY REID
United States Senator
Nevada

HR:mu


Sussto
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 2:56 am

http://www.senate.gov/


Sussto
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 2:56 am

http://www.senate.gov/


Sussto
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 2:59 am

http://www.senate.gov/
email them bounce, there were also democrats who voted no, if not we could have already gotten our extensions.


Sussto
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 3:02 am

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call…
this link will show you all the yay and no votes and who didnt vote
U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111th Congress – 2nd Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4213, with the Reid Amendment No. 4425 )
Vote Number: 204 Vote Date: June 30, 2010, 08:01 PM
Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Cloture Motion Rejected
Measure Number: H.R. 4213 (American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010 )
Measure Title: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions, and for other purposes.
Vote Counts: YEAs 58
NAYs 38
Not Voting 3
Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State

Alphabetical by Senator NameAkaka (D-HI), Yea
Alexander (R-TN), Nay
Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Bayh (D-IN), Yea
Begich (D-AK), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Bennett (R-UT), Nay
Bingaman (D-NM), Yea
Bond (R-MO), Not Voting
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Brown (R-MA), Nay
Brownback (R-KS), Nay
Bunning (R-KY), Nay
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Burris (D-IL), Yea
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
Coburn (R-OK), Nay
Cochran (R-MS), Nay
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Nay
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
DeMint (R-SC), Not Voting
Dodd (D-CT), Yea
Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Ensign (R-NV), Nay
Enzi (R-WY), Nay
Feingold (D-WI), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Franken (D-MN), Yea
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Nay
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Gregg (R-NH), Nay
Hagan (D-NC), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Hatch (R-UT), Nay
Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Inouye (D-HI), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Johanns (R-NE), Nay
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Kaufman (D-DE), Yea
Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Kyl (R-AZ), Nay
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
LeMieux (R-FL), Nay
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
Lugar (R-IN), Nay
McCain (R-AZ), Nay
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Nay
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Merkley (D-OR), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Nelson (D-NE), Nay
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Nay
Risch (R-ID), Nay
Roberts (R-KS), Not Voting
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Snowe (R-ME), Yea
Specter (D-PA), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Nay
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Voinovich (R-OH), Nay
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Webb (D-VA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Nay
Wyden (D-OR), Yea


Harrishoratio
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 3:40 am

You all should be ashamed of your selfs look at what's going on out here man it's like your fighting for your life. It's hard out here and people need there unemployment to pay there bills and buy med all type of stuff. You guys know theres no jobs out here right now so let's cut the bull out. Everybody's watching the hold world so let's do the right thing and pass the bill it want make are break us this the united states of america show everybody we stand tall and can't nothing stop us.It will get greater later but for now you guys must past this bill if not crime rate will rise more people hate for this country and all type of crazy stuff. If you have a heart you will do the right thing god bless america.


Wholesalers
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 9:20 am

Thank you for your sharing.


Vac 10
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

COST OF SENATES PAID VACATION:
1) Avg unemployment check $300 per week
2) $300×2 million=$600 million not going in economy per week
3) $300×10%=$30 FED TAXES per week
4) $30×2 million=$60 million not collected in FED TAXES per week
DO THE MATH SENATORS!
SENATE PAID VACATION RESULTS:
1) More Homeless Families ( EST. 2 million by 7/10/10)
2) Forclosures Up
3) Bankruptcy Up
4) No Sales
5) More Layoffs ETC.
And as more people lose unemployment the numbers go up SENATORS!!
SENATORS : YOU ARE JUST PLAIN SELFISH!
AMERICANS HELP AMERICANS> NOT THEMSELVES SENATORS!!!
How long before Republicans will say NO to letting the unemployed VOTE?
What would SENATOR BYRD think of that?
Vote these selfish SENATORS out now.
WRITE THEM> CALL THEM> E-MAIL THEM
Let them know they to can soon be unemployed!
AMERICANS HELP AMERICANS


Anna
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

Republicans are non-caring and ruthless when it comes to their own – the American people. I would NEVER vote for a Republican……….they don't give a damn about the American people. And, taking a week off while we all starve….how uncaring can you get. And for those Democrats that voted against the unemployment extension for Americans, I HOPE they never get elected again…ever. I am so sick of the scum bags in Washington. America needs some just regular American citizins in office and not the rich bastards that are in office, because they are rich and don't know what it is like to do without. It's time for America to rise up and take control and get the bunch of scum bags in Washington out of office. I am so sick of that bunch of uncaring jerks. I hope all who voted “no” loses everything they have and have to live on the streets……like many Americans are doing because we can't pay our bills. We are in poverty at the hands of the rich SOB's denying unemployment benefits “just because they can”. How much money has been sent to foreign countries that do nothing but kill and how much is given to foreigners to come to America and get free education? A lot!!! But, the greedy bunch in Washington cannot even help the Americans that cannot live because we lost our jobs through no fault of our own. WE NEED THE EXTENSION NOW.


po'd in mass
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 11:32 pm

Monday is almost here……. but don't expect any action on the extended benefits package. I'm sure the Senators will have vacation hangover, I also bet that several call in sick…… so when will they vote it down again? If they don't get off the asses before the end of the month they're on holiday again…… Mr Obama, tell them until they get this extension approved, nobody's going on vacation! it happens everyday in the private sector, so maybe it's time the senate got a taste of the real world, us your power!….


Sjmvote10
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 11:52 pm

AMERICAN FAMILIES SUFFER(WHILE SENATE WENT ON PAID VACATION)
Republicans Leave 2 Million American Families Under The Bus.
These should be the opening remarks in the SENATE Monday!
But they won't be! The Republicans could care less about American Families!
They have proved that already!
Mitch McConnell and the other Republicans have not gone without anything this past week. They need to be replaced with everyday Americans,who have lived in the real world out here. Mitch and the boys,did'nt even think that oil companies should put more in a fund for accidents like the gulf!
So who do they care about America?
HOW SAD IS THIS AMERICA?
How long before Republicans will say the unemployed can not VOTE?
WRITE THEM> CALL THEM> E-MAIL THEM
Let them know,they to, can soon be unemployed!
VOTE THESE SELFISH SENATORS OUT NOW AMERICA
AMERICANS HELP AMERICANS> NOT THEMSELVES SENATORS!


americanlost
Comment posted July 11, 2010 @ 1:06 am

We are all Americans here. Why do we deserve less attention than a third world country? We being the American people, some who have served , others that have fought and some who have even died to maintain our rights and liberties. We just observed Memorial Day and The Fourth if July, 2 of the holidays to comemerate just this but yet it failed to remind congress that WE ARE ALL AMERICANS !! Whether we are employed or unemployed at the present time it doesn't matter because we should count and be treated like human beings. How can we hold our heads high when our own government has turned their backs on the people they are to serve? Other countries are laughing at us( all the way to the bank) while they take our jobs and in turn our livelihoods. I personally ashamed of our countries leaders and that I served in the military to protect our rights and the rights of others only to have them stripped from us by the politians. America was a country of ideals and good intentions that has now turned into a big bussiness where the leaders line up to line thier own pockets and inflate their egos by gaining and using their power for their own agendas that benefit their own personal needs. I have flown the American flag proudly at my home every year since I left the Army in 1983 but this year I couldn't bring myself to do it. The flag just doesn't mean the same thing to me as in previous years now that my eyes have been opened to true state of our nation. Those that are in charge have become unfeeling , uncaring, self important asses. The saddest thing is that we put them there…. If you congress members don't want to extend the UC benefits then why not hire some of them to clean your elaborate houses ? Since they were paid for by the American peoples hard earned money it's the least you could do. Bring our jobs back to the US and we will gladly take them. Otherwise you may do well to remember how and why we fought for our independence in the first place. The numbers are growing against you and there are many desperate people looking for a solution at this point.


mom of out of work army vet
Comment posted July 11, 2010 @ 3:26 am

my son is going through the same thing!!!! can't find a job anywhere. unfortunately, he also suffers from severe PTSD which doesn't help much either. he was in kuwait and smack dab in the middle of it all in iraq. makes me angry to see you guys come back to this and be cast to the side like a sack of trash.


mom of an army vet
Comment posted July 11, 2010 @ 3:28 am

all they want to do is call these guys back up to active status – either do 18 more months in iraq or give us 3 years in the reserve…. what's one weekend a month gonna do to help them once their insurance comes out of the check????


mom of an army vet
Comment posted July 11, 2010 @ 3:31 am

are you crazy??? the money sucks. they cannot survive on what they are paid unless they are married and have children. but then what happens after they get out and have to go on unemployemnt. besides my son suffers from ptsd and does not need to go back in…


Tottesonlarrea
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 8:19 am

I have signed every petition I can locate online, protesting the denial of UE benefits. Let's review……When President Clinton was in office he brought the national deficit 0 and accomplished many other issues during his Presidency. Then, my fellow countrymen foolishly vote Bush into office.Sorry but, I exclude myself as I did not vote for Bush.

Then ,what does Bush do..he manages to help the rich corporate thieves fleece our retirement monies and cause caious ithe mortage industry which does nothing but snowball downhill at warp speed driving the economy into complete devastation, he gets us into a war that has nothing to do with capturing Bin Ladin and his terroist followers. Then the skum bag manages to totally undo all the good that Clinton had done. The republican party is for the rich corporate bastards that make millions from our tax dollars and then when they realize what they have done our tax money is used to bail out the banks, mortgage and auto companies, assist any other countries that suffered catastophy…..but not the Americans that are suffering from their selfish, greed.
I'm sure you have heard to the saying “United we stand, divided we fall. How can we be united country if we have seperate political parties. Our forefathers intended the establishmant of a government by the people for the people. We are far from united and we have definitely fallen into a pit that is sooo desparate.. It will take a miracle from God to bring us back.

I know that if Congress does not pass the UE bill tomorrow…..I will be standing on the statehouse steps waiting for the selfish asses to make up their mind President Obama walked into a huge mess thanks to Bush who managed to destroy during his reign in office. History proves that most of the republican presidents have managed to mess up more issue or cause more issues than do anything good for the american people who stupidly voted the idiots in.

I guarantee that if the congress does not pass the UE extension tomorrow including retro back of UE monies to the date congress opposed on July 2, for their vacation that our tax dollars pay for. I will be bringing my famous southwestern egg rolls to the statehouse and demand that every one of the political bigwigs purchase my eggr rolls. I have to pay my bills someway, and it is because the mortgage I will protest the statehouse everyday of the week selling the politicians my egg rolls at the statehouse until I find employment whi
President Obama you need to override the congress and reestablish the unemployment benefits. Next step, they better heed our words as we will make sure you are next in the UE line. I am angry that our government has let us down when we needed them most. Who the hell do you think you people are, God? That you take our lives and all we have worked so hard for and just toss us aside like we are nothing. You all have had it too easy sitting day after day making decisions with our lives and blowing it off like we are nothing. I say enough… we as americans better stand up as a people and take these jackasses out. They have gotten to comfortable taking control of making ddecisions with our lives and future of our children. We might as well be under a communist reighn the way our government treats us. It is time for some drastic changes with our political system. Congress you better not even so much a hesitate passing this bill as you will have 2 million people standing your doorstep taking your job right out from under you. We can lobby and protest to have you all removed from office. You have all had it too easy and have not ever had to suffer the pains we have endured losing our jobs, our homes and next we will all be homeless how can we pay our bills or feed our families. I guess you are going to invite us to stay at your home so you can take care of your responsibilities to the american public as you are sworn into office to uphold the constitution, human rights and maintain what was a government for the people. Not a government against the people. Once we are gone, guess what? you won't last either.


Rickconner06
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 10:07 am

Dude,

you really need help. GET SOME!!!


Rickconner06
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 10:12 am

Anna,
Be a big girl and take responsibilty for your self and stop looking for the Government to answer all your questions and fix your life. All you winy a$$ liberals in here should do the same. All I hear is Bush this and Bush that. Meanwhile your President…………Yeah we know what he is doing. Out in 2012………..hopefully sooner.


Rene
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

It's a SHAME what these Republican Senators are doing to UE Americans. I'm a Vietnam Veteran and defended our country when the Senate drafted me in 1967. Now I ask the Senate in 2010 to help me with Extended UE Benefits so that I don't have to live in the streets.
I'm 61 lost my job through 'out-sourcing' to India. Corporate CEO receive big time bonus for moving American jobs over-seas and I get the boot!
Please Republican Senators HELP Me!


CONTACT THEM
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

How long do AMERICAN FAMILIES have to wait,because Republicans stall extensions of unemployment? They would'nt stall if it was one of their BIG BUSINESS FRIENDS! Did Republican SENATORS kids go without,while they were on paid vacation? But yet they don't even think OIL COMPANIES should put more in a fund for emergencies such as the gulf oil spill. They voted on that right away! And leave millions of AMERICAN FAMILIES with nothing!
HOW SAD IS THAT AMERICA?
WRITE THEM> CALL THEM> E-MAIL THEM
Let them know how they left AMERICAN FAMILIES UNDER THE BUS!


Veronica
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

This was my responses below I sent both to the President and Senator who was going to wait on filling Byrd replacement in West Virginia until November. Folks yes write, email, twitter, facebook them all and let them know how not passing the extension on the unemployment bill affects you!

President Obama the unemployed cannot wait until November for the West Virginia to elect a replacement or for Congress to pass the extension. I have sent this message to the Governor today please pass this bill ASAP! Thank you.

Dear Governor Manchin III, I can't wait until November to pay my car note or my Mortgage and buy groceries so my family can eat food. We need someone appointed for Byrd's seat now. I have a Masters, Bachelors and Associates and I have lost count of all the jobs I have applied for in the State of Florida. Employers are not calling people for interviews nor are they hiring the unemployed. WE CANT WAIT! There are too many residents in your State just like FL as well as the rest of the United States that is counting on you and Congress to do what you are suppose to do for the American people. Remember as quick as you can be voted in you can be voted out and the American people are watching every vote and every decision that affects them. I am a Democrat but now it is not about parties its ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. 2.1 MILLION UNEMPLOYED LOOSING THIS BENEFIT THIS WEEK? THINK ABOUT THE NUMBER IF IT DOESN'T REGISTER LINE UP 2.1 MILLION EGGS THEN I HOPE IT WILL!


Veronica
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

This should run as an advertisement on TV and you should send this via email to the Whitehouse and all news Media, CNN, BBC, CBS,especially MSNBC AND FOX NEWS. Well said!!!!!!!!!


Terrimontalbano
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

Us Americans have worked all our lives and now that the economy is in such a state by fault of the Bush Administration there are no jobs for us. We are depended on our unemployment that we put in. This is not something we are asking for free, it is our money. The senate does not have to worry about there jobs or health insurance because they get it for life. Does this make sense to you that the American people should have to be punished because of the government screw. We should be entitle to our unemployment benefits. If the senate does not state taking the American people seriously then we should get rid of all senator and start with a new bunch of people who we work for the people and now for themselves. The Republican senators better think twice too because there are a lot of unemployed Republicans out there to.


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Waynejwrightsr
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

In forty years I never collected unemployment till now.Now the extension is held hostage.I think should remember this at election time.


Smacleod
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

I just exausted my benefits, and im terrified I may lose my house (TG I just paid my mortgage!) When I learned the republicans are blocking this, I thought to myself, “They embody all that is evil in this world, greed, selfishness, and a complete disregard for all that is right and good” Why do they love thier money so much more than they love the American people? My question to my kids when they ask if we are right or left is this…”Are you for the people, or are you for big business, and the love of money?” that sums it up!


wayne
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

I find your response to anna to be somewhat heartless, YOU sound like one of the heartless republicans that would vote NO, and forsake americans that are unemployed due to no fault of their own, I myself am a republican, and i am ashamed at the way they voted. they send billions over seas to help 3rd world countries, mean while turning my great nation into one itself, I am well aware of obamas plan to destroy capitolism in this country. the wounded in battle need doctors to help them get back on their feet so that they may live to fight again, And so do the unemployed americans, need their government to give them that extension on benifits, so that they too, can get back on their feet, to look for work at jobs that are not there, or start a business with a small business loan that is very hard to get today, I see people losing their homes all around me because of job losses, my heart goes out to these people, the extension will give the unemployed money for food, some bills, and maybe it will give them hope, for better times to come. but to say, “be a big girl and take responsibility for yourself ” thats just pure cold.


wayne
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

i agree with you, i hear that our pres. signed a deal to lend a brazillian oil company 2 billion bucks to search, and drill for oil off the coast of south america, the oil is exclusively for china. i bet there are some unemployed americans who could use a piece of that money, but like jonny isakson said, he doesnt want to use borrowed money to fund unemployment benifits for americans, i guess in our governments eyes, chinas needs are more important.


Hblanco81
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

I just cant see the senate not doing nothing about the extention.This damm people cant see how much we are suffering!THE REPUBLICANS came back today with their bellies FULL and dont worry about their AMERICAN CITIZENS!! I just kent beleive we have this people in office to JUST help the RICH!! THIS country needs to see what the HELL is going on !! THE WHOLE HOUSE AND SENATE ARE THERE JUST FOR THE RICH. THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE AND RIGHT AWAY!!!


Ffrank ruizcr1948
Comment posted July 13, 2010 @ 3:56 am

if your young,you better start thinking about social security.my parents haven’t received a cost of living in two years.2.5 million no checks.by now america has lost,why vote,lies,lower taxes,give jobs.as polititians have there affairs,we tax payers pay for there affairs.get rid of soap operas,just read the paper,watch the news,go to washington and sit and watch and listen.goverment spends,but not for the people unemployed.please,please think before you vote,lets not be taken by any more lies,take our country back.


REALTALK
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

The house wasn't even in session today. Manchin has yet to appt an interim for Byrd's seat. This mtf wants it for himself. I'm tired of writing emails, making phn calls, & sending faxes. I've been doing that since June 2nd – & still no extention. These mtfs on Capital Hill don't give a fuck, its time to organize, march on Washington, before there's bloodshed.


Terrimontalbano
Comment posted July 13, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

Why did the Republicans ALWAYS vote for ALL THE EXTENSIONS when Bush was in and now that he is out they won't do shit for the American people. You Republicans who are our of work better get on the asses of your senators and tell them you need them to pass the extension or do you think you will get it because you are a Republican. Get you head out of your ass and wake up. They are not going to do anything for the America people. Maybe the people of America should claim unemployment a disaster area and get funds from the government like the other countries do maybe this way we will get some help


Terrimontalbano
Comment posted July 13, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

Last night I emailed all the senators in the United States. I am from IL here is what Senator Igraham emailed back to me;
Due to the large volume of mail I receive, I regret that I am only able to respond personally to inquiries from South Carolinians.
I responded back saying I wasn't making an inquire I wanted him to know that we need him to vote for the extension for unemployment


Vernonhurd
Comment posted July 14, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

IT A DAMMN SHAME THAT PEOPLE THAT HAVE MONEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE STURGGLING WITH THERE EVERY DAY LIVES HAVE TO WAIT ON THE RICH TO REPLY WHILE WE SUFFER DAILY WITH LIFE'S DAILY PROBLEMS-PISSED OFF IN COLORADO'


Robint57
Comment posted July 14, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

by the time they approve this shit ill be sitting on the sidewalk sayin that was my home


VERNONHURD
Comment posted July 14, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

and by the way those publicans should always remember that black people still vote and the OBAMA CAN'T BE BLAME FOR THERE SLOW ASSES TRYING TO KEEP PEOPLE OF COLOR DOWN.


Hblanco81
Comment posted July 15, 2010 @ 4:52 am

ITS pissing me off that they said they would pass the extention after they came back from their recess, but sen. REID, didnt push to appoint the west verginia SENATOR! NOW they are going to make us wait till next monday,THEN HOW MUCH LONGER BEFORE WE GET OUR HELP! THEY have been playing with us!! The majority of us have fallen behind on our bills,lost my cell phone,truck payment,credit cards, AND THEY ARE CHARGING INTEREST FOR FALLING BEHIND!!! IT just makes me sick,SO COME NOVEMBER, REMEMBER WHO TO VOTE OUT!! I KNOW I WILL!!!


HOMELESSIN MI
Comment posted July 16, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

I THINK ITS PRETTY BAD THAT THE SENATE IS STILL WAITING TO VOTE ON AN EXTENSION…WILL THIS INCLUDE A TIER 5? RETROACTIVE I HOPE…I FOUND A JOB 10HRS PER WEEK AT 8.00 PER HR WOW I MIGHT EAT BUT BE HOMLESS STILL..HOW SICK IS THIS AND THE TAXES ARE STILL BEING TAKEN OUT..WHT A JOKE!


TOOTSIBGOOD
Comment posted July 16, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

I ALREADY AM DOIN THAT


Terrimontalbano
Comment posted July 17, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

I want all those Republican Senators out there to remember this:
THERE ARE JUST AS MANY REPUBLICANS AS THERE ARE DEMOCRAT'S OUT THERE THAT ARE ON UNEMPLOYMENT AND IF THEY WANT THERE VOTES THEY BETTER COME THROUGH WITH THE EXTENSION FOR UNEMPLOYMENT

DID ANY OF YOU KNOW THIS… White House senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday that Congress has a responsibility to extend the benefits. “The Republicans met that responsibility each time under President Bush, when he asked for extended unemployment insurance. They ought to do it now. Let's not play politics with this issue,” Axelrod said on ABC's “This Week.”

WHY CAN'T YOU ALL WORK TOGETHER FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES WE VOTED YOU IN WE CAN VOTE YOU OUT!!!!!!!!!!!


fredrick
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 7:39 am

IT IS VERY GOOD WHEN HIGHER CLASS, LIKE THE SENATE IS BEEN PAID BY THE PEOPLES TAXES FOR LIFE, AND APARENTLY NONE ONE OF THEM IS WORRY TO BE SLEEPING IN A SHELTER OR UNDER A BRIDGE WITH THERE FAMILY, BUT WE THE PEOPLE, HO HAVENT BEEN FORTUNATED IN FINDIN A JOB SEEN THE BIG CRASH, HAVE TO BE IN THE MERCY OF DE SON TORT , JUST FOR POLITICALS IDEOLOGES OR PERSONAL PROPAGANDA, THE PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO HELP US, BUT AS YOU KNOW IS IN THE CONGRESS HANDS CONSENT TO PASS THE BILL OR NOT. ANYWAY, GOD BLESS AMERICA.


Hblanco81
Comment posted July 24, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

EVERY AMERICAN BEWARE IF THE REPUBLICAN WINS CONTROL AGAIN ,THEY ARE GOING TO RUIN THE USA. WE know what they are going to do,they will be on the sides of the BANKS ,BIG OIL, DRUG COMPANYS,AND THE RICH!! ALL of us have lost a hell of alot during this DEPRESSION! They have made us wait for the extention, and now they are saying that it will take 2 to 4 weeks before any one of us recieves any money, that is not right!!!


Regina tonkin
Comment posted December 5, 2010 @ 10:46 pm

IT REALLY MAKES ME MADE THAT THE REPUBLICANS WORRY MORE ABOUT THE RICH TYAN THE DO THE POOR UNEMPLOYED, I HAVE BEEN UNEMPLOYED FOR OVER A YEAR DUE TO THE PLACE I WORKED AT FOR 16 YEARS CLOSED THE DOORS AND I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR WORK SINCE. YOU CAN BET THEY WILL HAVE A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD AND FOOD ON THE TABLE AND THEIR BILLS PAYED SO WHY SHOULD THEY CARE THEY FORGET WHO PAYS THEIR SALARY WE THE TAX PAYERS DO. REGINA


Dizzi2cu
Comment posted March 17, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

YEAH DONT VOTE FOR REB THEY BLOWING THEIR COVER. GET THE DEM IN THE SENTATE HOLD 90 PERCENT OF THE SEATS. THIS ANGERS ME WHAT KIND OF GAME DO THEY THINK THEY PLAYING THIS IS REALLY A SICK THING TO DO!!!!


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Juma828
Comment posted March 25, 2011 @ 5:12 am

That is correct but here i am sick as a dog stressed to the max, because i have been applying all over the net and not getting responses, so i get caught up in a rich quick scheme the employer hires over the phone, and it is strickly sales,which i thought was independent contractor then just recently learned that this sales merchant service sends you on non qualified leads, so i made my own
hrs and days then I am told I am f/t so they stopped my benefits it took 2 months to find out what actually was going on from the florida state unemployement office i had to spend days and hrs to find out why my claim was disqualified. i have not received any income since late Dec from them and rec. commission which totaled 800.00 in 12 wks and it cost me gas and cell. So I ask everyone to take a good look at what is going on when people are on unemployement sending resumes now a days without responses then the individual trys to take a sales job comission only and it does not pan out why should this person suffer so much after trying so hard. Of course all sales jobs will always state work is available because they do not have enough of jerks to pay them to get paid. There will always be work available especially in a merchant service job which cost the employee more than what they get paid and the best is that employee is sufferiing major from extreme stress fincl difficulties, and just for trying to get employement out of desperation because no employers are replying. Please reconsider the unemployement laws especially in Florida as you can see already the max is not enough to cover a mortgage or bills and then when people like myself try something they are being punished for it big time i have not recd any monies since late Dec. and i will be getting evicted shortly with my family. Dont forget Florida is suffering and for some reason congress and everyonelse thinks it is cheap but it is no longer cheap to live here and unfortunately i have the house at the height of the market in 2005 and cannot keep up with any of the payments. I ask the President opinion on this matter, how a person totally is in despair by desperately taking a position that was totally miscommunicated/ Lets face it who hires in one day gives training the next and runs a background check without difficulties only those who are desperate because of the large turnover. I am so upset at myself for not checking into this further but wanted to give it a try out of desperation and now
i am on hold for benefits and risk loosing everything.

Do yourself a favor do not get caught up in a comission based job they will promise you the world well alll look what is got me…………………………….
If this does not straighten out soon it will be forwarded to Congress and many other gov’t offices this will not stop my life is hell right now…….


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