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1.3 Million Losing Unemployment Benefits Saturday

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More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, with potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy

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Angelika R (143)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 8:06 am
Sadly, that is correct. and that's why I have posted a story for a webinar to register for to inform people what they can and should do to get coverage asap. That was about 2 weeks ago, little attention to that post. Hope folks will be able to take care of themselves one way or another.
Thx Cal for the reminder post here, many may not even have realised this yet.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 8:18 am
From that webinar, which is now closed of course: "You'll learn about action steps to renew unemployment insurance in January, to reverse the harm as quickly as possible. You can ask about the budget and UI."
I wonder how many did.. and my gut feeling tells me there will be NO extention passed by the house..unless other "compensation" as Boehner demanded..go figure

Winnie A (179)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 8:55 am
This is very sad. I know from personal experience what it's like to go to work and the next thing you know you've been laid off. It happened to me in 2008 most recently. I'm currently working part time now but I shutter to think what would have happened to me if I was without my unemployment benefits.

Sue H (7)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 9:20 am
It is Shameful that our "government" thinks it's OK to keep people in constant fear/dread in such a manner.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 9:32 am
You know I'm 63 and I could face a layoff or cutback but I'm not going down without a fight. I know what it was like to scramble for work when I was younger. I have retirement savings but a nice fat separation package would go a long way.
Does the government care you're losing your benefits? No more than they care about all us older people. If you don't have a couple of million or so they don't.

Arielle S (313)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 9:52 am
They could easily take some of the money from that bloated defense budget and make life a bit better for the unemployed, the elderly, and the minimum wage earners. All they are doing now is encouraging desperation, crime, and yeah, suicide. Great work, Congress.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 4:10 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. Good comments above. Arielle's taken the words out of my mouth, though. I am beyond disgust that our Prez signed that horrible defense bill.....and then the budget without unemployment. And still, no higher taxes for the the stock market surges once again over 16,000. Such greedy, sociopathic, utterly disgusting pigs!
So, blow up the economy causing people to lose jobs, homes & healthcare; then make sure the best-paying jobs left are signing up to join the military to fight a "war" for the wealthy war profiteers; and help them make billions. Then, as the veterans come home with all sorts of injuries and mental health issues, make sure they still have no jobs....then take away their unemployment money and make sure their health care is tangled up in red tape miles long. At the very least, would you call Obama complacent....or complicit?

Michael A (28)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 12:56 am

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Sunday December 29, 2013, 12:58 am

Alan Lambert (91)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 1:16 am
Also sign my petition to Speaker Boehner to extend those benefits.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 3:40 am
Well, people did vote in a Republican House of Representatives. They have only themselves to blame. Maybe it's not the people who are suffering that did that type of voting, so like the Republicans, it's not fair to say that., but now they had better do all in their power to get rid of these heartless troglodytes.

Marianne R (95)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 7:32 am
Noted. Thanks, Cal

Jason R (67)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 8:23 am
1.2 million more Democrats, with even more to come…

Republicans are rich and don't give a damn about us.

. (0)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 9:22 am
That's not good. Thanks for sharing, Cal.

Howard Crosse (21)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 11:20 am
I live in the UK where I didn't hear of this until this morning. To suddenly take such support away from those most in need seems like a very cruel blow indeed.

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 12:27 pm
That sounds awful to take away peoples unemployment How do people live what do they eat etc Everyone has to have some support That sounds worse than UK in the depression when people only had soup kitchens Shame on the US for not supporting its people whether young or elderly sounds really archaic

Jae A (316)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 1:42 pm
IN the famous words of George W. Bush, which have remained the motto of he GOP in Congress with their every move of obstructionist since Obama won his first election...... "Mission accomplished ".

Seems to me like a hell of a downhill way to campaign for eight years... regardless of how many citizens they take down to poverty level in their , what appears to me for all this giant insaniTea platform for the next election. Apparently they feel it's better to remain obstructionist than to win elections after the tremendous mess they've made of our economy and the lives of our people. Easier for them to just continue to complain about Obama's administration than to do anything constructive.....It seems obvious to me that they don't think , nor have they since the 2008 election, that they could do any better, or else they'd be trying to win the next election instead of insuring they'll lose it ......again. Fine by me but that means we must elect anyone other than GOP/Republicans in the next election if the Left. .Liberals...Progressives are to be given a serious chance to turn this nation around and hopefully overcome the Corporate Coup of our government that Dubya and Cheney enabled during their years in office.........IMO.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 2:10 pm
Terrible news, thanks for sharing.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 2:31 pm
Very sad news. Shame on every GOP jerk in Congress.

Athena F (131)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 2:49 pm
Pure evil.

Patsy Olive (0)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 3:06 pm
Noted & tweeted.

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 3:19 pm
I've read that these cuts to unemployment benefits will cause another 270,000 jobs to disappear, when these poor folks are broke and their unemployment money will no longer be spent and thereby enter the economy... There's the famous 'trickle-down' economic theory at work! The Republican justification for this is that unemployment insurance "creates dependency" (and aren't we tired of hearing that phrase?!) because people on unemployment don't bother to look for work. They forget to mention that there's reportedly three unemployed people for every job opening. Meaning two can't possibly get hired. And they also forget to mention that most of the new jobs numbered in the employment counts are part-time, working for minimum wage somewhere like McDonald's or Wal-Mart. They're not jobs that can support a family. Yeah, unemployment creates dependency---on things like feeding your children, paying the electric bill and providing gas money so you can look for a job...

Peta Clarke (30)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 6:45 pm
Thank you Cal noted. It is interesting to read the comments from other members to get a greater understanding of this important matter. This is so sad and also so shameful when Governments of the people, for the people just forget the people in their hour of need.

Sunday December 29, 2013, 7:47 pm

Barbara K (60)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 7:54 pm
The Tbagger/Rethugs have the gall to stop Unemployment Benefits for those who need them, while they make like $180,000 and up themselves, and work 1/3 of the time. Planning to work 120 days for the entire next year. I say, let's fire them, and use all that savings to fund the Unemployment Benefits. They are useless, and have not done a single thing to earn one penny, plus all their benefits we pay for too. VOTE THEM OUT IN NOVEMBER

Bryan S (105)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 8:53 pm
What will these people do? I have to wonder if the unemployment rate could ever get high enough for the Repubs to admit that the lack of jobs is what causes many not to work, as opposed to people being lazy. Meanwhile, the GOP insists on tax cuts for the rich even though the Congressional Budget Office has determined money spent on food stamps and unemployment gives more economic boost than giving the rich more to stash away somewhere. Not to mention any human could see that the rich don't need more, while the out-of-work poor do.

This is literally getting like organized crime where the powerful make more money off of scams and tell everyone else to get the f'k outta the way.

Edith B (146)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 10:17 pm
I read the article, and there is one error. Extension of UI benefits did not start under Dubya. I worked in the Unemployment Insurance Program, and there were extended benefits in the 70's, 80's, and 90's. After Clinton was elected, we didn't need them anymore. We had prosperity for those years. Obama has been saddled with all the mess Bush created. This congress will go down in history as one of the most useless and harmful we have ever had. Three people apply for every job, only one will be hired. what part of that don't those dummies understand? Plus, it hurts the economy. Those folks who no longer have benefits won't be spending any money. Absurd and cruel.

Melissa W (229)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 8:49 am
Notes - Great insight Edith - thank you all for the excellent comments on this very serious issue.
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