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Democrats want jobless benefits in “cliff” deal
Associated Press ^ | Dec. 8, 2012 10:36 AM EST | Sam Hananel

Posted on 12/08/2012 11:15:44 AM PST by Olog-hai

Hovering in the background of the “fiscal cliff” debate is the prospect of 2 million people losing their unemployment benefits four days after Christmas.

“This is the real cliff,” said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. He's been leading the effort to include another extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed in any deal to avert looming tax increases and massive spending cuts in January. “Many of these people are struggling to pay mortgages, to provide education for their children,” Reed said this past week as President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, rejected each other’s opening offers for a deficit deal.

Emergency jobless benefits for about 2.1 million people out of work more than six months will cease Dec. 29, and 1 million more will lose them over the next three months if Congress doesn’t extend the assistance again. Since the collapse of the economy in 2008, the government has poured $520 billion—an amount equal to about half its annual deficit in recent years—into unemployment benefit extensions.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: democrats; endlessdole; fiscalcliff; unemployment
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To: Fee

My late father’s family claims that Mrs. Roosevelt personally intervened when they were starving to death and the local government would do nothing for them. That builds enduring loyalty, no matter what you think of the policies of that administration.


21 posted on 12/08/2012 11:47:45 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Olog-hai
long term unemployed

defined as those unemployed from 27-99 weeks (6 months to 2 years)

"Many of these people are struggling to pay mortgages, to provide education for their children,”

Cause = Effect.

Get a f**king job!

22 posted on 12/08/2012 11:47:57 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Olog-hai
The Left has always been about "wish lists," and the more cloud-borne the better.

People need to understand how the generation of Americans who gave us our independence & written Constitution, handled situations involving legitimate human need. See Thomas Jefferson's account of how Welfare was handled in 1782, Constitutional Overview.

We need to better hone our ability to explain reality to others. We have to convince & convert, or our future will be very bleak, indeed. (See Whither American Conservatism.)

William Flax

23 posted on 12/08/2012 11:48:19 AM PST by Ohioan
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To: carriage_hill

it was actually Newt Gingrich that said that in a Debate during the Primaries


24 posted on 12/08/2012 11:48:51 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: Olog-hai

This whole fiscal cliff thing is a sham.

They’ve had all year to work on this - ever since the “debt ceiling” debate and the “supercommittee” malarkey.


25 posted on 12/08/2012 11:49:13 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: DeaconRed

The American people didn’t vote twice to have Pearl Harbor bombed.


26 posted on 12/08/2012 11:50:06 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Olog-hai

Want to see the unemployment rate start coming down for real? Don’t extend unemployment benefits.

There’s lots of stuff expiring on the 31st. And the payments to the layabouts are on the list.

The House should pass a single bill to extend all the Bush tax cuts for year and then adjourn. If the president calls the House back into session, a quorum should sit on their hands until the New Year.


27 posted on 12/08/2012 11:57:23 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: eyeamok

Thanks for the correction; I don’t know how I mis-attributed it from Google.


28 posted on 12/08/2012 11:59:18 AM PST by carriage_hill (Don't whiz on the electric fence. Awwwww-yeah!)
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To: livius

For some reason, it’s very obvious to me that 0bama is deliberately trying to extinguish the private sector. This should be talked about more, and he should be called on it. You can’t kill our free-market capitalist Republic without squashing the private sector. His actions clearly point to building an army of government employees, to the detriment of the private sector.


29 posted on 12/08/2012 12:06:09 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: Olog-hai

Repeal the taxes on Social security.


30 posted on 12/08/2012 12:09:23 PM PST by Not now, Not ever! (Girlfriend suggested I use pelosi in place of swear words, A good idea, I think)
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To: Olog-hai

hmmm...so “jobless” is the new “unemployed” eh? How PC of them.


31 posted on 12/08/2012 12:18:34 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Olog-hai

Extend it until easter, then they can cry that their insurance runs out on Easter and get another exteension until Christmas.


32 posted on 12/08/2012 12:19:26 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Olog-hai

Trying to make the Republicans look cold if they don’t agree.

Put the pipeline in and put AMERICANS to work.


33 posted on 12/08/2012 12:22:53 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda—Divide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF- YOU GET ONE CHOICE, CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: Olog-hai

These idjits think unemployment benefits are good for the economy as their policies detroy jobs


34 posted on 12/08/2012 12:23:53 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Olog-hai

Those jobless benefits and the threat of a tax increase are all a smokescreen, what Zero really wants is the power to SPEND money without the Congress’s approval. What has that body of gutless wonders ever denied Zero?


35 posted on 12/08/2012 12:24:15 PM PST by STD (“Cogito, ergo armatum sum)
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To: bigbob
Yes, it looks like more of Carlin’s “soft language”, which he didn’t blame on the Dems enough. His description of the declension—“shell shock → battle fatigue → operational exhaustion → post-traumatic stress disorder”—continues to be writ large by the libs.
36 posted on 12/08/2012 12:25:29 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I am certain Bonehead and Cantor will bend over and give Obama
whatever he wants. After all, they are all members of the DC Party,
the party of never ending spending and tax increases.


37 posted on 12/08/2012 12:30:25 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Olog-hai
Delay the extension for about 6 months. That will wake them up that maybe they might be better off getting a job. And if there is no jobs, then thank King Obama for killing off the job market. The Republicans had nothing to do with it.
38 posted on 12/08/2012 12:31:10 PM PST by Logical me
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To: Olog-hai
“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

And now we know how he intends to fund it.
39 posted on 12/08/2012 12:37:09 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Olog-hai

It’s 99 weeks now. Almost two years. Now they want to extend it even longer Lots just make it permanent. Once you are on it you stay till you die. That solves everything. /sar


40 posted on 12/08/2012 12:41:37 PM PST by animal172 (RIP USA)
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