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Millions of Unemployed Face Looming
Expiration of Jobless Benefits

ABC News, by John Parkinson

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/16/2013 4:16:26 AM

House Speaker John Boehner checked off the final items on his list of year-end legislation Thursday, dismissing lawmakers for a 25-day holiday recess. The House came together in rare bipartisan fashion to pass the budget deal, approve the National Defense Authorization Act, extend farm law through the end of next month and temporarily delay cuts to doctors’ Medicare payments. But left undone was one major piece of legislation: an extension of long-term unemployment benefits. Although the benefits could be extended retroactively, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged this week, 1.3 million Americans are set to lose them Dec. 28.

If benefits can be extended retroactively, as Reid says, is this another one of those executive orders we can expect? Since it´s spending, it has to originate in the House, doesn´t it?


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/16/2013 4:49:00 AM     (No. 9655593)

Demonrats consider unemployment checks to be the same as welfare. Otherwise, the welfare rolls would explode in numbers, which would reflect back on their stupidity.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/16/2013 6:22:34 AM     (No. 9655636)

I don´t think the senate has approved this budget yet and they´ll surely insist unemploymnent money be put back in there. It could blow up if it goes to conference and House republicans shoot it down.

If you believe the gov´t the UE rate is 7%,so there´s no excuse to keep extending this,all it does it discourage people from trying to find work. I mean you can´t have millions of people retiring in their 20´s and 30´s and that´s basically what this does..
There´s a lot of self employed people having a hard time getting by and there´s no sympathy or subsidy for those folks.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: pgvoisin, 12/16/2013 7:04:29 AM     (No. 9655661)

Washington is creating a work environment in the private sector that is losing jobs while at the same time printing money to extend unemployment benefits.

The Federal Government should be in the business of encouraging GOOD behavior not BAD behavior.

Buying votes does not make voter´s futures more secure.
It makes them dependents and less secure!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: GoDeacs79, 12/16/2013 7:23:25 AM     (No. 9655680)

The 5 million Americans who lost insurance plans was said to be just a tiny fraction of the population. Why now is 1.3 million a disconcerting number?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LanieLou, 12/16/2013 8:14:43 AM     (No. 9655741)

For 2013, the maximum weeks of available unemployment benefits are: 73 Weeks =

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Reply 6 - Posted by: privateer, 12/16/2013 8:25:21 AM     (No. 9655751)

These unemployed are spread out through the country, so why not make them Navigamers? They are on average much more capable and far less crooked than the current O´thugs!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: gewgaw, 12/16/2013 8:25:31 AM     (No. 9655752)

Hate being crass but.....all this is protection money...sigh...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 12/16/2013 9:15:10 AM     (No. 9655822)

Ever notice how these unemployment cut-offs are always right around the Christmas season? I wonder why.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Donna M, 12/16/2013 9:19:05 AM     (No. 9655825)

Guys, the real UI number is somewhere north of 13%. The economy lost at least 1.5 million jobs from the peak in 2008 and not only has not made them up, but given population growth there should have been at least hundreds of thousands more created with ´normal growth.´ Which means there aren´t jobs for a lot of us, no job creation and neither this regime nor Congress really care about THAT.

Please don´t mock people who are on UI just trying to pay the bills and working hard every day for YEARS to get work but can´t land. I know plenty of people who are in bad straits--including me--and that includes independents. For many of us, particularly if you are north of 50 and highly skilled managerial or administrative, and in our most productive years, even part time and contract jobs have vanished. Counter, sales, phone jobs--in NY/NJ/CT they aren´t there either. Move--not possible for many (including me).

I´m long past unemployment, have patched together consulting and publishing plus contract, but can´t make a living at it--I´m 60, highly skilled, really versatile, excellent track record, considered an asset by everyone I´ve worked for, interview a lot but don´t land. (And many jobs listed aren´t real or endlessly put on hold.) And the scary thing is that it will likely get worse.

If you need a capable, reliable marketing or admin hand in your business, and you´re NYC, contact me.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Avogadra, 12/16/2013 9:31:36 AM     (No. 9655855)

Why should moving not be possible if you can´t find a job where you are? If a person is hungry enough, staying put is not possible. Texas has jobs, but we do expect people to come and work, not join a union, punch a clock and collect a paycheck. I saw this type of thinking all the time 25 years ago when we lived in the Detroit area. Just look at the pictures of Detroit today to see where this sort of attitude leads. We left. You can, too.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 12/16/2013 9:34:40 AM     (No. 9655860)

The mean Republicans will be blamed for this without doubt.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: lylacat, 12/16/2013 9:35:38 AM     (No. 9655863)

I play bridge in an affluent area in California, and in my club there are at least TEN people who have been collecting unemployment benefits for over a year. They are computer specialists who could be working, but they would rather play bridge every day. I hear them talk about how long they will have to work when the benefits are exhausted, and how long it would be until they can get unemployment checks again.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mickturn, 12/16/2013 9:57:22 AM     (No. 9655914)

Maybe they need to get all the Jobs Obie lies about.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: strike3, 12/16/2013 10:17:38 AM     (No. 9655963)

1.3 million is not "millions" it is one third of one percent of our population.Hopefully they are all union/democrat voters. Either way, the fraud in the White House responsible for their job loss in the first place.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/16/2013 10:22:50 AM     (No. 9655970)

#9 and #10 One more point is Obama and his cabal have changed the work week to all part time jobs for employer´s to discontinue benefits. Everyone is now part time.
Another problem with hiring (my wife has to employ workers on new job sites) is the background checks and drug testing. You would not believe the potential hires who can´t pass these. Therefore Burger establishments and coffee shops get them.
Who wants to be on the end of a shovel, like Obama calls it, when you can play bridge or shoot pool and watch TV all day and draw an unemployment check?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: dman, 12/16/2013 10:30:48 AM     (No. 9655988)

5-years is far more than long enough. Time for these "unemployed" to lower their "standards" and take whatever jobs they can. Then let the marketplace work.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: KingBubo, 12/16/2013 11:04:16 AM     (No. 9656033)

Does this factor in the new welfare, ie disability that is being abuused by many?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: odinsacolyte, 12/16/2013 11:14:13 AM     (No. 9656048)

The employed are out numbered by far. I am on the work until you die plan. Needless to say I have not much sympathy for those who just quit trying.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Donna M, 12/16/2013 11:23:57 AM     (No. 9656076)

What a hard, cruel bunch this is....not one of you seems to know anyone who´s been struggling. No children, friends and relatives who are in this horrible jam?

#16, I have lowered my standards, and lowered them a long time ago because I want to work--to be told repeatedly ´you are overqualified´. That last is what excludes a lot of people from any job. ATS systems look at resumes and rule us out based on computer algorithms. There is also something called age discrimination. Have you missed the fact that at least 1.5 million jobs are no longer there, plus many more thousands that should be there if there was normal growth?

#12, would you consider that most middle-class unemployed people are not like your bridge friends? I invite you to go over to the ´Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors´ group on LinkedIn to find people who completely are the opposite.

#10 I have looked, applied and networked elsewhere, jobs in my field (marketing and communications) aren´t in great supply especially outside of NY metro and usually won´t consider those from outside the area (I´m not talking getting paid relo!) I also have a life and network that is very much concentrated in this area.

At 60 I am trying to retain my sanity and simply find paying work--and also I am not collecting UI (and paid into it when I did--NJ does). Does anyone here understand that those who do are just trying to get by until they get a job? We are missing years of job creation and who´s getting it in the shorts?
We middle class people who´ve spent down our savings, taken anything and everything in terms of work, just to try to stay afloat in this rotten, Obama-created economy.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: chicodon, 12/16/2013 11:42:47 AM     (No. 9656092)

If you needed any more proof that the LSM and the Democrat party are one in the same...

Remember, the devout leftist also believes in a guaranteed income.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: ohyababy, 12/16/2013 11:46:49 AM     (No. 9656097)

The claim that unemployment is at 7% is a gigantic lie that the Federal Government loves to tell so they can say they have been successful with the recovery. Unemployment in the US is actually between 12.5 and 13% on average and can be as high as 22% depending on the category of individual you look at. The numbers released by the bean counters do not take in account all of those who have lost their jobs and also fallen off unemployment without finding a new job or those underemployed. If the true unemployment and underemployed were known 0bama & Co will be as they say in deep doo doo.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: chicodon, 12/16/2013 12:27:49 PM     (No. 9656150)

I truly feel for you. I was laid off nearly on the day (Jan 2009) that Obama ascended to the throne. I was a 60 year old plumbing design engineer for a large multi-family "design-build" firm in Los Angeles. Over night virtually every one of our pending jobs were put on hold. This amounted to thousands of dwelling units. The company had no other choice but to lay people off across the board.

A couple of years later I was offered my old job back but I had moved on to other things. In actuality I decided to retire early and fortunately had the assets to do so.

One issue I would have faced, had I gone back, is that I had forgotten many job skills after such a long period of unemployment. Although I was in limbo, the world moved on. There would have a steep learning curve. I´m sure I would have dealt with it but many in my age group may have not. In my view, this is one of the under-reported tragedies of the Obama years and I believe is responsible for so many dropping out of the workforce.

Best of luck.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Donna M, 12/16/2013 12:29:44 PM     (No. 9656153)

#21 I´d maintain that most people DO know that the 7% number is a fraud and the U-6 is the real number above 13%. It still does not fully count those ´off the map´--and the only reason why all the rates are lowering is that the labor force has shrunk to record lows not seen since the 1980s--4 point shrinkage alone since 2007.

Honestly, I would PREFER to be self-employed, but the contract/consulting work has to be out there to keep your head above water, and it isn´t. I know plenty of people who´ve always done well in that regard, and they are STRUGGLING. That is the first thing that comes back in a recovery, it perked up a bit in 2011 then went down the dumper in 2012. There´s also a lot of deadbeating--you do the work and never get paid. Happened to me, got a consultant friend in small claims court trying to collect.

#12 your bridge playing ´computer specialists´ are probably IT guys who have been zeroed out of jobs by American companies outsourcing programming to India. Indian H1-Bs are brought in wholesale with faked up (in India) credentials. IT services are also controlled by Indian-owned contractor ´body shops´. Pull them over sometime and ask them what´s happened in the IT business. There´s a lot of rotten code being written. You can also thank IBM and McKinsey for a great deal of this.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Donna M, 12/16/2013 12:45:29 PM     (No. 9656169)

#22, thank you. I will admit to you that while I acquired another set of skills during this rolling ordeal (2009 as well) in internet journalism and greater depth + contacts I´d never have known in the health tech field, my marketing skills are now a little rusty despite my consulting. I´m surprised that you felt you couldn´t go back, and happy you had an alternative in retiring.

Unfortunately, UI and disability payments are covering up Obama´s Depression. Obamacare will be the coup de grace over the next two years. Deliberate destruction? I think so. I just wish certain Republicans in Congress were forthright about this and say our problem is not that UI creates people who won´t work--it´s that there aren´t jobs for tthose who really, really want to work!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: thefield, 12/16/2013 12:50:06 PM     (No. 9656177)

The seventy three weeks is a lie anyway. The Obama Administration cut it off in July on 2012 for Fl, CA,NY and other 5 other states. I was one of those cut off because of his proclamations. A job came up two months later. So who are those getting benefits past 26 weeks?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 12/16/2013 1:46:29 PM     (No. 9656227)

This was never meant to be a way of life, much like welfare has become. It is for short term help. What a sorry, sad mess this country has become under the Democrats.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: mabel normand, 12/16/2013 3:30:43 PM     (No. 9656352)

Ever considered moving away from NYC, Donna?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 12/16/2013 9:58:27 PM     (No. 9656690)

Like others here I lost a professional position at the start of this mess, at 59 years old and working since the age of 14 I took that summer off (no UI), big mistake as there were no jobs when I started looking, went to work at Walmart for two years till 62 then started collecting SS which (since I had some really good years) is much more then I was making working. Those of us at 55+ have a much harder time finding work.

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Casual marijuana use linked with
brain abnormalities, study finds

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Fox News, by Loren Grush    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 6:12:53 PM     Post Reply
Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

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