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Unemployment Extension | Tier V Questionable Before Break

Washington, D.C. (Apr 22) – With the Senate minority dragging their feet over nominations, and arguing against Financial Reform hopes are fading that the Senate will have time to introduce any additional aid in the form of unemployment extensions for the nations long-term unemployed.

Petitions, action committees, and planned “cyber actions” are abundant on the net to which seem to be keeping those unemployed busy while awaiting answers regarding their job search efforts however, all in all chances of these efforts pulling off forcing legislation can only be labeled as a ‘miracle’ for now.

At issue is funding, and of course a lack of initiative on the Republican side of the aisle in either bodies of Congress to openly and willfully support further aid to the nations unemployed.

Petitioners, and job seekers may want to begin concentrating their efforts on forcing their elected officials to spend a little FEMA cash and start building temporary housing communities to provide food and shelter for the tens of millions of Americans that have suffered at the hands of this unnatural disaster, GOP economics, and outward distain for America’s working class.

The House Ways and Means Committee still has time to find some $27 billion to extend the existing EUC programs out until the end of the year however, that will only handle a relatively small percentage of both the unemployed and underemployed. In fact, the program may see even quicker closer since; estimations have enough people exhausting unemployment benefits under all programs by the end of July, to falsely lower that percentage utilized to trigger the unemployment extension program below levels thusly, cutting millions more from the program.

Last week’s hearings on unemployment failed to produce any promises of additional funding but, did venture into programs such as work-sharing programs to avoid layoffs. This allows employers to trim hours for which they pay, and then utilize Unemployment Insurance funds to offset the difference.

Senator Max Baucus stated, “Our unemployment system deserves attention. And it also deserves innovation” to which, leaves many to interpret those remarks as they may.

Rep Jim McDermott, Chairman, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, delivered a statement today referencing the targeting of the TANF program, stating “The current high rate of unemployment actually increases the rationale for expanded training and education opportunities.  Since it is harder for many TANF recipients to quickly enter the labor market, it makes sense to use the time to increase their skills and thus their future employability.”

So it would appear that Congress may be switching gears away from requesting funding for additional weeks for which we all know, the Congressional Republicans will stand hand-in-hand and object to any further spending regarding assistance to the unemployed, and look for alternative ways of training unemployed Americans for future jobs. 

Hang tough America, and remember that come November if the GOP shifts power in Congress, it can and will get a lot worse.

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  2. CMarPA

    April 22, 2010 at 11:27 am

    November is too late. The long term unemployed need help NOW. This is totally unacceptable. After reading this article, I became very angry and very discouraged. I am only hoping that the above is merely opinion of the author. From what I read a few days back, there was a renewed interest in Congress to add a Tier V or additional weeks? Where is NELP? I don’t trust them anymore. I think they have their own agenda and have abandoned the Tier V people. I know they are working to create a WPA jobs program but why have they been silent regarding the the dire need for additional benefits? Both are needed. This is suspect to me. First the benefits while the jobs programs are being created. It will be too late! My benefits ended in March. Almost a month without income, no job leads, no interviews, nothing. My home loan (mortgage) was due today. Anyone reading this, get angry get on the phone, write to the media, make our voices heard. This is absolutely ridiculous that we can’t get their attention. It’s wrong. Maybe we have to do something more radical. Any ideas.

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    • Editor

      April 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

      Let me add a little clarification as I will be posting an updated article sometime later today…

      When I am referring to the 111th coming to a rapid close with only a few weeks left to work out any extensions, I would like to point out three reasons for this being.

      First, Memorial Day Recess is right around the corner, followed by an additional day off for father’s day (I do believe) then Independence day which is the last Holiday before the Summer Recess.

      However, lets factor in that it is an election year with at least 36 Seats up for grabs in the Senate with all 400 members of the House vying for re-election so, you can pretty much count on a vast majority of the members of congress hitting the campaign trail before we all know it.

      Then, the fact of the matter is that the 111th is still in session until January 2011 but, as most of us have come to be astutely aware of, that for all practical purposes with Thanksgiving then the Christmas/New Years recess this congress is virtually near its end due to the fact that elections are on Tuesday, November 2nd and unless, the Democrats take back the majority (however for the most part, the period of time between elections and swearing ceremonies, those bodies are usually referred to as “lame ducks”) this the 111th is finished. Read on…

      Add to all of this, if many seats are filled by Junior members of either bodies of the Senate, those members will spend several weeks in “pre-schoolers” school once again, delaying for a few weeks anyway, any real action happening in either body of the Senate until the end of February.

      Now, yes technically speaking there could be time to change this stance on Tier V but, I have not had one shred of evidence nor confirmation from any sources we deal within either body of Congress that will confirm this “rumor”

      So to wrap this up, from a technical stand-point there should be time, from a practical stand-point with all the objections coming from the minority party and the number of recesses between now and the beginning of August, what do you think the chances are?

      The GOP has just fought all week over a bill Vitter placed on the floor blocking the promotion of a Senior U.S. Military officer in order for the Senate to pass his private little project that he needs the Army Corp. of Engineers on to which, everyone in the Senate has told the man that it is not a matter of wanting to do it but, the Senate apparently has no authority to force by signing into law an amendment forcing the Army Corp. of Engineers to fix a dam or levee (some damn thing) in the Senator’s “backyard” yet, he has caused a stall that has hung-up advancement on Financial Reform not to mention this career military persons promotion, for no other reason than self-motivation. So figure it out, the minority won’t give one person a payraise or promotion (how much is that 10 maybe 20 thousand per year?)

      So I ask you, with the GOP in the Senate, and knowing their unwillingness to help the unemployed, what do you think the chances of forcing the republicans or swaying their tactics and adding additional weeks or creating and passing a NEW unemployment bill?

      My guess is slim to none, my hopes like all are they do, and that the Democratic Leadership uses the same tactics to FORCE the minority party to do their jobs, and that is to provide support for the American people, not just the wealthy few.

      This isn’t opinion, this is politics people.

      Keep an eye out later for an update on H.R. 4213 – thank you

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      • Scott W.

        April 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm

        No, you are right… and you can bet your bottom dollar the GOP will be out in full force campaigning negative spin, and to make matters worse, all the GOP needs to do is rotate their “ringers” in and and out of both bodies, to simply object to a vote due to a lack of party members on either floor…

        So I would have to agree with the editor on this one, the 111th is all but over simply due to the elections and the republicans blatant hatred towards America’s working class…

        I hope that someone can force this issue too but, that is probably like what the editor is stating wishful thinking on a “Tier V”

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    • Editor

      April 22, 2010 at 11:36 am

      No opinions… I have researched this information and although mentions or “rumors” of additional weeks are abundant no one has any piece of legislation in committee at this time to provide a Tier V…. now, if by some miracle and I do mean miracle, the republicans have a change of heart, and a bill does come out of committee extending more weeks, and as stated Senate republicans fully agree to same (as we have witnessed it only takes one) then yes there would be the slimmest of chances… the likelihood of this happening would do nothing but place false hopes into the millions which, is something I forbid to be published on WNV..

      I hope this clarifies your concerns regarding an “opinion”…..

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      • CMarPA

        April 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm

        Just seems to somewhat contradict the information sent out from the ‘The 99ers need a Tier V added to Unemployment Benefits’ on Change.org creator. That is why I was taken aback. No need to get defensive – the long term jobless are the ones hurting and the victims here. I was just looking a direct response from a Senator on this subject. I would like to now why we can’t get a statement as to their intentions or lack of? Where is the transparency? I want someone to come out and address us. I was under the impression not to take too much from what the Sen staffers say? Maybe I was misled. Someone, we need to get congress & the Pres to directly address this issue NOW.

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        • Editor

          April 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm

          We deal strictly with Press Staff not interns although, they can provide greatly appreciated guidance, they don’t necessarily have nor, allowed to respond to inquiries from the press… In fact, this is how WorldNewsVine was the first to break the story regarding no additional weeks of assistance was being made in the bill Bunning stalled…. No one had that information and it was in fact an unintentional “leak” that WorldNewsVine took great stride and care to make certain only the information came out without tarnishing the source..

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          • CMarPA

            April 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm

            Thanks for the clarification.

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          • Editor

            April 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm

            Yes I see that article and many folks that have signed that petition were redirected to that site from articles from a separate editor on WNV… Never have we published “rumors” maybe an action article however, I would yank those types of articles immediately… rumors are completely unfair and unnecessary to the morale… pointing out the facts will produce more positive results, and we here at WNV want everyone to be well aware of the who, what, where, when, and why as it refers to this current economic crisis… it is more important to educate those in need so, that they may turn out this year and make the proper decision during election times, and vote these anti-American worker members of Congress out of office… their spin alone, is what is causing more harm than good and it is time for them to go…

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          • mandy

            April 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm

            Friday is mail you congressman your resume day along with a letter asking to extend the unemployment tiers or find you a job. Some talking points you might want to consider are:

            If the budget is the most concern, did you congressman vote to extend aid to foreign countries (millions of dollars), not just Haiti? Are the American people not as important? The money that we currently give other countries far surpasses money you would give to those that are now homeless in America. Did you congressman vote for appropriations to other countries this past year or year before? We will check your record to see.

            People who receive unemployment are more likely to be able to pay some of their bills (although not all). This puts money back into the economy prevents further deterioration of ones credit and keeps more people in their homes.

            There is growing civil unrest in our country and unemployed unhappy people are adding to the growing momentum. If the people have no shelter, food or way to support their families they have nothing to loose. The first thing they will do is vote incumbents out of office regardless of party and get someone working for them. Are you congressman working for the people?

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          • mandy

            April 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm

            Seriously, Be careful what you ask for with FEMA camps. The Nazis interred not only Jews and Christians but they also imprisoned the long term unemployed, the homeless and the other undesirables. Food for thought..

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    • Doug Klingenberg

      April 27, 2010 at 6:04 am

      I’m sorry Rep McDermott… what jobs are you hoping to increase training and skill set for? We will have a super-skilled nation with no employment… no wait, we have that now!
      You guys need to get off your asses, extend long-term and initiate real change to force managers and business developers to utilize the resources and manpower in the US before the tea-partiers themselves are unemployed… Although it would be nice if those selfish SOB wallet watchers were on the other side for a minute!
      Are you ready for the next round of foreclosures? Yee – haa for the US of A and political stagnation!!!!!

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      • Karla Davis

        April 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm

        You are right on — there are so many of us with years of education, skills and exemplary work experience who have exhausted any benefits, depleted savings and 401Ks, pounded the pavement to no avail, networked until they dropped, etc. and are now on the edge of losing their homes, health insurance options, food on the table for their families and on and on. The unemployed statistics are all wrong — the cities are filled with unemployed and come June all the college grads will hit the pavement too. So many of these grads will fill the few available jobs because they don’t have a mortgage, kids or health issues and are willing to take any job at a lower wage, and employers know that! I am not faulting these grads – I congratulate them for completing a higher education – they too deserve a reward for their tenacity. The Congress is not interested in listening to these “real” numbers — they have a paycheck. Don’t give up — keep bombarding our representatives to DO SOMETHING!!

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  4. M.Rivera

    April 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    This is totally unacceptable but they have the last word the is nothing we can do because is obviously they don’t care,DCF get ready because you going to be busy next coming month………..help

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    • D.Martin

      April 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      This is scary…What to do next? They say to go use the job centers and look for jobs. What do they think I’ve been doing. I’ve worked since I was 13 years old now 56. Yesterday, I went for interview for one position and 20 very well educated professionals where there looking to get hired. Don’t they understand. Maybe they should not get a check for a month I bet they would pass Tier V then. I’ve started going back to school just be able to compete with some of the applicants. Hope there is some good news soon..

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  5. John

    April 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Yea the editor got real defensive, putting opinions in quotes. U know what she meant bro

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  6. BFD

    April 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Are you people starting to get this finally. Tier 5 is not going to happen, I’ve said for awhile that there is no traction and people are going to have to start figuring it out for themselves.

    And forget NELP…they’re not onboard with this either — for once they get it.

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    • Stephen Willey

      May 3, 2010 at 3:09 am

      Figure what out?Theres nothing to figure out,its pretty simple.Too many unemployed ,not nearly enough jobs.Especially for us 45 and over folk.And as far as NELP goes shame on those heartless sobs.

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      • yolanda

        October 22, 2010 at 11:18 pm

        I agree with you . if they don’t do something soon people will become very desperate and will do whatever to survive. This is really sad

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  7. JulesV

    April 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    This is very sad. I do believe your article to be the truth as it is today and very informative- hard to accept though. This is our new reality and it’s scary. This is also based on what I have heard from Washington DC. I think we need to keep trying and contacting Congress and the Administration and I will continue…. Hope the best, prepare for the worst.

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    • Stephen Willey

      May 3, 2010 at 3:14 am

      I agree it is sad,and you know what else?They better be ready for the tremendous increase in crime.They will need to allot more funds for added policing.Because a lot of normally decent folks ,are going to become so desperate,thay anything will be acceptable in thier cloudy minds.Desperation leads to a lot of unruly things.
      Its thier own fault too.Shame ,Shame ,Shame.

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  8. birdmann

    April 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Hang tough? Is there any other way to hang? Just might be the only way out. God knows if we have to hang till’ November by then it’ll be academic. Never mind whether or not the GOP assumes complete power in November, if those in power now don’t have the will to do what’s right, then by default the GOP already has the power. Let’s face it , broke is broke, hungry is hungry and homeless is homeless, be it yesterday, today or tomorrow. Don’t get me wrong, I consider myself the consummate optimist, but I am also a realist and right now the twain have met, and it is not pretty.

    Peace and prayers to you all

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  9. nmetro

    April 22, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    The least that Congress can do it is allow states which are not the 8% threshold to provide the remaining weeks of EB and EUC to those who are still unemployed. In Colorado, we did not get 99 week, we only received 79 weeks because of the various triggers Congress put in the bills.

    But, as we can see, if a Tier V is enacted, it should go much longer than 13 weeks and it should not have these meaningless percentage threshold either. As the petition says, Congress and Politicians created this mess. They let Wall Street run amok and ruined millions of peoples lives in the process. They go their bailouts and millions of people are suffering

    What do they want the unemployed to do? I know, we should all gather up Oleander plants, go to Washington, DC and has a mass suicide on the National Mall. maybe they will see how dire things may become.

    As for the article above, the Republican Party has no soul; the Democrats are no far behind. Anyone who can sit there and gleefully spend billions of dollars to rebuild Afghanistan and Iraq; and fight two unwinnable wars, but deny their own people a safety net is beyond words. Also, at the same time, this country is still importing foreign workers on H1B, H2B and other visa. As well as, allowing free exportation of jobs. IBM reported a huge profits yesterday because they outsourced jobs to India. So, there is money there, but even President Obama has said the military will not given any cuts, but all other programs are on the table to cut to reduce the deficit. The money being spent to fight the wars, would be mor ethan enough to help the unemployed.

    Finally, a year ago we were losing 750,000 jobs a month, the trickle of people losing benefits after being out of work for two years is going to become an uncontrollable flood. And the politicians are only worried about getting re-elected and their cushy $170,000/year salaries plus thousands of dollars more in perks.

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  10. Sarah

    April 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    The 4th tier I received was for 6 weeks, but Congress extended it for 2 month in April. I do not want to sound ungrateful for what I have already received, but they have to be fair. Those two weeks I did not received can help me.

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    • Editor

      April 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm

      Call Labor and tell them… it may take a few weeks to receive

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    • ang

      April 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm

      if your are on teir 4 , you will not get any more money, these extensions only help if you are on teir 2,3 if you are on teir 4 you are s.o.l but hey there are thousands of us and membership is free

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  11. John A

    April 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    So instead of providing the additional weeks of unemployment compensation, they (Our Congress & Senate) are going to provide training for the unemployed so they can find work? Huh?? I know many unemployed in California that have graduated from state sponsored education programs, only to remain unemployed! At least the WPA in the 30’s provided some type of employment, but it’s my understanding that a similar program today would not be acceptable to both congressional houses. Why not? What’s wrong with this country? I don’t think there are enough voters in November that support another Tier of benefits to make any difference as to who will be in office after the elections. I sincerely hope I’m wrong. The light at the end of the tunnel is a train wreck coming at us, and we are unable to stop it.

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    • Editor

      April 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm

      My thoughts exactly… the only difference is that those enrolled in TANF will receive benefits for up to five years (I believe)

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    • Editor

      April 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm

      John… not to stir a hornets’ nest but, that would be the House and Senate whereas, Congress is both bodies…

      But, again it would appear that preparations are underway to provide alternatives for the very long-term unemployed by utilizing programs that are currently funded (of course once this runs out…. the GOP will be fighting funding for that program as well)

      And as for laying blame, only the GOP stands to lay blame for this, no one else, maybe not all but that “group” of devote anti-American workforce crowd of what 3 or so…

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      • John A

        April 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm

        No hornets nest here, thanks for the correction. I agree, it’s the GOP (“The Party of No”) that are the culprits here.

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  12. Gary

    April 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    WE NEED A TIER V!!!!!

    HOW COME FLORIDA IS GETTING A TIER V EXTENSION AND NEW YORK & OTHER STATES BADLY IN NEED ARE NOT???????????!!!!!!!

    PLEASE HELP US!! WHILE THE DEMOCRATS STILL HAVE CONTROL OF CONGRESS, HELP PASS THIS TIER V FOR US MILLIONS OF LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED WHO HAVE EXHAUSTED ALL OF OUR BENEFITS (99 WEEKS). WE NEED ADDITIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SO THAT WE CAN PUT FOOD ON OUR TABLES, A ROOF OVER OUR HEADS, AND CLOTHES ON OUR BACK – IN SHORT, SO THAT WE CAN SURVIVE!!!!!!! DON’T LET CONGRESS FORGET ABOUT US!! WE ARE HURTING THE MOST!!!!!! I HOPE YOU CONSIDER THE MILLIONS OF LAID OFF WHO THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, ARE BEING DENIED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS DUE TO SOME BIZARRE STATE RULE OF REGULATION!!!! THIS 99 WEEK LIMIT MUST BE CHANGED!!!!!!!!!!

    PLEASE EXTEND THE LONGTERM UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS FOR US 99’ERS WHO HAVE EXHAUSTED OUR BENEFITS TO 125 WEEKS AND CREATE A TIER V PROGRAM!!

    I am writing to urge you to take quick and immediate action on renewing federal unemployment benefit extensions to those who have exhausted their weeks, by way of extending the 99 weeks which would also help the 99ers (Tier V). The millions of those jobless individuals who have exhausted all unemployment extensions, remain lost, unaccounted for, and without proper representation are stepping up their efforts to ensure Congress and the President hear our pleas for continued financial assistance.

    This segment of the United States population lives in day-to-day fear wondering how to keep going when everyone in Washington deem to look the other way with a blind eye. Having exhausted all unemployment extensions, and therefore no longer counted among the jobless, is a clear demonstration of how underhanded and easy it is for Government to play with the numbers. Congress and the President are anxious to provide hope that the unemployment crisis outlook is brightening. The Washington spin is a far cry from reality. NO LONGER COUNTED DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE 99’ERS HAVE SECURED JOBS!!

    In addition, as of today, home foreclosure rates surge; the biggest jump in 5 years AND the unemployment claims jump an unexpected 24,000 to their highest level this year!!! Wall Street admits that the recovery will be MUCH SLOWER than they originally expected. Please stop putting a spin on this that the economy’s outlook is bright. IT ISN’T!!!!!! WE ARE HURTING!!!!!!!!

    I am writing to also urge you to take quick and immediate action on creating additional Tiers for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, including the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program and full federal funding of Extended Benefits, as well as the $25 per week Federal Additional Compensation supplement. This is essential for the large number of long-termed unemployed who have already exhausted all available unemployment benefits and who are not qualified for any assistance from their local, county, state, and federal government programs. How are they to survive, until such a time when jobs are plentiful and they are once again able to sustain themselves and their families?

    This brings me to my next point. The American government entities cannot create jobs, nor can they force an employer to hire, and I understand this. American government has created incentives for the employers to hire, as the American government has given the financial sectors stimulus funds to assist borrowers. However, the employers and the financial sectors have not been pro-active with the government’s calls to action. Simply put, they are not helping improve the current economic crisis. Today’s high percentage numbers in unemployment, foreclosures, automobile repossessions, homelessness, bankruptcy filings, overall personal debt, and so much more reflect this point to be a fact, not an opinion. And now, after throwing a lifeline to the banks and financial institutions, giving them BILLIONS AND BILLIONS, Goldman Sachs is now under investigation by the SEC and is being charged with financial fraud “Double Dealing” in $1 Billion toxic sub-prime mortgages!!!!!!!!!

    Plain and simple: Unemployment benefits are a lifeline for the unemployed. It will stimulate the economy, as the unemployed are all consumers. It will also prevent rises in the percentages of foreclosures, homelessness, bankruptcy filings, vehicle repossessions, overall personal debt and so much more. Therefore, by renewing and adding weeks to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, it will benefit all of America and the people within this great nation.

    Re-establish our trust in the government systems and assist us in re-building our lives; re-instill our faith in the goodness of humanity, in our legislators and the overall system of government within our nation; assist us in being proud again to be Americans. Pass and/or create the bills necessary to renew federal benefit unemployment extensions and create additional benefit weeks. Our lives, the lives of our family members, and the overall economic health of America is dependent on this to survive the current economic crisis.

    GET A TIER V PASSED IMMEDIATELY!!!

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    • StacyP

      April 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm

      Sorry to inform you, but FLORIDA DOES NOT HAVE A TIER V!!!!! We all need the extension of tier v so that we can survive until we get employment. So I hope that our government do the right thing and help us when we need it the most….

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      • Editor

        April 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm

        No States have a federal Tier V — I don’t understand your comment

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  13. LetsADDTIER4

    April 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I have an interview my local news station here in Nevada. Contact13. I will be discussing my situation on being unemployed long term. I am also in the process of organizing a march. Congress seems to enjoy playing with the lively hoods of American people. I cannot take this malice from these people any more. I have truely had it.

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    • just wondering

      April 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm

      what ‘march’ are you planning? info please?
      ……………………………………

      there is (planning stages) for a march, in DC

      July 4, 2010 2:00

      meet at the Reflecting Pond

      presently seeking legalities of…

      will keep you informed

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      • Robert Wright

        November 1, 2010 at 11:34 am

        Now Your Talking!
        What March? When and where? You can count me In. Maybe this would get there attention , A few million show up in force! That would be hard to ignore!
        Thinking, class action law suit also! Have paid in a lot more, over the years than have received. ( Misappropriate Use of tax payers money;s ! )

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  14. Jay

    April 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Tier 5 needs to be approved and put into action – NOW.

    The economy definitely isn’t gonna rebound if thousands of long-term unemployed suddenly cannot pay their bills. How much more blood does the government want?

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  16. JB

    April 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    If they dont give us any relief like a Tier 5. There will be hell to pay in the streets. People will rob, jack, steal what they need. Watch. WHY DO THEY CONTINUE TO IGNORE THE LONG_TERM UNEMPLOYED? They wont even speak of the word.

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    • John A

      April 22, 2010 at 9:26 pm

      JB, here’s a thought to consider. They ignore us because if they acknowledged us, they would have to recognize the real unemployment is probably closer to 20%, or maybe even higher. Don’t forget, many small business have failed during this recession, and they don’t qualify for UI benefits, which means they aren’t counted. As more of us lose benefits, statistically the unemployment rate improves, which give the false impression the economy is improving. The Democrats can tout “See our policy’s are working, look what we have done for the country” After all, it is an election year, and politicians care only for their own jobs in times like these. I am a registered Democrat, and voted for President Obama, but I also recognize each party is selfish to the degree they watch out for their own skins. This is one thought/comment that I hope will be proven wrong. Time will tell. Keep the faith they will heed our call.

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  17. nmetro

    April 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    One more comment, not every unemployed person is part of a family with children, so they can’t get TANF. You have to be destitute to get food stamps, SSI, etc. There are number of single people who are unemployed too. Single people who for years subsidized families with children, even working families, through higher tax rates and less deductions. So, if a single person wants to get retrained, there is nothing for them other than going into debt to go to school. While at the same time, they are going into debt just to survive until they find a job.

    Condemn European Socialism as much as you want, but if I were living in Germany right now, I would have been able to go to university for free for retraining in the green economy (because my IT job is gone never to return), would not have to worry about losing my home, would not be using up all my savings, would not be going deeper into debt on my credit cards (I had a zero balance two years ago) or would not wondering if and when my government would add weeks of unemployment by using false unemployment data to make sure some people do not get all the weeks they authorized.

    We seen trillions of dollars flow to corporations, but Congress, and the President sees the unemployed as a nuisance. Meanwhile, people with job see the unemployed as lazy, on the dole, not wanting to work, etc. The greed and insensitivity in this country is just unbelievable.

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  18. christine

    April 22, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Not sure why ppl would lash out at the Editor but human nature as it is, we are infallible beings. Thanks for the article and I will continue to fight for Tier V to Survive and/or additional benefits added to Tier IV. What we must not do is give-up! We can get discouraged,angry and lash out BUT we have to change our mindset back to the business at hand of getting this Tier V. I fought on the verge of exhaustion last summer & fall for a extension of jobless benefits and thanks to Congressman McDermott we got HR 3548 AND then a 2nd uglier fight of getting it passed in the Senate so what is happening now is identical to what happened before i.e. a roller-coaster ride that we can’t get off until we get a Bill introduced for Tier V. I spoke to my Senator’s office today and politely told the Sr.Staffer that it was shameful my Senator introduced no JOBS BILL in 2009 and so far in 2010 in addition to no other Senator either. Whichever way this ends, I will not be voting for either party because of my disgust of how the unemployed has been treated by the Democrats & Republicans! P.S. Editor WNV keep up the good works!!

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  19. USMC

    April 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    By the time they start talking about it enough of us will have fallen off the charts and they say the numbers are improving dramacticly! all lies and BS! but thats what the SOB’s are probably waiting on, Ive killed 3 deer this month just to eat! getting tired of bambi-burgers man!

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    • John A

      April 22, 2010 at 9:29 pm

      Amen to that. Semper Fi Brother!

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  20. christine

    April 22, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I agree that a March or some REALITY CHECK + WAKE-UP call has to be done because Congress only reacts to fear of public ridicule especially from the MEDIA like those tea parties of last summer. There are too many ppl exhausting TIER IV now and gradually in the coming weeks for them to just think we are going to disappear in a Tent City or something. These jerks chased around all of 2009 healthcare reform and did nothing about any JOBS CREATION bills that would help the unemployed and this crisis-recession, so far nothing of a JOBS BILL this year neither. We have to make noises to make our voices heard LOUD & CLEAR! We are not going to disappear or huddle under a viaduct in Any City USA! Shame on Washington at a time this country is in a RECESSION! to treat America’s unemployed as if we were Lepers.

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  21. Sandra

    April 22, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    This is an excellent article and I’d like to thank WorldNewsVine for the articles they have been publishing regarding the huge unemployment debacle in our Country. Also for the articles mentioning the 99ers petition that Issa Decker authored.

    The major unemployment situation in our country should not be treated like the Hatfield & McCoys; the recently unemployed vs the long-term unemployed. Bill HR 4851 should have included jobless benefits for ALL the unemployed including the long-term. Our government is once again turning their backs on the thousands of long-term unemployed throughout our country. The vast majority are older men and women who have spent their life as a loyal employee: These are the men and women, dads and moms, who have helped to make our Country great.

    The Administration and Congress argues about extending benefits, while the unemployed of our Country suffer. They say they don’t want our children and grandchildren to have to pay the huge deficit in our country; yet they do not seem to worry about the children in families who have lost their benefits, and facing the loss of their homes or apartments. Will our cities have enough homeless shelters to house all of these families? Your idea regarding FEMA for temporary housing might just come into play, if something is not done soon. What a sad state our country.

    Give ALL the jobless the peace of mind we deserve. Pass an unemployment benefit extension package that provides long-term financial relief for ALL of America’s unemployed today!

    If you are unemployed, please sign the petition requesting the creation of a Tier V. Individual emails go out to the Administration, and Congress etc. immediately when you sign.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment_benefits

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  22. Linda Robins

    April 22, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    The key is to get it talked about on national news…these sites are helpful. People are doing the best they can with signing petitions etc., but getting it talked about on national news like Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, CNN and local stations. Heck, even go for Fox news at this stage. Anything to get Congress stirred due to public outrage.

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  23. Unemployed Citizen

    April 23, 2010 at 12:29 am

    I live in Las Vegas, NV. Here’s one example of the ratio between jobs and applicants. Recently, Harrah’s Entertainment had a job fair for 500 positions and over 7000 people waited in line for a chance to get one of these jobs. Less than 100 positions were actually full-time positions while the majority were “temporary” and part-time positions. Amazingly, Harrah’s Entertainment recently laid off numerous departments at one of their other properties here in Las Vegas sending those people to the unemployment line. To top it off, some people that were offered a position at this job fair the very next day found out the position they were hired for was no longer available when they went to fill out their paperwork.

    I’ve been looking since I was laid off the end of 2008. I’ve been told by recruiters/hiring managers/temp agencies I’m over qualified for entry-level positions I am willing to apply for, no experience in the field I am applying for or I’ve been “unemployed too long” to be considered. These people are contributing to the problem and should themselves feel the suffering the unemployed have to endure on a daily basis. These unemployment benefits we receive help keep a roof over our family, pay for food, and basic necessities.

    We have drained out our savings accounts, 401k accounts, pension funds, sold all our stocks, no longer use credit (even though we never abused it either), no more equity in our house that we kept for our kids college funds and additional retirement, filed for bankruptcy and still dealing with a loan modification that we began in June 2009. I have 2 weeks left for my benefits and my wife is working as much overtime she can get just to help keep us afloat for when my benefits are fully exhausted. I have completed courses and became certified in other fields hoping to help me in my job search, but that has not been successful either. We need additional extensions or a long-term extension until the economy truly begins to recover.

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  24. TimOregon

    April 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Tier 5 was needed last month and now it is really needed this month, every week I see the need growing.

    Congress needs to stop all other action items and focus on the Jobs and employment. This is crazy. Why isn’t the media all over these guys?

    What are 1,000,000 unemployed people going to do to the crime rate, what is it going to cost us in court cases and housing for this group.

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  25. TimOregon

    April 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Tier 5 was needed last month and now it is really needed this month, every week I see the need growing.

    Congress needs to stop all other action items and focus on the Jobs and employment. This is crazy. Why isn’t the media all over these guys?

    What are 1,000,000 unemployed people going to do to the crime rate, what is it going to cost us in court cases and housing for this group.

    Every dollar goes right back into the economy. Talk about to big to fail, lets look at this group… and this is only a faction of what we gave to GM and and the Banks.

    There is a much bigger upside to Tier 5 then any other stimulus and a much bigger downside to not passing Tier 5.

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  26. just wondering

    April 23, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    There have been many questions about NELP and its turning a deaf ear to our plight.
    Well here is some of the info you have been requesting.

    Maybe we should be flooding THEIR faxes and phones April 30 and May 4 too!!!!

    NATIONALEMPLOYMENT LAW PROJECT

    http://www.nelp.org/

    NELP Board of Directors

    Elaise L. Fox
    President, United Food and Commercial Workers, AFL-CIO, Local 1657
    Birmingham, Alabama

    Lilia Garcia-Brower
    Executive Director, Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund
    Los Angeles, CA

    James Haughton
    Community Activist, Fight Back
    New York, New York

    Jonathan Hiatt, Esq.
    Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the President, AFL-CIO
    Washington, D.C.

    Lucille Logan
    Community Activist, Northeast Area Community Action Council
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Walter M. Meginniss, Jr. (Treasurer)
    Attorney, Gladstein, Reif & Meginniss
    New York, New York

    Jim Sessions (Acting Chair)
    East Tennesse Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice
    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Thomas Weeks, Esq.
    Executive Director, Ohio State Legal Services Association
    Columbus, Ohio

    Cathy Wilkinson
    Minimum Wage and Workers’ Rights Campaign Community Activist
    Wheeling, West Virginia

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    http://act.aflcio.org/o/4001/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=285

    Go to the above site…………..

    RALLY & MARCH ON WALL STREET with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

    *** This Thursday, April 29, 2010, 4:00-6:00 P.M.

    I read the below info

    Wall Street tanked America’s economy, killed jobs, took $700 billion in taxpayer bailouts—then went right back to business as usual, choking off credit, handing out $145 billion in 2009 executive pay and bonuses and fighting meaningful financial reform.

    We’re 11 million jobs in the hole and it’s time for the financial industry to pay up to create them.

    Join AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and thousands of union and community activists from across the country marching down Broadway in the heart of the financial district on April 29 to MAKE WALL STREET PAY.

    See you there. For information contact the New York City Central Labor Council at 212-604-9552 or http://www.nycclc.org.
    Address
    Broadway and Barclay
    New York, NY 10007

    GO TO SITE FOR MAP AND EXACT LOCATION

    Broadway and Barclay streets………at the Woolworth Building

    UUUUUUUUUUuuuuuuuuuummmmmmm, do NOT want to be in that traffic jam….

    MINNESOTA—— go to this site
    http://aflcio.typepad.com/jobs/2010/04/we-want-paychecks-not-unemployment-checks.html

    Google names if you want more info………

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  27. TONY

    April 23, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I sent a letter to the White House a few days ago,regarding my situation as a 99er,asking why we don’t get any extension,also I mentioned my medical condition and my depression and suicidal thoughts,so somebody from the White House call to Los Angeles Crisis Center,telling to call me to talk to me and look for some help for me.A lady call me and gave me a number in my area where I suppose to cal to get some help with food,money. I call that place today and nobody answer the phone,so thay also told me to apply to the Welfare.At this point I don’t think that kind of help will work, what we need is inmediate help,no talking in the phone with referals where you need to qualify in order to get some help.

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  28. luke

    April 24, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Tier V won’t happen here’s why,,All in congress have signed on to “THE PHONEY RECOVERY ACT OF 2010″,,mainly because obama wants to believe it, large political aspiration people have already begun to bail, hanging out for the debacle in nov.,(by which time people will know of the phoney recovery) seems pointless.

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  29. brian mank

    April 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT(CREATE TIER V) SO THAT I CAN PAY MY TAXES PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THE GOOD FOLKS DOWN AT THE UNEMPLOYMENT CENTER DO NOT HOLD ANY TAXES BACK, THUS WHEN YOU MAKE 16K IN UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IN 2009 AND THEN YOUR EXTENDED BENEFITS RUN OUT IN THE BEGINNING OF 2010…. YOU HAVE A PROBLEM… YOU HAVE BEEN EATING, SLEEPING, FLUSHING TOILETS, TURNING ON/OFF HEAT AND LIGHTS…. BARELY MAKING IT FINANCIALLY, NOW I HAVE TO PAY MY TAXES ON MY UNEMPLOYMENT INCOME AND NOW I AM VERY SCARED… NO MONEY LEFT PAY MY INCOME TAX!!!!!! HOW ABOUT EXTENDING ONE MORE TIME, CREATE TIER 5, MAKE IT LAW, GIVE SOME NOTICE, FOR EXAMPLE THIS IS THE LAST EXTENSION, AND ALLOW ME TO PAY MY TAXES BEFORE I AM SWEPT UNDER THE RUG! YOU CAN BET YOUR SWEET MULE, I WILL BE VOTING DURING THE NEXT ELECTIONS!!!!!!! HELP!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. Gina C.

    April 25, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Out of all of the money spent on big-business bailouts alone, how many people were kept employed? How many unemployed were put back to work? Not enough to justify the act, I’m sure.
    Another thing, I am in school.. but cannot pay my rent, electric, phone or gas bills. I was fortunate enough to qualify for food-stamps. My only hope at this point is that my old van won’t break down and the local truck stop doesn’t mind me living in their lot while I attend college to further my education and chances at becoming employed again.
    And 97% of those “Job Centers” are nothing but scams, giving more money and jobs to those willing to turn a blind eye with corrupt business ethics and lining their own pockets with blood-money. Sure the GOP and Congress will pass tax breaks for us unemployed to help offset our situation, but it doesn’t matter- can’t pay my taxes anyway. Like my dad always used to say, can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip.

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  32. Justin B

    April 25, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I do agree that we all need a Tier V. If the source of funds is the main sticking point, they should do away with the 65% COBRA subsidy and the $25 additional weekly compensation. I would gladly give those 2 things up so we could have a Tier V. That 65% COBRA subsidy is a substantial expense and the savings from that alone would take care of a big portion of the costs for a Tier V. The savings from the $25 additional weekly payment would help too. I have a few more weeks before I am officially a 99er. I would rather give up the COBRA subsidy and the $25 additional weekly payment to have a Tier V coming. It’s better than having nothing at all! Maybe someone should suggest this in the petitions…

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  33. Ed

    April 27, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    George Carlin said it best:

    “THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU”

    Hopefully this article and the audacity of those in charge who keep laughing in our faces and demeaning us on a daily basis will finally ignite people to wake up and realize how true this statement is. Seriously. How much more are we, the middle and lower classes, going to take? Do you not understand how badly we’re getting raped on a daily basis by corporate America? A corporate America, mind you, which is only getting stronger and stronger and stronger every day? Will there finally be a rebellion? Finally?

    No, nothing will happen. At least I highly doubt it. Ignorant America will keep buying into the fear tactics and propaganda that the owners and media (which, by the way, go hand-in-hand if you haven’t figured that out) keep hammering into our heads each and every day. We will succumb to them as we always, always do.

    But hey, keep believing how great and “free” our country is. Keep believing that this is the land of opportunity and how we’re the greatest nation in the world. And keep believing that people like me are just angry citizens who should move out of the country. Well, let me tell you: One, it is *you* who should move out, because it’s your own damn fault this country is so screwed up. And two, get ANGRY. It is completely the appropriate emotion, and the only way anything’s going to get done. Put down your stupid cell phones and laptops and other gadgets that you’ve been bought off with — and get angry.

    The reality is, this country’s finished and it’s been finished for a long time. And we have no one to blame but ourselves because we’ve done nothing about it. Fat, lazy, ignorant America. Great job people.

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  34. MassMan

    April 28, 2010 at 10:56 am

    The funny thing is, those of us who were receiving unemployment payments – before they ran out – were still taxpayers, and as we all know, nobody really cares about the average taxpayer. Once we’re living on streets, they’ll have all kinds of money to throw at us. Those in Congress, both parties, are just as guilty as the Wall Street crowd for the mess we are in, but they all seem to be doing quite well for themselves. I’d love to be able to vote them all out, but the chances are that I’ll have starved to death before that is possible. Meanwhile, GM is busy bragging about paying off its TARP money, but doesn’t bother mentioning it was payed off with more TARP money. To those in power, just give me 1 billion, and I’ll never bother you again, honest!

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  35. Pro Tier V

    April 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Sign the tier 5 unemployment extension petition. Politicians see numbers, nevertheless, these stories are beneficials, but we need The Congress to see our numbers.

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  36. Tanya

    April 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    when we were employed and paying taxes, we were good to them, now, we are nothing but burden to America. I lost all my hopes :(

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  37. John Perry

    May 4, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Well it’s time to pay it forward to our government:
    I see there are alot of unemployed, so why not make a sign saying need a job or Tier V as you apply for the jobs, kill to birds with one stone. At least were still looking as well as getting the point across. I for one will be out first thing tomorrow. As they say one smile gets another. I live in Denver and I will be down next to the capital. At least its something positive. But if we keep waiting for something to happen and keep complaining, we will get no where. I wish you all well and hope that this nightmare will have some kind of happy ending. Mabe start pan handling with the signs, I don’t want hand outs, just the oppertunity to keep doing what I have been for many years. I am 56 and got alot of we want younger workers for cheaper wages. What good does it to go back to school,I have over 40yrs experience in my field. But still can’t even get a minimum wage job. And yes we will see anarchy,crime, and as alot of people Know are willing to go to jail. At least they get fed and arn’t under some tunnel,wondering if you get robbed or killed for the little you have,if any. Are there. They don’t have alot of room even the jail. Mabe they’ll be homeless also. I am ashamed to say that this country is going to shit. We need a new government, as well as a new congress. I might be down, but not out. May you all have moment of relief from all this mess. I beilieve in God we trust, but this government I don’t. Tier V now. I say give us what we need to survive and then we’ll vote. Their time for action is now, no more promises. I feel our govenment is keeping us down like in other countries. To keep control. It’s time to make a stand. They have to know there are more of us poor than there is of them, we need to take this great country back.

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  38. Sign the petition

    May 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Sign the tier 5 extension petition. We need assistance UB so we can get to interviews. How do we pay for gas, cell phone bill, electricity etc? Should I ware a potato sack to interviews — I need clean clothes!

    Tier 5 will be here before you know it, and you should assist in the petition now so it’s available when the rest need it.

    This is NOT the time to stop funding the American people! The economy will suffer if this is allowed to continue.

    Petition link:

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  39. Scott

    May 5, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Congress has passed an unemployment bill that only gives more time to claim benefits that have run out for the long term unemployed. Certain groups are trying to start a campaign to get more benefits for the unemployed.Even in an election year congress is not listening and the media is not even talking about it.They have sent faxes and emails to congress and the president to no avail.They keep claiming unemployment is getting better, it is not.They just drop you from the count when you benefits end.It is time we all stood up and be counted.The economy will be much worse at the end of the year when the rest of us loose our homes, cars and have no food on the table.Gallup says there are actually 21 percent unemployment.It is time to take to the streets and protest. Is this issue not more important than the three million teabaggers that just do not want to pay taxes or the illegals that do not pay taxes and are getting the jobs.There are 12 million illegals and over twenty million of us soon to be homeless.Which is more important them or us.We belong here and contributed to this great country. But all any one talks about is them. We do not even get a mention on the evening news and the government did this to us.They need to get their priorities straight.Election day is coming!

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  40. Jimbo

    May 7, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Everybody, please go to change.org and sign the 99ers need a tier 5 petition.

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  41. Amber N Oklahoma

    September 27, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I HAVE BEEN OUT OF WORK SINCE MAY 2ND, 2008. I EXTINGUISHED MY TIER 3 OKLAHOMA UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FEB 2010. I’M A NEWLY DIVORCE MOTHER OF 2 KIDS. MY RETIRED 79 YR OLD GRANDFATHER HAS HAD TO HELP US FINANCIALLY BUT, CAN NOT ANYMORE. THE LOCAL COMMUNITY HELP CENTERS HAVE RAN OUT OF FUNDS TO HELP WITH ELECTRIC BILLS, ETC. WHAT AM I SUPPOSE TO DO? I HAVE NEVER HAD THIS MUCH TROUBLE LANDING A JOB BEFORE! I HAVE A GOOD WORK HISTORY AND I HAVE A GOOD RESUME THAT I HAVE BEEN MAILING OUT WHEN I HAVE THE MONEY TO DO SO! I’M TRULY SCARED AND NEED SOME MAJOR HELP! WHERE IS THE GOVERNMENT AT WHEN A UNITED STATES CITIZEN NEEDS ASSISTANCE????

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