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Obama: Unemployment Benefits' Expiration "Just Plain Cruel" [Republicans Not Torturers?]
CBSNews ^ | January 04, 2013

Posted on 01/04/2014 9:56:05 AM PST by Steelfish

JAKE MILLER CBS NEWS January 4, 2014

Obama: Unemployment Benefits' Expiration "Just Plain Cruel"

President Obama scolded congressional Republicans on Saturday for abandoning job-seeking Americans by allowing unemployment insurance to expire on Dec. 28, saying the restoration of those benefits should be lawmakers’ “first order of business” when they return from their holiday break.

“Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline – the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job,” he said in his weekly address. “And for many of their constituents who are unemployed through no fault of their own, that decision will leave them with no income at all.

“And denying families that security is just plain cruel,” he added. “We’re a better country than that. We don’t abandon our fellow Americans when times get tough – we keep the faith with them until they start that new job.”

How will Americans losing their unemployment benefits affect the economy? The federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program was expanded in 2008 to provide extra income to the long-term unemployed who exhausted their 26 weeks of state benefits. For much of the recession, the government not only offered extended benefits beyond those 26 weeks but also introduced the EUC program to offer up to 99 weeks of combined state and federal assistance in many states.

Already, 1.3 million people saw their benefits expire on Dec. 28. If Congress doesn’t restore the program, an additional 1.9 million Americans will lose benefits in the first six months of 2014.

In his address, the president also warned that the economy as a whole – not just Americans searching for employment – will feel the sting of the lapse in unemployment benefits.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: obamaeconomy; obamalegacy; outofwork; unemployed
There he goes again calling Republicans "cruel" but why not call them torturers and invoke the cruel and unusual punishment amendment of our constitution?
1 posted on 01/04/2014 9:56:05 AM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Fire the czars and free up the money.


2 posted on 01/04/2014 9:57:52 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Steelfish

And during this whole time, the bastard is on vacation in Hawaii.


3 posted on 01/04/2014 10:00:39 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Steelfish
Forcing people to find a job is sooooooo cruel!

Anything to try to divert attention from the ongoing implosion of Obamacare.

4 posted on 01/04/2014 10:01:50 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Steelfish

“Unemployment Benefits’ Expiration “Just Plain Cruel””

Oh well. Expecting taxpayers to keep funding people to not work for over 2 years is cruel too.

And didnt this ***off just get back from a vacation that cost us millions?


5 posted on 01/04/2014 10:03:36 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Steelfish
who are unemployed through no fault of their own

It's Obamas fault and that was his plan all along, kill the economy and let government step in.

6 posted on 01/04/2014 10:07:06 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Steelfish

Spoken by THE most anti-American methodically killing jobs since he took office.


7 posted on 01/04/2014 10:09:56 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Steelfish
Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline – the temporary permanent insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job, sleep in and send a few resumes out >

FIFH.

Study after study and empirical data (Don't extend unemployment benefits) have shown that when the free money stops, the people magically find jobs that eluded them for 2+ years.

Unemployment insurance was supposed to be BRIDGE insurance for a short time. 10% unemployment (the real #)=90% employment.

And anyone who says "there are no jobs" is 100% full of crap. It is "there are no jobs THAT I WANT TO PERFORM."

8 posted on 01/04/2014 10:10:29 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: Steelfish

What the government needs to do is provide some get out of the way, deregulation, no taxation ecconomy building leadership. Provide jobless benefits by clearing the path for business to espand, generate wealth and jobs. Even with the Obummer ecconomic strangulation, there are jobs. Might not be where you live but that is the breaks. Get busy and get a job.


9 posted on 01/04/2014 10:11:20 AM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: Steelfish

Bring back American jobs.

Just saying...


10 posted on 01/04/2014 10:11:53 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Steelfish

Ah ‘cmon, bamster. You keep telling us how much YOU have improved the economy so those out of work shouldn’t have a problem finding a job.-—or are you LYING AGAIN?


11 posted on 01/04/2014 10:16:19 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: freedumb2003

The debate should not be about......how much money goes into the economy or whether or not it is a detriment to people getting jobs or not. The debate should be whether we are going to turn unemployment benefits into another welfare program or not.


12 posted on 01/04/2014 10:17:04 AM PST by sheana
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To: Steelfish

It looks as though the Kenyan bass turd is shifting back into his class warfare mode again. The people in this country deserve everything that the communists do to them once the communist takeover is complete.


13 posted on 01/04/2014 10:21:49 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (The Truth Is Out There. Just don't let anyone know that you're looking for it.)
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To: Steelfish

What is CRUEL is having this POS purposely create unemployment


14 posted on 01/04/2014 10:24:31 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Steelfish

Funny after 99 or so weeks some folks still can’t find jobs, while so many illegals are working all over the place.


15 posted on 01/04/2014 10:24:36 AM PST by kenmcg
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To: Steelfish
Huh? I thought the Obama economy is just rip roaring along. Why do we need long term unemployment benefits?
16 posted on 01/04/2014 10:26:30 AM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: Steelfish

Loss of medical insurance: BRILLIANT piece of societal restructuring!

Loss of UI: Just plain cruel.


17 posted on 01/04/2014 10:28:21 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: mongo141

Is it cruel in this country to expect people to work?


19 posted on 01/04/2014 10:48:21 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: kenmcg
Funny after 99 or so weeks some folks still can’t find jobs, while so many illegals are working all over the place.

One of the states did a study and found the best way to help people find jobs was cut their extended unemployment payments.

The extended unemployment insurance is nothing more than a way to paper over and disguise the Obama Administrations failure to provide economic recovery and growth via welfare checks paid for with borrowed money.

That's economic development, Obama Style

20 posted on 01/04/2014 10:49:33 AM PST by rdcbn
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To: Steelfish
We don’t abandon our fellow Americans when times get tough

What was that ambassador's name again?

21 posted on 01/04/2014 11:07:37 AM PST by T. P. Pole
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To: hal ogen
“Is it cruel in this country to expect people to work?”
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If you happen to be a RAT interested in staying in office it probably is. I happen to know a few folks that would say or do anything including voting for anyone that will keep the money coming in. They have learned to like getting their lifestyle supported by the Federal and State governments so they have no intention of going to work. The problem is when you see a cockroach somewhere there are always a lot more hiding from the light.
22 posted on 01/04/2014 11:18:39 AM PST by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: Steelfish
What is cruel is a diabetic US male can't get Medicaid from his state, he works PT no health ins. faces 0’care fines. He can't work more hrs because his wife who just had a Mastectomy and is on round 4 of her year of chemo will loose her treatments, they will also cover the 12 year old, but not the diabetic male head of house. And she can't go back to work until she completes the chemo, she is a CNA in a nursing home. Cancer was found because a patient kicked her in the breast. Stage 3 HER2 & hormone positive, made the walnut size tumor that had spread into milk ducts, loblue and 1 lympth node a stage 3 instead of stage 2.
23 posted on 01/04/2014 12:38:46 PM PST by GailA (THOSE WHO DON'T KEEP PROMISES TO THE MILITARY, WON'T KEEP THEM TO U!)
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To: Steelfish

Pass a bill extending unemployment, but tying it to job creating measures so we don’t have to keep doing this. Make the Democrats oppose it.


24 posted on 01/04/2014 1:07:11 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Steelfish

LuciferCare is as cruel as you can get.


25 posted on 01/04/2014 1:15:56 PM PST by Old Yeller
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To: freedumb2003

A new problem has arisen because of the democrats: immigrants, legal and illegal have taken all of the fall back jobs. And in most cases are the hiring manager. As such they only hire their own kind. Every fall back job location is extremely monolithic. I am not big on extended benefits and I am pissed about this latest development.


26 posted on 01/04/2014 1:30:36 PM PST by Revolutionary ("Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!")
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To: Steelfish

This is just another version of “the frog and the scorpion”.

The Budget bill was written primarily by a Republican and a Democrat, passed by the House(majority Republican) and the Senate (majority Democrat), and signed by the President(Democrat). By definition, it was bi-partisan. Then Obama critizes the Republicans for a feature of the bill.

Definition of Bipartisanship: When you pass a bill, anything “bad” about the bill is the fault of the Republicans, and anything “worthy” in the bill should be credited to Democrats.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform anyone?


27 posted on 01/04/2014 4:14:36 PM PST by Mack the knife
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To: Steelfish
Stealing from hardworking taxpayers is cruel.

Putting 20 trillion dollars on the backs of our children is just plain cruel.

Making our children slaves to communist chinese is beneath contempt.

Where to the hell are the republican who should be on every talk show rebutting these declarations of obama. They are silent. The damn country is being lost before our eyes and no one will stand up for the Constitution.

28 posted on 01/04/2014 5:09:53 PM PST by Texas Songwriter
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To: Texas Songwriter

Very well said!
Where are OUR representatives?


29 posted on 01/04/2014 5:15:07 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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