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

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

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  • Official: To amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. as introduced.
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  • WasMiddleClass 01/03/2012 9:48pm

    I have done a lot of soul searching this new year. last night I woke at 3am and laid there thinking about what my life has become until sunrise, after working in the cold all day breaking my back, spraining my wrist, and getting soaked in hydraulic fluid head to toe, just to make a few dollars. I’m posting this because I know so many others out there are in similar situations now.

    In 2007 I had a decent job, money in the bank, a house where I lived with my girlfriend, two dogs, two cats, and a huge tank of tropical fish. Family. A new truck, a motorcycle, a boat, a RV, a ATV, and many “friends”. There was always endless fun things to do in my free time, but never enough time to do them all. That had been my general situation for decades.

    Between then and now I lost all of the above, except one dog who is really old now and fading fast, and a RV that is ruined from trying to live in it in the winter, all because of money.

  • WasMiddleClass 01/03/2012 9:49pm

    Now I live alone in a little room in a barn, with a hotplate to cook on, and the bathroom a hundred yards away in another building. I can’t afford to buy heat because I was too late when I applied for heating assistance in early November, because of the cuts to it, and demand increase now. I am left looking for fallen trees in the woods to cut, haul, and split to get some wood that is almost worthless for heat. A stove full of dead wood only burns for a hour or so, and I have to go outside and downstairs to keep filling it if I want heat. I am lucky to even have that because my landlord will let me slide on the rent for a long time when most will not. I have a 16 year old truck that I can’t afford to keep legal and functioning many times. There is no more enjoyment in my life. Ever day is filled with worrying how I will pay bills. Old friends that still have their good jobs don’t call anymore because I don’t live in their world any longer.

  • WasMiddleClass 01/03/2012 9:50pm

    Even if I am asked to do something as simple as going fishing, it is usually my truck is not on the road, or I don’t have gas money.

    After all my job searching these past years I have never been able to find more than part time and temporary work. I still occasionally work a few hours for the employer I had in 2007, but the work he has now is a tiny fraction of what he had always for decades. Now I am left with using every skill I have ever learned to get part time work for less than half what I made per hour before. Much of it is backbreaking dirty work out in the cold. I have done everything I know how to survive and keep a roof over my head for four years now.

  • WasMiddleClass 01/03/2012 9:50pm

    Four years, and there is no more light at the end of the tunnel. The only reason unemployment has gone down is because they stopped counting so many unemployed people, or they are “back to work” like I am. Most all jobs now being created are low paying, part time, and temporary ones. All talk about helping people has vanished from the media and DC. Now it is all about how much to cut. No one in any party has any plan that will actually change anything. It is either go back to what we had that gave us zero private sector job creation, or some little “stimulus” that is like throwing a couple pennies in a homeless persons cup.

    I listen to what so many have to say about people in similar situations to me, like “take a bath and get a job”, “do whatever you have to to make money”, “you can live fine on minimum wage”, ”go back to school and learn a new career”.

  • WasMiddleClass 01/03/2012 9:50pm

    I spent a lifetime learning careers, and creating things that will still benefit people long after I am gone. Many of those flapping their lips never created anything other than words, or money by gambling with other peoples money. Or their job was not touched be this depression. They have no clue what it is like to try to barely survive on minimum wage. And they have no concept of what it would be like for someone going on 60, with quickly deteriorating health, and broke, to try to find a way to go back to school, lean a new career, find someone to hire them, and start all over again back where they were many decades ago, when they were young.

    As I lay there for hours thinking last night I realized that unless a miracle happens my choices now are to keep breaking my back and endure the constant pain to just barely survive until I can get social security, and then live dirt poor on that until I die, or check out.

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    duerz 01/04/2012 12:06pm

    That is exactly what I did – went back to school for an associate degree in web development/software development. This position seems to be in high demand right now. I declared bankruptcy, sold allot of stuff, and luckily had my wife was earning some money to keep us afloat. It was a tough 3 years for me, but it really paid off. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA, landed an entry level job which pays pretty good actually. Don’t overlook this possibility of going back to school because you think you are too old. I am 45 yo, and had 3 other people in their late 50’s in my class. Everyone landed a job after graduation. It is never too late. The plus of this career is – age not a factor on hiring.

    Take care, and Good luck to you

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    WasMiddleClass 01/04/2012 8:19pm

    Thank you, and congrats on your success!

    I still kick myself in the ass for not getting in on the “web” back around 1990. I knew it was the future. But my wife at the time told me I was crazy, and it was just a “fad”. I should have told her to leave if she didn’t like it. She ended up doing that anyways…

    That is one of the first good ideas I have heard in a long time.

    Thanks again :)

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    where 01/05/2012 9:35pm

    Interesting little story I came across

    ELKO — A man who died Dec. 28 from injuries sustained in a tent fire has been identified by city police as Mark Olson, 57.

    Elko police Capt. Will Lehmann said Olson’s next of kin was contacted Tuesday.

    Authorities were called Dec. 29 to a transient campsite near Errecart Bridge along the railroad tracks on a report of a man being found dead. The investigation revealed Olson had been in a tent when it caught fire. Police believe Olson’s clothing caught fire and he collapsed a few yards away.

    Read more: http://elkodaily.com/news/local/police-identify-tent-burn-victim/article_8abf56e8-37bb-11e1-a29f-001871e3ce6c.html#ixzz1idpUKEqt

    Funny I never paid much attention to them being labeled “Transient” Here are some definitions for “Transient”

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    where 01/05/2012 9:36pm

    1. Passing with time; transitory: “the transient beauty of youth” (Lydia M. Child).
    2. Remaining in a place only a brief time: transient laborers.
    3. Physics Decaying with time, especially as a simple exponential function of time.
    1. One that is transient, especially a hotel guest or boarder who stays for only a brief time.
    2. Physics A transient phenomenon or property, especially a transient electric current.

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    where 01/05/2012 9:46pm

    I guess they are right, Poor homeless people in twenty degree weather wont be around very long will they?

    Also the statement “on a report of a man being found dead.” tips us off on the fun way this “Transient” Died, They never mentioned what he died from so I assume he burnt first and then froze to death all alone in agony during this festive season, He should have got a job right?

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    WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 4:12pm

    I’m sorry if you don’t believe in our Constitution…

    LOS ANGELES — The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a historic decision today in a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the National Lawyers Guild seeking an end to the criminalization of people who sleep on the streets when no shelter is available.

    Writing for the majority, Judge Kim M. Wardlaw ordered the District Court to stop enforcement of a Los Angeles city code that allows police to arrest people for sleeping on the street when there are no available shelter beds.

    “The Eighth Amendment prohibits the City from punishing involuntary sitting, lying, or sleeping on public sidewalks that is an unavoidable consequence of being human and homeless without shelter in the City of Los Angeles,” Judge Wardlaw wrote.


  • WasMiddleClass 01/03/2012 9:51pm

    No doubt someone will call this “whining”, but it is only stating the cold hard facts that so many have to live with now, and pretending they do not exist is simply delusional.

    The fact is countless former had working middle class people have been forsaken, forgotten, and left to die, so a few could get even richer, and many others don’t even give a damn at all.

    And I wasn’t born into this cyber-life that so many have were, but I find it a really sad substitute for the real life I always used to have…

    All there seems to be left now is fight like hell, or die.

    Sorry for the long rant.

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    nancym 01/11/2012 9:29pm

    I hope you choose the “fight like hell” option, Was. I have a feeling you will continue with that one.

    But I know how alienated we can get when the social life seems to disappear for just the smallest of things, like not being able to afford a simple lunch out, an expense that in earlier years we wouldn’t even think twice about. That common experience of having to watch every single penny, literally, is just missing with former friends who are regularly employed or still have adequate assets, even if they try to be helpful.

    I’m very lucky that I made it to be just old enough to get SS in time, and I also got student loans (carefully) and a few other flukes in my personal history have put me in a better place than back in 2008-2009. But I can’t easily forget going through those most frightening and unexpected times in my life in those years when I truly feared homelessness or at best living in a friend’s barn without even a sink.

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    WasMiddleClass 01/13/2012 11:58pm

    Yeah…I always fought like hell…

    I’m getting tired now though…

  • WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 8:49pm

    Real Jobless Rate Is 11.4% With Realistic Labor Force Participation Rate

    One does not need to be a rocket scientist to grasp the fudging the BLS has been doing every month for years now in order to bring the unemployment rate lower: the BLS constantly lowers the labor force participation rate as more and more people “drop out” of the labor force for one reason or another. While there is some floating speculation that this is due to early retirement, this is completely counterfactual when one also considers the overall rise in the general civilian non institutional population.


  • WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 8:58pm

    I notice that when I post here regularly the views go up, and when I’m gone for a while they drop.

    I guess someone out there besides old funny face up there is still reading here :)

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    where 01/10/2012 8:41am

    I think they are looking for my witty posts =D

    I feel a need to “Change” my picture again =D

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    where 01/11/2012 5:07pm

    I havent tried this one yet =D

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    nancym 01/11/2012 9:16pm

    Oh, for heaven’s sake, where! LOL!

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    WasMiddleClass 01/14/2012 12:00am

    Thank God I missed it! :P

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    WasMiddleClass 01/14/2012 12:02am

    You can change it all you want. Some always know it is you…wherever…

    Must be that big wifi antenna you have :P

  • WasMiddleClass 01/14/2012 12:03am

    I’ll post another real life story about what my life has become thanks to those that can never have enough money to satisfy them…

    I went offline for a few days because my dog, who is my best friend, and is the one that got me through the nightmare so far that I ended up in for the past few years, broke his leg while trying to walk down the steps off my deck. He is old now and has arthritis bad, and he could just barely can walk at all, until now.

    I should have gone with him when I let him out to go to pee, but I was heavily involved online in…stuff…at that moment…

    Now he can not walk at all, and I have to carry him (110 lbs) outside and hold him up so he can go to the bathroom. The vet told me “maybe it is time you put him down”, after giving me the $900 bill…

    I’ll put a bullet in my head before I put him down!!! If I have to spend all day taking care of him until he goes on his own I will!

  • WasMiddleClass 01/14/2012 12:03am

    I spent the last few days thinking about how he is the last real good thing in my life, and I don’t know if I can deal with the way things are now without him. No matter how bad things got he was always there for me. He always got upset if I didn’t take him with me everywhere I went. Now he goes crazy if I even leave him for five minutes. If I try to walk out the door he starts barking and jumps off the couch, where he ends up on the floor crying in pain.

    Over the last few days thoughts about being so damn tired of fighting to survive at my old age, and just wanting to end this…”life” I somehow got thrown into…I did a lot of thinking about what reality really is.

    I gave up organized regions long ago, with all their laws, and theirs is the only way crap. But I always knew there was… something more out there…

    After the past few days of telling whoever is out there that I am tired, I am sick of fighting, and am done with this, something …happened I can not really explain.

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    WasMiddleClass 01/14/2012 12:50am

    religions…not regions.

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    where 01/14/2012 1:30pm

    Relationship, not religion, Church is where you go to find all the hypocrites, Altho I have found that a very small minority are not hypocrites, and they stuggle to help the poor lost hypocrites find there way, at least in all the churchs I ever been to.
    When I was starting my search, It was the same way for me I cannot explain how, And to anyone else they wouldnt understand, It just wouldnt mean anything to them, even believers, But it proved it to me and I know it was personal. It is a relationship One on one.
    I was given advice to read a chapter a day of Proverbs Start at one, most all of it wont make sense or seem dumb but if you stay at it and search maybe after a week or so one will jump out at you, I cannot begin to describe the elation I feel when I find a verse that really clicks for me. Search as if for hidden Treasure =D

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    where 01/14/2012 1:33pm

    And be patient,, Now to google PIPA and SOPA

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    99Survivor 01/14/2012 1:12pm

    There are days when I am so tired of pulling myself up, once again. Its a real downer, so thank God for my “Cash.”

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    WasMiddleClass 01/18/2012 9:53pm

    I know girl…

  • WasMiddleClass 01/14/2012 12:04am

    Over the past few days there has been a cat that I kept seeing outside my door. It looks like no cat I have ever seen in my life. It is black, but it’s neck is gray, and the gray gradually blends into the black on its head and back. It also has really long fur.

    The past few days when I opened the door it ran away, but today, the day I was most ready to give up, I opened the door and it was just sitting there looking at me. I said “hi kitty” and it meowed at me, then rubbed against my leg. I picked it up and that cat acted like it knew me forever… I gave it some food…

    This is the part that blew my mind: When I opened the door to go back in it followed me in, and jumped up on the couch with my dog. They acted like they knew each other forever…

    If you saw it you would have said WOW, WTF,…too…

    I’m still thinking WTF!!!…

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    nancym 01/14/2012 8:28pm

    Animals have been documented to have done some pretty mysterious things, including “tuning in” to those in distress. I sometimes think it’s harder to endure the loss of a close pet than a close friend or relative —no offense to the human race. But losing a pet can seem like losing an attached part of oneself, as if losing your right arm or something. Dogs love unconditionally. Cats just seem like a mellowing influence and tune in seriously when it seems important. Don’t know what I would have done without my own menagerie (two cats and a bird) to help me through the last few years.

    So sorry to hear about your dog; those things are just so hard to bear. I hope he recovers ok, and if not, that he manages to go peacefully. Maybe this sounds silly, but I’ve seen many cases where dogs are hitched up to a little cart (if it’s the rear leg that’s damaged), sort of like a little wheelchair, and they manage to get around amazingly well. Whether a dog with arthritis could do that I don’t know.

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