A 99er Tier 5 unemployment extension is called for, but “experts” say that the recession is “over.” The news that the recession has, indeed, been over since June 2009 is rather shocking, considering that now, more than ever, unemployment extensions are needed.
I read a shocking piece in the Press Telegram from Long Beach, CA which reads that even though the “great recession” has technically ended, the US has more people living in poverty than ever before.
However, by claiming that the recession is over, the Administration and the politicians in Washington can try to slough the cries for extensions of unemployment benefits to the side, claiming that things are “getting better.”
That is indeed what’s happening. Right now, the Americans Want to Work Act is pretty much just a stack of paper collecting dust. The focus in Congress is on various other legislation, many of which are aimed at certain groups of people which the incumbents hope will come to the polls in November.
A rally is planned for 10/2 for an unemployment extension. The march on Capital Hill should show Congress the sheer number of people in need of – and support of unemployment extensions.
The sad thing is that those in Washington are in denial. They can crunch numbers and massage statistics to make everything appear to be “okay” when in fact you can’t lie about how people are feeling. You can’t lie to the people who don’t have a job and can’t find one, despite trying non stop every waking hour.
Will the 99er tier 5 unemployment extension be passed? Well, since the recession is “over” who knows. However, we can’t stop fighting the fight.