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Two Years of Tax Cuts for One Year of Unemployment Insurance. Nothing for the 99ers

December 16, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The Democrats’ epic cave-in on the Bush tax cuts is now complete. Late Thursday night, by a vote of 277-148, the House of Representatives approved a deal brokered by President Obama and congressional Republicans to extend, for two years, the Bush tax cuts for all income levels in exchange for a one-year extension of the filing deadline for federal unemployment insurance. Because the version passed by the House is identical to the bill passed by the Senate earlier this week, it will be sent to Obama immediately and is expected to be signed into law later today.

The bill, H.R.4853, is estimated to cost $858 billion, and is entirely financed by increasing the federal deficit. In addition to the income tax extension and the unemployment insurance, the bill includes a one-year reduction in social security taxes, a two-year reduction of the estate tax (35% with the first $5 million fully exempt), a smattering of tax cuts designed to help middle-class families, and about $55 billion in pork for special interests.

Last week, the House passed slimmed-down version of the bill that would have let the Bush tax rates expire for all income above $250,000 and extend them for all middle and lower-income families, but that plan was rejected by Republicans in the Senate. On Wednesday, the Senate went ahead and passed the full Bush-tax-cuts extension. House Dems had already held an internal caucus vote showing near unanimous disapproval of the Senate bill, and on Thursday they revolted and caused the bill to be pulled from the floor for 7 hours. In the end, however, the majority of House Democrats voted for the Senate bill because it we the only option they were going to get from the Democratic leadership for keeping tax rates for the middle class from going up on January 1st.

Conspicuously missing from the bill is an extension of unemployment insurance for “99ers,” unemployed workers who have exhausted all of their available benefits and are still unemployed. This is a mounting crisis in the U.S, with millions of people who lost their jobs in the deepest part of the recession set to exhaust all government support and face a job market with a steady 9%+ unemployment rate. The Congressional Black Caucus talked about pushing for 99er relief in the bill for a second, and, according to OC commenters, the topic came up several times in the House debate before the bill was passed. But, in the end, the leadership just did not encourage the 99er advocates at all, and the bill was passed without even having a 99er-related amendment formally proposed at any point in the legislative process.

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Checkless 12/20/2010 8:26am
in reply to Marcy Dec 20, 2010 8:12am

Marcy,

I pray that we all are held back from the danger of falling off the cliff of that which we linger on. I pray that God will show up in this situation and give us the peace of mind that we all need so terribly. I pray that he will provide the provisions that we need so that we are not completely stripped of our dignity. I pray that our government will do something for us swiftly so that we all know that we still live in country that is “for the people”.

I hope that you have a Merry Christmas. I apologize again if I offended you in any way.

Marcy 12/20/2010 8:12am
in reply to Checkless Dec 20, 2010 7:35am

No worries. I’m definitely going to read that last line as inference of Huckabee being the arse, if you don’t mind; it made me laugh

I’m sorry if I came off as being too abrupt in my answer.

Checkless 12/20/2010 7:35am
in reply to Marcy Dec 20, 2010 5:43am

Marcy,

Perhaps in a hurry reading the comments, I misunderstood your intent and for that I apologize.

I would never want to be considered as an arse because that is something that seems to be pretty contagious these days.

Marcy 12/20/2010 6:01am

Also, do not forget to fax and email Reps. Barbara Lee and Robert Scott, thanks personally as they are the Sponsor and Co-sponsor of this bill. Those two alone have stood up and actually put their thoughts into action on this. http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h6556/show

And I hope all of use who are affected by this keep in mind as well those politicians who do not actively support this bill and those like it, and when 2012 comes, get rid of them.

Marcy 12/20/2010 5:43am
in reply to Checkless Dec 18, 2010 1:31pm

I’m volunteering right now, Checkless. You want suggestions,I’m sure you can get a list of places to volunteer from google. /sarcasm off

If you actually read what I said in context, I said “if it were something like volunteering, than I am definitely for it.” I’m for almost anything that would get my benefits reinstated while I continue to search for a full time job. The key phrase is ‘almost anything.’ NO drug testing,or things of the like.
I desperately need that money also, to pay for bills and gas to get to what job interviews I have received.

Don’t be an arse and take your anger out on me. I already have enough of my own over this.

Checkless 12/19/2010 9:35am

Please go to this website:http://www.crewof42.com/?p=4087&cpage=1#comment-2751 and say thank you for this bill, H.R. 6556 being put out there to show our gratitude for someone actually standing up for us. Before now, no one has gone this far. I think if we make our comments this will let Congress know that we are serious about getting the additional unemployment that we so need and we are all united. Forward to as many 99ers, newspapers and websites as you can that will help us get the word out there.

Checkless 12/19/2010 7:23am

To All: Please Pray about this!!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/12/19/930218/-Will-Obama-Notice-11th-Hr-Unemployment-99er-Bill
Provisions of H.R. 6556:
••• This section provides 14 additional weeks of emergency unemployment compensation in Tier I.
••• This additional benefit will be available for those who have exhausted all their benefits (99ers and other exhaustees) as well as those who will be unemployed this year.
••• This expansion is similar to the expansion in Nov. 2009 which provided an additional week of benefits to Tier II.
••• Adding these extra weeks in Tier I makes them available for all chronically unemployed and not only those currently collecting unemployment benefits from a “high unemployment state.”

JudyE 12/18/2010 3:40pm

lETS UNITE AND ROLL ON WASHINGTON. GIVE YOUR EMAILS SO WE CAN UNITE.

JudyE 12/18/2010 3:39pm
in reply to gerryd Dec 18, 2010 10:26am

I am with you ROLL ON WASHINGTON. MY EMAIL IS JUDYSWYZ@AOL.COM I AM READY TO HELP UNITE THE 99ER’S

Checkless 12/18/2010 1:31pm

I would love to volunteer after I get off from a job that I so desperately need to pay my bills and have money to get gas to do volunteer work. Any more suggestions Marcy. Perhaps you know of somewhere that they are giving gas vouchers to be able to go do volunteer work. If so, my ears are open.

Marcy 12/18/2010 12:47pm
in reply to Marcy Dec 18, 2010 12:39pm

If I were able to regain my benefits with the contingency that I spend a couple of hours or more a day working for the county/state/Gov I would be happy to do so.

Right now I have found a part time job and am working on a small business plan so I can ramp up some seed money. Hopefully by the time they do come up with a TIER V or some sort of amendment to help us, I won’t need it.

Marcy 12/18/2010 12:39pm
in reply to Checkless Dec 18, 2010 10:52am

Umm, you do know community service is not a bad thing. Community service is something that a lot of teens have to do before they can graduate high school now. It’s not dressing in an orange jumpsuit and picking up garbage from the sides of a road.

If it is something like volunteering, then I am definitely for it. “Huckabee also said they can be assigned for job training or some type of schooling to better their chances of getting a job in this job market. You can train people to do all sorts of jobs and further their education as a contingency of collecting unemployment, but now you just have more trained workers applying for the few jobs out there.”

What is wrong with people getting more training or schooling to better your chances of getting a job?

Checkless 12/18/2010 11:16am
in reply to gerryd Dec 18, 2010 10:26am

i’m with you!! i’m so disappointed in the democratic party. i think that we should appeal to the republicans to get this done. it will make them look good in future and upcoming elections. our president could have dones SOMETHING for us, he did not. he fooled the american people to think that that we would get more in unemployment when in all he did was traded billions of dollars for an extension date. someone in washington should and could have brought this up and pressed it until an answer was given.I WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW THAT I AM NOT UNEMPLOYED BY CHOICE. WE 99ERS ARE BLAMED BECAUSE COMPANIES ARE NOT HIRING. HOW DO GET AROUND SOMETHING LIKE THAT? I FEEL LET DOWN BY MY COUNTRY. WE SEND MONEY TO EVERYBODY AND THEIR MOMMA – MILLIONS AND BILLIONS BUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE WORKED AND PAID TAXES WAS NOT EVEN ACKNOWLEDGED. WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO SEE THAT WE’RE AT THIS CROSSROAD AT NO FAULT OF OUR OWN.

Checkless 12/18/2010 10:52am

I can’t believe that anyone, especially a former politican would think that people would are in dire need of additional unemployment extensions should be required to perform community service to get those extensions. How dare anyone compare us to someone who has broken the law and we must perform community service or “do something” to get the benefits that we as working Americans are entitled too! Please go to this website and read the article.

This is the website address:
http://www.examiner.com/unemployment-in-hartford/unemployment-extension-2010-make-99er-s-do-community-service-for-benefits
Please read and forward this to as many newstations and congressmen/women as possible. Let the world put Mike Huckabee under the spotlight for saying this, maybe this way it will have an adverse effect. We will get more coverage on helping the 99ers. Also, if Mr. Huckabee ever runs for office for anything and you can vote for him – Don’t!

gerryd 12/18/2010 10:26am

My e mail is gerrydepietro@yahoo.com LET’S GET TOGETHER AND DO SOMETHING IN A LARGE NUMBER THEN MAYBE THEY WILL LISTEN TO US!!!!!

gerryd 12/18/2010 10:20am

BYE THE WAY EVERYONE – WHY DON’T WE START EXCHANGING E-MAIL ADDRESSES AND TRY TO START GETTING A WASHINGTON RALLY GOING OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT!! I AM A FIGHTER FOR SURE.I WAS INVERVIEWED AT MY HOME ON CHANNEL 3 IN PHILADELPHIA RE; MY PLIGHT. I HAVE SENT OUT HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF E-MAILS TO SO MANY PEOPLE, PLACES, NEWSPAPERS, TV STATIONS, SENATORS, CONGRESSMEN, OBAMA, ETC. THOUSANDS OF PHONE CALLS EVERY DAY!!!I RECEIVED A PERSONAL REPLY FROM SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW WHERE SHE USED MY ACTUAL NAME – DEAR GERRY, AND SHE OR WHOEVER ACTUALLY READ THE LETTER AND SAID THEY WERE CONTINUING TO FIGHT FOR TIER V. SEN. SANDERS OFFICE CONTACTED ME AND I SENT HER ALL THE TIER V INFO I HAD AND ALSO THE LINK TO MY TV INTERVIEW. I AM FIGHTING MY REAR END OFF FOR ALL OF US BUT I SURE COULD USE SOME HELP. MY E-MAIL IS

gerryd 12/18/2010 10:15am

WELL OFF TO THE WELFARE ROLLS FOR US UNEMPLOYED!! WAIT UNTIL THE MIDDLE-INCOME ARE TAXED SKY HIGH IN A YEAR OR TWO, NOT ONLY BY THE FEDERAL THIEVES, BUT BY THEIR SPECIFIC STATE THIEVES AS WELL!!! SOMEBODY HAS TO PAY FOR THE HIGH DEFICIT RIGHT AND THE RISING WELFARE?? THEY USED THE UNEMPLOYED FOR HAVING TO PASS THIS BILL SO FAST, MISLEADING SO MANY PEOPLE TO THINL ALL UNEMPLOYED WOULD BE HELPED, SO GUESS WHO WILL BE USED AGAIN WHEN THE TAXES GET RAISED?? YEP – IT WILL ALL BE BECAUSE THEY GAVE SO MUCH TO THE UNEMPLOYED! THE ONE GOOD PART, IF THERE IS ANY AT ALL, WE WON’T HAVE TO PAY TAXES I GUESS!!! I PREDICT A REVOLUTION AND I HOPE I LIVE TO SEE IT!! IF IT WERE NOT FOR MY 2 GREAT, WONDERFUL KIDS, I WOULD HAVE TAKEN MY BOTTLE OF MEDS WITH A BIG GLASS OF SOMETHING TO TAKE THE PROVERBIAL “DIRT-NAP”, BUT I LOVE MY KIDS TOO MUCH TO DO THAT SO I HAVE TO JUST SUCK IT UP!!

gerryd 12/18/2010 9:56am

HOW CAN WE GET ALL OF THE 99ER’S TOGETHER AND HAVE A GIANT MARCH ON WASHINGTON??? I AM SO DISGUSTED, AS YOU ALL ARE. THEY USED US BY INCLUDING US AS THEIR LEVERAGE AS THE OTHER 98% OF AMERICANS. WE WERE NOT IN THAT PERCENTAGE!! THEN DAGGER #1 WHEN OBAMA SAID DURING THE SIGNING THAT THIS WAS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO TRULY DID NEED IT – “THE MIDDLE-CLASS WORKERS WHO NEED THE HELP RIGHT NOW! THEY WILL BE HAPPY WHEN THEY OPEN THEIR PAYCHECKS IN JAN. AND SEE MORE MONEY IN IT”! HIS OWN WORDS!!! THEN DAGGER #2 HE STUCK INTO US WAS WHEN HE SAID “THIS WILL ALSO HELP KEEP 2 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY”!!! THE HELL WITH THE MILLIONS OF US WHO ARE NOW IN POVERTY AND HAVE BEEN!!! WAIT UNTIL THOSE 2 MILLION ON THEIR LAST TIER OR STATE EXTENDED START DROPPING OFF AT THE RATE OF 30,00 PER MONTH REALIZE THEY ARE NOT GOING ANY FURTHER BECAUSE OF NO TIER V!!! ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOOSE THEN I HOPE. THEY THINK THEY ARE GETTING IT FOR ANOTHER 13 MONTHS!!! THEY SURE AS HELL DID USE US AS PAWNS FOR THIS ONE!!!

beenblue 12/18/2010 9:54am
in reply to beenblue Dec 18, 2010 9:32am

P.S.S. This could also have been reversed, and the Republicans could have rebranded themselves, as looking out for all Americans. This is ridicules, no ones asking the right question.

beenblue 12/18/2010 9:32am
in reply to beenblue Dec 18, 2010 9:06am

P.S. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A WIN, WIN, IF THE DEMOCRATS PICKED IT UP AND RAN WITH IT, COMBINED WITH THE UNEMPLOYED IN THIS COUNTRY, IN THE AFTERMATH OF REPUBLICAN RULE. THE DEM`S COULD OF HAD A LAND SLIDE VICTORY.

beenblue 12/18/2010 9:06am

Do you feel alone in this?. You`re not, and you`re not the only victims of a moral and ethical decline in this country. The Zadroga bill, also called 9/11 1st responders bill, has been filibustered by the Republicans non stop. These people set aside their personal lives 24/7 for 10 months to dig for other peoples loved ones in the contaminated rubble of the twin towers. Now their dying from cancer, and other diseases from the toxic conditions they were exposed to, and nobody is telling their story either, even though the bill is offset by closing tax loopholes, and it`s a standalone bill. So we are not the only ones this country, and its media is ignoring, to the shame of a government who turns its back on its hero`s, and news agencies who don`t report it.

Rationalview 12/18/2010 8:30am

Honestly, I don’t believe there is anything more that we can do – government officials (NJ Republican) don’t even want to allow the unemployed to receive what they have been – let alone increase the benefits to help the 99ers. So, I guess welfare and food stamps are the only answer – guess they don’t realize that is truly a hand-out that comes from another pocket in the government’s pants.

beenblue 12/18/2010 8:29am
in reply to beenblue Dec 18, 2010 7:47am

cont. I guess what I`m trying to say is, just because you were in jail, I don`t assume that you`re a baby raper, or a serial killer, as that would be a blanket assumption on my part, and I would be judging you from a bias point of view, and showing how ignorant I am. Well I do wish you the best, and keep up the good work.
Sincerely, BB

Abaratarrr 12/18/2010 8:26am
in reply to beenblue Dec 17, 2010 10:17pm

it madders as much as obama saying and 99% of the population beliveing that the unemployed got 13 more months of benefits.

The masses now believe that the unemployed are eligible for 3+ years of benefits, when no one gets even 2 years and many only 60 weeks, that hurts us.

beenblue 12/18/2010 7:47am
in reply to rocky2007 Dec 18, 2010 5:20am
Dear Rocky,

It sounds like you figured out that your career as a criminal kept returning you to the slammer, so lets agree, you were not very good at it, but 30 times shows persistence. Now it seems that you want to use that persistence to stay out of jail, and that`s good, and I`m happy for you. But while you were trying to build your career using short cuts, allot of these people started from nothing but invested everything to work their way up the ladder, and allot of those years were spent going one step forward two steps back, and lets say after 20 or 30 years you`re finally enjoying the fruits of your labor, and then SURPRISE it`s gone, though you did everything right and played by the rules, man that`s gonna mess up your perspective on life don`t you think?. I`m not saying that`s everybody`s story, but it`s allot of peoples story, and their just trying to come to terms with it.

rocky2007 12/18/2010 5:20am

SItting here reading about everyone that is out of work with degrees is amazing. I am an ex-convict, I have been arrested over 30 times. I came here from California to Ohio (which has a high unemloyment rate) with $100, no home no job. Within a week I had a job working in a factory for minimum wage. Two weeks later I had a second factory offer making $1 more an hr. I took the higher offer of $8.70 and found a part time job working at Walmart for more money. Sure the first week I came here I went to shelters and heard the stories about people losing their jobs and they said they were collecting $350 a week with unemployment and why would they give up unemployment for the less or less amount of money and have to work. Now the joke is on them, I have gained a second raise and I am making $10 an hr now with benefits while they have nothing because it wasn’t enough.

nancym 12/18/2010 4:21am

Thanks for telling it straight, Donny.

nancym 12/18/2010 4:14am
in reply to badams82 Dec 17, 2010 6:04am

@badams82—Just a thought, have you checked with your financial aid dept to make sure FT enrollment is absolutely necessary? I’m going to school on federal loans right now and my requirement is actually only 2 courses. The min requirement for federal loans is half-time. I know there is some variation in schools; my program is only for a lower level technical degree. Maybe for med school it’s different, but just a suggestion to check it out for sure.

wstaff 12/17/2010 11:36pm
in reply to badams82 Dec 17, 2010 5:53am

badams82- I truly hear what you are saying and agree. Children are smart and they usually figure things out on their own. I look at my own kids and they wonder were that next meal is coming. They have watched me get upset because I can not afford to continue college in hopes to better our future. Now with uncertainty what truly do we have to look forward too? Employers wont hire you if your on unemployment and they do ask in the interview. 800 Resumes have gone from my hand to prospective employers and not one hire. I am either quote, “overqualified or because I am currently unemployed and treated like I carry some serious infection” How one person can be so belittled and still carry them self forward is hard, but because you have children you find the strength to continue forward.

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