Skip to comments.House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits (YES!)
Posted on 11/18/2010 5:44:37 PM PST by USALiberty
WASHINGTON Republicans in the House have blocked a bill that would have extended jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed beyond the holiday season.
The most recent extension of jobless benefits expires Dec. 1. Two million people will lose benefits averaging $310 a week nationwide by the end of the year.
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For what it's worth, I first saw this on PBSs Nightly Business Report with Suzanne Pratt and Tom Hudson, and it was reported simply as the extension being denied. Only by Congress, no political party was mentioned and no blame/credit was given.
But the measure was set forth to Congress as a "Fast Track Bill which necessitates a 2/3 vote. The Pelosi Democrat led House set it up to fail. It's a Machiavellian strategy that Pelosi is so adept, so practiced.
Remember the media talk/headlines of the last three weeks...'Republicans won'...'Republicans swept the elections nationwide'...Tea Party Republicans surprise the nation!!! We must remember a vast USA populace thinks the Repubicans are NOW in control of the HOUSE (ignorant of the fact that House Republicans just assume control in Janaury 2011).
The Obama entitlement voter will naturally blame the Republicans as not for the poor people...just for the rich.
As in the past two decades...the Republicans just do not have an adequate message nor messenger.
I guess I am a lazy bum too! I have applied for about 250 positions, landed about 8 interviews and have been a finalist 3 times. My reviews were nothing short of extraordinary at my prior job, yet I cannot get a position. People who think it is easy to get a job in this environment are living in an alternate universe.....no other way of explaining it.
I talked with a recruiter today about a position I might get an interview for.....she said she has never seen it so bad.....but what does she know? All of those people are lazy bums......I read it here.
The republicans don’t mind the extension; they just want it paid for with stimulus funds... They still lack the gumption to say NO MORE.
USALiberty is a good example of the dangers of being exposed to lead paint, which often results in brain rot. Sometimes, as the harmful side effects increase, you find yourself making mindless comments on an internet forum blaming the unemployed during an economic downturn for being unemployed (because they are personal failures)
Nail on the head post. Cut off all foreign aid first....yet that would probably bring howls from the same people on this thread.
I thank god the Republican messenger is not one of the 2/3rds of the people involved in this thread.
Millions of people are paying the taxes you claim are not taken from their paycheck.....and you still think you are correct in your claim????
Yes, yes, but their all lazy!!
There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. -Goethe
This thread is exhibit A of that maxim.
My point exactly. Given the state of our public education system and the power of the NEA, this won't change anytime soon. Americans should consider a class action suit against the education monopoly. k-12 of socialist theory won't buy you bread...
Since the Spring of 2010 my son-in-law has been among the unemployed.
Sharp as an orange.
I ditto that! I have never seen such complete disregard from so called compassionate conservatives. Shameful!
Nobody over 30 can spell social media....how very condescending of you. If you are a reflection of the culture in your company it might explain why no one wants to work there.
Rugged individualism is great until you're on the receiving end. Sometimes free-market theory needs to be tempered with humanity.
Just make sure not to ask for any help if you wind up unemployed.
“If it bothers you that much, drop a dime.”
It’s not my job to make a socialist system work, is it? In fact, it’s not in the Constitution to make a socialist system work. You are getting sucked into the socialist rat race.
“Now, it’s a completely ridiculous burden of proof, but other than that, I don’t know the course of action to suggest to you.”
I don’t need your suggestion. Government programs are always, always, always corrupt. As a rule. Our founding fathers understood that.
“What I do know is my own experience and I see way too much misinformation and ridiculous assumptions from people here and I am shocked by it.”
How many people on unemployment qualify for the military I wonder?
“I use this site as a resource for all news topics because I trust that I will read honest, informed discussion that is censored out from the regular news media. I will continue to do so, but I can tell you from my experience in this thread, there are a lot of hollering, unaware people are here as well.”
I realize you paid into FICA. Your boss also paid into Employer Matching. He didn’t get a tax return. On average, we would all have been better off if Social-ist Security never existed. More money to invest. Private insurance for contingencies.
How Galveston Opted Out of Social Security 
Wonderful US History
“In 1923, the United States produced 49% of all products worldwide. 6 In the years between 1919 and 1927, the American economy grew ten times as fast as in the years of 1900-1919. 7”
[Twenty years dominated by Teddy and Woodrow Wilson — 1900-1919. Even sharper than that — a depression that spilled into 1921. 1919 and 1927 ... sharper than that ... the Harding Recovery from 1921 policy / Roaring Twenties, leaping out from a depression through tax cuts AND spending cuts! It would be interesting to compare Teddy’s Panic of 1907 on through to Wilson’s depression into 1921 with Harding’s 1922 - 1927]
5 Detlef Junker, “Die Aussenpolitik der USA 1920-1940”, in: Otmar Franz ed., Am Wendepunkt der europaeischen Geschichte (Goettingen, 1981), p. 202.
6 Hermand, p. 49.
7Ibid., p. 52.
8 Ibid., p. 49.
9 Ibid., p. 51.
10 Ibid., p. 52.
11 Mary Nolan, Visions of Modernity: American Business and Modernization of Germany (Oxford, 1994), pp. 30ff.
Did I say that? I’m just pointing out that people hide behind their families saying that they absolutely must have extended unemployment. Oh? There is NOTHING they can do? There are options. I found work in fast food and could have run my own restaurant if I wanted it badly enough.
“Rugged individualism is great until you’re on the receiving end.”
I hear you. Will it get rough? Darn straight. People will need to rent out their homes and move in with family. They are going to have to make some hard choices. And while 18 year olds are complaining about no work, the US is recruiting foreigners to serve in the military. I guess those kids think they’re too good for that.
Unemployment is being covered by more debt. China just bought 17% of GM with our debt repayments. Greece ended up selling some of its islands to cover socialist programs. The European Union is in collapse. People are rioting in France, England, and Greece. Heck I bet they’re rioting in other countries. Who is going to keep loaning the US money?
The economy gets moving again when people start working again. That will increase revenue for the government too. The answer is not more unemployment. That’s the worst choice.
OK. I’ll go out and beg in the streets to pay for someone else’s unemployment check. Would that make you happy?
we might have the same relative! my nephew has been doing this for years... his wife works... he stays home with the kids and collects unemployment... his wife went to work 2 weeks after delivering their second baby... and she had a c-section!
I can’t believe I’m being cussed out by a freeper who wants an unemployement EXTENSION. For crying out loud — how long does it last now? Mark Stein pointed out that no nation on earth has unemployment benefits that last as long as the US. I could understand a leftist bedwetter being dissatisfied with the most padded unemployment system on earth, but a freeper?
I realise some freepers are hurting out there, but darn! I am stunned that they are lashing out against conservative basics. Truth. We can’t have unemployment stretched out for a full freaking year!
you lack grace... it's not easy to get a job at McDonald's these days... and because of the poor economy, people are raking their own leaves and mowing their own lawns... sometimes people go through tough times "legitimately..." let him voice his frustrations... he doesn't need to hear your judgment of him... he's applied to 200 jobs... i'm sure some of those must have been to places like Taco Bell and Home Depot... you don't have to wish him extended unemployment benefits, but you don't have to be so cruel about it...
2 plus years into this, we have a rapidly decelerating economy.
Doing away with unemployment benefits will probably take away another half a percentage point or so from “growth”. I am not crying about it, as I am relatively prepared, but honestly cannot believe how some do not realize how bad it is if the “last legs” so to speak and kicked out, and people are now forced onto welfare.
Unemployment benefits are not a great option, but the ideas of many here are far worse (at least for the economy).
People have already cut back on spending. If workers now think there is no safety net for them should they lose their jobs, they will cut back even more, thus hurting the economy and the national psyche. Bank on it.
“Doing away with unemployment benefits will probably take away another half a percentage point or so from ‘growth’.
Depends if you believe that pervert, Keynes ...
Economic Suicide the Keynesian Way [Keynes a homosexual pedophile!]
... or if you believe President Harding and Milton Friedman. I’ll take Harding and Friedman. Not to mention, incentivizing unemployment is not a matter of economics, but rather a form of insurance or charity. What you incentivize, you get more of. Not hard working people on this forum, but there are people who “game” unemployment.
“I am not crying about it, as I am relatively prepared ...”
I’m glad to hear it, FRiend. Frankly, I’m unable to get prepared beyond pitiful preparations. I’ll just have to tough it out.
“... but honestly cannot believe how some do not realize how bad it is if the ’ast legs’ so to speak and kicked out, and people are now forced onto welfare.”
Actually, welfare isn’t so easy to get get onto. I knew a welfare witch. It takes serious networking with people who make a career of it.
“Unemployment benefits are not a great option, but the ideas of many here are far worse (at least for the economy).”
No one can outsmart the forces of a truly free market.
“People have already cut back on spending. If workers now think there is no safety net for them should they lose their jobs, they will cut back even more, thus hurting the economy and the national psyche. Bank on it.”
Fear is, sadly, an important motivator for any economy to function. No economy on earth has ever worked without fear. “If you do not work, you do not eat.”
That’s why Solomon spoke of putting fear in lazy fools, beating them with sticks, etc. Jesus also said there would always be the poor. I take that to mean that fear of poverty must always be a motivating factor.
If anyone wants a job in fast food, I’ll tell them how. But they better be willing to work their seseme seed buns off!
It’s a tough economy, and it’s going to get a lot tougher before we pull out of this. The pain of fear has been taken out of this depression, and that only makes it worse, doesn’t it?
The sad part is that idealogues such as yourself will cut off your nose to spite your face. You will stick to your “conservative principles” even if it means tanking the economy once again. The economy is “growing” at a decelerating pace for the pat 3 Q’s......anything untoward could send it south quickly.
If you think removing a basic safety net during a time of massive uncertainty is a good idea making millions of working people pull in their spending even more, let’s just say you are not Solomon.
This is what the start of a recovery always feels like, doesn’t it? Fear. Apprehension. People think that’s only for Darth Vader. Nope. That’s life.
“The sad part is that idealogues such as yourself will cut off your nose to spite your face. You will stick to your conservative principles even if it means tanking the economy once again.”
OK, so tell me an example of a fear-free economy that succeeds without a major resource boost like oil? I’m giving you the hard, cold facts. Look at Euorope. They tried fear free economies. After the riots, what are they doing now?
Europe Embraces Free-Market Reforms
“The economy is growing at a decelerating pace for the pat 3 Qs......anything untoward could send it south quickly.”
Devaluing the dollar is just a fake recovery. It’s a poor tax that hurts people on fixed incomes.
“If you think removing a basic safety net during a time of massive uncertainty is a good idea making millions of working people pull in their spending even more, lets just say you are not Solomon.”
I’ll just wait for your example of a wonderful fear free economy then other than some place like Kuwait.
Oh and if devaluing the dollar is so great, then the Weimar Republic would be something else today! I don’t rely on mere theories the way progressive economists and their perverted mentor. Here’s what Keynes himself would say about screwing people with 3 Q ...
“By a continuous process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens and while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some . The process engages all of the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner that not one man in a million can diagnose. John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) From Economic Consequences of the Peace 1920
And here is what he was talking about:
After the First World War Germany suffered from inflation. In January, 1921, there were 64 marks to the dollar. By November, 1923 this had changed to 4,200,000,000,000 marks to the dollar.
Some politicians in the United States and Britain began to realize that the terms of the Versailles Treaty had been too harsh and in April 1924 Charles Dawes presented a report on German economic problems to the Allied Reparations Committee. The report proposed a plan for regulating annual payments of reparations and the reorganizing the German State Bank so as to stabilize the currency. Promises were also made to provide Germany with foreign loans.
These policies were successful and by the end of 1924 inflation had been brought under control and the economy began to improve. By 1928 unemployment had fallen to 8.4 per cent of the workforce. The German people gradually gained a new faith in their democratic system and began to find the extremist solutions proposed by people such as Adolf Hitler unattractive.
1) Frieda Wunderlich, interview (1960)
As soon as I received my salary I rushed out to buy the daily necessities. My daily salary, as editor of the periodical Soziale Praxis, was just enough to buy one loaf of bread and a small piece of cheese or some oatmeal. An acquaintance of mine, a clergyman, came to Berlin from a suburb with his monthly salary to buy a pair of shoes for his baby; he could only buy a cup of coffee.
(2) Agnes Smedley, letter to Florence Lennon (31st December 1921)
Germany is in terrible condition this year. This is particularly true of the working masses, who are so undernourished that tuberculosis is having a rich harvest, particularly of adolescent children. Gambling in the mark has been the great indoor sport of the capitalists for months, and consequently food has increased by 25 to 100 per cent. I have lived in the homes of workers; they live on boiled potatoes, black bread with lard spread on it instead of butter, and rotten beer. In one hotel, the maid who built the fire fainted in our room. Exhaustion was the cause. We talked with her later and learned that she worked 17 hours a day and makes 95 marks a month - about 50 cents. She lives in the hotel, sleeping in one room with all the other maids - a tiny, dirty little place. They receive their food also - clothing they buy themselves - out of the 95 marks a month! This means they all become prostitutes and haunt the streets whenever they have time. Or they pick up “clients” in the hotel.
(3) Daily Express (24th February, 1923)
A Berlin couple who were about to celebrate their golden wedding received an official letter advising them that the mayor, in accordance with Prussian custom, would call and present them with a donation of money. Next morning the mayor, accompanied by several aldermen in picturesque robes, arrived at the aged couple’s house, and solemnly handed over in the name of the Prussian State, 1,000,000,000,000 marks or one halfpenny.
The only person who said anything about a “fear free” economy is you.
That’s not what they are doing though. Many here want the GOP to cut benefits because you thin the unemployed are lazy. That’s not why they want the benefits cut.
The GOP is saying they will vote to extend the benefits if there is a way to pay for them without tacking it on to the national debt.
Telling voters they are lazy in the middle of an economic downturn is a great way to lose elections and appear completely out of touch with the country.
i know... apparently at Carl's Jr., employees have to hand dip the chicken strips!
Again, this is why we’re known as the STUPID Party.
Do we make it well-known that we didn’t vote against it but rather voted to insist Dems use the UNUSED TARP monies for this?
NO, we just let the Dems make whatever message they wanted from it so we can look as Scrooge like as possible...I mean what’s the message the public sees? WE VOTED AGAINST THOSE UNEMPLOYED...stupid stupid stupid.
This could have been a win to show our solution is superior but no, we butchered it.
Do we make it well-known that we didnt vote against it but rather voted to insist Dems use the UNUSED TARP monies for this?
NO, we just let the Dems make whatever message they wanted from it so we can look as Scrooge like as possible...I mean whats the message the public sees? WE VOTED AGAINST THOSE UNEMPLOYED...stupid stupid stupid.
This could have been a win to show our solution is superior but no, we butchered it.
Richie, you are a subject matter expert regarding "stupid". The problem is not the Republicans. The problem is the mainstream media. We have the correct message. We can't get it published...
That was to harsh. I apologize.
That was too harsh. I apologize.
Why aren’t the same people demanding that UB’s be cut also demanding that foreign aid be cut?
Okay....but what about a situation where you are actually earning more on unemployment than you would be working? What would you tell people who have no other source of income to do? This is sometimes the case if the fulltime job you lost was relatively lucrative. (Over 40k annually)