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Congress' shameful Treatment of the Nations Long Term Unemployed

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Congress' shameful Treatment of the Nations Long Term Unemployed

Post by Guest on Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:55 pm

WE all know not to expect much, or much of anything, from Congress these days. But watching the latest political gamesmanship over whether to extend long-term unemployment benefits for 2012 has somehow set the bar even lower. Don't tell me this is proper political discourse, or just the normal horse-trading that occurs in Washington. It is unconscionable in December 2011 to not have a quick and clear extension of long-term benefits given the severe hardship millions of households are experiencing.

Of the 13.3 million Americans on the books as officially unemployed, 43 percent — 5.7 million — have been out of work for at least 27 weeks. The nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says the previous high for the long-term unemployed over the last 60 years was 26 percent in 1983. Yet here we are at 43 percent and Congress is dickering over whether or not to extend the benefits.

And please don't fall for any spin that the seemingly positive unemployment report for November mitigates the need to help the long-term unemployed.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2017007914_guest14jobless.html

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Re: Congress' shameful Treatment of the Nations Long Term Unemployed

Post by Marian on Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:36 pm

Good that it's by someone like Suze Orman who people tend to listen to...

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Re: Congress' shameful Treatment of the Nations Long Term Unemployed

Post by wausauguy on Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:19 pm

Thanks for sharing this

While the article does not change my situation or the situation for so many, it is somehow reassuring that the issue of long-term employment is addressed by some.

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Re: Congress' shameful Treatment of the Nations Long Term Unemployed

Post by Hurtin@home on Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:00 am

Clearly they don't care. That is indesputible.
I wonder if they will care when we break our feet off in their a**es?

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Re: Congress' shameful Treatment of the Nations Long Term Unemployed

Post by Guest on Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:16 pm

I remember when people would not discuss the unemployed or give them the time of day. When I first started advocating it was like screaming into deaf ears. We were ignored by MSM and congress. Now it seems as if unemployment is the topic of discussion everywhere, even in other countries...accept of course when it comes to the GOP. they discuss it but its as if we are the enemy and so far refuse to offer help for the longest long term unemployed(99ers). HR3630 was like a kick in the stomach to the unemployed. Hoping public opinion is on our side.




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Re: Congress' shameful Treatment of the Nations Long Term Unemployed

Post by Marian on Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:48 pm

Seems that a lot of people want to see the unemployed helped, although, there are many staunch Republicans who claim that helping the unemployed is creating more debt problems which of course is lame...

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Re: Congress' shameful Treatment of the Nations Long Term Unemployed

Post by displaced in MA on Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:09 pm

I'm confused too. If I triggered off of IV in MA and EB ended for me in June 2011, does this extension make me eligible to claim?

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Re: Congress' shameful Treatment of the Nations Long Term Unemployed

Post by Guest on Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:22 pm

Unfortunately no it does not, displaced in Ma. There is a bill in congress that would make 99ers eligible if it were to pass. Its called the "Restore the American Dream Act for the 99%" http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/uploads/4OnePagerRAD99.pdf

This bill would also create 2 million jobs! Its a great bill.

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