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Saying that it is a time to "look ahead to all the possibilities and opportunities of the year," President Obama uses this week's address to call on Republicans to extend emergency unemployment insurance:
Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline – the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job. Republicans in Congress went home for the holidays and let that lifeline expire. And for many of their constituents who are unemployed through no fault of their own, that decision will leave them with no income at all. [...]

So when Congress comes back to work this week, their first order of business should be making this right. Right now, a bipartisan group in Congress is working on a three-month extension of unemployment insurance – and if they pass it, I will sign it. For decades, Republicans and Democrats put partisanship and ideology aside to offer some security for job-seekers, even when the unemployment rate was lower than it is today. Instead of punishing families who can least afford it, Republicans should make it their New Year’s resolution to do the right thing, and restore this vital economic security for their constituents right now.

Email your member of Congress now and demand that they restore benefits to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

Complete transcript below the fold.

Hi, everybody, and Happy New Year.

This is a time when we look ahead to all the possibilities and opportunities of the year to come – when we resolve to better ourselves, and to better our relationships with one another. And today, I want to talk about one place that Washington should start – a place where we can make a real and powerful difference in the lives of many of our fellow Americans right now.

Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline – the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job. Republicans in Congress went home for the holidays and let that lifeline expire. And for many of their constituents who are unemployed through no fault of their own, that decision will leave them with no income at all.

We make this promise to one another because it makes a difference to a mother who needs help feeding her kids while she’s looking for work; to a father who needs help paying the rent while learning the skills to get a new and better job. And denying families that security is just plain cruel. We’re a better country than that. We don’t abandon our fellow Americans when times get tough – we keep the faith with them until they start that new job.

What’s more, it actually slows down the economy for all of us. If folks can’t pay their bills or buy the basics, like food and clothes, local businesses take a hit and hire fewer workers. That’s why the independent Congressional Budget Office says that unless Congress restores this insurance, we’ll feel a drag on our economic growth this year. And after our businesses created more than two million new jobs last year, that’s a self-inflicted wound we don’t need.

So when Congress comes back to work this week, their first order of business should be making this right. Right now, a bipartisan group in Congress is working on a three-month extension of unemployment insurance – and if they pass it, I will sign it. For decades, Republicans and Democrats put partisanship and ideology aside to offer some security for job-seekers, even when the unemployment rate was lower than it is today. Instead of punishing families who can least afford it, Republicans should make it their New Year’s resolution to do the right thing, and restore this vital economic security for their constituents right now.

After all, our focus as a country this year shouldn’t be shrinking our economy, but growing it; not narrowing opportunity, but expanding it; not fewer jobs, but doing everything we can to help our businesses create more of the good jobs that a growing middle class requires.

That’s my New Year’s resolution – to do everything I can, every single day, to help make 2014 a year in which more of our citizens can earn their own piece of the American Dream.

After five years of working and sacrificing to recover and rebuild from crisis, we have it within our power, right now, to move this country forward. It’s entirely up to us. And I’m optimistic for the year that lies ahead.

Thank you, and have a great weekend.

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  •  Unfortunately (2+ / 0-)
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    CuriousBoston, Lordcaradoc

    In the reality of the Teabag controlled House of Representatives, his endorsement is probably the kiss of death for this necessary legislation.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:13:24 AM PST

    •  Democrats should have STAYED IN D.C... (12+ / 0-)

      ...when Republicans left. They should have marked a line in the sand and DARED the GOP to scamper on home to their comfort while those they claim to represent starve.

      The blame GOP thing is all well and good, but in the end, the problem was not solved...and cold, hungry Americans were left out in the cold. Had congressional Democrats showed an ounce of spine and stayed to keep working for this, it would have been done already.

      Now, the president has to beg them to do their fucking jobs...and people STILL suffer.

      Adequate health care should be a LEGAL RIGHT in the U.S without begging or bankruptcy. Until it is, we should not dare call our society civilized.

      by Love Me Slender on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:38:36 AM PST

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      •  Republicans won't do the jobs they have. Give them (2+ / 0-)
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        high uintas, shaharazade

        the UI and give the unemployed JOBS.

        Now they have the 2nd (safety net for sloppy) Amendment, and can't be infringed to actually treat their gun like a gun and not a video game controller.

        by 88kathy on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:09:00 AM PST

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      •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

        But Democratic timidity is how Republicans consistently make the lives of the poor worse while getting Democrats to take the fall for it.

        "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

        by MargaretPOA on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 11:43:56 AM PST

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    •  Trying to get this up top (0+ / 0-)

      the link takes me to the wrong Representative for the wrong district.

      My zip is for Utah's First and it takes me to Utah's Second.

      I can email Bishop on my own, but thought I'd let ya'll know.

      And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

      by high uintas on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:46:08 AM PST

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      •  CANCEL ABOVE! (0+ / 0-)

        It seems I catch the corner of the second district, I thought I didn't. Thank you Obi Wan Dkos, you were right again.

        And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

        by high uintas on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:52:27 AM PST

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        •  Sent this to our (cough cough) Congressman (2+ / 0-)
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          snoopydawg, SueDe
          Get off your butt and pass an extension. I won't honor you Republicans in the House with a salutation, you haven't earned it. We don't pay you to not work and refuse to pass any meaningful legislation.

          I know you are scared of the teabaggers, guess what? Most of your constituents aren't 'baggers and think you guys are wasting our time and money.

          We've been unemployed, it's horrible and thankfully we are now doing OK. No one wants to be there, but in some areas of the country there are no jobs.

          Quit acting out of your own entitlement and do something for the nation you supposedly care about instead of your own damn party.

          We mean this,

          I hate these weasels.

          And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

          by high uintas on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 09:03:41 AM PST

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          •  I like it. (1+ / 0-)
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            high uintas

            I'm losing all patience with this business of blaming the unemployed for there being no jobs and calling people lazy takers for being poor.  I dream of dastardly punishments for House Republicans, but even that is not helping me come to terms with the way I feel about them anymore.

            "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

            by SueDe on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 11:19:33 AM PST

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            •  I have no patience at all (1+ / 0-)
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              Donny Kwiksotik

              They don't get respect until they earn it.

              And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

              by high uintas on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 03:57:09 PM PST

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              •  Well sometimes we'd travel (0+ / 0-)

                right down the Green River, to an abandoned old prison down by Aidrey Hill, where the air smelled like snakes and we'd shoot with our pistols, but empty pop bottles was all we would kill.

                --From one Prine fan to another.  I've gone to see him play many many times.

              •  The world's largest shovel (0+ / 0-)

                You got me singing that Prine song.  I haven't heard it in years.

                I remember he said that he got the idea for that song when he read in the newspaper that the coal company had built the World's Largest Shovel.

                "The coal company came with the world's largest shovel, and they tortured the timber and they stripped all the land.  They dug for the coal 'til the land was forsaken, and they wrote it all down as the progress of man."

                I see that he is now battling lung cancer, and I hope and pray that he wins the fight.

  •  For THREE Months?? (6+ / 0-)

    Wow... last of the NOT Big Spenders...

    This is hideous.

    His poll numbers >>>> in the basement this year.

    "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:17:22 AM PST

    •  I assume President Obama would want a longer (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      CuriousBoston

      extension, if he could get it.  

      But for at least now, the republicans aren't willing to agree to long, stable periods of time for anything, whether it's budgets, spending bills, debt bills, etc.  It ensures that the country is constantly running into its next crisis.

      •  Assumptions?? (5+ / 0-)

        The "republicans are stopping us" feeble canard has gone on long enough.

        it's beyond weak this point, and it's partly why Obama's poll numbers are dropping.

        "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

        by Superpole on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:36:17 AM PST

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        •  He needs congress to do their fucking jobs... (4+ / 0-)

          The president can't authorize these benefits himself. Democrats in congress have to pound this drum and let the voters know who wants to freeze and starve out-of-work Americans and who doesn't...and they need to stall the rest of the legislative agenda until it is remedied.

          Adequate health care should be a LEGAL RIGHT in the U.S without begging or bankruptcy. Until it is, we should not dare call our society civilized.

          by Love Me Slender on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:43:34 AM PST

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        •  What would you have him do? (9+ / 0-)

          The House needs to pass the extension - it's not something the president or the Senate can do on its own.  

          The republicans control the House.  If they're only willing to pass 3 months at a time, and President Obama's choice is to either sign that or get nothing additional for the long-term unemployed, what would you have him do?  

          •  I'd have him get (2+ / 0-)

            a lot more bully in the bully pulpit, for one thing.

            This is ridiculous. Why in the HELL did he not ask Dems to stick around in December, draw the line in the sand and dare those heartless bastards to cross it? But no. We get these milquetoast Saturday Morning BiPartisanship Messages after the fact.

            Flame away. And spare me the "but he can't be seen as being an Angry Black Man" routine, too. I'm seriously over that shit. Tired of all the excuses. This should have been the message before the Dems took that crap Budget Deal. And now our own President looks like he's BEGGING people who have no respect for him to do their goddamn job.

              Over it.

            This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

            by lunachickie on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 11:06:59 AM PST

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            •  beengo! (0+ / 0-)

              They passed a feeble budget, then BLEW TOWN for a five week vacation.. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet, eh?

              This again proves just how much the "democrats" care about the people who put them in office.

              "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

              by Superpole on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 11:13:22 AM PST

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          •  Another Load... (0+ / 0-)

            I'm supposed to believe the petty bickering in congress began in 2010 when the Teabagger Mob got in?

            Everything was smooth sailing in congress for decades before that, eh?

            NOT. it's called deal making, and the "democrats" had better learn how to do this again, and soon.

            "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

            by Superpole on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 11:15:41 AM PST

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        •  Things will be different (2+ / 0-)
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          shaharazade, Jazzenterprises

          once the Pensadoralution happens!

          Wake up sheeple!!

          //

    •  A Saturday speech calling for 3 months. (4+ / 0-)

      What bold action the unemployed get.

    •  What do they do after three months? (2+ / 0-)
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      maryabein, Superpole

      Do they play the same game with Republicans refusing to extend it, but Democrats insisting on it? Presumably long-term unemployment won't fall to pre-crisis levels, but the Rand Pauls will continue to claim that a further extension is unneeded etc. All this will just cause more uncertainty.

      •  YES AND THEY ARE DOING THIS CRAP (0+ / 0-)

        intentionally... so every three months going by with our economy still sucking gas, they can have the same REDUNDANT pointless "debate".

        this debate serves only to, slightly obscure the obvious-- Obama and congress have ZERO plan to get us out of the ditch.

        it's not working.

        "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

        by Superpole on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 11:10:49 AM PST

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      •  UI pre-crisis level was 26 weeks, (0+ / 0-)

        and many states are already reinstating that length of time.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 11:33:34 AM PST

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  •  Won't happen (0+ / 0-)

    the Republican's last great hope is to put the economy back in the shitter, because Obama.

  •  U.S. Economy losing $1 Billion per week (1+ / 0-)
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    CuriousBoston

    http://www.theguardian.com/...

    The US economy is losing up to a billion dollars a week because of the “fiscally irresponsible” decision to end long-term unemployment benefits, a Harvard economist said on Friday.

    Professor Lawrence Katz based his assessment on official forecasts of the impact to the economy of 1.3 million jobless Americans losing benefits...

    *  *  *
    Applying the CBO’s estimated multiplier effect to the $400m per week being lost in benefits, Katz said, translated into a cost to the economy of between $600m and $1bn.

    “It is actually fiscally irresponsible not to extend unemployment benefits,” he said. “The long-run cost to the taxpayers will be much higher from disconnecting people from the labour market.

    "Shaming" Republicans probably won't work because they simply don't care, and neither do their constituents.  Everyone knows the Republicans don't care about the unemployed already, so they can't really go any lower in terms of the public's esteem, and they can always rely on their response that they're happy to extend benefits in exchange for amorphous "cuts."  Not saying it isn't useful, but it probably won't move the ball.

    The best strategy may be be to demonstrate, as described above in real numbers, how the GOP continues to deliberately sabotage the US Economy. That strategy doesn't permit them to raise the "cuts" defense as easily.

    •  JOBS is the Republican shame. Nobody wants UI. (2+ / 0-)
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      shaharazade, Dartagnan

      Everybody wants a JOB.

      Now they have the 2nd (safety net for sloppy) Amendment, and can't be infringed to actually treat their gun like a gun and not a video game controller.

      by 88kathy on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:07:03 AM PST

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    •  Multiplier effect (2+ / 0-)
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      CuriousBoston, nextstep
      When to refer to a ‘multiplier effect’

      The multiplier concept can be used any situation where there is a new injection into an economy. Examples of such situations include:
      When the government funds building of a new motorway
      When there is an increase in exports abroad
      When there is a reduction in interest rates or tax rates, or when the exchange rate falls.

      The downward  or 'reverse' multiplier
      A withdrawal of income from the circular flow will lead to a downward multiplier effect. Therefore, whenever there is an increased withdrawal, such as a rise in savings, import spending or taxation, there is a potential downward multiplier effect on the rest of the economy.

      http://www.economicsonline.co.uk/...

      See also here, especially Sec. 6.1 on "Leakages of Multiplier" (and notably no. 8): http://books.google.com/...

      Even the CBO report cited by Prof. Katz says:

      The full ranges that CBO uses for those parameters suggest that, in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2014, GDP could be increased very slightly or by as much as 0.3 percent, and employment could be increased very slightly or by as much as 0.3 million.

      Although output would be greater and employment higher in the next year if the EUC program and other related expiring provisions were extended, those policies would lead to greater federal debt, which would eventually reduce the nation’s output and income slightly below what would occur under current law (unless other policy changes were made that offset the increase in federal debt from the policies analyzed here).

      http://www.cbo.gov/...

      In brief, increased wealth, when spent,  multiplies to a degree by, shall we say, trickling down.
      But increased taxation merely moves around existing wealth, and that multiplier must be offset by a negative multiplier.
      Or, as Someone Who Must Not Be Named once noted, there's no such thing as a free lunch.

  •  so why the pussyfooting around the (3+ / 0-)
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    Dartagnan, flavor411, maryabein

    actual problem,  which is Republicans in Congress, not Congress itself?

    Just lay it out there without pulling the punch; Republicans are the problem, so call a spade a spade.

    Americans are sick to death of being bullshitted.  One might think as bright a fellow as President Obama would have figured that out by now.

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:28:49 AM PST

    •  We need more than finger pointing... (1+ / 0-)
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      claude

      ...we need LEADERSHIP, which is sorely lacking in congress right now.

      Adequate health care should be a LEGAL RIGHT in the U.S without begging or bankruptcy. Until it is, we should not dare call our society civilized.

      by Love Me Slender on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:40:13 AM PST

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      •  I would have liked him to use the UI extension to (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        shaharazade

        discuss jobs, jobs, jobs. Maybe how that didn't happen. Maybe a plan to give credits for hiring long term unemployed. JOBS is what he should be talking about.

        Now they have the 2nd (safety net for sloppy) Amendment, and can't be infringed to actually treat their gun like a gun and not a video game controller.

        by 88kathy on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:06:11 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  This Is Why Democrats Lose (5+ / 0-)

        Unemployment insurance is vital to the jobless, of course, and it is callous (and bad for the economy) to take it away from the needy just to score tougher-than-thou points. I'm all for unemployment insurance, and food stamps, and the whole social safety net.

       But as it is with all things Obama, this is all about the symptom. Obama has done nothing in his presidency to prevent the unemployment rolls from growing. He continues to plug the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will turn us into a crumbling third-world outpost. He seems to make no connection between the middle-class-killing neoliberal economics he espouses and the plight of the unemployed. He's either a profoundly ignorant President on economic issues, or a profoundly cynical one.

       Yes, I know the Republicans have been doing everything they can to block even his modest, symptom-oriented initiatives.  But as long as he buys into trickle-down Reaganist bullcrap any improvements in the economy will be token ones at best (as we have seen), and the Democrats will just continue losing ground among middle-class Americans, who see the party as in-power and doing nothing for them.

       

    "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

    by Buzzer on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:30:40 AM PST

    •  Buzzer, I'm sorry but your math doesn't add up. (1+ / 0-)
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      Donny Kwiksotik

      Unemployment was over 11% during Obama's first year and now it's just over 7%.  How is that doing "nothing to prevent the unemployment rolls from GROWING?".  Simple math shows that figure SHRINKING.  But thanks for trying to spin it in the opposite direction to make your mythical Reagan trickle-down president real.

      LOL!!!

      Best. President. Ever.

      by Little Lulu on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 09:52:44 AM PST

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  •  ah, Saturday. (9+ / 0-)

    Where even a call for Congress to extend unemployment insurance is a proof positive that President Obama (and, on a secondary note, Democrats in general) is the worst scourge ever to hit the country.

    Happy New Year, everyone.  It's looking just like the old one around here.

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:44:26 AM PST

  •  Cantor lays out his January agenda (1+ / 0-)
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    flavor411

    Of course repealing Obamacare is on there but not a word about unemployment benefits.

    link

    If only these guys weren't half as douchie as they were in 2013 we could get a lot of good stuff done but their anti-American agenda is holding the nation hostage.

    •  Cantor should be asked for jobs for the UI? (1+ / 0-)
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      citizenx

      Two years ago that was the big idea wasn't all that Creator stuff remember.

      Now they have the 2nd (safety net for sloppy) Amendment, and can't be infringed to actually treat their gun like a gun and not a video game controller.

      by 88kathy on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:03:11 AM PST

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    •  some Virginian... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      citizenx

      One of Mr. Cantor's constituents should escort him to Colonial Williamsburg and reacquaint him with the stocks, where those who refused to do their jobs in prior centuries were placed until they had a change of heart.  

      Mr. Cantor should be told that if he wants to be an oaf and a buffoon, he will have to accept the traditional Virginia punishment for such tom-foolery, and he should be forced to sit there and endure volleys of garbage until he has a change of heart.  

      Maybe by having him serve as an example, enough other Congress critters will come around and act responsibly, for a change.  They'll get new insight into "state's rights" and long for a return to the good old days when members of the U.S. Congress actually honored their oath of office and actually deigned to represent all the people, from all across the country.  

  •  Question: (2+ / 0-)
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    Pale Jenova, TheLizardKing

    Does anyone here believe UI benefits should be indefinite?
    If not, how long should one be able to qualify? Two yrs.? Three yrs.?
    At some point, people need to transition from UI benefits into other welfare programs, leaving the UI funds for those who are employable.

    •  imo the length should be dependent (2+ / 0-)
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      CuriousBoston, ratcityreprobate

      on the strength of the economy.

      We are coming off the worst economic crisis since The Great Depression and things are not yet where they need to be. Things are getting better but we're not there yet.

      The lulu to me is how the republicans are screaming how the Obama economy is the worse evah but they assume that kicking people off of UI will magically make them go get jobs that even they say aren't there.

    •  Well, you don't GET UI benefits, unless you were (3+ / 0-)

      already employed . . . so, by definition, you are/have been employable making this:

      . . . people need to transition from UI benefits into other welfare programs, leaving the UI funds for those who are employable.
      something of a canard.

      "Where some see a system for encouraging discussion . . . others see an echo chamber of bad grammar, unchecked stupidity, and constructive interference . . . " -- Ars Technica

      by Rikon Snow on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:56:05 AM PST

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      •  I wouldn't qualify. . . (2+ / 0-)
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        shaharazade, snoopydawg

        someone who has been unemployed for three yeaars as "employable."
        These UI benefit extension, and minimum wage issues are direct symptoms of globalization, and weak trade policies.
        For once, just once, I'd like to see our country address the core ISSUE instead of focusing, and throwing money its symptoms.

    •  Maybe incentives s/b given for picking up those (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      dasboot, shaharazade

      on UI the longest.

      The people need to transition from UI benefits to jobs, jobs, jobs.

      Now they have the 2nd (safety net for sloppy) Amendment, and can't be infringed to actually treat their gun like a gun and not a video game controller.

      by 88kathy on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:01:49 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Should be indefinite (3+ / 0-)

      Like the civilized world.

      And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

      by Pale Jenova on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:05:31 AM PST

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  •  Republican war on the middle class (0+ / 0-)

    At one time the GOP just hated very poor minorities. Now the Greedy One Percent oligarchs have extended their dislike to white working class Americans. Really amazing that dems still refer to republicans as "my friends across the isle". Let's stop this cordial BS and start telling it like it is. Boehner, McConnell, Cantor are enemies of democracy and most obviously represent only the wealthy one percent. Needed is strong leadership by Obama and democrats. My senator Michael Bennett hasn't been heard from since his election.

    If we lie to the government, it's a felony...but if they lie to us it's politics.

    by rmb on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:49:36 AM PST

  •  Obama should call for no UI extension (2+ / 0-)
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    citizenx, xgoper

    Then the republicans would pass it. I am 60 unemployed for the first time in my life, have 6 more weeks of state UI left and get the feeling I am not going to get a decent job at my age.
    In mid Feb I either try for a min wage job or start living off my 401k. I am lucky, most people have nothing to fall back on.

  •  I love how President Obama is no longer just (1+ / 0-)
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    referring to the bastards who are stabbing Americans in the back as "Congress," but as "REPUBLICANS in Congress" - calling them all out.

    Thank you, Mr. President.  Republicans must be identified to the American people as the villains they are.

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 09:44:07 AM PST

  •  He signed it (1+ / 0-)
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    TJ

    He owns it. A concept few can comprehend here.

    The Republicans are crazy, but why we follow them down the rabbit hole is beyond me.

    by Jazzenterprises on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 09:56:03 AM PST

    •  Are you referring to the budget? (2+ / 0-)

      Are you referring to the budget?  If so, I totally agree. Democrats---with the exception of some of the progressive stalwarts in the House---showed no spine on this issue.

      Nancy Pelosi promised 100 votes. 160-some Dems voted for the budget deal. So the ones who voted for it apparently thought it was a good deal. The full Democratic caucus in the Senate voted for it. Again, only 50 votes + Biden are needed. So then each one own the budget and its failure to extend UI.

      If Obama cared about the issue, he would have made a point of it during the budget negotiations--threaten to veto any budget deal that does not extend UI.

  •  I am so furious about congress allowing (0+ / 0-)

    unemployment insurance to expire, but I don't know who to blame - Paul Ryan for refusing to allow the extension, or Patty Murray who didn't, I believe, push hard enough for its inclusion in the budget agreement?  I don't think the Republicans would have shut down the government over the extension, and even if they had, could Murray really have believed the voters would blame the Democrats?

    Whoever is responsible, the House Republicans will now have control over whether this disgrace is righted, and the Democrats will get very little if any credit for it.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 11:09:32 AM PST

  •  republicans could care less (0+ / 0-)

    If they screw the unemployed they don't care. Unless you're unemployed this is not a high priority for most voters and they know  poor whites being screwed will still vote for them based on their hatred of Obama.

  •  I guess I don't understand what... (0+ / 0-)

    ...the emergency is.  President Obama has been in office for one term, and is a quarter of the way into his second.  Isn't our economy essentially transformed into a new normal, as he promised?  If so, supporting a larger number of unemployed isn't an emergency, it is a new status quo.  We should just admit this and establish a system of permanent public welfare, as they have in Great Britain.  And while we're at it, we need to nationalize health care as well, as they did in Great Britain.  Why should one have to work just to survive?  Those who work must feed, clothe and house those who cannot, or simply choose not to.  This is what a socially just society looks like.  It is what we elected President Obama to create.

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