Politics: Unemployment benefits Extensions, 99ers, Tier 5, & The Freshmen. The Freshmen congressmen and women are getting orientated to their new jobs. The unemployment extension is far from their minds, as they get their "Congressional Blackberries" (paid for by American taxpayers - many of whom can't afford their own Blackberry) choosing their offices, and hiring their staff.
Perhaps the unemployment extension is on the minds of the congressmen and women who were voted out of office - but mainly because they, too are without jobs - as are all the people that worked for them.
However what remains uncertain is if those in office will care enough to pass the current benefits extension for the 99ers - after all, there are so many things to work out in the lame duck session.
It was not wise to extend the unemployment extension to November 30 - it should have been extended until one month after the new politicians took office, so they could get in, get settled, and then pass the emergency extensions.
Even the president is quiet about the extensions.
Hopefully Congress's freshmen and women will think about the unemployment extension and pass it because America needs it.