S. 3706, The Americans Want to Work Act (4055 comments ↓ | 3 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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  • This bill, or a similar bill, was reintroduced in the current Congress as S. 1455, The Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act.

S. 3706 would extend unemployment insurance benefits and cut taxes for businesses to create hiring incentives.

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August 5, 2010, 12:20pm (report abuse)

An incredible sigh of relief, Lets move this bill through

Cali 3yr+ 99er

August 5, 2010, 12:28pm (report abuse)

We must trust in God and not the Gov. We need LOTs of prayer.


August 5, 2010, 4:19pm (report abuse)

Glad that Deb or anyone for that matter finally got a bill together, however it is just too late for me, I have sold "EVERYTHING I OWN" including my car to seek work with. I have been served eviction papers and will now be homeless in 5 day's. This is my America? Shame on all the senators, I can only hope the same fate will fall on someone close to you so that you know how it feel's. Thanks for nothing, paid my taxes for 28 years to fall on hard times and have you turn your backs on the hardworking American people.


August 5, 2010, 4:29pm (report abuse)

As of the time of this posting, the text for the bill has not been posted, but what I have read and heard it is "NOT RETROACTIVE". I hope that I am wrong but fear that I am right. That is a shame, because my bills did not stop, they are all piled up here!


(logged-in user) August 5, 2010, 5:24pm (report abuse)

Here is the bill(S3706)



(logged-in user) August 5, 2010, 9:17pm (report abuse)

All I will say is that it is better late than never at this point.

Maybe now we can have all the various "99er" factions out there form a united front in this war, with this bill.


(logged-in user) August 5, 2010, 9:24pm (report abuse)

Senator Dodd said: “Our country continues to fight its way out of recession, and despite the progress we have made, many families in Connecticut and across the country are struggling to find jobs at the same time that their unemployment insurance is running out. While we continue to work to get our economy back on track, we must also support American workers who need their unemployment insurance to pay rent and mortgage bills, put food on their tables, and care for their children. We must act now to pass this bill that will create jobs and provide security for those who have been hit hardest by this recession.”



(logged-in user) August 5, 2010, 9:26pm (report abuse)

I wonder what the odds are this bill gets 156,203+ comments???....

What a long strange trip it's been....

OK...THAT WAS FUN!!!......Back to P.L.111-92 we go....


(logged-in user) August 5, 2010, 9:27pm (report abuse)


What are you doing in here?....GO BACK....GO BACK....STAY AWAY FROM THE LIGHT!!!


(logged-in user) August 5, 2010, 9:46pm (report abuse)

I came to dance in the light!


(logged-in user) August 5, 2010, 9:51pm (report abuse)


I just bought some new super high wattage light bulbs :)

Hey pete......ummmmm.....are you stalking me :)


(logged-in user) August 5, 2010, 10:48pm (report abuse)

And, its Deja Vu, all over again.


(logged-in user) August 5, 2010, 11:01pm (report abuse)


Yup.... one more time again.


(logged-in user) August 6, 2010, 1:09pm (report abuse)

Why is it that the House is being ordered back in session to pass the $26 billion state aid bill that will help keep 140,000 teachers and other government employees on the job, but the Senate can’t stay in session to help nearly 4 million long-term unemployed?


August 6, 2010, 1:16pm (report abuse)

Because Harry Reid is a wussy!!! I don't believe it until I see it! I am glad but where in the hell was this bill weeks ago? Why introduce a bill and go home? Why not make it retroactive like the one just passed? To save their asses in November! VOTE ALL INCUMBENTS OUT BECAUSE I AM TIRED OF THEM PLAYING US FOR FOOLS!!!

Rats Gone Home

August 6, 2010, 2:06pm (report abuse)

The Teachers Union at work what a joke.

The DemoRats had the votes to pass it if they wanted to.

They have screwed you all.

The Dems have more then half BILLION of the Stimulus money left in the pot which has not been spent. Why are the Dems not using it for you all


August 6, 2010, 11:23pm (report abuse)

I found a job for exactly one week during the interim time since my claim was exhausted. A few days ago i tried to open a new claim on that one week that i worked... does anything think that would bar me from this tier 5 extension? or will i probly be able to open up my exhausted claim ?? anyone


(logged-in user) August 7, 2010, 6:44pm (report abuse)

PBS's Newshour did a compelling segment on the '99ers that aired Friday. A person would need to have a heart of stone to not be moved by the harrowing plight of people who want to work yet cannot find jobs for years on end.

Meanwhile, the New York Times recently profiled a woman and member of a group few would willingly want to be a part of. She was on the verge of being forced to live in her car.

It's a terrible situation the long-term unemployed are in, and unnerving for all those who say "that could just as easily be me."

Small wonder, then, that consumers aren't spending but saving instead and trying where they can to reduce their debt. Which only keeps the economy bumping along, further adding to the misery of the '99ers.



(logged-in user) August 7, 2010, 6:47pm (report abuse)

U.S. To Train 3,000 Offshore IT WorkersAugust 7, 2010, 6:43pm (report abuse | hide this commenter)

Despite President Obama's pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S., a federal agency run by a hand-picked Obama appointee has launched a $36 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia

Has our Fed gov gone mad?


(logged-in user) August 7, 2010, 6:54pm (report abuse)

Even as controversy mounts over its funding of IT outsourcers in South Asia, the U.S. Agency for International Development has announced a program under which it will partner with the government of Armenia—a nation anxious to lure computer work from American shores--to promote the development of the country's information technology industry.


(logged-in user) August 7, 2010, 7:31pm (report abuse)

California Unemployment Insurance Electronic Benefit Payments, EDD

Employment Development Department (EDD) has been added a new service that Electronic Benefit Payments (EBP) and this will help recipients of state unemployment insurance, unemployment compensation benefits, unemployment appeals and checks, disability and paid family leave benefits etc. State of California federal unemployment claims payments will be faster, easier and more securely for this service of EDD. Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits electronic payments going start as early as September 2010.


Humble soul

August 7, 2010, 8:51pm (report abuse)

This is the least we can do to the people in this country. There are many American who suffered economically. This bill would help us to get out of the despair and move forward to get jobs and improve our economy.

It is a simple math. More people work = more revenue.

Let stop bailing out others.


August 8, 2010, 8:20am (report abuse)

Bravo. We have resources to invest in the people to have job. The question is whether we believe in our workforce or we want to depend on outside workforce.

Hire a Mexican

August 9, 2010, 12:03am (report abuse)

At least they will come to work everyday. And there is never any doubt that you will get a fair days work for a fair days pay.

Americans and their unions have screwed themselves into the ground.

Same Old...

August 9, 2010, 9:41am (report abuse)

I don't have a lot of hope in anything Stabenow does, been living in Michigan too long & she is empty words more than action. but November elections are coming soon. The politician are more likely to listen now than any other time.

Start calling them especially GOP lowlifes. Be blunt! Either they get this passed or you & anyone you can convince (family, friends etc.) will vote for someone else.

If nothing else it relives frustration & gives you someone to blame for this mess we are stuck in.

Oh one point when talking to your congressman emphasize just voting is not enough. They need to actively push this issue. Paying lip service is not enough, We sent them to Washington for results not excuses why they can't produce!

Seriously be polite but aggressive & persistent. Those kind of calls get noticed. Imagine yourself as the bill collector calling. He's not interested in why you can't pay. He just wants you to pay!Take the same tact.

Kick them Out in Nov.

August 9, 2010, 11:02am (report abuse)

The real truth is

Obama is Jimmy Carter on Steroids

Obama is Jimmy Carter on Steroids

Obama is Jimmy Carter on Steroids

Obama is Jimmy Carter on Steroids

Obama is Jimmy Carter on Steroids

Obama is Jimmy Carter on Steroids


August 9, 2010, 1:46pm (report abuse)

need desesperately this tier 5, exhausted all benefits since last week of march.

we need to remember in november all congressman who failed to help the poor, i mean the 99ers. these 99ers have family to support and feed and these congressmen ignored their suffering.

think GOD november is around the corner


August 9, 2010, 1:50pm (report abuse)



(logged-in user) August 9, 2010, 2:34pm (report abuse)

Well here we go again ! We all had high hopes for the last extention and our elected fools had no back bone Republican or Democrat ! Like Same Old said the elections are coming ! I dont care if im living under a bridge by then im gunna vote out all the fools that fought to not give us a fair chance ! It too little too late for many im sure but we can all still vote ,even if you have to lie that you still have a place to live on your voter cards ! Tell Washington that if we have money we will spend it and the economy will get better and then we can find jobs !


August 9, 2010, 3:38pm (report abuse)

How long the federal government paid EMERGENCY unemployment insurance to address previous spikes in joblessness:

1970’s: Benefits in effect for: 46 months (184 weeks)

1980s: mid 1982 through mid 1985 Benefits in effect for: 33 months (132 weeks)

Peak rate: 10.8% Rate when benefits expired: 7.4%

1990s: late 1991 through mid 1994 Benefits in effect for: 29 months (116 weeks)

Peak rate: 7.8% Rate when benefits expired: 6.4%

2000s: 2002 through early 2004 Benefits in effect for: 25 months (100 weeks)

Peak rate: 6.3% Rate when benefits expired: 5.6%

You're right.....

August 9, 2010, 7:38pm (report abuse)

That's very interesting.....Wonder how the Repubs voted on those occasions....that info must be out there somewhere......Pete


(logged-in user) August 9, 2010, 10:32pm (report abuse)

99er Nation: apathy is not an option - getting angry/taking action more important now than ever http://tinyurl.com/25bypgu


(logged-in user) August 9, 2010, 10:34pm (report abuse)

Lame Duck Congress bill = 2 more months off - candidates hiding from angry 99ers this recess? http://tinyurl.com/2wt8wsn

Same Old..

August 10, 2010, 8:37am (report abuse)

Food for thought: The dem should of passed this with the previous extension. Why didn't they?? They almost completely ignored it! Why? The GOP would of fought it just as hard. Now all of a sudden become importantant? Something stinks here!

Most politician are greedy liars motivated by their own political self interest.

The Dems are pushing this now because they want to prolong the publicity of GOP blocking unemployment & are uncaring elitists, which they are.

Conclusion: The GOP simply don't represent us & don't care. The Dems don't care either but represent us & are using this as a political tool to demonize the GOP. We of course are hanging by our nails financially. What a country!

Call your local lowlife (politician) & tell then no excuses. You wantt my vote you get this passed now! Many of these politicians have razor thin margins. Threaten to picket their local offices! TV staation love that stuff. Get creative & push hard. It's the only game we got!


(logged-in user) August 10, 2010, 2:39pm (report abuse)

Ed Schultz will attend 99er rally this Thursday in NYC http://tinyurl.com/32pudtk


(logged-in user) August 10, 2010, 8:53pm (report abuse)

The new Berkely/McDermott bill for the 99ers - does not pass the laugh test http://tinyurl.com/2fdhyaw


(logged-in user) August 10, 2010, 10:23pm (report abuse)

'99ers' Story Elicits Viewer Reactions, Tales

Paul Solman: There's been quite a bit of reaction to our story last Friday on the extension (or non-extension) of unemployment insurance benefits past 99 weeks.

You can read some of it here in the comments section on the Making Sen$e post, and more on the PBS Facebook page.

While almost all of the comments echo the grim chords struck by our interviewees in the initial story, a few e-mailers take issue with individual points. It's taking some research to respond to them, which I'll do as soon as I can.

But for the next few days, I thought we'd share a few fascinating outtakes from our interviews with 99ers last week. We'll begin posting those tomorrow.



August 11, 2010, 8:46am (report abuse)

Another $20 million going over to Pakistan from the U.S. to help the flood victims, but nothing yet for the 99ers here, many of whom have worked and supported the US economy for years!

Same Old...

August 11, 2010, 9:06am (report abuse)

My 2 cents worth.

I am not a rah rah person & more than a little discouraged. I've certainly lost all respect for the buffoons in the GOP & have very little respect for Dems who I think are using this as a political stunt to hurt the GOP when they should be getting serious about helping us.

Having said this the only club we have is the threat of not voting & letting our lowlife politicians know we are upset with them & urge them to move this. Otherwise it will get forgotten.

So please start calling get friends & relative to make a call or two a day. It take only moments. There is an election in a couple of months for all of the house and many of the Senators. Believe me these call are logged % tabulated & the politicians may not care about us but they care about getting reelected.

Franky I often use my emails & calls as a release of frustration. Seriously, doing nothing will get you nothing. Screaming at your elected official is much better than your spouse. (laugh)

Dog Crap

August 11, 2010, 9:07am (report abuse)

The money that Congress passed yesterday for the teachers is

26 BILLION. Some of the money will be coming from Food Stamp money.

Looks like the poor just got poorer thanks to the Democrats

Dog Crap

August 11, 2010, 9:09am (report abuse)


He lied to us, he played on our fears!

Remember Obama's words the stimulus will keep the unemployment rate below 8%. This guy is Jimmy Carter on Steroids who I voted for back in 1976


The Teachers Union at work what a joke.

The DemoRats had the votes to pass

law if they wanted to.

The Dems have more then half BILLION of the Stimulus money left in the pot which has not been spent. Why are the Dems not using it for you all

@ Dog Crap

August 11, 2010, 9:33am (report abuse)

All politician are trash. They are in my opinion greedy professional liars but the GOP is worse at least the Dems throw us a crumb or two

The GOP are completely funded by corporate lobbyists. The Dems are only somewhat funded by lobbyists. Most GOP rhetoric has no relation to economic fact. Their policy is no to everything but tax cuts to the wealthy. If you are not wealthy & have voted for the GOP you are being manipulated to vote against your own self interest & in my opinion are not very bright.

You made a lot of statements. Carter was good intentioned & yes he had some issues but he was only president who achieved a treaty in the middle East (Israel & Egypt)& imagine the strong position we would be in now if his energy policy had passed.

Been disappointed in Obama compromising away too much but lets put this in perspective. George Bush will be remembered as the worse President in history but the GOP have Sarah Palin so maybe it could get worse (ugh!)


(logged-in user) August 11, 2010, 11:50am (report abuse)

The horror show underlining the nation's lingering employment crisis

If you look beyond the numbers in the recent national jobless report, you'll see a horror show, writes columnist Bob Herbert. Policymakers are not responding with the sense of urgency that is needed.



(logged-in user) August 11, 2010, 11:54am (report abuse)


Can you give us some examples of what they did in those two years to destroy our economy?


(logged-in user) August 11, 2010, 11:59am (report abuse)

New York, NY (Aug 11) – Tomorrow, from 12 to 1 p.m., the 99ers have an anticipated rally scheduled to call attention to their plight of no unemployment benefits. Having gone through the emergency unemployment extensions, millions remain jobless although they desperately are seeking employment......

Republican remarks have been made, Sharron Angle, running against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid comes to mind, that those without jobs have chosen that lifestyle out of sheer laziness. This type of remark is a far cry from the truth and only serves to show how insensitive and out of touch many running for office this November are; so far out of touch that it is a wonder anyone would consider siding with this type of stereotyping.


Same Old... 1/2

August 11, 2010, 12:57pm (report abuse)

The facts:

270 billion budget surplus in Clinton's last year.

Bush's tax cut for the wealthy unbalanced the budget and had negligible effect on economy.

2 wars both unpaid for. Afghanistan after 911 needed to happen but Iraq didn't need to happen but neither war was paid for they were done outside of the budget and increased the deficit.

Senior citizen prescription benefit. Good idea but no price controls on pharm companies and again not paid for and increased the deficit.

Across the board lax enforcement of regulation on businesses. Wall street, banking, immigration. big oil. They all got greedy and we paid for it.

Yes Democrats had control of the congress but they didn't have enough votes to override a presidential veto hence they couldn't do much since the GOP was so united.

Bush's 8 years had the lowest wage growth ever. We now have lowest tax rate in history. Taxes are not the problem. Banks not lending and business holding cash because of lack of confidence.

Same Old...2/2

August 11, 2010, 1:08pm (report abuse)

Businesses have gone away from a profit & growth model. Instead they are looking to profit by reducing expenses which accounts for the stagnant wage growth and unemployment issues. Lowering taxes will increase their profits but it won't stimulate employment. Demand or spending must happen.

If anyone does any reading about what happened during the the great depression you will see almost the exact same scenario. Fear of deficit spending. Cash hoarding and stubborn unemployment that continued at 15% for several years. When you look at the rate that includes people who quit looking we are at about that now.

The teabaggers & GOP take this as a sporting event. Be loyal to the team.. It's not a contest. Facts must lead us to conclusions not simply liking a conclusion and accepting the facts you like and ignoring the ones you don't.

I mean seriously there is something wrong with anyone who thinks Sarah Palin is presidential material. Those people scare the hell out of me!


(logged-in user) August 11, 2010, 8:05pm (report abuse)

All247News writer Michael Danielson will be interviewed on the Dylan Ratigan show (MSNBC) tomorrow (Thursday). They will be discussing the unemployment issue. MSNBC contacted Michael after reading his posts about unemployment, 99ers, Tier 5 on All247News.


@ Same Old....

August 12, 2010, 7:36am (report abuse)

Couldn't agree with you more about Palin...Bill's wife would be perfect......

@Same Old...2/2

August 12, 2010, 9:45am (report abuse)

ditto is all I have to say!!!!!!!!

How do we get through to the good people in the tea party movement though? or is it too late from them??

I think that a lot of them would side with us as they are angry as hell but are mis-directing thier anger to the wrong people.......


(logged-in user) August 12, 2010, 10:44am (report abuse)

The day of the 99er Rally in NYC Harry Reid calls the Senate back - but not for the 99ers http://tinyurl.com/36hu42s


(logged-in user) August 12, 2010, 1:22pm (report abuse)

NYC "brass" silences the 99ers and Ed Schultz at our Rally today http://tinyurl.com/27mtdc5


(logged-in user) August 12, 2010, 7:34pm (report abuse)

WorldNewsVine slams Paladinette?????


Many of these so-called supporters of the 99ers, running these blogs and news sites have done more harm for their cause than they can imagine. These self-proclaimed legal scholars have been printing and stating inaccurate statements, and giving inaccurate or simply poor advice for months. It is a welcome sign to have Rep. McDermott step in and explain the process to the masses that sending some ridiculous letter to President Obama with “demands” is not how our system works.


You have to read the whole article...its lengthy


August 12, 2010, 8:55pm (report abuse)

Been working hard for so many years. Now, being unemployed with no more benefit. Being tossed around for false, job promises. Then come the government training program with budget cut and limitation. Without upfront money, one can not apply for training program without job guarantee. Companies do not hire new graduate. They want 5 years of experience. Now, one is back to unemployed. Facts in AMERICA.

Same old...1/2

August 13, 2010, 10:10am (report abuse)

@ditto is all I have to say!

I have a few friends who are teabag sympathizers & I'd say it's almost a lost cause. They share some common traits.

They had or are having a bad experience with Govmnt.

They usuually have a stable income source so are out touch with any hardship.

They are focused on criticism, are self centered & can't see consequences or the need to solve problems outside of their own lives.

They have at least a mild disconnect with reality. They are often harsh mean & even bigoted in their rhetoric but can be kind & generous in their personal lives & are often really good people,Something that always amazes me. (laugh)

The refuse to acknowledge that their views are even a little flawed when they loose a point they change the subject and start criticizing something else like a rabid dog.

I don't believe they think much about their views. The have a conclusion they like and frankly like a sports fan cheering for a favorite team ignore all its flaws.

Same Old.. 2/2

August 13, 2010, 10:31am (report abuse)

I have basically given up trying to discuss anything with them. Its like trying to talk to a broken record with an attitude,

Most are middle class people & they can't see most of their position are benefiting the wealthy.

They use the govrmnt as a catch all. When in reality they have very little understanding of the role govrmnt or influence that makes Govrmnt act the way they do.

The interdependence we have in our society has increased & they don't understand that. They want small Govrmt but have no concept the danger unrestrained wealth can cause. They fail to see small Govrmnt is often code talk for reducing taxes for the wealthy. It amazed me how the Govrmnt was demonized in the heath care debate when Ins Cos had already done everything people were afraid Govrmnt might do.

Just out of school in my job I seen some severe gut wrenching poverty. It opened my eyes & changed my views maybe it would work with the teabaggers. Ideology means little when people are starving.


August 13, 2010, 11:55am (report abuse)

The politicians repeatedly lie and distort things for their benefit. Why can't we play by the rules? The legal constraints are hardly what rules here it's about public opinion and in that venue there are no rules only success or failure. ---I can't see how that letter to Obama did any damage.

I think Obama could do a great deal more than he is now. He is not a strong leader he will follow public opinion and anything that motivates him is beneficial for us.

The more people yelling about this the more of a chance someone will hear! I think listening and accepting the policians excuses is more damaging.

I don't care what the bleeping law is just get bleeping bill passed!!!!!!!!!!! Tell that to Rep. McDermott!


(logged-in user) August 13, 2010, 12:14pm (report abuse)

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August 13, 2010, 7:53pm (report abuse)

At this point, you are doing more harm to the 99ers, than good.

You need to start LISTENING.


(logged-in user) August 13, 2010, 9:40pm (report abuse)

We are deep into what is so far the hottest year in recorded history, and into the second year of a prolonged economic slump. Unemployment is stuck at 9.5 percent, with an additional 7 percent of Americans either holding in part-time positions or no longer looking for work and thus no longer even counted as unemployed. A grim new noun has entered the lexicon—"99ers," people whose 99 weeks of extended jobless benefits have all run dry. No wonder the vast majority of people who have jobs aren't about to give up a steady paycheck, no matter what indignities are visited upon them. That doesn't mean they aren't secretly ready to explode.





(logged-in user) August 13, 2010, 10:12pm (report abuse)

I am getting so sick of listening to all of the infighting among some of the people that are supposed to be all in the same boat. It helps no one other than the ones that never wanted any UI extensions at all.

I know without a doubt that some out there are adding fuel to the fire because THEY do not want another extension to be passed. That game has been played online in places the unemployed talked since the beginning of 2008.

I have tried to stay out of this current dispute, but it is getting out of hand now.

All the post I have seen about Paldinette taking money from the unemployed are just plain lies. Yes she makes a few dollars from her articles, but the only one paying for it is that site owners, PERIOD. All journalist, and most all bloggers get paid. Some get millions.


(logged-in user) August 13, 2010, 10:13pm (report abuse)

Now I feel I need to say something about the comments I see in some places about her attitude toward other 99ers. I have not researched all the claims made, but I can say this to Paladinette. Way back when, you left me with a bad feeling about you because you almost bit my head off because I posted about something I was going to do at that moment, and you acted like I should be fighting every second for that extension, and do nothing else. No one can do that, especially after years of fighting. Maybe you can try to understand other people, and their situations, a little more, and be a little friendlier to them?

Maybe others can do the same too?

This unemployment situation has been the hardest thing most 99ers ever had to deal with in their lives. Everyone is stressed to the max. But we all need to try to get along if we are going to win this battle, the biggest, and toughest one yet.


(logged-in user) August 13, 2010, 10:13pm (report abuse)

All you true 99ers, please don't give divide and conquer ammo to those that want to stop us. Divide and conquer has been one of their favorite tactics all along.

Same Old...

August 14, 2010, 9:22am (report abuse)

We each have a different skill set anything that causes the politicians to move is useful. What Paladinette does is her way of helping & if she make s few dollars at it good for her! I might do things a bit different but I respect her effort. To be critical is pointless. My attitude is throw everything including the kitchen sink at the politicians. Who knows with their convoluted thought process what will resonate. This whole mess was really caused by ineffective regulation by congress & Bush on Wall Street. I am saving my venom for them!!!!

Frankly maybe a little anger and passion on this issue is a good thing. Do what you think works for you but do it!

20 weeks for all!

August 14, 2010, 10:05am (report abuse)

Senator Stabenow's new bill is only for states with a 7.5%+ unemployment rate. What about the rest that have fallen below that number because of seasonal construction, etc., and will shoot back up after the weather changes? There are some states that have always had low numbers, but they won't use the money if it's not necessary, yet it would be available if it BECAME necessary, so no one is getting a free ride here. More than fifteen states will be left twisting in the wind with no lifeline for the people that STILL can't find jobs - because there are none, or very few - and preparation for another winter is upon them. Does anyone feel that there is a disparity in this new bill? Shouldn't it be for all states - as the last extension finally was? It doesn't seem fair . . .

@ 20 weeks for all!

August 14, 2010, 11:36am (report abuse)

Yes, I think the new bill should be for all states not just the ones with 7.5% plus. I am from the state of Ma and a 99er and I hope we get the tier 5 soon. Good luck to all the 99ers out there.

For those

August 14, 2010, 1:55pm (report abuse)

of you who think Pal is doing this cause any GOOD think again, her tactics are abominable and shameful. You don t go putting people on a stupid wall that you are asking for something. Asa matter of fact, the tactic of throwing insults and ultimatums at sen. and reps is ridiculous, you criticize the House Members for being so demur to each other, well civility is how you get things done. Not by shouting endless threats and vote thisd or that one out slogans. While we all feel that way, it just does not work, if you have not noticed. So get your heads out of your asses and come up with a REAL plan, 100 or 200 people at a rally like this last one in NY is not great, just shows them that what they think is truye, that we are lazy!!! Wonder how many people living in Manhattan are unemployed!! We should have had more folks there

Same Old...1/2

August 15, 2010, 11:52am (report abuse)

@For those

Our politicians are the one responsible for our economic problems, more so for the GOP but the Dem bear responsibility too. If Wall street was properly regulated most of us would be working now.

The polityiians lie, distort and manipulate the truth & now we should respect them? Don't know about you but I consider it a insult to be lied to. For most of us this is not a detached debate. People are loosing everything and we should be calm? I would never advocate violence but the old remedy of taring and feathering a few of these people is a delightful fantasy!

Get real! Most of these politicians don't care about us. The only thing motivates them is their own self interest & frankly if they don't help us, making it very clear we will take their job away is absolutely the right thing to do!

They are public Servants but they have become so full of themselves they have forgot their role.

Same Old 2/2

August 15, 2010, 12:06pm (report abuse)

Try listening to GOP minority leader Mitch McConnell with Kentuck's unemployment problems & he spouts this silly drivel about tax cuts for the wealthy will put people to work. Except that didn't work for the last 8 years but now it going to?? If that doesn't get you mad you are frankly stupid. Yeah & that means you Kentucky voters for tolerating & re-electing an abomination like McConnell. Then there is Eric Cantor & probaly the worst Michelle Bachman but don't forget the Dems. Harry Reid he could of kept the senate in session if he cared enough. He cares enough about the border because he's up for reelection to call the senate back. Yeah you can bet the "threat" of not getting re-elected put some backbone into him! (laugh)

I think it's naive to think we get anything from these politician unless pushed. They've been asked politely. I think it time for the boot in the Bleep.

Put this into perspective. How polite is the bill collector calling you???


August 15, 2010, 12:32pm (report abuse)

I urge every legal citizen of the United States of America to bombard the President and Congress with your letters letting them know that immediate action needs to be taken to restore our jobs. Go to Congress.org and make your opinion known.


(logged-in user) August 15, 2010, 3:28pm (report abuse)

After the NYC rally - What now for the 99ers? http://tinyurl.com/2uhl2a8

Obama is a Ass

August 15, 2010, 6:13pm (report abuse)

Dems may use food stamp money to pay for Michelle Obama's nutrition initiative

By Russell Berman - 08/14/10 06:00 AM ET

Democrats who reluctantly slashed a food stamp program to fund a state aid bill may have to do so again to pay for a top priority of first lady Michelle Obama.

The House will soon consider an $8 billion child nutrition bill that’s at the center of the first lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative. Before leaving for the summer recess, the Senate passed a smaller version of the legislation that is paid for by trimming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.

The proposed cuts would come on top of a 13.6 percent food stamp reduction in the $26 billion Medicaid and education state funding bill that President Obama signed this week.

Dear Elected Officials:

August 16, 2010, 5:06pm (report abuse)

The '99ers' are real breathing people who are in fear because they can't find work. And, are day by day falling further and further into an abyss. They have no job. Many have no more money. Every day more of them are becoming homeless. Their only salvation is welfare. But, once on welfare and as they have lost everything else, it will be much longer and cost society much more if they are ever to become working productive citizens again.

Mr. President, on behalf of all '99ers', I implore you to be the champion needed to get this through Congress so you may sign it into law. Our elected officals, who the '99ers' expected to be their advocates, have summarily dismissed them or mislead them. This I have witnessed firsthand. Their resources are limited. They can not afford lobbyists to organize and speak on their behalf.

'99ers' needed a job yesterday so they could have money today to avoid going on welfare tomorrow. Tomorrow is now today and the first two items haven't happened.

Dog Crap

August 16, 2010, 7:53pm (report abuse)

Jimmy Carter 18% interest rates

One absurd decision, considered "controversial" by even his ardent supporters, was the final negotiation and signature of the "Panama Canal Treaties" in September 1977. Those treaties, which essentially would transfer control of the American-built Panama Canal to the nation of Panama, were bitterly opposed by a majority of the American public. The treaties transferred a great strategic American asset - one that nearly 30,000 men died while constructing it over a decade -- to a corrupt third-world military dictatorship. Mr. Carter could not care less.

America's worst president also terminated the Russian wheat deal, which was intended to establish trade with USSR and lessen Cold War

Iranian militants seized the American embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage.

The redeeming factor in this telling ordeal was Carter's crushing defeat by Ronald Reagan in the presidential election.


(logged-in user) August 16, 2010, 9:41pm (report abuse)


The CIA, under President Eisenhower (Republican) overthrew the democratically elected leader of 40 years in Iran (Persia) and installed the Shah as its puppet leader so we could control the oil. .We paid Irans religious leaders $400 million a year to keep the Shah in power, and sold the Shah our most advanced weapons. Big business/oil made fortunes.


Jimmy Carter replaces Bush as CIA Director.

Jimmy Carter stopped the payments to Iran in 1977 and the Shah fell down. As conservative Muslim clerics rose up against the Shah, martial law was declared in September 1978; followed by a military government in November.


Iranian militants seized the U.S. Embassy with 62 hostages on 4 November. President Carter's April 1980 rescue attempt was sabotaged and self-emolated at the "Desert One" staging area, leaving burned American bodies behind as the U.S. forces fled.


(logged-in user) August 16, 2010, 9:46pm (report abuse)


President Jimmy Carter was left looking like a bumbling fool and vulnerable to Bush's October Surprise which won the November 1980 election. Less than a month before the election, when it appeared Carter may negotiate a release the hostages, as unimaginable (un-American) as it was, VP candidate George H. Bush met and sealed a deal with religious rulers of Iran. He promised missiles and munitions forbidden under U.S. law to the militant Muslim State through Israel if the Ayatollah would refuse any hostage agreement until Reagan won the election. One day after Reagan's inauguration on 20 January 1981, Iran returned those Americans held in captivity.


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(logged-in user) August 16, 2010, 10:40pm (report abuse)

Hmmm....Quiet on this front too....Must be Monday and everyone's tired....

Welfare isn't what it used to be

August 17, 2010, 12:51am (report abuse)

Texas to be eligible after 10 pages of verification, two different appointments for hours, an employment interview 4 hours, and then, $203 for the first four weeks you are indigent. You must actively search for employment for 30 hours a week, and have the paperwork. You must attend classes and seminars.

After the first four weeks you must volunteer at a non profit organization 30 hours a week, that following month or you fall off the rolls which is what they wanted in the first place.

The criterium for eligibility is so small no one can qualify, and the expected rules and regulations are impossible for someone who has been caught up in the 99 weeks of unemploymemt as you must be completely indigent.

It is a riduculous program that grinds the recipient to dust as their efforts are scrutinized and questioned as if they are a grade schooler--ALL FOR $50 a week???

It is a sad state of Americans not taking care of it's poorest neighbors and fellow citizens.


$203 for the month

August 17, 2010, 12:55am (report abuse)

in case I wasn't clear

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