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My name is Robert Duckham, I am a 47 year old unemployed male.

I have joined the millions of American people who are victims of the Rethuglican recession.  I am luckier than most, my wife is an attorney, she has a six figure income, so my income is nice, but not immediately necessary.  I used my unemployment insurance payments to pay for transportation to job interviews; the few that there have been, and to help pay some of our household expenses.  But, that ends on Monday, as this Sunday I file my paperwork for my last week of unemployment insurance payments.  In the past the Congress passed unemployment insurance payment extensions.  But not this time, as certain members are now worried about budget deficits.  I will not bore you with my screed that says that these same people who now bleat like sheared sheep about budget deficits voted FOR a war in Iraq and Afghanistan, voted to bailout the banksters, and gave massive tax cuts to the wealthy.  I am going to give you some suggested cuts that could be made in our current budget.

The Wars in Iraq & Afghanistan:  According to the National Priorities Project http://www.nationalpriorities.org/  over $1 Trillion Dollars has been spent in Iraq & Afghanistan since 2001.  That would be a great place to start saving.

Missile Defense:  According to the Center for Defense Information http://www.cdi.org/... $62.9 Billion has been spent on missile defense programs.  62.9 Billion spent on a program that didn't work when tested, has no real reason to exist since the "Evil Empire" died. This has been the worst spent money that I have seen in my lifetime.  Kill it now.

BUT WE NEED THE KOSSACKS HELP  The bill to extend the unemployment insurance payments has not come to a vote.  There is no certainty that the bill will ever come to the floor.  CONTACT YOUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN.  Find out where they stand on extending unemployment insurance payments for the millions of out of work Americans like me.  Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202)224-3121, and find out where your representatives stand on this important issue.

And Call Sen. Reid at (202) 224-3542, and Rep. Pelosi at (202) 225-4965, and tell them that wee demand that they schedule a vote on this bill as soon as possible so we can continue to help these unfortunate Americans.

I want to work, as I am sure most all of the currently unemployed want to work, but we need help while we get new jobs.  And that is the governments role to help those who need a hand up, so then we can then stand up on our own.  If the Congress can spend billions of dollars to help the banksters, they can assuredly help those millions of formerly hard working Americans who want to work but can not right now.

Originally posted to rduckham on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 09:55 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    RED MEAT DEMOCRAT CONVICTION IS WORTHLESS UNLESS IT IS CONVERTED INTO CONDUCT! THOMAS CARLYLE

    by rduckham on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 09:55:19 AM PDT

  •  Sorry that you are out of a job, but (4+ / 0-)

    since your family still has a six-figure income even with you out of work, shouldn't unemployment benefits go to families who really need the money?

    •  No.Unemployment Insurance should never (8+ / 0-)

      be means tested.It is not "welfare".As workers,we are all covered within this system,when someone loses their job it should kick in.

      "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

      by tardis10 on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 10:21:19 AM PDT

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      •  But maybe any extension should be means test when (1+ / 0-)
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        gustynpip

        the benefits are paid beyond what was the original intent of the insurance and thus the funds come out of the public coffers.

        Just saying that I feel sorry for a lot of other people before I feel sorry for an unemployed worker whose wife makes a six-figure income.

        •  I understand your point (2+ / 0-)
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          Odysseus, greengemini

          but, it's law. Benefits are paid if you lose your job through no fault of your own - laid off - or if you quit for just cause such as hazardous working conditions. It would get pretty sticky to start trying to base it on financial need.

          I have no problem with this.

          But, similar I did have a problem with everyone on Social Security getting an extra $250 check as part of the stimulus plan. I know a millionaire who got one check, maybe two. Even his relatives are upset at the waste.

          Give peace a chance. Sign Rep. Grayson's The War is Making You Poor Act.

          by OLinda on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 10:46:50 AM PDT

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          •  But that's not means tested either, by law. So (0+ / 0-)

            why be upset by one and not the other?  

            Maybe a lot more things Should be means tested and the laws should be changed.  

            "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

            by gustynpip on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 11:17:55 AM PDT

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            •  means (1+ / 0-)
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              greengemini

              I look at a stimulus plan differently than UI benefits. It was an "extra" from the govt. to boost the economy, so it seems a little research could have gone into it, and say only sent to those with less than $250,000 income on their last tax return.

              UI benefits are for those who lose their jobs. You should be able to work no matter how much money you have, and shouldn't be penalized by UI benefits when it's no fault of your own.

              I do see your point though too. Just saying how I looked at it.

              Give peace a chance. Sign Rep. Grayson's The War is Making You Poor Act.

              by OLinda on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 11:35:02 AM PDT

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              •  Means Testing UI (0+ / 0-)

                I will NOT apologize for using a program that I have payed into every 2 weeks while I was working since I was 16.

                RED MEAT DEMOCRAT CONVICTION IS WORTHLESS UNLESS IT IS CONVERTED INTO CONDUCT! THOMAS CARLYLE

                by rduckham on Sun Jun 13, 2010 at 09:29:40 AM PDT

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        •  I'd rather just tie UI to a simple (2+ / 0-)
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          Odysseus, DaleA

          statistic,like the unemployment rate in a state. When the unemployment rate comes down,extensions should end.That also keeps a focus on govt. working to reduce unemployment through job training & skill enhancement. (and far more creative approaches as well)

          Once any program is turned into "welfare",then it becomes far too easy to cut or dismantle.There is also the problem of exactly how to means test.More layers of bureaucracy and the accompanying paper pushers works as a job program (snarkasm) but not as a prudent use of funds.

          "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

          by tardis10 on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 10:48:05 AM PDT

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  •  Deficits didn't matter when it was war (6+ / 0-)

    and hate but when it comes to helping people caught by their mismanagement of everything...they would rather let them starve. This country sucks.

    "When fascism comes to America, it'll be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis

    by lakehillsliberal on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 10:26:54 AM PDT

  •  Unemployment should continue to come from (5+ / 0-)

    the large corporations that laid people off.  Smaller companies and those that went out of business should come from the "public coffers".  Many of these large corporations are giving huge bonuses to ceos and paying dividends, they should also pay for unemployment benefits until that person gets another job.  Maybe, they wouldn't be so quick to lay off people.

  •  I am ithe the same boat....without the spouse (5+ / 0-)

    with the six figure income. I am a 50 year old female who has been looking for a job for the past 11 months. The only thing I can find is low paying jobs making 50% less.

    •  me too (3+ / 0-)
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      OLinda, sberel, litoralis

      300 college hours; three degrees; no job. Seeking graphics arts, video editing job. Email at home page.

      by LivesInAShoe on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 11:08:55 AM PDT

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      •  what i meant to say (3+ / 0-)
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        is that my spouse is employed, and i am so grateful for that.

        i however, can not get a job other than as a sub.

        i got turned down for a call center job because i have no call center experience.  300 college hours, college teaching experience, but no call center experience.

        you know the minimum requirement for working in a call center?  a ged.

        did they not think i could master the job and be running the place in under 30 minutes?

        i am so discouraged.

        300 college hours; three degrees; no job. Seeking graphics arts, video editing job. Email at home page.

        by LivesInAShoe on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 11:18:46 AM PDT

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  •  This is a worthy subject, but I have to admit, I (2+ / 0-)
    wish you'd have used a different title.  You really aren't the face of the unemployed.  Very few of the unemployed have a spouse with a six figure income to fall back on.  It's a little difficult for most of us to identify with that, and certainly difficult to feel a great deal of sympathy or be convinced that dollars should be going from our pockets to yours.  Using examples of people in need rather than your own would have provided a much more compelling argument.

    "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

    by gustynpip on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 11:22:14 AM PDT

  •  Unemployed in Ohio (4+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, sberel, RosyFinch, greengemini

    48 yr old male, unemployed for 14 months now. The only jobs out there are temporary jobs. I might make a go of it as a contractor, but the way the economy is now, once the contract ends I will not be eligible for any unemployment.
    We Need Jobs...

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