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Lawmakers facing new pressure
to extend unemployment benefits

The Hill [Washington, DC], by Vicki Needham

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 11/19/2012 12:45:42 PM

Groups backing an extension of unemployment benefits have launched a new round of lobbying to convince Congress to extend federal benefits to the long-term jobless. A coalition of advocates including the National Employment Law Project (NELP) held more than 40 meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill during the first week of the lame-duck session to make their pitch for a $30 billion extension of the program. The assorted labor union, civil rights and anti-poverty groups face a tough path to winning the extension at a time when lawmakers are looking for ways to reduce the budget deficit.

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But 0bama kept telling us the economy was getting better. s/o This is just pure insanity.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: wddjr, 11/19/2012 12:55:35 PM     (No. 9023808)

Extend it long enough and they will never look for a job.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: curious1, 11/19/2012 12:57:42 PM     (No. 9023812)

We´re broke. It is not governments job to provide unemployment benefits It is the responsibility of the citizen to save for a rainy day

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lylacat, 11/19/2012 1:24:32 PM     (No. 9023864)

#2 has nailed it:

"We´re broke. It is not government´s job to provide unemployment benefits It is the responsibility of the citizen to save for a rainy day"

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Reply 4 - Posted by: KTWO, 11/19/2012 1:35:00 PM     (No. 9023882)

Eventually extensions become no different from a modest pension for life. Or until Social Security kicks in.

But we already have welfare programs in many varieties, housing, food stamps, medical care, etc.

At some point if you have no money and no job you are poor. Why keep running multiple programs to handle the same problem?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JimS, 11/19/2012 1:56:27 PM     (No. 9023913)

How about "NO!"?
Nyet!
Nein!
Non!


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Patriot Forever, 11/19/2012 2:00:05 PM     (No. 9023926)

The ultimate aim of these groups is very simple: FOREVER.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: cartcart, 11/19/2012 2:20:45 PM     (No. 9023965)

Obama steps in it again. The houses of congress will extend the benefits. We will incur more debt. Next.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 11/19/2012 2:34:01 PM     (No. 9023990)

Looks like it`s business as usual. Kick the can down the road for another 4 years while running up another 10 trillion in debt. By the time Obama is ousted there will be 25% of America working to support all 100% of Americans.

There is simply no way for the GOP to ever recover when the opposition gives away free stuff. Eventually there will be mayhem in the streets when it all comes crashing down.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: veritas, 11/19/2012 3:00:55 PM     (No. 9024035)

With all the ruminatin´, cogitatin´, speechifyin´, and spendin´, we should have been able to go from chipped-flint knives to time travel. But somehow the catatonic economy staggers on, zombie-like. Hmmm. Indeed -- eating the living, never dying. Hmmm.

BTW, didja know the average recession lasts 9 months? Are ya wondering why you didn´t know that?

re #2: UC benefits are a matter for the states. So is paying for them. Feds have no authority there. I know, I know. Yes, individuals should take proper measures, but then again, the just as the Feds shouldn´t be providing UC benefits, neither should they be providing Le Deluge!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Mr. Hanky, 11/19/2012 3:08:49 PM     (No. 9024055)

Extension beyond 99 weeks? This is why no one is noticing the bad economy. Just print money and keep recycling it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: formerlyphelps, 11/19/2012 3:12:59 PM     (No. 9024063)

I think the expression “unemployment benefits” pretty well sums up the nature of the problem.
Don’t you?


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Reply 12 - Posted by: Kurto, 11/19/2012 3:42:14 PM     (No. 9024095)

The majority of the voters have spoken. They want their handouts. They want them now. And, they want someone else to pay for them.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: JAN, 11/19/2012 4:02:58 PM     (No. 9024132)

The folks are on the five year plan.

Next up, forgive college loans.

Forgive all mortgage debt.

And the list goes on.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: hmeth, 11/19/2012 5:44:38 PM     (No. 9024266)

Want to increase employment? Try no unemployment benefits. Its amazing what work people will find when they need to eat.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 11/19/2012 6:13:10 PM     (No. 9024305)

Working in construction as I have I have been laid off when jobs were completed and been on unemployment many times until I hooked up again BUT....

At what point does Obama turn this into middle class welfare?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: chance_232, 11/19/2012 6:53:47 PM     (No. 9024368)

Pffffftttttt........ Obama won/stole re-election without extending benefits....and democrats expect a rosy tomorrow any minute now.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: LanieLou, 11/20/2012 3:33:09 AM     (No. 9024728)

But But But... These same con men just spent a year telling us we are in a recovery!

Now they want a year long unemployment benefit? Why?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Trigger2, 11/20/2012 4:05:30 AM     (No. 9024758)

Demonrats want an unemployment benefit extension so that the grifters won´t realize that the only job to be had after years of loafing will be a part-time. They need more time for their multi-trillion obamacare to take effect.

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