Georgia’s long-term unemployed about to be abandoned

Unless the state Legislature reverses course quickly, 22,000 Georgia households are going to be stripped of badly needed long-term unemployment benefits by the end of June.

The money may not seem like much — an average of $244 a week per household. But for Georgia families that already have had to survive months without a regular paycheck in the worst economic environment in 80 years, it’s at least something. It helps put food on the table.

But with only four days left in the 2011 session, state leaders are oddly reluctant to take action that would save those benefits.

It ought to be a no-brainer. The money at stake — Georgia’s share would come to an estimated $175 million — has already been appropriated by Congress. Other states with high unemployment rates have already taken steps to accept their share. Georgia leaders have to demonstrate their own willingness to accept it by passing a small, technical change in state law, but so far, they’ve balked.

The question is why.

Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal, notes that as a member of Congress, Deal voted against extended unemployment benefits and is philosophically opposed to them. As governor, Robinson says, Deal is “studying the issue very closely” but hasn’t decided yet whether he would sign the necessary bill into law.

“We’re fine with the Legislature moving forward on it” while the governor makes up his mind, Robinson said. But Deal will neither champion nor oppose the move.

As head of the state Department of Labor, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler is responsible for administering unemployment benefits and looking out for Georgia workers. But through spokesman Sam Hall, Butler is also taking an oddly passive position.

“The commissioner would support whatever the governor and the Legislature decide to do on the matter,” Hall told me Wednesday.

Of course, it’s not just the long-term unemployed who would benefit from the program. The $175 million at stake would be used to buy groceries at local stores. It would be used to pay rent to landlords, or perhaps fend off foreclosures that in turn would help keep neighorhood property values from plummeting. It would also generate millions of dollars in state income tax revenue.

If the money is rejected, none of that happens.

Despite all that, neither the governor nor the labor commissioner want to be seen as supportive of the idea. They don’t want to be perceived as opposing it; that would make them look heartless and cruel. But given the ideology that dominates their party, they also can’t be seen as advocating assistance for the long-term unemployed.

So they choose to “study the issue” or pretend they have no role. They dump the responsibility on legislators, many of whom are no doubt making the same sort of political calculation as their leaders have. They too don’t want to be seen as killing the program, but many may be perfectly willing to let it die.

Choosing to do nothing is still a choice, however. And it will still have consequences, both for those who can’t find jobs and for the politicians who lacked enough courage and spine to take action.

If legislators follow the example set by the governor and labor commissioner and no action is taken before the session ends, 22,000 hard-up Georgia families in communities across the state will lose their financial lifeline come June 30. They and their extended families and friends will have every right to feel betrayed by state leaders who were elected to serve them, but who chose to serve themselves instead by doing nothing.

– Jay Bookman

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vuduchld

March 31st, 2011
12:00 am

Seems like Jawja has become a complete mess. Sky high unemployment, a bankrupt gubner, idiotic politicians. Not a day passes that I laugh out loud at this pitiful, pathetic state, one that is fast approaching Somalia status. So, why do you dimwitted citizens continue to pay these bottom feeder Tea Begger their salaries. Seems to me, these maggots need to work for free since they’re demanding that you do the same. Why haven’t they cut their salaries,saving you welfare monkeys precious dollars. You folks in Jawja land love being taken for a ride don’t you? Year after year you vote in the same idiots, just with a different name. Me, I’m sick and tired seeing my federal dollars going to support you maggots. You conservafrauds keep preaching succession, what’s the hold up? I can’t wait for that to happen because all you toothless rebels have ever been was deadweight. NOW GET UP AND GET THE HELL OUT OF MY COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thulsa Doom

March 31st, 2011
12:17 am

WOW,

I am an Alabama fan but I’m also one of those rare people who also pulls for AU when they’re not playing Bama. There’s a few people like me in the state. Just not many.

On the AU situtation I am inclined to believe McClover is a lying fool. The man played a couple years in the NFL so we know he made at least a couple million most likely. And now he’s broke?

I think Rosegreen is right when he says McClover is a liar and is just mad at the world that he blew all his money and now has not a damn thing to show for himself. No education, blew all his money from the NFL at strip clubs, jobless. Total freaking loser. Its possible that the other 3 AU players have an axe to grind for similar reasons- Chaz Ramsey has been angry for awhile over his shoulder injury.

On the other hand though it is hard to believe that all 4 of them are lying. What are the odds that all 4 chose to make pariahs of themselves and for what purpose?

In regards to the whole premise of the article as to how much money players make for the instiution cry me a river. They have a chance for a fully funded education.

It is up to them to go to class, actually learn something, and earn a meaningful degree. You can’t make someone take advantage of a fantastic opportunity put before them. They’ve got to want it and if they just choose to piss it away then that’s on them.

We got 18 year olds in Afgh and throughout the military tasked with tremendous responsibilities, some life and death decisions, and handling multi-million dollar equipment and fighting wars where they could die. And working for less than minimum wage when you factor in all the hours they really work. And most of them are there cause their families didn’t have the money to send them to college.

These football and basketball players that are given this tremendous opportunity for a full college education with all the perks who then piss it all away I have no sympathy for. None.

Thulsa Doom

March 31st, 2011
12:19 am

vuduchild,

Go back to your roach infested housing project and sound crazy there.

Big Steve

March 31st, 2011
5:10 am

I sure see alot of help wanted signs out there …

Kinda sucks for all the free-loaders to have to put their boots-on and pull themselves up back into earning their way… Like we all have had to do in our lives…

I recall all the hand-wringing by the left about Newt’s Welfare Reform. What happened to the welfare slackers when they were cut-off? They all went and got jobs…

Dr. Craig Spinks

March 31st, 2011
5:18 am

Jay,

Does the GDOL track the employment status of people who exhaust their unemployment benefits?

TnGelding

March 31st, 2011
6:20 am

Food stamps are available to the truly down and out. Some of those drawing unemployment compensation are millionaires. The timing is good, too. By the end of June they should be able to find work. That money appoved by the feds has to be repaid.

seabeau

March 31st, 2011
6:45 am

Jay! Studies done in Europe,which has most liberal unemployment benefits in the world, have shown without a doubt a correlation between the termination of benefits and the resumption in employment. In other words, the longer we pay them at home ,the longer they will atay at home.

stands for decibels

March 31st, 2011
7:07 am

mornin’.

Jay! Studies done in Europe

I’m having Rula Lenska flashbacks, here.

stands for decibels

March 31st, 2011
7:08 am

My first presumption upon reading Jay’s piece was that some people in positions of power in GA are simply sociopathic.

See also:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/430/very-tough-love?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+talpodcast+%28This+American+Life+Podcast%29

josef nix

March 31st, 2011
7:10 am

Whoo-whee…500 posts and still on topic!

Repeat after me…put ‘em all in one place and blow ‘em the hell up. Then send all the illegals home and hire a bunch of Phd’s to pick the onions (do you “pick” onions?) Pay them a wage enough to meet the mortgage on that $400 K house and meet the note on the nazimobile they deserve since they’ve worked so hard for it…sounds like a solution to the problem to me…

Well, off to the old plantation at the local schoolhouse…gotta get the little b*ggers ready for standardized testing so we can up our low-down-good-for nothing teacher’s salaries…glad to know the world’s in good hands here at Jay’s Allstate agency…

Jimmy62

March 31st, 2011
7:17 am

Last I checked, the government was already spending more than they take in. Where is this $175 million coming from?

Jay, why don’t you start a charity to help these people. You’ll do a lot more good that way than by writing whiny columns.

Mongo

March 31st, 2011
7:20 am

More job killing conservative budget cuts. Wait and watch Georgia’s unemployment rate skyrocket while the rest of the country recovers.

stands for decibels

March 31st, 2011
7:22 am

gotta get the little b*ggers ready for standardized testing

I’m pretty sure you’re allowed to say “buggers.”

stands for decibels

March 31st, 2011
7:23 am

It would beggar belief that the bluenose wouldn’t allow “buggers.”

stands for decibels

March 31st, 2011
7:24 am

Wait and watch Georgia’s unemployment rate skyrocket while the rest of the country recovers.

No, it’ll just be a little worse (like a point or two), which the local sociopaths here will attribute to a lack of Personal Sponsability.

stands for decibels

March 31st, 2011
7:26 am

It’s stupid to cut spending at a time of high unemployment.

(I have to keep saying that since our Uppity Illegal Alien Preznit seems to have forgotten how.)

stands for decibels

March 31st, 2011
7:28 am

(do you “pick” onions?)

I can dig it.

WOW

March 31st, 2011
7:30 am

“Give the Championship to LSU and take away the Heisman.”

getajob doesn’t realize that LSU is now being looked at by the NCAA. getajob also doesn’t realize that LSU lost 2 games and didn’t finish anywhere near the top 10.

No one is going to take away the BCS championship from Auburn.

WOW

March 31st, 2011
7:36 am

“On the other hand though it is hard to believe that all 4 of them are lying. What are the odds that all 4 chose to make pariahs of themselves and for what purpose?”

It is interesting that all four former players were a bust and went broke. It’s also interesting that none of them have named names. It’s also interesting that HBO admits that they have nothing to back up the claims. It’s also interesting that HBO decided not to air 30 former Auburn players who all call BS on the whole thing.

I’m not saying Auburn is squeaky clean because they’re not. BUT, McClover got $20,000 from HBO for his special “charity.”

I do commend you on being a fair minded Bama fan. Wish there were more like you but unfortunately most of the Bama fans I know never set foot inside a U of Bama classroom.

LSU is under the microscope for several new accusations. One being Patrick Peterson being paid $80,000.

JMoore

March 31st, 2011
7:37 am

We must not let “welfare” be transformed into “unemployment benefits”. Time to fish or cut bait.

Road Scholar

March 31st, 2011
7:39 am

godless heathen @9:43: It was tooooooo Haaaaaaard!

The only way the farmer could explain it was that the immigrant workers did this for generations and at an early age, so their dexterity was second nature. The “Americans” probably wanted a break each hour, and constantly took calls on their cell phones!

Road Scholar

March 31st, 2011
7:41 am

Some one posted above that a person who owns a home should give it up to get unemployment…have you heard about the housing market? And just who would buy it?

Howard

March 31st, 2011
7:45 am

If this is Republican “right” thinking I want no part of it. Why would we not help the unemployed AND at the same time pump this money into our state economy. Would Republicans rather the unemployed and their families go homeless and without food and NOT spend unemployment benefit checks in local businesses also helping boast them? Who are they trying to punish just to make a point…all of us?

Doggone/GA

March 31st, 2011
7:45 am

“Some one posted above that a person who owns a home should give it up to get unemployment”

I hate it when Jay does posts on subjects like this. It seems to bring out the worst in some people, who I truly believe will not be “happy” until they see beggers in the streets.

Granny Godzilla

March 31st, 2011
7:49 am

“Georgia’s long-term unemployed about to be abandoned”

Is anybody actually surprised by this?

Georgia’s GOP has nothing but disdain for poor Georgians.

Do they still call it compassionate conservatism or is it ok to call it what it really is – class warfare?

Truly disgusting.

Rational

March 31st, 2011
7:50 am

Something tells me that the majority of the long-term unemployed don’t want to work, and are perfectly happy to get their check from the government every week. Everyone I know that lost their job and has actually tried to find a new one have found a new job. Many people I know have changed jobs during the last couple of years. I’m not saying this is all of the long-term unemployed, but I do feel like it is a large portion of them. If you are qualified to work, then you can find a job – if you’ve been sitting at home, not working for the past two or so years because you “can’t” find a job, all you’re doing is making yourself less employable. If I have a position come open at my business, I’m not going to hire the guy that has been on long-term unemployment because I’m going to have to assume that he is lazy and hasn’t wanted a job.

TnGelding

March 31st, 2011
7:51 am

josef nix

March 31st, 2011
7:10 am

Have a great day! Thanks for your dedication to the children and our future!

stands for decibels

March 31st, 2011
7:51 am

Why would we not help the unemployed AND at the same time pump this money into our state economy.

Because (in no small part) our Preznit has adopted the idiotic rhetoric of the right in asserting that “belt tightening” needs to happen, which gives the truly sociopathic right wingers cover to revert to their feral states.

Granny Godzilla

March 31st, 2011
7:52 am

Rational

Best guess….what do you think the percentage is of the Geogia long term unemployed who are lazy and don’t want to work?

You say large portion. 80%? 60%?

stands for decibels

March 31st, 2011
7:53 am

Anyway, producin’ awaits. Be excellent to one another.

Rational

March 31st, 2011
7:57 am

Best guess 90%+. Like I said, everyone I know has been able to find a job within a few months of being laid off if they truly looked and didn’t turn their noses up at a job that didn’t pay as much as what they were making before. If you don’t take the job that pays $300 a week because your unemployment pays almost that much and you don’t have to do anything for it then you’re being lazy and don’t want to work. That is my opinion. I don’t expect anyone like you to agree with it.

WOW

March 31st, 2011
7:58 am

So where are all those shovel ready jobs Obama promised from the 2009 stimulus packages?

Normal

March 31st, 2011
7:59 am

Rational,
You are being irrational. I would agree that there is a small percentage of people out there who will shun work if they can still get a paycheck from the Government, but it is patently unfair to paint all of the unemployed with that brush. I have a neighbor, back from the Military, wife and a one year old son. His wife was laid off around six months ago, and he tries as hard as he can to find work and will do
just about anything legal to feed his family and pay his mortgage. I’ve hired him to help out around the house because of my knees. I have them over around once a week to ensure they have at least one good meal. He’s proud, he wants work, but he can’t get hired. What is he to do without unemployment benefits?

Joe the Plumber Too

March 31st, 2011
7:59 am

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. There are plenty of jobs out there if the layabouts didn’t feel they were too good to some of the jobs. If you can’t accept a job beneath what you feel is your station in life, then start your own business. This is America, take care of yourself and get off the taxpayers teet.

Granny Godzilla

March 31st, 2011
8:01 am

90+ Percent?

That’s what you really think?

Oh my God.

Rational

March 31st, 2011
8:07 am

I’m not saying all the unemployed aren’t trying to find work. I’m talking about the people that have been unemployed for two or so years. Using the recession as an excuse knowing that anyone who cuts their unemployment checks is going to be demonized by people like Jay. If I lost my job, and went 6 months or more not being able to find a job that would support me and my family, I would go on the road trying to find a job that would. Even if I had to sacrifice my time with my wife so I could have a good job somewhere.

I’m sure everyone here has a story like yours Normal. Where they know somebody who is trying very hard to find a job, but just can’t. Even that scenario doesn’t really make me think that they are trying hard enough. I can’t count the number of places I’ve passed that have “help wanted” signs on them. Yeah, you might have to get more than one job to cover your household expenses, and you might be working mornings at Starbucks and evenings at McDonald’s, but you’ll be working. I’m sorry for your friend, and what you’re doing, hiring him for odd jobs and feeding them once a week is a better solution than putting the government farther into debt. The state nor the country can afford it.

Granny Godzilla

March 31st, 2011
8:09 am

“Rational

March 31st, 2011
8:07 am
I’m not saying all the unemployed aren’t trying to find work.

But you are saying 90+% of them are lazy

So only 10% are looking for work?

Rational

March 31st, 2011
8:10 am

No, I’m saying 90% of the long-term unemployed are lazy. Do you know how to completely read and comprehend the comments or are you too lazy for that?

WOW

March 31st, 2011
8:12 am

“Georgia’s GOP has nothing but disdain for poor Georgians.”

Yeah, that’s it Granny. The GA GOP just hates the people of GA and wants nothing more than a bunch of out of work voters.

Geez, grow up.

Normal

March 31st, 2011
8:12 am

Rational,
All I can say is bless your heart…

WOW

March 31st, 2011
8:13 am

“No, I’m saying 90% of the long-term unemployed are lazy.”

Got anything to back that up, Rational?

Rational

March 31st, 2011
8:16 am

See, you’re only arguing from an emotional point of view. If you look at it logically, Normal, then you would understand that what I’m saying makes sense. You just don’t want to hear it because you feel that you are right, and that as long as these people are unemployed they deserve another extension of the taxpayers’ money. I’m fairly certain that the long-term unemployed haven’t done anything at all to deserve my money.

WOW

March 31st, 2011
8:16 am

“Something tells me that the majority of the long-term unemployed don’t want to work, and are perfectly happy to get their check from the government every week.’

Is that “something” the voices in your head, Rational? You have absolutely NOTHING to back up that asinine claim. There are a lot of people over the age of 45 who are looking for work but they can’t find work because of age discrimination.

Again, where are all those jobs Obama promised back in 08 and 09? Where is Obama’s “laser-like” focus on job creation?

Normal

March 31st, 2011
8:17 am

WOW,
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you make less than 250,000 dollars a year, the GOP will slap you on the back and say they’ve got it covered. They will call you a “true American” and shake your hand. They will even thank you for your vote and call you a fine fellow, but when they get the power, they will drop you like a hot rock, and cater to the people who make more than 250,000 dollars a year, their true bosses. They don’t care one fig about the common American, period,

WOW

March 31st, 2011
8:17 am

“I’m fairly certain that the long-term unemployed haven’t done anything at all to deserve my money.”

WTH are you talking about?

Granny Godzilla

March 31st, 2011
8:17 am

Rational –

Back off the slurs and reread the question you were asked and answered.

Let me help you

Granny Godzilla

March 31st, 2011
7:52 am
Rational

Best guess….what do you think the percentage is of the Geogia long term unemployed who are lazy and don’t want to work?

You say large portion. 80%? 60%?

Rational

March 31st, 2011
7:57 am
Best guess 90%+. Like I said, everyone I know has been able to find a job within a few months of being laid off if they truly looked and didn’t turn their noses up at a job that didn’t pay as much as what they were making before. If you don’t take the job that pays $300 a week because your unemployment pays almost that much and you don’t have to do anything for it then you’re being lazy and don’t want to work. That is my opinion. I don’t expect anyone like you to agree with it.

and then this

Rational

March 31st, 2011
8:10 am
No, I’m saying 90% of the long-term unemployed are lazy. Do you know how to completely read and comprehend the comments or are you too lazy for that?

Rational? Not so much.

90+%……Oh my God.

WOW

March 31st, 2011
8:19 am

“If you make less than 250,000 dollars a year, the GOP will slap you on the back and say they’ve got it covered.’

Then you’ll have no problem posting evidence to back up that claim.

“They will call you a “true American” and shake your hand. ”

Uh huh.

“They will even thank you for your vote and call you a fine fellow, but when they get the power, they will drop you like a hot rock, and cater to the people who make more than 250,000 dollars a year, their true bosses. ”

Got anything to back up that claim?

“They don’t care one fig about the common American, period,”

So where are all the jobs your cult leader promised?

Rational

March 31st, 2011
8:19 am

My own observations are all I have to back it up. I’m not touting it as a hard statistic. Although, I’m sure, given how statistics can be manipulated to show anything you want, I could find a statistician that could back that up, but how would you measure it scientifically. I’m saying based off my experience, the people that aren’t being picky about what job they take, and actually get out and look are finding jobs. If you aren’t finding jobs then you’re being too picky or aren’t looking. If I’m paying for you to live with my taxes, I get to decide that you choosing to not look harder, or taking the jobs that you can find because they aren’t what you want to do, makes you lazy.

WOW

March 31st, 2011
8:19 am

Granny Godzilla

This might be the first time you and I agree on anything. Rational is anything BUT rational.

JMoore

March 31st, 2011
8:20 am

Don’t you love going to the grocery store to watch those paying for their items with food stamps while talking on their iPhone4?

Greedy Old People, Inc., A Magazine for the Privileged

March 31st, 2011
8:22 am

Per Georgia DOL:

How do I qualify for unemployment insurance benefits?

There are several qualification requirements, but these three are critical:

You must have earned enough money in the base period to set up a claim.
You must be unemployed through no fault of your own.
You must be able to work, be available for work, and be actively seeking work each week you claim benefits.

Some people are beyond irRational.

WOW

March 31st, 2011
8:22 am

“My own observations are all I have to back it up.’

Ok, so you have total bs to back up nothing.

“If I’m paying for you to live with my taxes, I get to decide that you choosing to not look harder, or taking the jobs that you can find because they aren’t what you want to do, makes you lazy.”

You aren’t paying me anything, Rational.

One more thing. Maybe one day you might need a kidney or a liver and one of those “lazy unemployed” people might have one that fits your arrogant body.

You may want to think twice about the hate filled garbage you spew.

Rational

March 31st, 2011
8:23 am

Granny Godzilla, you tried to say that I thought 90% of the unemployed were lazy. I didn’t say that I said long-term unemployed. Then you accuse me of not reading what you wrote. Get a life.

WOW, I’m not arguing that the number of 90% came from my head. Like I said in my last post, it is based on my own observations. If you are over 45 and can’t find a job because you’re being discriminated against, then you need to either A – go back to school, technical or otherwise and get a new skill set, or B – look other places, there are plenty of older people working in the world today. I don’t hear a reason why you’re unemployed if you’re saying “I’m over 45, people are discriminating against me because of my age” I hear an excuse for you to not work.

Joe the Plumber Too

March 31st, 2011
8:24 am

Or the wife with 4 little snotnoses running around using the EBT card while hubby waits behind her to pay for the twelvepack and smokes, and that’s black, white and brown folks doing it.

WOW

March 31st, 2011
8:24 am

“Don’t you love going to the grocery store to watch those paying for their items with food stamps while talking on their iPhone4?”

This one always makes me chuckle.

Michelle Obama serves food to D.C. poor and homeless, but…the homeless guy has a cell phone.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/03/michelle-obama.html

Granny Godzilla

March 31st, 2011
8:25 am

WOW

Nice thing about being human….wonders never cease.

Granny Godzilla

March 31st, 2011
8:25 am

Let’s see ….prepaid cell phone versus land line….

Hmmmmmmmmmm

Rational

March 31st, 2011
8:26 am

Personally my favorite was the day I was at the Publix in Buckhead buying lunch when the woman in front of me at the checkout counter paid for her food with food stamps, then went and got into her brand new (still had the dealer tags from RBM) Mercedes and drove off.

Joe the Plumber Too

March 31st, 2011
8:26 am

Or the spadex wearing thing a few months ago in Cobb County holding her cell phone screaming ” Show Me The Money” trying to get someone else to pay her heat bill.

WOW

March 31st, 2011
8:27 am

“I’m not arguing that the number of 90% came from my head. Like I said in my last post, it is based on my own observations.”

Ok, so you made up a number off the top of your head and have nothing to back it up with except your “observation.” Got it.

“If you are over 45 and can’t find a job because you’re being discriminated against, then you need to either A – go back to school, technical or otherwise and get a new skill set, or B – look other places, there are plenty of older people working in the world today.”

HOW IN THE WORLD WILL SOMEONE OVER 45, WITH A HOUSE NOTE, KIDS ETC, NO JOB, NO INCOME BE ABLE TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL FOR FOUR YEARS??????????

Dude, do you even think before typing?

“I don’t hear a reason why you’re unemployed”

That’s because I’m not unemployed, Rat.

“if you’re saying “I’m over 45, people are discriminating against me because of my age” I hear an excuse for you to not work.”

Oh, I hear big fat lawsuit headed your way.

Granny Godzilla

March 31st, 2011
8:27 am

Rational

March 31st, 2011
8:23 am
Granny Godzilla, you tried to say that I thought 90% of the unemployed were lazy. I didn’t say that I said long-term unemployed. Then you accuse me of not reading what you wrote. Get a life.

you most certainly said 90+% for all of us to read, best to change your name and pretend to be something other than rational

Normal

March 31st, 2011
8:27 am

Due to the financial melt down thanks to Bush & Co. the homeless lost their homes and jobs, but have had a cell phone. Let them keep it to try to keep getting back on their feet and not lose hope. I’d rather see them with the phone than face down in a gutter…

Normal

March 31st, 2011
8:28 am

BTW…New thread…

WOW

March 31st, 2011
8:29 am

“Personally my favorite was the day I was at the Publix in Buckhead buying lunch when the woman in front of me at the checkout counter paid for her food with food stamps, then went and got into her brand new (still had the dealer tags from RBM) Mercedes and drove off.”

So Rat has decided to base his entire argument off a few morons who scam the system.

Hate to be the bearer of bad news Rat, but for the most part, people can’t find work because…..there ain’t no jobs to be had.

Again, where are all the jobs Obama promised back in 08?

metoo

March 31st, 2011
8:30 am

Looks like some of my right-wing friends who made 6 figures and are now out of work and on food stamps will have to get use to being called “bottom feeders” by their peers. They use to say the same about others.

Rational

March 31st, 2011
8:31 am

Yeah, I mistyped there on that last post Granny. My bad. Here to make it clear what my thoughts are and what my opinions are:

I BELIEVE THAT 90+% OF THE LONG-TERM (key word here) UNEMPLOYED ARE TOO LAZY TO ACTUALLY FIND A JOB AND WORK.

There, that is what I believe.

Granny Godzilla

March 31st, 2011
8:33 am

Rational

March 31st, 2011
8:31 am
Yeah, I mistyped there on that last post Granny. My bad. Here to make it clear what my thoughts are and what my opinions are:

I BELIEVE THAT 90+% OF THE LONG-TERM (key word here) UNEMPLOYED ARE TOO LAZY TO ACTUALLY FIND A JOB AND WORK.

There, that is what I believe.

Dear god in heaven….

WOW

March 31st, 2011
8:33 am

“I BELIEVE THAT 90+% OF THE LONG-TERM”

Which = total BULL $HIT.

JMoore

March 31st, 2011
8:34 am

We should have picked our own cotton.

Buzz G

March 31st, 2011
8:35 am

We need more pigs at the trough. Here piggy, piggy, piggy. Obama is here to feed you.

Rational

March 31st, 2011
8:36 am

WOW, I’ve never once accused you of being unemployed. I don’t know you, nor do I care if you’re employed or not. When I say “you” or “your” or “you’re” in a post, I mean it in the collective, general sense, not the specific sense where I’m picking on you directly.

There are jobs to be had, just not great jobs. I’ll admit that, I’ve said it before, you may have to work two or three jobs to get by, but if you really want to work, then you’re going to work those two or three jobs. And once again, I’m talking about the people that look for only a few jobs a week, the minimum number, probably at places they would never be qualified to work at in the first place, and sit back and draw their unemployment and do nothing else.

And, I haven’t been reading the comments and stuff long enough to know your political views WOW, but I don’t see how the government is supposed to create jobs. It isn’t their responsibility. They don’t create wealth – they seize it, so how can they create jobs?

HATE REPUBLICANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 31st, 2011
8:49 am

Atlanta = Detroit..Georgia= Michigan…all 4 are mismanaged…

md

March 31st, 2011
8:55 am

Greedy old guy,

I can only suggest you follow the entire exchange vs jumping into the middle and making yourself look silly………as I said before ….think about it.

(but it would help if you actually read everything before you try and think)

money deal

March 31st, 2011
8:57 am

my unemployment runs out in about 18 weeks—they need to jack the benefits way up and extend them for another year–the job market is terrible. The chump change I get now is not enough to pay all my bills.

Greedy Old People, Inc., A Magazine for the Privileged

March 31st, 2011
9:04 am

md,

Your attempt to divert attention from your claim that we all choose everything is humorous, at best. Just for another laugh, perhaps you would like to demonstrate your control over your autonomic system. I will not hold my breath while waiting though because to do so would be just plain silly. Think about it.

md

March 31st, 2011
9:10 am

We choose everything we do……………………..

You are having a hard time with your comprehension…………….

Give me one…just one….instance of something we “do” that we do not choose……………….

Silverchief

March 31st, 2011
9:11 am

JB you must love NASCAR……..Turn LEFT, Turn LEFT, Turn LEFT. Handouts forever……NOT!!!

vince neil

March 31st, 2011
9:20 am

I think the ue benefits equal around 1200 at the top of the earning scale…I want all of you to tell me that one could not find SOMETHING, even if is below your “status” that could earn this much a month….please tell me why should those UE not go find these….I am currently under employed in a role for which i have some passion, not withstanding, I am earning about 1/2 of what I did a few years ago…just FREAKING do it…good for the head and the heart…

Fletch

March 31st, 2011
9:20 am

Just an observation here, but since the new Labor Comissioner came in, I’ve noticed a distinct difference in the eligibility rulings that have been coming our clients way. By that, I mean that under Thurmond, the initial rulings were literally 80% in favor of the employee regardless of the amount of documentation provided by our employers showing just cause for termination. However, since January, I’ve seen a significant drop in what I call “rubberstamping”. I’m not against UI benefits for those that truly DESERVE them, however, I’ve had to argue far too many claims that were arbitrarliy awarded to people that clearly were at fault for their termination. Hopefully, with a little more analysis and a lot less rubberstamping, we can begin to whittle away at the gaping hole that is the GDOL UI fund.

md

March 31st, 2011
9:30 am

“Your attempt to divert attention from your claim that we all choose everything is humorous”

This is where YOUR problem lies, for I never once made that claim………..that is where the reading comprehension comes in.

Tired of BS

March 31st, 2011
9:34 am

I know a few long term unemployed people. One is going to school on the HOPE and Pell Grants while receiving unemployment and food stamps and no child support from a deadbeat dad. One is a mother with a small child and receives unemployment though she” has no desire to work”…. she’s “enjoying her free time being a mom”. My friend is unemployed and “working off the books” for someone so she can avoid taxes.
For every story you hear about someone who is truly looking for work while unemployed there are countless others who are bilking the system because they can. It is the same thing as theft in my mind.
I am not without compassion, we are simply unable to sustain the current status quo. I wish them well in their job search.

williebkind

March 31st, 2011
9:38 am

Have you noticed since this country did away with lifetime welfare we keep coming up with ways to give money away to most of the same folks? Look at what we have done! We have sent them to college and they have a degree! Their skills have not improved proportionately to the money we invested in their education. So education does not turn things around. We have OJT where these usual folks receive 10 weeks of training at $8.50 per hour for 32hrs a week. My point is where has welfare really stopped. It never will as long as liberals keep them on that voting plantation and determined to create a socialist state.

Fletch

March 31st, 2011
9:45 am

Tired of BS – “For every story you hear about someone who is truly looking for work while unemployed there are countless others who are bilking the system because they can.”

Amen! Here’s a perfect example for you. I’ve been fighting an unemployment claim for over a year on behalf of a client who had an employee that was fired for multiple violations of company policy.

Here’s the timeline:

Initial Filing – Employee Denied
Employee Appeal – Employee Denied
Employee Appeal to the Board of Review – Employee Denied
Employee Appeal to the Georgia Superior Court – Under Review

I learned from my client 6 months ago that this employee has been working since one week after he was terminated and receiving cash under the table. Clearly, he doesn’t need the UI benefits,but will do everything allowable under current Georgia Code to get those UI benefits that he “deserves”.

Again, this person has been employed since March of 2010, the Georgia Superior Court hearing was in February of 2011. Obviously the amount of money and man hours fighting this loser out weigh what what he would receive in UI (which is roughly $100.00 a week). However, it’s a classic example of the larger problem that exsists here in GA.

williebkind

March 31st, 2011
9:50 am

Fletch

March 31st, 2011
9:45 am

Good post! I agree.

ODDOWL

March 31st, 2011
5:01 pm

This is not rocket science…. Its very simple… Share the wealth, tax the rich, pay down the debt. 55 % top fed, income tax rate on the rich people who earn more than $250.000 a year. 40% corporate tax rate. 40% capital gain tax rate. Charge American multi-national corporations the same standard import tax and tariff on all products made overseas and shipped back to America. The Federal and State treasuries would be awash in money in no time flat. As long as the politicians don’t talk about taxing the rich. They’re just shuckin’ and jivin’.

99-Weeker

April 3rd, 2011
2:51 pm

“For every story you hear about someone who is truly looking for work while unemployed there are countless others who are bilking the system because they can. It is the same thing as theft in my mind.
I am not without compassion, we are simply unable to sustain the current status quo. I wish them well in their job search”.

THANK you.

And, as for those who have/are “gaming” the system, they are doing it at their own risk. Enough said.

Toby

April 3rd, 2011
2:59 pm

Don’t you just love it that we have so many people to look down on? A lot of you seem to need the ego boost.

steve brown

April 3rd, 2011
4:26 pm

If this happens I will put all my energy into having Deal recalled.

Granny Godzilla

April 4th, 2011
9:58 am

Granny Godzilla

April 4th, 2011
10:00 am