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Jobless protest how 'Boehner stole Christmas'
WTOP News ^ | 15 December 2011 | Alicia Lozano

Posted on 12/15/2011 9:36:07 AM PST by COBOL2Java


A crowd of about 50 unemployed D.C. residents swarmed House Speaker John Boehner's Capitol Hill home Wednesday night. (WTOP Photo/Alicia Lozano)

WASHINGTON -- "Jingle bells, Congress smells, Republicans laid an egg," sang a group of otherwise jubilant carolers outside House Speaker John Boehner's Capitol Hill home Wednesday night.

The crowd of about 50 unemployed D.C. residents swarmed the quiet residential street, candles and lyrics in hand.

"Oh what fun it would be if the sick could afford their meds," they bellowed.

They also carried holiday themed signs that read "Boehner stole Christmas," "Boehner - jobs of Christmas present" and "Scrooge Boehner, we need jobs."

Despite a jovial mood, the protest -- organized by Our DC -- had a very serious message for the Ohio representative: Keep unemployment benefits.

"D.C. residents need jobless benefits extended with no strings attached," Our DC said in a news release. "Working residents need to keep payroll taxes in our pockets."

The unemployment extension bill sponsored by Boehner will eliminate benefits for nearly 15,000 District residents, they say.

In states with high or rising unemployment, the ceiling on federal and state benefits combined is now 99 weeks. The Republican-led House has passed a bill that extends the coverage but gradually reduces it by 20 weeks by mid-2012.

An improving job market could reduce eligibility for extended benefits by another 20 weeks in some of those states, making the new effective ceiling 59 weeks.

Conservatives argue that prolonging government assistance to the unemployed can discourage active job searching so long as it lasts, keeping jobless rates higher than they would be if aid were ended.

Supporters of a full new extension argue that these are unusually dire times and that jobs are harder to find than after run-of-the-mill recessions. Therefore, additional aid is warranted and can contribute directly to economic growth, they say.

"I've been out of work since October," said Dominique Lawrence, a resident of Ward 8. "This Christmas I won't be able to give my kids the presents they deserve and it just kills me."


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: barackhusseinobama; bhoows; debbieshultz; democratplantation; democrats; divorceindustry; feminism; liberalfascism; nimbys; obama; regulations; welfarestate

1 posted on 12/15/2011 9:36:12 AM PST by COBOL2Java
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To: COBOL2Java
GIMME GIMME GIMME MEEE MEEE MEEE!!!
2 posted on 12/15/2011 9:43:51 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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To: COBOL2Java

If they had any critical thinking capabilities, they would be singing to Reid and Obama .


3 posted on 12/15/2011 9:44:18 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: COBOL2Java
"This Christmas I won't be able to give my kids the presents they deserve and it just kills me."

And Christmas is all about giving gifts, right?
Maybe this is an opportunity to for people to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

4 posted on 12/15/2011 9:44:35 AM PST by oldbrowser (They are Marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: COBOL2Java

Looks to me like Holder’s people are holding the man who is charge of 1/3 of the government for 1/2 of Obama’s term, responsible.

That, is why we are in such trouble. These people are irredeemably stupid.


5 posted on 12/15/2011 9:44:47 AM PST by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: COBOL2Java
Colossal ignorance on display.

Go over to Reid's house, he's the one playing games with legislation.

6 posted on 12/15/2011 9:48:56 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface)
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To: COBOL2Java

They must be real mad about Solyndra...
or the stealth drone debacle...


7 posted on 12/15/2011 9:49:06 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: COBOL2Java
"D.C. residents need jobless benefits extended with no strings attached," Our DC said in a news release.
We want public money indefinitely, with no strings attached. Well, at least you don't have to parse the true character of their demands from any mitigating rhetoric about how they only want what is best for the country or something.
8 posted on 12/15/2011 9:49:35 AM PST by Timaeus (I will vote for any GOP nominee but Willard Mitt Romney)
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To: COBOL2Java

They must be really pissed at Obama for stopping the pipeline that would have created 20 thousand real jobs that would not have cost taxpayers a dime, in fact would have added tax revenue.


9 posted on 12/15/2011 9:49:52 AM PST by freedomrings69
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To: COBOL2Java

It Ain’t 1994 and the socialists have run out of other people’s money!


10 posted on 12/15/2011 9:50:29 AM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: COBOL2Java
Their kids “deserve”toys? You had all year to put a little away or buy things on sale if that's your idea of Christmas. Not any of them in the pics look like they're starving. I'm so sick of these moochers.
11 posted on 12/15/2011 9:51:03 AM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: gimme1ibertee

Father Christmas, give us some money
We got no time for your silly toys
We’ll beat you up if you don’t hand it over
We want your bread so don’t make us annoyed
Give all the toys to the little rich boys


12 posted on 12/15/2011 9:52:56 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: brownsfan

Government-run schools + endless entitlements = a permanent underclass of ignorant, irresponsible, and lazy people who do nothing but demand ever-larger shares of other people’s stuff. You know: Democrats.


13 posted on 12/15/2011 9:54:51 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: COBOL2Java

“D.C. residents need jobless benefits extended with no strings attached,”

So, they don’t really want jobs. They just want to complain and whine, while I carry them on my back.


14 posted on 12/15/2011 9:55:47 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: skr

“If they had any critical thinking capabilities, they would be singing to Reid and Obama.”

If they had any critical thinking capabilities, they would have jobs.


15 posted on 12/15/2011 9:56:42 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Black folk have been voting for Democrats since the 1930s, and they’re still poor.

You’d think that, at this point, they’d realize there’s something very, very wrong with this voting record of theirs.

Duh!


16 posted on 12/15/2011 9:59:13 AM PST by RexBeach
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To: COBOL2Java

LOL!


17 posted on 12/15/2011 9:59:58 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, spend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Astroturf. Thanks COBOL2Java.


18 posted on 12/15/2011 10:00:21 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: COBOL2Java
SSDD


19 posted on 12/15/2011 10:08:14 AM PST by Jim Noble (To live peacefully with credit-based consumption and fiat money, men would have to be angels.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Are those morons really that ignorant?


20 posted on 12/15/2011 10:08:51 AM PST by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: COBOL2Java
"I've been out of work since October," said Dominique Lawrence, a resident of Ward 8. "This Christmas I won't be able to give my kids the presents they deserve and it just kills me."

I need to study the Constitution more. I completely missed the clause that said the Federal Government is responsible for making sure that kids get all the Christmas presents they "deserve".

21 posted on 12/15/2011 10:11:40 AM PST by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: COBOL2Java
A crowd of about 50 unemployed D.C. residents ...

Looks like a bunch of SEIU goons to me.

22 posted on 12/15/2011 10:19:29 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Dashing through the snow
In a flaming Chevrolet
Obama’s playing golf
Laughing all the way! Ho! Ho! Ho!


23 posted on 12/15/2011 10:38:22 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: COBOL2Java

If these people were smart, they’d polish their singing abilities, make better signs, get cleaned up and get a bunch of gigs making money around DC at all the liberal holiday parties.

I expect it would be too much for them to figure that out. Hell, they don’t WANT to work. Too much effort.


24 posted on 12/15/2011 10:55:08 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Let’s see:

- Protesting only the Speaker.

- Mostly Canadian.

- Completely ignoring the guy that was president for 3 years.

Yeah, looks like a totally genuine protest to me...


25 posted on 12/15/2011 11:00:49 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Timocrat

My mom got corn husk dolls and some fruit for Christmas as a kid.

These morons want to shower Xboxes and iPads on their kids because they “deserve” it?

Maybe if mom kept here pants on and stopped making kids, she could afford Christmas for the ones she has.


26 posted on 12/15/2011 11:05:40 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Timocrat
I completely missed the clause that said the Federal Government is responsible for making sure that kids get all the Christmas presents they "deserve".

Commerce clause don't cha know.
Presents = buying stuff.
Buying stuff = commerce.
Commerce = fed control. Q.E.D.

Now get back to work and pay your taxes so these people can get their presents.

27 posted on 12/15/2011 11:10:12 AM PST by Drill Thrawl (The patient is too far gone to save.)
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To: COBOL2Java

It’s always someone else’s fault with Holder’s people; from the ghetto to the White House.


28 posted on 12/15/2011 11:56:42 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: COBOL2Java

Why do I suspect most of them were jobless even when unemployment was 5%?


29 posted on 12/15/2011 12:53:21 PM PST by RockinRight (If you're waiting to drink until you find pure water, you're going to die of dehydration.)
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To: COBOL2Java

If you can’t find a job in DC, the land of the ever-present, ever-growing bureaucracy, at some point, won’t you begin to say “Um, maybe it’s ME?”


30 posted on 12/15/2011 12:55:45 PM PST by RockinRight (If you're waiting to drink until you find pure water, you're going to die of dehydration.)
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