A bill is set to go before the Senate today extending the deadline to file for unemployment benefits through the end of November. Recently the bill has been blocked by Senate leaders on several occasions due to the argument that benefit extensions should be offset by spending cuts. Republicans have made derogative statements against the many hardworking American citizens who have lost their jobs, stating a new relief bill would do nothing more than discourage people from looking for work.
A statement such as this should come as no surprise from the triple digit income people who know nothing of struggle or what it means to live paycheck to paycheck, as many of Americans do. Is this how our government feels about the people who help put them in office, and who help to build and run this country? We are being viewed with disrespect and such a lack of faith, it’s both sad and sickening.
People find it hard enough to pay their bills on a REGUALR paycheck from their employer. Unemployment, which is half, sometimes LESS than that barely enacts people to get by, must less have any kind of a life. What they do not realize as well, is these people are not only out of a normal paycheck, but many have lost their healthcare as well.
People are not looking for handouts, they are asking for HELP so that they do not loose their homes and families to poverty and homelessness, a real problem that this country does not need anymore of. Many US citizens are actively seeking work, however it is not out there for many of us, and no one can give an answer to where they are, or maybe they are too intimidated to speak up on the REAL reason why our economy is in such a recession.
The Congressional Budge office estimates the bill will cost $33 billion in additional deficit spending. President Obama lashed out at congressional Republicans Monday, arguing that a “partisan minority” had allowed short-term political calculations to trump genuine economic need. If it’s money they are worried about, spending cuts in the federal budget should be apprehended elsewhere, not by further shutting out the American people. This recession has caused enough suffering to our workforce.
During the first half of the year the jobless rate averaged 9.7 percent. It’s estimated that more than a MILLION Americans have exhausted their unemployment benefits lifeline since the expired deadline in June, where the US unemployment rate stood at 9.5 percent. Economist suggest these high percentages to remain elevated throughout the year 2011.