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Congressmen can celebrate while 1.3M jobless must suffer

Published: 1/3/14 @ 12:00

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


Posted by ytownsteelman (anonymous) on January 3, 2014 at 8:46 a.m.

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.

Posted by andersonathan (anonymous) on January 3, 2014 at 10:13 a.m.

Actually Boehner can go away, also wish your Ryan would go away also.

And Obama Care that is just good reading material to hard for TP. But excellent bird cage lining.

Posted by tnmartin (anonymous) on January 6, 2014 at 5:09 p.m.

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.

Posted by 76Ytown (anonymous) on January 6, 2014 at 6:50 p.m.

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.


Posted by 76Ytown (anonymous) on January 7, 2014 at 9:42 p.m.

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.

Posted by jojuggie (anonymous) on January 12, 2014 at 10:23 a.m.

Strassel: Harry Reid's Senate Shutdown
The Senate didn't pass a single appropriations or jobs bill in 2013.By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
Jan. 9, 2014 7:25 p.m. ET
The popular judgment that Washington's dysfunction is the result of "partisanship" misses a crucial point. Washington is currently gridlocked because of the particular partisanship of one man: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. And Republicans are warming to the power of making that case to voters.

It's often said the 113th Congress is on track to become the "least productive" in history—but that tagline obscures crucial details. The Republican House in fact passed more than 200 bills in 2013. Some were minor, and others drew only GOP votes. But nearly a dozen were bipartisan pieces of legislation that drew more than 250 Republicans and Democrats to tackle pressing issues—jobs bills, protections against cyberattack, patent reform, prioritizing funding for pediatric research, and streamlining regulations for pipelines.

These laws all went to die in Mr. Reid's Senate graveyard. Not that the Senate was too busy to take them up. It passed an immigration and a farm bill. Yet beyond those, and a few items Mr. Reid was pressed to pass—the end-year sequester accord; Hurricane Sandy relief—the Senate sat silent. It passed not a single appropriations bill and not a single jobs bill. Of the 72 (mostly token) bills President Obama signed in 2013, 56 came from the House; 16 came from the chamber held by his own party.

The Senate majority leader meets the press, Dec. 17.yuri gripas/Reuters
This is the norm in Mr. Reid's Senate, and for years he has been vocally and cleverly blaming the chamber's uselessness on Republican filibusters. This is a joke, as evidenced by recent history. Mr. Reid took over the Senate in early 2007, and it functioned just fine in the last two years of the Bush administration. It didn't suddenly break overnight.