No bailout for the unemployed

UPDATE: Senate rejected extending H.R. 4213 yesterday, the bill will be revised and resubmitted.

Recently, Congress enjoyed a week off for Memorial Day while America’s unemployed worried about the future of their benefits. Amidst rumors of a recovering economy, 12.1 percent of Clayton county’s population are still unemployed, compared to Georgia at 10.9% according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

H.R. 4213 (American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010) will extend COBRA and the filing deadline for tiers 1-4 of unemployment benefits until November 30, 2010. Other provisions include restoring the flow of credit to small businesses, an extension of the current rate of Medicare payments to doctors, several targeted tax cuts and a recently added price per barrel tax to clean up the Gulf oil spill, among other things. Price tag is $127 billion, including $43 billion of new revenue being raised by closing tax loopholes affecting wealthy individuals and corporations. Tier 5 for the long-term unemployed isn’t even being considered in this bill.

Although there have been delays by politicians on both sides of the aisle, Representative John Linder (R-Georgia) has suggested that receiving extended unemployment benefits keep people from looking for work. While I don’t doubt some may be working the system, I’ll bet the majority are not.

“I hate that people assume I don’t want to work,” says resident and legal secretary Jaydah Cunningham. “I’ve hardly gotten interviews and when I do there are so many people applying for the same job, it’s hard out there and without the unemployment check, I don’t know how we’ll survive if I don’t find work soon.”

“Until sufficient jobs are created to give the long-term unemployed a decent chance of finding work, Congress must continue to extend the Recovery Act’s unemployment insurance and COBRA provisions (which are themselves efficient job creators), and should enact a new program of cash assistance for the long-term unemployed,” Dr. Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support last week.

Should Congress approve H.R. 4213 to extend unemployment benefits?

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rp

June 14th, 2010
10:02 am

Thank you for writing this article! Other media outlets are either ignoring the issue or coming out against this (ABC news, Washington Post.) In the previously mentioned media outlets, they are latching onto tax quibbles added to the bill, not even mentioning the whole point of hr 4213.
I urge anyone who cares about the unemployed to call their senators to pass hr 4213 THIS WEEK!!

da

June 14th, 2010
10:17 am

my husband has been looking since the dya he was laid off…still nothing…now when we filed we found out theres no money left..what r we gonna do? we have a mortg and children…we need the help instead of helping out the foreign countrys please help the USA

Gus

June 14th, 2010
10:33 am

Republicans were not concerned about deficits when they started two wars. They also had money for Wall Street. Now is the time to help Mainstreet. No incumbents are safe this november.

Yeah, okay

June 14th, 2010
10:40 am

I agree with RP, finding info on this bill is like finding a needle in a haystack! The media won’t touch it and the politicians are acting like they don’t care. I will remember them come election time, America cares more about foreign interests and their than it does about its own citizens.

LC

June 14th, 2010
10:42 am

While I can agree that some may be taking advantage of the situation, I can say that my wife and I have been out of work for 8 months, and during that time I have submitted over 600 applications. And I probably only have actually been called for an interview about 6 times in 8 months. I am either over qualified or just one of the hundreds of people applying for the same job.

I can tell everyone that Unemployment checks are no luxury, we can barely survive day to day, and only pay survival bills, and with tons of credit collection calls daily, it’s a reminder that we don’t have a pretty picture in our current situation. And even if we find employment soon, this family will be in a depression for years to come.

bobalou

June 14th, 2010
10:52 am

Money for Iraq, money for Afganastan, money for everyone except our own hurting citizens. I to will remember our politicans (particularly Rep’s) come election time.

WILLIAM TAYLOR

June 14th, 2010
10:54 am

It is ridiculous to think people would rather try to survive on unemplyment benefits than to live on wages. Unemployment can barely keep food on the table and it certainly provides nothing past the very bare necessaries. If these politician don’t act soon to provide help for the long term unemployed it will be time to give them a dose of their own medicine. VOTE THEM OUT

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K Richards

June 14th, 2010
1:23 pm

I and most of the staff lost our private school teaching positions (no retirement) on June 12, 2009. The multitudes who respond to any and all “new” jobs are phenomenal. Interviews for teachers (or almost anything else!) at my age (63) are considered beyond the pale. This morning, for the first time in my life, I wrote to CA Senators Boxer and Feinstein regarding HR4213. I honestly do not know what I will do if this bill is not passed today, as I am not certain how much lower I can go, as I already live an extraordinarily frugal life. PRAY!

BnB

June 14th, 2010
1:24 pm

Bailout for the unemployed? Do you mean the extension after extension of unemployment benefits that have been perpetuated since OBAMA took office. Since the stimulus packages did nothing for unemployment – since the earmarks did very little for unemployment those moneys could have been better used as unemployment benefits. But to pile one on top of the other on top of the other is insane and is burying us.

Toni

June 14th, 2010
2:42 pm

I have worked my entire life within education and then recently with a STATE AGENCY which I was laid off from. I am a single mother and HAVE been looking for a job. So the ones who are against passing this obviously have not been in the unemployment line. Trust me there are alot of overpaid people sitting on the state and government level and they wonder why our budget is screwed???????? The bill needs to pass!

Bob

June 14th, 2010
2:59 pm

Prior to WW2 America had two classes, the rich and poor. Post WW2 saw the emergence of a third class, the middle class. For the next two decades the middle class surged but then something happened called Reagonomics. Reagonomics was simply the “corporatization” of the American society and the target was the middle class. Well here we are 22 years later and as a result the middle class has been decimated! We are truly on our way back to the two class system where the ultimate goal is involuntary servitude. Why? because the biggist cost of production is labor and America did become a very wealthy country because of free labor (slaves) we will become an oppresive police state soon

Brian

June 14th, 2010
3:09 pm

Great Article, seriously thanks for spreading the facts. We have got to Call our senators and email and call NOW more then ever. They have know problem bailing out(with our money) Wall Street, Greece, Palestine, and on and on. But we the people are left to die on the street. Trillions in bailouts and they can’t give Americans unemployment?… The time is now, Elections are literally right around the corner.we must send our whole government a loud and clear message, Shape up or Ship out. We must work together on this we are all in the same boat.

TimOregon

June 14th, 2010
3:29 pm

Congress leaves 99ers out in the cold!

Google Change.org to send this message to Congress. It is awesome!

Greetings

Senators and Representatives:

You should be ashamed of yourselves, and here’s why.

You’re failing them again.

You have decided to ignore the people you reduced to poverty. This includes all who have exhausted their ui benefits whatever the total of weeks, 99,72,39… The longest unemployed workers did not create this depression, you did. You did this with your failure to regulate the banks, health industry, and corporations. People who were fully employed, paying taxes, and raising families are now paying the price for your negligence. They trusted you to keep something like this from happening. You failed them.

Now you are deliberately failing them again. This may be a recession for you, but it’s a depression for them. You knew this depression would last longer than until March, yet you had and have no plans to add additional unemployment tiers to keep these people from becoming increasingly destitute. Tens of thousands began to lose all financial support on March 14. This is increasing to hundreds of thousands, and will be millions if you don’t enact another tier. You know with full clarity that these benefits were the only money keeping food on their tables. You know that the benefits ran out in March, and that these American families are on the path to shelters and soup kitchens.

…and this is not of their making. They’re not to blame. You are.
…and you discounted them again by allowing their benefits to end with Tier IV.

By the way, don’t pride yourself on extending the current benefits for the more recently unemployed. Of course you should have done this, but as you know, the bill as it is written did not help any of those who have been the longest and hardest hit by this depression. The Bill only half addresses the unemployed, and 50% is an F.

Please make sure that the only choice for Americans who want to work is either a job or unemployment benefits. Don’t end benefits until there are jobs for them. As of now, there is only 1 job for every 6 unemployed workers. Take care of these victims.
ADD A TIER V

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dick gazzinya

June 14th, 2010
3:57 pm

like you guys were going to vote anything but democrat anyway. your too funny

dave emilo

June 14th, 2010
4:11 pm

yes i have never seen the job market so bad and as a single father my 26 weeks are up next week and i NEED this asap!!!

david losolot

June 14th, 2010
5:51 pm

I have nothing against republicans,but they believe in rich people and not the average person which is o.k. because this is a free country, vote for all dems? not because there’re any better, they just care a little more for the average person than the republicans does!!!

democrats care? really?

June 14th, 2010
7:07 pm

So the democrats care, huh? Why is it then that on the democrats watch, with them having both the house & senate, as well as the presidency… they have been unable and unwilling to create jobs or programs that would create jobs? I’m not advocating the creation of programs like the new deal, or Tennessee Valley Authority, but programs like those could EASILY be created and would employ the numerous amounts of people needing work, rather than just paying them unemployment benefits. Additionally, your beloved democrats could employ rules that would force companies to stop off shoring jobs and keep them in the United States, and force a certain % of jobs to maintained in this country. Why have none of these things been done, even though they were promised and touted back in 08? Simple…. both the democrats and republicans(with very few exceptions on both sides) don’t give a flying crap about anyone except those that can get them re-elected, and those that are helping them once they’re out of office.

Just_Me

June 14th, 2010
7:52 pm

Congress wants to do something about the deficit?

Here’s a suggestion … how about if all of them take a pay cut! That should help!

@ Dick – I voted for Senator Isakson and Representative Price when they were last up for re-election and if they would vote “yes” for HR-4213 I would vote for them again. I’m actually pretty conservative, but if they’re not willing to help me, then I won’t be willing to help them. So if they’re not voting for the bill, then I won’t be voting for them.

And you know what else – the Republicans talk a good game about lowering the deficit, but it seems they don’t live by the same rules.

1) Ronald Reagan (1981-1989): Inherited roughly $908 billion in debt, and took it up to $2.6 trillion. Change: +186%.
2) George H.W. Bush (1989-1993): Took Reagan’s $2.6 trillion up to $4.2 trillion. Change: +62%.
3) Bill Clinton (1993-2001): Took Bush’s $4.2 trillion up to $5.7 trillion. Change: +36%…. See More… See More
4) George W. Bush (2001-2009): Took Clinton’s $5.7 trillion up above $10.6 trillion. Change: +86%.
5) Barack Obama (2009-2010): So far, has taken Bush’s $10.6 trillion up to $13 trillion. Change: +23%.

Just_Me

June 14th, 2010
7:59 pm

The sad thing is that unless hell freezes over Isakson & Chambliss will not vote for this bill. I’ve already been told that multiple times by each of their offices (well not the “hell freezes over” part, but it was pretty much that general idea). Perish the thought that they actually do the right thing and cross the Republican party leadership.

Johnathan

June 14th, 2010
8:48 pm

It is ridiculous that many in the GOP claim that unemployment encourages folks to not look for work:

1) In my state (CA), unemployment benefits are tiered– ie: if you were only making $10 an hour before, you’ll prolly only receive about 150-200 a week or 7-800 a month for a max of 99 weeks. If anybody thinks they can make it in CA on 10k a year, get your head checked out. Even a minimum wage job will pay you closer to 20k per year.

2) If you do happen to hit the $450 cap, you would’ve had to make about 50k previously, but now settle for about $20k a year. CA has some of the most generous benefits, go figure.

Every cent of unemployment will be spent.

Politicians that are worried about encouraging a welfare lifestyle need to get real.

The Working Poor

June 14th, 2010
10:31 pm

Hello stupid! The federal government can only create federal government jobs. Private sector jobs are created by the private sector. That means the rich are screwing you. Your past have caught up with you. Where did this start. Here’s the question that conservatives have YET to answer: Where was this level of protest when the nation was getting BUSH whacked…and when Reagan’s “trickle-down” actually meant “pi$$ed-on”? Whenever people dissented against Bush and Reagan, they were called UN-AMERICAN and TRAITORS; can we put that shoe on the RIGHT foot?? Actually the last person a Conservative should quote is Ronald Reagan. Reagan brought us the economic policy of cutting taxes and increasing spending. Reagan introduced the idea that we could cut taxes while increasing spending and have the national debt go down. When Reagan was sworn in the national debt was $957 billion; today, after 30 years of Reaganomics, the national debt is $12.8 trillion. The talking head didn’t talk about deficit from 2000-2008, now all of a sudden we have a deficit problem! Yea, right.

KarlS.

June 14th, 2010
10:47 pm

I support reform but jobs are what’s needed not more govrnment handouts. Where is Obama’s infrastructure TARP money to fund road repair and jobs? That is what is needed.

VOTE OUT ALL INCUBANTS.

PoorMan

June 14th, 2010
10:59 pm

KarlS says, “Where is Obama’s infrastructure TARP money to fund road repair and jobs?” You know Sonny and the republicians “Didn’t” accept Obama’s infrastructure TARP money! That’s your answer!

SA

June 15th, 2010
12:54 am

There are plenty of jobs out there. Many just think they’re above some of them. If you’ve been out of a job for multiple months, you’re too lazy or too picky. Beggars can’t be choosers. Quit living off my dime. I was laid off from a great job and almost lost everything. I worked three jobs for eight months to support my family until I found one in my field. Don’t give me some some sob story about how hard it is. I know. I also know if you’ve been laid off and are still sitting around your living room, you’re not trying hard enough. After all, this is Clayton County. What would one expect but entitlement.

SynamonSays!...What do you say?

June 15th, 2010
2:22 am

President Obama is not the problem! I am astounded but not surprised by some of the posts regarding our Head of State. My message is, Voting Matters–Lets Not Pretend in 2010. Join me this Sunday, July 20th at 6pm when my guest will be Senator Gail Buckner, Candidate For Secretary of State. Sign onto synamonsays.com at 6pm for our live interactive interview.

Nemesis

June 15th, 2010
9:36 am

I See the same one or two trolls are posting under many different names. We can tell when you make the same spelling and grammar mistakes over and over. Sigh.

Brenda

June 15th, 2010
9:56 am

VOTE OUT ALL INCUBANTS.

h, linsey lowes

June 15th, 2010
12:12 pm

please congress you try and get employment…change your looks so wont be recognized…fill out forms day after day and heaven help you if over 40/50 even with great credentials references from days long gone…try and keep your children in public schools…to the doctor…buy their close books…have a roof over their heads…I know couples who were executives with similar companies gone, gone..they clean houses, take care of sick people, anything they can for a few dollars to keep going…how can the jerks in both parties make such blanket comments, when dollars going to billions that they children and grandchildren will have to

h, linsey lowes

June 15th, 2010
12:16 pm

please have filled in over three times my correct name and e/mail address and have poured my heart out and you say i not done this or that…and my pleaseeeeee are gone…not everyone is sitting and trying to live on the so called what ever. money…try and get work…just try…over and over …clean houses, mow lawns…work in the kitchens….have great references…had important positions…oh yes three children school age, but almost 50…helppp

BnB

June 15th, 2010
12:34 pm

Hey Just ME – How dumb are you? The deficits you speak of are cumulative – from one administration to the next. In 8 years – using your figures – Bush administration added to the deficit 5 trillion. With Obama doing 2.5 trillion in one and a half years – after 8 years of Obama that would equal 12.5 trillion – since your grasp of math is lacking – that is 2 and a half times more than the last administation.

Bless your heart.

InStance

June 15th, 2010
12:45 pm

Jobs will come back when (a) something is done about illegal immigration, (b) when the govt. cuts taxes instead of what this Obama administration is doing – raising everyones taxes. Remember – they are spending money like thay can print it – - oh yeah they can. Who do you blame for the recession – mainly brought on by a collapsing home market. The Democrats for setting up the whole debacle or the Republicans who could not convince the Democrats that the issue was coming to a head. The stimulus plan and the health care plan are boon-doggles. Can we at least get back to moderates running our country instead of socialist democrat crazies.

SynamonSays!...What do you say?

June 15th, 2010
1:21 pm

DACC,
And you point is?

Patriot

June 15th, 2010
3:04 pm

Just watch, they wont even discuss anything about unemployment until Friday, then they will conveinently run out of time, so they will wait until next week. Im so damn tired of hearing it will be next week. Why dont the Pres, instead of kissing azz, suspend all their pay until the jobs return, or tell them it will be next week, for about 7 months. PELOSI MUST GO, and every politician who has prevented us AMERICANS from getting help, but they will approve sending BILLIONS to people who pay NOTHING into Our Country. The Pres and Congress prefers to sell out our Country, they are the TRAITORS to America

Yeah right

June 15th, 2010
3:51 pm

President Obama already did all he can for now by signing off on the bill, don’t blame him blame the representatives you put in office who are now saying you’re too lazy to work. I bet you voted republican & now they’re screwing you along with the rest of us. But I bet they’re living good, eating good & not worrying about how they’ll make it from day to day. I blame Congress alone for this.

BarbaraB2

June 15th, 2010
5:49 pm

Is everyone out of their minds? What do you think these unemployed are doing? I will tell you – they are busting their a$$es trying to get a job, trying to recover their dignity, trying to pay their bills, trying to provide medical aid to their family – and I could go on.

ARE YOU PEOPLE NUTS?

I was laid off from a company after 16 yrs of dedication. NOBODY has responded to my resume send-outs other than marketers, which are pretty irrelevant. Even the NJ unemployment bureau sends me totally ridiculous job listings which have NOTHING to do with my experience OR resume whatsoever. I have not received a SINGLE true job offer in the 14 months I have been unemployed.

PLUS: This is the ONLY time I have EVER collected unemployment benefits – and I am 64 yrs old. WHAT! Do you think I am a hanger-on? Not on your life! Not my generation.

And I want to tell you this – my generation is NOT EVEN BEING COUNTED in the unemployment statistics. We are being counted as RETIRED. But I am NOT retired. I am forced into retirement. How many others out there are in the same boat????

Even when hiring begins again, folks of my age will be at the bottom of the list. So many jobs will be coveted, but both the young [no experience] and the old [too much experience, thus too much salary requirements] will be tossed from the candidate list.

PoMan

June 15th, 2010
6:23 pm

DoubleAction of Clayton County, Your “Constitution and Bill of Rights” as “orginally written” was Fundamental Fault” because it mentioned me as 3/5 a man! Now you want me to give a damn about your “Rights”. You never thought about mine! Even in 2010 in your land of plenty I can’t get any “Justice!

Jennie

June 15th, 2010
7:38 pm

It is a shame that they refuse to extend the unemployment wages for people who have worked most of their life and they give checks to all these lazy people who have never worked a check and food stamps. They have it all backwards. Working people deserve to draw funds from which they worked its the ones who sit home and collect a check for having baby after baby without a daddy who doesn’t deserve a check. So call your Congressman and tell them to get it right. These people didn’t walk off their job to receive a check their jobs ran out or had to let them go for no reason of their own. Remember to do the Right thing and hold on. God is an On Time God and We must Believe and Trust in Him.

Johnathan

June 15th, 2010
8:38 pm

What the Fed should do, if anything, to restrict the 4 tiers (in addition to shaving the $25 stimulus stipend) is level the playing field between states. Why should RI unemployed get up to $688 a week and CA, where the cost of living is probably 2x cap out at $450?

Scale back the Fed payout to states that arguably could be encouraging dole abuse by paying too much. CA’s $450 seems like a stopgap solution whereas RI’s $688 seems relatively extravagant.

Molly

June 16th, 2010
3:23 am

Im a 99er and Im dying over here. I have been looking for work for 2 years me and millons of others that lets congress know we are up against many while job searching. Ive been rejected more than I can keep up with and thats no good feeling. We need an extension Congress you know there are not many jobs right now. You guys are doing this because you can. Ive even thought about suicide thats how depress ive been since I lost my job I ve lost it all and now that I have no income Ive truly lost everything.

Troy Laack

June 16th, 2010
3:37 am

I’m a journalist with 20 years experience, yet I’ve been jobless since August 2007 when I was laid off. Why in the hell would anyone think we’re not looking for work? I’ve sent out hundreds of resumes, cover letters and examples of my writing over the last three years and filled out numerous applications for work outside my field. Want us to work – fine. Re-establish the Works Progress Administration. This isn’t a recession, it’s a depression and it’s going to get worse with the BP oil leak fiasco! At the very least outlaw or regulate temp agencies. Force employers to hire after 90 days of work or give a good reason why not! And make Walmart pay reparations for sending the vast majority of our factory jobs to China! Why isn’t America holding the people accountable who created this economic crisis!

dick gazzinya

June 16th, 2010
11:20 am

po man crying a river sgain

whatever

June 16th, 2010
11:41 am

I have a child who has been out of work for almost a year. He has been looking but he will never get hired as long as employers are not hiring. They are not hiring because our Democratic Congress are anti Business and pro
Big Government. With all the stupidity and Big Taxes they have passed this past year against Businesses and the “wealthy” (Usually business owners) They can’t afford to stay in business.. So how is all that Hope and Change you voted in working for YOU? For MY family it sucks.

BnB

June 16th, 2010
4:59 pm

to Yeah Right – how are the Republicans screwing you along – they are not the ones in power – the Democrats are. – DEMOCRATS were the ones who set up banks for failure, causing a trillion dollars bank bailout – they are the ones who spent a trillion on a non-existent stimulus package, they are the ones who are spending a trillion on socialist health care. Sure – just keep blaming the Republicans – till Americans wake up and boot out the left-wind socialist radical part of the Democratic party. Starting Nov 2010 – finally some moderation.

Myra

June 16th, 2010
6:58 pm

After 27 years, I lost my job March 26th. I hate it when lawmakers make unfounded remarks regarding UI benefits such as it being extended keeps people from looking. Not true. I look at ads everyday. And usually the job openings are for those with a degree. It doesn’t matter that I have 27 years experience in many different areas. There are so many applying for one job that employers can be picky about who they choose. I have two friends who lost their job the same day I did and have been hitting the pavement and sending out resumes for nearly 3 months. Nothing available, part time, too old, or the pay is not nearly what is drawn on UI. Minimum wage doesn’t pay the bills and the majority of those I worked with had no degree and were living hand to mouth, day by day, if that. That’s not an excuse–it’s the truth. You want to know why the unemployment falls occasionally–because those people are not drawing it anymore and they are jobless. And probably soon to be homeless as well.

Knuckle-Draggers

June 16th, 2010
7:13 pm

I know this is hard to accept for people who live in Fox News/Tea Party land. There, it is unquestioned dogma that “out of control social spending” and “giving my $ to lazy people” is THE cause of the deficit. The problem with this belief is that it is just that – a belief – which does not match up with reality. Declining revenue has been the greatest contributor to the deficit. Republicans 2003-2008 “Two Unfunded Wars” created some debt. Republicans broke the world from 2000-2008, the Democrats more than 18 months to fix it! You guy need to stop watching Fox News; you’re drunk on Hannity juice! ! The Republicians already “HALTED” your unemployment bennie today! VOTE DEMOCRATS

Somebody

June 16th, 2010
7:19 pm

BnB, interesting post. it reminds me of a youtube post i recently saw: http://www.youtube.com/user/machosauceproduction#p/u/31/Yvc0tYG_YpA

Kim, thanks 4 what u do

You just won't listen

June 16th, 2010
7:22 pm

David Scott and most of Congress are out of touch with reality. This is not a personal attack on David Scott; this is an opinion of what is wrong with the politicians in office, especially at the level of office he is at. They keep voting for pay raises for themselves and you believe that they are there for you. They receive a Golden Parachute for Retirement and yet they cut your unemployment and SS benefits and you blame Bush and the republicans. They opted out themselves their businesses and their families from the healthcare bill. Now that should tell you something, but yet you all keep voting him and all of the other incumbents back in office.
David Scott also was a huge supporter of Barney Frank; he personally helped raise financial support for Barney Frank’s bid for re-election for the past two terms. And in case you don’t know who Barney Franks is, he is the Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services. Now are you getting the picture? If not, let me draw it a little more clearly. Barney’s boyfriend was the CEO and Owner of one of the largest failing Mortgage companies that preyed upon low income minority voters, but hey, you all kept voting for him then complaining that Bush was to blame. We will you get it? The House of Rep.’s has been controlled by the Democrats for over 10 years, if not longer. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO CONTROL THE MONEY. Know the players and know the game. I’ll bet most of you can’t name your Two U.S. Senators, but know who your favorite sports teams coach is and who he played for in college and who your favorite sports player is and what his stats are, but yet when it comes to our elected officials, you don’t care. You just vote for them because they are black and they were nice to you once. Well get this, they are politicians, they know how to do that.

MyHistory

June 16th, 2010
7:25 pm

Vote Democrat! It’s a funny thing how now MLK Jr. is Revered, Respected, Honored, Admired, Venerated! However, when was he was living the “Right” called him Communist, Socialist, Marxist. Funny, that the same thing they’re calling President Obama. Whats wrong with that?

Melody Davis

June 16th, 2010
7:44 pm

STOP!! Looking for a job!!!!, Learn a trade and make your own money! AC Repair, Home Repair, Sewing ANYTHING!! POST 9-11 America will NEVER be the same again. Going forward one is either rich or poor. The middle class will be decimated by 2020. Idiots like DACC are only concerned about his rights (We all know he is refering to his second amendment rights) while the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Now you want a case study in human nature? Obama was funded by the uber rich and elected by the poor masses. How does one serve two masters? P.S. Synamon,
stop promoting your lame, biased, and ill produced internet show. Synamon says…what? Who cares.

EdwardBurke99

June 16th, 2010
10:44 pm

Unemployment benefits should not extend past 2 years. There are jobs out there if one goes for a temp agency, 2 part-times or a lower paying job. It sucks, but enough is enough. Be responsible for yourselves – go back to school and/or upgrade your skill sets.

Yes, Congress is to blame, but so are we if we keep electing these same fat cats who ignore our rights while they vote themselves raises back into office. Sorry, but …

…David Scott must go
…Harry Reid must go
…Nancy Pelosi must go
…Hank Johnson must go
…Joe Liberman must go
…John Lewis -thank you for your service, but its time for you to retire…must go
…every lifer politician (10+ years in office) must go

THROW ALL THE BUMS OUT AND START OVER. VIVA REVOLUTION!

mike

June 16th, 2010
11:22 pm

THESES PEOPLE IN CONGRESS WANT A PAY RAISE THE SEAM TO GET THAT DONE REAL FAST BUT THE PEOPLE WHO WORK ON THE LOWER PAY SCALE SEAMED NOT TO MATTER TO THEM AS LONG AS THEY GET THERE PAY RASIES AND FREE MEDICAL IF THEY KEEP DRAGGING THIS ON FOR US WE SHOULD TAKE THERE PAY AND PERKS AWAY FROM THEM BUT THEY FIND A WAY TO STEAL FROM US POLTICS NOW IS NOTHING BUT GRAFT THERE ALL CROOKED ONE WAY OR ANOTHER

REALITY

June 16th, 2010
11:47 pm

Of course Melody Davis, Obama was installed by the top 3% of people who own and have the money! However, all the prior presidents were! What is you’re agenda? We’ll know in 8 years! Good Luck! VOTE DEMOCRAT!

kallen

June 17th, 2010
11:10 am


UPDATE:
Senate rejected extending H.R. 4213 yesterday, the bill will be revised and resubmitted.

Charlie

June 17th, 2010
3:00 pm

We face the likelihood of a permanently unemployed class: laid-off workers 50-to-62 years old. They are able to work but not likely to be hired. Too young for Social Security or Medicare, “overqualified” for entry-level jobs, more likely to have medical conditions that raise rates, employers fear they are cynical, angry, and do not present the “cutting edge” image of a vibrant company.

What’s to be done? Retrain them? The jobs that are supposedly hiring include truckers, hotel staff, teachers and nurses. Think about it.

We can’t extend unemployment benefits for 12 years. Even if they were subsidized at $15,000 to $20,000 a year what effect would that have on Social Security benefits? No answers here, but I’d like policy makers to think about it.

Charlie

June 17th, 2010
3:11 pm

There’s a likelihood of a permanently unemployed class: laid-off workers 50-to-62 years old. Able to work but not hired. Too young for Social Security and Medicare, “overqualified” for entry-level jobs, and likely to have medical conditions.

We can’t extend unemployment benefits 12 years! Retraining is a thought, but the jobs postings are for truckers, hotel staff, teachers and nurses. Are these real options? How many Walmart greeters and night watchmen does the country need?

I don’t have any answers, but I’d like policy-makers to acknowledge the problem and discuss it publically.

Da AWAKENING

June 17th, 2010
7:22 pm

Sometimes Americans feel as though it’s fashionable to be angry. What are we really angry about? Back on Sep 11th ‘01 we witnessed a horrific attack on our homeland and we came together. The fall of 2008 our nation’s economy was headed off the cliff, and members of both parties took unpopular steps to rescue it. Now anger rules. What is all the anger about? Congress behaves the way it has always behaved. There really isn’t anything new about the way Congress behaves. The media has to focus on something so they pour into our living rooms a parade of individuals rallying here and rallying there; disparate groups screaming “We want our country back!” Whom do they want it back from? These people are upper middle age to seniors. This group is grumpy by nature and fears change more than any other group. They are getting all of the attention right now because it’s a midterm election year, and generally young people, working people and minorities don’t pay much attention to midterm elections so insanity, anger and blind rage are front and center. These are the same people who have time on their hands to listen to talk radio day in and day out. Talk radio has always been wrapped in an anger package. However, now we have both liberal and conservative talk radio! 2010 Terms will awesome!

Old people saw it

June 17th, 2010
7:31 pm

“Two Unfunded Wars” created over half of the national debt. Republicans broke the world from 2000-2008. The Democrats need more than 18 months to fix it! I can believe how the “Right” think! You guy need to stop watching Fox News; you’re drunk on Hannity Beck Koolaid!

19&41

June 18th, 2010
9:15 am

Old people saw it, CNN and MSNBC and urban talk radio ain’t doing you no favors either! I’d rather get the news than watch and listen to “folks” make it up as they go along! But some people like listening to 3 or 4 people sitting around discussing what should be your news today, and how you should feel about it! They know what’s best for you, Mr. Gibbs told them so.

Blast from the Past

June 18th, 2010
9:49 am

to MyHistory The difference is Dr. King was trying to get equal opportunity for everyone – judging everyone on content of character. Obama does not care about character just taking from those who have worked for success in order to give to those who have not. In doing this he takes money out of the system which would mean jobs. Not the do nothing stimulus package garbage we all just swallowed. Whether you like it or not – redistribution of wealth is a socialist tenant.

Pookie

June 18th, 2010
11:29 am

To: Blast from the Past, but remember you and yours acquired wealth on the backs of slaves and other! Now, that’s worse than socialist tenant. “You keep forgetting”!

Wayne Madden

June 19th, 2010
5:39 am

John Linder and a majority of Republicans are the 5% of individuals who control the wealth in this country.
I pray that very soon someone that they care about on a personal level have the orporitunity to experience long ter unemployment.As I write this comment the USA is paying for schools and bribing the Taliban in Afganistan and Iraq.God teaches us to help the least among us.

Wayne Madden

June 19th, 2010
5:45 am

John Linder and Republicans had better be careful.The most profound biblical principle in any religion is to help the least among us. Many of the long term unemployed are single women with kids whose child support if any probably don’t come on time. God will punish this nation severly. I implore citizens of good will to not let a few idiots with their God being money to let us as a country lose our humanity.
I will pray for God’s will to be done.I urge everyonr to follow that lead.

Wayne Madden

June 19th, 2010
5:49 am

God’s will be done.

The makeing of a Man

June 19th, 2010
7:56 am

Pookie, I don’t know what country your family has been living in all these years. But My Family quit being slaves 150 years ago. And WE to Doctor Kings words to heart and made something of ourselves rather than let Government give us what we wanted. But YOU wouldn’t understand how that works would you? Yes I have been out of work recently. But that doesn’t mean I have given up. It just means that I am gong to have to set my standards a little lower for the moment. And that doesn’t mean I won’t keep looking once I get a job for something better. I do understand it will get worse before it gets better. And my family worked menial jobs during one depression and survived we can do it in another and survive this one too.

Pookie

June 19th, 2010
1:20 pm

The people we were talking about are rich w/wealth and class not job welding people. People with jobs are not rich. Wealth is “Accumulated over time, life times, centuries! That something we didn’t have as a people; that fact! In fact we didn’t even get forty acres and mule! Most people with jobs are slaves– living only one or two paychecks from poverty. Come on “Making of a Man”. Extend your mind! Understand this man, “Class warfare” is why we are here in the economical situation! Have you noticed how the “Ruling Class” Cheney have disappeared!

Remember the time!

June 19th, 2010
2:36 pm

Here is a list for you to avenge the senators nay vote.

TO ALL UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE. WHEN YOU GET ON YOUR FEET AND READY TO BOOK YOUR NEXT VACATION TO LAS VEGAS. REMEMBER JOHN ENSIGN VOTED AGAINST YOU RECEIVING BENEFITS WHILE HE WAS HAVING AFFAIRS AND PAYING THE MISTRESSES OFF WITH TAX PAYER MONEY. TAKE YOUR MONEY ELSEWHERE.

REMEMBER ALL SOUTH CAROLINA CONGRESSMEN VOTED AGAINST YOU.

REMEMBER ALL KENTUCKY CONGREEMEN VOTED AGAINST YOU.

REMEMMBER ALL UTAH CONGRESSMEN VOTED AGAINST YOU.

REMEMBER ALL ARIZONA CONGRESSMEN VOTED AGAINST YOU.

REMEMBER ALL NEBRASKA CONGRESSMEN VOTED AGAINST YOU EVEN TRADER BEN NELSON.

REMEMBER ALL TENNESSEE CONGRESSMEN VOTED AGSINST YOU.

REMEMBER ALL GEORGIA CONGRESSMEN VOTED AGAINST YOU

REMEMBBER ALL MAINE CONGRESSMEN VOTED AGAINST YOU

REMEMBER THE NEXT TIME YOU WANT TO BOOK A VACATION FOR NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA THAT EVERY CONGRESSMAN VOTED AGSINST YOU.

REMEMBER NOT ONE KANSAS CONGRESSMEN VOTED FOR YOU.

REMEMBER ALL MISSISSIPPI, OKLAHOMA, AND TEXAS CONGRESSMEN VOTED AGSINT YOU.

FINALLY REMEMBER ALL FLORIDA CONGREEMEN VOTED AGAINST YOU.

MANY VERY NICE VACATION DESTINATIONS ON THE EAST COAST BUT STOP AT NORTH CAROLINA FOLKS AND LET THOSE SOUTHERN HILLBILLYS ROT.

BOYCOTT THESE COMPANIES BASED OUT OF NEBRASKA

HOBBYTOWN
CONAGRA FOODS
MUTUAL OF OMAHA
WERNER ENTERPRISES
OMAHA STEAKS
CABELA’S

BOYCOTT THESE COMPANIES BASED OUT OF KENTUCKY

ASHLAND, INC
CAMPING WORLD
CUB CADET
FRUIT OF THE LOOM
TOYOTA MOTOR
LEXMARK
FAZOLI’S
A&W RESTAURANTS
HUMANA
LONG JOHN SILVER’S
KFC
TUMBLEWEED
TEXAS ROADHOUSE
PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA I LIKED THIS ONE TOO BUT HAVE TO BOYCOTT
YUM BRANDS
RALLY’S SO LONG BIG BUFORD

BOYCOTT THESE COMPANIES BASED OUT OF UTAH

ANCESTORY.COM
SKULL CANDY
TCBY
CONOCO
OVERSTOCK.COM
JC PENNEY ACTUALLY BASED IN TEXAS SO BOYCOTT ANYWAY

BOYCOTT THESE COMPANIES BASED OUT OF OKLAHOMA

HOBBY LOBBY
BRAUM’S ICE CREAM
THE HERTZ CORP
SONIC DRIVE IN
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY
AMERICAN FIDELITY ASSURANCE
CAMILLE’S SIDEWALK CAFE
DOLLAR-THRIFTY CAR RENTAL
QUICKTRIP
RIB CRIB

BOYCOTT THESE COMPANIES IN IOWA

AMANA CORPORATION
MAYTAG
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VON MAUR
McLEOD USA
TAXACT
WELLS FARGO HOME MORTGAGE/FINANCIAL
LES BAER WEAPONS MANUFACTURER
THE LEARNING COMPANY
THE HON FURNITURE COMPANY
PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP
DICE.COM
MAID-RITE RESTAURANTS
LISLE CORP (JEEPERS CREEPERS TOOLS)

BOYCOTT THESE COMPANIES BASED KANSAS

APPLEBEE’S/IHOP
LEE JEANS
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HOULIHAN’S
GARMIN (YOU KNOW THE GPS)
PLANET SUB (OR YELLOW SUB)
SPRINT NEXTEL CORP
EMBARQ
HILL’S PET NUTRITION
PAYLESS SHOESOURCE
BIG DOG MOTORCYCLES
COLEMAN COMPANY (CAMPING)
TACO TICO
LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE

The makeing of a Man

June 19th, 2010
5:36 pm

My family worked for everything they had with the sweat off their brow and pain in their back. My Mother walked barefooted across the bad lands of Texas and New Mexico driving three head of cattle and watching her younger brothers. during the depression while my Grandmother drove the mule and wagon. Her father was a Farmer who had lost his job because of the dust bowl. So they headed west.and finally settled in Southern California.
My parents had 6 living kids. My Dad shoveled coal and cleaned asbestos lined furnaces in a power plant to keep food on the table. My Mother worked two jobs in the fifties when women just didn’t do that. They were not promised or given anything except if they did an honest days work they would get a honest days pay. The same went for my grandparents. When my grand parents and parents died ( all within 18 month of each other) they were considered “well off” (by Obama’s standards ‘wealthy”) But the Government took almost 50% of it in Death Taxes. If one person would have inherited that thy might have been considered well off. but spread through a large number of people there wasn’t much left. AND we had to pay more taxes on what we did receive. My spouse and I are not wealthy we have worked for every penny we have And I resent people who think that I owe them something. Taxing what little we do have. So excuse me if I don’t buy into your “my family didn’t get their promised 40 acres and a mule so I have an excuse to be a bitter, lazy person with my hand out.150 years later.” Well my family didn’t either. but by Heavens we always thought enough of ourselves to work towards something better. Even if we had to wash windows and scrub toilets to do so. While making sure our children went to school to get an education.. And we can do the same again. So No you DON’T get a break from me. Quit your whining and do something positive. As I see You can lay around letting the government take care of you, keeping you in poverty and dependant. OR you can roll up your sleeves and do what is necessary to keep body and soul alive working and having the satisfaction that you are not beholden to anybody by doing what needs to be done yourself. Will it be easy. No the the pride it is priceless. You see I have nobody telling ME “You are so dumb and worthless the the government has to take care of you.” I KNOW I am not that dumb or worthless. What about You Pookie? Have You learned that yet? Has your Kids?

Pittbull

June 19th, 2010
10:00 pm

What a waste of blog space above, and in caps no less! No internet etiquette at all!

retired teacher

June 20th, 2010
2:27 pm

I will probably never vote democrate again….

unemployment recipient

June 20th, 2010
5:35 pm

These politicians act like they are giving unemployment recipients too much money to live on. We are living under the poverty level but yet they think that is too much. I just hope with their big power egos one day they will get a clue. God is still in control, and giants really do fall example BP. Humans need to be so careful about how they treat each other. How can you turn your backs on so many needy families in a crisis such as this? And cut off the only resource they have knowing the job market is terrible right now. Karma is very real whether one believe it or not. One thing is for sure we will get pass this point eventually. God will make a way.

Elena

June 22nd, 2010
11:43 am

I lost my job due to the economic slow down for the construction job that I had. I have submitted so many resumes I lost count with only 20 or so interviews to my name. It is so hard not to become discouraged, but at least I had unemployment to see me through, now I am at the end of my benefits still no job in sight, I have lost my job, my home, my belonging,my car, and now rent a room from someone who by the way is also on unemployment, now those benefits have run out for her so we will not be able to pay the rent, I haven’t purchase food over 25.00 in months. We need help America is the Greatest Country in the world, but right now my whole world is crashing down. I don’t understand why our governing officials can take such a cavalier attitude with American’s I want a job I need a job I have work over 30 years of my life, and now I am on the verge of complete ruins. I pray that the hearts of those individuals who would not pass the unemployment bill never have to worry about their next meal, or how they are going to pay bills or if their children will have food to eat. This is not where I or anyone in this position choose to be, but it is where we are. WE NEED YOUR HELP NOT YOUR JUDGEMENT.

Blast from Past

June 22nd, 2010
10:07 pm

to Pookie I guess you would rather your ancestors had not come to America. As bad as slavery definitely was. Then you in 2000- 2010 could have been living among the bushmen or being slaughtered by other blacks in places like Rwanda, Sudan, Congo or Angola. A much better history – I suppose ?

Bloodbike

June 24th, 2010
8:38 am

To All,

I don’t think that “POOKIE” is a black person at all. Probably someone of another race pushing buttons to see what happens. Don’t talk to the crazy people, but always keep an eye on them. LOL

I fell really bad about everyone who has been caused harm because of the economic down turn of this nation and the world in general. Keep faith in GOD, get ready to roll up your shirt sleeves and work harder for smaller pay, get rid of the idea that you are suppose to have anything, we aren’t.

Times are going to get harder before they get better. Time for all of us to slow down and down size not only our life styles, but our thought patterns as well. From the rich to the poor, things will never be the same.

BnB

June 25th, 2010
5:42 pm

The extension on jobless benefits – $50 million- Dems did not have the votes and did not bring it to a vote. They blame the Republicans. All the Republicans wanted ws to pay for it and that would be easy – DEMs could take some monies fron the stimulus plan – only bout half of that has been given out – that total was over 800 billion. Whats the matter DEMs – don’t wanna upset the Obama stimulus(Democrat payoff) applecart.