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Obama economy makes Democrats desperate to extend unemployment

By Washington Times (DC)

Democrats are returning to Washington this week armed with stories from some of the 1.6 million unemployed Americans back home who are desperate to have the federal government resume paying unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.

Federal long-term unemployment benefits, which kick in when regular state benefits run out and average about $300 a week, expired Dec. 28. Since then, the debate over restarting the benefits has turned into a major political scrap -- even pitting some lawmakers against members of their own parties.

House Democrats were furious when Congress took a vacation last week, saying they should have stayed in town to talk about the program. But Senate Democrats said it was better to send lawmakers home where both Republicans and Democrats could hear from struggling voters.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, said constituents -- both employed and jobless -- approached him to say how urgent the matter is.

"I've been doing lots of events and the overwhelming sentiment is that we need to extend emergency unemployment compensation for million of Americans who are still looking for work but can't find it," he told The Washington Times. "When I talk to people, whether they're out of work or have work, they want to help their neighbor because they understand by helping their neighbors who are unemployed they're helping their entire community."

After a month without the benefits, Rep. Robert E. Andrews, New Jersey Democrat, said Friday he's heard from people who are facing the first month of missing mortgage, car and student loan payments, and the first month their credit is at risk.

"I've heard all over my district from all kinds of people that they're just about at the point where they're going to step off the cliff," he said.

Democrats said the push for action came not just from those without jobs, but also the business owners who have lost customers as the unemployed tighten their belts.

Democrats have made extending benefits an early priority in 2014, but have met Republican opposition over finding a way to pay for the extension as well as other procedural fights.

An effort to extend the benefits failed in the Senate earlier this month, but leaders have vowed to hold another vote once lawmakers return to Washington.

Sen. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat and co-sponsor of the three-month extension, said Friday he's continuing to talk with Republican Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada and Susan Collins of Maine to find a bipartisan solution.

Mr. Heller and Ms. Collins and several of their Republican colleagues have proposed a short-term extension of unemployment benefits coupled with a restoration of military retirement benefits that got cut in last month's budget deal. They proposed across-the-board cuts to pay for the new spending.

Democrats say they'd prefer to add the new spending to the deficit rather than pay for it, and they want to see a longer-term extension of the unemployment benefits.

Rep. Xavier Becerra, California Democrat, met with a group of long-term unemployed constituents on Thursday in Los Angeles and was impressed by their optimism even as they faced unemployment with no benefits.

"The best thing I think I found is they are still determined," he said. "They don't look at the glass as being half empty ... they just say, 'Don't give up on us, give us a chance and we'll get back to work.'"

But at least one Republican who Democrats need onboard to get the extension to President Obama's desk was unfazed by his week with constituents.

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said before leaving Washington that he was still waiting for a plan from the president that offsets the cost and includes job creation. His position has not changed, a spokesman for Mr. Boehner said Friday.

"I told the president, now a month-and-a-half ago, that if they had a plan to extend emergency unemployment benefits, I'd consider it, as long it was paid for and if there were provisions we could agree to that would help expand the economy and create more jobs," Mr. Boehner told reporters Jan. 16.

Rep. Ron Kind, Wisconsin Democrat, said he's willing to work with Mr. Boehner to find offsets for a short-term extension. He visited job centers during the weeklong break and spoke with many constituents looking for work. One young man Mr. Kind spoke with is attending technical school, but isn't sure he'll be able to keep paying for school without the benefits, even though he knows there'd be a good job in a high-demand field waiting for him if he's able to finish the program.

"As soon as we get back, conversations will continue," Mr. Kind told The Washington Times on Friday. "I'm hoping more of my colleagues have been doing what I have been this past week, reaching out to job centers, speaking to the staff and meeting with individuals being impacted right now."


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  1. Scruffy-USN-RetiredComment by kerryp
    January 28, 2014 @ 7:38 am

    The incompetent obama and his minion democrats don’t understand that creating a growing economy thus creating jobs is better than paying people NOT to work and depending on the government.
    (Buying votes)

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    • caseykatComment by caseykat
      January 28, 2014 @ 10:31 am

      People who are unemployed are not unemployed by choice. My daughter has been searching for jobs since she lost hers and has had not responses. She would rather work than worry how she is going to pay her bills. Unemployment money would be funneled back into the economy because these people will be able to pay bills, purchse goods, etc. come into the real world and think about you would do if the shoe were on the other foot. The government in general is incompetent not just the President and his “minion democrats”. Just remember the Republicans were the ones responsible for the government shut down because of their incompetence.

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    • shakingheadComment by shakinghead
      January 28, 2014 @ 10:59 am

      I will agree on one thing only…Obama and his administration are for the most part incompetent. What do the republicans offer that is better?

      All the heroes in this world are long dead or buried in helping those they can without the need for a headline…

      I’m tired of constantly being forced to vote for the lesser of two evils. People will say use your vote to make a change but it’s not currently possible. All candidates are inadequate…

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    • rrg51Comment by rrg51
      January 28, 2014 @ 2:49 pm

      I am thankful that it’s been a generation since I needed to file for unemployment. But at that time, I was working any side jobs I could find (and reporting it), as well as being willing to be flexible in accepting opportunity. At that time, the story was that, if you typed every resume individually, it’d show that you were really interested in THAT job. Well, it was all a part of trying hard.

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    • wallybluComment by wallyblu
      January 28, 2014 @ 3:18 pm

      For caseykat,

      Your daughter wants a job.

      Will she take one that doesn’t pay as much as unemployment with the opportunity to move up? If not she doesn’t want a job she wants a promotion.

      With unending unemployment there is no incentive to look for a job that will get you through until you can get one that is better.

      No one deserves to start at the top, you must work to get there.

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  2. 5bass1Comment by 5bass1
    January 28, 2014 @ 8:23 am

    I’m 59 yrs old and have been unemployed since July 2013. I’m finding it difficult to find employment in my field of work. Because of lack of jobs out there and the number of people that are unemployed at this time I feel that I’m being discriminated because of my age. Employers can pick and choose whom ever they want to hire with the amount of people applying for jobs. It’s really amazes me that the Government can send troops over to other Countries and destroy thier cities and pay billions of dollars to rebuild them again, but we cannot take care of our own people. If this bill does not pass it will turn honest people into criminals.

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    • meden94Comment by meden94
      January 28, 2014 @ 10:46 am

      I am 57 soon to be 58. I have been out of work for over a year and have during that time completed my Bachelors degree, which I am very grateful for. I have had 2 interviews since December 2013 and apply for jobs most every day and generally NEVER EVER hear back one way or the other, especially after giving my age. I would, and I am against legal hassles, but would sue a company over an age discrimination if warranted. I have NEVER sued anyone in my life and am not for this type of resolving issues. I was told 2 times in November 2013 by the unemployment office my emergency unemployment was fine until July 2014. I felt this gave me time to find a job that I would embrace and enjoy, for I worked 31 years for 1 company that at times would drive me nuts. Nonetheless, I would have appreciated a little more notice than 2 weeks. Try and remember all the CEO’s taking big bonus checks during the banking crisis. Billions of dollars. I only want an opportunity to work, and it seems almost impossible to find anything. Oh, and I had never used unemployment in my life until now. Good Luck 5bass1

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  3. mikeydixon84Comment by mikeydixon84
    January 28, 2014 @ 9:25 am

    This is ridiculous, no Congressman or Senator is in jeopardy of losing, their house or car and they aren’t struggling to put food on the table. Im sure most of them don’t even know how much a gallon of milk costs, I think its the early stages of some type of mass USA genocide. These politicians know what is needed for Americans to thrive ,but they (Congress) don’t want to help fix the majority of the problems that they initially created. For instance no state in the USA should have a minimum wage less than 10.00 usd an hour that should have rose naturally with inflation, the cost of living increases every year, but Americans’ paychecks stay the same. For the record most politicians to normal citizens aren’t normal. They will never understand what it’s like to struggle, what it feels like coming home to being evicted or sleeping in your car because you couldnt pay your rent, and the one organization thats set to help you is kicking around your problem as if it was political football. We are supposed to be living in the greatest country in the world, or is that just something that they say. I believe in our country still, but i also believe that our country has to do better by its own people.

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    • battlebornComment by battleborn
      January 28, 2014 @ 9:51 am

      Well Said MikeyDixon84!

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    • timdogComment by timdog
      January 28, 2014 @ 10:07 am

      I agree with your post except for the part about raising the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage actually increases unemployment and reduces work opportunities(especially for the young). If you want to get paid more than minimum wage then get some skills to make yourself worth more than minimum wage. This minimum wage increase is being pushed by Obama and the democrats. How have any of their plans worked out to improve the economy so far?

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    • galexComment by galex
      January 28, 2014 @ 10:40 am

      I don’t believe there should be any minimum wage law. The ‘law of supply and demand’ will always establish the minimum wage. If the business doesn’t pay enough wages for the work required, they won’t have any workers. Once they raise the pay to the level that people are willing to work for they will have workers and the pay will be established.

      For those that can’t find work in their particular field, you need to work at what you can find until something better comes along. That’s what I have done, it didn’t pay as much as I wanted it too, but it put food on the table. I have always found that if I was willing to work I could find someone willing to give me a job. It wasn’t always what I wanted to do, but it meant I got a paycheck.

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      January 28, 2014 @ 11:11 am

      “This is ridiculous, no Congressman or Senator is in jeopardy of losing, their house or car and they aren’t struggling to put food on the table” Comment by mikeydixon84

      How many weeks would you like unemployment benefits extended?

      And at the end of that time do you think there will be more jobs, the same or less?

      Depending on the answer to the last question will determine what is the correct course of action

      Personally do not see how there can be more jobs and depending on whether the extension is paid by cutting other expeditures or by increased deficit spending will determine whether the same or less jobs exist at the end of this time period

      If we must spend money wouldn’t the money provide more value to give tax credits to employers to hire these individuals, which would allow for a good or service to be produced, money to remain in circulation, and the individual to sharpen skills, or develop new ones and to be in contact with the ideas in the work place, which they can add or create more?

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    • seannymc14Comment by seannymc14
      February 2, 2014 @ 2:12 am

      Tim dog if you read the post by some of these ******** above us u see he told the ladys daughter to take a job making less and she is skilled that’s the point I’m seeing people bash others on unemployment cause there not gonna give up 611 from a ectricians union job unemployment which I was making 1200 a week when laid off but am at 611 on unemployment in jersey cause its the max anyone here can get but anyway a guy was saying I’m taking advantage cause wawa offered we a job driving 50 miles away making 7.25 an hour which after taxes is what 200 a week with 3 kids to feed. It was the only job in 7 months I was offered and believe me I would take a job making 500 a week before taxes but if I took tjat convienence store job it woulda been like me bending myself over and jamming it in nobody and I mean nobody woulda took a cut just to seem as to be not using the system but I built a life in the electricians union my reps can’t find **** so why am I gonna take a job a high school kid should have at this time we get 73 weeks and then at that point if I can’t find nothing then ill take a job making that much but I bought a house have 2 cars notes building a 12 year career and it was taken away by cuts from the government and I’m not supposed to get something at least close to what unemployment is making me its funny the people who say u should take anything are the ones who still have jobs but ill bet they wouldn’t settle for way less welfare peeps work the system for decades.

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  4. battlebornComment by battleborn
    January 28, 2014 @ 9:45 am

    Nevada has been hit hard by joblessness and despair. Heller (Freshman senator from NV), initiated EUI S.1845 to help ease not only fund Nevada’s emergency unemployment insurance, but the rest of the nation as well. The bill is almost dead thanks to the idiot involvement of many ignorant legislators. They will pass record spending for every country except their own. They hold their own constituents hostage while playing verbal volleyball with people lives. I will not vote the “party” in any upcoming elections. I have had my fill of the B S that is so pervasive within our government. Most of the legislators are solely interested in their own personal monetary gain…When do we sheep, finally realize, they are not for their constituents, but all for themselves. I am more than done with the entire lot…both Dems and Reps. You suck! Totally!

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  5. d0wnn0utntnComment by d0wnn0utntn
    January 28, 2014 @ 10:10 am

    Why is it these senators had to take time off (again) when the unemployed struggle to find the money to pay for food, elec, fuel, etc. They were supposedly speaking with and observing what the end of unemployment extension has done to their people? People who voted for them. People who pay their meal ticket. In my opinion…They should be aware of their states people are going through on a daily basis. Pro-active not Re-active Senators, You are not doing your job senators. Don’t wait until it is too late. Business’s are continuing to lay people off because their patrons do not have the money to spend on necessities. Walmart, Sears, Macys, and the names go on. Now Obama wants to raise minimum wage? Oh yeah! That’s really going to increase jobs! Sure it is! We need jobs. We want to work. I have worked over 45 years. Now unemployed since July 2013. A nurse. Now Obamacare has caused me to lose my job. 22 months before I can collect SS. Will I live that long!

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  6. 5bass1Comment by 5bass1
    January 28, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    I think that we all share the same feels on what the Goverment is doing to help us unemployed. Between the salaries that they make and the amount of vacation time that they receive each year why should they worry about us? My mother just passed away last week and because the politicians had to take a vacation and leave us helpless not knowing where I’m going to come up with the upcoming rent, utilities, and food, not to mention the gas that I need to drive to her funeral. We the people are LOOSING our homes, cars, food, and dignity while they take vacations. What is a vacation?

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  7. shakingheadComment by shakinghead
    January 28, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    Worked diligently for 30 years and now unemployed.I need as much help for as long as possible as I get back to work.

    Please explain how this is paying me not to work? How this is a handout?

    I paid into the system without question and I need the benefits now without question.

    Frankly, I don’t care about who’s abusing the system and who’s lazy. I care about my family and survival.

    Creating jobs and stopping people who are abusing benefits are issues separate from extending unemployment as the example of myself should clearly show. Don’t make me suffer by lumping these all together for confusions sake.

    The 2 party system is destroyed utterly. What was once used as parity is now used by politicians to push blame and do nothing…

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  8. popstComment by popst
    January 28, 2014 @ 11:00 am

    The local newspaper here in Casa Grande, Az. interviewed an unemployed man who said that he many have to take a minimum wage job to make ends meet. And the problem being?
    I was a full time teacher and worked 2 part time jobs to support my family. You do what you have to do to make a living.

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  9. loldailyComment by loldaily
    January 28, 2014 @ 11:04 am

    First and foremost, Obama needs to get behind the unemployment extension ASAP otherwise, he is letting congress defeat his NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND policy. Don’t think even for a minute that this loss does not effect our children as well. They too are aware and are effected when they suddenly become homeless or when utilities get shut off due to adults not being able to pay the bill. For the majority of our children their day in school becomes a time that they are kept warm and being fed as they too sit and worry about what’s to come of them when school is finished for the day? This does distract from the learning process! Take the next generation for example, they are already experiencing the fact that their hard work in school does not guarantee them a job and seeing that even when as an adult if you do find a job and loose it for whatever the reason there may not be any UIA to help in their futures when needed. Our children begin to think why bother with an education, will it really help me, should I just drop out and become a thug now to get what I can before it is to late? The crime rates and poverty levels will once again soar to new heights if they can no longer foresee a bright and prosperous future!

    As for this debate regarding illegals, take it from someone whom lives in a city “Detroit, MI” already effected from this policy. Do we as the people really want every city and state in the US eventually declaring bankruptcy? Speaking from experience, the illegals where welcomed in with open arms, given loans and grants to buy homes and start new business’s multiple families containing illegals move into one home and fix them up real nice. Which raised the property taxes and home values so high that the average family can no longer afford them. Just a few examples: the news reported many illegal babysitting rings with a multitude of children left with instructions on what to do with the illegal children if the parent(s) did not return due to deportation. Many backdoor food services where started out of their homes and carted around the streets for sell without proper licensing. Illegals have even been known to convert their garages into restaurants or illegal after-hours hangouts. Then once the legit jobs die out these illegals have the tendency to just pack up and move on to find work elsewhere in other states, leaving homes and business’s vacant and sitting on the market until they are eventually stripped and totally destroyed to a point that requires demolition. Now, those of us that remain here in Detroit are left with a major burden of blight and are trying to restore what they just up and left behind.

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  10. rzraickComment by rzraick
    January 28, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    When you subsidize something, you get more of it. I realize that there are many who are in trouble because of the economy. The sound of getting money from the government is very comforting. But it is not a solution. It is just a ploy for votes, and a cover up of the truth behind the deplorable plight of our American working class.

    This unemployment is the result of government actions in the past and continuing today. The society is being systematically robbed of its wealth by the government and the crony Banker gangsters. These are not honest people who have worked for their wealth. I have no problem with those who have gotten wealthy by their own honest efforts. But these guys are criminals who have stolen it.

    The need to go to jail. Not to sit in congress and hand out a little money which they have looted from us in the first place.

    You think you are suffering now? Just wait to see what happens as these criminals keep buying your votes with the wealth they have looted from you.

    Drastic measures must be taken. Not extending benefits or raising the minimum wage. What needs to happen is a replacement of government.

    Anything else will lead to greater suffering and ultimate disaster.

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  11. mwilliams92613Comment by mwilliams92613
    January 28, 2014 @ 11:25 am

    I’ve been laid off for 10 months now. I have done everything unemployment has asked me to do. I’ve done all the training, job work-keys program, went back to school for my GED and now attending classes at night for Medical Coding & Billing. I have put out over 300 job applications and only been called back for one interview. I am either over or under qualified for the positions that I am applying for. I don’t want to be unemployed but until I can get something in the workforce what else am I suppose to do. I’m now behind on my rent & my landlord is not going to tolerate it much longer so soon I will not have a place. I’m not asking for much just a little more time with the help. I do and want a JOB. Maybe if congress was in our situation they would be doing something much quicker but since they are living good they are not worried about us who REALLY need the help.

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  12. joe23006Comment by joe23006
    January 28, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

    I agree, the more unemployed Democrats will be better for the economy.

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  13. rickosheaComment by rickoshea
    January 28, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

    In the greatest economic recovery in the history of the world, just ask Obama, why is there a need for unemployment insurance at all?

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  14. faaqComment by faaq
    January 28, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    While I can sympathize with anyone unemployed for an extended period of time, I personally know people who have turned down interviews or not even applied for jobs because they didn’t think they were worth their while, too far to drive, don’t want to work or drive to that location, etc, etc. The problem is, the longer you remain unemployed the harder it will be to become employed. Staffing agencies are a great way to get your foot in the door somewhere. Employers disregard age in those cases because they just need a body to fill a position.

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    • 5bass1Comment by 5bass1
      January 28, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

      I really don’t think that you can hold everybody that is unemployed accountable for doing what your friends might be doing. (Not going to interviews because the job isn’t that great, or because it is to far to drive, etc.,etc.) I have been unemployed for 6mo. And have tried to curve my job description in other fields because I cannot find work in the field that I have worked the past 35 yrs. I have had 1 interview in 6mos. I’m either being told that I’m over qualified for less skilled jobs that I’ve worked, or under qualified since I do not have the experience for that job, or they do not call Me at all. I have registered with 5 different temp. Agencies just to find work because I want to work, and they have yet call me back to even consider me for employment. It’s nice to hear support from people that do not have to worry about the situation because they have jobs, just like the congressmen, umbrella all of us unemployed under one catagory.

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  15. sconnswblComment by sconnswbl
    January 28, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

    I’m turning 45 this year. I’ve been unemployed since April 2013. I dont sit around waiting for my unemployment to come in. Every…and I mean every morning including weekends. Im at the computer or paper looking for work. Ive been in the same industry for over 20 years. Unfortunately you can’t get a job in it if you wanted for they all were laid off. I too am registered with four temporary agencies. They wont place you anywhere else other than your previous job titles. Which isnt hiring. Ive tried to get part time work…nothing. ive redone my resume changing my skills to fit new opportunities. Still over qualified..or my previous salaries where much higher. Never thought making money would be a bad thing when unemployed. But if your salary was comfortable then forget your chances. Lower paying positions wont give you the time of day. I have since my UI income was cut off in December 2013 have lost my rental I lived in for nine years. My bills have gone unpaid. My credit is now shot. I DON’T consider myself a slacker..I just want to work. Starting over at the botyom of the ladder is what I have to do..however I still need the job. Stop blasting the unemployed for not working. We try…harder than you know. They dont want you after being out of work this long. We are what you sa y..”undesirable”.
    Dont hate us for trying to keep our lives stable.

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  16. maisyandmollyComment by maisyandmolly
    January 28, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

    It is called Unemployment benefits but is actually better known as Welfare for life.

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    • sconnswblComment by sconnswbl
      January 28, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

      Obviously you have not been in the predicament. Congratulations you are just like 95% of americans commenting and making accusations. Well done. You should run for congress.

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    • battlebornComment by battleborn
      January 28, 2014 @ 8:50 pm

      Shame on you maisyandmolly! I am one of the many casualties of the Nevada land boom/bust! I made a very good income in the home building industry until 2008 and held the same job in the same company for 21 years. Since then, I have had 5 jobs in the past 6 years and have been layed off at each one. None of these companies paid more than $40k and the companies are on shaky financial ground. It is not my fault I am unemployed. I have many demonstrated skills and accomplishments—Should I be penalized because I am overqualified? I have never collected welfare. I am hopeful maisyandmolly you will never find yourself in the same situation in which I have become the victim of an economy in decline and a government in chaos!

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    • maisyandmollyComment by maisyandmolly
      January 28, 2014 @ 10:15 pm

      I was in the same situation as you back in 1950, 51, 52 53 54 55 I had a job then i got laid off from my job delivering new furniture for $2.79 an hour. I applied for unemployment & was still looking for a job on my own in the help wanted ads in the local newspaper. I saw a job as a firefighter & applied for it & was hired, I had a new job 2 weeks after I was laid off, as a firefighter my starting salary was $316 a month paid half of that the 1st of the month & the other half the 15th of the month & I worked 24 hours on & 24 hours off & if I was called to work when there was a 3 alarm fire or worse to man the auxiliary equipment I got no extra pay so don’t tell me how bad you’ve had it I did too. Back then unemployment was like 26 weeks if you hadn’t found a job by then you got a 14 weeks extension then after that you were on your own. I’m on Social Security now & get a pension from retirement from the time as a firefighter & one as a County employee as a road maintenance worker. As of when b hussein obama became the illegal potUS the 1st year no cost of living raise the same for his 2nd year & this year 1.3% cost of living while illegal immigrants get free everything with raises so I ain’t had it so easy in this country & it ain’t going to get any better with this muslim/brotherhood member illegal b hussein obama, so kiss my butt & I ain’t ashamed of what I write on this website or any other website.

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    • maisyandmollyComment by maisyandmolly
      January 29, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

      I’m not saying it’s your fault you are unemployed but with b hussein obama & the democrats running the show & trying to equal all people’s pay the only way you will get a job is when he takes over the manufacturing & all businesses then you will or some of you will work for the minimum wage regardless of how well you are qualified for a high paying job, the rest will be taken off the unemployment rolls & put on welfare, food stamps & free housing like the illegal aliens are doing now. Vote for the Tea Party candidates & even RINO Republicans are better than the communist/muslim brotherhood democrat regime. Ted Cruz & the rest of the Tea Party congress people will keep the RINO’ in line, then we will return to a Constitutional free USA again.

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    • wolverine23Comment by wolverine23
      January 30, 2014 @ 9:26 pm

      You know what they say about KARMA maisyandmolly…

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  17. bowler1hatComment by bowler1hat
    January 28, 2014 @ 10:30 pm

    What Obama and the many socialist/democrats don’t understand about extending unemployment benefits is that, with his current jobs creation policies, the longer the benefits are extended, the more will drop out of the job search market. In the coming decades, the children of his poverty plans are going to be in those lines for jobs that are in other countries at wages below that $10.10 that Obama wants the nation to cheer about. Most businesses are unnecessarily over regulated; imposed upon by a person who has never had a real job. Don’t give me that **** that he taught “Constitutional Law” as a vocation. Any socialist can get in front of a crowd and pick at the Constitution with an air of authority and not be worried about any of the facts. The Emperor has no clothes!

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  18. bowler1hatComment by bowler1hat
    January 28, 2014 @ 11:06 pm

    Of course Democrats are desperate to extend unemployment benefits! This is an election and some of them will be unemployed, but sadly, not enough of the true left zealots!

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  19. shakingheadComment by shakinghead
    January 29, 2014 @ 10:43 am

    My personal opinion, although unpopular with some, is this; people voting blindly straight down party lines might as well try in a toilet with their eyes shut.

    Cheering for a party line like your cheering for a football team is madness.

    On unemployment problems, it is neither a republican nor democrats problem. It’s every one of them. The reason this has happened is because unemployment has been extended over the years without any precision or care. It was provided time and time to curry votes…never being rightly scrutinized and corrected.

    Well now, when hard working people need it most , all of a sudden the problems that were never handled become the basis for not providing it. Wrong.

    All the unemployed can’t be lumped into a single group of moochers. It’s simply untrue. Anyone that takes but 30 minutes to look at how we got here can see that great families are suffering and need the very benefits that we’ve paid for during decades of working and contributing.

    Instead of minimizing and pointing fingers, separate and deal with these problems individually. Work towards making the US as great a country as we can.

    One last note. You can’t compare being unemployed today like being unemployed in the 50′s or any other decade past. Our circumstances have changed greatly. Household bills of the past are like comparing the cost of gas from that era to now. Vastly different…

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    • maisyandmollyComment by maisyandmolly
      January 29, 2014 @ 11:59 am

      How about comparing the cost of gas from 6, 7, or 8 years ago to today. More or less than doubled I’d say. I wonder why?

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  20. mwilliams92613Comment by mwilliams92613
    January 29, 2014 @ 2:28 pm

    What is sad is Congress men & women do not have to WORRY about where they are gonna lay their head at night or are them & their family gonna have food to eat. They are all living GOOD but not all of us can say the same. They can get raises but we CAN NOT help us that is so sad & pathetic. I’m one of those American who lost my unemployment & now I’m about to be displaced from my place.Don’t judge me by assuming I’m leaching off the system because that surely is NOT the case. I’ve done everything that is requested by unemployment. I Want a Job! I would be happy with any pay rate job at this point. But where I live we are loosing jobs due to moving over seas. So PLEASE congress come help us AMERICANS.. (Or maybe we all will just have to move in with you. I’m just saying)

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  21. maisyandmollyComment by maisyandmolly
    January 29, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

    I guess as subjects of king b hussein obama & the democrat communist/muslim brotherhood making laws to the whim of the king bHo you have to kiss b hussein obama’ butt if you want a job or maybe the king bHo will just put all unemployed people on welfare or in FEMA concentration camps & give the jobs to illegal aliens in the dictator/king run country & he’ll do away with Congress & put them on welfare or FEMA concentration camps as enemies of the kings realm to have more money in the kings coffers for vacations & golf outings. “The king is the counting house counting all his money & the queen is in the parlor eating bread & honey” has come true for the subjects of king bHo & his henchmen & women such as harry reid his head axe man off with their heads & dummy nancy pelosi helping pass the kings laws without reading them.

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  22. seannymc14Comment by seannymc14
    February 2, 2014 @ 2:38 am

    Extend it fought 3 tours in iraq got out in 05 worked skilled labor electrician welding license hvacr certified and can’t find **** that’s just a few license I have gotten on my own not military training that was straight infantry. But since I got out aug 05 relaxed home for 3 weeks got a great electricians job for the last 8 years coulda got out of military and collected but didn’t went straight to work and got laid of 8 months ago look everywhere for steady work can’t find it other then temp work here and there and know my kids haven’t eaten anything but spagetti for a month well cereal but dinner just spagetti which is fine some kids havent eaten at all but still I got left in the cold like many others I’m talking hard workers who don’t work 18 minths get fired collect and do it all over again no real people who put the time in and pay into. I’m personally getting tired of seeing the dogooders saying unemployed people are lazy your dead wrong a fraction of them are but most worked hard got fired for no reason just cuts being made and people in congresd think they should take jobs that are half of what unemployment pays them sorry they wouldn’t do it nobody would if it close to that ill take it but with people like myself built a life off of the money we made working and then we get half collecting unemployment do to no fualt of our own I must stress and then you exspect us to take less yet welfare congress doesn’t stress about some of em never worked a day in there life.

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  23. youmustbekiddingComment by youmustbekidding
    February 3, 2014 @ 11:27 am

    Ive been out of work for 7 months. My last unemployement check came on Dec. 28th. I’ve been applying everywhere and anywhere I can, Ive registered with all the temp. agencies in my area and still havent had a single phonecall. Ive been in management for the last 14 years. Ive paid my fair share into unemployent, why is it after nearly two decades of paying taxes, state and federal I see only 6 months of 380$ a week. Why isnt Congress paid minimum wage? If there intentions were good and they really wanted to help their country and not line their own pockets, i’d think with all this going on they’de be perfectly fine accepting 7$ an hour since they deem it acceptable for everyone else. Or are they above the rest of us working class americans, the backbone of this so called great nation. This is ridiculous, noone should have been left behind… To the first poster with the military avatar,.. I take it you served, and you werent forced into the military by some draft,… good thing you didnt have your legs blown off or something drastic happen,….Id hate to see you cut from benefits and holding a sign on the side of the road…. id give you whatever money i had tho, even if it meant id go without for that day…. Im an american and a christian,,, thats how i was raised. Seems american politicians forgot what it meant to be an american.

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  24. wolverine23Comment by wolverine23
    February 3, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

    Our Senators, Congressmen, and US Representatives: These elected officials pride themselves on political posturing. They do NOT agree on most issues and to get something done, there is a give and take. During this give and take process the only people that suffer, THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES!

    The main reason why nothing gets done in the Senate, Congress, and the House of Representatives is none of these elected officials have a personal stake in any of the issues. Regardless of what is on, at the end of the day they go to their million-dollar homes, they have their 6-figure salaries, and their 7-figure bank accounts.
    I guess when you are a Senator, Congressman, or a US Representative; you become a member of a MASTER RACE (regardless of color, creed, or ethnic background). You have your own agenda (backed by big business interests) and you DO NOT CARE about the little people, the people that elected you.
    A government shut-down that lasted 55 days where vital government programs were halted. A holiday recess took place when the Emergency Unemployment issue never was resolved and 1.3 million people lost their benefits on December 28th and here we are, a month later and it STILL has not been resolved. When people get a paycheck, Unemployment is taken out of Federal Withholding Tax. If that is a separate bracket that over 150 million people pay into, why is Unemployment out of money??? Where is all that money that is being deducted for unemployment going? There must be a gross misappropriation of funds going on if there is no money for unemployment and over 150 million people are paying into it every week.
    I am sure that our elected officials enjoyed their holidays with their families while 1.3 million people (voters) spent their holidays trying to heat their homes and keeping a roof over their heads.
    There should be a law put into effect, The “Job Approval Act”. A poll will be taken every year to see how well our elected officials are doing. If that elected official’s job approval rate falls below 40% he/she should be removed from their position regardless of tenure or length of term.
    That is our Government, hard at work, nothing getting done, and the US citizens are held hostage… US Citizens living from paycheck to paycheck while our elected officials are living like kings and queens…
    Why is the United States a primary target for terrorism? Because what better place to spread anarchy and mass-destruction in a country where the elected officials turn their backs on the people that elected them…
    Didn’t we fight 3 wars to avoid this kind of living?

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