Former Sen. Gordon Smith

Republican  •  Oregon 2 Terms  •  Sworn In 1997
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  • jallen_007 03/03/2008 4:41pm

    What is the likely hood that we will get an extension in our unemployment benefits? Any time real soon?

  • Anonymous 03/08/2008 9:49am

    I am appalled that the U.S.Goverment which I support with my hard earned tax dollars is allowing foreign goverments to build Military aerial refueling tankers for our Air Force. Why are we allowing foreign subsides manufactrures to take jobs from U.S. We are facing a recession and we are shipping jobs overseas? No I am not connected with Boeing or the aircraft industry. Retried,exmilitary,tax payer!

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    Anonymous 11/18/2008 6:16pm

    I am a California veteran, former aerospace employee, having worked for McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed and Northrup in the 1980’s. I hope to some day retire in Oregon. I too am angered at the very idea our elected officials would allow foreign national subsidized firms to manufacture critical defense aircraft such as Air Force tankers. It is a politically suspicious behavior at best and embodies the notion of governments absence of accountability to the American people and more encroachment on the rights of all Americans to national security.
    I fear we are moving toward socialism one small step at a time. In the five decades following world war two, America essentially picked up the European’s tab on cold war defense costs, allowing thier economies to flourish, while assuring thier security. Now we are handing the keys to the shop over to them. I don’t get it. J. DiBenedetto

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    S.2544 Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008
    A bill to provide for a program of temporary extended unemployment compensation.
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    This bill would provide 20 more weeks of unemployment insurance benefits to those who exhausted their benefits within the past year and are still unemployed. In states with exceptionally high unemployment, it would provide for an additional 13 weeks of benefits. It would also increase all individual benefits by $50 per week. If the economy continues towards a recession, it is likely that Congress will attempt to enact this bill.

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    • Official: A bill to provide for a program of temporary extended unemployment compensation. as introduced.
    • Short: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 as introduced.

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    • Jan 22, 2008: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
    • Jan 22, 2008: Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S108)
    • Introduced on Jan 22, 2008.

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    • Sen. Edward Kennedy [D, MA]
    • and 16 Co-Sponsors
      o Sen. Jeff Bingaman [D, NM]
      o Sen. Sherrod Brown [D, OH]
      o Sen. Hillary Clinton [D, NY]
      o Sen. Christopher Dodd [D, CT]
      o Sen. Thomas Harkin [D, IA]
      o Sen. John Kerry [D, MA]
      o Sen. Frank Lautenberg [D, NJ]
      o Sen. Carl Levin [D, MI]
      o Sen. Joseph Lieberman [I, CT]
      o Sen. Robert Menendez [D, NJ]
      o Sen. Patty Murray [D, WA]
      o Sen. Barack Obama [D, IL]
      o Sen. John Reed [D, RI]
      o Sen. Charles Schumer [D, NY]
      o Sen. Debbie Ann Stabenow [D, MI]
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    * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 13, 2008(28 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Can anyone help me? I am trying to find information on the unemployment extension that bush is trying to pass in 2008. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 14, 2008(28 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Bush opposed extensions of unemployment benefits which would have been included with the economic stimulus package. There will be no extensions. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 22, 2008(20 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I hope someone else will enjoy my house as well as I did. + Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 22, 2008(20 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Stimulus package too far too late for the people who really need it, damage is already done to credit worked hard to build. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 14, 2008(28 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate My unemployment runs out in 3 weeks, are there any talks that the unemployment will be extended in the near future, or is it a dead issue now? I live in an area where unemployment is high. Its been hard to find a job. If I loose my unemployment before I find a job, I may be out on the street. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 26, 2008(16 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I know how you feel. I have not interviewed for any job that had less than 100 resumes submitted! + Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(8 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I’m in the same position in Northern NJ. Something is very wrong out there. I’ve submitted about 100 resumes and not one phone call. Good luck. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 18, 2008(24 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I don’t think the issue is dead, it just didn’t get in with the stimulus package. I think they are going to revisit it. It is my hope as well – my benefits end in a month. I’ve never been this long without a job in 20 years. Very frustrating that they didn’t include it in the stimulus package. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 18, 2008(23 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I have been laid off of my job after 29 years of working for a company, and because of my age 57 it will take longer for me to find a job. I really hope that this bill gets passed so that I can have help supporting my family and paying the utility bills. I have been tracking it, and am frustrated that not more has been done with it. It also seems to me that it is taking at least a year for people 57 and older to find quality work. I think these are issues that politicians need to know. **When you go gray, they want you to go away….. SO help us if that is the case, because we have famalies and children to support. I personally have been paying into the system since I was 15. REach back and extend my unemployment benefits. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 18, 2008(23 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate REACH BACK AND ALLOW UNEMPLOYMENT TO BE COLLECTED BY THOSE WHOSE BENEFITS HAVE RUN OUT. IF PEOPLE HAVE NOT WORKED SINCE LAST MAY AND THEIR BENEFITS HAVE RUN OUT, AND THEY ARE STILL NOT ABLE TO FIND WORK, ALLOW THEM A TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. —ECON EXPERT * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 19, 2008(23 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate This bill was blocked by the republicans with the help of Nancy Pelosi. I was thinking of voting republican if there was a good candidate for President. This has switched my position to straight democrat. I hope that eveyone out there whos benefits will end will find jobs. It’s getting harder everyday. Good luck. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 19, 2008(23 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate So is there still hope that unemployment benefits may be extended? Or is this a dead deal? I just ran out of my benefits and it’s getting scary! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 19, 2008(23 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate No, It’s not dead yet. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the house said this is an issue that could be looked at after the stimulus package was approved. She didn’t want it held up. (Missed by one vote). Congress is back in session and I would hope that this item would be first on their agenda. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 19, 2008(23 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I agree. I have been laid off now since August, but had a severance package. I worked in the mortgage industry as an underwriter, and there is NOTHING out there for me. I just started Nursing school, and am through the 1st semester. My unemployment will run out next month. If I do not find something I am screwed!!. I hope they extend them, and SOON!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 19, 2008(23 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate My benefits ran at the end of October of last year and still no job and it’s definetly not for the lack of trying. I’ve already lost my home to forecloser and am living with my parents at the age of 40.. An extension through the winter months would be so helpful.. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 19, 2008(23 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate My husband was laid off after 28 yrs of service to the same company on his 60th birthday.He has been to one job interview in the past one year after interviews with several head hunters and applying to thousands of companies.For those high priced consultants to the bill who believe that the passing of this bill would be a deterent to the unemployed from seeking jobs i would like to invite them to walk in his shoes for atleast a day.I hope that the bill will be passed. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 20, 2008(22 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I was laid-off in April of 2007 from my job of 7 years and my benefits ran out in November. I have a 2 year old son and another child due in April. I have gone back to school full-time and search for a job daily to no avail so far. I fell like the Democrats could have pushed harder for this, but the Republicans will surely pay a steep price in November for their unwillingness to help people in desperate situations who have paid into the system their entire lives. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 20, 2008(22 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate i am 8 month pregnant and stopped recieveing unemployment at the beginning of January….. i have a car note, car insurance, a warrenty, and bills due……. idk y in the hell it is so hard to pass a bill that if not passed places congress in a bad position with the people who voted the in office….. the U.S. citizens…… i am deparate for money and cry every day worrying about the future of my unborn child…. i need advice….. Anyone please email me: islandjuicyfruit@gmail.com thanks * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 21, 2008(21 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Wouldn’t you think giving extensions to those thousands of unemployed, whose benefits have run out within the last 6 months put money into the economy faster then the rebates that won’t be here until atleast mid-may? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 21, 2008(21 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I agree with you, the government should of pass the unemployment extension before the rebates. There are alot of unemployed Americans who benfits ran out or will soon. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 21, 2008(21 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate SO if are benefits run out this month or last month, or next month… Then the bill gets passed, will we be granted the 13 more weeks if we hadn’t found a job yet? o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 21, 2008(21 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Everything I have read in the proposed Bill (s) indicates that yes you would. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 21, 2008(21 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Is NY one of the states that would be considered for extension if unemployment extentsion gets passed? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 21, 2008(21 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate This is just sad we can so much money to other countries but we cannot help our own. I live in MIchigan with highest unemployment rate and finding a job is unlikely right now. I have 3 more checks coming and then I am done. I am thankful for the checks coming in May but I wont have anywhere to live by then and where will they deliver that check to my car? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 21, 2008(20 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Where can I go to find more information regarding the possible extentension of unemployment benefits?? Should we be writing to our representatives on this issue? My husband is unemployed and he has about 2 months left, we live in Ohio and jobs are absolutely terrible to come by…Please inform me of anything I can do? or info on the internet regarding this bill? Or writing representatives??? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 22, 2008(20 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate You can contact your local representative,through their state website via e-mail,phone. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 22, 2008(20 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate An extension at the first of Feb would have immediately put $$ in the hands of the unemployed and put cash into the economy faster then these rebate checks… Soooooo,frustrated with our government! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 22, 2008(20 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Bush wants to give all these other countries aid but he does not care about the people in this country who need help. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by nickssoundidea | Feb 22, 2008(20 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Why is it that Bush wants to give aid to every one but Americans. I can`t for the life of me understand how this man thinks. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate It’s frustrating all we talk here without any positive result…I’m wondering what should we do to survive? If we have no money, no job, no opportunities in the land of opportunities, America!!! It’s very sad that in Florida there are no laws to protect workers, it’s very sad that here there’s slavery and nobody cares….farm workers work even 70 hours weekly (or they’re fired)and everybody knows and nobody cares. Big Plant Nurseries and Medium size also, pay whatever they want in taxes, and that is ignored…and in addition there are no jobs, unless you accept to be paid for whatever or no job for you….I wish things change someday in the south….At least would be good to see some justice and less administrative corruption here!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 22, 2008(20 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Stimulus package great idea. Alot of us can use the money. But Bush opposes the unemployment extensions? whats more important? That people with jobs get extra money or that the unemployed get an extension thats much needed to find a job that can at least even the living expenses. Houses are being foreclosed on in mass numbers and a rebate check is going to solve this? We need to rebuild this economy from the ground up. And i watched the debate last night. Learning a second language for americans? Great if you elect to. But i think it should be mandatory that anyone in this country who is legal, needs to learn the language of america! ENGLISH! o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 28, 2008(14 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate agree, made English mandatory, now there crying because the parents are getting sent back because their here illegal, but the kids where born here, so they can stay, pass a law saying that if you are born from illegal parents here, then that makes the child illegal, mandatory, then ship them back with the parents!! they get help to feed them , pay for their rent and cloth them , and here we are without jobs. also make it the retirement age goes back to 62 and 65, put the younger folks who are able to work, put them to work, and not on getting paid to sit on their butts and cry i got to many kids and i can’t get a job, boo hoo. force them to get a job, let the older folks that have work hard all their life enjoy some retirement before they die and not make them work at walmart saying , hi welcome to walmart!!! because people are so called living longer.. I know the wasn’t wrote correct but was in a hurry. lol unemployed here, trying to find a job!!! get that none speaking , no english, person out of their job send them back, then we can go get a job. now if they come here legal and work hard like the rest of us Americans!!! I have no problem with it…. + Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 02, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Regarding the illegal parents and child born in the United States. I agree that at least one parent needs to be a US citizen to be denoted a US citizen. I mean Canada and Mexico should be pissed that the US is stealing their citizens their future populations. The consulate allows for child born abroad act why doesn’t this apply to these folks? The newborn should receive a child born abroad act certificate and sent home with there parents. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by wlsefl | Feb 28, 2008(14 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The USA does NOT have an official language. If we do not insist on English as our official language we may all be speaking a different language. With the economy so bad we must insist those who do not belong here to leave. There are not enough jobs now just wait till our troops come home and try to find a job. We will be seriously headed for a DEPRESSION. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 22, 2008(20 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Helping other countries has been the american way for a long time, but doesnt the government think its time to regulate that spending and put it into our own country which is crumbling fast! My son needs shots he is 15 months and i keep getting rejected for doctors who wont take medicaid. Anyone rember that song whats going on? What is going on? God bless all of you in this struggle. If obama or clinton get in which one of them should, I think we will see some good changes. Id like my son to be in AMERICA. As i see it now this is no longer america. This is a dogfight 50 states large * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by gfab20029 | Feb 22, 2008(20 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The news keeps reporting that unemployment is down….however, they don’t take into consideration the number of people that have been on unemployment and their benifits have run out. The job market is bleak at best right now…and those people have no way of paying their bills. Looks like if Bush has his way, there are gonna be a lot of homeless poeple in this country. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 22, 2008(20 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate my last check is in 2 weeks im already behind in my house payments and once my benifits are over i dont know how we are goin to eat and pay the rest of our bills they need to look over the plan again and hopefully pass it this time * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 22, 2008(19 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate My unemployment is gone, and my husband is loosing his job. His company had been in business for over 100 years, and they announced yesterday that its closing.. Dont know what to do…It shows you that Bush doesnt care about the people who are trying to make it day to day. The extension would help me and my family. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 22, 2008(19 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate My unemployment ran out this week. I am a single mom with three kids and are now living at my brothers sleeping in the living room. Hopefully the bill will get passed soon. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 23, 2008(19 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate My unemployment runs out in two weeks.I have two kids and two dogs.I have applied for everything from wine tasting to merchandising. There only one job in my field(meatcutter) in the whole state and that is 2 hrs away.The gov. does not see or care about the needs of its people or they would not waste time on the bills they are currently working on. I have only one resource left" GOD" so I think I will say a prayer for all of us. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 23, 2008(19 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Lets all starting writing, emailing, calling our representatives. Something has to be done, we all have so much to loose if we don’t stand for something. If we “unemployed” stick together maybe we can get this to bill to pass, pass this website to everyone you can and ask them to write our representatives, please. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by borgolv | Feb 23, 2008(19 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I have been unemployed since Oct and my benefits run out in April, I do not know what I will do. I am 53 years old and the first time I have been unemployed for 20 years and it takes a lot longer to get employment when you are over the age of 50. I am praying that they will approve this extension of benefits for all our sakes. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 23, 2008(19 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I am 56 years old, in three weeks my unemployment is over. I have 30 years experience in accounting, my job is suppose to be in high demand. Companies are not hiring. I can not even find a temp job. Its is unbelievable. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 23, 2008(19 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I feel for you all, my husband has been laid off since September,with his benefits to run out in march, he has not found a job yet, he is fifty years old also and this is the first time in 25 years he has been looking for a new job.I have been trying to help with the slack by working 50 hours a week myself but its burning me out, please somebody pass this bill fast. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 24, 2008(18 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I feel your pain also. I am a single mother with a son almost 3 years old. I lost my job in September and I have about 2 weeks left of unemployment, which is only 128 a week. The last 4 months of my employment I was making 4 times that amount and had gotten myself into payments that I can no longer afford. My gas and electric will be shut off soon if the state doesn’t help me. I don’t even understand why there is a question in Michigan of whether or not they should allow us an extension. I don’t have a cell phone, my car is 14 years old and dying and diapers are 21 dollars a case, JESUS. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 24, 2008(18 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate i havent been unemployed since I was 17 years old (34 now), and my benefits ran out in december. I’ve burned through my savings trying desperately to find a job, and have had no luck. My house is going into foreclosure, my son is going to live with his grandma, and i’m going to be living on the streets at the end of the month. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 25, 2008(17 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I have been laid off since September,with my benefits to run out in march, and I have found a job yet. 3 weeks ago I was diagnose with AAA (Abdominal aortic aneurysm – potentially lethal disease) and I need open surgery. Surgery is schedule in the begin of March and recovery takes usually 4-8 weeks. Anybody knows if I can extend my unemployment benefits for this period? Thanks * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 25, 2008(17 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate My unemployment benefits ran out at the begeinning of February which I had to fight for because my employer fired me because of my medical reason. I unable to find a job right now because the medication I have been prescribed doesn’t allow me to function normally. Because Florida is a state that only give disability benefits for being totally disabled I don’t qualify. I have no children so I don’t qualify for cash benefits. No job, no unemployment, can’t qualify for diability or cash assistance and unable to drive or function normally. HELP!! – what is a person to do??? Truly become homeless and die because I don’t have money buy meds to control my constant seizures. I was born and raised in the USA, why is it so hard and takes so long to get help in this country. By the time everything gets processed you have hit rock bottom and have to start all over again. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 25, 2008(17 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate It sure seems to me they would have passed that extension due to this being a election year, unreal!! They think people can live on 600.00 and go on a shopping spree.. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 25, 2008(17 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate my unemployment runs out soon and i am so worried aboauat bill, food, basic essentials. when does congress meet again to discuss extending unemployment benefits???? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 25, 2008(17 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate lets worry about americans here meeting their basic needs. let extend benefits for unemployment and help american families. finding a job is not easy!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 25, 2008(17 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I called in my last unemployment check on Sunday. I have lots of experience but no one calls me. They need to extend these benefits ASAP. I live in Las Vegas Nevada. Please, please, someone hurry and get this passed!!! We are all desperate people, americans!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 25, 2008(17 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate As much as I had read on the subject of these checks that will be sent out in may, as it’s like a loan on our 2008 tax returns.. So if you get back 2000 in Feb and they send you 800 dollars you will only be getting back 1200.. Yeah it sounds like a great idea, but it’s not free money.. I will be sending my check back.. I need the money, but would rather wait until next tax season to get it. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 25, 2008(17 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Do you have proof that they fired you for your medical reasons? If you have some proof or documentation i suggest you get a lawyer that works on commision from your settlement. That is bs. It sounds like you have solid ground for a hell of a lawsuit there! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 26, 2008(16 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I had a surgery in July 2007 and I was fired after 7 years. The company I was working for told to the government unemployment office that I abandoned the job, which was not true. But my claim was accepted and now I exhausted my benefits this last week. My husband was laid off in November and after trying to find a job without any success, we don’t know what else to do. axiomgjss@yahoo.com (Loffredo family Cutler Bay, FL) * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 26, 2008(16 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I had a surgery in July 2007 and 6 weeks after, when I tried to come back to work I was told by my exboss she had no job for me. So, she fired me after 7 years. Although she told to the government unemployment office that I abandoned the job, which was not true, my claim was accepted but somehow that company didn’t have to pay any money, the government dit it. Now I exhausted my benefits this last week. My husband was laid off in November and after trying to find a job without any success, we don’t know what else to do. axiomgjss@yahoo.com (Loffredo family Cutler Bay, FL) * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 26, 2008(16 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate My benefits ended last week. Husband’s job is tenuous at best. We have no health insurance and my son requires medication daily. I’ve been unemployed since Oct and am 47 years old without much hope of finding a job in the near future. I’m from Texas and I absolutely think Bush is the most ignorant president we’ve had in years. It’s time this country stepped up and took care of it’s own instead of sending billions of dollars to countries that don’t appreciate it nor do they really want it. All they want to do is whine and ride out backs for aid. I’d vote for anyone but a republican at this point. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 26, 2008(16 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I wonder how president Bush feels when he sits down at the table at night eatting his steak dinner? knowing that theres thousands of people in the streets, hungrey and a lot more that will be joining them if things dont change,,,It just goes to prove, the rich are going to get richer , and the poor are going to get poorer, rember this when you pick what party you vote on in november…..Theres no one in that ___White House___ that gives a -- about you or me as long as they get there money , * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 26, 2008(16 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I really hope that congress will pass this law. My benefits will be running out by the end of next month and I have not found a job yet. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 26, 2008(16 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Really don’t think he(Bush)actually cares, as long as it benefits him. He’s eating, his bills are paid and he’s going to be set for life after his term ends. Why should he care about the rest of us. Maybe he should give up his salary for the year and help us.. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 26, 2008(16 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate maybe everyone should grab there tents and campers and go protest in his back yard, camp out on the whitehouse lawn untill bush get this through his head how big of deal this really is… * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 26, 2008(16 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate How do we get the Senate to review this bill? How long can it just sit out there? Was it made only for the Stimulous Plan? We need answers. This is a serious problem. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 26, 2008(16 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Company shut down. Why? because the economy is in the tank! Add it all up and USA is close to having breadlines. Unemployment runs out in 1 week, I’ll have enough to pay rent for march, but then im done, I’ll probably be sued for the 4 months remaining on my lease, and I have no where to go, been selling my possessions off to make the transition to living in my car easier. Electrical engineer, 12 years IT experience, and cant even get a simple $12/hr IT job the market is so bad, and im sure im up against thousands fighting for the same jobs. Milwaukee is #2 from the bottom of 50 largest cities in the US, and ranks just above Detroit. I’ve worked all my life, since i was 12, now 38, and for all ive worked for has been sold off to live on and support my job search. All that to move into my car! Im not sure if I can get some kind of welfare, if not I guess I’ll have to turn to dumpster diving * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by dumbledorf | Feb 26, 2008(16 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Like many here I hope that the bill goes through. This is an excellent site. I have 60 days left on mine. I don’t know much about bill passage but I see that it was introduced on Jan 22. Anyone know how long that would be for a bill of that time? I’ll be contacting my representative though the web to voice my plea. It sounds as though it is 50/50 to me from what I have read. The economy is wacked right now. The stock market goes up today in the face of high inflation news. Ya’ll should take a second to email your local person. You can link right through this site with your zip code. It even has the link. Good luck to all. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 26, 2008(16 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Unemployed now 8 months, job hunting is a joke, sent resume to many many places and nothing. I’m an experienced worker, what’s going on. The benefits would stimulate the economy now. Waiting till May for Bush’s tax rebate is to late, we need it now. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 26, 2008(16 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Unemployed now 6 months, 54 years old, laid off after 22 years due to loss of business. Unemployment is just now going to run out and I have tapped the equity in my house to get by. Employers have a great deal of power now; they have a lot of talented people in a vast pool to look at. Those who are employed are afraid of losing their job or being replaced by someone making less. Anyone else out there thinking we might be in or sliding to a second Great Depression? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 26, 2008(15 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Unemployment ran out 5 mos ago,home foreclosed 2 mos ago and living with my parents at 40 for the first time since I was 18. I can’t even count how may applications I have filled out. For the life of me I can’t seem to understand how the pres,the house,congress or any of them for matter.Are they that blind to what’s going on??? Like the stimulus(joke) let’s wait until it’s to late to help.. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 26, 2008(15 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I think there are a number of things that need to be done to fix all our problems. Instead of depending on Bush to get his head out of his - .. Number one get the Republicans out of the white house.#2 close the borders and get rid of the free trades law.. #3 charge all these companys that went to Mexico a huge charge, to bring there stuff back in the United States. #4 force these companys to keep 75% of there companys manufaturing in the United States before they get any tax brakes.. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 27, 2008(15 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate 3 weeks left on unemployment, 100+ job applications filed with all types of industries with maybe a .5% response rate and obviously I wasn’t selected. I have an MBA, MHA, BS in IT, BS in healthcare and “nada”. Very scary for all of us. If I didn’t know better I’d think I was in Mexico, not California, where there are no benefits. It’s getting close. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 27, 2008(15 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I TURNED 55 02/25/08, UNEMPLOYED SINCE MAY, LAST CHECK 257 3 WEEKS AGO. I SUGGEST AND YES I JUST DID. GO TO CONGRESS.ORG FIRST PAGE THAT OPENS TYPE YOUR ZIIP CODE FIND YOUR REPS. E-MAIL ADRESS AND E-MAIL THEM THIS PAGE. A PRAYER FOR US ALL. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 27, 2008(15 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I devised plan of are crooked government. It does not matter if its republician or democrat. The American people have always been a proud honorble people. Our honor as a country and rights have been taken away. You take care of your own always, before you take care of another countrys problems. Our government has forsaken, sold out, sold to the highest bidder. GREED!! IM asking GOD to help us all!!I need it!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by wlsefl | Feb 27, 2008(15 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate unemployed – no prospect of a job – unemployment ran out- our troops will come home to no jobs. Our government and business’ need to start looking after us instead of helping illegal’s in this country and stop sending so much help and jobs to other countries. HELP the USA and it’s people before you help others. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 27, 2008(15 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I have looked all over on the web did the bill get signed to extend uenmployment someone email me PLEASE twraines@yahoo.com I called my unemployment office they told me just to keep watching the news? I cant find nothing and I only have two weeks left PLEASE SOMEONE THAT KNOWS THE REAL ANSWER email me * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 27, 2008(15 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate GO TO CONGRESS.ORG FIRST PAGE THAT OPENS TYPE YOUR ZIP CODE FIND YOUR REPS. E-MAIL ADDRESS AND E-MAIL THEM THIS PAGE. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 27, 2008(15 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate GO TO CONGRESS.ORG FIRST PAGE THAT OPENS TYPE YOUR ZIP CODE FIND YOUR REPS. E-MAIL ADDRESS AND E-MAIL THEM THIS PAGE. twraines@yahoo.com * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Moifrey_s by moifrey | Feb 27, 2008(15 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate This bill will provide an immediate stimulus to the economy because 1) it’s easy and cheap to administer, using existing bureaucracies States already have in place to administer employment programs and 2) unemployed people will immediately take that money and go out and spend it in the retail economy, unlike tax rebates that many people will tuck into savings accounts. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 27, 2008(15 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Not just to help the economy also to help the unemployed keep a roof over their head and food on the table. There are no jobs out there, it is not that we are just sitting back collected unemploymnet, I would rather work and have health benefits. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by loida79 | Feb 28, 2008(14 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Pres Bush just gave a live speech in which he touched on the Stimulus Plan. He said that the congress wants to put together a part 2 but he does not support it. He said that we should wait to see how the rebate checks affect the economy before trying anything else. I’ll be the first to say that if anyone goes out and spends their rebate check on new clothes and game systems then they are LUNATICS. I will use the money to pay bills and put gas in my car to hopefully get to an interview that will result in employment. It is my opinion that the rebate checks will hit the hands of people like me who have families to feed and bills to pay and there will not be a boost in the economy. Then they will have to extend unemployment benefits. Sad that by then for many of us it will be far to late. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Donnyshaw_s by donnyshaw | Feb 28, 2008(14 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate This bill is going to be included in Congress’s budget resolution. CongressDaily reports: The budget resolution will include a separate $35 billion economic-stimulus bill that will be made up of an unemployment insurance extension, a temporary increase in food stamps and low-income heating assistance. Conrad said the stimulus bill will not be offset. The budget resolution will designate the stimulus bill as emergency spending. Conrad said the next stimulus package is designed to sweep in “things that were left out of the previous stimulus package.” He also pointed to CBO’s analysis that an unemployment extension and food stamp increases are most likely to have an immediate positive impact on the economy. The Senate’s next stimulus bill will not include additional federal money for Medicaid. State governors and more than 70 health and labor groups have lobbied for a temporary increase in Medicaid as part of a stimulus package, but their pleas have largely fallen on deaf ears. via OMB Watch: http://www.ombwatch.org/article/blogs/entry/4651 * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 28, 2008(14 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Can someone tell me when this bill will be voted on? I just heard about it today. Unemployment ran out 6 weeks ago. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 28, 2008(14 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate WHEN WILL THEY VOTE???? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by danfarr | Feb 28, 2008(14 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate This is for all the idiots that voted republican in the last election. Bush just shot down the extension bill in his speach this afternoon. 2/28 * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 28, 2008(14 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate You got to scratch your head and wonder why people like us in here with no money vote republican. people i know from my neighborhood would vote republican with not a pot to piss in. what are they thinking? Its plain and simple rich-republican, poor-democrat that how you vote. Like jim morrison said. People are strange. Why am i not suprised bush shot down the unemployment? I say we all pay him a visit and demand he covers our bills until we find a job. Country took a nosedive in the crapper since he got in. They should extend the unemployment and have headhunters finding us jobs in this depressed job market. Anyone in here so sick with worry over their bills in here having anxiety attacks? i am * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 28, 2008(14 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Does anyone know do you keep filing for benefits when the money is gone?? I still haven’t gotten to the end of the benefit year? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 28, 2008(14 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate no once your benfits ends that it. Unless there is a extension which doesn’t seem to be going tohappen anytime soon. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 28, 2008(14 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Hmmmm…..what is happening? will unemployment be extended or not? did Bush really kill the deal today? or do we still have hope???? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 28, 2008(14 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Thank you for the help. I ran out of funds on the 1st and did not know if I was to keep filing even though the is no money. just in case they did pass this But given Bush’s comment today and Bernanke news it looks like they will just have more meetings for the internet companies and the others more important bills to be heard…….. Not us that the money is needed now. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 28, 2008(13 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate There ia a lady here in maine that is trying to get bush and chaney indicted for warcrimes. Wishful thinking. I’m pretty sure it won’t pass. But,If it did he would be arrested If he came here to visit his father… * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 28, 2008(13 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Let’s just forward our bills to the white house asking him to pay them…. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 28, 2008(13 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I think I may try it.. “No extensions,pay my bills” * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 29, 2008(13 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate S.2544 Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 started jan 22, contact your senators and tell them to support this, its setting at the finance committee, o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 29, 2008(13 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I will do that. But do you have any idea when the vote will come up again * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 29, 2008(13 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate So is this the end of any hope for an extension or will this issue come up again? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 29, 2008(13 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate i must have missed the part of yesterdays conference where bush shot it down. i watched it over and did not hear a question about extending benefits. but we all know bush is strongly against it. why? because he is rich. thats all he cares about. oh and killing american soldiers. that too. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 29, 2008(13 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate last check was on 2-3-08 have put out 135 app’s since layoff I work construction I’m 43 went from making $1,000 a week to $450 on unemployment I’ve had 4 interviews even if I take a job making $10.00 a hour after paying $4.00 a gallon for gas to get to that job how can i support my family I get more depressed every day and all you hear is how the rich get richer they throw money around like its no big deal to them if a extension is’nt pass so I can make it till summer when hopefully some better jobs open up put it this way I’m worth more to my family dead then alive but I’m no one important so you will not hear about it * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 29, 2008(13 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate HI everyone. Its not that Bush doesnt care because he is rich, its because he is busy allowing all his big friends to make money off our back. I have two more unemployment checks left and then I am sunk. I just lost my house, and not because of subprime either. I am 54 years old and had to move in with my mother. I was making $8,000.00+ a month and now I am almost broke. At yesterday’s speech, how could he say we were not in a recession. And also that he didn’t know that gas may reach $4.00 a gallon by the summer. How stupid does he think we are? We all need to stand up somehow. Just isn’t enough to go around. I am very upset at the Democratic Congress who was going to do so much for all of us and have done nothing. Whot shut them up so quickly? Who is paying them off? If anyone votes for McCain, they are crazy. He is nothing but a clone of Bush and he will continue where this one leaves off. I pray for all and how we will make it. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jallen_007 | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I agree with you about bush caring, it’s not that he didn’t realize gas prices were just about 4.00 a gallon…. He’s the same ol bush who stoled the election, he was an idiot then and now he is an idiot that doesn’t think logically….I can’t think of one thing thing this guy that makes since as a whole for this country….. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Feb 29, 2008(12 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate there seems to be nothing recent in the news or after extensive internet searches regarding unemployment extensions. finding information regarding this “bill” is as hard as finding a job. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 01, 2008(12 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I have also been trying to find out what the status of this bill is with no luck. If anyone has any insight as to what is going on with it please share. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 01, 2008(12 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Lets forward this message board to as many people as possible, there are thousand of unemployed and hungry people, if we can do this and write our representatives it may help. And…sending our bills to Bush…thats a good idea! They have no idea what it is to live like us blue collar folks. Lets all forward this board, write and email to get our message across. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 01, 2008(12 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate In my mind you can thank Nancy Pelosi for not fighting to include extensions in the 1st vote she said something like if we need more we will get it. When Nancy from where? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jgallop | Mar 01, 2008(12 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Michigan, Ohio and several other states need at least an extension of unemployment benefits, They are losing jobs daily to outsourcing , this is corporate greed. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 01, 2008(12 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate It makes me sick…all this money for the stimulus package was borrowed from China. Then we have to pay them back with interest to boot and all the products we buy anymore are made in China, so who is making out here!! All our jobs are overseas, we have nothing, our government is deserting us, the rich get richer, we are losing our homes and going hungry. This coming election doesn’t leave much to vote for…We need a PATRIOT in the white house to fight for us! o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jallen_007 | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Well I guess they think all that lead has gone to our heads….Borrowing from a country who cares nothing about this countries well being….But then again neither does bush * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by kbone3 | Mar 01, 2008(12 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate What makes me sick is the fact that each year our unemployment rate goes up. Businesses are moving out of the country because they can produce cheaper in other countries. Why??? Because the comsumer does not want to pay the high prices. Fact is… If the companies in the United States were forced to purchase from other companies in the United States we wouldn’t be in this situation. We need to concentrate more on OUR country and let the rest of the world take care of themselves. If the unemployment extension does not pass, there will be a lot more people left homeless with the economy the way it is. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 02, 2008(11 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The one person that could have helped pass the complete package for the extra food stamps, unemployment extension was Mr John McCain!! He didn’t bother to go vote. The bill lost by 1 vote! unreal!! o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 02, 2008(11 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I wrote to McCain & informed him that by his not voting he decided for me that he would not be getting my vote he was in Washington but did not show for the vote. I advise all to do the same we do not need another one in there who dismisses the needs of everyday people. + Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I am sure that Bush told Mc Cain not to rush back to Washington. That’s why it never got passed. I am on to all of these lunatics in office. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 02, 2008(11 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate As of today, I have applied at 217 employers ranging from the west coast to the east coast. Out of 217, I have ONLY interviewed twice. One for a production line position and one for sales position. Both didn’t require any skills or experience and NEVER heard a word after the interview, not even a letter or call. In July 2007, I started to collect $243 a week. That wasn’t anything close to what I was making. Now I’ve exhausted my benefits and I’ve lost my house and 2 cars. Now the question is to the Bush administration is, “Why do you think foreclosures are at an all time high?” When jobs are lost and very LITTLE income(unemployment) is coming in the household and oneself CAN NOT get an aveage paying job, this is what happens. You ask, what am I going to do? Really nothing. This government does not take care and guide the American people through tough times, how can this government take care of OTHER COUNTRIES and give AID like if it comes off the press and out in neat piles ready to be shipped to some country that American people never heard of. We don’t see OTHER countries HELPING us in AID, JOBS, and of course OIL. We ALL can’t wait for OIL to go to $4.00 a gallon. This may be a good thing, because minimum wage SHOULD go up to $12 per hour!!! We ALL wish, right? This entire government NEEDS to be REORGANIZED and NEEDS TO HAPPEN THIS ELECTTION YEAR!!! We don’t need ANYMORE rich people in office in PUBLIC OFFICE! When someone runs for PUBLIC OFFICE, there should a be maximum of what that person is worth and they should NOT have ANY other interests in companies, corporations, privately held companies ANYTHING that produces income. They ALL should be treating as WE UNEMPLOYED ARE!!! Background checks ie, ChoicePoint, Credit Checks, Reference Checks and if ANY adverse inforation is found, they should be REMOVED from PUBLIC OFFICE!!! This county of ours where FREEDOM is written in black & white is depleated faster then the OZONE. We MUST TAKE TAKEN THIS YEAR!!! We NEED a president who knows what we are needing and who shares the needs of US! Please VOTE this year! Don’t let this next president be a DICATOR, let us dictate what WE NEED!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by zoso309 | Mar 02, 2008(11 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I posted the original response to this question and here is a brief summary: Unemployment extensions could have been included in the economic stimulus package that was passed on February 6th. However, Bush completely opposed any extensions and as a result the revised senate bill fell one vote short on February 5th. Pelosi (D-CA.) refused to continue the fight and called for a vote on the original house bill, and that is what was passed the following day. Currently, the senate bill (no.2544) and the house bill (no.4934) are still on the floor. These bills are the only chance for immediate extensions of benefits. Unfortuneately, Bush could care less and the rest of the republicans would rather concentrate on important issues like weather Roger Clemens took steroids or not. Everyone needs to write, e-mail or call their senators and representatives to let them know that we need action taken on these unemployment bills NOW! We will receive some response on the extensions if everyone can contact their reps as soon as possible. These introduced bills are sitting there waiting for action if we can all voice our opinion on the urgency of the situation. I live in Michigan with the highest unemployment rate in the country. I lost my job after 28 years with the same company when they decided to leave the state. Beleive me, it doesn’t get any worse than Michigan right now. There is no work and the 6,000 of us that were laid off from my company ran out of unemployment in mid January. I feel everyones pain and can’t stress enough how important it is to let our voices be heard so we can get the help we need. I am following the legislation on a daily basis and will update any developments on this site. Good luck to all! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 02, 2008(11 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Thank you for the up-date, we appreciate it- I am on my last week of unemployment….I don’t think New Jersey is any better. There are no jobs and if you do find one you can’t live on the pay. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 02, 2008(11 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I BELIEVE WISCONSION HAS DECIDED ON A 13 WEEK EXTENSION. IT WOULD BE NICE IF THE REST OF THE STATES THAT HAVE OVER 7 % UNEMPLOYMENT WOULD DO THE SAME. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 02, 2008(11 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate On the website for Wisconsin, the governor also stated. The Feds have $4,3 billion pool of money ready for the states to sue to extend jobless benefits, but Congress has not yet acted to release the money. UNBELIEVABLE. He is also pressing is delegation to move to provide a federal extension. MAYBE WE ALL SHOULD MOVE TO WISCONSIN, HE SEEMS TO CARE ABOUT HIS PEOPLE. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 02, 2008(11 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Forget the above article I think it is from 2002 with the $4.3 billion in funds * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by loida79 | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate PLEASE CONTACT THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL TODAY !! IF WE ALL REACH OUT THEN WE HAVE A BETTER CHANCE * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate What are we waiting for, Bill 2544 is still sitting there and no movement. I have 2 more checks coming then what? I cannot find a job with 173 resumes sent and know I am looking to move to another state. The checks coming in May will be to late I will be living in my car. Can you deliver to my Car? Please look on open congress.com and see how many people are in despair. I wonder what the legislators would do if we laid them off and there checks were about to run out. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jallen_007 | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I think that is irritating as it is Pelosi wanted the whole package approved Bush stated he would not approve the whole bill…So she got the approval for what she could, I believe that she will go after the rest of the package now that bush has agreed to part of it…. It would have made more sense to extend the benefits and the food stamp program since being on unemployment helps to qualify one for food stamps….Now if we could get more than 10.00 a month. Write to the white house I did when Clinton was president I got a response as did my son when he was 8 and wrote to President Clinton…. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by DK9220 | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I find the so funny looking at other bills that we are more concerned about naming a post office before addressing this issue. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by DK9220 | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Everyone send to your represenatatives and start contacting local newspapers and TV stations it is time for Americans to rally the troops. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by DK9220 | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate This just cracked me up I sent email concerning this issue to Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House. The reply I recieved was that she chould not because I was not in her congressional area. What does that matter? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by DK9220 | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate This just cracked me up I sent email concerning this issue to Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House. The reply I recieved was that she chould reply because I was not in her congressional area. What does that matter? o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jallen_007 | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate HERE’S A FUNNY ONE FOR YA…. It’s funny how he thinks he can come into office and destroy the foundation laid out before him….Perhaps Clinton was a bit loose with his morals, but he did leave office with a surplus of assets….Bush on the other hand has racked up over 3 trillion dollars in debt. We very well probably need to get Hilary into office , after all people said she was running the Country before. When they vacated the office all hell broke loose…Good going George…. President Bush remains committed to fiscal discipline and balancing the budget by 2012. The President’s commitment to keeping taxes low and spending in check is helping us reach our goal of a balanced budget – the deficit in 2007 was 1.2 percent of GDP, which is lower than the average of the last 40 years. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by DK9220 | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Thank you for contacting my office. Congressional courtesy prevents me from replying to emails if I cannot determine that you are a constituent of mine. If you are not a resident of California’s 8th Congressional District and are contacting me in regard to my role as Speaker, please email me at AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate somebody please post the link on here regarding the unemplyment extension. who do we write? o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jallen_007 | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Well since bush is the one that has stated he will veto the bill extending unemployment benefits, then you might has well let hear what you have to say about it….. Mailing Address The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Phone Numbers Comments: 202-456-1111 Switchboard: 202-456-1414 FAX: 202-456-2461 TTY/TDD Comments: 202-456-6213 Visitors Office: 202-456-2121 E-Mail Please send your comments to comments@whitehouse.gov. Due to the large volume of e-mail received, the White House cannot respond to every message. For further up-to-date information on Presidential initiatives, current events, and topics of interest to you, please continue to use the White House website. 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We also request that gifts of a consumable nature, such as food, flowers, and other perishable items, not be sent to the White House due to the security screening process. While the President and Mrs. Bush and Vice President and Mrs. Cheney appreciate your thoughtfulness, they request that you look instead to your local community for opportunities to assist your neighbors in need. To comment on the web site or to report an error, please send feedback to the Web Development Team. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate somebody please post the link on here regarding the unemployment extension. who do we write? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I am going to e-mail this site to Nancy Pelosi * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Please pass the extension for unemployment benefits. cannot find a job. I do want to work but jobs are getting harder and harder to get. HELP HELP HELP * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Please pass extension for unemployment benefits. I have been unemployed since 7/07, in the title company industry for 30 years. I have been unable to find a job, went back to school, which was like pulling teeth to get EDD to approve that. Looked for a job all summer, no luck, applied over 100 jobs, very few interviews, very disappointing. Never been unemployed before, not a good feeling. Taking medical courses to change careers, Good luck to you all. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate
    • WE NEED OUR UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION * WE ARE LOOSING OUR HOMES, OUR AUTOS, OUR RIGHTS TO FIGHT THE ONES WHO MADE THIS HAPPEN, OUR DREAMS, OUR FAMILIES, OUR HOPES, AND OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE IN THE ARMED FORCES WHO PROTECT US. WE ARE BEGGING FOR THIS UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BECAUSE WE UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS HAVE TRUST IN OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO <<>> WHEN WE AMERICANS ARE IN <<>>. WE ALL KNOW THERE’S A HEART SOMEWHERE STANDING IN WASHINGTON WONDERING ABOUT ALL OF US WHO HAVE LOST OUR HOMES. HOW CAN THAT PERSON SLEEP AT NIGHT NOT CARING ABOUT IF OUR CHILDREN HAVE A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS AND WHAT IS ON THE DINNING ROOM TABLE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN?? <<<>>>, (HAVE A HEART!!) WHY ARE YOU LETTING OUR CHILDREN TO GROW UP KNOWING THAT UNCLE SAM TOOK OUR HOMES?
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    Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I think the economic stimulus package was an OK idea until bush got a hold of it….Well I can say one thing about Bush and that is he has lived up to his reputation of , being dense, and possessing no logic…. What sense does it make to give someone a 600.00 rebate that makes 75,000.00 a year in income… I personally have never made over 23,000.00 a year and I got by on that….I may have not had a nice boat, car or owned my own home but hey I got by…Ive been barely getting by on unemployment payments which is ceasing to exist in 1 week….I’m pretty damn sure those making over 50,000.00 a year could learn to get by….Perhaps they should teach those in the upper class to learn to get by just in case they need to now and then…..Then the unemployed might be able to exist until bush is out of office. and we get A Commander and Chief who is here for the people who work the hardest in this country….. OH yhea the unemployment in this country is higher then politicians would lead you to believe….since those who have exhausted their benefits and still looking for work are not included in the calculation…. What is the likely hood of getting an extension for I unemployment payments…. If that’s looking bleak how about waving those student loans I used to make myself more employable…. And how about a program to provide the employed with the some cash to pay car payments, and insurance, and medical bills …. And last but not least…. If you haven’t yet voted think long and hard about whose got your back when your down and out…. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Here is the following which I wrote to that AmericanVoices email. It says exactly how I feel - Your American People are crying out to you! Why does no one listen? Must we be a foreign country to be heard? You live all nice and cozy in your home. You eat your three meals a day. You have your nice car(s) and you are able to take care of your family. We cannot do this anymore. What are we supposed to live on? Do we take our children out of college? Private school? You wouldn’t. I have never been so disappoint in my country, the one I was born and raised in and was once very proud of. What happened to the morals of this country? If this government is so broke right now, what will they have to do when Americans need to start applying for welfare, etc.? Has anymore thought of that? Where will you go and borrow the money from this time? Back to China? Maybe Saudi Arabia will help out. I have never been unemployed before and I have two checks left. I cannot find a job at my wonderful age of 54 and I have been in the same business for the past 10+ years. Do I go back to school and put another bill on my head while I get to sleep in the street? What do I do with my 76 mother whom I take care of? Would you like her to live in the street with me too? What happened to the heart of this country? But do me a favor, make sure that President George Bush gets all the money he needs for this “so called” war. Don’t hesitate or think about holding back for one minute because he will VETO you anyway. Thank you for making me a proud American. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jallen_007 | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate you know I agree with how hard it is to be proud and be American, you know people used to be so proud of being an American they use to sing about it…. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Yes, we all used to sing about being American. I cannot believe the things that our government reps get away with. Do you remember what they did to Clinton for being with another woman? And here we are with others getting away with murder. + Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jallen_007 | Mar 03, 2008(10 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Well I can proudly say I didn’t vote for George….And just graduating with a bachelors in Sociology in 2000…. My first thought was ooh my God how did he get away with that and what are my options now for employment??? I was pretty pleased with Clinton performance with running the Country and could care less about his sexual conquests…..Even if Hilary was running the Country, you can guess who I’m voting for… # Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 03, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate We need to come up with some kind of idea and fast. For everyone out there. The middle class was always the backbone of this country. Who will take care of it now? What wicked games people play. I would like to know how he sleeps at night. I dont. The Dr. had to give me tranquilizers and I cannot even respond to them. Mind you, I dont have medical coverages either. I lost my home and I owe everyone. Yet there are religious groups in this country that are exempt from real estate taxes etc. and they get all the help they need like medicaid, food stamps and even Sect 8. Yes, they have plenty of money but they hide it all while living off our sweat. Can you tell I am angry and All I do is worry………. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by StevenEParadise | Mar 03, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Let’s face it folks, the 1% that hold all of the wealth in this country, including the candidates that are hoping to get our vote in 2008, have little to no empathy for us. My benefits (I’m 47 yrs. old) run out on March 17,2008, and I’m tired of hearing all of the rhetoric from the candidates that say they care about the “average Joe” – Do they really? I have little to no faith in our government anymore – we borrowed money from the Chinese to pay for the stimulus package – What? Is there anyone at the switch? Obama is not the answer – he is a placebo to all that want to feel better about life in the U.S.. He has about as much chance (if he becomes president)at passing his agenda before Congress as we do getting our extended benefits. The government has deserted us once again and once again the middle-class has taken it on the chin! I have lost all faith! Sweden anyone? o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 03, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I’m ready for Sweden!!!! Anywhere but here. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 03, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate okay, for those of you that want to write and or call your representatives…go to www.congress.org Here you can find your local representative and also locate their mailing adress, email and phone number. I say we all call and see what they have to say. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I have been contacting my representatives for the past month now via email and have not had one response. I would like to know who is keeping their mouths shut!!!!! This is so not like our country. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 03, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Sweden….. hmmmmmm, I might like that. But for now, I know we all need our extensions now. This is real folks!! Real people are loosing everything they’ve worked for. Why can’t Washington see this? PERIOD. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 03, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I WAS EMBARRESED THAT I COULDN’T PROVIDE FOR MY FAMILY ANYMORE..AFTER FINDING THIS SIGHT IT JUST MAKES ME ANGRY. A LOT OF PROBLEMS WILL BE SOLVED IF THEY JUST PASS THIS BILL. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Ok, I live in OHIO, just tried calling local representative Marcy Kapturs office, I was told to contact, Senator Brown and the phone number is 1-888-896-6446. We need to contact our senators because this is a senate bill. What do you think about contacting the local news channels and the newspapers??? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate how about in each state they take the revenue from just 1 toll booth and provide everyone in each state unemployment. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jgallop | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate CONTACT TED KENNEDY HE IS THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL AND THERE ARE 16 SENATORS WITH HIM ON IT. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate OK. I have contacted everyone in my state for the third time and I have also contacted Ted Kennedy as well. Just everyone keep harassing them all. Its our right to try. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I have also contacted everyone and faxed letters to all the Sentors involved. As the person above stated, “It’s our right to try.” We are also loosing that right. We’re loosing everything, everyday and what is next?? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Here are two interesting links for information on the pending legislative bill #2544: www.opencongress.org/bill/110-s2544/show *this link provides email updates if any action is taken on this piece of legislation, for those interested. Another site to track legislation is www.govtrack.us * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I AM SOOOOO SCARED!!!!!!! WHAT WILL I DO!!!! IM FREAKING OUTTTT! EXTEND UNEMPLoYMENT IMMEDIATELY!!!!! PLEASE GOD HELP! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate please anyone with the proper phone numbers post them in here. everyone get on that phone like crazy. i will do the same. lets hopefully help each other in here. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate With Bush’s response of lets see what the Stimus package does for us, his out of touch reaction to gas prices going to $4 dollars a gallon by summer, & this countries typical response to trouble in there own house( 3 days to get water to Hurrican Katrena victoms) Everyone must know we are on our own. Don’t expect this bill to pass anytime some, if ever. I to have e-mailed my representives,One Debbie Stabenow is on the Finance commitee, and have receive no response. I see Hillary & Obama also sponsered this bill,They seem to be in the public eye.If they truly are in favor put it in the news. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I have lost everything. job, savings, house, and now unemployment. I am homeless and posted this using a library computer. good luck everybody in here. i hope things get better for you before you are like me and its too late. god bless you all and goodbye. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I’ve done the same, contacted my state senator Olympia Snowe,senator Kennedy etc.. No one responds! No-one cares! Other important things to do,like whether or not Clemens took steriods or not * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Is there any historical data available that shows previous federally mandated extensions? length of time to be enacted? Not a popular subject here in the great state of Texas!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate if i have to sell my winnebago that i worked so hard for to put my son through harvard im realy gonna be upset. extend this immediately! I wanted to stay retired! do not feel like working or opening up a store again. im done with that hopefully. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Forced retirement? Baby boomer? Lots of us out there! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Jam their fax machines!!!! We pay for the paper!!!! Fill their voice mail boxes, fill their postal boxes!!!! Keep OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS on their feet working day and night to get OUR unemployment extensions NOW. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Not sure I understand how extending the unemployement benefits would help a retired person put his son through Harvard. Not sure having to sell Winnebago concerns us who are about to lose or have lost there homes. Are you sure your commenting on the same BILL. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate How can the government just stop unemployment extensions? Extensions have been available for Americans at times with less unemployment. How are things so deferent now? Is the government discriminating against the Americans that need extensions? The Republican Party has made very wrong dissensions about what is require to help our economy. For one, the people who are eligible for unemployment extensions should be outraged from not getting extensions. Second, there not even ready to talk about emergence health care for the unemployed and homeless. Third, property taxes are higher than what older people get in social security. Forth, food is going up thirty percent over night because of fuel prices. The Republican Party has no common cents and You’re out of the Whitehouse. Unemployment extensions An Emergence health care system for unemployed and homeless. For people with an income of only social security there taxes should be paid after they die from the sale of their home. Fuel prices should be cut in half A great nation would do this NOW. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jgallop | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate WHY DO WE HAVE TO BEG MONEY OFF CHINA FOR THE STIMULUS? UNBELIEVABLE,, WE WOULD PROBABLY HAVE TO BEG MONEY FOR THE EXTENSION TOO. WHAT HAS GEORGE W. BUSH DONE TO THIS COUNTRY?? WE SURE NEED TO GET OUT OF IRAQ, MAYBE WE WILL BE ABLE TO HELP OUR OWN CITIZENS THEN. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate My heart is so touched. No one person sitting in the oval chair is going to change much. This country has gotten so far away from GOD. Moral decay.political decay. life decay. There is only one thing going to turn this country around. The only way is for men and women to humble their hearts before GOD. GOD made this country great. WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO GET AHOLD OF GOD. REPENT IF YOU NEED SO. GOD CAN CHANGE THINGS. HEAVEN help us all to be one nation under GOD. IM really trying to get ahold of GOD FOR US HURTING PEOPLE. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(9 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES. I PRAY EVERYDAY FOR RELIEF AND THE ONLY RELIEF I’VE FOUND IS BY STARTING PSYCHIATRIC CARE FOR “POST TRAMATIC STRESS DISORDER” FROM LOSING MY JOB DUE TO A BUY OUT. THAT WAS 08/01/07. MY UNEMPLOYMENT RAN OUT IN FEBRUARY AND HUNDREDS OF APPLICATIONS AND FEW INTERVIEWS STILL NO LUCK. WITH PRAYER AND A SEROTONIN UPTAKE MEDICATION PERHAPS I’LL FIND THAT JOB BEFORE BUSH IS OUT OF OFFICE. IN THE MEANTIME…BANKRUPTCY MAY BE MY ONLY OPTION. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 04, 2008(8 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate GO TO CONGRESS.ORG FIRST PAGE THAT OPENS TYPE YOUR ZIP CODE FIND YOUR REPS. E-MAIL ADDRESS AND E-MAIL THEM THIS PAGE. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(8 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Wow a long nap in the white house on this issue? did they all od on sleeping meds? or are they hoping we wil all just say oh well! forget the extension! we can get by with no money! we dont need to pay our bills! we dont need a home! WAKE THE F__K UP YOU BLOOD AND MONEY SUCKERS!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jgallop | Mar 05, 2008(8 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I WILL JUST BET YOU IF IT WAS ELECTION YEAR AND BUSH COULD BE REELECTED HE’D PUSHED FOR THE WHOLE PACKAGE AND NOT A FEW HUNDRED BUCKS FOR A SPENDING SPREE AT THE LOCAL DOLLAR STORES, HMM CHINA STORES. JOHN McCAIN WENT TO VISIT BUSH TODAY TO SAY WHAT NEXT BOSS!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(8 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate its not bushs fault. he is a stand up good man. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(8 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Just saw on TV today that congress is working on the the new budget. It contains 35 Billion for Unemployment extensions and food programs if needed. I think they are needed now. Write your congressman and tell them we need it now. The Money is there. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(8 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Thank for the update on the status of Unemployment benefits extensions! I just returned home from the 56th interview since my lay off in September of 2007. Having worked hard for the last 30 years but now, I am facing living on the street if I don’t obtain employment by the 10th of this month. I will take these last few days to write my congressman. But truly, I have no fight, or hope left! In 5 days I will be on the street and at the end of the month I will loose my car after making 35 payments. Good luck to all U.S. citzens that my have any unemployment benefits left. Start preparing for when you run out and you still don’t have a job! Write your letter to congress today! Maybe, for you there is still hope? Anonymous o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(8 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Is there a way we can track this “new budget”? Bill #? Name? etc.? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(8 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Hey everyone i have great news!! I saved a fortune on my car insurance! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(8 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I also watched the news today and did not see one thing stating Congress is in process on working on a “new bill”. I have managed to get an appointment with a “head hunter” on Monday as well as an interview…for a job that pays 1/2 of what I was making before my company sold us out. literally. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(8 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voters in two Vermont towns on Tuesday approved a measure that would instruct police to arrest President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for “crimes against our Constitution,” local media reported. The nonbinding, symbolic measure, passed in Brattleboro and Marlboro in a state known for taking liberal positions on national issues, instructs town police to “extradite them to other authorities that may reasonably contend to prosecute them.” Vermont, home to maple syrup and picture-postcard views, is known for its liberal politics. State lawmakers have passed nonbinding resolutions to end the war in Iraq and impeach Bush and Cheney, and several towns have also passed resolutions of impeachment. None of them have caught on in Washington. Bush has never visited the state as president, though he has spent vacations at his family compound in nearby Maine. Roughly 12,000 people live in Brattleboro, located on the Connecticut River in the state’s southeastern corner. Nearby Marlboro has a population of roughly 1,000. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(8 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Please don’t add the crap – this is for people looking & hoping for unemployment extensions – not some Neo-left Winged political gabberings. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(8 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I agree – cut the BS! Who really cares if GWB visits the NE area. You should be GREATFUL that he’s never visited your state as the President. This unemployment extension would help out in a VERY distressed country. This IS NOT a time for wise cracks and jokes. This is REAL!!! People are loosing everything they worked for and you are concerning yourself with who visits your state. I sent out 30 faxes and emails to elected officials last night, demanding our unemployment extension be passed because we American people NEED it NOW. Good luck trying to get GWB & DC arrested. Their time is soon to end. Keep U.S. unemployed Americans posted!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(8 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate A DUCK WALKS INTO A BAR AND SAYS…. HEY BARTENDER….LOL * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(8 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Bush and the republicans wants you to dry up and blow away. They don’t want to give you an extension for unemployment. If they cared at all at least they would make unemployment comp non-taxable. Even McCain doesn’t care. If he cared he would have been at the vote when they voted on the stimulus package. He was conveniently abstaining from the vote. Just get a job and fuggedabout the extension. Wishful thinking. Bush says kiss off to those who are laid off. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Don’t blame Pelosi for giving up on the unemployment extension. The republicans and Bush were ready demolish the stimulus package if it included the unemployment extension. They just plain don’t care. Pelosi got what she could. Only idiots vote for these republicans. They are only for the corporations and the rich. They fool the average working person with the rah rah America patriotic talk making you feel guilty to vote democratic. Put the republican repuke scum out of office and get government in that cares about people rather than corporate greed. This bill will never pass with these bitches in office. So forget about it. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Be happy that this pretzel eating cowboy is out of office after this year. He could care less about your extension. Since he got into office their has been nothing but bad luck and grief, 2 recessions, 911, shuttle disaster, misery after misery. Thank god for the elections so this can finally passover. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Bush/republicans are pretty happy with the state of our current economy.If jobs were plentiful,standard of living above poverty level. The WAR machine would have to go back to a draft.Our volunteer military is made up of very brave ,patriot young men who had no where else to go.. Lets not fool ourslves into thinking this is not by design. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Forget about just get a JOB, if WE COULD get a job, IT would be GREAT!!! We would rather be working then putting up with Morons like the above person that couldn’t spell ‘forget’. Must be employed by Goodwill. At least this person tried to spell. Another one of those ‘Hooked on phone-a-bush’ students!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I’ve e-mailed and faxed over 25 people in senate and congress, do you think anyone of them has the courtesy to give a response.. I’m sick of our current government,So friggin’ frustrated!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate How about if we start e-mailing and faxing this page to NBC,CBS ABC.. Try and get the reporters to start talking about it? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Just copied and sent to Brian Williams NBC dateline * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I agree…lets send this to all the local and national newspapers. We all obviously have access to computers so lets start e-mailing away. If they flooded with them, they will NOT ignore it. It is worth a try! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate FOXNEWS, CBN, AND WGN JUST CONTACTED. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 05, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Sent out to johnstossel@abcnews.com * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate GOOD NEWS MICHIGAN’S UNEMPLOYMENT JUST DROPPED FROM 7.6% TO 7.1% MAYBE ALOT OF PEOPLE JUST EXHAUSTED THEIR BENEFITS? OUR GOVERNOR ALSO SAID MICHIGAN HAS 90,000 JOBS PEOPLE JUST HAVE TO GET EDUCATED TO QUALIFY. MICHIGAN’S GOVERNOR ISN’T GONNA GIVE A STATE EXTENSION NO TIME SOON, BUT SHE IS GONNA INVEST $$$$ FOR TOURISM IN THE STATE. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate If anyone from the senate or news is reading this please do what is right and help the americans who are unemployed through no fault of their own. There is no better way to stimulate the economy then to put money back in the hands of those who are losing more and more everyday. Please. We need this to help us until we are able to find a job. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Just a heads up on Fri. Mar 7 the job reports will be released not expected to be good but I guess you already knew that. Glad to see this site has gotten serious again it got pretty strange for a bit. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Please if you are in a position of power and are reading this, help do something to extend the unemployment benefits. There are alot of people suffering. we need an extension just to even the cost of living maybe. we have families and children depending on us. PLEASE HELP! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Hi Everyone, today is my birthday and my last week of unemployment benefits. I really enjoy sitting back collecting because I loved the stressed in paying my bills and worrying where I will end up. I can not believe this extension was not past with the rebates. There is no job market. The government is so worry about the economy not even thinking of the unemployed. It will take months to build the economy and bu than there will be alot of homeless people in the USA. I get very upset when I think of the rebates most American really don"t need the money. I know what I will do with mine, pay a bill, I will not buy anything, most likely it will be made in China anyway. Good Luck to all.. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Here is some interesting information that was past on to me. My unemployment ran out two weeks ago. I have no job prospects even though I am highly qualified for numerous positions. Anybody want to see where all the money is going instead of helping Americans!!! I know it is long but please read:Social Security Change For 2008 The United States Senate voted to extend Social Security Benefits to Illegal Aliens beginning in 2008. The following are the senators who voted to give illegal aliens Social Security benefits. They are grouped by home state. If a state is not listed, there was no voting representative. Alaska : Stevens® Arizona : McCain® Arkansas : Lincoln (D) Pryor (D) California : Boxer (D) Feinstein (D) Colorado : Salazar (D) Connecticut : Dodd (D) Lieberman (D) Delaware : Biden (D) Carper (D) Florida : Martinez® Hawaii : Akaka (D) Inouye (D) Illinois : Durbin (D) Obama (D) Indiana : Bayh (D) Lugar® Iowa : Harkin (D) Kansas : Brownback® Louisiana : Landrieu (D) Maryland : Mikulski (D) Sarbanes (D) Massachusetts : Kennedy (D) Kerry (D) Montana : Baucus (D) Nebraska : Hagel® Nevada : Reid (D) New Jersey : Lautenberg (D) Menendez (D) New Mexico : Bingaman (D) New York : Clinton (D) Schumer (D) North Dakota : Dorgan (D) Ohio : DeWine® Voinovich® Oregon : Wyden (D) Pennsylvania : Specter® Rhode Island : Chafee® Reed (D) South Carolina : Graham® South Dakota : Johnson (D) Vermont : Jeffords (I) Leahy (D) Washington : Cantwell (D) Murray (D) West Virginia : Rockefeller (D), by Not Voting Wisconsin : Feingold (D) Kohl (D) http://rense.com/general79/seniors.htm I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them. I have included the URL’s for verification of the following facts: 1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year. http://tinyurl.com/zob77 2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens. http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html 3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens. http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html 4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.0.html 5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html 6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html 7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html 8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare and Social Services by the American taxpayers. http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html 9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html 10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two-and-a-half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US . http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html 11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the Southern border. Homeland Security Report. http://tinyurl.com/t9sht 12. The National Policy Institute, “estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.” http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf 13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin.http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm 14. "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States ". http://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml Total cost is a whooping… $338.3 BILLION A YEAR!!! Snopes is provided for doubters: http://www.snopes.com/politics/immigration/bankofamerica.asp * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by markgolling | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Well all this very touching my checks ran out 2-3-08 and yes I e-mailed the senators, representatives. white house and everyone else and yes I got that touching e-mail back saying how much they care about my problem and they will do everything in their power to help Bla Blah Blah. The bottom line is they don’t care about the middle class because most of us just get by. We don’t contibute to their funds they just want us to dissappear until they want us to vote for them we’re suckers they vote themselves raises get the Best Health care and talk about retirement when they do get out of office their set for life. If you don’t have a couple hundred thousand laying around your dirt lets face it good jobs are going south even customer service is a joke just try calling for help and you get to talk to someone in India. Gas & Milk going up to $4 a gallon wage cuts fewer and fewer jobs that pay good I have the same story I’ve put out 165 app’s only 4 interviews 2 of them paid $13 a hour 1 was for $10. I made that much when I was 19 how can I support a family of four on that I’m down to selling stuff guns, coins, tools and anything else I can’t afford to have. And the rich love that their buying it up like you would’nt believe check prices and once they get what they want they will just flaunt it in are faces. Well sooner or later we’ll wake up I’m tired of seeing the news report about how much sports player are getting to play and what about the so called celeb’s Bitney, Lindsey, Paris what a joke since when haveing a porn flick with you in it makes you a star what are we coming to and they don’t know the meaning of being hard up for cash and never will. There is nobody we can vote in because it’s all the same they have big money and are supported by big money something is going to crash I just hope me and my family can make it though it. Thanks for letting me blow of some steam and good luck to the rest of you!! sorry if there are any spelling mistakes after all I’m just a construction worker * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I feel like this bill is not going to move forward. When they left it out of the stimulus pkg they basically said that it wasn’t a priority. I am ashamed of our Senate. They have washed their hands of the american middle class worker. Very unfortunate. We will make it somehow. God Bless you all. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate its a real priority that we all get tax rebates in may rather thean extensions now. that makes alot of sense NOT! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Has anyone heard any updates regarding the extension? This month will be my last until my benefits goes to $0. Something needs to be done ASAP. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Has anyone heard from a reliable source what is happening with this? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate its just kind of an open /closed issue. it is pending but nobody is acting on it. meanwhile we are all nervous going crazy . * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jgallop | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate IF YOU WILL SCROLL UP YOU CAN GO TO OPEN CONGRESS.It SHOWS YOU EXACTLY WHAT MEETINGS ETC. ARE GOING ON EVERYDAY, WARNING>>> IT MAY PI** YA OFF. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate That says it all! Thanks! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jgallop | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate TODAYS agenda is POSTPARDUM DEPRESSION RESEARCH.THEY ARE ALSO LOOKING AT GLOBAL POVERTY , UNREAL RIGHT..? o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Very real,not what I needed to see. S2544 is so far down the list on bills that never get passed that it gave this household a total reality check! There are three of us and we are all unemployed – one right after the other. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate CONTACT EVERYONE IN THE MEDIA!!! SOMETHING WILL GET STARTED!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Hi All, My unemployment runs out at the end of this month. Like others here, I have naver been out of work like this. We need that extension! There is a way to reach Speaker Pelosi if you are not a constituent. http://www.speaker.gov/contact/comment_email Good info w this article. Why job market is even worse than you think Nation’s first job loss in more than four years tells only part of the story of the weak labor market. The ranks of the long-term unemployed are growing. By Chris Isidore, CNNMoney.com senior writer February 2 2008: 9:05 AM EST http://money.cnn.com/2008/02/01/news/economy/longterm_unemployment/index.htm?postversion=2008020209 Washington State Girl * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate the emergency unemploykment bill is NOT moving jut as it is getting hader and harder to ay my mortgage, credit card bills and the essentials…food, water and electcic. I don’t know where to turn now. I’ve writt en my Senators and Congress to no avail…for the first time in myu life I’ve had to use enemployment benefits…always over paid my taxes and within 3 months (I cashed out my 401K which was heavily taxed I fear my daughter and I will be homeess before June 1, 2008. I contnue to apply for jobs (am over and qualifed for 130+ jobs) with no response. I’m scared and not sure what to do next. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jgallop | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate IF ANY OF YOU BLOGGING HERE HAS BEEN LAID OF DUE OR EVEN PARTLY DUE TO OUTSOURCING GO TO YOUR LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE. THE FEDS HAVE A PROGRAM CALLED TRA AND TAA THIS GIVES BENEFITS FOR 26 WEEKS PLUS PAYS FOR COLLEGE GED ETC . I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR MINE .SEEMS MY COMPANY WAS SLOW GETTING MY PAPER WORK IN . * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The republican want you to be a real man and stand up on your own 2 feet. That is why they will not consider any unemployment extension whatsoever. Extensions are for teh weak and pitiful. They want Americans to be strong and suck it up. So suck it up people and get your butts to work or pack up and go to another country. That is the Bush doctrine! Cowboy up says bushy boy. Get to work and get a life. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Boston | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Very helpful! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate You lazy bums should be on a job search site looking for work instead of blogging and whining on the internet. Crack open the newspaper and look for a job you losers. Make bush proud that you are trying to move the economy forward. Lazy liberals! o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate “lazy bums”- 1 year and 800+ resumes sent and applications filled out- no interviews and still can’t even get a job “flipping burgers” when you are out of a job and looking and about to get foreclosed on, not know where you next plate of food comes from- then you talk but until then ZIP IT!!!! you probalbly voted for this idiot. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Boston | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate From the great state of Tejas! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(7 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate FROM the lazy bum guy. You had better chose your words a little wiser. YOU will reap what you sow. Be carefull on whos children you speak of. THE hand may be writing on your wall. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate TO THE MORON WHO POSTED THIS, “You lazy bums should be on a job search site looking for work instead of blogging and whining on the internet. Crack open the newspaper and look for a job you losers. Make bush proud that you are trying to move the economy forward. Lazy liberals!”. FIRST OF ALL, MAKE BUSH PROUD!! WHAT DO YOU MEAN???? HE HAS NOT MADE US PROUD IN MANY WAYS THAT IT WOULD BURN THIS SERVER UP IF I WROTE EVERYONE OF THEM OUT!!! YOU SHOULD BE PROUD THAT YOU HAVE A F——N JOB AND YOU SHOULD KEEP YOU THOUGHTS TO YOURSELF AND YOU GOODWILL JOB. YOU ARE THE LOOSER LOOKING TO GET BUSHES ALL UP YOUR AZZZ. Hey, guys and gals, I just heard back from WGN Superstation. They wanted to know more about what is being said here. Go ’GET’UM’ as the GREAT STATE of TEJAS doesn’t know how to spell. Must be hooked on ‘Bushphonics’. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate To the State of Texas, you better pray you don;t lose your job. You have some nerve. I have work steadily for 30 years, a single mother raised my child and put her thru college without any assistances from the government. I have great experience and never been out of work before.. I have been looking every single day for a job to no avail…. and my unemployment is over…. You better watch would you say, it could happen to you. ….Please stay off this site…. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 06, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate All i here is BUSH talking about the enemy but real the way His acting i think were the enemy sold America to the Chinese for a war that the only think we got back was body bags. What do you thinks going to happen we they come to collect this money and we don’t have it but we have home up for sale and land for sale to so more people were going to have new Masters to run are live cause the once that should be don’t there job ARE . and you Know what happen when you can’t do you job you’ll get fired were the once that put those half ass in office and if the can’t do there job it time to let them go. Time to find someone that can do the job that are there for the FOR THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE. CAUSE THE ONLY COLOR IS HIS IS RED AND GREEN AND IT STAND FOR BLOOD AND MONEY. IF THEY CAN SEND ARE SON,FATHER HUSBAND, AND WOMEN OVER TO DIE FOR FOR A ENEMY AND FIND NOTHING THERE. Then why do we have to suffer so much them talk about all people who want to get and goto work come and haver a i cold beer from hard day or just hang with a few good friends after work or the play game. But know we have to fight just to keep are job in the USA and that same fight employer hiring on cheat ass labor. Come on just us a break to the act like you give a damn about the people and not your greed ass. THEY NEED TO BE FRIED OR DO YOU JOB !!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by markgolling | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate There is another bill with unemployment help “hr 4934” but it’s sitting on the curb doing nothing and it was brought up on 1-15-08 so their doing what all representatives do they will pass it when you finally take that $7 a hour job and can’t get the extension of unemployment. Because your Working!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate O.K. The Labor report is in as 15 min. ago numbers are not good which we already know. The big R is on. New York Times and Washington Post are good sites for info. Republicans will have to respond * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate It is very disheartening to see that someone posted a negative response. It makes me wonder if hard times have ever hit their life? Has it occured to those who oppose this bill that in order to quailfy you must be unemployed through no fault of your own. I am not lazy. I am a hard worker and I hope that what has happened to me and many others will not happen to anyone else. Please vote for change for our great nation. God Bless. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Look at the #‘s from the Labor report they are in your favor & proves our case. Keep contacting your reps #’s don’t lie. Keep calling writing & e-mailing. Stay on it. Stay on it. To the person who started this site THANK YOU! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Me again on the labor report CNN site says Unemployment worse in 5 years. Todays news is all about unemployment & its effects. My advise read more be informed its your best defense Keep e-mailing your reps. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate If you’re looking for a job, you should see how your state compares to the rest of the country. Here are the 10 worst states to find work ranked by their unemployment rates. 1. Michigan Unemployment rate: 7.6 percent Population: 10,071,822 Mean annual wage: $41,230 Top industry: Trade, transportation and utilities (18.4 percent)* 2. Mississippi Unemployment rate: 6.8 percent Population: 2,918,785 Mean annual wage: $30,460 Top industry: Government (21.2 percent) 3. South Carolina Unemployment rate: 6.6 percent Population: 4,407,709 Mean annual wage: $33,400 Top industry: Trade, transportation and utilities (19.4 percent) 4. Alaska Unemployment rate: 6.5 percent Population: 683,478 Mean annual wage: $43,920 Top industry: Government (25.9 percent) 5. California Unemployment rate: 6.1 percent Population: 36,553,215 Mean annual wage: $44,180 Top industry: Trade, transportation and utilities (18.9 percent) 6. District of Columbia Unemployment rate: 6.1 percent Population: 588,292 Mean annual wage: $61,500 Top industry: Government (33.3 percent) 7. Ohio Unemployment rate: 6 percent Population: 11,466,917 Mean annual wage: $37,360 Top industry: Trade, transportation and utilities (19.3 percent) 8. Arkansas Unemployment rate: 5.9 percent Population: 2,834,797 Mean annual wage: $30,870 Top industry: Trade, transportation and utilities (20.6 percent) 9. Nevada Unemployment rate: 5.8 percent Population: 2,565,382 Mean annual wage: $36,000 Top industry: Leisure and hospitality (26.5 percent) 10. Kentucky Unemployment rate: 5.7 percent Population: 4,241,474 * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jgallop | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate 63,000 new peole to the unemployment lines, we are heading for a depression. WHY AREN’T WE EXPLORING FOR OUR OWN OIL? I KNOW OF 3 GREAT LAKES THAT MAY HAVE OIL UNDER THEM. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Now that unemployment is at its highest in 5 years we need to remind Nancy Pelosi that when she caved to the Republicans by not including extensions in the original stimulus she stated if we need more we will go back and get it Go fetch Nancy! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The Bush stimulus package is just that. Just a little stimuli to put more money in the Jewish investors pockets. The big retailers will show some short term profits and that will make Bushy look good. They will even boost their profits by laying off some staff. In the meantime you can forget your unemployment extension as it was cut out of the stimulus package and this new bill won’t get anywhere either as the republican will tear it down. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate the unemployment rate improved to 4.8% from the 4.9% reading in January. Economists had forecast the unemployment rate would rise to 5%. The rate fell because of a big jump in the number of people that the government counted as no longer in the labor force. So all of us who have exhausted our beneits do not count,does anyone else think this is a pretty poor way of tracking unemployment?/ How many people are truly out of work in the Country?? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I agree 100%. The government tries to make their numbers look better by pretending that those of us that have exhausted our unemployment benefits do not exist. Anything to avoid extending unemployment. The U.S. government is a JOKE! We probably won’t hear anything new on extensions today since it’s Friday. Congress is probably going to cut out of work early so that they can cash their paychecks and go out for a steak dinner. God help us! The government won’t. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I’m going on 5 mos without unemployment, living and working for friends just to keep food in my mouth and a roof over my head.. Lost home to forclosure 4 months ago.. Can’t they see we need help!!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate This was on my State senators website this morning: SNOWE CALLS ON CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION TO ADDRESS ECONOMIC DOWNTURN U.S. Employers Slash 63,000 Jobs, Largest Monthly Job Decline in Five Years March 7, 2008 WASHINGTON D.C. - New U.S. Department of Labor statistics released this morning reported that U.S. employers cut 63,000 jobs during February, marking the largest monthly job decline in nearly five years. Today’s figures also mark the second consecutive month of job decline and the first time since 2003 the nation has experienced job losses in consecutive months. The Labor Department estimates that the number of people in the workforce fell by 450,000 in February. U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, called on her colleagues in the Senate and House to take immediate action to address unemployment insurance benefits and adopt measures that would inject more life into the flagging economy. “We cannot afford to wait for another month of job losses to take immediate and effective action – Congress should be proactive when addressing our economy, not solely reactive,” Senator Snowe said. “Unemployment is rising, heating and oil costs are skyrocketing and the burden on working-class and low-income Americans is growing by the day. We have an obligation to alleviate that burden as soon as we can. That effort should start with addressing unemployment insurance benefits, provide additional heating assistance to low-income families and reduce the financial burden on states by delaying implementation of costly Medicaid regulations.” o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate She is super – just maybe she can make it happen! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I think its a shame that we can send money to Iraq and other countries, but Bush can not take care of whats in his own back yard. I am not talking about Texas. We are good for taking care of others, but not the people that were born, raised and still reside in the US. We need that unemployment extension, people losing their homes, I bet no one in Congress will lose their home. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate After 50 years my company was bought and sold right out of Michigan. After working for 22 years I am now in fear of losing it all. The Governor of Michigan says to train for a new career. Who will pay my morgage while I’m training for that career. My unemployment runs out in one month. The soonest I could sign up for job training is April 1st. Does this sound like a solution to the unemployment problem? I also know people who completed their job training and still cannot find a job. Instead of being another jobless statistic we will be a homeless statistic. Who cares? certainly not George Bush and John McCain. If Change comes it will be way too late for this middle class which is slowly becoming the lower class. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate IT’S MAKING THE NEWS NOW, THEY CAN’T SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG, THEY WILL HAVE TO DO SOMETHING, MCCAIN WILL NEVER HAVE A CHANCE IF BUSH DOESN’T PASS THIS THING, FOOD STAMPS, HOME HEATING HELP AND UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I wrote down a whole list of senators e-mail addresses and mass mailed this page to all of them.. Someone needs to help us.. For a republican, Senator snowe seems to care. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Good move keep e-mailing we all have our sad stories but lets stick to the goal here. Keep at them. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate DID ANYONE HEAR MADCOW BOY GEORGE’S SPEECH ON THE ECONOMY? IT LASTED ABOUT 5 MINUTES ( IF THAT) HE SAYS IT’S SLOW AND WE HAVE TO WAIT IT OUT, GOOD LORD OLE MIGHTY HELP US ALL! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate President Bush and his aide Mr. Lazear keep saying to wait for the rebate checks to make an impact on the economy which should by late spring and summer. Wouldn’t it be a logical decision to extend the unemployment benefits now so we unemployed can make it until then when hopefully the job market will be better? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Logic doesn’t exist w/him now – election year! He is a lame duck and wants the public to think he gave us something. Santa Claus mind set? Frustrating! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Most of us who actually need the stimulas package won’t have an address of our own for the government to send it to. An extension of uneployment benifits will help me pay my morgage while his “stimulated” economy grows into more jobs for the unemployed. Santa Claus is coming to town a little too late. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate George Bush, what a piece of @#%&! Never thought that someone so ignorant would be alowed to run a country. I bet that if his advisors told him that 2+2=23, he would really believe it. My 2 yr old is smarter than him and can talk better too. Way to go Bush! By the time I get my rebate check I’ll have to use it to turn my heat and electricity back on. That is if I still have a home. I don’t know how you can sleep at night. Oh Right! It is probably pretty easy to sleep when you don’t have to worry about the bills. Thanks for nothing! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate My employer of 6 years relocated me from MA to NC in 2006 in 2007 they terminated my employment with no explanation. There are no jobs here – have sent out 200+ resumes, had 4 interviews since 8/2007. Things don’t seem to be getting any better. Hope they pass the bill for extension soon. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate To keep updated on the Unemployment Extension compensation Act 2008 – go to this site and register for the updates, as well as it gives you a link to contact the Legislature – to voice your needs and concerns of enacting the Extension’s – Hopefully SOON these Burecrats will get off thier hands and do something for the Unemployed – The Extension’s should have been put in place when they enacted the Stimulous package. You can sign up for the Alerts on the Extension’s by going here - www.unemployedworkers.org/extend_jobless_benefits/index.cfm o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Thank you for this link it gives me some hope since my unemployment runs out at the end of the month. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Just want your thought in here people. Do any of you think it will make a difference to our country whoever gets elected? i really dont think it will matter. thats why i will not vote for any of these clowns. if you think it will please explain why. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate i wish we had some balance in this country. you dont have to be either poor or filthy rich. i wish it was all middle class. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE BUT I CAN’T AFFORD TO USEIT $2,000.00 DEDUCTABLE. I WANT A DEMOCRAT IN OFFICE, WE NEED AN OVERHAUL OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. LETS ALL PRAY AND THINK POSITIVE THAT THIS EXTENSION WILL COME THROUGH IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, MAYBE THE SENATORS WILL PUT THE PRESURE ON<><> * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Breathe easy, they are going to have to pass this bill along with more help for the housing crisis. Our economy is bad… they will pass this bill. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate With all the eceonomic indicators pointing in the direction of getting worse, you can bet they will probably get on this Bill SOON – I’m predicting this time next week these Idiots that run our Legislation will be on the bandwagon trying to push quickly to enact this Extension – but what the bad thing is – they will probably bicker back and forth – each party trying to blame the others one way or another as to why or how come this hasn’t been put into legislation earlier – No-matter how you look at it both political partys are to blame for not doing it sooner – look at it with perspective and come this fall – think carefully before electing to vote any of these Dim witted Politicians into office – If it were up to me – I’d already Fired them All – they are ALL a Joke. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I agree, they are a joke. The same parties who helped make our home loans so affordable, allow criminal lending practices by banks, and now are responsible for loss of jobs. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(6 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Well lets see my home state is michigan, i have contacted my govenor, both my senators, and mr. kennedy and mrs snowe, come on people start emailing . my unemployment is out this week. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by bmoore | Mar 07, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I am in Georgia, Albany to be exact and the situation here is getting worse even though our housing situation has not gotten that bad. I have been unemployed since August 2007 and my benefits have been exhausted. I am now depending upon my husband who is still working but he is an auto refinisher for semi- tractors and his work has slowed seriously. I am in my fifties and have been in the educational field and the medical profession and now is considering going back to school but we may deplete our retirement funds if I can’t get some type of extension of benefits. I truly feel that this bill will be passed very soon. Bush will then realize that there is a greater power than he. We will get ou benefits extended. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate the pressure is on people. if you watched c-span tonight. we will get the extension. hopefully 1 month longer at most o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Better than nothing right now. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate About 1 month is all I have left on unemployment. I have looked everywhere for a job and have had one offer for 20 hours a week. Me being a single mother of a 30 year old mentally challenged son can not live on a 20 hour a week job. I cry every night wondering how we can live after unemployment runs out, I pray the extension comes soon! o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I have been off work since July of 07 and I have not had any job offers until this past week. The job is part-time and as a single mother of 3 children I find myself having to take this job due to my unemployment benefits being exhausted! I have no choice! My prayers go out to everyone in the same boat as me good luck to all of you! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate THEY NEED TO TO PASS THE EXTENTION NOW! I have already lost my home and will be out on the street by the end of next week! I have applied for over 163 jobs in the last 2 and a half weeks! Now, since my benifts have run out over a month ago, power, water will be shut off in 48 hours. The repo man is at my door… gotta go. I give up! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate What I’m noticing, is that most of us are doing this for a first time. Most of us have kids, homes, responsible beings. And what I’m also reading is we’ve applied for over 100, even close to 200 jobs with no replies. Are we applying to blind jobs online? This is really scary. I’ve applied to over a hundred now, with not one response. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 07, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I am seeing alot of employment agency advertising on line and they are all come on ads. they called, but have nothing. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I have also applied for numerous jobs with 99% of the applications being filled out on line. Only one had even contacted me for an interview,which went well, said he would contact me for a second interview,never has and that was 6 weeks ago. What is going on? Can’t they even have the courtesy to let us know they got our applications? o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate You’re right, it should be an act of courtesy, but I’ve had not one, and I’ve sent over 100 resumes online. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Ok people, it’s time <<>>. Send email, faxes, and letters. Make our ELECTED OFFICIALS work for U.S.! We ARE the American Surge demanding our unemployment extension! We drive this great country of ours. Let’s not drive it in the wrong direction. Don’t be afraid of contacting your elected officials and demand your unemployment extension. It’s our right and their duty and no one can take that away from you. Maybe they want U.S. unemployed Americans to ACT and DEMAND. Bush said he wants U.S. to work for it. Well, contact everyone you know. This is NOT the American dream. We are in a recession! Who cares about (long term economy), we NEED it NOW! These itsy bitsy tiny so called rebate checks will do what? What will you do with your so called rebate checks? Pay past due bills? Most likely it will. If you don’t plan on paying past due bills, save it. Don’t bother putting it back in the economy. You ask, why? Think about it, if we all kept our rebate checks and the economy doesn’t get any better, than what? Maybe more rebate checks that will be mailed out to our no longer existing addresses because we will loose our homes by then. It’s all in our hands, make it work for U.S. not them. Did anyone watch the speech with Bush(phonics) and McCanned? Bush and McCain mentioned nothing about the economy. WOW, doesn’t surprise me, but I heard plenty about the war. Another thing, Bush stated over and over that ‘the next MAN that sits in the oval office should….’ What?? Did our president just discriminate against Senator Clinton? What is Bush’s intension? Maybe it’s a SECRET. Hmmm, time to call Congress to investigate. As of today, I have applied to over 300 employers and only 2 interviews. The 2 interviews really didn’t go well, because the interviewers couldn’t answer my simple question of job security. Wow, that really encourages me to work for a loser. The ones who interviewed me were less then half my age had no knowledge of what the positions were all about. That’s a joke! Don’t settle for anything less. We are the people and the people are speaking and they must listen and act because they know we drive this country. They may run the country, which could be up or down but we drive it. We are the SURGE that will get our UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION benefits. This is just the beginning. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Here we go again, JUST RELEASED!!! updated 8:30 p.m. ET, Fri., March. 7, 2008 WASHINGTON – At a cost of nearly $42 million, the IRS wants you to know: Your check is almost in the mail. The Internal Revenue Service is spending the money on letters to alert taxpayers to expect rebate checks as part of the economic stimulus plan. The notices are going out this month to an estimated 130 million households who filed returns for the 2006 tax year, at a cost $41.8 million, IRS spokesman John Lipold confirmed. DEMAND YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I don’t understand why this has not been approved… What do we pay our bills with? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate This is posted on the: U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration website www.doleta.gov As of Saturday, March 8, 2008 Home > UI > UI Extended Benefits The PURPOSE of Unemployment Insurance Extended Benefits Purpose Extended Benefits are available to workers who have exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment. The basic Extended Benefits program provides up to 13 additional weeks of benefits when a State is experiencing high unemployment. Some States have also enacted a voluntary program to pay up to 7 additional weeks (20 weeks maximum) of Extended Benefits during periods of extremely high unemployment. Eligibility Extended Benefits may start after an individual exhausts other unemployment insurance benefits (not including Disaster Unemployment Assistance or Trade Readjustment Allowances). Not everyone who qualified for regular benefits qualifies for Extended Benefits. The State agency will advise you of your eligibility for Extended Benefits. Benefits The weekly benefit amount of Extended Benefits is the same as the individual received for regular unemployment compensation. The total amount of Extended Benefits that an individual could receive may be fewer than 13 weeks (or fewer than 20 weeks). Filing A Claim When a State begins an Extended Benefit period, it notifies those who have received all of their regular benefits that they may be eligible for Extended Benefits. You may contact the State Unemployment Insurance agency to ask whether Extended Benefits are available. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate We don’t pay them, they disconnect us. The government has disconnected us from our benefits. Go figure. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate That will REALLY help the economy out!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Senate millionaires John Kerry, D-Massachusetts: $163,626,399 Herb Kohl, D-Wisconsin: $111,015,016 John Rockefeller, D -West Virginia: $81,648,018 Jon Corzine, D-New Jersey: $71,035,025 Dianne Feinstein, D-California: $26,377,109 Peter Fitzgerald, R-Illinois: $26,132,013 Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey $17,789,018 Bill Frist, R-Tennessee: $15,108,042 John Edwards, D-North Carolina: $12,844,029 Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts: $9,905,009 Jeff Bingaman, D-New Mexico: $7,981,015 Bob Graham, D-Florida: $7,691,052 Richard Shelby, R-Alabama: $7,085,012 Gordon Smith, R-Oregon: $6,429,011 Lincoln Chafee, R-Rhode Island: $6,296,010 Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska: $6,267,028 Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee: $4,823,018 Mike DeWine, R-Ohio: $4,308,093 Mark Dayton, D-Minnesota: $3,974,037 Ben Campbell, R-Colorado: $3,165,007 Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska: $2,963,013 Olympia Snowe, R-Maine: $2,955,037 James Talent, R-Missouri: $2,843,031 Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania: $2,045,016 Judd Gregg, R-New Hampshire: $1,916,026 John McCain, R-Arizona: $1,838,010 James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma: $1,570,043 John Warner, R-Virginia: $1,545,039 Kay Bailey Hutchison, R – Texas: $1,513,046 Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky: $1,511,017 Harry Reid, D-Nevada: $1,500,040 Sam Brownback, R-Kansas: $1,491,018 Thomas Carper, D-Delaware: $1,482,017 Ted Stevens, R-Alaska: $1,417,013 Maria Cantwell, D-Washington: $1,264,999 Barbara Boxer, D-California: $1,172,003 Orrin Hatch, R-Utah: $1,086,023 Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana: $1,080,014 Bill Nelson, D-Florida: $1,073,014 Charles Grassley, R-Iowa: $1,016,024 *These figures are base estimates provided by senators on their financial disclosure forms. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Employers made their deepest cut in staffing in almost five years in February, the Labor Department reported Friday. There was a net loss of 63,000 jobs, which is the biggest decline since March 2003 and weaker than the revised 22,000 jobs lost in January. Economists had forecast a gain of 25,000 jobs. The weak report fueled already mounting recession fears and is likely to keep the Federal Reserve cutting interest rates further when it meets later this month. “Based on today’s Employment Report, if we are not in a recession, it is a darned good imitation of one,” said Kevin Giddis, managing director of fixed income at Morgan Keegan. “We are in an unprecedented real estate and credit crisis that is whipping its way through the U.S. economy like a Midwestern tornado.” Job losses were widespread, reaching beyond the battered construction sector, which lost 39,000, and manufacturing, where job losses hit 52,000. Retailers cut 34,000 jobs. Temporary staffing firms cut nearly 28,000 from their payrolls, another warning sign of employers pulling back. Hotels cut about 4,000 jobs, a sign that discretionary consumer spending could be on the wane. Overall the private sector cut 101,000 jobs, with only a gain in government employment limiting losses. “Job growth appears to have weakened across nearly every industry with the exception of health care and government,” said Keith Hall, the commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which prepares the jobs report, testified Friday before a congressional committee. Hall would not give a forecast for hiring, but others said the latest report suggests more job losses likely lay ahead. “Businesses have become too pessimistic about the outlook for the economy, and the capacity of the Bush Administration and Federal Reserve to manage it, to be adding new employees or replacing those that leave,” said University of Maryland professor Peter Morici. Underlying weakness Despite the loss, the unemployment rate improved to 4.8% from the 4.9% reading in January. Economists had forecast the unemployment rate would rise to 5%. A survey of households is used to estimate the unemployment rate, while a survey of employers that is considered to be more accurate sets the readings on the changes in payrolls. The unemployment rate fell because of an increase of 450,000 people whom the government no longer counts as being part of the labor force for a variety of factors, such as that they are not currently looking for work. That drop in the size of the labor force allowed for he modest decline in unemployment, even as the household survey showed 255,000 fewer Americans with jobs than in January. Hall conceded in his testimony Friday that the labor market was weaker than suggested by the decline in the unemployment rate. He pointing to an increase of 637,000 workers over the past 12 months who have part-time jobs but would prefer to be working full time. He said the bureau’s broadest measure of the unemployment rate, one which counts as unemployed both those part-time workers who want full-time jobs as well as those not searching for a job at the moment but who are interested in finding work, now stands at 8.9%, up from 8.1% a year ago. “We’ve clearly had a broad weakening in the labor market,” Hall testified. “This weakening in the labor market is not a sudden thing, it has been happening for over a year.” Rep. Elijah Cummings, who was chairing the hearing of Joint Economic Committee, suggested that Congress needed to do more to address the problems of unemployment. Some proposals: extended unemployment benefits and increased food stamps, as well as greater investment in infrastructure. “Frankly I believe our economy stands poised on an uncertain cliff, threatening to throw our nation into a crisis,” said Cummings. “We do not need to recite a litany of data to know our economy is struggling.” Forecasting the Fed The rising fear of recession has sparked a series of interest rate cuts from the Federal Reserve, along with a $170 billion economic stimulus package passed last month by Congress. The Fed is set to meet March 18 to decide what to do with interest rates. Friday’s report would seem to suggest more rate cuts are on the way, despite the improved unemployment rate. “Even the silver lining of a falling unemployment rate has a little rust,” said Rich Yamarone, director of economic research at Argus Research. He predicted that the central bank will cut rates by a half percentage point at both its March meeting and again on April 30. But Yamarone and some other experts questioned whether additional Fed cuts would do much to improve the employment outlook. “We’re not in a crisis because the cost of borrowing is too high, it’s because people are afraid of lending,” said Dan Alpert, managing director of Westwood Capital, referring to the ongoing credit crunch. “At the end of the day, the Fed cuts don’t really solve the problems. They’ve already cut allot; if jobs continue to decline in face of further interest rate cuts, it’s prima facie evidence cuts aren’t effective.” But few experts were ready to suggest the Fed would stop cutting rates at this point, given the problems in the economy and financial markets. “The Fed has to do what it can to provide remedy and not scare the market as well,” said Mike Materasso, a senior portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate “Losing a job is painful, and I know Americans are concerned about our economy; so am I,” said President Bush. “It’s clear our economy has slowed.” “I know this is a difficult time for our economy, but we recognized the problem early and provided the economy with a booster shot,” Bush said. “We will begin to see the impact over the coming months,” the president predicted. Mr,Bush, Do you really know how painful it is to lose a job and have to worry about providing for your family,paying your morgatage and your bills. Do you know what it is like to go for 24 hours straight with no sleep becasue of the intense worry of trying to find a GOOD job that doesn’t seem to exist in this economy?? You don’t understand, because if you did you would have done something sooner. Your bills and mortgage are being paid, you have no pain or worries, so until then, DON’T tell us that YOU UNDERSTAND OUR PAIN! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I don’t understand how they can say there’s a bill to extend unemployment benefits but to those who “qualify”. The job market is so scarce and with more being unemployed, how is there relief to those who cannot get a job to support ones self and/or family? I’ve been unemployed and called recently to see about extending my benefits but from what I’m understanding, it has to be totally exhausted before you can hopefully get it extended? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I have been searching for a job for 6 months and will no relief in site! If more businesses are closing or laying off, where will those jobs be generated. I have not medical assistance and in need of medication which is out of reach to pay and don’t qualify for assistance, gasoline costs are getting out of control to try to even get to an agency to apply which I’ve done with at least 10 agencies and they’re all “slow”. So how is it going to get better? How many people are going to “lose” everything before things “change” for the better? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I contacted Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, the state in which i live. He contacted me the same day. Michigan has the highest unemployment rate in the U.S. He and other Democrats voted for the extension to be included in the stimulus package. Republicans held it back. For the person who does not know how to vote in the fall, this could be one answer. He assured me that the most important thing on his agenda is to push for the extension as quickly as possible. The extension and not the loan that President Bush is loaning us, will stimulate the economy more. This is the most common sense that I have heard from a politician in a long time. YOU GO SENATOR LEVIN! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Now I read the space shuttle is going to" blast" off next week and I sit and wonder how much longer I can pay my gas bill so my furnace can have a flame. Haven’t worked in months, unemployment almost over, with no job prospect in sight,worked for 32 years and am now at the lowest point in my life,the extension better come quick! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Don’t let the Dems BS you, under the first Economic Stimulous package – the Senate(republican majority) had included a 13 week extension – but the dems shot that down, it would have at least got the extension’s going – then they could have worked on getting further extensions later. This is a Election year and niether party is going to let the other Take credit for anything – sad – such jackasses! I live in Michigan as well – where this States politicians are a very Big joke – Granholm has definately blown this State away and continues to neglect the citizens of this State – She has the power to enact – Emergency Unemployment extensions – why has she not ? o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I watched the hearings & I am sorry to say you are miss informed about the 1st stimulus EB’s were not included but you can blame a Dem and her name is Nancy Pelosi she had the ball in her court at that time & dropped it Big Time. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jgallop | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate IF SENATOR CARL LEVIN IS SO CONCERNED WHY DOESN’T MICHIGAN HAVE A STATE 13 WEEK EXTENSION? EACH STATE SHOULD START BY TAKING CARE OF THEIR OWN. INSTEAD THEY ARE INVESTING MILLIONS IN ROADS, COBO HALL, WIND FARMS, THEY ARE RIDICULOUS.. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I’m a Michigan resident as well, over the last several years this State has been heading for an economic disaster – with all the jobs leaving the state related to the auto industry and once those jobs started leaving, everything else started to fall off. I work in the construction field and have absolutly seen a major decline in all aspects of the construction industry – construction means growth – and it just isn’t there. over the last couple years I’ve worked – but just barely enough to get by and struggle to pay bills like so many other people. The government has prospered by over collecting taxes which monies were supposed to be put into the “unemployment trust fund” if so where is that money NOW – when workers need it the most. Just not long ago – the State of Michigan was headed for a “Shutdown” and then – guess what ? They supposedly find nearly 400 million dollars in the general fund, probably from “over taxation” of the people – Michigan has in-fact just recently passed the largest Tax increase in history – on the working man – go figure! especially at a time as the State is in now – economic peril. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate jgallop – Exactly! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate LET’S HERE FROM OTHER STATES ALSO!!! STAY ON TOP OF THIS, REMEMBER, WE DRIVE THIS COUNTRY!!! WE ARE THE SURGE THAT NEED OUR UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS NOW!!! CONTACT EVERY ELECTED OFFICIAL. CONTACT THE MEDIA. DON’T BE AFRAID TO DEMAND, IT’S OUR RIGHT BEFORE THEY TAKE THAT AWAY FROM U.S. TOO!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by rmrichard | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Thanks to outsourcing, I have been told over and over that I am over qualified for the jobs I’ve interviewed for. My state (AZ) doesn’t allow extensions, and I’m almost out of benefits. The plunging value of the dollar, the trillions of dollars of U.S. debt that can never be repaid is bringing on a horrible deep depression. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Texas responding – doesn’t happen here. “Right to work” state…..There are three unemployed adults in this family, one right after the other and all out of benefits. Have to hope that the other 49 will look out for Texas! All contacting falls on deaf ears – not a big surprise! Sad! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I’m from New Jersey-, first time out of work in 30 years, this was my last week of unemployment. I’ve been searching for 6 months every single day to no avail. Jobs are scarce here too. This is a nightmare!!!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(5 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Hush Hush go away stop complaining deal with it NOT MY PROBLEM! just some thoughts of the republicans. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate North Carolina here. Keep it coming! We need to here from more states. Come on!! Speak up!! Let’s ROCK THE HILL!! We NEED our Unemployment Extension! <<<< WAKE UP DC >>>> Time to smell the Unemployed Americans who had their water turned off, beacuse we ARE out of Unemployment Benefits!! Bush said he don’t believe in torture…. BULLSHIT… What the HELL is he doing to us. High Energy Costs —> HIGHER BILLS FOR U.S. -→ HIGHER FUEL COSTS —→ NO JOBS = HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT = EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS (PERIOD). I guess the ‘hooked on BUSHphonics’ program needs a bit of fine tuning. Bush should go back to 2nd grade math. Maybe, just maybe he’ll get it. (OH)-I forgot about the ‘no BUSH child left behind’ program. THAT’S IT!!! HE WAS NOT LEFT BEHIND!!! KEEP CALLING, KEEP WRITTING, KEEP FAXING, KEEP OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS BUSY WITH OUR DEMAND!!!! IT’S OUR RIGHT! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I am from the suburbs of Chicago,IL. I,too,am out of unemployment benefits. Can’t even get a job in fast food or retail. Nobody around here has the money to eat a big mac or shop. How could the government let our country get in such a crisis- * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Michigan has the worse numbers in the country and we don’t even get a say in the presidential primary. Are they going to cut us off from voting in the fall too? Is this country sounding more and more like the “former” Soviet Union? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 08, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate WELCOME Chicago! Glad to see your on board with U.S. Unemployed Americans! Spread the WORD that ‘We DRIVE this country’. Michigan, just hang in there. But we NEED your support in making this happen NOW! Contact every person you know and DEMAND OUR EXTENSION. BUSH doesn’t CARE! He’s OUT soon. He even mentioned that we’ll my on his ranch in Crawford, TX kicking back while the NEW President handles everything. That’s good that he’ll have a home to go to, most of U.S. are loosing our homes. HE SIMPLY DOESN’T CARE, IF HE DID HE MAKE DAMN SURE THIS COUNTRY IS READY FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT IE STRONG ECONOMY, STRONG HOUSING MARKET, DROP THE HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE TO BELOW 1%, FREE HEALTH CARE FOR ANYONE WITH A VALID SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, HE’D DEMAND THAT IF OIL COMPANIES WANT TO SELL THEIR PRODUCT HERE IN THIS COUNTRY, IT NEED TO BE AT $1.50 PER GALLON ACCROSS THE BOARD, HE’D LET OTHER COUNTRIES FIGHT FOR THEMSELVES AND NOT INVOLVE OUR OWN TROOPS AND PROTECT OUR COUNTRY. He’s a GOOF, a mistake that rolled in from the circus and has clowned around from day 1 in office. It’s a no brainer to be REAL, but when he LIES to the American People, that’s when we need a CHANGE! It’s time for his term to expire. Now is MUCH better. He needs to cough up his lies and mistakes and resign from office. In all of this mess, where is hmmmm our VP <<>>? He like vanished and has NOTHING to say, like a DOG with it’s tail so far stuck up his bosses azz. He’s too whimppy for the American People. Must have ED. Call them, bother them, write them, fax them, send pictures of U.S. Unemployed Amercians loosing our homes, our childrens education, our families, our JOBS. If companies want to take their business to some other country, so be it, FINE THEM OUT THE AZZ. MAKE THEM PAY THEIR FORMER EMPLOYEES 5 TIMES THE EMPLOYEES YEARLY SALARY UP FRONT, THEN WATCH THE COMPANIES STAY IN OUR COUNTRY. Bush is SOOOOO BIG ON ‘THE HOMELAND’, excuse me Bush, what are you doing to save our Homeland now? Sitting back at your PAID IN FULL RANCH hoping that the next President will actually change the direction of our economy. He NEEDS to grow up and take on the DUTY of the President. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by gabby1560 | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate It does not surprise me in the slightest that Bush would not let this bill pass. I mean that would mean that he was taking money away from him so he can go on his next vacation and care less about the people that he is suppose to be helping. Instead, he would rather keep that money to himself and raise the prices of oil..so we can go into deeper debt and help out other countries when his country is just as much in dire need of help then these other countries are. It is fine for a man who sits behind a big desk in a big white house making hundreds of thousands of dollars by making everyone else miserable to be able to make a call and say that I don’t want to help my people because I am selfish and I don’t feel that these people deserve the help. I need the money instead. The biggest mistake that america has ever made was to allow this man into the white house. Although, we already know that we screwed up there. I can not wait for this next president to finally get in that house and mop up the HUGE MESS that this so called president has left behind. I really hope that poverty hits him..so he can feel and know what it is like to have nothing. Then maybe it may open his eyes…although I know that is just wishful thinking..cause he will always have money…he will just continue to suck our economy dry and keep it all to himself!! I mean that is all that he is good for anyways, to keep money all to himself. I am from NJ and my husband and I are only living off of my unemployment right now…and we have a house and bills and you name it. My husbands unemployment ran out months ago…and we are on the verge of losing our home and there is absolutely no jobs out there right now…seeing that a recession is upon us…god only knows when jobs will become available again..at that time..who knows what will have happened to us. BUSH get off your high horse and start thinking of others but yourself. You are a selfish horses hiney that is the biggest mistake to ever sit in that white house. God Bless the next president that has to take your place and clean up after you. They are going to have a job set out for them aren’t they!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Hey you all, just keep dreaming about your extension. That’s all this bill will be, just a pipe dream. You have a better chance of seeing the lords resurrection before you get this unemployment extension. Expect Bush to sign it or the republicans to even get it to him, ha ha ha ha ha, forget it, ain’t gonna happen, no way no how. Bush wants you to dry up and blow away. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate That is a very mean thing to say, and you’re just a nasty person for saying so. This is a site where people are scared, who have responsibilities, are educated, and don’t need their fear rubbed in by some indecent jerk like yourself. We have homes, families, and are most first-time recipients. No one is speaking of ways to rip off the system, or be sneaky, or screw with the system. We are not lazy, we have too much to lose. So do us all a favor and Shut Up! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate This must be a ‘Hooked on Bushphonics’ student. by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(14 minutes ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate “Hey you all, just keep dreaming about your extension. That’s all this bill will be, just a pipe dream. You have a better chance of seeing the lords resurrection before you get this unemployment extension. Expect Bush to sign it or the republicans to even get it to him, ha ha ha ha ha, forget it, ain’t gonna happen, no way no how. Bush wants you to dry up and blow away.” You are the reason why we don’t have jobs! People like you NEED your jobs at Goodwill so you don’t get left behind. If you are so great, why are you viewing this, Hmmmmm? Something motivated you to read all of this REAL LIFE stuff. I wonder…. Maybe it’s because you were in the no child left behind program? Can’t read, can’t spell ie ain’t. Must be BUSHwacker. WACK/WACK/WACK sounds to me that you just keep wacking and wacking even though you’re as tiny as the Pres. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate We are all very stressed and hurt by the impotence we feel in this process. Lets try not to turn these comments into a nasty argument with figer pointing and the use of explatives. Bottom line is our country is in recession, americans are suffering and the best we can do is support eachother and contact our reps for help. I personally have turned to prayer and meditation otherwise I will fall into depression. I have been employed since I was 15yrs old ! I never imagined I would be in this situation. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate THEY ARE SPENDING 42 MILLION DOLLARS TO SEND OUT A NOTICE LETTER THAT OUR REBATE CHECKS ARE ON THE WAY…..42 MILLION DOLLARS ON LETTERS THAT WILL END UP IN THE TRASH!! AND WE CAN’T GET HELP FOR THE UNEMPLOYED !!!! WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON?? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate another chicago guy here with a son, wife and 2 stepchildren. last unemployment check next week. What are they waiting on? what is their plan? are they trying to get to a certain number of foreclosed homes before they kick in with the unemployment? This is so far out there it seems like a really bad dream, the only difference is its one you dont awake from the next day. WE DEMAND AS AMERICAN TAX PAYERS THAT YOU EXTEND OUR UNEMPLYMENT BENEFITS SO WE CAN SAVE OUR HOMES, PAY OUR BILLS. STUDIES SHOW THE BEST WAY TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY IS TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WHEN THE ECONOMY IS SUFFERING. KEEP YOUR TAX REBATE AND GIVE US UNEMPLOYMENT. ANY CHICAGOIANS IN HERE THAT WANT TO START A PROTEST? MY SCHEDULE LOOKS OPEN CONSIDERING I HAVE NO JOB! THANKS MR. BUSH! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jgallop | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate There was a Bush failure extension in 2003 , people drew unemployment for over a year. President Bush doesn’t want another extension while he is in the white house because it will show that we actually were in recession twice in his seven years in office, he’s has been a total failure. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate jgallop. best point in here. that is a way i never thought of it. makes sense * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Has anyone been able to contact Harry Reid? I’ve tried a number of times, and it seems that any contact is being blocked. Please advise??? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate It sure does make sense! But we can’t give up our fight now! WE MUST KEEP FIGHTING FOR OUR EXTENSION! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate
    • COPY ALL OF THIS IN TO AN EMAIL AND SEND IT TO SEN. HARRY REID **** ALONG WITH THE WEBPAGE ADDRESS. I HAVE TRIED BUT CAN’T GET ANYWHERE. <<<< WE ARE FIRMLY DEMANDING OUR UNEMOLYMENT EXTENSION >>>> CONTACT EVERYONE YOU KNOW, THIS IS A MAJOR ISSUE, NOT SOME TOYS THAT BYTHEWAY WE CAN’T PURCHASE ANYWAY BECAUSE WE CAN’T AFFORD TO BUY ANY. THAT BILL IS JUST DOWN RIGHT UNIMPORTANT AT THE PRESENT TIME, JUST CUT OFF ALL THE SHIPPMENS FROM OVER SEAS. WE NEED HELP HERE AT OUR HOMELAND. STOP OTHER COUNTRIES FROM SELLING THEIR CRAP HERE IN OUR COUNTRY. GOD BLESS THIS COUNTRY AS WE WILL NEED IT IN THE WEEKS THAT LAY AHEAD.
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    Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Heavensmagiclao_s by heavensmagiclao | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate It is very disappointing to Heaven’s Miraculous Angelic Giving Inspirational Child, Inc., that our government spends 42 million dollars on letters about a tax refund, billions in Iraq, and yet the G.I.V.E. Act struggles for acceptance. Heaven’s Miraculous Angelic Giving Inspirational Child, Inc. would thrive in a country that embraces the G.I.V.E. Act. Service-Learning has immeasurable value!! Check out “The U.T.O.P.I.A. Project” and discover the power of Service-Learning for yourself. Pay close attention to the U.T.O.P.I.A. System and please listen to the beginning message. http://www.heavensmagic.org If they don’t pass the G.I.V.E. Act, “We the People” will have to GIVE more of our tax money for prisons, GIVE more of our tax money for drug and alcohol abuse, GIVE more of our tax money for teenage pregnancy, and GIVE more of our tax money for welfare. The G.I.V.E. Act and a proactive approach seems so much more logical, supportive, and responsible. A vote for Service-Learning and support for Service-Learning will enrich this country, its youth, and its educators. It will also keep more money in your wallet in the long run. When you realize how valuable Service-Learning is, please call your representatives and persuade them to pass the G.I.V.E. Act. God Bless all who support the G.I.V.E. Act! Sincerely, Laura Ann Osterman Founder and President Heaven’s Miraculous Angelic Giving Inspirational Child, Inc. http://www.heavensmagic.org * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I agree with everyone i think you all have great points. It sucks that it has to be this way. Another thing in this goverment that is bass ackwards is the way we decide unemployment and diasability, I have a friend with three kids and a wife who has worked hard for atleast 15 out of 31 yrs, year and ahalf ago he was diagnosed with brain cancer, he had surgery and is still going thru kemo still till this day he has not received no benefit for his disability and is unable to get unemployment due to the fact that he is unable to work. He will never be the same nor his family, but you would think our goverment would credit those ones that has paid taxes for so long. They make it a fight for us , and someone in that state of mind right now already has a big enough fight on thier hands HIS LIFE. My point is the one who do not earn it is the ones who usually get it , cause I know a few people who have went to the doctor and said they are hearing voicies and going crazy and have received disability. in a short period of time and they have hardly work in their lives.If you are an alcky you receive it if you cant read you receive it . Why is it so hard for the one who did not make excuses for working the one who suffer the most? CAUSE we have soMETHING TO LOSE * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Just heard on TV that Iraq is costing the US 2 Billion dollars a month. I say pull the troops out of Iraq and give the 2 billion back to the people for job creation projects like roads, bridges, hospitals, etc. This will stimulate the economy and save lives. What do you think. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I just got an update on the costs of the Iraq War. More like 10.3 Billion per month being spent. Can you imagine what we could do with 10.3 Billion a month in the U.S. It’s time to take care of our own. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I agree, I think it is about time we take care of our own. It is a shame half the Americans do not realize how bad it is. That is another reason Bush does not want to extend unemployment. If I was not in this situation, I would not know what is going on. there is nothing mentioned in the media about, how many unemployed people not working and exhausted their benefits. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate You are correct. Know one understands our problems of not being able to find a job and our benefits running out, unless they are in our shoes. My sister won’t even talk to me anymore,she thinks I don’t want to find a job. I hope she never has to try to support her children and self on unemployment. As we all know we would rather work then TRY to get by on unemployment. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate perhaps because the media is controlled by the government? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by jgallop | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I think they (government) are finally realizing that their are alot of people out there in America with exhausted benefits that are losing homes, vehicles etc., (Really killing the economy) Don’t worry that BOOSTER SHOT is on it’s way LOL.You even get the belated xmas card from George telling you when it will arrive,give him an ada boy.. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate im still waiting for my notification email to tell me there is an extension………………………………………………………………………………………………. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by GulfWarVet | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I urge our representatives to pass S. 2544 – the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008. After having served honorably in Afghanistan and Iraq, I returned to a shaky US economy in July 2006 and was fortunately able to find a job relatively quickly. However, in late August 2007 I was laid-off and have been unable to find work since. I have been working since I was 16 years old (now 35) and have never seen such a depressed economy. It seems obvious to everyone but the politicians (and particularly to Bush) that the economy is in a downward spiral. I think the experts call it a RECESSION! It seems that most politicians are too busy feeding at the trough at the public’s expense, and are so disconnected to the reality of the economic crisis occurring in the country to even notice the disasterous state of the economy. Can any politician say, “HOME MORTGAGE CRISIS, HIGH FUEL PRICES, STAGFLATION, RAMPANT UNEMPLOYMENT, MEDICAL INSURANCE COSTS THAT HAVE TRIPLED IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS?” Oh yea, I forgot, politicians get the best medical insurance plans for FREE. Well, you’ve got to look out for No. 1 of course. Bush and the spineless politicians that failed to vote for the unemployment extension think that the measly stimulus checks are going to get the economy back on track. HA! What a joke. Is this how politicians repay servicemen and women that risked their lives when called for duty? It’s disgusting to see fat cat politicians living “high on the hog” while the rest of us are left scrambling for crumbs. These politicians need to WAKE UP and get your headS out of their . . . the sand. We’re in a RECESSION and the unemployed need relief RIGHT NOW, not tomorrow or the next day, RIGHT NOW! Let’s move S. 2544 along. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I AM SO SCARED! WHAT WILL I DO! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate What actually is the status of this bill? Has anybody heard anything on the news lately? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by bmoore | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Georgia again, just finish reading Christine Owens address to the US Congress Joint Economic Committee on Friday about extending unemployment benefits and at least there are others who are really trying to assist us in passingthis Bill. I have been e-mailing senators, congressman and any who I can so we must continue to voice our concerns on this matter. Please ignore all this nonsense that others are trying to include on this site. We must stay focus on what must be done to improve our situation at present. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(4 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Things are going as planned by the underground elite. Are government has been sold out for quite a while. Remember there necks are on the line. They could care less about us as a people. They want a controlled people. To those who dont believe you need to look around a little and see the shape our country is in. IT was put in this shape for a one world government. Fate did not put our country in the shape it is in. This Country needs a revival of the people for the people by the people. Things can be changed. If my people, hear my voice, I will be their GOD and they my people. LORD help us all. Let there be light,And there was light. Its gonna take GOD!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate please continue to contact your senators if you want this bill to move forward. If enough people contact them then they will feel the need to react. Please don’t let it stop here. Email and call these senators !! Demand a response. I am but I am one person, there is power in numbers. PLEASE CONTACT SEN KENNEDY AND YOUR SENATOR ! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 09, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I AM SCARED TOO. I AM GOING TO LOSE IT ALL. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I am right with you that I am scared senseless on what will happen after this week when my benefits are exhausted! I am a single mother of 3 children in Ohio and have but in at least 100+ applications and resumes to no avail. The only thing that gives me comfort is remembering that God doesnt give you more than you can handle! I sure hope this statement is true for I am about to find out!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate can we get a complete list of senators/reps who don’t support the bill, or at least the swing voters? i would really like to know why these people are on the fence and i think it would be great to reach out to them. we could have a concerted effort at reaching out to them. i am from massachusetts and the job market is very tight. it is obvious that jobs are harder to get and come by. the extension is definitely money that would go straight into the economy, but instead of a direct rebuttal to this common economic phenomenon, the argument against this kind of help turns to some people just not wanting low-income people to simply have that money to spend. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate It’s very important that people report back with how their calls went. Whatever response you get, and you should try to get a response, you should record them here so that there will be a record of what sens/reps have said about this bill. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate THE UNEMPLOYED CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY NEED OUR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EXTENDED NOW!! THE GOVERNMENT CAN SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR THE WAR, AND SEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN AID TO OTHER COUNTRIES, WHAT ABOUT US! THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO THINK ABOUT THE AMERICAN CITIZENS FOR ONCE!! BUSH SAYS WE ARE NOT IN A RECESSION, BULL ROAR!! I AM 56 YEARS OLD AND AM HAVING ONE HELL OF TIME FINDING A JOB, MY BENEFITS RUN OUT IN 2 MONTHS, I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR A JOB SINCE DEC 1, 2007. AS SOMEONE SAID ON HERE THERE ARE SO MANY APPLICATIONS FOR JOB OPENINGS IT IS HARD FOR ANYONE TO GET A DECENT JOB. GET WITH THE PROGRAM AND EXTEND OUR BENEFITS!!!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Wow, you are sure misinformed. Iraq cost the govt $12 billion a month not $2 billion. You were short by $10 billion. If you people would stop voting republican for a change maybe you would actually get your extension. You just keep falling for that flag waving rah rah rah hoohaa patriotic stuff and keep getting stemmed in the wallet every time. It’s time to get the religious zealots out of office and get some government for the people and not for big business. You voted Bush in so suck it up! o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by rissa131 | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I would have never voted for this religious freak – I can’t believe he got revoted in. I want him IMPEACHED. If we can impeach for having an affair why can’t we for ruining the country. Also I believe there is a reason that the Constituion states seperation of church and state * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Who the hell said that we voted for Bush? It is people like you that need to stay the hell of this site. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Who the hell said that we voted for Bush? It is people like you that need to stay the hell off this site. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Does anyone know if this bill is going to be brought up this week in the senate? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate i dont know but i pray it is. and passed immediately. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by RobinEileen | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Single mother, only a couple of weeks left on U.C. what happens when I am totally out of money and can’t feed my daughter and lose my home? Then they will want to take my child away from me and call me an unfit mother! It’s not fair, I worked so hard for so long and now I stand to lose EVERYTHING!!!!! Can’t someone help us? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate robin i feel your pain. i have put everything into raising my family. whch includes my wife 2 stepkids my son and another on the way we just found out. I want to be excited about it and i know i will be about 7 months from now but at this point i am so nervous i think im bordering a breakdown which i never had. i have been the rock forever. the supporter and i dont want to let down my family. Please god give me a job. i am trying so hard. i am on the brink of foreclosure. I dont want to be in a shelter. God please help all of us in here in this terrible situation. amen * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by RobinEileen | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate We all need to pray and put this in God’s hands. HE WILL PROVIDE AN THE BILL WILL BE PASSED. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I just called in for my last unemployment check, I am praying alot, trying to be positive.Please passed this bill ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Have contacted Kennedy & all from Texas – no replies! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate All of us here cannot be a minority in this country! I don’t know why we are being ignored like we are. I contacted Senator Levin from Michigan and he responded that extending unemployment is #1 on his agenda. When I posted that here everybody cut me down. For the people who trust in God, I trust in God also. I also think God will be with us in the homeless shelters. Contact everyone you know including the media and anybody maybe in your families who are associated with a congressman or woman. City mayors, coucil members. They wouldn’t like if most of thier cities’ homes were abandonded. Then we would have to cut down on the members that represent us. Come on people use your imaginations. After working for 22 years right after High School I lost my job and this is the first time that I am collecting too. My American Dream is a tiny little house in a suburb of Detroit. Not fancy just something that I could afford. It will be gone in a blink of an eye, after 22 years of working hard and paying taxes. Don’t pray so the bill will be passed. Pray so that all of us will make the bill pass. WE ARE AMERICANS! We should make it happen! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I thought there was something wrong with me that I couldn’t find a job and almost at the end of my unemployment. After finding this sight I realize there is nothing wrong with me, it is the government that is wrong. I will e-mail to everone imaginable to make the extension possible. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate North Carolina resident here I have contacted Reps here no response * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Charlotte North Carolina also here, KEEP BUGGING THEM, THEY WILL HAVE TO GIVE IN SOONER OR LATER. WE AMERICAN PEOPLE DRIVE THIS COUNTRY. KEEP HOUNDING THEM. CALL, FAX, EMAIL, (((FAX))) HINT-HINT. THEY NEVER RESPOND TO EMAIL, BUT JAMMING THEIR FAX MACHINES WILL FORCE THEM TO PUT THE FAXES UP AND GLANCE AT THEM. WE DEMAND OUR UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION NOW!!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate No-one was, that I read was cutting you down for contacting Senator levin – The Unemployment extension’s should have been passed here in Michigan last year – we’ve had over a 7% unemployment rate going on 3 years now and yet – no-one has done a damn thing. I contacted Senator Levin back in the early fall about getting unemployment extension’s and then all he said – was he was trying to get something done then – so what’s the hold-up – I’ll tell ya – it’s the Governor Granholm’s irresponsibility in the very bad job that she has done here in Michigan – but yet people voted this woman back into office – pathetic! Career politicians – such as Levin need to go – he does not care whatsoever, he says he working on it – if I took this long to Do my job – I would have already been fired – no question about it. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate NJ The Gov planning to layoff many state workers including those who work for Unemployment Agency! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate This is the only website where we can get any updates on emergency unemployment extensions. if anyone has any updates that can be helpful please post. thank you. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate www.unemployedworkers.org – They are updated until March 7. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate 61 years old Vietnam veteran, have always worked, laid off since October 2007 here in San Diego, 6 weeks left on UC. I guess I will file for Social Security to start in August. The Republicans are winning the class war, but so far have failed to dismantle that part of the social safety net. Their goal is the eradication of the middle class, leaving only an owner class (5%) and a desperate working class with no alternative but to take what we are given. My new philosophy is – “Fight The Rich, Not Their Wars.” I may end up back in SE Asia, in Laos or Cambodia, where my social security is enough to live on. Good luck to all posting here, and vote in November for a progressive candidate, not a third Bush term. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate the vets should be treated very well and taken care of in this country. unfortunately that is not the case. it is just disgusting what has been going on in this country. it is on a consistent downward spiral. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Very interesting, on the Open Congress site above they mention this blog, great keep blogging America! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I really feel for the vets in this country. We have state employees plowing snow in Michigan that make triple of what a American soldier makes, unreal.. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Everyone here needs to contact News agencys, my first choice would be Bill Oreilly at Fox news. Send an Email to him – oreilly@foxnews. If anyone can help bring this out into the publics eye – it would be him. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Sorry – the correct Email address is – oreilly@foxnews.com * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I am from Michigan-I have been working in the mortgage business- a double whammy for me. This is my 2nd lay off my first was in 2006 it took me 10 months to find a job and 6 months from getting that one I was laid off again. Now it has been a year since I have worked and I am in the same boat as every other American out there. Housing, food, utilites- you name it where are the good hard working americans supposed to go when there own country won’t help them !!! I support the soldiers but I do not support this war- I feel that is where all the money has gone to help get us all back on our feet. That and can a company actually stay in the US- do you all have to go over sees and leave hard working people out of work? I actually have considered to up and leave the US but I haven’t got the money to. GOVERNMENT WE NEED THESE EXTENSIONS AND NOT TOMORROW BUT YESTERDAY!!! FIND IT IN THAT BLACK PIT YOU CALL A HEART AND BAIL YOUR OWN CITIZENS OUT BEFORE LENDING A HAND TO SOME ONE ELSE. Hope I did not offend but I had to say my peace. There is too much desperation right now for this country and I know I am not the only one. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate michigan you are not offending you are speaking from the heart. we need this extension, we need our homes, everyone say whatever you can keep asking in here. type until your fingers bleed! we need this extension so bad! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Please note if this bill is to pass it most important to rattle the Republicans please note it only lost by one vote Dems are very much behind this bill. It is urgent that you contact all reps. Republican reps must know that they are now in the spotlight of the growing # of the unemployed voters. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate whoever gets this to pass gets my vote * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Mr. Bush has threatened to veto any legislation to extend unemployment benefits. He barely won re-election by 51% of the vote. So how many (idiots) complainers here voted for Mr. Bush four years ago? How many republicans sponsored S.2544 to extend benefits? What’s amazing is, how many will go to the polls and vote the same mule-headed corporate republicans back in office this coming fall. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? 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Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I live in southern nj and i too have exhausted my benefits, i have food service expereince and since everyone has to eat i have been applying firm high class restaurants to mickkey ds at almost every interview the manager or person interviewing me is not american i am not racist or hold a grudge on anyone working but i live in america and someone tells me that the only way i can have a job is if i can speak kitchen spanish, so i can communicate with the staff, hello how about telling them they must learn kitchen english,and then to find out this iraqi war is costing the us taxpayers almost 245 million a week, and my unemployment was 387 a week, someone is wrong folks, if you are not registered to vote,get out there and do it we are 8 years behind in needing new leadership, when you vote remember the name Nancy Pelosi, she had the deciding vote on unemployment extensions and voted against it!!!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Forget unemployment, don’t you see? Bush couldn’t get the legislation he wanted to allow Mexicans to work here at $7.95 an hour for his corporate buddies. So now he’s going to force you to take that same job. Congress had to get a two-thirds majority to override Bush’s veto on the last minimum wage raise. Eventually this drives down the scale of all wages. Go take a look at the house and car of the average Mexican and you’ll see yourselves three or four years from now seni^or. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Hey there southern nj, take a look at the list of sponsors for the legislation your begging for here. How many Republicans (Nancy Pelosi, D-CAL) are on that list? o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Not begging for anything,i pray for you that if and when u have a 16 yr old that needs asthma medication to live and have to start selling off possessions for that and food that someone has compassion for you that u r not showing anyone on this page, none of us r begging * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Right now I would work for $7.95 an hour its better then what I will be getting when unemployment runs out in a couple of weeks. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate When your unemployment runs out, you should look real good lurking around a hotel with a vacum cleaner. How many cars and houses are you going to buy while you’re working three of these jobs. You sound like one of those Bush supporters. I hope you enjoy your summer weeding some bean crop. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I didn’t vote for Bush but I don’t want my house and car to be repo’d when there is no more unemployment coming in. So if I have to “lurk” in a hotel cleaning and weed fields this summer, I guess that’s what I will have to do to get by. I am not unemployed by choice,the company I worked for got bought out by a big corporation,which already had enough employees. I really don’t know what else to do. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I suggest we contact the media…ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Local News Channels, Bill O’Reilly, Lou Dobbs, John Stousell, anyone you can think of to get the word out that WE NEED HELP! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(3 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The Bush Administration Opposes An Extension of Jobless Benefits (February 11, 2008). At a White House press briefing today, the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, Edward Lazear, expressed the Bush Administration’s opposition to extending jobless benefits, stating that long-term unemployment was not high enough to justify Congressional action. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the Administration’s chief economic spokesperson, also parted ways with the nation’s leading economists by opposing an extension of jobless benefits to help stimulute the economy, stating that “My apprehension is that with unemployment at 4.9 percent, to extend unemployment benefits would be unprededented.” * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Bush is going to keep vetoing the extension of unemployment until John McCain graps him by the throat and gets him to pass it, if he has any chance in hell of winning the election. I did not vote for George Bush nor will I vote for John McCain in the fall. The simulus package that the senate added on was short one vote. It was John McCain’s. He said he was for the extension but couldn’t get back to Washington to vote. Clinton and Obama made it back to vote. Big cop-out for something he said he believed should pass but knew he was the deciding vote and therefore it would not pass. And as for Nancy Pelosi, she should be McCain’s running mate. She did not fight to pass it, she agreed with the President to sign it quickly so our May Christmas preasent will be our redemption. Do they actually think that with one month to go on my unemployment I’m going to run and spend $600.00 on some new crap from Wal Mart. That is not even enough to make a house payment. Sorry for the anomosity but I cannot believe that I wake up in America every morning. Where is the America that all of our troups past and present are fighting for? That is also such an injustice. When they come home from George Bush’s war, where are they going to find jobs? I wish I could understand this. I worked for 26 years, started when I was a senoir in High School. Now I’m 43 and being passed up in some jobs because I still have 23 years before I retire. What company wants a trust worthy hard worker who they have to pay 23 years of health insurance and benefits to? The American Dream is no longer a dream it’s a nightmare! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate What about the states with 6%+ unemployment rates! I can see not offering it to all states. Especially the lower rates. But to not offer it to people in MI and OH where there are not even the vaccum cleaner jobs in a hotel is insanity. Most of us here are willing to do whatever it takes to get back to work. I have said it before, I will say it again. People on unemployment were HARD WORKING PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS, that OF NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN lost their jobs. Inorder to qualify for UE you had to have a job history of at least 2 years!!! Most of us had WAY more than that!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate So I live in Cuyahoga County in Ohio. Cleveland’s UE rate is at 8.1% I guess I am supposed to just uproot my kids, and move to another state, that has a 1 or 2% less UE rate, and hold my breath that I will get a better job! UNBELIEVABLE! http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2008/03/03/daily12.html?ana=from_rss * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Just e-mailed Bill O’Reilly. Let’s see what happens. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate This might be a better place to monitor any news. http://www.unemployedworkers.org/ * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Good job – EVERYONE – E-MAIL – Bill Oreilly at Fox News, Tell him your story and ask him for his help on helping the unemployed – Michigan, Ohio, New York, California, ect…. This man is for the people, good Comentator and an exceptional man with Clout, Email him at oreilly@foxnews.com * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate WE DON’T HAVE TO DEFEND OURSELVES HERE. WE WERE LAID OFF FROM OUR JOBS DUE TO OUT SOURCING AND BAD ECONOMY, THE PERSON THAT COMES ON HERE TO CALL US BEGGERS IS PATHETIC. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I e-mailed O’Reilly and told him to check out this whole site. There are so many stories. One can only imagine the people who don’t know about or who can’t afford computers. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Congress goes on a two week “spring vacation” this Friday. If anyone is still checking here, they’ll be back in April. I have to laugh at the guy here that thinks John McCain cares about this legislation. What will this country be like four years from now if we elect another republican president? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate WELL CONTACT CONGRESS BEFORE THEY GO!!! STAND IN THEIR WAY, MAKE THEM WORK FOR U.S.!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Does that mean, nothing will be decided until April???? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 10, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Who said they liked John McCain. I said he was the missing vote to pass the Senate Stimulus package. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Well if nothing will be decided before April, I might as well kiss my rented house good-bye now and explain to my daughter who is handicapped, that even though I promised we were never moving again,until we could afford our own home, that we better start packing,because without an extension I will not have any money for bills and rent. It looks like to my sisters house we go. I have sent resumes everywhere. No luck. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The Stimulus Package began in congress in early February and we won’t see any re-election checks (I mean rebate checks) until May. Congress thought that was fast. Most legislation dies in a senate committees where the unemployment compensation bill current rests. If this bill makes it out of committee, just imagine how long the battle over this could take. This is easily six months away from anyone seeing any money if the president doesn’t veto it. He already promised three weeks ago we would veto it. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Get this, Jennifer Granholm the Canadian Govorner of the Great State of Michigan does not have an e-mail address. She only has a FAX# 517-335-6863. Let’s jam it up. I was reading her website. What a Joke!!!!!!! She does not mention one word about Michigan having the highest unemployment rate in the country. You people from Michigan should read it. She is living in LA LA LAND! Or certainly another state, that the last I checked I lived in. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate SCREW THE STATE LEVELS, YOU NEED TO JAM UP A LEVEL OR TWO. JAM DC’S FAXES UP. START AT THE TOP!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate After having an interview with a head hunter company here in nj I was informed that the job market was at an all time lowest. though I have extensive expereience in the medical business office field I was told they would do their best to try to place me – even at a temporary job with no permanent placement. I had to cash out my 401K to help with my bills and mortgage now I owe the governement $7,000 because of early withdrawal even though I had them withhold 20% in taxes. my unemployment ran out in February, I cannot afford my rent and other bills now I owe the government $7,000. I can’t sleep at night. I have been on only 3 interviews after over 100 applications sent. I am desparate and tired because I cannot sleep at night. I am in a truly critical situation, and through no fault of my own did I lose my job of 15 years – they sold me and 50 other employees out when they sold our division. Exhausted In NJ * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I’m from Michigan and I just e-mailed Senator Kennedy. I’m e-mailing and faxing everyone I can think of. My company sold me out along with 6,000 employees. I haven’t slept since November because I know unemployment does not last forever. Even if we get this extention will the jobs ever come back. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Nice all of America needs help and there on a break. But it’s OK for them to still keep sending more people over to get kill for The Great State of Texas oh did you Know that people who own House in Texas get a very nice tax break I wonder who lives there and has company’s there to maybe Bush. Hey thank your really look out for the people of America aka THE ENEMY !!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate TWO PENNY JENNIE GRANDHOLM IS A JOKE, SHE DOESN’T CARE ABOUT HER STATE , SHE IS JUST A GOOD SPEAKER AND BLOWS HOT AIR. SHE HAS DREAMS ABOUT HAVING HUGE WIND TURBINES ALL OVER THE STATE FOR ENERGY!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate McCain was in Washington on the day of the vote & did not show That is a fact. He could have been the deciding vote but played it safe on your dime. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I LIVED IN TEXAS , MOVED NORTH . WORSE MISTAKE I EVER MADE.. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Ohio speaking…sent an email to Lou Dobbs and Senator Sherrod Brown…will let you know if I hear anything. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate By the Way— Ohio can contact Sherod Brown via his website and by calling 1-888-896-6446 * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate New Jersey here also, I have been to 5 head hunters all well known employment agencies which contacted me. I have not have one interview, they have no jobs to send you on, they want you for their inventory in case a temp job comes in. I know so may others who is having the same problem. My unemployment benefits also has been exhausted. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate HOW CAN THEY EVEN THINK ABOUT A SPRING RECESS? THE COUNTRY IS A MESS. OIL 108.00 A BARREL TODAY , UNBELIEVABLE. THEY SHOULD CANCEL ANY RECESS. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Come on people from ILLINOIS I know there are alot of us unemployed too. Lets hear from you. WE ALL have to keep e-mail, faxing, phoning. We are in no better shape then any other state. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate CMON LETS GO. GET GOING. STOP WAITING. YOU KNOW THAT BOOT CAMP MINDSET? GO GO GO GO. GET THIS EXTENSION GOING NOW!!! WE CANT WAIT!! KICK IT IN GEAR. NOW DAMN IT! RIGHT F—KING NOW!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate chicago illinois here. obamas home town. i havent heard about him trying to get extensions. whats up obama. i dont know who i will vote for. i get scared that the stuff him and clinton fight for to get in will be forgotten about. clinton seems fake i will say though. obama seems legit but he could be a good liar. im so confused with all these money probs on my mind. lets see if one of these 2 can help get the extension passed really soon. MR. BUSH. YOU HAVE TAKEN A 8 YEAR NAP. WHY DONT YOU TRY TO DO AT LEAST AN OUNCE OF GOOD BEFORE YOUR TERM IS UP! YOU VETO AGAINST THE EXTENSION WHEN YOU KNOW DAMN WELL WE ARE IN A RECESSION! YOU HAVE WASTED OUR MONEY TRYING TO GET OIL FROM IRAQ AND STARTING THIS WAR. YOU SHOULD HAVE PUT THAT TIME AND MONEY INTO FINDING OIL IN THE US INSTEAD OF BEING ON A POWER TRIP. HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU SAY YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE IRAQIS WHEN YOU DO NOT SHOW AN OUNCE OF COMPASSION FOR US IN THE US. YOU ARE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN CASE YOU FORGOT! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Hey..in Ohio here…heard back from Sherrod Brown. Here is what he had to say. I omitted my name for internet safety reasons….. Dear Mr. and Mrs. V: Thank you for contacting me about extending unemployment compensation. I am a cosponsor of S. 2544, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act. This legislation would extend unemployment benefits for an additional twenty weeks in all states. Furthermore, if a state’s unemployment rate surpasses 6% the bill would trigger an additional 13 weeks of benefits beyond the 20 week extension. Because our nation’s economic outlook remains tenuous, S. 2544 is important legislation that must be passed. While it will be an uphill battle to pass either of these bills, I will continue to push for their passage. Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. Sincerely, Sherrod Brown * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate EMAIL CONGRESS, SENATE, AND EVERYONE YOU CAN THINK OF. THEY CANNOT TAKE A BREAK WITH THIS HANGING IN THE AIR. THIS IS INSANE! WHY ARE THEY IGNORING AMERICAN PEOPLE? THIS IS AN ELECTION YEAR AFTER ALL!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Charlotte NC here again, WE STILL NEED TO JAM UP THE FAXES, PHONES, THEY NEED TO BE WORKING THIS OUT FOR U.S. NOT TAKING A RECESS. AFTER THEY WORK THIS OUT FOR U.S. THEN THEY CAN TAKE A RECESS. GET IN CONTACT WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW AND DON’T KNOW, MAKE NOISE!!!! THIS IS OUR ONLY CHANCE WHILE THE BURNER IS STILL HOT!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Everyone – Get your voice heard about this issue, people are in trouble all over this country – Our Politicians have to know what’s going on with the State of the Economy and they can’t actually believe people are falling for the “Economy isn’t that bad” You’ve got to be kidding. I live in Michigan and the Economy here is like A Train Wreck, and it’s been this way for several years – we’ve had an extremely large job loss in every sector – housing, employment, manufacturing, construction, service industry – not one sector has done anygood over the last 6-7 years, esentially – we never came out of the recession of 2001 and yet the Politicians of the State of Michigan – Sit on their hands and the Congressional leaders have their heads buried up there ass – this country is in a very bad situation and I can’t actually believe these idiots, that we ALL Voted into office – have turned their backs on the working man of this country – it’s totally uncalled for and in my mindset – it’s Bullshit – these politicians should be held for their – un-action of not doing their jobs as they were Elected into office – To do. Everyone needs to keep this in mind come election time this fall – and Don’t vote for someone on “Promises” take a look back at all the promises these Idiots in both Partys have made – All I can see – Is a bunch of Liars that preyed on people, to get their votes. We the People need to let our Voices be heard and tell all these Idiots what you think of the job they were Elected into office to do – and let them know exactly how you feel and Demand Change from them All. Because of some very Bad Economic policies put in place by BOTH political partys – this Country is like being on a plane at 30,000 ft and heading for a Crash – Wake up you Morons – Quit hiding the Truth and Face up to the Fact, You’ve Screwed up, Now Fix it – you have not done a very good job – At all. People over Several States need the Unemployment Extension’s and We Need It Now – Not Six Months from now – Get this Bill Passed! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate THIS SHOULD BE THE HEAD TOPIC ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAILS BUT I’M NOT HEARING IT WHY?? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate With clear statements like this..From our Council of Economic Advisors…Negitive job numbers are actually good. The general public doesn’t stand a chance..CHAIRMAN LAZEAR: Thank you. Good afternoon. As you know, we got our jobs numbers this morning and they were negative. Obviously we were disappointed by the negative numbers. The economy is important right now and it’s on the minds of many Americans, and it’s certainly on our minds as well. The jobs report contains a variety of information in it, and one of the pieces of information, and only one of the pieces is the jobs number. In addition to that, there are also numbers on unemployment, wage growth and weekly hours. And it’s important to recognize that those numbers were actually good numbers; the unemployment rate actually went down; the wages continued to grow; and weekly hours stayed stable. All of those things are strong indicators that the economy is continuing to move. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Texas here! Sent email to Bill O’Reilly – we shall see! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate It’s only a few days until Spring Vacation for congress. Where’s the president on this issue? If/when unemployment legislation makes it out of the senate committee (where most bills die), it would have to move to the senate floor for debate and finally a senate vote (cumulatively, weeks or months). Meanwhile, similar legislation has to make it out of committee in the house of representatives, before it comes to the house floor for debate and a final vote (again, cumulatively, weeks or months). Finally once it gains passage from the senate and the house (surely a long battle), the president has promised time and time again he will veto any such legislation. Doesn’t sound like something that’s going to get this week does it? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I’ve watched the hearing and I did not hear anything promising about the State of our Economy – If you would like to check out the hearing which was on March 7,2008 you can see it by typing this into your search bar. http://jec.senate.gov/Hearings/03.07.08%20BLS/archived%20video.ram * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I don’t think all of us unemployed Americans are asking for too much, we just want to pay our bills. Asking for an extension on unemployment must show the government WE ARE IN FINANCAL RUINS. I don’t believe the people of our country would ask for an extension, unless we really need it. SUCH AS NOW!!!!!!!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate If you’re responding here regarding unemployment extensions, keep in mind this. IF any legislation is passed, the soonest you could possibly expect funding is late this summer. If you’re trying to make decisions based on when, IF this ever gets passed, look for something mid to late summer for the normal speed of legislation to make it to passage. It could be longer, it could be shorter. More likely shorter since there are a lot of republicans who are against this. They want to wait to see the benefit to the economy from the “stimulus package” they passed almost a month ago. Just as an example, it will be May before you can look for re-election (rebate) checks. And congress thought that was fast. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate California here! I’m very dissapointed in our country’s policies where so much help is provided outside of our own country when this country needs attention! If we continue like this – this country will become the 3rd world! The job market is NOT GOOD and there is no time to wait to help those who have been unemployed for more than 6 months. We need an extension NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I agree that this should be top of mind! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Look at it this way. If you were running for re-election, would you be more concerned about the 90% of the constituancy that is working, or the 10% who is not working? Now you know why everyone (including those working) were part of the “stimulus package” and why there’s no unemployment extensions. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I just email Bill O’Reily, asking for help for all of us. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate C SPAN 2 IS TRYING TO GET US ANOTHER STIMULUS PACKAGE GOING * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I’m sure C SPAN has a lot of influence on President Bush. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate GET IN CONTACT WITH C-SPAN!!!! GREAT IDEA!!!! GET IN CONTACT WITH EVERYONE TODAY!!!!! BEFORE THEESE CONGRESSMEN AND CONGRESSWOMEN GO TO RECESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TODAY, TODAY, TODAY, (LARRY KING), (ANDERSON COOPER), BILL OREILY, BABARA WALTERS, BRIAN WILLIAMS, PAT ROBERTSON, ALL NETWORKS, ALL CABLE NETWORKS, CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX, MSNBC, HEADLINE NEWS, NEW YORK POST, USA TODAY. MAKE CONTACT GUYS WE ALL CAN DO THIS. IT’S OUR NATION, WE DRIVE THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Actually, this is a great time to apply with Lowes or Home Depot. Spring is their busiest time of the year. I just got hired with no prior experience. I had six weeks remaining of unemployment. But even while drawing the maximum in unemployment compensation, I’ll make more working at Lowes. If the legislation ever passed, it will take months before it ever makes it way through congress. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate OK I JUST EMAILED C-SPAN, * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate We should put all of energy into organizing one or two action days. ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ I suggest we pick a day next week for a mass call-in day. If we all call on the same day and let anyone and everyone know about the call-in day, we might be very successful. ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ I also think we should call and email the reps and sens that don’t support this bill with a link to this page and ask them to post a comment about why they don’t suppor this bill. It would be amazing for them to tell all of us why not. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Maybe we can call all of the reps and senators at their hotels next week, since they’ll all be on vacation until April. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN PASSED LAST FALL, I REALLY DOUBT WE’LL SEE ANYTHING JUST TAKE THE STIMULUS AND GET A UHAUL AND GET OUT OF YOUR HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT STATE, LET THE LENDERS HAVE THE HOMES AND THE CARS, ETC. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate HEY UHAUL………WHICH STATE SHOULD WE PICK? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate WELL NOT MY HOME STATE OF MICHIGAN * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Are you serious? Are they all on vacation until April starting next week?? Was that a joke? I am going to cry. I don’t understand why they won’t pass this bill. The Market is up today…there is no sign of them looking at this bill. The person who said to rally up and all call on one day was smart. Lets do that…. How about tomorrow * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Unemployment is up, and so are the cost of living. It makes no sense that taxes are going up, and jobs are dissapearing. With no job, no money. Who will pay the taxes. And that stimulus plan is a joke, wait until you see just how many people get money from that and how much. If they extended unemployment spending would go up immediately do to the fact it would take less time for them to get the checks out. But to wait until May-July for maybe three hundred dollars is a joke. That barely buys grocery for two weeks for a family of 4. We are in Bad Shape. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW: Supporter of the Unemployment Extension. Just spent 15 Mins adrress congress on the 2009 budget resolutiion. MAYBE NOT THE RIGHT FORUM,, BUT NO MENTION OF THE UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEMS IN MICHIGAN OR COUNTRY. TIME FOR THIS DEMOCRATE TO GO… * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate THE CONGRESS DOESN’T CARE ABOUT US. THEY THOUGHT ALL THE EXTRAS , RAISE IN FOOD STAMPS, HEALTH CARE , EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION WAS FOOLISH,( THEIR WORDS NOT MINE) IF THERE IS AN EXTENSION I’LL BET IT WON’T BE UNTIL MID SUMMER WHEN PROBABLY MOST OF US WON’T QUALIFY, AFTER A YEAR YOU ARE DISQUALIFIED. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate MICHIGAN DOESN’T GIVE A RAT’S A** ABOUT THE CITIZENS.. FACTORIES GOING OUT OF THE COUNTRY, CONSTRUCTION IS AT A STAND STILL, FORECLOSED HOMES AT RECORD NUMBERS, DETROIT LOOKS LIKE BAGDAD, DRUG DEALERS GOING INTO FORECLOSED HOMES STEALING EVERYTHING OF VALUE RIGHT DOWN TO THE COPPER PIPES, I COULD GO ON AND ON, YOU BET IF I WAS UNEMPLOYED IN MICHIGAN I WOULD GET THAT UHAUL AND TAKE MY CHANCES ELSE WHERE.. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I have to laugh at the guy here that’s going to throw Debbie Stabenow out. Hey you fool, go to the top of this page and click on sponsors. Tell us how many republicans you see that have signed on to sponsoring this legislation? It’s people like you that voted for Bush and his corporate oil buddies that have got us in this war and now the very of a depression. And I suppose you’re going to vote for McCain too? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate every day that passes with no progress on the unemployment extension gets me more and more suicidal. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate yeah he wants to throw debbie out. what a goof. and yes he will vote for mcCain. you are right, * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate GET BACK TO THE SUBJECT. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Stabenow may be a sponser of this bill, but if you take a good look at all her Congressional action – she is basically a Dead Mule on doing anything positive for the people in Michigan. She may be doing something to help the Unemployed, but over the last couple years she has done things that have done nothing but hurt the people in Michigan and helped put the Economy in the state that it is in right now. By hefty Tax increases and through Idiological State Policys herself and Governor Granholm as well as all the other Democrats have put into place, they have helped in pushing people/busineses out of the State. Thus eventually creating budget shortfalls as we have seen over the last few years. So by her saying she’s a Sponser on this Bill – is just a measure trying to shore up support for her for lack of being committed to anything positive in the past. It’s All Politically motivated, as we all know it’s an Election year – where has she been over the last few years on this Issue – Since Michigan – Has actually Never recovered from the recession of 2001, we’ve had over a 7% Unemployment rate for so long it isn’t funny anymore. Politicians are supposed to work for the people – Not Against them – when are these politicians going to wake up – because common sense people can see past the rhetoric and know when someone has not done their jobs – Until the Last minute, especially when she knows lots more people are making her accountable for her “inaction” and Lack of doing her job and insuring the prosperity of the people of Michigan – it is not and has not been there for way too long. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Has anything been said or done that looks promising today? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate This is my recent letter to the Michigans Govenor. I would like to know just what is it that you intend to do to get the unemployment extentions to get it passed. I am sick and tired of this. First they raise the bridge toll, and now gas is almost up to 3.50 here in St. Ignace. Not to mention there are no jobs here do to the fact this is a seasonal town. Let me tell you as a single mother of 2 its darn hard to make ends meet, and with the gas prices and fuel and groceries prices rising its time you step up to the plate and help out your own state and quite horsing around. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate PASS THIE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The republicans don’t care if you are starving, suicidal, ready to shoot up a school or whatever. They just don’t care a damn about your extension. They are going on vacation along with the rest of congress so they can spend your tax dollars on their hooker call girls. Extension is a no go , forget it. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I have been unemployed since the end of August and my unemployment runs out very soon. I wrote to my Senator and here is the response I got. -——————- Dear Mr. XXXXXX: Thank you for your recent letter on the economy and the proposed economic stimulus package. This is a very important issue to me, and I’m committed to making sure that hardworking families get the help they need. Day after day, we see evidence that our economy is heading in the wrong direction; the unemployment rate is rising, the cost of basic essentials such as food and fuel is soaring, and foreclosures and bankruptcies are skyrocketing. Our failing economy has a real impact on the lives of tens of millions of Americans. Every day, working men and women are being forced to make impossible choices between feeding their families, paying their bills, and keeping their homes. That’s why I strongly support immediate stimulus legislation to help those in need and revive our economy as soon as possible. The Senate stimulus proposal is a major step in the right direction – it contains a tax rebate that’s fair and won’t leave behind senior citizens and disabled veterans living on a fixed income. It also provides help to the 75,000 workers in Massachusetts who have exhausted their unemployment benefits while they continue to look for jobs. There’s still more work to be done – we must add aid for the millions of families struggling to heat their homes, and give greater assistance to those who need help in feeding their families. We have much to do in the days ahead, and I intend to do all I can to make sure that working people in Massachusetts aren’t left behind. Thank you again for your letter on this pressing issue. Sincerely, Edward M. Kennedy -——————— It comes as no shock that this letter said a whole lot of nothing. Your tax dollars at work. I hope that something is done REAL SOON. I have interviewed at only a handful of companies in six months, most of which I was very overqualified for the job and still could not get hired. I have applied for over 50 jobs, but most don’t even acknowledge an online application, an email, or even a written letter. Its also amazing how many companies will post a job, I apply. The job disappears for awhile, and then the job reappears, I reapply, and still don’t get any type of response. Which came first: bad government, bad economy, or bad corporate policies? It doesn’t matter at this point because it is just a vicious circle at this point. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(2 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate THE FEDS ARE GONNA LEND 200 BILLION TO THE BANKS THAT LENT US LOSERS MONEY FOR HOMES ETC. OUR GOVERNMENT IS FOR BIG BUSINESS.. THATS WHY OUR STOCK MARKET WAS WAY UP THERE TODAY. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Check out unemployedworkers.org There is a “workers forum” that sounds good. We should start on that sight,too. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Hey all…it does not matter if they pass the damn extension anyway….half of our unemployment checks are now going into our gas tanks! This country is UNBELIEVABLE. HELLO is anyone in this goverment listening to US? Nope…they are all worried about making sure they keep putting those government checks into their own pockets via re-election!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate To the person who wrote to Senator Kennedy. How will $600.00 help 75,000 workers in Massachusetts who have exhausted their unemployment benefits? I know he’s a millionaire, but come on $600.00? What world is he living in? Does he think that we all live in trailors, don’t own vehicles, don’t heat our homes, live by candlelight, and panhandle for our meals? I’m from Michigan and I also wrote to Senator Kennedy because he sponsored the bill. It sickens me to hear how he replied. Senator Levin is only a co-sponsor but at least he gave the American Workers a little more credit than that. They all talk through their butts. WE HAVE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!!!! Contact the media and make copies of these letters that are going out to keep us quiet. Every Democrat in America should refuse to vote come fall. Who and what would it hurt? The Democrats in office who want to walk around like they own the country. I know it can’t get worse for me, I’m on the verge of losing everything. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate There was a meeting today – tuesday march 11th at 10:30 House Committee on Appropriations – weakoning economy, employment services was the agenda – no other info was available at the time – probably wont post till wednesday. will update if any further info available. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 11, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate BLAME McCAIN!!!!!!! CLINTON AND OBAMA VOTED YES. McCAIN SAID HE WAS IN FAVOR OF THE BILL BUT DID NOT SHOW UP. THE BILL WAS A FILLABUSTER BY ONE VOTE. McCAIN IN 2008 – I DON’T THINK SO. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Charlotte, NC here again, Just emailed this letter to Mike Easley. Maybe something will happen. CXXXX DXXXXX XXXXX Drive XXXXX, NC 28XXX March 11, 2008 The Honorable Michael F. Easley Office of the Governor 20301 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-0301 Dear Honorable Michael F. Easley: Sir, I am UNEMPLOYED and my UI benefits have been exhausted. I have applied to 318 employers in your state with ONLY 4 interviews in the last 8 months. I want you to read the following I have found on the internet. This is VERY MOVING and NEEDS to be brought to the attention of Washington DC, ASAP!!!! With Congress going to recess this state will suffer even more. Please find it in you heart to help us and our children of your state. Thank you for you time to listen and CARE!!! For more info about the campaign contributions behind this bill, visit its page on MAPLight.org. “My husband was laid off after 28 yrs of service to the same company on his 60th birthday. He has been to one job interview in the past one year after interviews with several head hunters.” “My benefits ran at the end of October of last year and still no job and it’s definitely not for the lack of trying. I’ve already lost my home to fore closer and am living with my parents at the age of 40.. An extension through the winter months would be so helpful” “I have been laid off now since August, but had a severance package. I worked in the mortgage industry as an underwriter, and there is NOTHING out there for me. I just started nursing school, and am through the 1st semester. My unemployment will run out next month. If I do not find something I am screwed!!. I hope they extend them, and SOON!!!” “No, It’s not dead yet. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the house said this is an issue that could be looked at after the stimulus package was approved. She didn’t want it held up. (missed by one vote). Congress is back in session and I would hope that this item would be first on their agenda.” by Anonymous | Feb 19, 2008 “So is there still hope that unemployment benefits may be extended? Or is this a dead deal? I just ran out of my benefits and it’s getting scary!” “This bill was blocked by the republicans with the help of Nancy Pelosi. I was thinking of voting republican if there was a good candidate for President. This has switched my position to straight democrat. I hope that everyone out there whose benefits will end will find jobs. It’s getting harder everyday. Good luck.” “ECON EXPERT REACH BACK AND ALLOW UNEMPLOYMENT TO BE COLLECTED BY THOSE WHOSE BENEFITS HAVE RUN OUT. IF PEOPLE HAVE NOT WORKED SINCE LAST MAY AND THEIR BENEFITS HAVE RUN OUT, AND THEY ARE STILL NOT ABLE TO FIND WORK, ALLOW THEM A TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.” “you go gray, they want you to go away….. SO help us if that is the case, because we have families and children to support. I personally have been paying into the system since I was 15. Reach back and extend my unemployment benefits. I have been laid off of my job after 29 years of working for a company, and because of my age 57 it will take longer for me to find a job. I really hope that this bill gets passed so that I can have help supporting my family and paying the utility bills. I have been tracking it, and am frustrated that not more has been done with it. It also seems to me that it is taking at least a year for people 57 and older to find quality work. I think these are issues that politicians need to know.” “I don’t think the issue is dead, it just didn’t get in with the stimulus package. I think they are going to revisit it. It is my hope as well – my benefits end in a month. I’ve never been this long without a job in 20 years. It’s very frustrating that they didn’t include it in the stimulus package” “I’m in the same position in Northern NJ. Something is very wrong out there. I’ve submitted about 100 resumes and not one phone call. Good luck” “I know how you feel. I have not interviewed for any job that had less than 100 resumes submitted!” “my unemployment runs out in 3 weeks, are there any talks that the unemployment will be extended in the near future, or is it a dead issue now? I live in an area where unemployment is high. Its been hard to find a job. If I loose my unemployment before I find a job, I may be out on the street. How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. by Anonymous | Feb 14, 2008(26 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Filtered Comment [show]Stimulus package too far too late for the people who really need it, damage is already done to credit worked hard to build. How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. by Anonymous | Feb 22, 2008(18 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Filtered Comment [show]I hope someone else will enjoy my house as well as I did. How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. by Anonymous | Feb 22, 2008(18 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Filtered Comment [show]There will be no extensions. Bush opposed extensions of unemployment benefits which would have been included with the economic stimulus package. How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. by Anonymous | Feb 14, 2008(26 days ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Filtered Comment [show]Can anyone help me? I am trying to find information on the unemployment extension that bush is trying to pass in 2008. 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Comments (What’s this?)(Close help) The Ratings Filter allows you to determine how many user comments to view on pages here on OpenCongress.com. Setting the filter higher (towards 10) allows you to see only the comments rated “most helpful” by users, while setting the filter lower (towards 0) allows you to see more comments on a page. Rating Filter: 5 (What’s this?)(Close help) Please contact me if you have any questions or need additional information. An e-mail can be sent to iso_career@yahoo.com. Sincerely, CXXXX DXXXXX * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate CONTACT SENATOR CLINTON!!!! Let’s start hearing from the ones who contacted Senator Clinton on this matter!!! Let’s start making a paper trail of our contacts!!!! What state(city-if needed), who contacted who, what was the response, will they get other members involved and so on. WE ALL ARE IN NEED, WE ALL HAVE STORIES THAT MOVE U.S.! NOW, WE NEED TO START TELLING THEM TO OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS. CONTACT EVERY MEANS OF MEDIA. CONTACT TV STATIONS, RADIO STATIONS, YOUR STATE EMPLOYMENT OFFICE!!!!! MAKE US BE HEARD!!!!! ALL OUR BENEFITS WILL END SOON OR HAVE DONE ALREADY, THAT MEANS WE DON’T COUNT IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE!!!!!! THAT MAKES IT LOOK GOOD FOR THE ONES WHO SAY WE ARE NOT IN A RECESSION!!! DO IT-DO IT TODAY, NOT TOMORROW, TODAY, TODAY, TODAY. WE DRIVE THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS, LET’S KEEP IT ONT HE RIGHT TRACK!!!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Get REAL NEWS!!!! http://www.nelp.org/index.cfm Testimony of Christine L. Owens, Executive Director National Employment Law Project Before the United States Congress Joint Economic Committee March 7, 2008 Christine Owens, Executive Director National Employment Law Project 1333 H Street, N.W., Suite 300, East Tower Washington, D.C. 20005 (202) 533-2585 cowens@nelp.org Testimony of Christine L. Owens, Executive Director National Employment Law Project Before the United States Congress, Joint Economic Committee March 7, 2008 Senator Schumer, Congresswoman Maloney and members of the Committee: Thank you for this opportunity to testify today on the subject of unemployment in our struggling economy, and the need for an extension of jobless benefits to help stimulate the economy and serve the growing number of workers who are experiencing especially long durations of unemployment without finding new jobs. My name is Christine Owens, and I am the Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project (NELP), a non-profit research, public education and advocacy organization that specializes in economic security programs, including unemployment insurance, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and the workforce development system. Our organization has worked in the states and with Congress to protect the nation’s economic security programs against serious attacks in recent years and to promote reforms that deliver on the nation’s promise of economic opportunity. NELP worked with labor and community allies and supporters in Congress to secure an extension of federal unemployment benefits during the last recession and to win major improvements in the federal program of benefits provided to the families left jobless by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In states across the nation, NELP has been a key player in successful efforts to update states’ unemployment insurance programs, to ensure that more workers are eligible to receive benefits during periods of joblessness. NELP also operates a special project in the Midwest, working with state officials and others to help laid-off manufacturing workers better access trade act benefits and related programs. Thus, we have a long-standing interest and expertise in and commitment to policies that serve the working families hardest hit by economic downturns in the U.S. and the fallout from globalization. Our testimony today summarizes recent evidence of the economy’s ongoing decline, and discusses the importance of extending unemployment insurance benefits to boost the economy overall and to provide critical support to the working families most harshly affected by the downturn. In particular, we focus on long-term unemployment. As we point out in more detail below: • The official unemployment rate and other measures of labor market underutilization are higher today than at the beginning of the 2001 recession. • Unemployment claims are rising: As of the week ending February 23rd, the four-week moving average of claims exceeded 360,000, the highest level since Hurricane Katrina came ashore in 2005. • The duration of long-term unemployment—that is, unemployment exceeding six months—since the last recession is unprecedented. For a period of 32 consecutive weeks beginning in November 2002, more than 20 percent of the unemployed were jobless for at least six months. 1 • The average duration of unemployment—17.5 weeks in January 2008—is much longer now than at the outset of the recessions that began in 2001 (12.6 weeks) and 1990 (11.9 weeks), and the number of workers jobless for at least six months is more than twice as large now as in March 2001 and July 1990. • A larger share of jobless workers are exhausting their state unemployment benefits without finding work today (36 percent) than in March 2001 (32 percent) or July 1990 (28 percent). • Waiting to extend unemployment benefits until the unemployment rate rises more is ill-advised. As recent recessions demonstrate, the unemployment rate does not rise dramatically until a recession is well underway or, in fact, has ended. Since the purpose of extended benefits is to avert a recession or mitigate its consequences for the economy and workers, pegging the extension of benefits to a jump in the unemployment rate is counterproductive. • Unless Congress and the President act to extend unemployment benefits, an estimated 3 million jobless workers will run out of their state benefits over the coming year, with neither jobs nor federal benefits to rely on to support themselves and their families. The Drumbeat of Recession News The telltale signs of a national recession grow increasingly impossible to ignore with the issuance of nearly each new economic report. What distinguishes the current economic downturn from prior recessions is the combined and continued uncertainty of the fall-out from the sub-prime mortgage collapse, the resulting credit crunch, and the surge in energy prices, none of which show any significant signs of improvement. • The Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis Escalates: Initial foreclosure notices now surpass new home sales by three to one, with 2.2 million foreclosures filed in 2007 and an estimated 3.5 million expected by 2010. While earlier estimates put the losses associated with the sub-prime crisis at $50 billion to $100 billion, a recent report estimates losses will now exceed $400 billion.1 • Financial Institutions Restrict Credit: As a result of the exposure due to the sub-prime mortgage crisis, banks and other lenders are now projected to limit their lending and other assets by $2 trillion, thus reducing economic growth by one to 1.5 percentage points.2 • Energy Costs Keep Surging, Raising Consumer Prices: This week, oil prices reached an all-time high of $104 a barrel, thus surpassing the prior record set during the oil crisis of the 1980’s. A gallon of gas cost $3.10 at the end of February, up 32 percent—75 cents—from the same time last year.3 As a result of the surge in energy prices, consumer prices increased by 4.1 percent in the past year, the largest increase in 17 years. Meanwhile, workers’ earnings are down in the past year by 1.4 percent.4 1 “Study Finds Wider Impact of Mortgage Losses,” Wall Street Journal (March 1, 2008), A-2. 2 Id. 3 For gas prices, see http://money.cnn.com/2008/02/24/news/economy/gasprices_0224.ap/index.htm. 4 “Toxic Economic Mix Feared,” Associated Press (March 2, 2008) 2 • Service Industry Now Hard Hit, Not Just Manufacturing: The service sector became the latest casualty of the economic downturn when the index of non-manufacturing business activity fell in recent weeks to its lowest level since October 2001.5 At the same time, manufacturing continued its devastating slide, shrinking at the fastest pace in five years, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s latest factory index.6 • Consumer Confidence Falls to 16-Year Low: These sobering economic forces, combined with the declining job market described below, pushed consumer confidence down to a 16-year low in February 2008.7 Consumer spending, which represents more than two-thirds of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), has been flat as incomes grow more slowly because of the declining job market.8 While economists continue to debate the ultimate breadth and depth of the national economic downturn, large numbers of states are already in serious economic distress. According to economist Mark Zandi of Moody’s Economy.com, five states with large economies, including California, are now in recession, and these states account for one-fourth of the nation’s Gross Domestic Project. Another 15 states are on the verge of recession, accounting for another quarter of the nation’s GDP.9 Rising Unemployment Compounded by Slow Job Growth Working families are bracing for more hard times amid troubling signs that layoffs will rise at the same time the nation’s economy is failing to create an adequate supply of jobs for all those who want to work. Remarkably Slow Job Growth: For the first time in four and a half years, the economy lost jobs in January 2008. While this represented a significant benchmark of economic distress, the fact is that job growth has been remarkably anemic since the last recession ended in November 2001. Indeed, after the 2001 recession, it took 46 months for employment to recover to pre-recession levels, compared with 31 months after the 1990’s recession’s end. Prior to the 1990s, on average, jobs returned to pre-recession levels after just 21 months.10 Thus, compared to prior recessions, it is much harder for unemployed workers to find work in today’s “lean” economy, while they are competing for more limited job openings.11 According to the Department of Labor’s most recent JOLTS report, job openings, new hires and 5 “Recession Fears Intensify: Service-Sector Index Hits Six-Year Low; Further Rate Cuts Seen as Dow Drops 2.9%,” Wall Street Journal (February 6, 2008). 6 “U.S. Economy: Manufacturing, Construction Spending Decline,” Bloomberg News (March 3, 2008). 7 Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. 8 “U.S. Michigan Consumer Index Falls to 16 Year Low,” Bloomberg News (February 29, 2008) 9Zandi, “Washington Throws the Economy a Rope” (January 22, 2008) (available on-line at http://www.economy.com/home/article_ds.asp?cid=102598). 10 Stettner, Allegretto, “The Rising Stakes of Job Loss: Stubborn Long-Term Unemployment Amid Falling Unemployment Rates” (National Employment Law Project/Economic Policy Institute, 2004). 11 “Is a Lean Economy Turning Mean: Why It’s Now Harder to Find a Job,” New York Times (March 2, 2008). 3 separations from employment were all down at the end of 2007, compared to December 2006. 12 Higher Unemployment Rates Today Than At Outset of Last Recession: The official unemployment rate in January 2008 was higher (at 4.9 percent) than in March 2001 (4.3 percent), when the last recession began. In January 2008, 7.6 million workers were officially unemployed, an increase of more than half a million in the past year. The number of “discouraged” workers grew to 467,000 in January 2008, the highest number in two and half years. Meanwhile, the number of individuals working part-time for economic reasons—that is, they cannot get fulltime hours—reached its highest level in four and half years, with 4.77 million such workers in January 2008. Taking into account all these workers, the true unemployment rate in January 2008 was 9.0 percent, up significantly from 8.3 percent just one year earlier and up even more sharply from the 7.3 percent rate that prevailed at the beginning of the 2001 recession. Recent Surge in Unemployment Claims: Finally, unemployment claims have reached their highest levels since Hurricane Katrina, reinforcing the point that layoffs have already taken a major toll on the nation’s workforce. For the week ending February 23rd, unemployment claims averaged over the prior four weeks rose to more than 360,000, the highest number since October 15, 2005. In addition, the total number of workers collecting unemployment benefits increased to 2.78 million (averaged over the prior four weeks), which exceeds the number who were collecting unemployment benefits when the last recession began seven years ago this month. The New Realities of Long-Term Unemployment As the above data reflect, the overall picture of jobs and joblessness in today’s economy is bleak for America’s working families, and points to the need for extended unemployment benefits to boost economic growth. Further underscoring the need for a federal extension of jobless benefits, a record percentage of unemployed workers today remain jobless after actively looking for work for more than six months. Hailing from all walks of life, these jobless workers are struggling on limited income in a punishing economy to maintain their housing in the midst of the worst foreclosure crisis since the Great Depression and to pay skyrocketing costs for basic necessities, like food and gas. Long-term Joblessness: No Comparison to Prior Recessions: High rates of long-term unemployment have persisted longer since the recession that ended in November 2001 than was the case with respect to the two preceding recessions, which ended in March 1991 and November 1982, respectively. In November 2002, one year after the most recent recession’s end, the share of jobless workers unemployed for six months or longer (the “rate” of long-term unemployment) surpassed 20 percent, and it remained at or above that level for a record 32-month stretch. In contrast, the rate of long-term unemployment after the early 1990’s recession exceeded 20 percent for a total of only 23 months, with the longest continuous stretch at the 20 percent or higher rate lasting 11 months. And the long-term unemployment rate exceeded 20 12 U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Job Openings and Labor Turnover: December 2007,” available online at http://www.bls.gov/newsw.release/pdf/jolts.pdf. 4 percent after the early 1980’s recession for only 18 months. Moreover, while the rate of long-term joblessness returned to 10-to-11 percent of the unemployed after the past two recessions, it has remained above 16 percent since the recession of 2001 and is now again on the rise. High Rates of Long-Term Unemployment Lasting Longer051015202530Jul-67Jul-68Jul-69Jul-70Jul-71Jul-72Jul-73Jul-74Jul-75Jul-76Jul-77Jul-78Jul-79Jul-80Jul-81Jul-82Jul-83Jul-84Jul-85Jul-86Jul-87Jul-88Jul-89Jul-90Jul-91Jul-92Jul-93Jul-94Jul-95Jul-96Jul-97Jul-98Jul-99Jul-00Jul-01Jul-02Jul-03Jul-04Jul-05Jul-06Jul-07 Simply put: The problem of long-term joblessness is far greater today than at the beginning of our most recent past recessions. Additional measures underscore the greater severity of the problem: • In March 2001, when the last recession began, the average worker was unemployed for 12.6 weeks before finding new work. And at the beginning of the preceding recession in July 1990, the average duration of unemployment was 11.9 weeks. In sharp contrast, the average duration of unemployment in January 2008 was 17.5 weeks. • In January 2008, almost 1.4 million workers remained unemployed after actively looking for work for more than six months, up from 1.1 million just one year earlier, in January 2007. The January 2008 figure is more than twice the number who were long-term unemployed in both March 2001 (696,000) and in July 1990 (688,000). • In January 2008, the long-term unemployed accounted for 18.3 percent of all jobless workers, compared to 11.1 percent in March 2001. In July 1990, 11.9 percent of the unemployed were long-term jobless, and the proportion did not reach today’s rate until 21 months later (in March 1992). 5 The Diverse Profile of the Long-Term Jobless: The ranks of unemployed workers who are looking for jobs for longer periods of time are not limited to any particular demographic group, although certain groups of workers are over-represented in this category relative to their representation among the unemployed generally. As set out in Table 1 below, men account for 57 percent of the long-term unemployed, compared to 54 percent of all unemployed. While workers 45 and older make up 27 percent of all the nation’s unemployed, they represent 37 percent of the long-term jobless. Nearly two-thirds of the long-term unemployed are white, but African-Americans are over-represented in the category (28 percent) compared to their share of the unemployed generally (21 percent). Perhaps not surprisingly given the continued loss of well-paying manufacturing jobs to trade and globalization, manufacturing workers are also somewhat over-represented among the long-term unemployed relative to their share of all unemployed workers (12 percent of the long-term unemployed compared with 10 percent of all the unemployed). However, workers employed in other sectors are significantly represented among the long-term unemployed as well, especially including those who worked in professional and business services (12 percent), wholesale and retail trade (15 percent), and educational and health services (12 percent). GenderFemale46%43%Male54%57%Race*Black 21%28%Hispanic16%13%Other3%4%White72%65%Age16 – 2433%23%25-4440%41%45 and over27%37%EducationLess than High School26%23%High School Graduate35%37%Some College25%24%Bachelor’s Degree or More14%16%Industry**Construction11%9%Manufacturing10%12%Wholesale and retail trade15%15%Financial activities4%5%Professional and business services12%12%Educational and health services12%12%Leisure and hospitality13%12%* Due to overlap in the Hispanic, Black, and White categories, the total exceeds 100 percent. ** The total for industries listed is less than 100 percent because those four categories with statistically insignificant numbers were omitted. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (monthly data totaled for 2006-2007).Characteristics of All UnemployedCharacteristics of the Long-Term UnemployedTable 1: Demographic Characteristics of the Long-Term Jobless (2006 – 2007) 6 The Benefit Economic Impact of Jobless Benefits Unemployment benefits provide one of the most effective means available to federal policymakers to immediately stimulate the economy and help prevent or forestall a more serious recession. In fact, a major study of past recessions found that each dollar of unemployment insurance benefits boosts the nation’s GDP by $2.15, and that at their peak, UI benefits saved an average of 130,000 jobs on an annual basis.13 Unemployment benefits are targeted directly to those communities hardest hit by downturns; they flow with virtually no delay to affected workers; and because these workers, in turn, must spend their benefits to support themselves and their families, the money is quickly recycled through the economy. As economist Mark Zandi notes, unemployment benefits sustain consumer confidence and consumer spending, which is the backbone of today’s economy. “The benefit of extending unemployment insurance goes beyond simply providing financial aid for the jobless, to more broadly shoring up household confidence. Nothing is more psychologically debilitating, even to those still employed, than watching unemployed friends and relatives lose benefits.”14 Mr. Zandi posits that part of the serious slump in consumer confidence following the 1991 recession was due to the initial refusal of the first President Bush to immediately extend jobless benefits.15 In addition to bolstering consumer confidence and sustaining consumer spending, extending unemployment benefits would have a potentially salutary impact on the home foreclosure crisis widely viewed as the trigger for today’s economic downturn. Families of jobless workers spend more of their unemployment benefits to cover the costs of their mortgages and rent than for any other household item. According to a state survey, 41 percent of expenditures paid for with unemployment benefits were applied to housing costs. After housing, unemployment benefits were spent primarily on transportation (14 percent), food (13 percent), loans (12 percent) and health care (6 percent).16 Another national study found that unemployment benefits reduced the chances that a worker will be forced to sell the family home by almost one-half.17 In addition, unemployment benefits sustain families during hard times by substantially reducing the likelihood that they will fall into poverty and helping them make the challenging transition to quality jobs with health care and other benefits.18 13 Chimerine, et al. “Unemployment Insurance as an Economic Stabilizer: Evidence of Effectiveness Over Three Decades,” U.S. Department of Labor, Unemployment Insurance Occasional Paper 99-8 (1999). 14 Zandi, “Washington Throws the Economy a Rope” (January 22, 2008). 15 According to Mr. Zandi, “The slump in consumer confidence in late 1991, after the 1990-91 recession, may well have been due in part to the first Bush administration’s initial opposition to extending UI benefits for hundreds of thousands of workers. The administration ultimately acceded and benefits were extended, but only after confidence had waned. The fledging recovery sputtered and the political damage extended through the 1992 presidential election.” Id. 16 State of Washington, Employment Security Department, Claimant Expenditure Survey, 2005 (January 2006) 17 Gruber, “Unemployment Insurance, Consumption Smoothing, and Private Insurance: Evidence from the PSID and CEX,” Advisory Council on Unemployment Compensation Background Papers, Vol. I (1995), at page 20. 18 Stettner, Emsellem, “Unemployment Insurance is Vital to Workers, Employers and the Struggling Economy” (National Employment Law Project: December 5, 2002). Boushey, Wenger, “Finding the Better Fit: Receiving Unemployment Insurance Increases Likelihood of Re-Employment with Health Insurance” (Economic Policy Institute: April 14, 2005). 7 Current Federal Extended Benefits Policy Fails the Unemployed With an economy that has produced record rates of long-term unemployment, the need for an effective and reliable permanent program of extended unemployment benefits is more crucial than ever. What we have, instead, is a federal system of extended unemployment benefits that is far from reliable or effective, thus creating the necessity for a temporary extension of benefits. The permanent federal program of “Extended Benefits” (EB) is so outdated in how it measures unemployment that no state now qualifies for the program, not even Michigan, which has had an unemployment rate exceeding 7 percent since August 2006. During the last recession, only six states qualified for EB, and during the recessions of the 1990’s, only 10 states qualified for the program. In addition to the flawed “trigger” formula, the EB program requires the states to pay for 50 percent of the benefits, thus putting serious pressure on state unemployment trust funds at the very moment the demand is greatest to pay state benefits. Because the EB program is so flawed, Congress has enacted a temporary extension of federal jobless benefits during the past five recessions. In 2002, Congress extended jobless benefits by 13 weeks for all states, while providing an extra 13 weeks of federal support to certain states with unemployment rates that exceeded 6.5 percent.19 The extension that recently failed by one vote in the Senate (Economic Stimulus Act of 2008) was nearly identical to the March 2002 TEUC program. In contrast, prior federal extensions (including the 1991 and 1975 extension programs) were more generous, providing 20 to 26 weeks of extended benefits for all states, with extra weeks of benefits often available to states with especially high levels of joblessness. Responding more effectively to the new realities of long-term unemployment, legislation is pending in both the Senate and the House to extend jobless benefits beyond the limited 13 weeks provided during the last recession. Senator Edward Kennedy recently introduced the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 (S. 2544), which provides 20 weeks of extended benefits to workers in all states, plus an extra 13 weeks for states with unemployment levels exceeding 6.0 percent (averaged over three months). In addition, because the unemployment benefits provided by most states are so limited (averaging only $285 per week), the bill provides an extra $50 a week in federal extended benefits to help families cope with the rising costs of fuel, food and other basic necessities. In the House of Representatives, Congressman James McDermott has introduced a bill to extend federal jobless benefits (H.R. 4934), providing 26 weeks of extended unemployment benefits for all states, as well as a $50 supplement in weekly unemployment benefits. In 19 The TEUC the program was limited to states with unemployment rates above 6.5 percent, plus the state had to have experienced a significant increase of unemployment in either of the past two years. As a result, while 14 states qualified for the full 26 weeks of TEUC benefits, they did so only for a few months before they “triggered off” the program because their unemployment rate did not continue to rise as required by the 2002 federal law. National Employment Law Project, “Nation’s Highest Unemployment States Face Major Cuts in Unemployment Benefits Due to Flawed Extension Program,” (November 4, 2003). 8 contrast to the Senate bill, the McDermott measure does not provide extra weeks of benefits for high unemployment states. Both the House and Senate bills significantly improve upon the TEUC program enacted in 2002 by accounting for the increase in long-term unemployment and the rising costs of fuel and other basic necessities. Extending Jobless Benefits Now Will Help More Than Three Million Workers Who Will Exhaust their State Benefits This Year, Without Finding New Jobs If Congress and the White House do not promptly extend jobless benefits, an estimated three million workers will run out of their state unemployment benefits this year and will have neither new jobs nor extended benefits to help support them and their families. (Table 2). As it becomes more difficult to find work during the year, the numbers are expected to grow significantly. During the six months from January to June 2008, a projected 1.3 million workers will exhaust their state unemployment benefits, and that number will likely increase to as many as 1.7 million workers from July to December 2008.20 Corresponding to the rise in long-term unemployment, today’s jobless workers are more likely to exhaust their state unemployment benefits than in immediate past recessions. Based on an analysis of the latest available data (3rd Quarter 2007), 36 percent of all jobless workers collecting state unemployment compensation exhaust their 26 weeks of benefits without finding jobs. That compares with 32 percent in March 2001, when the last recession began, and 28 percent in July 1990, when the preceding recession began. As indicated earlier, more people are now collecting unemployment benefits (2.8 million), the highest level since Hurricane Katrina, and they, too, will be exhausting their benefits in the coming months. The problem is especially severe in some of the nation’s most populous states hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, which has had the cascading effect of generating layoffs in construction and financial services, and in public sector jobs affected by the fall-off in state revenues. In California, for example, the unemployment rate has increased nearly a full percentage point in the past year alone; it now stands at 5.9 percent, with more than a million unemployed workers. During this period, 433,000 workers exhausted their state unemployment benefits (up about 30,000 from the past year), and another 2.4 million workers applied for new benefits (up more than 200,000 in the past year). In Florida, also hit hard by the housing crisis, the unemployment rate has increased almost a percentage point in the past year (to 4.5 percent in December 2008), 136,000 workers have exhausted their state unemployment benefits (up 35,000), and more than 645,000 workers applied for new benefits (up 150,000 in the past year). 20 The January to June 2008 estimate in Table 3 takes into account the number of people who were paid unemployment benefits from July to December 2007, multiplied by the latest reported state “exhaustion” rate (3rd Quarter 2007). The estimates for July to December 2008 assume a 26 percent increase in unemployment insurance recipients — the same rate of increase experienced during the 2001 recession — multiplied by the latest reported state “exhaustion” rate (3rd Quarter 2007). 9 Responding to the Argument that Unemployment Benefits Discourage the Jobless from Looking for Work It is important to respond to the questionable argument made by some that jobless benefits should not be extended because they discourage the unemployed from looking for work. The reality is that the effect of unemployment benefits on the time spent unemployed is generally overstated, especially during recessions when the competition for jobs is most intense; and critics also ignore how jobless benefits contribute to improving the quality of jobs the unemployed eventually secure. First, with regard to the research, the extent of the impact of unemployment benefits on the duration of unemployment is a subject of significant debate. While some researchers have found that a 13-week extension of benefits is associated with a two-week increase in the duration of unemployment,21 others have recently concluded that the outcome varies significantly depending on the study design.22 Still other studies have concluded that increases in the length of time workers are unemployed while on benefits is more a function of factors like an increase in manufacturing layoffs, not more generous unemployment benefits.23 Second, and perhaps most important, the argument conspicuously fails to account for the favorable impact on the quality of jobs that unemployed workers are able to secure with the help of their unemployment benefits. As described by leading UI authorities assembled by the U.S. Department of Labor, a primary objective of the program is to allow workers “the time needed to locate or regain employment that takes full advantage of [their] skills and experience.”24 Research conclusively shows that those collecting unemployment benefits receive more in pay and better benefits in replacement jobs, including health care, which is of special significance in today’s economy.25 Finally, consider the fact that unemployment benefits only average $285 a week. Given these limited benefits, it is simply unfair and unreasonable to conclude that a typical unemployed worker, faced with seeking employment during a recession while also having to pay for the rising costs of housing, food, gas and home heating, would find the benefits themselves sufficient to reduce the aggressiveness of the job search. Indeed, a national poll of 21 Woodbury, Rubin, “The Duration of Benefits” (in Unemployment Insurance in the United States: Analysis of Policy Issues: Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 1997). 22 Card, Chetty, Weber, “The Spike at Benefit Exhaustion: Leaving the Unemployment System or Starting a New Job?” (National Bureau of Economic Research: February 2007), at page 5 (“With respect to behavior at point of exhaustion, some (but not all) of the studies using survey data to measure job starts find evidence of a spike in the re-employment hazard, while most (but not all) of the studies using administrative data on job starts finds a relatively smooth hazard. Overall, the literature suggests that spikes in the exit rate around benefit exhaustion are generally smaller when duration is measured as time to next job rather than time unemployed.”) 23 Needles, Nicholson, “Any Analysis of Unemployment Insurance Durations Since the 1990-1992 Recession (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., March 1999), at pages 6-7 (“The aggregate analysis concludes that changes in weekly benefit amounts or in average potential duration at the state level cannot explain the increase in average UI duration relative to historical patterns.”) 24 , Unemployment Insurance in the United States: The First Half Century (1993), at page 47 (quoting the U.S. Department of Labor, Committee on Unemployment Insurance Objectives, 1969) 25 See footnote 18. 10 unemployed workers conducted during the last recession found that they applied for an average of 29 jobs a month, which is certainly an active and intensive effort to find work.26 In fact, during periods of recession, it is especially unconvincing to argue that extra benefits will negatively influence the work search of large numbers of workers. As former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan argued in testimony before this Committee in 2002, “[W]hen you get into a period where jobs are failing, then the arguments that people make about creating incentives not to work are no longer valid and hence, I have always urged that in periods like this, the economic restraints on the unemployment insurance system almost surely ought to be eased to recognize the fact that people are unemployed because they couldn’t be a job, not because they don’t feel like working.”27 The Official Unemployment Rate Should Not be Decisive With Respect to Extending Benefits, and Waiting for Further Increases in the Unemployment Rate Will Help Neither The Economy Nor the Long-Term Unemployed Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the administration’s chief economic spokesman, parted ways with leading national economists when he opposed an extension of jobless benefits to help stimulate the economy. According to Mr. Paulson, “with unemployment at 4.9 percent, to extend unemployment benefits would be unprecedented.”28 Subsequent statements by the President and others in his administration echo Mr. Paulson’s views. The administration’s reliance on the national unemployment rate to refuse to extend jobless benefits is misplaced. First, this rationale fails to take into account the stark new realities of slow job growth and greater long-term unemployment, neither of which is adequately captured by the overall unemployment rate—and both of which are powerful reasons to extend unemployment benefits. Second, the administration’s argument ignores the new reality of the unemployment rate illustrated by the past two recessions, where the unemployment rate has lagged farther and farther behind in relation to the economic recovery. Thus, the unemployment rate does not increase substantially until the economy is already well into a recession. Excluding the last two cycles, since 1948 it took, on average, 1.6 months into an economic recovery for unemployment rates to peak.29 In contrast, following the 1990-91 recession, it took 15 months for unemployment to peak. The lag was even longer for the 2001 recession, when it took the unemployment rate 19 months before it peaked. And the role of extended benefits is to stimulate the economy, thus forestalling or helping to minimize a recession. Waiting, as the administration proposes, to extend unemployment benefits until after unemployment has risen sharply—signally a recession is well underway or has ended—is akin to closing the door after the horse has left the proverbial barn. 26 Peter D. Hart Research Associates, “Unemployed in America” (poll commissioned by the National Employment Law Project, April 2003). 27 Testimony of Chairman Greenspan, quoted in “Senate Proposal to Add Unemployment Insurance Benefits Improves Effectiveness of Stimulus Bill (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, January 231, 2008). 28 “Official Urges Senate to Pass Stimulus Plan,” Bloomberg News (February 6, 2008). 29 “The Rising Stakes of Job Loss,” at page 3. 11 For example, consider the experience of the last several recessions, when Congress and the President did not extend benefits until 12 to 16 months after the recessions began, thus failing to take advantage at the front end of the opportunity to avert or minimize the downturn. Indeed, in the case of the last extension, Congress waited until March 2002, four months after the recession ended to enact extended benefits. By that time, the unemployment rate had reached 5.7 percent, the number of workers exhausting unemployment benefits had increased from 192,000 (at the beginning of the recession) to 372,000 a month, and a total of 3.5 million long-term jobless workers had been left without any additional jobless benefits to support their families. When the recession began, the unemployment rate was 4.3 percent. January’s 4.9 percent unemployment rate is thus well above the rate when the last recession began, and a larger number of workers (200,000 to 260,000 workers) are already exhausting their benefits every month. The Administration’s rationale also abandons the 20 states that economist Mark Zandi says are either already experiencing a recession or on the verge of doing so. These states’ economies are the casualties of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, the continued loss of manufacturing jobs, and other forces beyond their control. Some of the states have especially high unemployment rates, but others do not, again reflecting the inadequacy of unemployment rates as measures of economic distress and the inappropriateness of relying upon them to determine when to implement a program of extended benefits after a downturn has begun. Most importantly, what is more critical than the level of unemployment today is that the unemployment level has increased. The unemployment rate is a function of many factors, including labor force participation and the structure of the economy. However, whenever the unemployment level increases substantially, it is clearly going to be far harder for workers to find work before their regular unemployment benefits run out because of increasing competition for jobs. And the increase in unemployment that has already occurred foreshadows worse times to come. The level of unemployment increased by 13 percent from December 2006 to December 2007, and there has never been an occasion in the last 50 years when such a large annual jump did not precede a longer recession.30 There is ample evidence that searching for work today is hard and will get worse—providing clear support for an extension of benefits. Modernize the Unemployment Insurance Program In addition to extending jobless benefits, Congress should address the serious gaps in the unemployment insurance program that deny benefits to thousands of hard-working families, especially low-wage and part-time workers. Today, only 36 percent of unemployed workers collect unemployment benefits, due mostly to outdated state eligibility rules. According to a recent study by the United States Government Accountability Office, low-wage workers are now twice as likely to become unemployed as higher wage earners, but they are one-third as likely to receive unemployment 30 “Jobs Data Pass Threshold Where Recessions Dwell,” New York Times (January 19, 2008). 12 benefits.31 More than a decade ago, a bi-partisan Congressionally-chartered commission recommended state and federal reforms to address these concerns.32 Incorporating many of the federal commission’s recommendations and the model state reforms already adopted by half the states, the House of Representatives recently passed legislation providing incentive grants for states to modernize their unemployment insurance programs (H.R. 3920, Title IV). A similar measure, the Unemployment Insurance Modernization Act (S. 1981), has strong bi-partisan support in the Senate. If enacted into law and embraced by the states, an estimated 500,000 low-wage and part-time workers will qualify for unemployment benefits under the modernized state programs.33 The legislation is paid for from the federal unemployment trust funds by extending an unemployment surtax that has been in place for over 30 years. If swiftly passed, the legislation will go a long way to modernize the unemployment program and help stabilize the economy. Conclusion The nation’s economy is in downturn and may well already be in recession. Job growth has slowed, and unemployment, while hovering still at around 5 percent, is higher now than at the beginning of the two most recent past recessions. In crucial respects, the labor market has not rebounded from the last recession. Job growth overall has been lackluster, at the same time long-term unemployment has been tenacious. Enacting a program of extended unemployment insurance benefits now would quickly move resources to working families that need them and will spend them, helping to stimulate demand, boost consumer confidence, and avert a more serious downturn. Failing to act now means that over the next year, three million jobless workers will run out of state unemployment benefits without finding new jobs or having a program of extended federal benefits to fall back on, to support themselves, their families and the nation’s economy. 31 U.S. Government Accountability Office, Unemployment Insurance: Receipt of Benefits Has Declined, With Continued Disparities for Low-Wage and Part-Time Workers (September 18, 2007). 32 Advisory Council on Unemployment Compensation, Collected Findings and Recommendations: 1994-1996 (1996). 33 National Employment Law Project, “The New Congress Proposes $7 Billion in Incentive Payments for the State to Modernize the Unemployment Insurance Program,” (July 25, 2007). 13 StateEstimated Number of Workers Who Will Exhaust State Benefits (January to June 2008)Estimated Number of Workers Who Will Exhaust State Benefits (July to December 2008)TotalAlabama12,51017,53330,043Alaska6,9139,77516,688Arizona18,84620,71339,559Arkansas16,50517,91834,423California218,496285,75604,252Colorado12,99619,16532,161Connecticut17,25027,30144,551Delaware3,7764,9278,703D.C.4,7695,35710,126Florida86,09285,941172,033Georgia39,82645,64485,470Hawaii2,6543,1225,776Idaho5,1517,56112,712Illinois57,09384,29141,302Indiana33,59851,38084,978Iowa8,73615,51824,254Kansas7,75412,32420,078Kentucky11,45815,60327,061Louisiana11,14013,17124,11Maine4,0197,56511,584Maryland15,84820,97236,820Massachusetts34,27552,82187,096Michigan72,13695,207167,343Minnesota19,23734,4653,705Mississippi7,81910,59218,411Missouri17,72729,92747,654Montana2,9964,6537,649Nebraska6,00910,04616,055Nevada15,64516,18831833New Hampshire1,8482,9824,830New Jersey66,41589,617156,032New Mexico6,1428,27414,416New York84,866107,493192,359North Carolina48,24564,853113,098North Dakota1,5622,9454,507Ohio35,32054,04989,369Oklahoma7,51510,47917,994Oregon20,69526,09446,789Pennsylvania58,97694,434153,410Rhod Island7,03810,74817,786South Carolina21,96026,59148,551South Dakota304672976Tennessee22,03733,38655,423Texas49,10468,018117,122Utah4,0294,8828,911Vermont1,7633,0004,763Virginia17,07625,2422,318Washington18,25321,64839,901West Virginia4,1797,27411,453Wisconsin32,40147,80080,201Wyoming1,1471,9323,079Total1,282,1491,737,7703,019,919Source: Estimates prepared by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) based on U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration data.Table 2: Estimated Number of Workers Who Will Exhaust State Jobless Benefits in 2008 14 * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate THE DOLLAR KEEPS FALLING EVERYDAY IN THE STOCK MARKET, THE 200 BILLION BAND AID IS COMING OFF ALREADY. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME AMERICA HELP YOUR OWN, * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Please e-mail your state senators daily and everyone else involved in screwing th american worker. With a price tag of 12 billion a month to watch our troops die in Iraq. I dont think 14 billion provided in extension benefits is awhole lot to help unemployed americans pay their bills.I have lost my benefits 6 weeks ago and now have no heat or hot water.I really get pissed to watch our government give 200 billion to bad debt when there are stuggling people out there who can,t even get a loan. THIS IS BUSHIT!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate THE SENATORS WITH HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT BETTER START LEADING THIS PUSH FOR EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMETN BENEFITS, IT’S IN THEIR BEST INTERESTS , BELIEVE ME. WHO WANTS TO VISIT STATES WITH PAN HANDLES AT EVERY GAS STATION AND REST AREA?? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Does anyone know when they are going to bring this issue back up??? I am looking all over the net and can’t get anywhere. I have e-mailed all the way up to the WHITE HOUSE and have not gotten so much as a single response. Maybe they will let us all live in the West Wing when we lose our homes!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate im sick of the booster shots and band aids how about trying a money transplant into the unemployed americans pocket * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate good luck everyone in here. god be with you. i just wanted to say my final goodbye. may peace be with all of you suffering in here. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by XOCMIT | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate IF the people in Washington don’t start doing their jobs and vote on the things that mean some thing to American people and stay off the steroid bull and voting on bill S.2544 and get money into the hands of the American worker and stop pissing it away telling us how good the troops are doing in Iraq when we all know Georgie has another Vietnam on his hands and we are going to end just like the Russians if we keep playing in Afganastan and Pakistan retreating with our fingers up each others ass asking each other what happened?? COME ON YOU PEOPLE GET TO THE RIGHT THINGS TO VOTE ON NOT WHAT ARE THE PROBLEMS POLAND IS HAVING AND HOW MUCH MORE CAN YOU PEOPLE PUT OUR CHILDREN IN HOCK BY GETTING MORE CASH FROM CHINA 7 JAPAN THEY OWN THIS COUNTRY THANKS TO THE DAM REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE RUN THE COUNTRY THE LAST FEW YEARS AND NOW WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO HELPING THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY THERE IS NOT A GLIMMER AT THE END OF THE DARK TUNNEL . SO YOU FOLKS IN WASHINGTON YOU GO AND TAKE YOUR TWO WEEKS OFF YOU BASTARDS AND LEAVE THE REST OF US FOOLS HANGING UNTILL YOU COME BACK AND START YOUR BULLSHIT ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I have emailed Kennedy and Pelosi and Obama and Clinton with no response. I heard a rumor that along with the rate cut next week they may include this bill to boost the economy. Has anyone else heard that?? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I was told yesterday that TAA and WIA in North Carolina is out of money by the local employment office, out of work for a yr here, he told me to hang in there!! i’m a veteran and i think this country doesn’t give a crap about Americans, maybe we can move to Iraq, they seem to be getting plenty of money!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate My friend we are in this nightmare together. More than 450,000 people fell off of unemployment at the end of February. Mine ends at the end of this month. We are hard-working middle class folks who thought the dream was ours. Now, I dip into my retirement savings to pay COBRA and just live. I have no debt, a good education and hopes of earning more than minimum wage! We have had almost 8 years of an arrogant, elitest administration. To the gentleman who is a veteran—team Bush has done nothing for vets. The statistics on bankruptcy, divorce and suicides in military families is staggering. You are in my heart, sir. For the gentleman who has the AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm)—I know folks who have had that surgery & come out great. It is more and more common. You will probably outlive all of us w that piece of dacron aroud the vessel. Is there any temporary disablity support you can tap into? Best wishes. Washington Girl * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate There is action in the house – as of 1:45pm – about the economy – hopefully this goes somewhere? C-SPAN RIGHT NOW * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Health Insurance up in 2 weeks. Unemployment ran out 2 mo ago. Cashed in our life insurance policies 2 weeks ago that we have been paying on for more than 20 years. Man this being unemployed is the life! o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Couldn’t agree with you more. Nothing like unemployment life. I still have a month of unemployment benefits left. I love waking up in the morning and applying for jobs and sending resumes that my chances of getting are about NONE because hundreds of other people are trying for the same job. Have developed an ulcer wondering how the hell we are going to survive. Barely doing it now, let alone when unemployment runs out. Oh yes, unemployment is great. + Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Looking at my wedding ring that has never left my finger in 22 years I hear gold is going at a great rate. Can life on the skids get any better. America has been very very good to me. Ha * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate goodbye everyone * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I have been glued to C Span today. Nothing has been said about this bill * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I also have been glued and i heard nothing yet, just a bunch of amendments to the 2009 budget. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate IS THIS ON C SPAN or C SPAN2???? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Same here nothing yet. Been watching all day and trying to find something anywhere on the net. And I thought the job I lost was stressful!!! No insurance, no money, need surgery and the chip program informed me that " I do not make enough money for my daughter to qualify for insurance." This is the life!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate C SPAN * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate CSPAN2 HERE * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate CSPAN2 HERE FOR SENATE CHANNEL 73 * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate goodbye everyone. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate they are talking about immigration. dont worry nobody will want to come here soon * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Check out MSNBC website. Oil just jumped to 110.20 per!!! And the little $200 billion band-aid backfired and sent the Euro to an all time high @ $1.55!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Does any one out there know if you can get a extension in Mass. even though you live in another state? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The Broadcast on C-Span is about The Budget – The Democrats are trying to get President Bushes budget changed – which cuts out many of the programs around the country – Including unemployment extension’s – The Republicans are claiming the Dem’s budget raises taxes, but I think at the point that we are in – in this country, I’m willing to pay a little more in taxes – verses the way things look as they do now – under the Bush tax cuts. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I think the majority of those following this legislation here are missing key points. When and if the legislation makes its way out of the two separate committees (both the House and Senate) it’s sure to face a long battle on the floor of each branch of government. Republicans are adamantly against this and have been very vocal in their views. This was obvious when they band together to create a phyla buster a month ago during debate on the Stimulus Plan. During debate of the Stimulus Plan our republican president promised he would veto any legislation that extends unemployment benefits. Because Bush has promised to kill this legislation, most in congress have given up on it. THAT’S WHY ITS NOT BEING DISCUSSED BY CONGRESS. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Your right, Might as live in Iraq atleast there is some glimpe of oil still to be found. Hey George you still have hope for you and your greedy oil barron freinds.Why dont you try adhering to your patriot obligation and have real and current policies for our citizens.Oil $110$ a barrel?Euro $1.55 What The is going on? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate suddenly. “would you like fries with that” isnt a joke * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The 2009 Budget has nothing to do with 2008 emergency unemployment extensions. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The 2009 Budget in no way has anything to do with legislation to extend unemployment benefits. If anyone has followed unemployment benefit legislation, you’ll know this has been killed off by republican leaders who want to make tax cuts they gave the rich permanent. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I agree with the person who stated “good bye everyone”. it’s time to face the fact there will be no unemployment extension, we will all have to tough it out and try to prioritize the bills that need to get paid…foreclosures on our homes…repo’s on our cars…and of course going to collections for credit card debts. I have given up on praying for an extension now I pray for a low paying job of which I have applied to litterally over 100 employers with not one call back for an interview. Discouraged and Disappointed in NJ. Good Luck To You All… o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 4 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Same to you here in Fort Lee. It’s frustrating, but I gotta get off this site. To all of you, I am sorry. We are all in this together, but we have to turn this forum off and try our best to get out there and try for jobs. Best of luck to all you. I live across the river to NYC and its stagnent, whether you’re in Fort Lee or Atlantic City, New Jersey is in bad shape. But we gotta keep going because the only ones to take care are ourselves. Peace to all. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Vote for McCain if you want four more years of Bush. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate GOOD THOUGHTS BRING GOOD THINGS. YOU HAVE TO REALLY BELIEVE IN YOUR THOUGHTS.. TRY IT. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Looking at my wedding ring that has never left my finger in 22 years I hear gold is going at a great rate. Can life on the skids get any better. America has been very very good to me. Ha * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate let me know if there is any good news that comes out of the senate today. i didnt hear a word about unemployment in 2 hours so i took my tv outside and blew it to pieces with my shotgun which i need to sell too * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The Budget absolutly has something to do with unemployment programs – through restoring funding to each different agency, through amending the budget allocated by the current administration- bush’s – by changing the current budget that is setforth through bush, the legislators can and will change the way money is appointed to each different program, such a social security, transportation, housing, social programs ect. ect. ect…… * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate SO KEEP WATCHING C-SPAN FOLKS BECAUSE THE BUDGET REALLY DOES HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH US……… * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate If you have followed the 2009 budget debate, (nothing to do with funding for unemployment legislation) the budget is DOA. No one in Washington believes it will be approved before Bush leaves office. If it were approved, it dramatically cuts social programs such as unemployment compensation and extends the tax breaks given to corporations and the rich. 2007 was the best year ever for Mercedes Benz. And still there are people here that will go to the polls this November and vote for another republican president. What’s wrong with this picture? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I suggest a massive pray * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate there is no reason to watch C Span, the 2009 Budget is going to be put on hold until next year for the new Pres to approve. Nothing will or can happen until Bush is out of office. I am sorry to announce that when the extension was left out of the stimulus pkg it died. THIS BILL IS A FALSE HOPE. I am not trying to be negative only realistic. I watch the news and read the paper and apply for jobs everyday trying to keep my head above water. I am going to have to take a job that won’t even cover my bills. Every month I get further and further behind trying to pay half of my car pmt and just enough to keep the lights on.Everything is delinquent. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate To all you who vote Republican & live or shall I say lived middle class this ones for you. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(1 day ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Heavenly Father, watch over your children, provide for them and keep them safe. For we know that if 2 or more come to you in prayer, they shall be heard. Grant all of these families peacful thoughts and dreams each and every night. Give them courage to face each day knowing that you guide all of our steps for you know even the number of hairs on our heads. Bless all those in need of your grace and mercy. In Your Glorious wonderful name, AMEN God Bless each of you * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(about 24 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate AMEN!!! Bless all of you. I really think this issue is OVER. We don’t hear anything about unemployment extensions in the media. I think it’s done with. If no one has brought up this issue by now and I mean Unemployment Extension, not the economy, I hate to face the truth and I know we ALL have hopes and we do what we can. I must say it is VERY disturbing, that our ELECTED government as let U.S. ALL down. I do have some great news. There are plenty of other countries that will glady invite U.S. Unemployed to explore career/job opportunities in their country. Canada has many jobs that sound really GREAT! Also, we sit here and wonder why our former employers are leaving the country. Why not follow them? Cost of living is MUCH cheaper in Mexico. Why NOT? I have nothing further to say about our President. He has touched U.S. in a way that we are loosing everything and NOT ONE SOUL IS GOING TO SPEAK OUT FOR U.S. IN DC. This issue has stuck a brick wall and has burned to ashes. May I say, that the only thing we have left is our belief in GOD. GOD has created me and GOD will decide to let me go in to the unknown when it’s time. I do believe our President is Satan. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(about 23 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate EVERYONE NEEDS TO EMAIL NANCY PELOSI AND THANK HER FOR EVERYTHING.. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(about 23 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Is Ralph Nader still running for President? I hope so, he will get my vote. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(about 23 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Being Negative Does No good, things can and have always happened in the matter of politics – those here that are Saying – stop pressing the Issue, You’ve Got to be kidding – It’s necessary to keep this rolling – nothing gets done through inaction – keep Emailing, keep sending letters to everyone that you can think of – sooner or later the Right person will be influenced by our needs – You never get Anything by sitting on your hands – the hard times we are all going through shouldn’t be made wasted – By Giving up, keep trying – it’s your right as an american to voice our needs – Keep working on it. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 12, 2008(about 22 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Voting for Ralph Nader will rob a Democratic vote and we will be saying “Hello President McCain”. The Ralph Nader vote is for all the pissed off people. If it wasn’t for Ralph Nader in 2000, Gore would have won without a question. Don’t be stupid just because your pissed. I am on the verge of losing everything also, but with a McCain presidency, I will be living under a bridge with no way out. A Democratic vote is the lesser of two evils. I can’t predict the future, as none of us can, but an extended Bush presidency will provide no hope. I agree with the person who said our President is Satan. I hope the Dems can raise minimum wage because that is what I’ll be making if I even find a job. Michigan is #1 in unemployment rate, but I not giving up until the last possession is sold. COME ON PEOPLE WE NEED TO KEEP TALKING EACHOTHER THROUGH THIS. Something is bound to come of this, good or bad. At least we can confide in other American’s and somehow find strenght. I’ve been e-mailing everybody under the sun, explaining my situation. I have been wasting my time. We all need to e-mail everyone under the sun this web address – *www.opencongress.org Our e-mails are coming in one at a time and probably getting erased just as quickly. E-mail this address to the media, to everyone you can think of. Maybe just the right person will see it, maybe not. Will I give up? NO. Just because you don’t win a cause doesn’t mean you don’t have an impact. STILL COUNTING ON EVERYONE……………. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 22 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I am from Illinois, I agree with what you are saying. We have to continue to fight for this extension. We can’t give up now! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 21 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I am from Illinois. My UI runs out at the end of this month. I emailed Senator Dick Durbin, I received his responce evening. He stated this, On 2/7/08 Stimulus Bill; I supported several important initiatives that were included in the legislation passed by the Senate Finance Committiee but that were excluded from the final bill. One such provision would have extended unemployment benefits to help laid-off workers who find that it takes longer to find a new job when bussinesses are hiring fewer workers. Resistance from the President and his allies in congress prevented us from enacting this provision in our fist attempt, but we will keep trying. The econonmic stimulus package passed by congress will promote growth in the near term and help address the needs of those affected by the economic turndown. While it is a good start, more work remains to be done so that Americans who most need a helping hand are given the assistance they deserve. I will continue to support efforts to include expansion of LIHEAP and the food stamp program as well as extension of unemployment benefits in further Congressional efforts to stimulate our economy. Hmmm,I wonder how long it will take for his efforts, Maybe I can get food stamps, since I’ll have no money to buy food or anything else…….. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 20 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I e-mailed Durbin and Obama today, so I’m sure I’ll get the same answer soon. I also e-mailed the Chicago TV stations with no reply. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 20 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I want to thank my colleague from Michigan in agreeing with me on the Satan issue. I myself, do want to PRESS on, but 90% of the people here say they didn’t hear back from whom they made contact with. I say, contact the media. I have sent faxes to high ranking officials in DC, emails sent out to fill thier boxes up, personal messages and nothing has proven (at least through the media) that any of what we are doing is getting out to where it needs to be. I say we ALL schedule a day to go to DC and DEMAND OUR RIGHT FOR UNEMPLOMENT INSURANCE EXTENSIONS. This issue has REALLY been a head ache for me this week, I do admit I am resorting to medicines to help with the onset of depression. I am not going to let this country fail U.S.! We ALL really do NEED to get together and Walk the Talk in DC!!! If there’s a way, that may be OUR only option at this time. With elections coming up, you would guess that this would be an important issue, but it seems that the media only cares about who out does who, is the main issue and for the PERV in New York, that’s just down right stupid. So what if this perv can’t controll himself. THAT’S NOT WHAT U.S. UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS WANT TO HERE AT THE PRESENT TIME. That’s something for EMPLOYED people to gossip about at WORK. I tried getting state aid and was turned down because they stated there where no more funds left. HMMMM IT’S ONLY MARCH, THE 3RD MONTH IN THE NEW YEAR and they are out. Come on – Get this, the lady even said in a joking way, Good Luck, you are going to need it. That’s really encouraging. WOW, must be a (BUSHphonics) student that was not left behind in school and has a job making $45K plus a year talking like if she’s the queen of state aid. I contact my employment office last night through email explaining my situation and bluntly asked about UI Extensions. Would you believe not one word!!! Then they send me a letter today wanting to know if my job status changed…. What fools!!!! They all have thier heads toooooo far up their rears to even understand what we are going through. They answer the phones like if we the prinsoners and they are the wardens. “NCESC this is snfsn what do you want?” I replied, I don’t, I NEED A JOB LIKE 8 MONTHS AGO LIKE YOU PROMISSED YOU WERE GOING TO SEND ME ON THAT I NEVER HEARD HACK FROM YOU, BECAUSE THE SYSTEM SAID IT WAS NOT AVAILABLE AT THE PRESENT TIME, PLEASE TRY TO STAY CALM AND PRAY WITH YOU MIGHTY HEART. Then the bastards central office calls me by automated machine to let me know to call back at this such and such number and when I call that number they just gave me, NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THE CRAP I’M TAKLING ABOUT!!!!! I tell them nicely, and they forward my call to yet another dimwit that knows nothing, than that dimwit says I’m going to transfer your call to someone that’ll help you, please hold, OK….. (PLEASE HANG UP AND TRY YOUR CALL AGAIN) (IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE DAILED THE CORRECT NUMBER, PLEASE HANG YOURSELF BY THIS COILY CORD AND CLOSE YOUR EYES" I HOPE ALL THIS MAKES SENSE. I just down a Lunesta and heck I feel goooood. Makes me happy just to write and get it off my chest. Good night too all, happy dreams, at least we know there’s another world in our heads at night, peace be with you. I hope to hear from more of you soon. We really need to make a planned trip to DC. I know alot of us can’t afford it. But hey, maybe that’s what they want U.S. to do. They up the $of fuel so we can’t go to DC, but WRONG!!!! I will ride my horse and spread my horses crap everywhere just like our elected officials are doing to U.S.! Hey fellow colleagues, I must turn in now, my head is spinning and its getting harder to type. Peace Out and GOD bless all of U.S. tonight. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 14 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate SHAME ON BUSH AND HIS PUPPETS! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 13 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Remember that the Republicans forgot about you in your time of need when you vote. I wrote to McCain & informed him that he would not be getting my vote we know he was in Washington the day of the vote & did not show he played it safe his vote would have made the extensions happen. Do not forget extensions failed by one vote. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 13 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Just wanted to add to the above we also can not forget the Nancy Pelosi D could have gotten this in from the start she said if we need more we will go back and get it. Well we need and what do we get. Glad I am now an Independent * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 13 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Can all from New York contact Charles Rangel he worked very hard to pass this bill. Fax if possible this site * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by eddiespaghetti67 | Mar 13, 2008(about 13 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Just joining but very interested to get caught up, I have been asleep at the wheel. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 12 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Lets make this Nancy Pelosi day. Contact her and remind her of her promise If we need more we will go back & get it when she gave in to Bush on the first Stimulus vote. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 12 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate It’s hard not to lose hope. Why is congress going on vacation for the rest of the month while our country is in recession? Why is gas 3.45 a gallon? Why are millions of us losing our homes and jobs and sanity while the rich are making billions and billions more than they ever have right here in the US. What will happen to the middle class? Why are we at war? None of it makes sence. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 12 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I’m sorry to say but is about time the people know the truth the media is control for the government. If you go to foreign countries they know more about the US than us. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 12 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The meddle class is disappearing we are aether reach or poor . some people earn in one day what other earn in a year and then they take tax. We don’t have the chance to save or to get out of check by check situation. instead we get credit so we can pay interest and never get out of it. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 12 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate THE STOCK MARKET IS GETTING IT’S A** KICKED AGAIN TODAY, OIL KEEPS RISING WE ARE FAST HEADING FOR A DEPRESSION.OH I FORGOT TODAY IS THE 5TH BIRTHDAY OF THE IRAQ WAR, LETS ALL CELEBRATE… * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 11 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I contacted Nancy Pelosi late last night. No response yet, but I think that’s where we should start. She is the one responsible for not pushing the Senate’s stimulas package. It could have been re-voted on but she did not push. She is third in line to the presidency, if everybody remembers their Model Government class from high school. She is the most powerful woman in the U.S. Everyone needs to make her aware of that TODAY. She needs to push and get this done. IT CAN HAPPEN PEOPLE. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 11 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate he senate is talking about extending benefits right now on cspan 10:42 AM hey thinking positive works!!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 11 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate My unemployment runs out this week. I have no where to live, food supplies are low, and gas is so high in price that I am limited in job search travel. The unemployment rate seems low, but that’s because over 600,000+ people are no longer being counted. Congress needs to act on the extension bill and Bush needs to sign it into law with no veto. Why is this bill, S.2544 such an uphill battle? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 11 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate DON’T GIVE UP THINK POSITIVE THE SENATE IS GONNA WORK INTO THE NIGHT TONITE TO PASS THE 2009 BUDGET AND ALSO THE REST OF STIMULUS OF 2008 ( THATS US) THINK GOOD THOUGHTS,.,. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 11 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The House is hearing speeches on CSPAN. Maybe it’s our reps. we should be e-mailing to get to Speaker Pelosi. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 11 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate GOOD THOUGHTS > GOOD THINGS TRY IT ! WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE?? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 11 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate If it is true that the Senate is going to work into the night to work on the rest of the Simulus package than we are making a difference here. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 11 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Yes but you have to believe in it! it is called the law of attraction, our thoughts are powerful.. think in your minds that you already have it in your hand and how thankful you are, sounds wierd but it works.. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by DK9220 | Mar 13, 2008(about 10 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Is George Bush’s middle name veto? All that comes out of his mouth when he doesnt get something he wants is VETO. I would hate to be part of his family and you do not do something he wants. Will he veto you ? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 10 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate How is it that they are going to vote late into the night when Senator Obama will be in Pennsylvania tonight on the campaign trail? I know they are voting on the 2009 Budget, but where did you hear the rest of the Stimulus? I’m watching the senate right now and heard nothing about it. If Obama is missing it won’t pass. I hate to even say that but I don’t know where you are getting your information. If you have some knowledge of this please share. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 10 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate If ANYBODY has knowledge of this vote tonight please share. This would be excellent news! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 10 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Good morning ALL!! I would like to ask the person who wrote, “he senate is talking about extending benefits right now on cspan 10:42 AM hey thinking positive works!!!!!”. What CSPAN are you watching, CSPAN or CSPAN2? Did you here exactly what was brought up? I also contacted Nancy Pelosi several times with NO REAL LIVE RESPONSES only automated ones stating some crap that she can not take sides. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 10 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate UPDATE: Was mentioned by CNN this morning. Will be discussed on the floor today. I still say if nothing happens tonight, WE ALL SHOULD STAND AND BLOCK CONGRESS FROM GOING TO RECESS TOMORROW!!!! WHO WITH U.S. UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS??? o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 10 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I would love to go to D.C. to block them from recess if something positive does’t happen today. Afraid my financial situation won’t let me. I spend every penny of unemployment on trying to keep current with bills, plus my credit cards are almost maxed out. Plus I can’t get a loan because I don’t have a job. There are no jobs to be had. Thanks anyway. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 10 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate you must of been taking a cookie break when Senator Reid said they were gonna work in to the night this morning at 10:45,,,,, on the remaining 2008 and 2009 bills sorry you lose…. not thinking positive in your thoughts , poor you,,. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 10 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate They are on this bill twice now,, they are getting cornered , they have to pass it. Bush is between a rock and a hard spot with this stimulus. I think the rep.‘s are going on the dem’s. side on this.. good luck everyone. Reid mentioned this 10:45 Michigan time zone. Isn’t he the chairman ? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 10 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I was not taking a cookie break. I have been here since February talking positive every day. If I missed something, I wanted someone to share. THANKS SARCASTIC! Besides, I can’t afford cookies. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 10 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Keep thinking positive after my job was exported to Asia. Keep thinking positive while they aution off my foreclosed home I had for 23 years. Keep thinking positive while they repo both of my cars. Keep thinking positive while I sit by the trash fire under a bridge. Yes, I live in the U.S. and not Mexico or China. Any other reason why I should think positive? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 10 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Neither the House or the Senate version of this legislation has made it out of committee in either of the two branchs of congress. It will not be debated on the house or senate floor until it makes it out of their committees. Look back only a month ago and you’ll find the same republicans still adamantly oppose any legislation to extend benefits. They want and expect you to be looking and accepting jobs less than $10 per hour if it means you have to give up everything you’ve worked for in the past. Once you start to see who and what they care about, you’ll understand. IT’S CALLED GET RE-ELECTED. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 9 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate With all the recent Economic Indicators pointing in the downward spiral, gas prices, the housing market/credit crunch and the persistant voices they are hearing from all the unemployed – Bush is and will begin to feel the pressure from both sides on this Issue – It takes a while for all the Economic news to reach the Right people, we are definately being heard – So Keep up the e-mails, letters – reach anyone that you can think of, to help keep the Issue on the table – tie up their E-mails, fax machines – Let them know that we ARE NOT going to just go away – make our presense known – Don’t let the Negatives Moron’s that keep coming on this site Discourage you – Hopefully these people never end up in the situation that alot of us are in because of a faulty Economy – So keep up the pressure and let every Senator and Congressman/woman know about the need for these Extensions to pass – Think positive – Sooner or later They Will have to do something – our Voices are being heard. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 9 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Think back to 2003 people. BUSH not only approved, but started the Unemployment Extension easily, and we were in better shape then, then we are now! Why did he do that then? Cause he was up for re-election. He does not CARE about American people. MOST republicans do not!!! Remember this people when you are going to vote!!! It makes me sick to think that innocent people and children’s lives are falling apart because of a political game. This would have already been signed, passed, and we would have the much needed extra money if this was an election for Mr. Bushit! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 9 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I agree!!! Keep sending those e-mails…faxes, whatever you are doing. They will HAVE to do something. Pray!!!! A higher power than Mr. Bushit will help us!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 9 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate We are being heard – posted today from march 9th, on the opencongress site – under the opencongress blog. Keep working at it everyone – these so-called Politicians will be forced to get off their hands and do something about the Unemployed. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 9 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate “Whatsoever ye shall ask in Prayer, beleiving, ye shall receive”. Matthew 21:22 * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Donnyshaw_s by donnyshaw | Mar 13, 2008(about 9 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Here’s an excerpt from Congressdaily (3/11), a subscription-only insider news source: The Senate’s budget resolution includes $35 billion for a second economic stimulus package that was originally intended to accommodate an extension of unemployment benefits, a temporary increase in food stamps, and low-income heating assistance. Conrad said Monday that money could go toward housing legislation. The House version does not include any provisions for a second stimulus plan. On Monday, House Budget Chairman Spratt said increasing unemployment benefits is likely to have the best chance in the House. “The rate of unemployment is rather low at this point in time, but if the economy gets worse, the rate of unemployment is bound to go up,” he said. “I would think if it goes up above a certain level — 6 percent, 6 1/2 percent — I’m just stabbing at a number, with some level of seriousness, then I think we would at least come back and consider that component of an additional stimulus.” o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Donnyshaw_s by donnyshaw | Mar 13, 2008(about 9 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate If the House and Senate end up agreeing to include the unemployment benefits in the budget resolution, they’ll still need to enact the extension separately. If that happens as part of the normal budget/appropriations process, it could take until the fall or next winter to actually be enacted. So, if Congress signifies a willingness to extend unemployment benefits by including it in the budget resolution, the push will then be to get them to enact it soon, via this bill. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 9 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate HUMBLE YOURSELF TO PRAYER LADIES AND GENTLEMAN.. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 8 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate well with gas prices up, and heating cost up you would think something would be done , the only problem is they always wait til its to late to do anything,,, * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 8 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The U.S House of Appropriations can change the funding almost immediately, if there is an Amendment to the 2008 budget – This Is going to happen alot sooner – it has to, the pressure is on – Keep working at it – Don’t give up. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 8 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate IT WILL HAPPEN VERY SOON IF IT IS CONSIDERED EMERGENCY * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 8 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Well i have contacted , mr levin , mrs stabenow, mrs granholm, mr kennedy, mrs snowe, max baucus, mr grassley and will work on more today, * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 7 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate On C-Span 2 as of 2:30pm – Kennedys Amendment – Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act 2008, will be up in the order here before to long – Let’s hope that it passes. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 7 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate well my benefits run out this week i tried to contact many people from the goverment no respond ,also no jobs avaliable i really need help * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 7 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate why this nation help people from ther countries waist money in Irak ad they dont care about their own people . we need this extension to pay our bills * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 7 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate LETS HOPE THE KENNEDYS AMENDMENT PASSES……. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 7 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Does anyone know if we can still qualify for the extension if our claim date expires? My claim expires in August and who knows when or if this law will even pass. My benefits will be out this month and I have not found a job yet. I am really stress and frustrated. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 7 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The way I read it, 1 year from when the Amendment passes – you’ll be allowed to get the extension. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 7 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Read in todays Washington Post The Labor Department says the # of unemployed remaining on unemployment is highest in 2 1/2 years * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 6 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Then you take into account, the numbers that are no-longer collecting – add this into the fraction and the unemployment soars well above those numbers – highest numbers since 2001 o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 6 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate AS THE OLD SAYING GOES STICK & STAY AND MAKE THEM PAY. KEEP AT THEM! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 6 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I just talked to Finance commitee in Washington and this bill as I was told is just sitting there!!!!! AND recess DOES start tomorrow for 2 weeks…. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 6 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Construction sector 11% unemployed * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 6 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate THEY WILL BE VOTING UNTIL THEY ARE DONE, MAY RUN INTO THE NIGHT . * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 6 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate THEY ARE VOTING ON PEOPLE IN AMERICA SPEAKING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AS FIRST LANGUAGE! WHAT’S HAPPENING TO AMERICA?? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 6 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Wrote in a few weeks ago, frustrated and hopeless that my benefits were running out. After 200+ resumes and 4 interviews I finally snagged a job for what I was making out of high school 25 years ago !!! I am disgusted but am left with little choice but to take it. Good luck to everyone on finding work or getting the extension that you so desperately need. o Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 6 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Has anyone out from New York contacted Charles Rangel he will and has fought for this bill. Please all from NY contact him and anyone else you can think of * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 6 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate If they vote yes on S.2544, where will it go from there? Back to the House, back to the President? Is he going on vacation for 2 weeks also? Who will be around to put it into law? I wish I was going on vacation for two weeks. I worked for 25 years, went 5 years without a raise, and the last two years took %15 wage concessions so the company could stay in Michigan, only to be sold out along with 6,000 other employees. I haven’t taken a vacation in 15 years. WOW! They work hard though, they deserve it – NOT – All I see them doing is walking around shaking hands with everyone all day. What a joke! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 5 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I was wondering what the number was on the bill, thanks.. I would bet Bush heads to Crawford to cut some brush for a couple weeks, he’s a cow poke ya know. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 5 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate THOOSE THAT CAN!!!!KEEP THE FAITH!!!!NOT EVERYBODY IS A SPIRTUAL SOLDIER. LETS KEEP PRAYING FOR THOOSE THAT HAVE LITTLE GOOD WORD FOR ANYTHING. I HAVE GREAT PROBLEMS MYSELF THIS IS NOT A TIME TO BACKUP. WIN OR LOSE ILL FIGHT!!!!!! MY GOD IS MORE THAN ABLE. WHERE IS YOUR HEART AT? I DONT PERSONALY KNOW OF ONE BATTLE WON BY GIVING UP!!I MIGHT LOSE EVERYTHING ON THIS EARTH. BUT THEY CANT STEAL MY SOUL. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR JESUS LATLEY!! DONT EXSPECT HIM TO MOVE WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN STANDING STILL!! THAT GOES FOR ME TO. FATHER WE LIFT UP ARE HANDS. AMEN * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 5 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate How can these people go on a 2 week recess with the country falling apart? I know at my previous job I just couldn’t of taken off for 2 weeks if the company was in turmoil. What is wrong with this government??? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 5 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate The legislation has not made it out of committee in either the House or the Senate. Educate yourself folks, it’s not going to a vote on the floor of either branch of government until it makes it out of the finance committee. MOST LEGISLATION DIES IN COMMITTEE. Meaning, it never makes it out of committee to the floor of the full House or Senate. If the legislation is unpopular amongst enough in congress(such as the case here) it simply sits there, and is never scheduled for discussion by the committee leaders. IF and I do mean IF, PRESIDENT BUSHIT has vocally said he WILL VETO IT. I guess that means it won’t get done before congress goes on vacation tomorrow. And for those whose benefits have run out or about to run out, you can stop waiting by your mailbox. You sound pathetic here. THIS LEGISLATION WILL TAKE MANY MONTHS before you ever see a check, without a doubt you’ll never see anything in the coming weeks or days. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 5 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Evidently you are a congressional scholar – maybe you should try and get a job with the bush administration. Being negative is the way the far right want us to think. Everyone keep up the E-mails – keep up the pressure, it is working and we are being heard – we need more of it. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 5 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate No, actually govenment is a high school class. Education yourself on how legislation is enacted so you know what to expect. That’s the problem with this country, the majority of people don’t give a sh** until it affects them. It shows at the polls when less than half the country even votes in an election. Education yourself on the issues and the candidates. Stop listening to all the propoganda on the news. If you were a politician and 6% of the people were effected by the passage of legislation that is unpopular amongst others in congress, how much time would you spend on it? GET REAL and you’ll know why this legislation has nearly been forgotten. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 4 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate It’s not over until the Fat Senator FARTS, oops I meent to say the Fat Sings! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 4 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Well the people on this sight aren’t going to give up! Miracles can always happen! Everything happens for the best and right now the best would be an extension. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 4 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Wow why so bitter,If your so educated and know wo much why are you commenting on an unemployment blog? just saying * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 4 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Michigans unemployment rate is 7.61% on the news this am. Highest in the country. Federal goverment, and state goverment has not money for unemployment extentions. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 4 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Thanks for giving me a laugh with the Pres. Bushit I Love it hope you don’t mind if i keep it going. So how to define Nancy Pelosi? What goes with sellout, traitor, liar? * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 4 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Why try to burst our bubble, this is the last hope we have. Do you really think the people on this site are stupid? We all know we have a better chance of winning the lottery {if we could afford the ticket} then for the extension to pass, but we can still hope and pray and fight for what we know is right. All of us together—— * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 3 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate I believe we will get our extension within the next 30 days. The economy is in the toilet . They will panic and try everything,,. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 3 hours ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Has anyone heard anything ? I can’t believce this is happening, I am a single mother how do I raise my daughter on a minimum wage job? That will hardly pay anything, “sorry honey, mommy can’t feed you this week, I had to pay the rent.” How do they expect us to live?? Can’t they see what is happening to us!!!! WE NEED HELP AND FAST!!! I hope that everyone keeps fighting and most importantly………PRAY TO THE LORD ABOVE THAT HE WILL NEVER LEAVE US NOR FORSAKE US. HE WILL PROVIDE!!!! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 1 hour ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate all i can say is we better get the f-cking extension! anybody a fan of the doors? when morrison freaked out on the crowd wasted on drugs and booze at a live concert he was calling everybody in the crowd a bunch of f-cking idiots. letting people push you around, telling you what you are gonna do, how long you gonna let them stick your face in sh-t he said. while a lot thought he was rude and out of his mind, look what this has progressed to. look at the situation. he was exactly right! * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(about 1 hour ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Not to be rude but enough with the prayers and God will provide didn’t anyone ever tell you politics and faith are two different things. Keep on track! Go bang your bible someplace else * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(35 minutes ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate BUSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE HAS A JOB. SCREWING ALL TAXPAYERS.$600 IN MAY MAYBE I CAN BUY A CANOE TO GO DOWN THE RIVER?OR A PLASTIC KAYAK SO THEY CAN RECYCLE IT. * Filtered Comment [show] How helpful was this comment for you? Use the slider bar to rate it 1-10, with 10 being very helpful and 1 being least helpful. Anon-img-ex1 by Anonymous | Mar 13, 2008(28 minutes ago) | Reply | Overall Rating: 5.0 | Login to Rate Maybe you need to stay off of this site. Praying is better than sitting around and wondering. What’s wrong with having a bit of fait?? You try being a single parent and wondering if you can’t provide for your child if they will come and take her away. I strugle each and every day wondering what to pay with what little I have and crossing my fingers that she does not get sick because of no insurance. YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY PERSON HURTING HERE AND IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT YOU GO SOME PLACE ELSE. “NOT TO BE RUDE”

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  • desertrat 09/30/2008 7:49pm

    Is there a reason why you can’t get a job where you live or move to a place where you can?


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