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Congress Go Ahead and Campaign But What if No One Votes?

Washington, DC (Oct 2) – Beth, one of the 99ers who is very upset after seeing S3706 blocked this week, says “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I do not understand what they are thinking. There are millions of people without any money but all they care about is elections. They have all lost my vote. I hope that everyone feels that way. If no one would vote maybe then they would get the message.”

Senator Stabenow introduced Senate Bill S3706 to extend unemployment benefits creating a tier V that would have benefited the long term unemployed but when the bill was brought to the floor, Senator George LeMieux of Florida objected stating “Republican members were unclear as to how much the legislation would cost and how it would be paid for”. These benefits called “Americans Want to Work Act” would benefit states with unemployment rates above 7.5%. The Democrats won’t agree to use TARP funds to pay for extended benefits even though some banks have paid back a large portion of the money they borrowed. September 3rd AIG stated they reached a deal to pay back the Federal Reserve Bank of New York nearly $46 billion TARP taxpayer bailout funds. So, the long term unemployed are left without an extension.

The fight between Republicans and Democrats in Congress is not going unnoticed by the unemployed. Congress should take a strong look at the number of unemployed construction workers. At least 25% nationwide and 50% in the high unemployment states are unemployed. What if they decide they just are not going to vote?

A majority of the long-term unemployed is over 50 and we know this group votes but will they vote this November? This country is in a mess and Congress is fighting. Even if they did pass S3706 and eventually the jobs came back, millions of Americans have lost their homes, their credit, their cars, and depleted their savings. Due to financial hardships, some even lost their family.

Many Americans will never recover from this recession. Congress turned their backs on the American people and cannot identify with the long term unemployed because most of them are financially stable and even if they do get voted out in November, they have income for the rest of their lives, paid for by the taxpayer!

Another 99er wrote, “They used to argue that receiving unemployment benefits kept us from looking for work! Well, news flash, we (99ers) have been without benefits for 7 months now, so now what is their excuse? These people are incredible! If we were living in another country and going hungry and homeless, they would send billions to help, without a second thought and with American working class tax money! But, American working class tax money can’t help unemployed working class? What happened to patriotism? Or appreciation for those that paid taxes for 3 and 4 decades? Do we suddenly not count because they took our jobs and we can’t pay? Guess what, even with unemployment benefits we paid taxes and spent money to help the economy.”

No one knows the exact number of unemployed 99ers we have but it’s in the millions and S3706 would have given another 20 weeks of benefits to those who have been without any income for months.

In order to overcome LeMieux’s objection to doing this under unanimous consent, the Democrats would have to invoke cloture with 60 votes as they have done in the past, but Congress is vacationing, Democrats and Republicans. They are being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars while the unemployed go homeless and hungry. Some think the unemployed are lazy and do not want to work but do not realize these people had to meet certain criteria in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits.

They could not have quit their jobs, or gotten fired or they would not be eligible for benefits. These working class people paid taxes and now cannot support their families. Many have lost their homes and until jobs come back this tiny bit of income from unemployment benefits would have allowed them to hold on to some small amount of dignity they still had.

So go home Congress and campaign but you had better calculate the outcome if the polls open on that cold November day and no one shows up.

Brenda Hyatt – WorldNewsVine

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9 Responses to Congress Go Ahead and Campaign But What if No One Votes?

  1. Isabeau

    October 2, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I will be running out of my last bit of unemployment by the end of November. What am I supposed to do? I have been looking for a job to the point of exhaustion. Many times I have trouble even finding new jobs to apply for because there are so few out there. What are any of us supposed to do? I paid taxes for almost 3 decades and the federal government was only too happy to take my money and throw it away on un-needed wars and other countries. But when it comes to their own people they look at us and call us lazy and undeserving. What are we supposed to do???? These people don’t represent us. The represent the rich, they are the rich. They care nothing for us. So I ask you, what are we supposed to do??

  2. DougB

    October 3, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Hell YEAH!!!! What we need it for some joe schmoe 99’er to run for senate and watch how fast things change! At least they would know whats going on and actually CARE about the unemployed!

    It would be nice if all the politicians vacation at the same place and get food poisoning and cant come back in November… including that Bitch Pelosi who’s vote was the final one for them to leave until November, otherwise they’d have to stay and vote other bills… I hope she gets ganged raped by a bunch of goats on her farm!

  3. Sheila

    October 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Vote. Vote against every Republican running.

    • Reid Hyams

      October 3, 2010 at 4:31 pm

      Yes, Vote them out – it’s your only chance, period.

    • capnjack

      October 8, 2010 at 4:57 pm


  4. Reid Hyams

    October 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    There’s a leak in the dam and not voting is NOT going to fix it. Vote the Republican’s out and the Democrat’s in… that’s the best chance you have as a 99er or being unemployed to get any additional financial compensation that you deserve and that you paid for. Next, fir them all… the Congress, the AIG’s and all of those that have created this financial terrorism from with our country! Give them no compensation, no pension, no health care and try them for treason! We don’t need the Bin Laden’s of the world to destroy the United States and the good citizens and people living here …these people we put in office are doing in for them. Vote! get the Dem’s in and the Repug’s out …stabilize our people and our country financially and then start anew – do it, VOTE! …or it will get worse, and that’s not heard to believe…

  5. Kevin O'Grady

    October 8, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Folks, there is no way that failing to vote is going to hurt anyone but yourselves.
    Your representatives who fail to represent your interests would love to see such apathy.

    Register, vote and have your say!

  6. julie friday

    October 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I agree with everything that was said in this article. People better vote for someone else or just not vote at all , cause nothing is getting done in washington. And our president is no better thanks to the young white voters here in america,that voted him in , this is just the beginning so get ready people the worst is yet to come!!!!!

  7. Karol

    October 12, 2010 at 9:14 am

    It’s bad enough when 1 person in a family is unemployed, at 99 weeks who’s benifits will end next week and we’re paying his health insurance premiums and making sure all your bills and mortage is met. But when your spouse who was working with insurance get’s RIF’ed also and they had to pay their COBRA and now we still are paying our bills and mortage with our 2 grandsons that we adopted 9 years ago it’s going to be really hard to get by on 1 unemployment income. We both worked for almost 30 years in the housing industry so our line of work is gone. We will end us using our 401K to get through this thanks to everyone of the representives that feel we’re not worth their time. My wish, term limits on all of them and they have to take mandatory 50%-75% paycuts to start paying down the national debt, pay their own heath insurance and loose their pensions. Let them start living in the real world and see what it’s like.

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