Tuesday, August 17, 2010

An Unemployment Extension Tier 5 at Senate Finance Committee, But No Discussion Dates

A Tier 5 unemployment extension is needed by 99ers, and the Americans Want to Work Act has been introduced by Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). However, the Senate Finance Committee has yet to discuss the bill.


The bill would add 20 additional weeks of benefits for those in states with over 7.5% unemployment. Furthermore, employers would be given tax incentives to hire displaced workers. The situation is clearly win-win, and would not only create jobs but save employers money.


There are two versions of the bill – one in the House and the other in the Senate. The timing of the bills is very similar to the passage of Tier 3 and Tier 4 legislation last year. If 20 additional weeks of benefits are made available, some venture to say that they will try to pass the bill as close to winter as possible, allowing families to have money for Christmas and heating bills.


Still, we are in the election season very, very soon – and that could come in to play as well. As incumbents are scrambling to keep their jobs, the excitement and panic driven by the election season could come in to play.

I think that a Tier 5 extension will be made, but it won’t be until the elections are over. That’s actually under three months away.

104 comments:

  1. After elections We have to see what these assholes are gonna do before we the people elect them Are they all fucking crazy They have to earn our votes I have all ready lost everything in 3 months i will be dead Maybe thats what they are waiting for !!!!

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  2. Who are these assholes to play with our lives Thats our money I am 54 and have been working sice 12yr old Gimmie my fucking money I need it While you pricks are on vacation we are begging for food WTF

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  3. We must find a to heard. The sooner the better.

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  4. By the time this GREAT economic disaster is over, we are going to need a Tier 5 and 6 and 7. Our UI system is clearly broken. The UK has a scheme called 'Job Finders' you get your UI benefit until you find a job and get your first paycheck. It is a much fairer system, than we have in this country.

    Millionaire politican's using the unemployed as political pawns, is quite dispicable.

    Wall Street caused this, we should extract a levy on them to pay for the continued UI Tiers. After all since we bailed them out, and since they are now making huge profits, it seems only right that they pay the bill to the people they hurt the most.

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  5. Every day I search the web for news of help coming. Apparently we aren't that important. If the politions are there to help the people of this country, what are they there for? Big business, other countries disaters, where religious buildings are being built and the unnessary cost of going to war all the time is more important than the regular people of America that has to work in order to survive.

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  6. Just pass this already. We will end up having to get a Tier 6 and 7 anyways. Job market is shot to hell.

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  7. Congress doesn't understand nothing they sit there and make decisions for us. I should be able to choose not to pay taxes because i always paid taxes and worked all my life where are the jobs you really believe that we don't want to work. What is this country coming to

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  8. DO SOMETHING NOW!!!

    PEOPLE ARE DESPERATE AND THE CRIME RATE WILL GO WAY UP IF OUR GOVERNMENT DOESN'T DO SOMETHING.

    WE CAN'T WAIT 3 MORE MONTHS FOR FINANCIAL HELP!!!

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  9. Dont count on this retards too give us a tier 5

    remeber the hell we went thru last time. yes or no give us a answer

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  10. I can only hope that they don't wait until homes
    are forclosed, cars are repo'd electric and gas
    shut off. This is the reality for 7 million people who are about to end tier 4 and go off to
    unknown. I don't have a answer to put 7 million
    back to work but if we have the ability to keep
    7 million people in homes,and food on the table
    we have to. There is'nt anyone who does not want
    to be independant to have the ability to earn a
    living. Please vote the people out of office and
    put people in that will speak for the people.
    Enough of the same old song. Get America back to
    work. Get jobs into America and build America
    again. We are stuck in the political MUD !

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  11. elect them , how impeache the whole damn group ! they forget who they represent , nancy pelosi makes me want tyo take a big dump after i throw up.... tier 5 after we starv....

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  12. Enough is enough! Legal U.S citizens unite! Help take the steps to save our country take our jobs back and stop this illegal immigrant invasion. Support our cause before illegal immigrant criminals have more rights than us. This is our last stand! If other online articles report unemployment is around 20% and there are 310 million in the U.S census reports. Then there is as many as 62 million people in the U.S that are unemployed & are able to work full-time. Do we have to reach 150 million unemployed before we take action? Also we must take steps to lower local city and state councilmen salaries too they are all robbing & hurting the people they serve. So please read and sign this online petition. "Petition to Reduce the Wages of Congress Men and Women from $174,000 per year to $50,000 per year at “change.org’. " Link is below!

    http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/petition_to_reduce_the_wages_of_congress_men_and_women_from_174000_per_year_to_50000_per_year

    Pass it on!

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  13. I already lost everything I have ever worked hard for! EVERTHING and now I am two months behind in debt payments, have already lost my car insurance, my cell phone and now can only look for work within walking or biking distance due to no job and no teir 5..Don't they understand w/out this we can't even go out and look for jobs!! I had to move back in with my parents, thank god they have internet. Life is hell, I wish they would help us middle class and not only themselves or the illegals all the time.

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  14. First of all the job/applicant ratio is much worse than they actually report. In the job hunting pool or should I say competition includes Welfare recipients because there is a five year plan now that enforces job search and resume building and proof of it (closely monitored) and we know how many are on welfare. Then, we have the new college and highschool graduates as competition because we have to apply for the same entry level jobs even though we have worked our way up and obtained degrees a long time ago. Next, we have the part-time workers who are and have been looking for full-time work. Then, we have those who are looking for second jobs because one of the adults in the home has lost theirs. Last but not least are the soon to be 99ers, the newly unemployed, and us the 99ers. Now add that up and tell me what the real ratio is for each person looking for work in regards to positions available. Tell me this is just 5-1, and you will be f%#king lying, you bastards!!!

    Now, to add to the complexity let's consider that many employers are looking for people that are bi-lingual and not over 40. And please don't forget those employers that have posted "Unemployed need not apply!" Do you get it now? Do you really understand the plight of the 99ers?

    Now we have lost homes, lights, cars, and have no food or means of contact; how do you suppose we will get these jobs when all of the odds are against us?

    You say there is no money, but we give Pakistan (the ones who cheered on 9/11) money in the amount of $70 million. Give me a break! I don't wish anyone harm or misfortune but if you even had to contemplate who was more deserving out of unemployed working class citizens and Pakistanians something must be seriously wrong!!!

    The downfall of this economy was a direct result of poor government decisions and their greed, not the American working class people. I say we reduce the salaries of the pigs who take bribes and make decisions based on personal agendas. Hell, they make upwards of $200,000 and more to take 6 week vacations regularly, why not?

    With the revenue generated from a $40-$50,000 reduction we could fund a Tier V or at least feed many family's don't ya think????

    I say we must vote them all out, come November! No matter what they give us in terms of a new extension because they have made us lose everything and beg for help. Let's not forget they publicly call us lazy and hobos, which is making it even harder to obtain employment with reputations like that. WTF is going on in this damn country???????

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  15. I say if crimes need to be committed to survive, let's commit the crimes against anyone in the senate! Watch how fast they open their purse strings if they think THEIR things are going to be taken away. They're all a bunch of crooks and a$$holes, can't wait to vote them out!

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  16. WHO CARES about the elections. Okay, let me tell the electric company I cannot pay until after the elections but here are all of the job applications rejection letters I have received to let you know that I am trying. Okay, let me tell the cashier in the grocery store that I cannot pay for my crackers until election is over. All the morons in office must go. Every REpublican that opposes it must go and every democrat that opposes it must go.

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  17. I agree until they create jobs, send illegals back, stop NAFTA, boost the economy, they need to keep extending unemployment. If we raise enough cain they will. Who cares about the national debt people just trying to survive now. By the way, those that oppose extending it, you better not oppose to much because you may be next in line or have you job sent to mexico.

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  18. i cant beleave this shit.. we are out here loosing everything..going hungry no homes to stay in ..and ur worried about not extenision tier 5 until after election and when it is cold out..we will be starving to death and freezing to death ..time u get around to help us.. lets see u go with out a job ..why dont u take some of ur money and give it to us..no u r to damn cheap.. we have worked long and hard for this money..what do we get nothing..not fair ..HELP US GET TIER 5 IN GEAR

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  19. Bills are don't wait for election, we have pay our bills, can't risk to wait until election, we waited enough, some time they senators went to vacation, some time they says we have until election. What they are thinking? All American's are going kindergarten? Senator will wait for their money?

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  20. Let's also not forget that no working class people that are still employed are receiving raises and haven't in a long time since this recession began, but those pigs gave theirselves a f%#king raise this year with the taxpayers money!!! It doesn't sound like there isn't any money based on that alone. How dare they take a f%#kig raise when they already make sooooo much and we are starving?

    They're fucking PIGS!!! They are sucking up everything while we dwindle away. I say we start kicking in the doors of the bastards and take what we paid for and leave them and their families with nothing, just as they have done to us!!!!!!!!!

    Beware Senators (Republicans & Democrats) this is the day of information and technology and your secrets are easily accessible to all Americans. WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!! Do you think that we will forget, come November????? Don't count on it!!!!

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  21. Everybody that is posting on here need to send the exact emails to the white house and their congreesman and let them know just what we are going through. I just sent another one to the white house. Seriously, do it. But do not threaten them in anyway because none of us at this stage in our lives need law enforcement coming after us just STRESS WE NEED IT AND NEED IT NOW!!!!!!!! PLEASE PEOPLE PLEASE

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  22. Don't worry our bodies may be dwindling away from lack of nutrition, but we are growing in numbers, each day! We will soon be the majority standing strong, believe that! We will not go away nor will we allow those pigs to keep sucking us dry. November is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Can't wait for these pigs to receive their pink slips!!!! We may have lost the battle, but WE WILL WIN THE WAR. The war being us (99ers) against them (Republicans).

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  23. I believe that is what they are all waiting for, the more of us that commit suicide or die the less they have to worry about. Kind of like our military, we are only numbers. If we had real humanity the congress, senate, etc would create a fund from their incomes together to help people in need. Unfortunately the human race has a terrible case of greed, racism and I don't give a Fuck about anyone else. I pray daily that I find the strength to last through what I believe is HELL on earth.

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  24. I believe that rioting in the streets will begin to happen soon. This may get their attention. Us sitting back and bitching will not get us anywhere. It is time for us to take action and take it to the streets. We cause enough corruption ourselves, then maybe we can get news coverage from other countries since our corrupted goverment controls the United States news media. We need to provide Civil Uproar and choas. We need World-wide news agencys reporting, not CNN and FOX suger-coating our economic disaster. They only air a sampling of whats really going on, only what Washington D.C. ALLOWS them to air and soon they will control the internet also.

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  25. I was one of the dummies that belived once bush got out of office obama was gonna make things better for everyone. yeah right things just got worse for us anyway cuz the people in haiti pakistan and everywhere else our goverment sends money due to natural disasters there pretty well off now> us americans on the other hand we are a disaster they created and forgot about.. You all are right we need tp make our votes really count this election and vote out all these jerks

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  26. We should create, "THE UNEMPLOYED PEOPLES MAFIA"

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  27. TO JOANNA,
    Just stop and really think about the point you just made.
    You thought once Bush,(Republican) got out of office and that Obama,(Democrat) got in office that things would get better. But has not!
    I totally agree all these Bastards in office need to be voted out, HELL I would like to beat the living shit out of most of the current Senators myself.
    But all this advice about voting out the current administration won't change anything in my opionion until the broken corupted goverment system itself is corrected. All the lobbyist and bribery going on will corupt and body that is elected in one form or another.
    Its just a continuing cycle of promise of change.
    Yeah bullshit, until the system is REALLY CHANGED, no matter who you vote in or vote out will make NO difference! They ALL suck

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  28. They are sayng that the blll mlght not pass untll after the electlons or close to wlnter as poslble so that famllles can have money for Chrlstmas and heat. lf true, we won't have a house too have a chrlstmas or heat! stupld!!!1

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  29. mis-spelled corrupt and meant to say ALL the lobbyist and bribery going on will corrupt
    "anybody" `` not and body
    OH WELL

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  30. Oh great money for the holidays. Will we still be alive then. I cant believe this is happening. People are starving and we still have troops overseas giving other countries quality of life. Where is our quality of life. I dont blame Obama because we have had more tiers and he had instituted programs like the one who helping me not be homeless, but senate going on vacation every other week and getting a pay raise is killing me. This sick. I almost lost my car, my lights were on the verge of being shut off and I wasnt sure how I was going to pay my rent last month when they were lounging on vacation before voting for the extentions to be reactivated. I cried every day and I was afraid of being on te street. This is how many of us are each day and they really dont care. There are on jobs and I even apply for ones I am way over qualified for as well. No this is not the land of the free that people come to for a better life anymore. I am considering leaving if I can one day.
    Would you wake up politicians and stop relaxing and getting fat while we die of. Thank God for my housing program and food stamps. I cant beleive I have to even say that......

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  31. They must be insane. If they think they will get re-elected they have another thing coming to them. Since I lost by benefits at the end of June, I have lost everything, my car, my house, furniture.... I am reduced to living from place to place with only the few clothes on my back. Have been days without food but one thing I still have is my right to vote and my voice will be heard at election time, God willing I survive until then. It would be so nice to have them all walk in our shoes for a few months. Did you ever notice how many vacations and days off they have and they are getting paid for that....go figure...I worked 35 years of my life and cannot get one penny of what I paid into the government.

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  32. OMG are they kidding?!
    Wait 3 more months after the elections are over! They had better pass Debbie Stabenow's bill as soon as they come back from their damn vacation or they will be on the unemployment lines themselves!!
    We should NOT vote for any of them who are currently in the Senate or the House if this bill does not pass immediately!
    How dare they hold us hostage while trying to keep their f*cking jobs!!!

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  33. I would like to meet all of them in a dark alley one day!!

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  34. THREE MONTHS? NO JOBS FOR THE LAST 18 months and I have an MBA and 25 years finance experience, now
    my house is in foreclosure, just had my EB cut off, creditors taking me to court, bankrupt, all
    my annuities gone, 200 resumes a day out and no
    results, kids with no food, wife a wreck -- three
    months and we will all be DEAD - that is what these cruddy old FUC-IN WASHINGTON DC BASTARDS WANT I SUPPOSE _ WELL FUC THEM!!!!

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  35. I have been reading everyones comments for a couple of months...Only a few people seem to understand that unless we mail congress and the white house with our thoughts...nothing will get done...there was a rally recently in NYC that very few people were able to attend (myself included...Los Angeles ) I feel the politicians see that and think they are safe because we are not desperate...they are playing russian roulette and using us as pawns...

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  36. I can't believe the greatest nation on earth,(Believe me i have lived in other places), and millions of us without jobs or unemployment benefits. we as number 1 economy in the world should have 0 unemployment.

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  37. Someone above said 7 million will soon be homeless.
    3-5 million are already homeless in the first
    wave of expired unemployment benefits, including me.

    Don't expect anymore help. It won't come...

    What do I do now about getting a job with no
    money and no access? Tried every day for 3 years...

    I still want George Bush's head on a silver platter for getting us into all this mess
    and losing everything I worked for all my life to have.

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  38. DON'T GIVE UP ON US!!!

    Please support S.3706 - Americans Want to Work Act

    How could the senate give hundreds and hundreds of billions to banks for bonuses but they cant help ordinary people?

    It’s outrageous!!!! Think how many people could have been helped with each bonus given to each executive whose company FAILED. When ordinary people fail – they get fired!!

    That is what we (the 99ers) will be thinking when it comes time to vote.
    If they cant act like democratic senators.... what’s the point of them being there?

    DON'T GIVE UP ON US!!!

    I continue to look for work at this time would take just about anything that would pay me even a small wage and me give a chance to bring some value to a project or company. It is getting harder and harder to stay positive while looking for work in this job market. I’ve discovered that as much as I’m looking for work I am looking for a sense of purpose. To get that feeling again that I’m useful and that my contribution counts in some way.


    Again...Please DON'T GIVE UP ON US!!!

    Support S.3706 - Americans Want to Work Act

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  39. We "the citizens" must require more of our Congress --- that they address the crisis in our economy that exists, here and now !

    Their comfort level is sooo removed from reality, it scares me... When our "civil servants" are doing nothing but SERVING their own interests, they have betrayed their oaths as well as their moral compass.

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  40. Flrst of all, my ay don't work, And to the person who made the comment to Joanna,
    you are forgettng; Obama or none of hs people caused ths mess! Bush and hls Republcans dld! So stop Hate'n and admlt the truth! They can only do but so much at a tlme! lt's only been a year!

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  41. just out of curiosity, why are the concerned about us paying heating bills if we have no homes? seriously the LAST thing on my mind right now is freaking christmas! I don't give a crap about christmas! I care about taking care of myself and my family NOW!!!! I've been out of benefits since march...lucky my partner has been able to pull in some overtime the past couple weeks, but that was just the past couple weeks! he runs himself rugged trying to make sure to keep a roof over mines and our childrens head! I'm fortunate enough to have someone who has a job, and my heart is broken for those who have absolutely no help. enough is enough! we can not wait until the end of the year for this to trickle our way, we need it now! we needed it 5 months ago!!!

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  42. YES WE Need a Tier5 that extends unemployment benefits until such a time as unemployment is below 5% for 26 consecutive weeks AND employers that discriminate against the unemployed are fined a total of 30% of their reported profits from the last 10 years. IF CONGRESS Refuses to ACT then the unemployed will have no choice but to march on Washington and shut the city down until such a time as the politicians listen to the concerns and take actions to eliminate unemployment

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  43. Will there be a 99er suicide bomber ?

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  44. you want us to wait longer we cant keep waiting i have lost everything already i became homeless for awhile and these assholes want us to wait we need money now

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  45. ALONG WITH MY FELLOW 99ERS I AM SO MAD RIGHT NOW THEM SAYING THEY MIGHT PASS IT AFTER THE ELECTIONS ARE OVER THEM
    STUPIED BASTERDS THERE IS NO WAY US 99 ERS CAN NOT WAIT THAT LONG
    AND THEY THINK WE ARE THAT STUPIED AND GOING TO VOTE FOR THEM ASS HOLES IN AFTER US WAITING AND BEGGING FOR THEM TO HELP US OUT IN OUR EMERGENCY TIME OF NEED SO THEY THINK WE WILL VOTE THEM IN JUST SO THEY CAN FUCK US UP BY STILL NOT VOTING A FIFTH TIER IN- NO WAY I SUGGEST THEY BETTER GET A LOT OF PROTECTION AS IF THEY KEEP THIS-- BS-- UP PEOPLE ARE GOING TO START SNAPPING

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  46. I think when I run out of money to put food on the table and the bank kicks me out for non payment of my mortgage, I'll just move in with one of our wonderful Republican senators. Should be sometime before the Christmas holidays from what I read!

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  47. Did anyone watch Glen Beck yesterday. He's a friggin' nut case. He started talking about what the real unemployment number/rate was and I said to myself, "Finally. Someone who's bringing this out in the open on national news that millions who didn't know the truth about the real unemployment rate truly is....And then, he directly into a quick story about the 99ers rally in NYC and say that we need to all go and get a job at McDonald's and maybe work two jobs if we have to..... "HELLO".... What did you say the actual unemployment rate was? You just contradicted yourself in a major way, dude. There are NO jobs of any kind around here. Move you say?...How the hell can I move without the means and funds to do so. Glen Beck and the rest of the people in this country that have a job and tell us we're lazy are totally clueless to what's really happening in this country when it comes to finding a job in this country... And McDonald's won't hire a 49 year old man with an associate's degree AND a bachelor's degree... I honestly tried to get a job at McDonald's and other fast food restaurants. They all say I'm over qualified.... And btw, voting out all the incumbents might make us 99ers feel better, but I'm afraid it won't help. All politicians have there own agendas and sadly, helping "We the people" are not a part of their agenda.

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  48. Wait until after elections so we will have money for Christmas ????? You think we spend our unemployemnt checks on Christmas ????? HA !! Thats YOUR life ! Those of us without jobs need the money for food and shelter and medical. That is what we need NOW !! NOT for Christmas ! And as far as heating - my house is in forclosure and my water and electric is already shut off ! THe only heat I will need is wood to build a fire outside somewhere.

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  49. Well I have applied to a few jobs and was turned down-due to the fact of a GAP OF 2 Years of being unemployed to date and was advised to add in that I have had a few jobs in between. Most jobs I have applied for are doing a 10 year background check and credit. So what type of *hit is happening? we have worked and it is our own insurance money we are receiving, plus a BIG chunk taken out. Why are there so many @ssholes complaining and not know people's situations!

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  50. I am one of the 99ers. Union mason. There is no work! I need a tier 5 but in my state ue is at 6.8%. Every state should get it not just the ones at 7.5% that makes no frikken sense.

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  51. Call a spade a spade folks. The reason for the 99er extension hold-up is strictly political. The worst economic shape the country is in, the more the Democrats will be blamed for the mess. Don't be fooled. People like John Kyl on the committee has done it before and will do it again. Max Baucus, a Democrat, no less, needs to sober up and get real. When election time comes around, make sure that you do more than vote against them. Find a way to work for their opponent.

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  52. Someone pick a date in September for a national protest and get the media to announce that date. I can't get them to take me seriously. But maybe someone can or knows someone who can. Once the media has announced it it will spread like crazy. The ralley in New York was a good thing but people were too broke to show up. If there is a national protest set for a particular day no one will need to travel and they will show up on the streets of America. Here in Northwest Arkansas there are more than 27,000 people without jobs. That's one little corner of a small state. I guarantee many of them would be happy to join a collective protest. But most of us won't stand alone on a street corner with a sign protesting anything. There is strength in numbers. And across the nation the numbers would be huge.

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  53. HOW MUCH MORE SCREAMING DO WE HAVE TO DO. DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW HARD IT IS TO HAVE A HOME ONE SECOND AND NO HOME IN THE SAME SECOND? HOW LONG ARE WE SUPPOSED TO HANG IN THIER. NO FOOD TO EAT, BABIES GOING HUNGRY. WE ARE NOT BLIND, DISABLED OR OVER 65. WE ARE ELIGIBLE FOR NOTHING. SLAM THE DOORS IN THE BABIES FACES! THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CARE NOW NOR WILL THEY CARE. AS FAR AS THEY ARE CONCERNED WE GAVE THEM THAT NO QUESTIONS ASKED. NOW WE ARE ASKING FOR SOME BACK AND GUESS WHAT? ANOTHER DOOR SLAMMED IN OUR FACES. IT WONT MATTER IF THEY GET OUTED OF THIER SEATS THEY HAVE PENSIONS TO LIVE ON FOR THE REST OF THIER LIVES. OH YEAH! WE PAID FOR THAT TOO. IM WAITING FOR THE SHIT TO HIT THE FAN. THEY JUST DONT CARE!

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  54. Why are they stalling this out? The payments are not retro, so if someone is out of benefits now, they will start tier 5 just the same as if someone just finished tier 4 at the time the law is passed. They should just make all tiers the same 26 weeks and just keep this going, because I do not see jobs on the horizon anytime soon. Looking at the job boards I see mostly Office Team, Robert Half, Manpower, they are just trying to collect resumes not help us find jobs. Employers can post their own ads on Craigslist for $25 instead of wasting thousands going throgh any staffing firm.

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  55. Lets all protest in our cities on the same day! We demand a tier 5 or we will all go on SNAP!

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  56. I can live outside in a tent for now, but as the seasons change this is not an option. So I need a Tier 5 and while they are at it a Tier 6 & 7 & 8, by the time they ad another we will be months without. Quit fucking around!

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  57. In the hood where the economy has been in a depression since the last depession, people have developed ways of surviving. The food stamps that are given out to the poor, are then bartered for money to pay for things like rent, electricity and basic needs. Those with usable skills such as carpentry, auto repair, etc. are used to keep the community going. My advise to you guys is to go out meet your neighbors and neighbors neighbors. Campaign for that job instead of feeling down and out about whats going on in this country. Unemployment benefits will not be around forever. Recovery starts and ends with you.

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  58. I not only can't get a job - my fricking CAREER has GONE to INDIA! That leaves me, at 57, with no prospects for making a living! Thanks to the internet, I don't even get opportunities to INTERVIEW because they just trash the digital resumes (mine was deemed exceptional by professionals, for all the good it does)! In the "old days", when we made phone calls or mailed resumes, employers spoke with you and said "Come in for an interview". There are no calls now, and there are no interviews!

    I am penniless, and my home is in foreclosure. I ransacked the house last night looking for coins. I scraped up $22 for groceries. My teeth are rotting and I am several thousand dollars in debt for hospitalizations. Those F*ckers don't give a flying fig about suffering Americans! They are the ones, after all, who squandered our money and sent our jobs overseas. WE NEED TO MAKE CHANGES IN OUR LEGISLATIVE SYSTEM NOW!!!! And I don't just mean vote incumbents out, I mean CHANGE THE WHOLE SYSTEM! Unless we want to see America turn into a third world country, which is where they are intentionally taking us...

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  59. Well here in California it is bad. I cannot pay my bills period. For every job I apply for the interviewers say that had approximately 100 to 150 other resumes and I never get the job. I am educated, literate and polite. I have tried even the fast food places and discount stores and no luck and I keep on trying. Washington is totally corrupt and they don't care about us at all. They are busy spending money, having parties and flying all over the world without a care at all... California is bankrupt and the city councils are totally corrupt, look at Bell... so where do we go? I am trying to sell things and have had very little success for sure... so what can I do?

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  60. They are probably waiting until after the elections to say "Oh by the way, we're not going to pass this bill now"!

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  61. I have been looking for a job since January!!!! Having been in the real estate industry, what I am qualified to do is no longer in high demand (I was a licensed title agent doing real estate closings). Many layoffs and no one needs the extra help anymore. I have lost my home and I am now renting, being a single mom on top of that the little money I do get from unemployment goes right to the rent. These polititians don't have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. We're all paying their meal tickets, even when we're on unemployment we still pay taxes out of it!

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  62. This country is going downhil fast since this war began and now it's too late to recover from it. Obummer, I am told, wants to get rid of our Marines division so we are incapable of protecting ourselves. I do not trust this man one bit and he is so under the thumb of the Saudi's it makes me sick to even think about it. It's the Saudi's now running this country through Obama and they are taking over!

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  63. 3 MONTHS?? THIS DOES NOT MAKE SENSE TO ME ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY (TIER 5) IS NOT RETROACTIVE----IS ANYONE ELSE HEARING THAT OR JUST ME??????????? SINCE I LOST MY BENEFITS 3 WEEKS AGO BY NOVEMBER THAT WOULDN'T MEAN ANYTHING TO ME ANYWAY!!!!!!!!!PLEASE SOMEONE MAKE SENSE OF THIS =---THE LONGER I GO WITHOUT JOB OR PAY THE DEEPER I GO INTO DEBT....I USED TO HAVE A GOOD FULL-TIME JOB, 401K (I AM 58) A HOUSE AND A DECENT CAR....NOW I AM TRYING TO HOLD ONTO MY HOUSE EVERYTHING ELSE I SEEM TO BE LOSING....WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE????

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  64. TO THE POST @ 4:08 PM.

    I guess I confused the point I was making. First, I voted for Obama and have great faith in him and his administration. And I agree Bush left everything so screwed up it will take years to correct. My point was no matter who is President and the promises and good intentions he or she may have, until the corrupted "Politics" of goverment is changed, it won't matter who is voted in or out or what they may Promise. Because Congress, not the President has the majority of the Power in our Goverment system. Both sides of Congress, Democrat and Republican fall into corruption due to Lobbyist that represent Big Powerfull Companies giving them millions of dollars to create legislation and pass laws in favor of their clients. This is what is happening to our jobs. Companys are outsourcing and relocating accross our borders and overseas because the lobbyist that represent them have lobbied,(bribed) memebers of congress to enact laws giving them protection and tax breaks to do so, let alone the cheaper labor cost for them. So until this corrupted way of Governing is changed it does not matter who is elected President or for Congress. The lure of all that money offered to members of Congress by lobbyist is why our jobs are going away. I have seen many post where folks are talking about the 175,000.00 per year salary for Senators and being paid by us taxpayers. What about the millions of dollars the Senators recieve by lobbyist which is nothing more than Bribery. So who's interest do you think our senators are going to look out for, us the taxpayers that provide them with 175,ooo.oo in yearly salary, or the lobbyist for big companies that pay them,(Bribe) with millions of dollars each year?
    Like I said, until this is changed it don't matter who is President

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  65. our #1 problem:EVERYTHING is made in china.you wanna know where all the jobs are.the joke we call a government should penalize and tax the hell out of companies for sending all of our jobs to china

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  66. What would happen if the AIG building in NYC was destroyed or two ocean liners sank within twelve hours of each other ? News Coverage 24/7 Coverage ! and that is the reason Why the 99ers are not talked about any more, we are simple not a news story any more

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  67. How about giving all those politicians who voted against the unemployment extensions, and tier 5. PINK SLIPS. It is time they sign up for unemployment benefits. How sad this country is treating its own people with disrespect.

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  68. where is my other post????

    Did I hear some say something about our green jobs in the grate notion of the U.S.A

    Huge Texas Wind Farm's Turbines Will Be Made in China A Chinese wind-turbine company strikes a deal to become the exclusive supplier for one of the largest U.S. wind farms
    By Jeremy Hsu
    46 Comments

    http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2009-10/huge-texas-wind-turbines-will-be-made-china

    China tops U.S. in windpower growth

    http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2010/08/02/daily36.html

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4TSHB_enUS321US321&&sa=X&ei=zUNrTLHfBIq5ngew9rj8AQ&ved=0CBIQvwUoAQ&q=china+making+wind+power+in+texas&spell=1

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  69. We could all protest in front of our UI agencies on an appointed day since we don't have money to travel. It would surely make the news if every unemployment agency in every city of every state had protesters speaking their mind about jobs and the need for additional unemployment extensions. We must do something besides vent on the internet. Do you really think that they are taking time to read all of these posts? We are because it is affecting us,but they are not. We can organize something by visiting www.UWAG.org. They are the one's who started the NY rally. They also put together a package with true stories of 99ers and photos with supportive links to their claims.

    In the mean time we should continue to call, fax, email, and write (snail mail)these idiots until something is done. We can not allow them to do as they did last year and wait until just before Thanksgiving to throw us some kibbles and bits. We have to inform the media that this is what they intend to do and that they have done this before.

    We have to stop this strategy in its tracks. We need help now. They act as if we can wait. For some reason they really believe that we can. I don't understand why they don't get it or care at all. We have nothing because of them and they must be stopped, NOW!!!!!!!!!

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  70. Just get a job you lazy pricks.

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  71. everyone email this link to the powers that be, they have to wake up and help the 99ers and others, help Americans NOW and not another foreign basket case of a country, everyone storm The Capital now, they are traitors and are not Patriotic and are selfish bastards

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ssIhiD8kKM&feature=player_embedded

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  72. They better get it done the 99er's are coming for anyone that doesn't support a tier 5

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  73. Jessie J Clark said...

    Just get a job you lazy pricks


    FUCK YOU! RICH BOY NEVER WORKED A DAY IN YOUR LIFE

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  74. Jessie - You obviously have a job and havent been going through what all of us have. I went from making $1200 a week to $480 a week on Unemployment. I have a child to support, myself and my husband. My husband after a year and a half had to take something part time in NY so it is costing us his paycheck basically for tolls, taxes, gas, union dues and benefits. I have applied to well over 300 jobs in the last 2 years and not even a phone call. So dont tell us we are lazy pricks! I hope you lose your job and go through this so that you can see first hand what it is like! You are an ignorant person who is clueless about the real world apparently!

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  75. They don't give a shit about anyone. Obama is a puppet. I am down to my last $50 dollars this month. I have no rent for Sept....Cant pay my cell bill....internet service will be shut off....and I live in Michigan where they do not help out a single male. My county alone is 18 % unemployed. Over 400 resumes out in 2 years and 1 call....and that place closed down. I am so glad they think and do shit after the fact. I wonder if there is a room in the whitehouse for me ?

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  76. Well I must say that I am one of those that have lost everything. I have applied everywhere more than once. They say I remember you? You still looking? But did you hire me? And they smile and greet me, we laugh, and I never get that call.

    I managed to pay PART of my rent to prevent from being evicted on the 8th. But I don't have ELECTRICITY OR WATER. My car is paid for but the motor went out. I am at my sister's online trying to find a job. I have no children under 18 so I now have no foodstamps. I have 2 adult children 19 and 21 who are looking for a job and we are all hungry.

    I can't wait until November or even October. I need help now. I can't get assistance on my rent from because and I quote "You are denied because you have exhausted all government benefits. You have no unemployment, foodstamps, or Medicaid". What the hell? You mean if I have nothing I cant get nothing? Those that are still on unemployment qualify for rental assistance? I wish I had applied 5 months ago? The system is SOOOOO SCREWED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?!!!!

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  77. yes baby I know you are hungry. I just checked my bank account and we have $3.63 Thats enough for milk!! Yippeeeee lets go to Vons!!! Go get dressed!

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  78. I understand and I sent the white house and email telling them about my struggle and going to keep sending them and sending them to mitch mcconnell. I tried to get assistance on my electric bill don't you know the salvation army denied me and helped a mexican and a girl with five kids???????????????? totally not right............................

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  79. everyone of these comments today on here and everyday need to be sent to the white house, senators, local politicans etc., I send them daily please do the same before your services get cut off.

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  80. keep calling your state officials!!!! we need this Tier 5!!!

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  81. Oh yea thats a good idea lets wait till winter to pass the tier 5 extention, this way we can buy blankets for our kids as CHRISTMAS PRESENTS, and buy fire wood from the gas station to HEAT THE CARD BOARD BOX we will be living out of under the vidocks.WE NEED TO VOTE THESE JACK-AZZ'Z OUT OF OFFICE

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  82. Dear President Obama:

    Is anyone even listening to this message?
    Since I cannot find a job anywhere I tried to get a grant for a small business loan. Grants.gov only works with businesses now, so I tried to get a small business loan from the SBA and get help through S.C.O.R.E. According to the lady on the phone it is virtually impossible to get a loan right now.
    So that is also out of the question. We were here when the banks needed us, but where are they when we need them?
    We need UI benefits extended beyond 99-weeks, but of course that is out of the question.
    We need jobs, but there are none. We need the loans for small businesses passed, but of course the Republicans will not push it through.
    So after we bailed out the banks, they have all of the money and will not lend to us. Is anyone actually reading this message? I never get any response.
    All I want is a job so that I can take care of my family. What do you want? People fighting out in the streets? When are you going to help us? What are you waiting for? More and more people are forced to file bankruptcy and more companies are going under.
    You are bringing us to our knees. Is this your plan?
    Myself and all of my friends who voted for you feel deceived, and are sorry that they voted for you. We need a leader. As far as the mosque being built next to ground-zero, freedom of religion has nothing to do with it, it has to do with what is right, and what is wrong. Besides our government will not even let Christians pray in the streets, but the City of New York will close off streets so that the Muslims can pray. What's with that?
    I would cuss you out if it would help, I feel like calling you and my government every name in the book, but why should I lower myself.

    What part of, we need the President and Congress to provide solutions do you not understand?
    Republicans:
    We need action! Not fighting like a bunch of stupid little brats with sitting there saying no to all of the bills that need to be passed and then not providing solutions. What are we paying you for? That is how we can save money, GET RID OF THESE REPUBLICAN MORONS!!!!!
    How do you look at yourself (Republicans)in the mirror in the morning knowing that everyday you ignore this country’s economic state, this country is getting worse because of your failure to act? More and more families (that you call lazy by the way) are losing everything.

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  83. NO MORE FREEBIES!!! GET TO WORK!!!!!

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  84. I recommend calling the government's bluff. Since they can't seem to afford to extend benefits, so that we might be able to put food on the table, we should all resort to committing non-violent, petty crimes in the name of survival. Seeing as though it costs twice as much to imprison someone for a year than it does to pay them unemployment benefits, surely none of us would be prosecuted. That wouldn't be very cost effective.

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  85. Did anyone notice how quick they passed a bill on spending 600 million to secure the Mexican border. What's really amazing about that is the last time I checked, the government was still pushing for the North American Union, which would virtually erase the border altogether.

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  86. EXACTLY, they can fund these third world countries and take jobs away from us, but cannnot even get a little extension passed because its hurts the debt??????????? somebody needs to get a grip on life in washington. rich get richer while we are outside in the heat and soon to be cold. sick of them all.

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  87. To Anonymous who posted August 18, 2010 at 2:35pm:

    Please post your letter at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact where it will be much more effective. While this blog site and many others have helped the 99ers vent and share information, it still does not get the attention of those who can make a difference.

    To be quite frank, I don't believe that the President knows the difference between unemployed, long-term unemployed, and 99ers or the American people in general, either. The media, Senators, and Congressmen have intentionally misled the public so that they will not recognize how bad the economy really is.

    We must focus on making it clear that we are all unemployed and suffering, but the 99ers have been left out of this recent unemployment extension and the previous date extensions were not more benefits but a longer time line. There is much confusion about it all, which takes away from the urgency in providing a lifeline for all unemployed.

    Trust me this is and has been a ploy of the US government to keep Americans in the blue for what is to come next. They do not want angry Americans all over the nation coming after them, nor do they want this to affect their votes in the election. This is the method to their madness and sole intent for any mention of a new tier.

    What people need to consider is if they really want us to obtain employment they would not only create jobs, but they would stop labeling us as "lazy" "entitled", "freeloaders" and "drug addicts" because this clearly is not helping us be considered as valuable candidates,at all.

    Additionally, they want us (all unemployed) to argue amongst each other and this is the reason for the division in past extensions. They know quite well that united we stand and divided we fall. We must beat them at their own tactics and make them face this growing issue NOW!

    99ers we must take it to the streets! We may not be able to travel, but we can all find a set day to protest in our own cities across the nation. Our place of protest could be the town hall or the local unemployment agencies in each town. We could do it on a specific day at a specific time, but we must walk the walk and stop talking the talk; otherwise, we are just like our enemies (Senate & Congress).

    In the meantime, keep phoning the president,senate and congress, faxing, emailing,signing petitions, calling the media, and writing via snail mail.

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  88. This new bill S3706 has harmed us more than helped us (99ers). You see everyone knows about it now and so do the employers so why would they hire us now since they can wait and receive benefits for hiring later. To bring a bill to the table such as this one and not work on passing it immediately has only added to our problems, 99ers!

    Don't you see that in September there will only be a couple of weeks left to take up the bills that they consider priority, this not being one. Then in October they will have little time before the election recess, meaning that only a couple of weeks then too.

    Then the election and we know that will delay it as well. People, depending on who is added or left in the Senate or Congress will determine if this bill stays or leaves with them. It's beginning to look more like January before any real debate on this bill will occur.

    Then, they will say we survived without it this long..... All of this will happen, IF we do not take a stand now and take it to the streets and media!!!!! This time in larger numbers and in more states!!!

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  89. How is this idea. Let's not focus on tier 5 as a deficit issue. Let's use the stimulus money already budgeted. How about we go after the billions of other things we spend on rather then telling unemployed we have no money. Fact is we rather give to foreign countries then help us Americans. Enough of this political BS. We are spending a trillion in the budget. It is a matter of do Americans in need come first before sending the money to other countries over helping us. When will congress understand we don't have enough money to save the world and Americans in need have to come first. Argue over how do we pay for help to other countries not unemployed who need tier 5. I feel like Congress are all traitors stealing our money and giving it to other countries when we need it here. Dem's use the stimulus. Republicans that is your argument against tier 5 pay for it with already budgeted money. Stop the games Congress and stop ignoring your country in favor of others. Unemployment extension, properly financed would be a huge boost to the American economy. Use the stimulus and ask how to finance billions we send to other countries not more unemployment. We are not stupid we see the billions being spent and congress is not asking how we pay for that.

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  90. I think the vacation says it all. Instead
    of working on our problems, they would rather
    take vacation.

    I doesn't matter whether they wait until after
    elections. Those who can vote will vote
    the Republicans out---that's a start.

    George Bush should have been impeached long
    before he left office. I want the satisfaction
    of seeing him and other dead (even though
    I'm opposed to killing) before I die out
    here struggling on the streets. Many people
    have committed suicide due to their circumstances
    and loss. So, why should these guys be alive.

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  91. Help for the 99ers after the elections?
    My vote is for what the senate is doing now.
    I am voting in just a few days from now.
    I will be voting again in November.
    I am tired of talking and typing about it.
    Wait until November and see if you still have a seat in the senate.

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  92. NO NO NO NO sorry we don't want to wait until election, this kind a promices called DECEPTIVE TEMPTATION. please don't play game with American people, Politicians don't keep promise to their own family, how could possible that they would keep promise to American public? Will they pay our bills untill election. Bull......

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  93. Let's not forget that these politicians are more loyal to those who supported their campaigns than doing any good for the people or the country, anyway!

    They are corrupted from the door! They are made by these lobbyists and will also be destroyed by them! It is the same concept of Adam and Eve where they were priveleged from the beginning and given a purpose and they completely lost any loyalty or purpose and were greedy for more, but look at the suffering this caused!!!

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  94. Temptation is a b*tch, isn't it!!! Look what temptation has done throughout history. These fat cats continue to line their pockets and the pockets of the special interest groups, while we get poorer and poorer!

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  95. Unfortunately we are one payment from losing our home, and this won't come in time it seems. $700 and student loans are paid, and I can return to school to change my life. But, in an area with over %15 unemployment and foreclosures on every block, it seems hopeless anymore.

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  96. !!SIGN MY PETITION 'VOTE OUT THE REPUBLICANS IN NOVEMBER'!!
    http://humanrights.change.org/petitions/view/vote_out_the_republicans_in_november

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  97. No more tiers, no more free entitlements. I suggest we put the unemployed in the fields and send the mexicans back to Mexico. All I hear is a bunch of cry babies that want something for nothing. It's time for a reality check, off your big fat rumps and pound the pavement boys. I can't wait until November, when we elect some conservatives to office. We need to make sure Obaaaaaama is not re-elected in 2012. boo hoo hoo.

    Big Daddy knows best. Hugs, smoooches

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  98. We all had better vote for Democrats for Congress.
    The Republicans have already said they wont give us shit!

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  99. I am so fed up with THE American Government! The thing is "We The People" can't really do shit about it. Even if we did TRY to vote them out, as we all now know, they just change the votes to be in thier favor anyway (Bush Election). Someone mentioned rioting & lewding in the streets...what a GREAT Idea! Do you know most lewding or rioting, takes place right where that person who is doing it lives. So now not only are we broke, homeless & starving. Our hometown is now destroyed! (Los Angeles Riots) Know matter what we do we will lose. Our Government runs everything and its quite a shame! Our forefathers would be utterly disgusted if they were alive today as we are no longer the home of the free. We are all just the governments slaves and all the government does is make us think that our opinions count but they don't. We can vote for someone and even if that person that we voted for wins, it don't mean that that person who won the election will get the position that they were voted for. Because if its not who the government wanted for that position, then they just change the votes so the person that they wanted to be in office, IS! (Bush Election) They tell us to write and call our congressman or governors so that our voices are heard. I am almost willing to bet they don't even write the message down if you call and if you send a letter, it might get opened but after that I bet they just file it right into a garbage can! Even though "We The People" out number the government employees, we can not and will not win this war! In my opinion, we need to restructure our entire government. WE THE PEOPLE, as a whole, should be the ones running the government, not just a few hand selected people. Ofcourse you will still need government employees but only for certain departments, like the voting department, records department, a law department made up of attorneys for writing bills, that WE THE PEOPLE vote on to make it a law or not. Not a just a group of people, of which some of us voted for and some of us didn't, that decide what should be a law and what should not. I could ramble on and on! But just like our votes, does it really count or matter?

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  100. Any politician refusing to help Americans who have worked most of their lives in this Country don't need to be in office.We have paid for welfare, illegal immigrants, schools, hospitals, contribute to their getting elected. And in our hour of need they turned their backs on us.I don't care how they get the money, just get it and soon. Anyone who is not in favor of 99er's getting an extension should be voted out of office.That goes for Obama too. If u are not talking daily about the Americans who are suffering should be voted out.We should be the most important issue on their agenda.
    !!SIGN MY PETITION 'VOTE OUT THE REPUBLICANS IN NOVEMBER'!!
    http://humanrights.change.org/petitions/view/vote_out_the_republicans_in_november

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  101. I'm new to "blogs" - the only thing I can see that has not been addressed yet, is we who are about to lose our house because we have a "99er" who has had to return home to a single and retired mother on a below poverty line fixed income. Not only does everything cost more these days, but now I have increased costs for my utilities as well as food. HELP!!!!!!!!

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  102. TEIR V
    THIS IS A SAD TIME FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED FOR A TEIR V ....YOU WOULD THINK CONGRESS WOULD WANT TO HELP THEIR CITIZENS.... ETC. IF THEY WON’T SIGN A TIER V THEN HOW ABOUT IF CONGRESS GIVES IT A TRY AT LIVING HOMELESS AND ON A ZERO $0.00 INCOME LET'S SEE HOW LONG THEY LAST........EVEN IN THEIR FANCY HOMES.......OUR MONEY IS THEIR TO PROTECT US AND HELP OUR COUNTRY GROW STRONGER NOT TO SHAME US IN POVERTY WHEN YOU DO THIS TO YOUR CITIZENS WE GROW WEAKER AND EVERYONE STARTS TO FALL APART
    AS A NATION OF PROGRESS WE WILL REGRESS WHEN WE PUT OUR PEOPLE IN POVERTY...WE CAN’T EVEN GET CASH HELP THROUGH WELFARE YOU NEED TO BE DISABLED AND THEN THERE IS A LOT OF RED TAPE TO RECEIVE HELP….MY MOTHER IS DISABLED AND CANNOT CASH GET HELP
    DOES ANYONE UNDERSTAND THE AGONY THAT THE UNEMPLOYED ARE EXPERIENCING............PLEASE HELP US TO OBTAIN A TEIR V UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION….YOUR CITIZENS ARE BEGGING FOR HELP CAN’T YOU SEE THEM ON THEIR KNEES!!!

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  103. My last UIA Ex-benefit was the end of May... marking the end of my Tier 4. Since losing my job and not being able to afford the huge cost of Cobra I have gone from being a diet-controlled diabetic to now having to take shots. Stress has taken its tole on me! I do NOT have a secondary income to access. The accessable part of my retirement was already used up during one of the past WAIT-N-C periods!!! I have worked for 44 years and never once in the past had to collect UIA. I DID have a good credit score, owned my home, had a reliable auto, good insurance and have a BA degree. Do those holding up the bill think that this will NOT go down in history negatively! Sorry guys, but this is the age of electronic communication and some day they will be reading historical events from this economic travisty from the future lunar communities. I thought it rather interesting to think we are spending so much $$ to race against private industry for lunar mining. Maybe they could send some of us unemployed to the moon? On second thought, where would you live when they laid you off?

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