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04:17 PM on 12/01/2010
Americans need to wake up and realize that the world has changed. This means they will have to change with it. Reinvent yourself! Don't let your ego's current view of self hold you back! It's time to become self sufficient!
03:50 PM on 12/01/2010
"Soak the rich not the unemployed." ‎... Should also put the shrinking middle class on that not to soak list.
03:48 PM on 12/01/2010
Republicans don't want to bail out unemployed citizens for 3 more months, but they wanna give tax breaks to large corporations? Some of the very people who bailed out some of these large corporations a few months ago, are getting screwed by government bureaucracy. This should have been settled months ago. The trickle down economic days are here again, better known as the you fund my campaign and I'll take care of you when I get in the Whitehouse or Senate and screw the little guy program.
11:41 PM on 12/01/2010
What tax breaks??
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03:22 PM on 12/01/2010
Looks like neither party wants to stay in power any more, because they are trying their_damnedest_to commit_suicide_by electorate.
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03:22 PM on 12/01/2010
Looks like neither party wants to stay in power any more, because they are trying their damnedest to commit suicide by electorate.
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02:42 PM on 12/01/2010
While soooo many people are jobless, homeless, and hungry Obama is caving in to the Repups and planning on extending those tax cuts for two more years, It might as well be permanent, our country will have borrowed the limit from China before then. Obama certainly will lose if he does that.
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03:23 PM on 12/01/2010
He;s not caving. He's aliar. Can't you people get that through your thick skulls FFS?
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ttaz4dqm
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11:39 PM on 12/01/2010
You sir, have got Obama's number. Fanned.
11:42 PM on 12/01/2010
look him and his fellow dems created this mess, they have been incharge for the past 4 years
02:24 PM on 12/01/2010
I'm exhausted by the people who say things like the unemployed are looking for a handout and don't want to work. That's the only thing they want to do. So why aren't they getting jobs, you ask? Because there aren't enough jobs for all the people who need to work. But I've noticed something else that is a problem. Many employers are trying to take advantage of the desperation of the unemployed. I've seen job postings that want one person to do the job of three people. That's a lot to ask but what makes it worse is that the salary being offered is not a living wage (it's not even proper pay for a person with one of those specialized skills let alone three). So instead of blaming the hardworking people who have unfortunately lost their jobs please direct your harsh words to: 1. The GOP- for proving time and again that they plan to work only for the wealthy in this country 2. Corporate America- for doing whatever it takes to maximize profit even if it means taking advantage of/steamrolling over the working class 3. The Previous Administration- for taking a record surplus and turning it into a massive economic crater.
11:43 PM on 12/01/2010
some how 13 million illegals can find work and support their famalies and still send $$ home
02:22 PM on 12/01/2010
This is heart breaking to say the least but no way could the extention of unemployement benefits continue indefinitely. Still, there has to be a way to help folks that really need the help as we have done with fund raising for Katrina, etc.

Forget about the homes that people can't pay for and going to war with the banks about forclosing on someone that hasn't made a payment in well over a year, we need to help people with the basics of having food and shelter and looking for work.
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02:38 PM on 12/01/2010
I can live with that, mainly because you are one of the few people here who do not scream for infinite unemployment benefits.
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03:31 PM on 12/01/2010
Well, this is what happens when you vote for a President who cares more about his Wall Street buddies than the average American.
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06:57 PM on 12/01/2010
there has to be a jobs program....not a .....lets hope business hires again program
02:17 PM on 12/01/2010
Uncompassionate, inhumane, detatched, selfish, outdated - wow. To be judged so harshly for quoting a Chinese proverb certainly disappoints me and just goes to show how some of you just cannot stand to hear another perspective. Of course I read the article, and countless others on the topic, and see every day how entitlement programs can damage the very fabric of our society. I am not some cruel, heartless person who does not care - quite the contrary. I have spent decades helping others in need. I have been dirt poor and have too worried about where the roof over my head will come from, or where I will get my next meal. I just have a different belief about how people can be helped.
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LibertyRoy
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02:39 PM on 12/01/2010
Dissent is not favored by readers here. Most are "liberal" in words only. You will figure that out quick.
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11:50 PM on 12/01/2010
'Entitlement' is a Coservative term. It's insurance. And Conservatives have no soul. Go read Drudge Report.
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DanBeach
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02:02 PM on 12/01/2010
Seems like crime pays in America...just saying
01:56 PM on 12/01/2010
Drmolly, how can you be so detached from what is going on in this country? Maybe your pockets are so deep that you can only think of yourself. Up to now, I had never collected UI but I have recently been given a layoff notice from my job of 10 years. You can bet your bottom dollar that I will be standing in line ready to collect this "entitlement" that you speak of the minute I finish my exit interview.
While I was at that job for 10 years, I went back to school and earned my Masters....so, I know HOW to fish. I really think you should take into account that employers these days are finicky about the candidates they hire. I am very fearful that even with all the education, it may not be enough. I pray that I don't need the allotted 26 weeks, but I would like to have some comfort in knowing that an extension is available if necessary.

I imagine there are some -- as you call it -- "freeloaders" out there, but it certainly is not the majority. I think the knowledge that you have of our society is outdated.
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DanBeach
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01:58 PM on 12/01/2010
Probably doesn't' have a pot to p!$$ in...misery loves company
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01:59 PM on 12/01/2010
Drmolly that is
01:47 PM on 12/01/2010
Where were the unemployed when they elected these newest group of selfish power hungry thugs into office? The only thing you people can do now is march on Washington. I think we should have as many unemployed people come into DC and demand answers from the Republicans How about a rally for the Voiceless? They are blocking relief to ruin the President so ok, Mission Accomplished can we start taking care of our people now?
01:00 PM on 12/01/2010
Here's what gets me...the GOP (I voted for them - my bad I know) is saying to all of us that unless they can give the Buffets of the world more money they will choke hold the people who really need it. Really? But is is worse than that. According to what I hear them saying, all of this needs to be spending neutral; so that means that the GOP wants to give money to Buffet by taking it from people who are unemployed. We have things like health care costs - see www.costofhealthcare.org for news on this - that need resolving first. What jokers!!
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01:09 PM on 12/01/2010
Just curious, but did you vote for them last month? And why?
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DanBeach
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01:53 PM on 12/01/2010
The GOP is not joking they really do want you to live in poverty
12:57 PM on 12/01/2010
@Drmolly: So your theory is that 15 million people have all suddenly coincidentally simultaneously decided that they don't want to work and would rather just sit around collecting unemployment while jobs go unfilled?
That's your theory? Yes, the unemployment crisis was caused by a sudden, massive, simultaneous, coincidental failure of personal responsibility on the part of 15 million people and it will be solved by cutting them loose and forcing them to go and take one of the millions upon millions of available jobs that are sitting unfilled.
Couldn't possibly have anything to do with the housing bubble, subsequent credit freeze and near collapse of the financial sector? It's not conceivable that the jobs simply aren't there? No, just 15 million people suddenly decided they want to live off the government and are not looking for work. They are all lazy, and wanting to live it up on UI payments that max out at $300 a week, most people get much less. Great reasoning power there.
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01:10 PM on 12/01/2010
I also replied to drmolly.. She talks of "choices".. Yep, sure, we all made choices to be unemployed, to endanger our homes and our families, for some of us, to live in tent cities. I'm stunned when I read some of these comments. Simply stunned.
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05:09 PM on 12/01/2010
Wow. F/F
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12:27 PM on 12/01/2010
After 18 months of unemployment. I did everything right. I took unemployment advice, went back to school. I was previously in marketing and fund-raising for 18 years but ended up getting certified as an EMT. Excelled in class with flying colors, even after breaking my leg in 3 places. I NEVER gave up. I endured 2 surgeries never missed a beat. Passed class and clinicals with TOP grades. Passed the National Registry Exam on the very first try, which was an accomplishment by itself. I was offered 2 jobs at different places. Took one. Yesterday I was fired after orientation. They said I did not meet their "stretcher standards". They were not willing to give me the opportunity to work on my strength training. I explained my determination to overcome anything -- just look at what I overcame in the past 18 months but it fell on deaf ears. Companies today are looking for any reason NOT to choose employees. Having been in a management role for most of my previous career, I feel that this economy is now a place where being good it just not good enough. You must be the"perfect stepford employee." Ironically, next week I was to be honored thru the state of unemployment for overcoming my tribulations on unemployment. Now, I just feel like a huge failure. And suicide is in the forefront of my mind. Thanks recession, thanks to all those employers who say you are awesome -- you just need to be better.
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12:44 PM on 12/01/2010
Deborah, I'm terribly sorry.. .This makes no sense! Can you work on your strength training and apply at other places?

But your story makes a very good point: I have heard over and over that people who are unemployed need to go back and get training. But it is an investment not without risk. How do you know you will be able to get a job when you finish? Medical transcription was a big growth field a couple of years ago, and many laid off people started training for medical transcription jobs. I have now heard that, with so many people getting training and entering the field, it is no longer easy for a newcomer to get such a job.

But please, Deborah, you have overcome so much.. Please keep on trucking!