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Meet the Americans Who'Ve Lost Their Unemployment Benefits: "I'M Thoroughly Petrified"


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: long-term unemployed, politics, ethics, news, economy, usa, crime, americans )

Cal
- 200 days ago - motherjones.com
"When you apply for a job at 50 people laugh at you. When you apply for a job at 65 people just look at you like you are crazy."



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Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Friday January 3, 2014, 8:58 am
In the mid-term elections,unless there is some miracle in the economy, the Democrats have a lot to lose.
 

Elyara Roland (0)
Friday January 3, 2014, 9:37 am
Agreed Allan - I had this happen to me one year ago, and it was the most horrifically terrifying experience of my adult life. The job market is NOT healthy, and the US needs to concentrate on creating jobs and fostering the economy, not blaming people and cutting benefits. When is our country going to understand the simple fact of cause and effect?!?
 

Freya H. (300)
Friday January 3, 2014, 10:52 am
One can blame the unemployment crisis on a wide variety of factors. People point their fingers at everything from outsourcing to illegal immigrants. This crisis could easily result in a lot of unrest. Desperate people will turn to all manner of promising sources - as well as seek out scapegoats on whom they can take out their frustration.

This country is ripe for revolution.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday January 3, 2014, 11:13 am
It hurts to read this.
 

Chaz Berlusconi (72)
Friday January 3, 2014, 12:23 pm
it is a terrible situation to find oneself in.. employers need to know that elderly people at least have the experience, kids have grown up and can be more reliable..
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday January 3, 2014, 12:41 pm
I'm close to retirement age and what I would get from the government would pay my rent and that's about all. The rest would have to come from my mutual funds and RSP which would probably allow me to live in the fashion I'm used to for say about three years. I have no interest in travelling and I don't drink or smoke or eat out all that much anymore but I have no recourse but to find another job when I retire from this one.
 

lee e. (114)
Friday January 3, 2014, 1:10 pm
This hits very close to home - I relate - at 67, I don't expect to be on a work force again - although I was disabled a few years earlier than retirement, now even if I improve "health-wise", I've pretty much been put to pasture, eking out each month!
 

Stardust Noel (56)
Friday January 3, 2014, 1:31 pm
Passed this to friends.
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Cal Mendelsohn (971)
Friday January 3, 2014, 1:51 pm
Thanks for your great comments everyone.. I FLAGGED THE SPAMMER TOO--It's especially reprehensible to spam an article like this one.
 

Bridget Robertson (106)
Friday January 3, 2014, 2:35 pm
This article makes this real. These are just ordinary people who did everything they were told would help them achieve success. And now they aren't even getting a safety net. People can't keep getting squeezed. History has shown that terrible revolutions start in the wake of these kind of policies.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Friday January 3, 2014, 2:41 pm
Even young people struggle in order to get a job. But for people 50 and up you have to have the right connection in order to get a job.
 

Yvonne White (231)
Friday January 3, 2014, 2:44 pm
This whole thing reminds me of the 1970's - no jobs or low pay/no benefits jobs, unemployment only lasted 6 mo. tops, no extensions - after that you try to get State Aid (single people Without children were totally screwed!) So you had to go were the jobs were, or Might be. You lived on relatives & hoped to get a job..finally the Economy got a bit better..but most people can't WAIT for politicians to DO something! And too many States are too broke to help in any reliableway. One thing MOST people don't know - all the Townships in Illinois have funds to help short term (for utilities, food, rent, etc.) you can find out who is the treasurer for the township at the county clerk's office. They DO NOT advertize these emergency funds & they like to hoard them, since NOW it's legal to keep what isn't used & move it into other areas (like road works, etc.)
 

Sheri Schongold (6)
Friday January 3, 2014, 3:17 pm
I moved in November 2009 to Florida. I was 64. I knew a regular job was very much not in the books for me, but I began applying. Since then I have applied to over 1,000 jobs and not an interview. I have worked in my field for 40+ years and when I get a letter saying that they have someone more experienced to do the job, I find it hard to believe. I know it is age discrimination. I also signed up with 4 temporary staffing services and have had 2 jobs, both of which are not in my field. The other 2 didn't even call. Again, age discrimination. I am past unemployment compensation, so the extension wouldn't help me as it would others. I am fortunate that my husband is working and I can now get Medicare. If you are over 50, you will get the age discrimination and the companies will get away with it. I'm already trained, I don't need benefits, so even if you pay me a little more, in the long run I will cost you less. We older folks are trained, responsible, reliable and will be glad to do the work if they would give us a chance.
 

Janet R. (34)
Friday January 3, 2014, 4:07 pm
It is very sad to read about these poor people and then go over to yahoo and have idiots comment that these people do not deserve any unemployment benefits; that is is good for them to become destitute and homeless. Americans can be so cruel and callous; I am not proud to be an American these days.

Allan Y. - I don;t understand why Democrats should be worried at election time since the Repugs are the ones who have pulled the plug on any positive bills in Congress including the unemployment benefits extension. No one with half a brain blames the Democrats. Sadly, nothing will happen until the Democrats get control of the House and retain control of the Senate; only then may there be some progress in Congress.
 

Winn Adams (190)
Friday January 3, 2014, 4:34 pm
In 2008 I got laid off 21 days after paying off my mortgage on my condo. I was fortunate. I now work part time and am glad for the job, no matter how exhausting it can be on any given day. I agree with so much of what has been said. The 1970's were scary and I was one of many who were looking for a job then but to be of a certain age and looking for work now in this economy is really scary because one way or another employers do discriminate against people who are 50 and older. Signing up with temp agencies did help somewhat but it certainly wasn't the answer for me. Having said that I would definitely sign up with temp agencies and tell everyone you know and yes even strangers standing in lines to check out groceries and such that you are looking for work. That's how a friend of mine got an interview for a job. We were standing in line to buy popcorn in a movie theater. Think outside the box when looking for work and please create a positive mantra you can repeat to yourself when ever you need it. Don't give into the fear. You will find a solution and you must never give up.
 

Peta Clarke (23)
Friday January 3, 2014, 4:43 pm
Thank you Cal noted. Governments forget that they servants of the people yet they play games with peoples lives just to point score. It is summer where I live and I keep thinking of the people who will have benefits cut in winter. This is shameful.
 

Barbara V. (51)
Friday January 3, 2014, 4:59 pm
As long as the Repugs are in the majority, that's what we can expect.
 

Barbara V. (51)
Friday January 3, 2014, 5:05 pm
Either vote out the Repugs, or there'll be more of this. It's just horrible what people have to go through because of our government and the giant corporations who've taken over..
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday January 3, 2014, 5:26 pm
Thanks Cal--so unnecessary in the richest nation on the planet.
 

GGmaSheila D. (132)
Friday January 3, 2014, 7:57 pm
Janet - the Democrats are worried because the 1% are padding the elections, buying votes and politicians. Republican Governors and state goverments are changing the voting regs to shut out the minorities and the poor who usually vote Democrat. Elections are rigged to the point of these same people who are discriminated against ask themselves "Why vote?" Democrats aren't a shoe in to win in 2014 and 2016. We have to get out the vote, big time, or both houses in Congress will be red...and also the White House.
 

James Maynard (66)
Friday January 3, 2014, 8:34 pm
Sadly, far too many of these people
whose benefits have been stopped
due to Republican intransigence,
will still vote against their interests,
so we have to turn out in force this
year to turn the obstructionists out!!!!!!!
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday January 3, 2014, 9:38 pm
As an underemployed adjunct instructor, I can empathize with everyone of the unemployed. We must demand that our lawmakers reinstate emergency unemployment. We all pay into the system. We must bombard our lawmakers with petitions. Thank you for the important article! (p, t)
 

A F. (129)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 12:42 am
Thank you
 

Ben B. (39)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 1:54 am
I agree with everyone who noted the negative impact that cutting benefits will have on people's lives and that finding work after 50 is very difficult.

Sadly noted, thanks Cal for posting.
 

Maria S. (54)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 4:59 am
TY, this is a ongoing trend in the western world.
 

Carlene V. (201)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 5:22 am
And yet the uninformed will line up with their bibles and reelect the bible thumping politicians who hood-wink them and work against them at every level. The Republicans went home to their warm cozy estates or on vacation somewhere during these past holidays while the people who lost their unemployment benefits worried about how to feed their kids, pay their rent, afford gas to even look for a job. When will the electorate realize they are being lied to by these thugs who have proven, once again, they just don't give a darn? Heck, they just cut the SNAP program taking needed nutrition away from poorer children an,d for reasons that escape me, many of these poor people who need help will watch faux noise and vote the Republican ticket.
 

linda b. (190)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 7:04 am
My heart goes out to everyone in this position, it's happening over here too, we have the hated bedroom tax on top of the benefit cuts,which is causing untold misery for people some of whom have even committed suicide. I hope Scotland wins her independence for it has to be better than the loathsome Torries that we are under. I pray that things will get better for everyone. Thanks Cal.
 

Jason R. (57)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 9:21 am
It all started with the Reagan tax cuts for the rich. They got greedy and take even more. There is nothing conservative about a republican.

Tax the rich again. Rebuild the country. Make law that restricts money hoarding.
 

Carol D. (104)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 1:44 pm
It sounds to me like over here none of the parties are much good They only in it for the pay packet and the retirement benefits Who invented politicians anyway
 

John S. (297)
Sunday January 5, 2014, 1:41 am
Perhaps it's time to consider relocation vouchers?
 

Jason R. (57)
Sunday January 5, 2014, 9:22 am
If the republicans didn't block a tax hike on the rich, we wouldn't be talking about the dire state of the US. With high taxes after the first million and workers taxes, we built this country. Reagan, bush and the republicans let the tires go flat and refuse to inflate them as per their donors wishes.

Vote the puppets OUT!!!
 

Angelus Silesius (66)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 6:05 am
America and its employers should be ashamed of themselves in how they treat their older workers, most of whom have very solid work ethic
 
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