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

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

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  • Official: To amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011 as introduced.
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  • WasMiddleClass 12/25/2011 4:37pm

    As I contemplated what my life has become now, and why, I could not help but think about the battle we are seeing now is as old as time itself. Good vs evil, light vs dark. Those that have empathy, and care about other human beings, and those that know only greed and selfishness, and want to take from others no matter how much they already have. Those that cry bloody murder if they are asked to give a few dollars to help those in need out of their fortunes. “I earned it” they scream, though many in need of help have actually done more to help this country than those screaming will ever do. Who built that fancy office? Who built that fancy house? Who built that fancy car? Who built the roads and bridges you drive on? Who fought those wars? And some of these same people will scream how the problem is those who built those things make way too much at maybe 50k per year, if they still have a job, while they got millions just for a Christmas bonus, or God knows how much from lobbyists.

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    WasMiddleClass 12/25/2011 4:37pm

    These same kind of people will close factories and ship the jobs to China to get even richer, then turn around and call all those that made a career on hard work building that company dirty lazy bums that should just go get a job, no matter if it is not enough money to put a roof over your head anymore.

  • WasMiddleClass 12/25/2011 4:38pm

    And in the end the thing that turned this Christmas from something I was dreading into something that renewed my hope. Was reading just a small portion of the thousands of articles out there about good people trying help those in need. Even if they had little themselves they tried to help their fellow Americans after our government left them to die. Most did it anonymously not even wanting credit for it, unlike some with their charity for publicity stuff. Though greed may rule our main stream media now I know there is more good than evil out there.

  • WasMiddleClass 12/25/2011 5:47pm

    It’s almost time for the cyber army to deliver electronic Christmas gifts to all those out there using words like “dirty”, “lazy”, “un-American”, “criminals”, “communists”, “should all be thrown in jail”, “should all be lined up and shot”, “losers”, “scum”, “garbage”, “trash”, etc, etc…about the kind of people in the articles I posted.

    It’s ironic that one on the top of list is a militia, when we have militias on our side too. They were dumb enough to think they could threaten Anonymous, and another militia, when they replied to them saying American citizens supporting Occupy “should be lined up and shot”. And they claim to defend the Constitution…

    It really is amazing how much of most peoples lives exist only in cyberspace now…

  • WasMiddleClass 12/25/2011 6:32pm

    Modern day Robin Hoods or not, they have been defending Occupys peaceful protesters against assault by thugs with weapons. Wasn’t that what Libya and the others were supposed to be about? I’m not getting into that debate, but one thing I know for sure, I would much rather be on the good side of them than the bad…


  • WasMiddleClass 12/27/2011 8:34pm

    Look at that!

    While all the bobbleheads spout their lies…

    42.24% of FOX viewers support Occupy!


    Yup…It looks like we got us an army now…

  • WasMiddleClass 12/27/2011 8:50pm


    ‘Occupy is sexy’

    NEW YORK – Occupy Wall Street may still be working to shake the notion it represents a passing outburst of rage, but some establishment institutions have already decided the movement’s artifacts are worthy of historic preservation.
    More than a half-dozen major museums and organizations from the Smithsonian Institution to the New-York Historical Society have been avidly collecting materials produced by the Occupy movement.

    Staffers have been sent to occupied parks to rummage for buttons, signs, posters and documents. Websites and tweets have been archived for digital eternity. And museums have approached individual protesters directly to obtain posters and other ephemera.

    The Museum of the City of New York is planning an exhibition on Occupy for next month

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70836.html#ixzz1hmDBopjg

  • WasMiddleClass 12/27/2011 8:55pm

    2012 is almost here…


    Occupy the Caucus Is Ready to Go in Iowa


    Police beef up security for Occupy Rose Parade protests


    Occupy Tucson: Food drive and march for postal workers on Dec. 28


    Occupy Nashville: Staying Put, and Trying to Stay Warm


    And SO MANY more…

  • WasMiddleClass 12/28/2011 9:01pm

    To expand further on that FOX poll about Occupy, let us look at some very interesting things.

    On October, 7, 2011 it showed 69.08% of FOX viewers supported Occupy with 135,612 votes. A few days later, after it started getting spread around the web, over a hundred thousand votes suddenly appeared to knock Occupy down to a mere 40 something percent, and THAT was the best they could do.

    So no matter how you look at it a huge percentage of FOX viewers support Occupy!

    All that crap both so called sides of our media try to spoon feed us about Occupy and the Tea Party being enemies is exactly that, CRAP! The real Tea Party is not those idiots in the House that got elected to say more tax cuts ONLY for the rich while cutting all help for everyone else is the answer!

    As Murdocks puppets scream their rhetoric all day long most of their own viewers don’t even believe them!

    MANY are starting to see through through the old divide and conquer game…


  • WasMiddleClass 12/30/2011 11:00pm

    Occupy the Rose Parade’s Octopus Float Is 70 Feet of Awesome (PHOTOS)

    Pasadena’s annual Rose Parade is on Monday! To pre-party, we were totally planning to write about the Natural History Museum’s first-ever dinosaur float, a gorgeous menagerie of T-Rexes and long-necks. Then we got a glimpse of a beast that could swallow those wimp-osauruses whole.
    We’re talking about Occupy Octopus (yes, that’s his name; yes, he’d make an amazing beanie baby), a 70-foot-long crowd puppet made entirely of recycled plastic bags. The giant sea creature will hover over a band of occupiers for their Occupy the Rose Parade march this coming Monday.


  • WasMiddleClass 12/30/2011 11:00pm

    Even if things don’t change in my lifetime I would much rather leave this life knowing I tried to help change things, than knowing I laid down and gave up while so many others were still fighting.

    Maybe we can’t elect anyone good in 2012, but we sure as hell can shine a big spotlight on the corruption in DC now, and wake more people up to the truth.

    Everywhere I travel on the web these days I find people that are hurting, and sick of Washingtons games. Usually there are some from the “take a bath and get a job” “welfare (unemployment benefits) is the problem” crowd trying to kick them in the teeth when they are down with multiple insulting posts full of BS.

    I have seen far more times than I can count when my friends and I stopped by and kicked the big mouths ass with facts they never have a answer to, that we heard “THANK YOU!”, “God bless you!”, “I don’t feel alone now”…

    That alone makes it worth it!

  • WasMiddleClass 12/31/2011 10:11pm

    As we wait for the clock to tick into 2012, and all that will bring, I was trying to think of something good to say, but decided on the old adage of “a picture is worth a thousand words”.

    These pictures speak volumes!

    25 best Occupy photos of 2011


  • WasMiddleClass 12/31/2011 10:11pm

    I have also been giving some thought about all those that think Occupy was beaten by all those storm troopers that attacked us…

    All I can say is thank God for this new generation that was born with computers, and has the knowledge to take on the status quo and all their old style weapons. I often wish I was born when they were instead of a age when Pong was considered amazing when I was already growing up fast…

    All those naysayers can talk all they want, but for Occupy to do what they did in only a couple months was basically unheard of before.

    And 2012 is about to begin…

  • WasMiddleClass 12/31/2011 10:12pm

    This series of articles says much…

    Wired.com Embeds With #Occupy and Anonymous




  • nancym 01/01/2012 6:44pm

    Happy New Year, everyone. I hope 2012 brings many new opportunities for change and employment.

    I’ve been busy with first finishing up classes, then visiting friends in Florida. At the soup kitchen where I volunteer there were extra efforts to make Christmas better for those who needed help there. The center managed to provide 140 Santa requests for the kids of families there, up from 90 last year. So that’s both sad that there were so many in need, but a triumph that we were able to fill all the requests for gifts. They even managed to find the Santa suit for pictures with the kids. And the place was stocked high with food donations.

    Spent Christmas Day walking around beautiful Pelican Island in Vero Beach. Rain, ants, mosquitoes and all, it was still a great place to visit and the sun did come out by the time we went on the trails. Even spotted a few manatees on the trip; they congregate around power plants because of the warmer water and those places become known sanctuaries.

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    WasMiddleClass 01/01/2012 10:47pm

    Happy New Year, and bless you! I hope this year brings some real change.

    Thumbs up on your effort to help others!

    I wish I could have done what I wanted to with helping the homeless camp near me, but I ended up basically just surviving myself this holidays…

    I do what I can though…

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    where 01/02/2012 12:29am

    Happy New Year!


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    WasMiddleClass 01/03/2012 9:47pm

    I remember when I was living in my RV a while back and had only a few stations on my TV antenna. South Park would come on every night and there was nothing else to watch. Thank God my little room in the barn now has cable!

    Happy New Year to you too :)

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    nancym 01/11/2012 10:08pm

    I think I keep trying to help out at the Jubilee Center (it’s a soup kitchen, but also provides a lot of social services) because if I weren’t able to take some kind of action I’d probably burn up from my own anger at what’s happening in this country. Seeing that daily on the tube and online just contributes to feelings of being helpless to change anything, so I have to act, even if it’s in small ways.

    There are some things I didn’t even want to post at Christmas time, since the holidays can be hard enough as it is. But I was pretty gutted when I went to Jubilee just before Christmas and saw a list on the door of about two dozen names. I asked what it was and was told it was a list of all the local homeless who had passed away during the last year (the ones found with Jubilee IDs on them). They had had a memorial ceremony, I think with their names on a Christmas tree, or something like that.

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    nancym 01/11/2012 10:11pm


    I recognized one guy I knew from his computer lab visits, a nice guy from the midwest, who they said they couldn’t even find his people to notify. He was found in the canal, and we had to draw our own conclusions.

    There was only one woman on the list, and only one young guy. The rest were all from around late forties to about 60. Just seems like a “lost generation” or forgotten, more like it. As we all know, too young for SS, but too old and experienced to find it easy to find work in this job market. To shake off the dismalness of this I threw myself into hitting the stores in search of gifts from a long list for the homeless kids in their planned Santa party.


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    nancym 01/11/2012 10:12pm

    In what may seem like a contradiction to all that, from my perspective I really do see a genuine uptick in job openings lately, a pretty significant one. Usually I view the rosy forecasts as so much hype, but the increasing job ads, at least in some areas of work, are so much more than I saw in 2008-9 that I do feel at least a little more hopeful. In fact, I even have a job interview tomorrow, just a temp contract, but using software I’ve been studying.

    I think it’s without question that there simply won’t be enough jobs for everybody needing one for several years to come, and the salaries are far lower and very few jobs are “permanent.” But I do think that for at least some, in some industries, and especially for anyone who is really resourceful and can be flexible, there is at least a survivable future, even if not on the same level of security and ease as before.


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    nancym 01/11/2012 10:13pm


    Was, I know you can be resourceful. I don’t know just what kind of work you did professionally before the Recession, but I know there is a place for you out there somewhere in the world of work. Going to school can be tough, but it’s not so bad, at least it gives a respite from the hopelessness. Build on what you know, not some list of the “hot jobs” at the moment, which would probably be all filled by the time the those lists are printed. In computers and tech, I can’t say that age is never a factor, it is in some areas, but I just updated my resume on Monster and Careerbuilder with two new certificates and lo and behold I got a call for an interview almost immediately. (It’s tomorrow, not counting on it, since I’m still actually taking a couple classes, but it might turn out to be an opportunity.) I think they still have WIA funds for training or college at the Workforce centers, don’t know if in your area.


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    nancym 01/11/2012 10:13pm

    Or on the other extreme, if you aren’t in terrible pain and can handle the physical work, have you already ruled out trying to get one of those North Dakota jobs? I know the truck might not make it, but there must be others who want to pool resources or driving to try to get something out there, if you have nothing else at all right now. I think you know about those booming ND jobs, right? Oil industry, but they seem to be supporting all kinds of supporting positions in the town also, if you can live in a van or car for a while at first when you get there. They even have a housing boom because of all that.

    There, I think I’ve made enough posts for 2012!

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    where 01/12/2012 1:19am

    There are a few out here that want to go to ND, I just dont have anything to make the trip on, Im supposed to get some money this month, So maybe I will head up there soon, right now Im on the bare edge, not even enough for food to last more than a week, But somehow God always provides =) Ive been this way for 7mos, the worst was toward the end of oct, I was so close to losing everything, absolutely the most stress I have ever been through

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    where 01/12/2012 1:51pm

    Ohh I feel another “Change” coming!

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    MrsChang 01/12/2012 2:47pm

    Hi there NancyM,

    It’s nice to hear from you again, and that you have some prospects coming up. We know you’ve worked very hard to survive, like the rest of us.

    I’ve been quite ill since April, with a rather interesting and very debilitating sickness, and now my issues have to do with disability applications and the like. I’m also getting SS early retirement, which helps somewhat. It would be so much better to be working.

    Fortunately, my family has been supportive, even if they’re not wealthy. My county health plan has also provided a lot of expensive medical care (for free), and my county hospital is known for its level of expertise in the head injury department (would you believe I had a spontaneous head injury?).

    The UI topic seems to have been successfully ignored by Congress and company, and that’s something I will never forget. Too bad I don’t have the health and energy to protest with the Occupy activists.

    Good luck to all of us!

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    nancym 01/14/2012 8:11pm

    Wow, long time, MrsChang!

    So sorry to hear of your ill health. I’ve never heard of a spontaneous head injury, sounds pretty serious. At this point last year I thought I might be permanently disabled myself, but luckily I found appropriate treatment finally for my joint condition, and it’s been liberating. I was also lucky to live in an area where I could get almost free healthcare from a county hospital system, (but not dental, unfortunately) though I’ll be kicked out of that as soon as I go into Medicare, which is fine with me since then I can choose my own doctors.

    You’re lucky to have a supportive family. So many are without that, or else family members are so stretched themselves that it’s difficult for all.

    I hope things work out for you; I know those disability application processes can be long and drawn out.

    Not too many posting here anymore as you can see, except a few of us occasionally check in with a long rant or two. :) Keep in touch with us.

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    MrsChang 01/14/2012 10:22pm

    Hi again, NancyM,

    I just attended a legal clinic today and got some advice about the disability appeal process. Any ranting I do these days relates to Social Security. The attorney I talked to said not to waste my time getting mad, but just to file my paperwork.

    I still look at job ads, but they seem so remote and inapplicable. And lots of folks are still having a hard time, while the famous one percent gets everything.

    Here’s hoping life improves for all of us. I’m glad it’s been improving for you.

  • WasMiddleClass 01/01/2012 10:19pm
    So here we are in 2012, the most prophetical year of our lives, on HR589, the final battle (lost) to help all those left out in the +4 unemployed for every job out there statistic.

    HR5749 seems like yesterday. That was 2008, and things are far worse now for the unemployed…

    The 99ers are history now, but the 99% (including the 99ers) is just beginning…

    2012… Will the NASA predictions come true? Will we be left on our own while the elite head to all those shelters government built?

    I once helped build those shelters…

    I still remember when I first talked about the “camps” conspiracy theory on this site long ago and was called crazy. Then bills to fund it appeared in Congress and there was silence…

    Please watch this with a open mind.


    The Mayans, NASA, or how screwed up everything is now for so many…

    I know 2012 will be interesting…

  • WasMiddleClass 01/01/2012 10:34pm

    And I will be watching what the view counter says when Congress comes back from vacation, once again…

    Bots don’t take vacations…

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