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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  • Official: 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. as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011 as introduced.
  • Short: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011 as introduced.

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  • WasMiddleClass 06/11/2011 9:41pm

    Ctrl+Alt+Bernanke: Operation Empire State Rebellion Resumes Attack On Fed Chairman

    90 days ago, we requested Ben Bernanke’s resignation as Federal Reserve chairman. Mr. Bernanke has not complied with our request.

    • The Federal Reserve’s policies are systematically looting the country to enrich one-tenth of one percent of the population.
    • The Federal Reserve has deliberately driven tens of millions of people into poverty.
    • The Federal Reserve is responsible for Crimes Against Humanity!
    • The Federal Reserve gave trillions of American taxpayer dollars, in secrecy, to the people who were most responsible for causing our economic crisis.
    • Our tax dollars were handed out as all-time record-breaking bonuses to top executives at the “Too Big to Fail” global banks.
    • The Federal Reserve gave American taxpayer dollars to foreign banks and corporations…


  • WasMiddleClass 06/11/2011 9:52pm

    @nancym 06/11/2011 11:32am

    I would vote for Ed :)

  • WasMiddleClass 06/11/2011 9:59pm

    June 14th Economic Rebellion Update – This Is What Decentralized Resistance Looks Like

    Exciting times over here, to say the least! The June 14th Flag Day Rebellion against economic tyranny is growing much stronger and more rapidly than anticipated. As a small part of a decentralized movement, it’s hard to measure the overall impact, but my email inbox is exploding with support and interest. This movement is definitely succeeding in uniting people from all over the political spectrum. Hardcore progressives and libertarians have found common cause. Liberals who are sick of “spineless Democrats.” Conservatives who have had enough of “crony-capitalist and imperial Republicans.” Apolitical people who are sick and tired of living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to get by. The foreclosed upon. The unemployed. People desperately surviving off of food stamps. And especially people who have been impoverished by medical bills.

  • WasMiddleClass 06/11/2011 10:00pm

    I’ve heard from so many people with horror stories from financial ruin as a result of health problems who are “ready to fight back.” The anger throughout the population is much more intense than even I thought it was.

    People who spent their career working on Wall Street are “done sitting idle while the market is rigged in favor of a handful of politically connected global banks and firms.” The people who are taking it upon themselves to take action and spread the word come from all walks of life. Emails have come in from people in the military, veterans, police, firefighters, real estate brokers, lawyers, doctors, nurses, construction workers, accountants, Wal-Mart workers, union members, union haters – they’re all coming together on this.


  • WasMiddleClass 06/11/2011 10:05pm

    “Anonymous” Declares “Ctrl+Alt+Bernanke”



    The “engage” order is being given all over the web…!

  • WasMiddleClass 06/11/2011 10:16pm

    Acts of Resistance: What Are You Going to do on June 14th to Rebel Against Economic Tyranny?

    The big banks have sold us out.
    Democrats and Republicans have sold us out.
    No one is defending our interests.
    Our future is going up in flames.

    It’s time for us to stand up and defend ourselves.


  • WasMiddleClass 06/11/2011 10:20pm

    On Liberty: An American’s Perspective of Freedom, Tyranny, and Responsibility

    There is no longer a reason or time to be silent and inactive. We The People cannot wait for someone else, some mythical hero, to rise up and be the leader that frees us from our chains. Many are awakened, but even more are yet asleep. They will remain so until they bear witness to a mass movement in the streets. That is the mission of those who have been blessed with sight and understanding: To stand firm, arms locked together in a pledge of sacred honor, coalesced around first principles, and guided by righteousness. We must march on those who oppress us to further their political and financial interests. Each and every one of us is a leader, and it is our right and our duty to restore the foundations of the United States of America.

  • WasMiddleClass 06/11/2011 10:21pm

    Link to above,


  • WasMiddleClass 06/11/2011 10:34pm

    How can both liberals and conservatives be calling for the same thing – massive protests against the banking elites and their water-carriers in D.C.?

    Because that’s what all Americans want.

    While the elites have tried to divide and conquer America into a false left-versus-right dichotomy, all Americans want the rule of law to be enforced.

    All Americans want the big boys to be held accountable to the same laws that we have to follow.

    All Americans want there to be a level playing field so that the little guy has a chance to compete fairly.

    For liberals, remember Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi.

    For conservatives, this is what Jesus would do: kick the moneychangers out of the temple.

    You know it … now act.

    We can save America in a week if we follow the call …


  • nancym 06/12/2011 1:43am


    And if you don’t have any money to move, consider moving your borrowing. And if you can’t borrow, consider (carefully) moving to bankruptcy!

    Why give the banksters any more cash flow to use overseas!

  • nancym 06/12/2011 2:01am
  • Sher1 06/12/2011 9:20am

    George Orwell’s classic novel “1984” defines BOTH parties as the “DOUBLETHINK” party. “LESSER OF TWO EVILS = THE DEMOCRATS”

  • Sher1 06/12/2011 9:23am

    HR 589 still in the House/Ways/Means Committee. Keep FAXING-EMAILING-TWEETS and CALLING our US REPS for this bill to be added as a amendment. STAY STRONG 99ERS! You haven’t been forgotten, just pushed aside it appears BUT its up to THE PEOPLE!

  • WasMiddleClass 06/13/2011 7:04pm

    Missing in Iraq: 6.6 billion U.S. dollars

    Officials say it could be the largest theft of money in U.S. history
    Washington After the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 the Bush administration flooded the conquered country with so much cash to pay for reconstruction and other projects in the first year that a new unit of measurement was born

    Pentagon officials determined that one giant C-130 Hercules cargo plane could carry $2.4 billion in shrink-wrapped bricks of $100 bills. They sent an initial full planeload of cash followed by 20 other flights to Iraq by May 2004 in a $12 billion haul that U.S. officials believe to be the biggest international cash airlift of all time

    This month, the Pentagon and the Iraqi government are finally closing the books on the program that handled all those Benjamins. But despite years of audits and investigations, U.S. Defense officials still cannot say what happened to $6.6 billion in cash


  • WasMiddleClass 06/13/2011 7:04pm

    Three C-130’s full of bails of hundred dollar bills just vanished?

    How many American citizens that desperately need help now, how many 99ers, could be helped with all that WASTED money???!!!

    Where are the Republicans screaming about all that money THAT THEY WASTED?!!!!

  • WasMiddleClass 06/13/2011 7:36pm

    Activists to Occupy Financial District’s Liberty Park Until Demands Are Met – Operation Empire State Rebellion Begins

    On June 14th at 1pm EST, a group of activists will begin occupation of Liberty Park (recently renamed Zuccotti Park) in lower Manhattan’s Financial District, a few blocks from Wall Street…


  • WasMiddleClass 06/13/2011 7:40pm

    ‘Anonymous’ targets Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke

    Anonymous has set its sights on Ben Bernanke.

    The most well-known hacker group, Anonymous, uploaded a video message to youtube yesterday calling for Fed Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to resign, among other things.


  • WasMiddleClass 06/13/2011 7:45pm

    Nearly Half Of America Says U.S. Nearing Great Depression: CNN Poll

    Some economists might be worried about a double-dip recession, but a large number of Americans have an even worse scenario in mind.

    Approximately 48 percent of Americans say they think that a Great Depression is either very or somewhat likely to occur within the year, according to a CNN Opinion Research Poll, the highest percentage of respondents that have stated that level of certainty since CNN first started asking the question in October 2008.


  • WasMiddleClass 06/13/2011 7:52pm

    The Handling of the Economic Crisis May Lead to Civil Unrest

    CNN’s Jack Cafferty notes that a number of voices are saying that – if our economy continues to deteriorate (which it very well might) – we are likely headed for violence, and civil unrest is a growing certainty.

    Watch the must-see CNN viewer comments on this issue:

    Newsweek wrote two weeks ago:

    Reality is beginning to break through. Gas and grocery prices are on the rise, home values are down, and vast majorities think the country is on the wrong track. The result is sadness and frustration, but also an inchoate rage more profound than the sign-waving political fury documented during the elections last fall.

  • WasMiddleClass 06/13/2011 7:54pm

    In search of the earthly toll of this outrage, NEWSWEEK conducted a poll of 600 people, finding vastly more unquiet minds than not. Three out of four people believe the economy is stagnant or getting worse. One in three is uneasy about getting married, starting a family, or being able to buy a home. Most say their relationships have been damaged by economic woes or, perhaps more accurately, the dread and nervousness that accompany them.

    Could these emotions escalate into revolt?

    Why are people so angry?

    Well, as the Newsweek article points out:

    Corporate earnings have soared to an all-time high. Wall Street is gaudy and confident again. But the heyday hasn’t come for millions of Americans. Unemployment hovers near 9 percent, and the only jobs that truly abound, according to Labor Department data, come with name tags, hairnets, and funny hats (rather than high wages, great benefits, and long-term security).

  • WasMiddleClass 06/13/2011 7:55pm

    Link to above article,


  • WasMiddleClass 06/13/2011 8:08pm

    The Stalled Recovery, Smoke and Mirrors, and the Carnage on the Street

    The Dow ended the week below 12,000 for the first time since March. This is the sixth straight week of downs for the Dow. It’s almost as bad over at the Nasdaq. All the gains racked up in 2011 have now been erased.

    What’s going on?

    The real economy is catching up with the financial economy, as it always does eventually. Wall Street is built on smoke and mirrors, while the real economy is based on jobs and wages. Smoke and mirrors can only take you so far – as we learned so painfully three years ago.

    Jobs and wages stink, if you haven’t noticed. They’ve been bad for months, even before this week’s data made it fairly clear the recovery has stalled.

    Stock prices had been rising nonetheless. That was partly because big corporations were enjoying big sales and fat profits from their foreign operations.


  • Sher1 06/13/2011 8:35pm

    More hypocrisy from the Bush/Cheney administration i.e. the Republican Tea Party. No VOICES of anger or condemnation that OUR MONEY! Over $6 BILLION dollars UNaccounted for in Iraq! The WAR in Iraq has cost over $60 BILLION dollars! Bush implemented Unversal Healthcare in Iraq in 2006 with a price tag in the MILLIONS of dollars paid for by the American taxpayers! $10 BILLION was UNaccounted back in 2005-2006 and yet all someone can post nonsense about US Rep Weiner.. HR 589 to help the 99ers cost $16 Billion dollars.. I think that speaks volume for what the Republican Tea Party’s agenda is and they could care less than a damn about the Unemployed including the 99ers and the American people as a whole! Its a sad commentary!!!


  • WasMiddleClass 06/13/2011 9:03pm

    $60 Billion??

    Cost of War in Iraq



    The true cost of the Iraq war: $3 trillion and beyond

    Writing in these pages in early 2008, we put the total cost to the United States of the Iraq war at $3 trillion. This price tag dwarfed previous estimates, including the Bush administration’s 2003 projections of a $50 billion to $60 billion war.

    But today, as the United States ends combat in Iraq, it appears that our $3 trillion estimate (which accounted for both government expenses and the war’s broader impact on the U.S. economy) was, if anything, too low.


  • Sher1 06/13/2011 10:20pm

    Last article read states $60 BILLION cost for the war in Iraq, haven’t seen any legitimate news article stating $3 TRILLION. I don’t think anyone knows the TRUE cost given a FEW billion here and a FEW billion there while MILLIONS of unemployed continue to suffer because HR 589 sits and sits and sits. Price-tag $16 Billion.

  • nancym 06/14/2011 6:05am

    60 billion?!? That’s chump change for the war in Iraq—must have been some article written by Cheney at the start of the war you were reading, Sher1!

    Fact check from Politifact, 2010:

    A July 2010 report from the Congressional Research Service estimated the cost at $748 billion, which includes costs for the military, the State Department and foreign aid, and Veterans Administration medical costs related to the war. Add in supplemental appropriation from 2010, and you get about $750 billion, said James R. Horney, director of federal fiscal policy at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning group that studies tax and fiscal issues.

    “Adjusted for inflation, the cost of the Iraq War to date totals $756 billion…” and that was in 2010 and still going

    And how do we estimate the cost of over 4 thousand American soldiers dead, and many times that wounded? That’s just American troops, not even counting the losses to other nations and the thousands of Iraqis

  • nancym 06/14/2011 6:08am

    And the number could be much higher depending how broadly you define the cost of the war. Some experts believe you should include the continuing costs of disability compensation and medical care for Iraqi war veterans — costs that will last for decades.

    Linda Bilmes, senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and co-author of the Three Trillion Dollar War, argues that official government estimates of the war’s costs are too low because they do not take into account costs such as higher combat pay and recruiting costs, Social Security disability payments for veterans who can no longer work, the cost of restoring the military to its pre-war strength… She and Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel-prize winning economist at Columbia University, argue that the “true” cost of Iraq will be several trillion dollars.


  • nancym 06/14/2011 6:17am

    I remember arguing with a co-worker at the start of the bogus build-up to the Iraq war, about how just one of the reasons to not go there was the enormous costs, not just deaths, but sheer financial weight of it. Anyone who lived through the Viet Nam era could see that. But he was a child of the 80’s, a Democrat by name, but one of the many who bought the myth of Reagan— lock, stock, and barrel. He also saw it as “defending Israel” in a sense, and seemed to think that considering the financial costs was somehow “un-American” or something. I remember thinking, wow, you have no idea what we could be getting into! As if financial costs didn’t add up to costs in actual lives here at home, as we have all seen now very clearly. How many have died now because of cuts to medical care by the states since the start of this recession?

    Sher1, don’t sell yourself short in your arguments. 60 billion? In Cheney’s dreams.

  • Sher1 06/14/2011 7:20am

    @nancym: Haven’t heard Cheney’s name in awhile. Thanks but wasmiddleclass blogs on different websites and had to post my supposedly miscalculation of the cost on ww, criticizing me as if HE walks on water! No one exactly knows the real cost as stated but he needs to sit on his ego. Too many serious issues going on in America.

  • Sher1 06/14/2011 8:16am

    The cost for REDEVELOPMENT & RECONSTRUCTION in IRAQ ($61 BILLION) BUT WHO’S COUNTING WHEN ITS TAXPAYERS MONEY. “Missing Iraq Money may have been stolen, Auditors say” http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-missing-billions-20110613,0,4414060.story

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