H.R.589 - Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011

To amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. view all titles (4)

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  • WasMiddleClass 03/07/2011 8:32am

    I have been reading up on what we really got in that tax cut deal. The rich got even more cuts than they already had from Bush, and most Americans got a tax increase.

    “Negotiators, in fact, excluded more than 70 temporary programs from the bill, including federal subsidies for state and local borrowing known as Build America Bonds, a sales tax deduction for new cars and trucks, a property tax deduction for people who don’t itemize on their tax returns and an exemption from taxes for the first $2,400 of unemployment benefits. All those provisions will be allowed to expire.”

    “For Democratic lawmakers, the most objectionable provision was a deal to reinstate the estate tax at 35 percent and to exempt estates worth as much as $5 million”

    “Obama ultimately decided to break his long-standing vow to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of taxpayers.”

    Remember Obamas campaign promise of making all unemployment benefits exempt from income tax, like they used to be?

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    wstaff 03/07/2011 8:44am

    I am willing to bet part of the excluded programs geared towards jobless marketing. The rich are not concerned if you or I get a job soon. Rich only
    concern is that they maintain un taxable for the rest of their lives. I know someone is gonna throw the idea out there that they do get taxed, but clearly
    it is the middle class that bares the brunt of taxation. Regardless, they can not even get together and establish funding for themselves to continue out the year so what makes anyone think they will get down and dirty in creating a jobs
    Bill that actually make sense. If they can put it off , trust me they will.

  • WasMiddleClass 03/07/2011 8:40am

    STATEMENT: “No family making less than $250,000 will see any form of tax increase.” (multiple times on the campaign trail)

    EXPIRATION DATE: Broken multiple times, including the raised taxes on tobacco, a new tax on indoor tanning salons, but most prominently on February 11, 2010: “President Barack Obama said he is ‘agnostic’ about raising taxes on households making less than $250,000 as part of a broad effort to rein in the budget deficit.”

  • Legion1 03/07/2011 8:41am

    This is what the scummy republican’s are up to this week:

    In front of C-SPAN cameras this week, the Republican House will spend most of its week on 2 bills repealing Obama foreclosure relief programs. One would eliminate the “short refi” program, created by the 2009 stimulus bill and designed to help broker refinancing deals between underwater mortgage holders, lenders, and the FHA. The other will eliminate the “Emergency Mortgage Relief Program,” which hasn’t even gone into effect yet but is designed to provide federal bridge loans to unemployed homeowners who are reasonably likely to be able to resume repayment of their mortgages when they find a new job.

    On top of cutting funding to almost every program that aids those that need it the most, on top of cutting Pell grants by a third, on top of all these draconian austerity measures, now this. How much more proof do Americans need that republicans are committing genocide?

    Do the math…add it up.

    Wake up America.


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    WasMiddleClass 03/07/2011 8:50am

    Don’t forget it is Obama who wants to cut heating assistance.

    Both sides are screwing everyone that is not rich.

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    Legion1 03/07/2011 9:15am

    and Pell Grants “Was”, I’m not forgetting it’s them against us.

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    WasMiddleClass 03/07/2011 9:30am

    OK, I’m just trying to keep everyone from getting sucked back into the Dem vs Repub scam again.

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    wstaff 03/07/2011 8:52am

    America People would rather talk less. Government said we will stay idle with the countries that their people are uprising against its government, why? Because our own government is afraid of the reality that the same could happen here if its people actually stood up and cared. Plus they know that if they speak too loudly, can you imagine how embarrassing they would feel speaking about democracy when they can not even fix our own problems. We would become the laughing stock of the world. Strange things happen behind closed doors.

  • WasMiddleClass 03/07/2011 8:45am

    I would say we got suckered big time, and Obama is really all about supporting the elite, and bailing out banks and big corporations while the taxpayers whose money he gave them are being left to die on the streets.

    Bush reloaded…

  • WasMiddleClass 03/07/2011 9:01am

    I used to wonder what the hell was wrong with Democrats, and why they never really seem to be willing to fight, and give up so easily to Republicans. Is there something genetic that makes them all wimps?

    Then I started seeing that it is all just one big game for the benefit of a few.

    There may be some good ones in Congress still, but they are powerless to do anything.

  • Legion1 03/07/2011 9:09am

    I would like to suggest the following:

    To all the unemployed: Send this message to the White House & Obama:

    Unemployed: I will not vote for you again

    A simple 8 word message that says who the message is from & what we will do.

    Feedback please on this thought/idea

    By now all of America’s unemployed should know that we are ghosts to not only ’dems & ’pubs in Congress, but to this president as well.

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    WasMiddleClass 03/07/2011 9:35am

    That is what those of us in the no-vote crowd did with the last elections. We even had Ed telling DC that they better do something or they would lose many votes. It didn’t change their minds.

    I think the no-vote group will be a lot bigger for 2012…

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    Abaratarrr 03/07/2011 10:07am

    that is a good idea, could also send post cards with the message"Unemployed: I will not vote for you again" , post card stamps are i think only 28 cents which is better then a normal stamp that costs more then a pound of beans.

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    wstaff 03/07/2011 10:11am

    So true and nobody knows how much more that pound of beans will cost soon.

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    wstaff 03/07/2011 10:08am

    Unemployed will stand behind this, but how many Americans will be willing to tip the scale? How many Americans care? I did not even vote this one In office and all be dammed if he gets another shot from me. That said, It is the way in which our government is run that fails, even if you stand 500 of the top elite and put them in office. Until you change how things are done,nothing will change. All you will have is 500 of the countries elite acting the same way, because it is the way it is dictated by those who are truly in power.

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    Legion1 03/07/2011 12:49pm

    In keeping the message in those 8 words you are not identified as being left or right, just that you are unemployed.

    Remember, we are ghosts, it’s time to show the jackals ghost’s have teeth. We have to do something & the simplest thing is usually the best thing to do. This can easily be done if the word can be spread to do it on such & such a day, like for instance April 1 or tax day. I just don’t have the means to get the word out.

    Someone with connections needs to get the ball rolling. Just maybe if Obama gets a fire lit under his ass, it might wake him up. As of now we are ghosts, it’s time to do some haunting.

    Mr. Clark, you sir have at least some connections….advise please.

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    Legion1 03/07/2011 12:58pm

    As “Was” posted on the previous page: “I think the no-vote group will be a lot bigger for 2012…”

    We need to take advantage of our numbers. Getting us all together to protest is a problem, this would not be the same, this can be easily done & if enough participate maybe it will shake them. Until now we been pretty much begging for help to no avail. If it takes threats to wake them up, so be it.

  • WasMiddleClass 03/07/2011 9:18am

    It is “March Madness” Time In The USA Where The Irrational Is Pedaled as Rational Provoking Intense Polarization And Paralysis

    “The worst things get, the harder it is for people to agree on what to do.”

    The term class war has been extricated from the archives of another era, while divisions over the future of the economy have become a battleground in which the adversaries yell at each other, but rarely engage in any discourse with each other in a shared language.

    In the Middle East, all the political turmoil will ultimately impact on a regional economy build on the flow and price of oil, contends author/historian Michael Klare:

    “Whatever the outcome of the protests, uprisings, and rebellions now sweeping the Middle East, one thing is guaranteed: the world of oil will be permanently transformed. Consider everything that’s now happening as just the first tremor of an oilquake that will shake our world to its core.”

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    WasMiddleClass 03/07/2011 9:20am

    Back in the once thought of as “stable” United States, the economic crisis has finally spurred a confrontation between right and left with noisy protests following threatened crackdowns on union rights to collective bargaining, and cutbacks on social programs.

    Conservatives hype the austerity programs that divided and created chaos in Ireland as the model Americans should be following.

    Writes Terrance Heath, “The irony is that the things that the Heritage (Foundation) praises about Ireland’s economy are what drove it to the brink of extinction … Ireland followed the same tax-cutting, deregulating conservative economic path to its misfortune that led America to its own.

    That Ireland stands as an example of austerity’s epic failure, makes it even more mystifying that conservatives keep spotlighting the clearest example of the disastrous impact of conservative economic policy."

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    WasMiddleClass 03/07/2011 9:22am

    Activists in the sweltering heat of Egypt hold up signs praising protesters in Wisconsin while the shivering public workers in the snow of Madison talk about struggling like an Egyptian.

    Who would have thunk?

    The poet Yeats once wrote that things fall apart when the center doesn’t hold, and his words seem prophetically appropriate to the unraveling now underway in the US with fierce political combat paralyzing the Congress and rhetoric escalating into a realm beyond the rational.

    Even as a film won an Academy Award for calling the collapse of the economy an “inside job,” there is no consensus on the causes of the financial crisis.

    The debate about what to do, and whether or not to punish wrongdoers, rages on even as the media looks away from the consequences—the armies of permanently unemployed and growing foreclosures.


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    wstaff 03/07/2011 9:50am

    Activists in the sweltering heat of Egypt hold up signs praising protesters in Wisconsin while the shivering public workers in the snow of Madison talk about struggling like an Egyptian.

    Who would have thunk?

    Yeah!!! Although I see this as being America’s fate in the not so distant future and it is not a Dem vs Republican Issues either,as one side is just as bad as the other. I can see our forefathers digging deeper into their graves too with the caption reading, “The monsters we have created”. George Washington is probably saying to himself, “If only I just slept in, instead of crossing the Delaware”. Shammit.

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    Abaratarrr 03/07/2011 10:11am

    if George Washington is saying anything its “LET MY OUT OF THIS BOX! i CANT BREATH IN HERE! i’M STILL ALIVE, HELP HELP HELP”

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    WasMiddleClass 03/07/2011 10:18am

    Like night of the living dead?

    I just had a vision of founding father zombies swarming DC and eating their brains…

  • WasMiddleClass 03/07/2011 10:08am

    From the author of the article I posted above.

    Plunder: The Crime of Our Time is a hard-hitting investigative film by Danny Schechter. The “News Dissector” explores how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed.


    “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men,
    they create for themselves,
    in the course of time,
    a legal system that authorizes it,
    and a moral code that glorifies it.”

    – Political economist Frederic Bastiat, The Law 1850

  • WasMiddleClass 03/07/2011 10:23am

    Any 99er writers out there may want to try writing for Global Research. They are one of the front line sites fighting against the elite, and gets tons of views.


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    wstaff 03/07/2011 10:50am


    The Link above closely follows what my theory has stated for a long time now and what should be at the forefront of most Americans Minds.

    Quote,"Jim Kouri, citing FBI studies, writes that “some of the character traits exhibited by serial killers or criminals may be observed in many within the political arena.;” they share the traits of psychopaths who are not sensitive to altruistic appeals, such as sympathy for their victims or remorse or guilt over their crimes. They possess the personality traits of lying, narcissism, selfishness, and vanity. These are the people to whom we have entrusted our fate. Is it any wonder that America is failing at home and world-wide?

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    adamaiken 03/07/2011 11:27am

    That is exactly right. They can be likened to psychopaths. There is no reaching them. They are not capable of identifying with their victims. Our only hope is to learn from them and do the same back.

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    WasMiddleClass 03/07/2011 11:48am

    Megalomaniacs is another one that fits some.

    Megalomania is defined as: 1

    1. A psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence.

    2. An obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions.

  • wstaff 03/07/2011 10:32am

    Off Topic for a minute; as Abaratarrr brought up the bean issue. Calif. Gas prices are now at about 5 dollars a gallon. CA Consumer has many choices to make
    with that 5 dollars. Gas,Diapers,Milk or cigarettes. The Government reaction is to dip into its reserve. Denis the Menace, “Thats swell, Mr Wilson” comes to mind. Dip into the reserves but can not come up with a jobs bill, what part of this doesn’t make sense?

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    WasMiddleClass 03/07/2011 10:51am

    $5 per gallon? Ct is is in the top few high gas price states. We have not hit $4 yet.

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