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End of Benefits

December 29, 2013

THE HOLIDAY season is one that should be filled with joy and happiness. But for more than a million Americans anything is but the case. On Saturday, unemployment benefits ended for 1....

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turley

Dec-29-13 7:40 AM

So 99 weeks is not enough time to find a job????......many werent even looking, and now people who do not want to pay them even more will be painted as the bad guys!...socialism at its worst!

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BushCrimeFamily

Dec-29-13 2:27 PM

As of today, only 1 out of every 4 jobless Americans receives unemployment benefits – even though most of these people paid payroll taxes when last employed. But Republicans don’t believe in social insurance. Also on the their hit list are the two other programs that depend on payroll taxes, Medicare and Social Security. Republicans say we can’t afford social insurance any longer but they have it backwards. At a time when more Americans than ever are economically insecure, we should be expanding social insurance, not contracting it: increasing Social Security, and financing it by lifting the cap on income subject to the Social Security payroll tax; expanding Medicare by turning it into a single-payer system for all, which would cost less than our current healthcare system; and giving every jobless American unemployment benefits, paid for by a higher corporate tax. (cont.)

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BushCrimeFamily

Dec-29-13 2:27 PM

(cont.) An expanded system of social insurance would give more Americans the purchasing power to fuel the nation’s economy, thereby putting more people back to work and lifting wages. It’s common sense. But how much worse must it get before that common sense becomes common knowledge? -- Robert Reich

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turley

Dec-30-13 11:36 AM

BCF likes to blab out all of the socialist nonsense that he can, but he didnt mention all of those millions of "shovel ready jobs" promised over 5 years ago by his bogus "president".....if the liar in the White House had kept even a portion of his empty promises about jobs and our economy, NOBODY would need unemployment!

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buffy99

Dec-30-13 6:12 PM

Believe what you want, but OBUMMA'S just blowing smoke to try and gain popularity,, He AND our govt. doesnt give a rats ass about the American people. If your foolish enough to believe that that back stabbin, lying,two face OBUMMER cares, than YOU need your head examined.

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Thoughtful

Dec-30-13 7:58 PM

Let's be about creating real jobs now........ that will solve the problem. Mr. Obama has NO CLUE about developing private sector jobs.

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QuizhatKaddyshack

Dec-30-13 8:32 PM

I watched several reported stories about the "end of benefits" for several families featured in those reports. Every one of those families have a house that is much nicer than mine. Several also had Hi def big screen TVs and most of the kids had smart phones ie, they are living large and now the "end of benefits" is here. When one loses a job, cuts need to be made NOW not when the benefits end. When I lost my job (twice in my life) I made the sacrifices to cut back and lower my lifestyle and I did take crappy jobs to start that climb up the ladder again (twice). People need to swallow their pride, get off their behinds and get to work. If you are unemployable, that is NOT MY FAULT! Take responsibility for your life and quit whinning!

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turley

Dec-30-13 8:38 PM

My wife once worked with special education students in a high school vocational program. It didnt take them anywhere near 99 weeks to find a job!!.....agree 100% with Quiz and Buffy. obozo is a liar and a failure, and this issue would not even be up for debate if he wasnt!

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ruzgirl

Jan-03-14 12:33 PM

Quiz, you hit the nail on the head!!! So refreshing to read common sense :)

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fedupwithgovt

Jan-03-14 12:53 PM

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fedupwithgovt

Jan-03-14 12:56 PM

How true Quiz!!! I had a fellow working for me and when he found out his unemployment extension was granted he quit? I fought it with the unemployment bureau in Ohio but he got it regardless!! Just makes me want to come to work and pay taxes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BushCrimeFamily

Jan-03-14 2:41 PM

Republicans say unemployment benefits deter people from seeking employment, but the real reason the unemployed don’t have jobs is because there aren't enough jobs: There are still 3 unemployed people for every job opening in America -- over a million fewer jobs today than when the recession began over six years ago. Lack of unemployment benefits is a huge hardship to the jobless and their families, and it also hurts the economy because they can’t buy goods and services that support other jobs. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates unless unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless are reinstated, the economy will lose 200,000 additional jobs this year. Earth to Congressional Republicans: Restore unemployment benefits immediately. - Robert Reich

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QuizhatKaddyshack

Jan-03-14 6:01 PM

I can speak from personal experience. The main reason people are unemployed is they refuse to take employment that they deem is "beneath" them. Sometimes you need to take a job "shoveling crap". The other main reason is people refuse to accept change in their lives. "I 've always been an <insert profession here> and I'm not changing!". The last reason is some people are no longer "employable" due to lack of skills or education. All of those reason point to "personal responsibility". My advice to the unemployed is to find a mentor to advise you and develop a plan and stick with it. It worked for me, even after shoveling crap for a year.

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promo61

Jan-04-14 9:27 AM

There are some who have too much pride to accept unemployment for such a length of time, but far too few. There is really no defense for this unending government charity. My father used to say "a man needs a reason to get up in the morning." Unlimited federal support for unemployment crushes pride, where it might be found with gainful employment. I once found myself unemployed while married with one child. It never entered my mind to seek assistance - and no one in my circle of influence suggested it. I went back to a retail job I'd left several years before. And during the holiday season no less. I had to see friends and family who asked me why I was working there. It was a strong dose of humility, but I was better off for it.

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turley

Jan-05-14 2:32 AM

Whenever increasing the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits are presented as solutions to poverty, please remember that both of these "solutions" have been applied dozens of times over the years. The result: MORE poverty, not less!! "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result."----Einstein (who is reputed to be just a tad more knowing than robert reich!!)

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BushCrimeFamily

Jan-08-14 2:37 PM

Republicans say they won't extend emergency unemployment benefits unless their cost is offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget. But they won't even consider offsetting the cost by closing tax loopholes for the rich -- such as the "carried interest" loophole that gives hedge-fund and private-equity partners an annual $11 billion tax subsidy, almost twice the cost of extending unemployment benefits. Put this in a larger context and see the pattern: (1) Not only do they oppose extending unemployment benefits, but (2) they oppose any jobs program to put the long-term unemployed to work, (3) they want to cut food stamps, (4) they refuse to raise the minimum wage, and (5) they're determined to kill off unions. (cont.)

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BushCrimeFamily

Jan-08-14 2:37 PM

(cont.) Connect the dots and you have a calculated strategy to keep wages as low as possible -- forcing large numbers of Americans to choose between working for peanuts or having nothing at all. Republicans are pushing this strategy because lower wages give their big-business patrons fatter profits (at least in the short term; longer term, they reduce overall demand for goods and services). The strategy is already succeeding: Real median household incomes are now 4.4 percent below what they were at the start of the so-called recovery, and corporate profits are up. Democrats, including Obama, should be calling them out on this strategy. - Robert Reich

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promo61

Jan-08-14 4:46 PM

More pandering wisdom from Robt "the Fourth" Reich.

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BlueInc

Jan-09-14 8:51 AM

"Real median household incomes are now 4.4 percent below what they were at the start of the so-called recovery." Who's in charge? Whats that say about Obama's administration BCF? Obama has no clue how the real world works.

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BushCrimeFamily

Jan-09-14 3:52 PM

For 40 years Republicans have tried to convince working-class whites that their hard-earned tax dollars were paying for "welfare queens" (as Ronald Reagan decorously put it) and other nefarious loafers -- a cunning strategy using racial prejudice and economic anxiety to distract attention from corporations that were busily busting unions, outsourcing abroad, and using technologies to replace jobs. But as the economy has shifted, poverty is now a condition almost anyone can fall into. (cont.)

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BushCrimeFamily

Jan-09-14 3:52 PM

Nearly 55% of Americans between the ages of 25 and 60 have experienced at least a year in poverty or near poverty; half of all American children have at some point during their childhoods relied on food stamps. A growing portion of the middle class are in part-time or temporary positions, or contract workers. And two-thirds of those below the poverty line at any given point identify themselves as white. (cont.)

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BushCrimeFamily

Jan-09-14 3:53 PM

All this renders the old Republican divide-and-conquer strategy obsolete. Which means Republican opposition to extended unemployment insurance, food stamps, jobs programs, and a higher minimum wage pose a real danger of backfiring on the GOP, making way for a new political coalition of America's poor and working middle class bent on getting a fair share of the economies' gains and repairing frayed safety nets. - Robert Reich

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Thoughtful

Jan-09-14 11:34 PM

BCF And your solution is ??????????????????

In 25 words or less please.....

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BushCrimeFamily

Jan-10-14 5:05 PM

We need (1) a living wage, (2) major new infrastructure spending, (3) extended unemployment benefits, (4) a larger Earned Income Tax Credit, (5) unions for low-wage workers, (6) exemption of first $20K of income from Social Security payroll taxes (and lift cap on income subject to them to make up difference), (7) resurrection of Glass-Steagall and limits on size of big banks. And more. More basically, we need a national movement for better jobs and wages -- a movement to reverse the widening inequality that's destroying our economy and undermining our democracy. - Robert Reich

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turley

Jan-12-14 11:18 AM

Note that BCF will NEVER list JOBS when he is going on and on and on about what we "need" in the USA....typical socialist obamite thinking.

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