H.R.5749 - Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008

To provide for a program of emergency unemployment compensation. view all titles (5)

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  • Short: Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 as introduced.
  • Short: Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 as reported to house.
  • Official: To provide for a program of emergency unemployment compensation. as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 as introduced.
  • Short: Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 as passed house.

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  • brandy148 06/05/2008 6:16am

    Heard my first death-by-bad-economy story last week. Not a pretty picture. How bad does it have to get first? (Sorry, I just can’t seem to talk myself into a better mood.)

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:17am

    The Blue Dogs are O’K with approving War Supplementals with no money to pay for them. According to them thats an emergency, they are doing the right thing. People in homeless shelters are not an emergency. People loosing their homes are not an emergency. Putting people back on their feet is not an emergency. People not being able to feed their kids is not an emergency. Households falling apart is not an emergency. Stopping people from living in their cars is not an emergency.

  • memafranquist 06/05/2008 6:21am
    Interesring is that employeers have cut more than a quarter million jobs in the first four months as the article states.
  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:21am
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    I think the majority of politicians are elitists and a large majority are in it for prestige and ambition. Some do it for the reward of helping people, but we can all see who the ones are that help and who the ones are that drag every issue through political mud.

    Anyways, the people that don’t want to help never really cared in the first place, cause A. They would just f@ck someone over to get or keep their job if they were in our shoes. B. They would just switch careers cause they are good at being @ssholes (very useful skill) and they place ambition/prestige over their career. C. They don’t even identify with us because they think they are too smart or cunning to fall into our situation (see topic A. & B.)

  • memafranquist 06/05/2008 6:22am

    sorry for typo

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:22am

    CT – I absolutely agree with the previous poster . Amen brother.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:25am


    All of you unemployed slackers realize that there is always an epic POWER STRUGGLE at the shallow end of the gene pull, the

    will to win is a strong yet very difficult to achieve. I am sorry to burst your laxidasical

    bubble, but, unfortunatly your not the winners! Only the brightest and strongest survive!

    Please continue to post in your “La, La”Land forum of failure and misery. (LOL)

    Trying to understand why you’re here is insignificant, and this Q&A troll session

    debating your pathetic, parasetic existence troll land won’t make your pain dissapear!

    Get a life because it’s called “Thinning the heard” and your existence on this dreamers

    site is only delaying your success. Get your Lazy troll “#@*” off the couch and go out

    and find a job!!!

    Each of you pathetic trolls are entirely responsible to make your our own decisions based

    on the info avialiable. However, for whatever the reason,…


    You alone selected your own career paths. You alone are the only one accountable for

    own actions and decisons. It is for that one reason alone, that you must look in the

    mirror each morning and feel guilty for failing!

    Don’t feel sorry for yourself and blame your pathetic self for the predicament you face

    now. YES, YES MISERY LOVES COMPANY and you all may continue to post and

    carry on like parasetic troll’s around a campfire!

    Complaining and singing about your pathetic experiences of the day.

    One thing is crytal clear, clock watchers never succeed…No process ever stands

    still…markets never sleep….they constantly change and reinventing themselves and

    continue on…it’s a never ending cycle!!!

    All of you unemployed slacking trolls have found themselves comfortably on the wrong

    side of the winners circle….Pick your miserable selves up by your own proverbial boot

    straps and get whole again!

    As a wise man once said “Your either part of the steam roller or part of the pavement!”

    You all have choosen your ports of call. Now it’s time to find a new life’s calling!

    America needs sheep and goat hearders too!!!

    Do not feel sorry for your pathetic lifestyle. Deep down, You know that you’ve earned

    Your time off work! Please enjoy it and thanks again for stepping up to the plate and

    fullfilling your vital role in society and this vibrant American economy as….


    and please note….Charles Manson" is unemployed too!!!

    Enjoy the rest of your pathetic day

  • brandy148 06/05/2008 6:25am

    AOL money page talks about stocks being higher today because they are predicting better unemployment numbers (is there such a thing?) and on the same page, talk about the airlines planning to let go of 3000 people. I dunno….I used to be a math wiz, but there must be some new kind of math they’re teaching out there.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:27am

    THERE IS A REALITY TO THE OLD SAYING THAT MISERY LOVES COMPANY. Like much commonsensical wisdom it purports to explain a pattern of negative human behavior that seems to occur over and over again and whose very reoccurrence gives it the ring of truth. Your mindless dispositions are passed on to one another like a infected host mutating uncontrollably. However, if we dig deeper and place it in a social context, what is revealed is the secret of the misery-making-matrix; namely, once people have internalized the artificial poison construct that their misery is inevitable, they are doomed to a life of despair. Accordingly, we surround ourselves with those who have come to the same conclusion, so as to reinforce their acceptance of the chains of consensus reality with the weight of mutual acquiescence. What I have called mutual acquiescence is the polar opposite of the anarchist concept of mutual aid in that it paralyzes revolutionary action rather than facilitating it. Why bother trying to change things, people cynically say to each other, hopeless. They fear and ridicule those rebels who refuse a life of misery, and attempt to socialize their children to accept misery as their lot in life or even as the very price of being human. Those parents who instill an unquestioning acceptance of the status quo into the next generation do so not only as a conscious means of attempting to insure their offspring survival in “the real world,” but as an unconscious way of normalizing their own condition of resignation. At best, using this logic, they teach their own how to individually manipulate or circumvent the system of misery that is presented to them as a given rather than how to overthrow it by taking direct action toward the creation of a new reality or a world of new realities. The process of the accumulation and distribution of misery creates the oppressive regime of everyday reality that governs our daily lives and is mediated by a constant barrage of both homespun sayings like “misery loves company” and the spectacular messages and amusements that constitute the incessant drumming of the As Is. In essence then, what surrealists refer to as miserabilism is a system which not only creates misery, but convinces us that misery is the only possible reality. A dull Panglossian “best of all possible worlds” replaces the potential excitement of knowing that all worlds are possible. Anarchists, who find an affinity with surrealisms critique of misery, seek to erase the artificial dichotomy between dream and reality as a subversive act. Surrealists, in assisting the process by which the imaginary becomes real, decry the commodification of our dreams into political party branding and consumer fantasies of plasma screen televisions and eternally perfect bodies. We are outraged that our desires are carved into market niches and sold back to us in the form of lifestyles, gadgets and products. Social revolution? Why resist domination when the seductive voice of (too) late capitalism presents us with the impoverished idea that we can change the world by our consumer choices. In this regard, we are repeatedly propagandized to shop our way out of our alienation dollar by dollar literally buying into a market system that requires only “conscious” consumption to purchase a smiley-faced revolution at the cash register. Even our most revolutionary dreams are given price tags and rung up for sale. Survival in this system of miserabilism is based on coping. Your minds have been so colonized by your useless truthless blogging and the unofficial dictatorship of marketlessness unprofitability that we are mired in the endless maze of manufactured reality. The birds eye view that might offer a visionary perspective on our situation is absent. We cope in the present so that we can better cope in the future. Even for those who see the need for fundamental change, the long march through the institutions of the bureaucratic capitalist state is seen as the only “realistic” strategy. Yet what if you could set a new course “as the crow flies.” It is no accident that human beings all over the earth dream of better employment. The question is how to translate the aerial insights gained from those employed dreams into direct action in order to liberate ourselves from the oppressive yoke of civilization. The crow in flight laughs at “you” because you can not get there from here” miserabilism that is characteristic of the fenced-in settler mentality. I point to the aforementioned coping as a symptom of colonization. In seeking to get beyond coping and to develop a theory of what he calls “anarcho-indigenism,” one may ask the question, what prevents us from decolonizing our minds? Interestingly enough from a surrealist perspective, I point to the atrophied power of the imagination as a key impediment to decolonization. One may explain, “You as a collective, unmotivated group have lost our ability to dream our new selves and a new world into existence. We have mistakenly accepted the resolution to our problems that is designed by people who would have us move out of our rusty old colonial cages and right back into a shiny new prison of coping defined by managed fears and deadened emotional capacities.” In the process of liberating the land from the continually grasping claws of the colonial system, One calls for the creation of an “indigenous warrior ethic” based upon emancipating the occupied territory of the mind. If you aspire to be dream warriors, you must recognize that you as a group, have all been colonized by the hegemony of civilization both unemployed squatters and indigenous people, though not in like manner. Though this colonization is experienced differently, and is predicated on unequal access to privilege, your less than envious existence has cut deeply into all of our psyches, in effect, threatening to lobotomize your our ability to dream. For surrealists, the ultimate revolutionary goal of realizing poetry in everyday life is very much about regenerating the bedrock primal connection between dream and reality that has been eroded by the same miserabilist system of your existence that has stolen the job from beneath indigenous feet. From an anarcho-surrealist perspective, moving toward a world of employment in which we can all lead more poetic lives involves restoring the insurrectionary power of the imagination and unleashing it to create an anarchy that is not afraid to dream.

  • stubsnews 06/05/2008 6:29am

    And so it begins.

  • brandy148 06/05/2008 6:31am

    Yes, Dr. Troll is back. At least it gives me something to laugh at.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:31am

    Hey someone suggested that maybe we should draft the unemployed and send us all to the Iraq, Afghanistan Wars. I was in the Marines 35 years ago, I remember a few things. I know I am more pissed off now than I was before.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:33am

    This is just a numbers game to most of them. The press sways people and distracts them with unimportant and feel good news so that the majority think everything is okay and the presses’ stock shares stay stable.

    The Politicians are looking for summer/seasonal employment to sway the numbers as well as fudged numbers to make them look like they are actually doing their job instead of taking a weeks memorial vacation and calling it quits for the weekend today.

    I really got to question all of their ethics. I know i couldn’t do their job because I have a conscience. At least we know they never really cared.

    I recommend the movie “Why we fight”. According to the movie, weapons like bomber planes and tanks have a piece manufactured in every state. If they try to slow production of one weapon the manufacturer will have lobbyist putting pressure on the white house from EVERY state.

    Politics make me sick. I am all for those people having jobs, but why is their say more important than ours?…money?

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:35am

    What a shame , the only 2 legislators with an ounce of compassion and grain of common sense are not there to speak on our behalf .Of course i am talking about Sen BYRD and Sen Kennedy.The rest of these double talking bums , don`t give a rats ass about us .

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:40am
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    Thanks brandy o’ winer you need to hook up with moon balemic 1960 for a sensitivity training session

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:40am
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    Nice copy and paste from a web site call Green Anarchy??? Original thoughts please.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:41am
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    As far as the (A & B) topic, I have worked for my share of college educated management who had no life working skills, real educated hotshots. They would fall into the A & B section. Once I had the pleasure of convincing upper management the four recently hired college educated unexperienced in working life hotshots, hired to streamline the company and find the slackers, I mentioned to upper management to improve this company they should be able to outdo most of the workers in skills that do the actual work. Not just be able to communicate and have a perfect command of the language. That is not what gets the work done.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:41am

    THIS IS ALL BUSHWACKER CARES ABOUT! He wants his war funding and to hell with US, the unemployed taxpayers.

    Revealed: Secret plan to keep Iraq under US control
    Bush wants 50 military bases, control of Iraqi airspace and legal immunity for all American soldiers and contractors

    By Patrick Cockburn
    Thursday, 5 June 2008

    A secret deal being negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American military occupation of Iraq indefinitely, regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election in November.

    The terms of the impending deal, details of which have been leaked to The Independent, are likely to have an explosive political effect in Iraq. Iraqi officials fear that the accord, under which US troops would occupy permanent bases, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis and enjoy immunity from Iraqi law, will destabilise Iraq’s position in the Middle East and lay the basis for unending conflict in their country.

    But the accord also threatens to provoke a political crisis in the US. President Bush wants to push it through by the end of next month so he can declare a military victory and claim his 2003 invasion has been vindicated. But by perpetuating the US presence in Iraq, the long-term settlement would undercut pledges by the Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, to withdraw US troops if he is elected president in November.

    The timing of the agreement would also boost the Republican candidate, John McCain, who has claimed the United States is on the verge of victory in Iraq – a victory that he says Mr Obama would throw away by a premature military withdrawal.

    America currently has 151,000 troops in Iraq and, even after projected withdrawals next month, troop levels will stand at more than 142,000 – 10 000 more than when the military “surge” began in January 2007. Under the terms of the new treaty, the Americans would retain the long-term use of more than 50 bases in Iraq. American negotiators are also demanding immunity from Iraqi law for US troops and contractors, and a free hand to carry out arrests and conduct military activities in Iraq without consulting the Baghdad government.

    The precise nature of the American demands has been kept secret until now. The leaks are certain to generate an angry backlash in Iraq. “It is a terrible breach of our sovereignty,” said one Iraqi politician, adding that if the security deal was signed it would delegitimise the government in Baghdad which will be seen as an American pawn.

    The US has repeatedly denied it wants permanent bases in Iraq but one Iraqi source said: “This is just a tactical subterfuge.” Washington also wants control of Iraqi airspace below 29,000ft and the right to pursue its “war on terror” in Iraq, giving it the authority to arrest anybody it wants and to launch military campaigns without consultation.

    Mr Bush is determined to force the Iraqi government to sign the so-called “strategic alliance” without modifications, by the end of next month. But it is already being condemned by the Iranians and many Arabs as a continuing American attempt to dominate the region. Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the powerful and usually moderate Iranian leader, said yesterday that such a deal would create “a permanent occupation”. He added: “The essence of this agreement is to turn the Iraqis into slaves of the Americans.”

    Iraq’s Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, is believed to be personally opposed to the terms of the new pact but feels his coalition government cannot stay in power without US backing.

    The deal also risks exacerbating the proxy war being fought between Iran and the United States over who should be more influential in Iraq.

    Although Iraqi ministers have said they will reject any agreement limiting Iraqi sovereignty, political observers in Baghdad suspect they will sign in the end and simply want to establish their credentials as defenders of Iraqi independence by a show of defiance now. The one Iraqi with the authority to stop deal is the majority Shia spiritual leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. In 2003, he forced the US to agree to a referendum on the new Iraqi constitution and the election of a parliament. But he is said to believe that loss of US support would drastically weaken the Iraqi Shia, who won a majority in parliament in elections in 2005.

    The US is adamantly against the new security agreement being put to a referendum in Iraq, suspecting that it would be voted down. The influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has called on his followers to demonstrate every Friday against the impending agreement on the grounds that it compromises Iraqi independence.

    The Iraqi government wants to delay the actual signing of the agreement but the office of Vice-President Dick Cheney has been trying to force it through. The US ambassador in Baghdad, Ryan Crocker, has spent weeks trying to secure the accord.

    The signature of a security agreement, and a parallel deal providing a legal basis for keeping US troops in Iraq, is unlikely to be accepted by most Iraqis. But the Kurds, who make up a fifth of the population, will probably favour a continuing American presence, as will Sunni Arab political leaders who want US forces to dilute the power of the Shia. The Sunni Arab community, which has broadly supported a guerrilla war against US occupation, is likely to be split.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:44am
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    It’s all water over the dam….the bill is dead.
    I was actually pulling for you for a short time. (one tenth of a second) til stubless wonder did the tubesteak boogie on my leg.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:44am
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    As true as the day is long…your mindless dispositions are passed on to one another like a infected host mutating uncontrollably.

  • newactivst 06/05/2008 6:45am

    According to statistics at unemployeworkers.org 1,088,648 exhausted their benefits since November 2006 and remain unemployed. They are projecting 3,013,087 to exhaust benefits from May 2008 to March 2009. These are statistics taken from The Department of Labor. Folks can you imagine this scenario next year? This is more then horrible. My local news channel did a special on Food Pantry’s in the area,they showed empty shelves. Food pantries are running out of food due to high numbers of unemployed. What will happen when the numbers double? Or, perhaps this scenario exists because they already have! The food pantry worker interviewed said she worked at this pantry for 20 years and has not seen anything like that, she said she was really worried.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:48am

    Iraq for Sale, is another great documentary. They want to talk about funding and having enough for the Vets or Unemployed. Why don’t they do a better job opposing the wasteful spending the government does with the military contractors. This covers A LOT of issues.

    Like all of the high ranking government officials that now have cozy upper echelon jobs for contractors.

    The nice living quarters of the white collar contractors that enjoy quite a few perks.

    The lack of u.s. accountability when our military is privately outsourced.

    Overcharging by the contractors – yes WE pay the contractors 100$ per load of laundry.

    How profit margins endanger our soldiers so that companies can do what they do best, profit.

    the list goes on.

    When you are done watching those two, you should watch No End in Sight. This a good complimentary piece to all the books being written by former white house members who are either trying to regain their accountability or had a soul to begin with.

    They don’t want to invest in our roads, bridges, crumbling sewers, water treatment centers, veterans of war, unemployed and underemployed yet we piss away billions or maybe even a trillion dollars in Iraq II an unjust war.

    I gotta love how the idea of Blowback is such a foreign concept to some of them. Even a 5 year old knows not to throw rocks at a hornets nest for fear of ‘BLOWBACK’

    We as a country are not going to be taken seriously anymore.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:49am
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    A what….a story on food panties? I actually prefer the strawberry flavored under britches myself!!!

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:51am

    We have to protest the fact that our resources are being poured into Iraq. while the disinfranchised in this country go down the tubes!

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:51am
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    Your chow chows, doberman pinscher, dalmatians, german shepherd, golden retrievers, labrador retriever. Beagles, boston terriers, cocker spaniels, miniature poodles, shelties, Bassett hounds, bull terriers, bulldogs, schnauzers, springer spaniels, collies, Minature pinchers, maltese, pekingnese, etc. all share the same problems.

    The Dogone – Dog Gas Neutralizing Pad is a comfortable and least intrusive means for deodorizing gassy discharges in a thong design. This will eliminate pet odors and dog odors from flatus or flatulence.

    Uses of our famous activated charcoal cloth (washable and reusable)! A starter hole is placed in the cloth in order to help you locate the suggested tail hole. Carefully measure tail and cut-out hole to proper size. Elastic straps are used for flexibility. Suspender clips are used to make the garment totally adjustable. They also provide quick release for allowing the dog out to do his business.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:55am
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    Is the check in the mail? YET, since it is an EMERGENCY!

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:57am
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    wher can i git my one of these doggie dipers ?

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:58am
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    wher can i git me one of these doggie dipers ?

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 7:03am

    Your irrational comments only goes to further prove what you are willing to do to keep your job. At all costs. You are basically lacking in real skills. I hate to think of the things you do to get paid.

  • outoftime 06/05/2008 7:05am

    Yes the battle has begun. People don’t let anyone discourage you into giving up.
    We all have power, far more than most realize. Some of the things others have posted on here to try to discourage us is proof of that. I have been on the phone all morning until my battery went dead. I have been talking to many groups and many people that are fighting with us. I just got off the phone with the AFLCIO, they are supporting us. Many groups across the web are getting in on this fight. One of my local TV stations was very interested in hearing about the economic benefits for the country of an unemployment extension. I will be contacting all of the TV stations and newspapers in my state today with the information that our Representatives do not care about helping the unemployed and helping America greatly. Every dollar spent on an unemployment extension equals over $1.70 put into our troubled economy. They can not say that we can not afford to pay for an extension. That is the same as saying they can not afford to help our economy. Use the info that Donny Shaw gave us to let everyone know that a unemployment extension is the BEST thing that our government can do to help the entire American economy and if our Reps. vote against it they are voting against all Americans everywhere.
    Believe in your own power and fight for this.

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