What is the matter with this Congress we have? What is 1.3 million people supposed to do come Jan. 1?
I think the decision to extend the benefits should be tied to the unemployment rate. Once people can get back to work, then make a decision on whether or not to extend the benefits. There are not many jobs. People can’t apply for and get jobs that are not out there. Even though there had been a significant change in the unemployed, we still have a long way to go to make it completely out of the recession.
So whats going to happen? These people, as I said before, will turn to the state and government for help. Welfare applications will rise, food stamp applications will rise, A lot of these people will end up in the streets-homelessness will rise. And what does that mean to Congress then? More money (that stuff they tryin’ not to spend) will be needed to dig these people out. Not all of these people have savings to back them up and if they had rich relatives there wouldn’t be a need for the benefits, ya think? These people have families as well counting on them to pay the bills as best they can.
While the national unemployment rate fell in November to 7 percent, after reaching as high as 10 percent in 2009, finding work is still a struggle for many. More than one-third of the unemployed, or 4 million people, had been out of work for more than 27 weeks as of last month, according to the U.S. Labor Department. Most states provide 26 weeks of unemployment benefits.
The Feds kicked in 2008, under President George W. Bush. At its most generous, in 2012, the program allowed the jobless to collect checks for as many as 99 weeks, including state benefits, according to the White House. Congress scaled that back to a maximum of 73 weeks in states with the highest unemployment. With the highest unemployment? Come on now!
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said last week he would push for an extension “after the new year.” Ads by a liberal group blasting the Republicans for inaction are running this week on cable TV networks, including CNN.
I don’t think they care.