Should jobless benefits be extended?

You know the issue.

On one side, you have out-of-control federal deficits that need to be reined in.

On the other side, you have millions of unemployed workers who have not been able to find jobs because of the weak economy.

Which side are you on? Should jobless benefits be extended?

190 comments Add your comment

Tom

June 25th, 2010
5:28 am

I find the title to this story misleading….why doesn’t the author call congress on the carpet for not doing what they put into law!!! If congress wants to spend money for jobless benefits then identify where they are going cut to cover those expenditures.

tim snyder

June 25th, 2010
5:29 am

Working and paying taxes for 40 years and these buttholes give billions to incompetent and corrupt business but can’t give me a lousy 300 a week. I’m not surprised.

Oscar

June 25th, 2010
5:41 am

Enough with the unemployment benefits. Stop giving handouts to these lazy fools and maybe they’ll get off their arsses and find work.

Terry Davis

June 25th, 2010
5:49 am

Oscar, my husband has been looking faithfully for a job for 3 months. When goes to apply there are 400 folks for the same job. While I do agree some folks may have gotten lazy. I don’t think it’s fair to characterize every person as a lazy fool. We are desperately searching for a job for him. We don’t want the 300 per week, but right now my salary is barely making ends meet. Now if we lose that, not sure what will happen.

Bob

June 25th, 2010
5:51 am

Where Oscar, tell me and I’ll go…..have not worked since Dec and don’t get unemployment anyway……tell me where to find a job. 60 years old and worked for 40 years, where do I go, tell me Oscar, I’m there……you are an idiot. Let me know where to go. I’ll go RIGHT NOW

Bob

June 25th, 2010
5:53 am

I’m waiting for suggestions Oscar.

Bob

June 25th, 2010
5:55 am

Derek

June 25th, 2010
5:56 am

Maybe if Obama worked on the economy instead of going to concerts,these people wouldn’t need assistance!

Bob

June 25th, 2010
5:58 am

That’s what I thought…….

Derek

June 25th, 2010
6:00 am

NOrth Dakota,they have a 3% unemployment rate,and beg people to work.

why not

June 25th, 2010
6:03 am

Why not celebrate the fact a vote was taken and our taxes didn’t go up again.
When will they vote to extend the Bush tax cuts. That is a stimulus we need and more tax cuts. My largest expense each year is taxes.

Bob

June 25th, 2010
6:07 am

You truly are an idiot. Let me guess, you’re 38, made it through the 10th grade at Newton Co High, married, had 4 kids, work two jobs and are bitter because your ” tax dollars ” help support the ” black folks ” A typical bigot…..YOU should move to North Dakota, or better yet Utah.

Bubba

June 25th, 2010
6:11 am

So, Bob, how long do you think the government should pay unemployment benefits? Forever? What’s a reasonable limit?

No Hope Left

June 25th, 2010
6:13 am

He doesn’t have an answer, Bob, nor does Rand Paul or Orrin Hatch, who have both crimalized us as a bunch of lazy, good-for-nothing drug seekers. Both the Republicans and Democrats share equal blame for stripping us of what little hope we have left for salvaging what is left of our lives as a result of this great recession. What alternative do we have (besides applying for welfare), when potential employer after potential employer AFTER potential employer wants nothing to do with anyone who has been out of work for six months or longer?

Toby Cash

June 25th, 2010
6:14 am

How in the world did the out numbered Repubs defeat this bill? Something is wrong with your headline.

Derek

June 25th, 2010
6:19 am

I have 2 jobs for the last 12 years,and prepare for bad times rather then pay 150 bucks a month for satellite tv,and 300 month cell phones….wahhhh

Derek

June 25th, 2010
6:20 am

and its true 40below zero keeps out the riff raff

BeachBum

June 25th, 2010
6:24 am

I agree the article should be more properly titled. The Republicans didn’t defeat an extension of benefits for the jobless, they defeated an increase in the Federal deficit. The Democrats don’t want to follow their own rule of “no pay, no play.” The Republicans would gladly support this if the Democrats were willing to cut other expenditures from the budget in order to pay for the benefits.

BeachBum

June 25th, 2010
6:25 am

Oh, and Bob, sorry to say this to you, but you are the racist. You asked where to go for a job and said “I am there.” Derek gave you a response, and all of a sudden you jump to the conclusion that he is an uneducated racist. Bob, take a moment and look up racism in the dictionary. I am sure you will find that you qualify.

Bob

June 25th, 2010
6:29 am

Bubba, I am not advocating extending benefits, I’m just pissed that Rubes like Oscar think that people are just taking a measly 300 and expecting to live on it. The unemployment numbers don’t count the hundreds of thousands of people who DON’T get benefits and can’t find a job. You and I both know you just can;t pick up and move to where the jobs may or may not be. The only reason I can hold on is because I worked hard for many years, and my house and car are paid for. My savings are almost gone and I WOULD LOVE TO WORK. For those without a job, it’s hard to understand…..my Co laid me off 4 months before scheduled retirement so as not to have to pay benefits……I’m screwed. The Oscars of the world have NO IDEA what has gone on in the past 2 years.

Jeff

June 25th, 2010
6:33 am

So jobless benefits are going to run out for SOME. How long have these “some” been on unemployment? If it’s been more than a year, I say ok, let it run out. I hear conversations every week about someone who is on unemployment and the consensus is they might as well wait until the benefits run out before even looking.

Bob

June 25th, 2010
6:47 am

BeachBum….a fair comment, but I am the LEAST racist person you will ever encounter…..I graduated from HS in 68…..I just know that if it walks like a duck, etc. And you can’t be serious in stating that he supplied a viable solution….that’s what I reacted to. Everyone needs to get a grip. Vote, and it’s the local and state level that count the most. And Jeff, I hear that too, but I have NEVER collected unemployment, couldn’t tell you how much it is or how long it lasts.

No Hope Left

June 25th, 2010
6:48 am

Yes, they do, Bob. The fact of the matter is, they just don’t care, and trying to reason with them is a waste of time and energy. Like the song “That’s the Way it Is”: ‘Some things will never change”.

Toby, my guess is that Henry labeled this article as a Republican defeat is due to their ongoing filibuster of the bill. However, both parties share the blame as neither was willing to employ reconciliation to get it passed.

Since the news broke last night that the bill has been defeated, over 12,000 have commented on Huffingtonpost.com:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

Gordon

June 25th, 2010
6:54 am

I’m not against unemployment being extended, but at some point you have to actually pay for things.

Peter

June 25th, 2010
6:56 am

Slanted reporting for several reasons, as some have already mentioned:
1) I only read a single, one line quote from a Republican; Democrats are quoted extensively (but without reference to substance of debate, just dogging Republicans)
2) Note mentioned is the fact that Republicans have offered to support the extension (not the first) if Democrats will merely fund it by reducing spending elsewhere (which Democrats have said they would do but now won’t)
3) The article mis-states national debt as 13 “billion” when it is of course 13 TRILLION.
Obama recently spent approximately a million of our tax dollars jetting to Ohio for a ten minute speech. His reckless shutdown of new Gulf Coast drilling is about to send tens of thousands of more workers to the unemployment roles. His various stimulus bills were all supposed to reduce unemployment and put the economy right, but all have failed and we are left with the enormous increase in the deficit. Future tax increases will further hurt the economy and workers looking for jobs.

Bob

June 25th, 2010
7:02 am

I do know that I read that the bill continues to fund Food Stamps for individual states

OedipusTax

June 25th, 2010
7:05 am

The author of this article says that the national debt is 13 billion dollars. He obviously doesn’t give a damn about the national debt. He couldn’t care less. The national debt means nothing to him. In no way could anybody that cares about the national debt, which is 13 TRILLION, allow for such a mistake.

Dave

June 25th, 2010
7:05 am

Bob, I’ve never been in the situation you’re in, but I do understand that it could happen to most any of us. I wish you luck; you seem like a pretty smart guy who would make a good employee. I just worry that we are only making matters worse by continuing to spend money that we don’t have. In the long run, we are creating an economic environment that will hurt the unemployed rather than help them. Surely, there are some appropriated funds (stimulus, etc) up there that haven’t been spent that could be used for this bill.

Tami

June 25th, 2010
7:06 am

My husband has never been unemployed until now. We are a family that pays our debt and taxes & has never asked for any hand out. My husband has been looking “hard” for a job 8months–my salary doesn’t cut it and I worry over pay cuts and loss where I work now–people need help & there are so many unemployed. Big companies get bail outs so why aren’t they putting people back to work. All any of us are asking for is a job–we don’t want to be unemployed but I & may others have paid & paid and now that we need it–its not going to be there? Who is Congress reps us?? We know you take care of special interest grps and Big business who has you in their pockets—it seems like there are only going to be rich & poor–isn’t that how the French Revolution got started?

Stanley Kowalski

June 25th, 2010
7:06 am

Perhaps the colossally stupid, out- of- control,waste of time and money war in Afghanistan could be reined in.Every picture I see of that place just makes me shake my head.It is 500 years behind the rest of the world.As soon as we pull back (not leave,as we will never leave) they will go back to the same Cro-Magnon spelunking ways.
Oh,sorry if I’m off topic;I suppose Derek and Oscar will think I’m rolling around in my Dorito’s bought with my great unemployment check and smoking dope all day.(By the by,I’ve worked 30 years as an electrical contractor and can’t seem to find a construction job to save my life.Savings are nearly depleted.Hey,let’s pack up and move to the Black Hills,Rocky!)

blackprix

June 25th, 2010
7:07 am

What side am I on … the side to help hardworking Americans get through this terrible time!

I’m sick of reading folks talking about others who have been hit hard with job losses and calling them lazy or inept, that’s all about Republicans thinking they are the only ones who work hard!

Hardworking Americans didn’t cause this debt and hardworking Americans who have lost their jobs should be allowed to get extended benefits. It’s a disgrace that we go to Iraq in an occupation and NOBODY says crap about money being spent unjustly!

All of a sudden this ‘high and mighty republicans’ are concerned about our debt?????? What a bunch of hippocrits! So what’s new, it’s always been this way. I’m sick of it and I’m mad that this bill was not passed.

If anyone thinks that millions of Americans are sitting on their behinds and doing nothing to collect a measly $250 … your all whacko! NOBODY can live on that and it’s far from the truth.

OedipusTax

June 25th, 2010
7:10 am

And obviously, the AJC, who made the headline for this story, doesn’t give a damn about the national debt either.

itsmet

June 25th, 2010
7:11 am

What can they be thinking?! Georgia’s unemployment rate has not gone down. The recession is still on. Congress has done nothing to encourage job creation. Congress funds so many things that benefit the wealthy, but wants to stint on benefits for the jobless poor. Unconscionable!

blackprix

June 25th, 2010
7:14 am

You know what … when folks are worried about paying bills, putting food on the table, losing their homes and have worked hard all their lives … the DEBT is not an issue for them right now and rightfully so!

Yeah, they are all sitting around their dinner tables worried more about the national debt than their own familes and their own situation .. tell me one person who would care about that debt in this situaiton!!!!!

OedipusTax

June 25th, 2010
7:16 am

“Hippocrits.” With an idiot that can’t even come close to spelling the word, how can any other word that he says mean anything at all? That’s the stupid kind of dolt that passes for a liberal Democrat writing to the AJC these days. The lust of greed from somebody that types “hippocrit”! Where does on see a “hippocrit?” At the Atlanta Zoo? This fool went to public schools! What a stercoraceous bed wetter!. The twerp must be a closet omphalopsychite as well! “blackprix” is the epitome of the ignorance that has elected Obama.

Anonymous

June 25th, 2010
7:17 am

It looks like Chambliss and Isakson are looking for new roommates. The unemployed.

Peggy

June 25th, 2010
7:24 am

The republicans only wanted to fund the cost of an other extension of jobless benefits. Surely in the trillions of dollars that the democrats are spending they could find hte money if they wanted to. They would rather borrow another hundred million from the Chinese.
Notice how little work is going on to actually encourage the private sector to grow again and create jobs. That’s where jobs come from…not from jobless benefits. It seems Obama and the Democrats either have no clue of where jobs come from or just don’t want to work on it.

blackprix

June 25th, 2010
7:24 am

My spelling is not the issue here but you trying to make it the issue IS THE PROBLEM. Let’s just get on another subject and forget the concern for hardworking Americans.

A typical ‘right wing crap’!

I guess you voted for Bush … seems to me you should be to blame for the current situation in this country as well. Idiot voting for Idiot, not once but twice!!!!!

I know you got my message and you relate to the word ‘hippocrit’ even though I spelled it wrong. Who cares … you got my point and related well!

Donna P.

June 25th, 2010
7:25 am

To Bob, can you apply for SS benefits since you mentioned that you were in your 60’s? I’m going out on a limb here but why can’t the government revoke all those H1-B visas and let American-born workers have those high paying IT/computer jobs back? Also, if we make it impossible for businesses to hire illegals (which number in the 12 to 20 million) then American-born workers can “do the jobs Americans won’t do”. We should come first when jobs are scarce in America or am I just being a racist?

blackprix

June 25th, 2010
7:29 am

Chambliss is so out of touch … he comments that those unemployed sit around all day waiting for their benefits to expire and then look for jobs. When was the last time he connected to his constituents and found out what the real world is all about!

Hey Senator, your own state is currently at a 9.9% unemployment rate … sure, they are all sitting around having a party … what a jerk!!!!!!!!!!!

Nick Thompson

June 25th, 2010
7:32 am

Remember that this bill was about much more than just the extended jobless benefits. Here are the bullet point details from the Associated Press:

TAXES
–Extends for one year about $32 billion in tax breaks that expired in January, including a property tax deduction for people who don’t itemize, lucrative credits that help businesses finance research and develop new products, and a sales tax deduction that mainly helps people in states without income taxes.
–Increases taxes on investment and hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and many real estate investment partnerships by $13.6 billion.
–Increases taxes on oil companies by $18.3 billion by raising from 8 cents a barrel to 49 cents a barrel the tax they pay into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.
–Raises taxes on multinational companies some $14.5 billion by limiting their ability to use credits for paying foreign taxes to lower their U.S. tax liability.
–Raises $9.2 billion by requiring lawyers, doctors and other service providers to pay payroll taxes on income funneled through their businesses.
SPENDING
–$35.5 billion to continue unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless through November. In a majority of states, the unemployed could have received benefits for up to 99 weeks.
–$16 billion for states to help cover Medicaid costs and avoid layoffs of public employees.
–$6.5 billion to provide a six-month reprieve from a scheduled 21 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors.
–$4.6 billion to settle long-running class-action lawsuits brought by black farmers and American Indians. One lawsuit concerned the government’s management and accounting of more than 300,000 trust accounts of American Indians. The other is a discrimination lawsuit brought by black farmers against the Agriculture Department.
–$4 billion to expand the Build America Bonds program, which subsidizes interest costs paid by local governments when they borrow for construction projects.
–$1.5 billion in relief for farmers who suffered crop damage from natural disasters in 2009.
–$1 billion for summer jobs programs, for workers ages 16 to 21.
SPENDING CUTS
–$10.4 billion cut from last year’s economic stimulus bill, mostly from reducing food stamp benefits starting in June, 2014. A family of four would have faced about a $45-per-month benefit cut.
–$1.2 billion from changes to a tax credit earned by the working poor.
–$2.1 billion from lower Medicaid payments for certain drugs.

blackprix

June 25th, 2010
7:35 am

It really doesn’t matter what this bill was about. Those who didn’t want to vote for extending benefits said so and our 2 senators said so.

That is a disgrace with GA have a 9.9% uemployment rate. Find a way to make it happen.

watch what you say...

June 25th, 2010
7:35 am

I was employed by a company for 20 years. Our company closed in 2009 and I started unemployment. My house is almost paid for and I have a 15 yr old car. I have a child in college who gets no assistance except for HOPE. I have been looking for work since I got layed off. I have never lived above my means and never got anything from this government for free. I have paid taxes my whole life. The $330.00 I get each week pays all of my bills with a few dollars left over. I am very dependant on my unemployement and never thought in a million years this would happen to me. When my friends told me to apply for assistance ( foodstamps why not I worked for them) I was told my unemployment income was too high, I was told to reapply if my unemployment ended. Well, not only will I be without groceries but without a home, car insurance etc.. For those of you who still have a job and look down on others you better hope this never happens to you and you never have to depend on our government dems or republicans to make a decision about you getting a check every week when it is your lifeline. You have no clue, you never know when you could be in this situation so watch what you say..

blackprix

June 25th, 2010
7:39 am

watch what you say:

Well said and I do understand because I am in the same position. Almost identical!

Dan Henderson

June 25th, 2010
7:39 am

It should not be passed. Do we pay these benefits indefinitely? And just continue to grow the national debt? No. No. No. Obama and the dems aren’t listening to the American people which is why they are on they way OUT!

blackprixsucks

June 25th, 2010
7:41 am

Blackprix, your an idiot, just as your username suggests. I guess you are what you eat.

sally

June 25th, 2010
7:42 am

If the Democrats had not been on a spending spree, the likes of which we’ve never seen before, maybe we could afford to pay additional unemployment benefits.

blackprix

June 25th, 2010
7:43 am

Unemployment should not be a polical issue. This is not about just one party … it’s about Americans out of work! Independents, Dems, Pubs … unemployment is not affiliated with any party.

My God … this is about human beings surviving a recession and losing jobs.

Bubba

June 25th, 2010
7:46 am

Republicans are only saying that if you want to extend jobless benefits, make other cuts to pay for them — as the new Obama-backed law requires. But obviously there comes a point when the gov’t cannot continue to fund unemployment benefits, no matter how it impacts people. I ask again: What’s a reasonable limit?

BeScared

June 25th, 2010
7:47 am

To Oscar:

What do you mean – “get off their lazy arsses and find work”. You sound like an idiot. DO YOU KNOW WHERE THEY CAN FIND WORK? IF you do you need to tell them and you are the only one who knows.

Go smoke some meth in your trailer park.