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Sign the petition, and urge Congress to do the right thing and extend Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits now.


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Sharon Davidson (371)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 1:25 pm

Solitary Eagle (324)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 1:29 pm
Signed and shared. Thanks, Robert.

Wednesday March 12, 2014, 1:57 pm
N & S. Thanks Robert

Animae C (508)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 2:16 pm
Your action has been submitted.

Faye Swan (23)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 2:37 pm
Noted - thank you!

Michela M (3964)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 3:28 pm
Not allowed to sign....... US only

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 4:26 pm
Signed-thx Robert

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 4:27 pm
Your action has been submitted. SSN

Winn Adams (179)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 5:03 pm

Shirley S (187)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 5:29 pm
Noted & signed as NY 12345

John Holton (344)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 6:02 am
S and N

Darlene W (289)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 8:07 am
Noted and signed--Bless all who care.

Ben O (135)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 8:33 am
Done. (Petition number ten I believe...)

kate K (481)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 9:30 am

Sara V (0)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 9:44 am

Yes, the Fairy Godmother government that magically makes everything better - the same government which is taxing those few of us who are working whilst devaluing the dollar through borrowing/printing many more trillions and doling them out to preferred parties who get rich while the rest of us Americans run harder and harder to keep up, find out that we can't, and fall of the end. Right.

This was supposed to be a Republic, not a Socialist Wonderland - how far removed we are.

Alexandra G (250)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 9:59 am
noted, thanks

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 10:07 am
Your action has been submitted.
Keep spinning your Right Wing Heartless gruel Sara. Why not look at the Oligarchy that crashed an economy, the Private Bankers within the Federal Reserve, the Military Industrial Complex, the Prison Industrial Complex, so on and so forth......but no, it's too easy for some to kick those who have been kicked down by those I just mentioned about. As they say, wait awhile it could be your turn next. I've stood next to a lot of people who thought just like you did.....until it happened to them. Hard working people, people who played by the rules, but when you have a rigged economy and the ladder is knocked out from under you, there is little one can do. We should never find it comfortable to let others sink and could care so little because they are. You buy into the myths and the mis-information set out there by people like the Koch Brothers, ALEC, and the idiots that follow Ayn Rand whose most perfect man was a gruesome serial killer.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 10:18 am

Sara V (0)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 11:59 am
"Hard working people, people who played by the rules, but when you have a rigged economy and the ladder is knocked out from under you, there is little one can do."

Exactly - caring would be to dismantle the system which is rigging the economy in their disfavor and enabling unnatural disparity to exist, not to ask it for help. I care, so I want to undo the mess! Giving that very system more power and becoming dependent upon it is not the answer.

Birgit W (160)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 12:31 pm
I would have loved to sign, but it did not accept my postal code.

Edith B (146)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 12:31 pm
Signed and noted. Sara V, the people who qualify for unemployment benefits are out of work through no fault of their own. The lousy economy, outsourcing of jobs, and 8years of a government that was only interested in making war or seeing that their wealthy friends got tax cuts are the reasons those people don't have jobs.

donald Baumgartner (6)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 12:35 pm
Gladly signed!!!!

Gary L (138)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 1:03 pm
signed and noted I hope unemployment visits every last stinking person who voted republican

Gary L (138)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 1:07 pm
sure dismantle the system the republinazi's have rigged for their scumbag billionaire's and the real producers the working class would have a shoot at getting something of what the working people produce

Sara V (0)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 2:00 pm
"Sara V, the people who qualify for unemployment benefits are out of work through no fault of their own. The lousy economy, outsourcing of jobs, and 8years of a government that was only interested in making war or seeing that their wealthy friends got tax cuts are the reasons those people don't have jobs."

Exactly - caring would be to dismantle the system which is rigging the economy in their disfavor and enabling unnatural disparity to exist, not to ask it for help.

Sara V (0)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 2:06 pm
Our government has become a wealth transfer system. We are far from our beginnings as a lawful society. So many transgressions have been made by the people in power that you Nazis (National Socialists) are clamoring to take whatever you can from whoever has anything. Whether they got it justly or unjustly doesn't matter.

See this for what is happening on both sides of the aisle: Bill Moyers interview with Mark Leibovich, author of This Town:

Sheri Schongold (7)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 2:10 pm

We pay so much into this fund with the expectation that it will help us when we need it and very often find, as in my case, that we are shortchanged and our money isn't coming to us, where it belongs, but is going to others, ie illegal aliens.

Patsy Olive (0)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 2:14 pm
Noted & tweeted. The President can only do so much, it is mostly congress that won't help these people.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 2:27 pm
Messages sent. Noted. Thank you, Robert.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 4:37 pm
If you are referring to me as a Nazi Sara you certainly owe me and the others on here an apology. How dare you.
You are way way out of line here.

Sara V (0)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 5:02 pm
"If you are referring to me as a Nazi Sara you certainly owe me and the others on here an apology..."

You're right - there isn't such a nationalist element here. I am sorry.

However, please note that any type of socialism requires a centralization of power which always leads to abuse by the management/elite class in which trust is being put. The answer to that abuse is not further abuse - i.e. to take from others, or to mortgage the future of our grandchildren through adding to the country's debt burden. We don't need to exacerbate the problem.

Colleen L (3)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 8:41 pm
Petition signed. Thanks Robert

Gary L (138)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 8:43 pm
lets all ignore the troll they have no heart and no morals also no friends

Vicky P (476)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 8:50 pm
noted, signed

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 10:27 pm

Caroline S (78)
Friday March 14, 2014, 12:32 am
US only.... :-(

Rosa Caldwell (384)
Friday March 14, 2014, 2:11 am
Trouble signing. I will come back to it.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday March 14, 2014, 4:24 am
Signed and to Sara V who has been a member since 2000 - no wonder that you don't have any friends and reading Paulo Coelho is just a waste of time.Try Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels instead.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday March 14, 2014, 5:01 am
What people like you fail to realize Sara is that we've been doing this in the USA for a long time, it's called our public education system. Our Fire Dept., our Police, our Water Works so on and so forth. Everyone places some money, in the form of tax, into the pot and it is used for the betterment of society as a whole.

If you think that only those institutions can be abused or mismanaged then you are failing to see what a group called ALEC has done. You have failed to see what entities like Bank of America has done, or the other private firms of Wall Street when the regulations were relaxed.

Private means that only a very few get to call the shots, when the institutions are run by We The People, we all have a say in how things should go. The trouble is the people who have been elected are being placed there by the Private Big Money for Their best interests and not the interests of the majority of the people.

There is a difference Sara between Social programs that are there to make sure that every citizen can have their house fire put out, that every child in the USA can receive an education and have an opportunity to use their creative talents and intelligence for the common good of a Nation. Before the public school system only the most well to do could afford to send their children to school. A public education is what made this Country great. Many people and they have voted on it over and over again feel that this should also extend to the health and well being of all citizens, not just some citizens.

You need not confuse the socialism policies of the Countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and some other Countries that believe in making sure that all of their citizens are respected, have a place at the table and are shown dignity, not just those who have a lot of money in their bank accounts. Nazi Socialists is a whole other cup of tea and that is not what progressives are speaking about when they speak upon making sure that all citizens are receiving health care, an education, police protection, and safe drinking water standards. That is the problem with this Rush Limbaugh crap and other right wing material that is being tossed out there that is equating a just system to what happened in Germany. It continues to make the waters murky and is causing people to support a few Oligarchy at their own expense.

“The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in shadows of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.”
― Hubert H. Humphrey

Everyone wants dignity of work Sara but unfortunately the so called "job creators" have done more to damage this Country with their Vulture Capitalism and destruction of Unions that created balance for labor. The majority of the wealth in this Country in the last 30 years has rose to fall into the hands of only a few while the majority of the people have seen their wealth shrink. This is do to policies that had removed the protections that were there for We The People after the last Gilded Age and Great Depression. When Both Parties in particular the right started chipping away at our protections is when we got into this mess.

I'm not anti Government, what I am is anti Government that works only for the Oligarchy and not for We The People. But you can thank the likes of the Koch Brothers and other like them that push for the Government to become inept for the people and is working very well for the few Private Wealthy. And when their are policies that force people into poverty there should be a protection keeping them from reaching the very bottom. These policies should never be there to begin with but since they are we need to protect their lives until the rest of us can get people elected who work for the We The People NOT solely for the Oligarchy. No Nation can survive if 95% of all wealth is going into the hands of a few. If they were such job creators we should be overloaded in jobs by now from those few people......but it's people having a few dollars in their pockets that fuel the engine of this economy.

I suggest you go back and read about the horse and sparrow economics, about the Railroad Barons and the monopolies and the Gilded Age. We need to clean up our Government not do away with it, we need to make it work for We The People not destroy it, we need to have that be competition in things like wages that keep the private owners from getting away with paying wages like they did back in the days when children had to be in the mills and the coal mines because their parents would work from sun up to sun down and still couldn't feed their families or cloth them. They were living in squalor despite how hard they worked despite the hours they had worked.

This is what the Oligarchy would like again, that we be slaves again to them so they can pay us like they do in Bangladesh. Where only the well to do can educate their children and the rest of us are mere pawns to work to death however they choose to use us. I'm not willing to go back to the mid to late 1800's when children died by age 22 from being overworked in the mills and an education was only for the wealthy. I suggest you read a lot more history and understand what it is that is going on today.

I accept your apology but I'd be very careful in the future. I do not take kindly to that at all.

Kathleen R (138)
Friday March 14, 2014, 5:55 am
Signed & noted

Nancy C (806)
Friday March 14, 2014, 8:17 am
Thank you Robert and Dandelion...Until the scales are tipped back towards a balance with the rich and the poor, we will fight for assistance where necessary. Unemployment funding, as any other fed help, will be abused by a few. the majority are suffering. I, myself, have what would be considered a "good" job and my bills raise 3-6% each year and my salary never goes higher than 2%. I'm fortunate to HAVE a job. However, I "lose ground" each year even WITH a secure job. When jobs are brought back to the US and the criminals (as Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup) make recompense for their sins, perhaps we won't need assistance...

Avril Lomas (0)
Friday March 14, 2014, 8:44 am
Nancy,thanks ,but please add UBS. Still fighting class action and we,the victims are still waiting!

Avril Lomas (0)
Friday March 14, 2014, 8:51 am
Signed, OF COURSE!.

Inge B (202)
Friday March 14, 2014, 10:29 am
Signed via CA, zip 95667


Linda Moore (240)
Friday March 14, 2014, 12:27 pm
Signed, noted, tweeted.

Leanne B (46)
Friday March 14, 2014, 1:00 pm

Cynthia Davis (340)
Friday March 14, 2014, 1:39 pm

Pat B (356)
Friday March 14, 2014, 1:39 pm
Thank you, signed.

Mary T (178)
Friday March 14, 2014, 1:47 pm
Thanks Robert I have already signed and shared

Dianna M (16)
Friday March 14, 2014, 2:08 pm
Funny how you're a "socialist" or a "Nazi" when you want to see that everyone is treated fairly and has enough to eat, but when you're giving tax breaks to people who don't need them you're a "patriot" who's "protecting the jobs creators."

"If Republican policies are so "fiscally responsible," how come every Democratic president in the last 40 years has CUT the deficit, and every Republican president has RAISED it?"--Prof. Stephen Bloch, Adelphi University

Edwin M (346)
Friday March 14, 2014, 2:27 pm
Thanks Sheryl

S J (124)
Friday March 14, 2014, 6:43 pm
noted, thank you Dandelion

Laura H (964)
Friday March 14, 2014, 9:00 pm
Noted and signed.
Power To The People! Right On!

Thanks Robert.

Sara V (0)
Friday March 14, 2014, 11:13 pm
The fundamental basis of what humans agree composes a just society (i.e. a peaceful one) are simple rules like:

Do not steal.
Do not commit violence against another unless in self defense.
Do not cheat/lie.

We teach these rules to our children, and by the time they are teenagers they are depressed and "acting out" because they see that our society is chock full of violations of the rules which we teach.

No forcible redistribution is to happen unless a crime has been committed. In that case the transgressor must be made to compensate the victim. Our government produces nothing - everything it has is taken from others or borrowed against our children's future. Stealing cannot be called "not stealing" just because the government does it instead of an individual, or because people voted for it. It is still stealing.

Of course when parties gain wealth through fraud, they should not keep it - they have committed a crime and must return their "earnings." The Federal Reserve/Central Banks are counterfeiting and governments are giving the ill-gotten funds to their members and friends. Banks are lending up to the legal amount (nine times the currency they actually possess) - again cheating/fraud. The World Bank/IMF are lending nonexistent capital to developing nations and receiving natural resources as payment - fraud again. That is just the tip of the iceberg.

The answer is not "If you can't beat them, join them," or to resort to mob rule. We are to instead act honorably - according to the principles we teach our children.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 12:08 am
noted and signed

Fran F (116)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 1:42 am

Patricia E G (52)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 4:22 am
You go girl!
Tell it like it is.
Keep it REAL!

Giana Peranio Paz (398)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 4:45 am
N&S thanks Rpbert/

Don H (45)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 5:19 am

This right wing meme that the unemployed are lazy is a cruel lie. I have been laid off in the past. More than anything else you want a job. Not having a job is monumentally stressful.

So Sara, take you lies somewhere else. You aren't convincing anyone. The dummies are watching Fox "News".

Jae A (316)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 10:01 am
Add my 'ditto' to what Patricia E.G. commented above !

Alan Lambert (91)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 11:35 am
A petition I've written here for the same purpose..

Signed and noted theirs as well.

Julie E (405)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 1:19 pm
I unfortunately have seen a lot of abuse when it came to unemployment with the last job I had as a property manager. 4 out of 22 households that were on unemployment did not look for a job and did just live off of the checks they received. Worse case scenario yes. These are the people that screw it up for others and make some forget that there are people that really need the extended unemployment, the help from the government, etc, the one's looking daily to find a job and support their families. These are the people we need to focus on.

- Dandelion has opened up my eyes to a lot of different subjects. I respect you in so many ways and one is your compassion for the underprivileged and their rights as Americans. Yes, I can go on and on. We need more openminded people like me :) in this world. No joke. If everyone would look at more then one side of any subject, you may just learn something and just maybe, we can all work together and have more mutual understandings. Of course not everyone will agree with everything and that is okay. I just want people to understand that with an open mind, you can learn and not be just one sided, closed minded. Sounds very simple, huh? It can be.

- So yes, I did sign the petition. Thank you Sheryl! I signed Alan Lambert's petition as well.

Athena F (131)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 3:26 pm
done thanks

Barbara Gallager (4)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 4:27 pm
I have worked my entire life. Stuck in low paying jobs, living paycheck to paycheck. Thanks to a supervisor at work that had it out for me I was railroaded and am now unemployed. My crime? Misplacing my pager in a department during the last 30 min. of my shift one night. I got it back the next day. And then I got terminated. I can't find a job (I have filled out tons of applications everywhere) because I live in a city with the highest unemployment rate in the state, am an older (but hard working) person and I'm pretty sure there is age discrimination going on here. Now when I need unemployment the most I'm about to run out. I don't have any savings thanks working jobs that a person can barely survive on. I have no family in this city so thanks to there not being an extension of the unemployment my kitties and I will find ourselves homeless next month. Seeing as how I have always had a job and have been paying taxes for going on 36 years I don't think we deserve this kind of treatment. The extended benefits need to be resumed!

Gina Caracci (219)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 6:55 pm

Gina Caracci (219)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 6:56 pm
Good luck Barbara :(
Maybe talk to a lawyer about the illegal fire?

SusanAWAY A (219)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 11:08 pm
Noted, signed and shared.

Sara V., what you fail to realize is that we're talking about unemployment benefits, extended or otherwise. People can only draw unemployment when they have had a job and when they were let go from that job through NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. These people who have lost their jobs, through no fault of their own, have been paying UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE through their jobs with money taken out of their paychecks for this UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT. (I felt it necessary to capitalize the words because you don't appear to be familiar with them or their meaning.) You are employed I take it and I can only assume that you do realize money is taken from your paychecks to pay for unemployment insurance, so that, if some day, you find yourself out of work through no fault of your own, unemployment benefits will be available. You seem to be one of the Paul Ryan groupies that think the system of benefits we still have in this country are only being used by the "takers" in society and that by giving anyone any help whatsoever, the government is simply extending their misery. I'm willing to bet though that, if you were in their situation, you would not see yourself as a "taker." I'm betting you probably see yourself as someone who would "deserve" that benefit because, after all, you have worked hard your whole life and you don't consider yourself a "taker." As someone else said above, I truly hope that some day you find yourself in need so that we can hear you talking out of the other side of your mouth.

It is not unusual for the government to extend unemployment benefits in times of high unemployment. There's no reason to kick people when they're down and about to lose everything.

Scammers flagged.

Sherri G (128)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 3:59 am
Signed, Noted, Tweeted, Shared. So many vote against their self interests Dandelion or stick a label of negativity "Nazis" or some other bogus emotional rhetoric on something that provides minimal help to others. Government is not a dirty word. Dandelion you are right it is the oligarchy running the government that we are stupid enough to reelect time and time again. I know people on unemployment that were making in the 6 figures that were laid off. There is no way these same people are motivated to stay on unemployment at $200 a week. Anyone saying that is buying into Rush Limbaugh who is making millions spewing his hate and lies. Plus, let us not forget that these same responsible people 6 figure a year earners were then foreclosed on and lost their homes. Equalizers (climate change, national disasters, tar sands and oil spills, "fracking", geoengineering, deforestation, oceans warming and much more) will require us to work together or fry, drown, starve and more is coming. I challenge Sara, Julie, and/or others who need help then to refuse help from your neighbor or community and yes even government because they dared to collect unemployment. It is time to grow up, read, educate yourselves if not for you then do it for your children and grandchildren. BTW Nazi socialism tags on Dandelion couldn't be more wrong. This is a lady who gives and gives and then gives some more to help others find the truth and stop prejudicial attacks on people who have been treated badly by our government. I don't appreciate that coming from anyone.

Sherri G (128)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 4:05 am
I don't appreciate the term Nazi being tagged to anyone on Care2. My family 2 Aunts, 2 Uncles and my Dad all served in WWII. None of them would ever compare the atrocities they saw in that war to government in this country that many died for.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 1:55 pm
You are absolutely correct Susan A., just as with Social Security, people have paid in along the way for the time they need to use it. Social Security is another program under attack as a hand out as well. Imagine, begrudging the Elders and Disabled a way to keep a roof over their head via Social Security, same hold true with this program that keeps the unemployed having $0 income.

I like this comment that I saw the other day it reads "If you believe that a person 50 plus years old who has worked more than 30 years of his or her life, sometimes 40 to 60 hours per week, raised a family, bought a house and made on time payments for 30 years, suddenly finds himself out of work through no fault of their own has suddenly developed a case of the lazies, then You are the one with the problem." Michael Hoyt

Consider yourself blessed if you are never in need of programs that help the people to get through the various down turns in life. We can all find stories of some who abuse any program set up, but then we have Bankers that are abusing the banking system, we have Corporations that have no issue taking Corporate Welfare and then fail to pay their help a living wage on top of that despite the fact these Corporations are making record profits.

It is why we do need regulations for the Corporations, Wall St, Banking Institutes and for individuals to follow and adhere to. Most statistics will verify, that overall the programs that uplift those in time of need are in fact small in the amount of abuse, however take off regulations to the Private Entities and they will be more than willing to jump back into abusing anyone and everyone to get their share of more and more of the pie.

Barbara my heart goes out to you. It is a sad fact that those who are up in age, in particular 50 and over are the growing homeless, also more women then men finding themselves in this situation. A lot of Companies are letting go their older workers as they don't want to pay the wage they have "earned" by giving their loyalty to a company that doesn't have loyalty to the workers. Many Companies let the worker go then rehire a little later a new employee they can pay at rock bottom wages, as they take advantage of this economy that has 3 people per every job vacancy in need of work.

Even for many who had made higher salary, as Sherri has mentioned go through their savings rather quickly the longer they are unable to find a job and trying to sell a house today to scale back isn't so easy. Many have ended up with not only loss of job but the house too and their children fall into the trap of now being in the low end of the economics. Parents have had to use their children's college monies to pay bills or when the children find their lives uprooted they become depressed and do not do so well in their studies. Jobless, homeless, it is a nightmare that keeps on going.

I'm not sure Barbara how close Madison, WI is to you but the Occupy Movement in that area is building "tiny" house for the homeless. I'm not sure if this is something you can get into but I'll leave the link. Perhaps if you contacted them they may know of a local Occupy Movement near you that can offer you some direction. Good Luck Barbara.
Tiny Homes

Barbara Gallager (4)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 3:26 pm
Thanks Dandelion. Love the quote from Michael Hoyt. That is fitting and so true. It's so sad the way employers treat their employees nowadays. Doesn't matter how long we have worked for them, how hard we work, or how many extra hours we put in to help them out. We are nothing but a number to them and are considered disposable. What a shame.

I'm a little over 2 hours away from Madison. The tiny homes program sounds like a wonderful program and one that is direly needed nowadays in all the states with all the crap that is going on in this world. I'm not a homeowner so I don't have to worry about selling my house. I rent and luckily I have been in the same place for 12 years so my landlord won't throw me out if I'm late with my rent thanks to barely getting enough from unemployment. I was actually planning on moving anyway. This running out of unemployment is going to hasten the process. Seeing as how I live in a town with the highest unemployment rate and I have nobody here there is nothing to keep me here. I have a dear friend down in Louisiana that wants me down there badly. She told me to get a U-haul, pack up my kitties and my essentials and bring my butt down there. She said I can come live with her in her 2 bedroom home for free for as long as I need to until I get back on my feet again. That there is too good of an offer to pass up. The area she is in has a low unemployment rate and she said they don't practice age discrimination (I pray she is right). I'm feeling positive about this move and I'm sure I will once again be joining the ranks of the employed soon. Plus her and her mother own a business so maybe they will have a position open that I can work at. Although their heat and humidity does worry me. I will survive that. Even if it involves never leaving the house unless I have to.

P.S ~ According to Sara V. us unemployed people are lazy. Yes I collect unemployment but not because I choose to. I would much rather have a job to go to every day. As a matter of fact I do work...I work at a thrift shop as a volunteer. If I was so damn lazy would I be going to a job that doesn't pay me?

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 5:52 pm
Wonderful Barbara that you have a friend that is able to help you get over the rough patch. I'm from the north as well but live now in Florida, so it is hot here as well; in the summertime in particular. You'll adjust. I know I have and now that I've lived here for 10 years you couldn't drag me back to the cold and snow.

As the saying goes Barbara, walk a mile in our shoes. No one truly knows what it is like to be in them but those who Walk with Heart will at least develop Empathy towards their brothers and sisters. As I say, if you can't do something for someone at least don't kick them while their down. I'm so disgusted with the lack of compassion by so many in this Country. Thankfully, I know many with good kind hearts so it gives me relief to know not all are lost in this Greed driven society. It sounds like your friend and her Mother are those good hearts and I'd not hesitate to take them up on the offer.

Sara V (0)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 9:07 pm
"According to Sara V. us unemployed people are lazy."

Would you please point out where I said that? I have asserted that the system is rigged against working people and favors insider deals and payouts to people who are undeserving.

Of course people should get back what they have paid in to Unemployment insurance. I have been both an employee and an employer and so know both sides. What we have been discussing is the extension of those benefits. What is objectionable is where the funds would come from to support such a program. (See some of the fundamental basic principles of a peaceful society which I posted earlier.) The problem with socialism is that participation is mandatory. The system will drain you, even if you are a person who takes care of your neighbors yourself. Some people choose to save money, food, become energy independent, etc. so that they will have enough in their time of need. Strong communities also are key to weathering hard times. I rely on family and friends and maintain relationships locally rather then relying upon forcing others to pay my way involuntarily. I have been down on my luck before, but there were people who cared enough about me to help - when we take care of one another voluntarily, we make it through tough times together with our morals intact.

I like the saying (please excuse the french) "In a voluntary society, there is no room for assholes." Who would take care of them? The very neighbors they have pissed off? I think we would have to get along better if we had to rely on each other without a faceless third party participating. The problem is that there is so little room in our current system - everyone is so pressed that they barely have enough for themselves. We really need to address the cause of our problems.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday March 17, 2014, 7:01 am
The funds should come from the funds that people already placed into it and if those Corporations would pay their taxes instead of hiding their monies in Switzerland and other off shore places there would be the money. All the ones that are so squeezed and pressed wouldn't be so if those who have received 95% of all new wealth in this Country would pay some taxes to support their Country and stop pushing us into Wars that were never funded. Bush is the only President who got us into wars and lowered the taxes at the same time for the Oligarchy.

Please read your history Sara, that system of people helping other people was tried before and we had many people who lived in tents, road in box cars, women were left at the mercy of abusive men and Elders were starving to death. That is the Country you want to go back to? Amazing. It was due to certain programs being placed in that people were kept from true starvation and as these programs are being scaled back in the last 30 years we have more and more that are now rejoining the days of old of living in tents and lack of work. Programs have been scaled back because a few who are now making money that only the Kings of old and the greatest of Pharaohs could ever imagine are not paying into the overall system. They have had their lobbyist write in every tax loophole they can drive a Cruise ship through. Don't take away their tax deduction for the Corporate jet but let us deny someone benefits that will keep them from becoming homeless. That is why the Middle Class tax burden has become heavier is that the ultra rich pay next to nothing anymore but instead of targeting them the right wants to beat down on the already beaten down upon.

It is wonderful you have so many family and friends, not everyone is so fortunate, they may of been an only child, their family is deceased, they have been so busy working 2 low paid jobs to have time to make many friends. Not everyone has people to rely upon, and saving money many did have but after one has been out of the job market for so long and can't get back in that money goes when nothing is being put back in. And I don't think people are a-holes simply because the rug or the ladder was pulled out from under them in a rigged and tilted economy. No one wants to have to be in a situation of being taken care of, but in a rigged system it tends to cause this situation more than if there was a fair playing field.

“The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in shadows of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.”
― Hubert H. Humphrey Vice President

When the Corporations pay their employees "living wages" then you'll not have so many needing programs to help them. Is the issue with those on the right, they always want to take away from the most poor but protect the Corporations that are making record profits and fail to take care of their employees by paying them salary they can live on within this society. These Corporation use the technology that was supported by taxpayers like the internet to make their monies but they don't think they have to also contribute back either by wage or in taxes to support their Country.

Read your history Sara. Paying people $1.00 in unemployment benefits creates $2.00. That spending helps boost local economies as the unemployed can continue to pay their mortgage or rent and put food on the table. It is a win win situation Sara whereas when people are left with nothing they become a drain onto society, who tend to become more sick, depressed, in need of more services, or fall out of the system never to be able to get back in again.

Since the creation of the modern unemployment benefits system in 1935, Congress has never failed to act on extending benefits for the long-term unemployed while the national unemployment rate remains above 7.2 percent. Unemployment benefits create jobs, because those people spend the money into the economy buying food, gas to look for work, keeping their home from going into foreclosure so as not to continue to devalue the nearby properties so on and so forth.


Gary L (138)
Monday March 17, 2014, 8:39 am
Dandelion you are spot on too bad your talking to a paid shill for corporate America these trolls are put in place and trotted out when needed, so lets not waste our collective breath on these Judas's who take their filthy silver pieces to sell our humankind

alicia m (97)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 11:08 am
noted, gracias

Carole K (195)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 11:31 am
Noted nearly a month ago, reviewed & signed today. TY, Robert & TY Dandelion for FWD.
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