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Millions of Unemployed Face Years Without Jobs
New York Times ^ | February 20, 2010 | PETER S. GOODMAN

Posted on 02/20/2010 6:17:52 PM PST by ricks_place

BUENA PARK, Calif. — Even as the American economy shows tentative signs of a rebound, the human toll of the recession continues to mount, with millions of Americans remaining out of work, out of savings and nearing the end of their unemployment benefits.

Economists fear that the nascent recovery will leave more people behind than in past recessions, failing to create jobs in sufficient numbers to absorb the record-setting ranks of the long-term unemployed.

Call them the new poor: people long accustomed to the comforts of middle-class life who are now relying on public assistance for the first time in their lives — potentially for years to come.

Yet the social safety net is already showing severe strains. Roughly 2.7 million jobless people will lose their unemployment check before the end of April unless Congress approves the Obama administration’s proposal to extend the payments, according to the Labor Department.

Here in Southern California, Jean Eisen has been without work since she lost her job selling beauty salon equipment more than two years ago. In the several months she has endured with neither a paycheck nor an unemployment check, she has relied on local food banks for her groceries.

She has learned to live without the prescription medications she is supposed to take for high blood pressure and cholesterol. She has become effusively religious — an unexpected turn for this onetime standup comic with X-rated material — finding in Christianity her only form of health insurance.

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


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Chronicly unemployed are prime ACORN nuts.
1 posted on 02/20/2010 6:17:52 PM PST by ricks_place
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To: ricks_place

What kind of economic recovery in a jobs based economy does not include jobs?


2 posted on 02/20/2010 6:20:16 PM PST by Personal Responsibility (Global Warming: Deader than disco)
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To: ricks_place
"Roughly 2.7 million jobless people will lose their unemployment check before the end of April unless Congress approves the Obama administration’s proposal to extend the payments, according to the Labor Department." What's the likelihood of that, given that it's an election year?
3 posted on 02/20/2010 6:21:27 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: ricks_place

The leftists are telling us to get use to the Obamaconmy


4 posted on 02/20/2010 6:21:53 PM PST by GeronL (I pledge allegiance to the Principles of the Bill of Rights and to protect and defend it...)
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To: ricks_place
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people long accustomed to middle-class life who are now relying on public assistance -- potentially for years to come.

Exactly what Obama and the 'Rats want.

This must be what Biden means when he says that Porkulus "worked".

5 posted on 02/20/2010 6:22:12 PM PST by Touch Not the Cat
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To: ricks_place

Cloward-pivens / alinski at work...

“Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution.” Alinsky

All by design....progressivism at work...


6 posted on 02/20/2010 6:22:24 PM PST by Crim
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To: ricks_place
Not really the ACORN type. More like the young men I am recruiting into my private army designed to protect Conservatives at polling places.

We get 5 million or so troops under arms and everything is changed.

This is the real reason the Congress has to get it's head out of the ground and start dealing with problems.

My 5 million troops will get the medical care they wish when they wish free of charge and without bureaucracy or paperwork.

7 posted on 02/20/2010 6:22:32 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Brilliant

Prayers for the woman in this story and her husband.


8 posted on 02/20/2010 6:24:29 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: ricks_place
Oh, bull crap. Hussein promised no higher than 8% unemployment.

See?

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9 posted on 02/20/2010 6:25:35 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (,)
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To: ricks_place

I hope you never are challenged with losing your job.


10 posted on 02/20/2010 6:25:47 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: ricks_place

With the environmental anarchists calling the shots, the US has been moving manufacturing jobs offshore for years. Now the chickens come home to rest. With open borders, all “the jobs that Americans wouldn’t do” are now filled by illegal immigrants.

We still have not learned our lessons, since the environmentalists still object to drilling for oil or natural gas. When will we learn America. Look at the country which we used to be.


11 posted on 02/20/2010 6:27:11 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine
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To: ricks_place

Before these people become completely destitute and start constructing Obamavilles, it would probably be a good idea for cities to slap together some low cost rural housing. It could be done with military field tents for things like schools, a mess hall, showers, police, and a clinic. Then inexpensive 1-floor motel like buildings for families.

It would stop a lot of suffering, centralize services, provide a jobs pool for employment, and keep all those people reasonable safe and secure, and able to recover quickly when the opportunity presents itself.


12 posted on 02/20/2010 6:28:41 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: ricks_place

If you are over age 50 and lose your professional job in these times - you may never have a professional job again...

Bottom line - I know how it works... Been there ... only absolute luck and perseverance got me out of it after Five Years...

If you are over age 50 - lost your job - then sober up - this is how bad it is ... take dramatic - even drastic action to change your lifestyle to reduce living expenses ... years will go by with no relief...

And it is worse now than when I went through it...

I have lots of advice - just ask...


13 posted on 02/20/2010 6:31:32 PM PST by ICCtheWay
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To: ricks_place

Yeah, their boss will see they get their share.


14 posted on 02/20/2010 6:31:48 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS ... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: GeronL

Only those leftists who have jobs.


15 posted on 02/20/2010 6:31:49 PM PST by 353FMG (Save the Planet -- Eliminate Socialism)
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To: ricks_place

“Chronicly unemployed are prime ACORN nuts.”

And that is part of the plan.


16 posted on 02/20/2010 6:32:33 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Personal Responsibility

Economic recovery is not in the cards. IMHO
But Bozo will keep telling us it is until
we’re too weak to care or fight back.


17 posted on 02/20/2010 6:33:20 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS ... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: antceecee
I hope you never are challenged with losing your job.

Can't lose a job I don't have. Brother can you spare a dime?

18 posted on 02/20/2010 6:33:47 PM PST by ricks_place
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To: carjic

*ping* - New York Times


19 posted on 02/20/2010 6:34:07 PM PST by hennie pennie
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Sort of like a third world country?


20 posted on 02/20/2010 6:35:06 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS ... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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Article in the paper today of a job fair and an unemployed guy in his 30s with a degree in business said

He said he doesn’t want a job, he wants a career.
This is typical of many.

They think they are too good to start at the bottom
or do a job and keep their eyes open for something better.

These people are not motivated, no better than welfare bums


21 posted on 02/20/2010 6:35:39 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: ricks_place

All part of the plan. What better way to get people on board with being dependent on government than to destroy the private sector?


22 posted on 02/20/2010 6:36:41 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: ICCtheWay

Isn’t it amazing how hard it is for people over 50 to get jobs, regardless of the pay.


23 posted on 02/20/2010 6:36:43 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: ricks_place

That’s okay. There are plenty of illegal aliens to take the jobs they won’t be unemployed for.


24 posted on 02/20/2010 6:36:58 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: ICCtheWay
If you are over age 50 and lose your professional job in these times - you may never have a professional job again...

If you are over age 40 and haven't left the professional "job" behind to start your own business, you are in trouble. "Jobs" are for young, smart, cheap people. And Asia has lots of them.

25 posted on 02/20/2010 6:36:59 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: ICCtheWay
I had hopes of retiring in five years.

I am not so sure now.

When I began saving for retirement (TSA) in my planning I supposed SS would no longer be available.

I did however plan on my pension.

I am not so sure of that anymore (I live in NJ and the state government has been robbing from it for years, and now the piper needs to be paid.

26 posted on 02/20/2010 6:37:25 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: SoCalPol

Amazing how you can always find someone to insult those down on their luck.


27 posted on 02/20/2010 6:40:42 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: ricks_place

How long before they storm the Bastille?


28 posted on 02/20/2010 6:41:45 PM PST by Sybeck1 (POTUS : Punk of the United States)
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To: ricks_place

....forgot to mention ACORN nuts and V-O-T-E-R-S!


29 posted on 02/20/2010 6:42:26 PM PST by pointsal ( try MagicJack if you have had enough of Verizon)
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To: ricks_place
Get an education, learn Marketable job skills and be flexible and you will not be unemployed for very long.
30 posted on 02/20/2010 6:43:03 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: driftdiver

Age discrimination in hiring has been rampant for 10-15 years... it will only get worse now...

The U.S. Government has NEVER enforced laws relative to age discrimination in hiring... not even with Defense Contractors or other corporations who benefit from Tax Payer money...

NEVER...


31 posted on 02/20/2010 6:45:15 PM PST by ICCtheWay
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To: Personal Responsibility
What kind of economic recovery in a jobs based economy does not include jobs?

Again, if this were a Republican administration trying to pass off a jobless bounce in some statistics as a "recovery" they would be boiled in oil in the media.

32 posted on 02/20/2010 6:45:20 PM PST by denydenydeny ("Leftists are like vampires; shine a light on what they are doing and they retreat."-Andrew Klavan)
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To: mware

I strongly suggest radical lifestyle changes to allow for survival in a worst possible case scenario ...


33 posted on 02/20/2010 6:46:41 PM PST by ICCtheWay
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To: ricks_place

The structure and face of our society is forever changing right before our eyes.

FDR basically created the American Middle Class in 100 days and Obama has destroyed it. A third of a century later Obama has set out to destroy it...


34 posted on 02/20/2010 6:46:51 PM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: ICCtheWay

I don’t disagree with you but most of my team is 50 or over. Guess thats why I’m in consulting.


35 posted on 02/20/2010 6:47:26 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: ricks_place

Yet the social safety net is already showing severe strains. Roughly 2.7 million jobless people will lose their unemployment check before the end of April unless Congress approves the Obama administration’s proposal to extend the payments, according to the Labor Department.

The social safety net is about to become unaffordable. Extending payments when Congress is broke, isn’t an option. Not to mention it is the policy of the Obama administration that lead to the unemployment in the first place and the lack of recovery in the second. Of course all the blame shouldn’t be on Mr Obama but...”it is the economy stupid”.


36 posted on 02/20/2010 6:47:41 PM PST by wita
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To: Mr. Jeeves

That is a new wrinkle - but seems plausible...


37 posted on 02/20/2010 6:48:09 PM PST by ICCtheWay
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To: Personal Responsibility

What recovery. There is NO recovery.

As long as Americans are unemployed at a 10% rate NO recovery.

Although if you think about it a lot of Zeros friends are going to make a hellova lot of $$$$$$$$$.


38 posted on 02/20/2010 6:50:40 PM PST by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: driftdiver

I am very pleased you and others over age 50 have found a niche to work and survive ... it is not the norm however...

Good for you - consider yourself blessed.


39 posted on 02/20/2010 6:51:12 PM PST by ICCtheWay
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To: driftdiver

My comment is about those who won’t take a job unless it is the very best and pays big dollars.


40 posted on 02/20/2010 6:51:40 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: ricks_place

simple solution.
the US should leave...

Iraq
A’stan
Germany
Japan
Korea
Columbia

and a hundred other countries


41 posted on 02/20/2010 6:55:05 PM PST by element92
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To: Crim
"Cloward-pivens / alinski at work..."

And Goldman Sachs. Employment is a non-issue, the only thing important is that Goldman Sachs has enough of their people in positions of political power, regardless of party, to insure massive profit.

42 posted on 02/20/2010 6:55:34 PM PST by LZ_Bayonet (There's Always Something.............And there's always something worse!)
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To: wita

President Obama created the “Bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform” to provide cover for a tax increase. The Obama tax increase will be the coup d’grace for jobs in the United States.


43 posted on 02/20/2010 6:56:15 PM PST by ricks_place
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To: Personal Responsibility
"What kind of economic recovery in a jobs based economy does not include jobs?"

That's easy! One that is designed to break the middle class and end American Liberty.

44 posted on 02/20/2010 7:00:09 PM PST by trek
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To: ricks_place
Call them the new poor:

Not happening.

I call them the "Government mandated poor" and am quite able to hold the validity of that assertion up in debate.

45 posted on 02/20/2010 7:01:44 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: antceecee

“I hope you never are challenged with losing your job.”

Some people lose their jobs but they search within themselves and find another, even if it pays less than what they want. Others simply wait for things to get better. Obama is counting on them.


46 posted on 02/20/2010 7:03:08 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: SoCalPol

Did you even bother to read the article?


47 posted on 02/20/2010 7:03:33 PM PST by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: element92

and that will inspire people to create or look for a job?


48 posted on 02/20/2010 7:04:27 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: TribalPrincess2U
Obama will tax the productive and spend unproductively.

49 posted on 02/20/2010 7:06:22 PM PST by ricks_place
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To: ICCtheWay

Would be interested in a general synopsis of your experience and what you learned from it. I am approaching 55 and have survived several downsizings, but they never seem to stop...


50 posted on 02/20/2010 7:08:28 PM PST by RochesterFan
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