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Congressmen can celebrate while 1.3M jobless must suffer

Published: Fri, January 3, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Congressmen can celebrate while 1.3M jobless must suffer

Let’s hope our congressmen and women had a great Christmas holiday. I am sure they were able to give lavish gifts to their spouses and children. I am also quite certain that Santa Claus was very generous to their children and grandchildren.

Let’s hope these public servants were able to suppress any guilt feelings just because 1.3 million Americans would be losing their unemployment benefits. Their children and grandchildren couldn’t possibly be as important as those of our well-heeled public servants.

The Ohioans in Speaker John Boehner’s district near Dayton, Ohio, must be awful proud of both the speaker and the Republican Party. If Santa Claus and his reindeer had to skip thousands of houses, so what? They should think of the monies saved in the federal budget. Everyone has to remember our “public servants” will not have to make sacrifices by having their pay and benefits slashed.

We are so “lucky” to have such great “public servants.” Gee, I wonder why about 90 percent of the American people disapprove of the job our Congress is doing.

Robert E. Casey, Boardman


1ytownsteelman(628 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Is Obama feeling any remorse at leading the slowest recovery in history, enacting regulations and policies that are stripping away jobs and making the unemployment payments needed?

Take off the blinders Bob.

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2cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Unemployment should NOT be an INCOME. NO one should receive 99 weeks of unemployment. Many of those recipients refuse employment because they know they can get 99 weeks of unemployment. The intent of Unemployment Insurance was to be a "safety net" NOT a long term income plan.

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3tnmartin(234 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

odd, is it not, that original writer knocks the Congress for going off at Christmas. OK.
Meanwhile, at the very same time, Obama AND HIS FAMILY take Air Force One to flipping HAWAII over the same time period. He leaves Dear Wife behind to come home, meaning that there now has to be a second round trip on a very expensive aircraft, essentially for the convenience of one passenger who has not been elected to any office.
Odd, I did not see this being criticized. Wonder why?
Nor do I see criticized the reality that it has been the policies and diktats of the current Administration, and their co-thieves in the past (like the grotesque Community Reinvestment Act) that have largely been the reason behind the job losses, insurance coverage losses, and housing market collapse.
Again, one wonders why such incredible incompetence is not a fit subject for criticism.

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476Ytown(1242 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm not an expert, but from what I understand, Ohio's maximum length of unemployment benefits is 26 weeks (6 mo) plus 37 weeks Federal Emergency Unemployment Assistance (EUC) for long term unemployed has a maximum of 63 weeks, not 99 weeks. EUC has been cut off eff 12/31/13 even if you have not used your weeks.

Every state has their own maximum dollar amount and length of time which has been dropping every time the unemployment numbers drop. The Federal benefits were in tiers and each tier reduced benefits by a percentage of pay the longer you are unemployed.


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576Ytown(1242 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

The end of the recession is debatable so I don't agree that Emergency Unemployment Assistance should be cut off like having a rug pulled out from underneath you.

Phasing it out by reducing benefits over time and/or limiting the number of weeks as the economy improves would make more sense. As much as it hurts, there does need to be a limit.

Many long term unemployed are over 50. No age discrimination there...yeah right! They are especially prone to not finding work and in this economy and have found themselves using the nest egg they built for retirement in order to survive.

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