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On Wednesday, it will have been five months since emergency aid for people unemployed for six months or longer expired. On Monday, it was seven weeks since the Senate passed a bill to extend the program. Then, help for millions of people struggling in an economy without enough jobs ran into the orange-brick wall of John Boehner, who has rebuffed appeals from members of his own caucus and the labor secretary alike. That means the prospects are poor:
[Democratic Rep. Sander] Levin says he and his colleagues in the House aren't ready to concede and will continue to press Boehner to take up the measure, but so far all of their requests to negotiate a new deal on unemployment have been ignored by the speaker. "I think if they put an answer in the mail they forgot to put a stamp on it," Levin says. But with a June 1 deadline around the corner, responsibility for reviving benefits will fall back to the Senate. After they went out on a limb in April, it'll be tricky to find the same level of bipartisan accord.
Many Republicans who oppose extending unemployment insurance say that without the aid to fall back on, people will be pushed back to work. But reality doesn't bear that out:
The economy has indeed improved, but not for the long-term unemployed, whose odds of finding a job are barely higher today than when the recession ended nearly five years ago. And the end of extended benefits hasn’t spurred the unemployed back to work; if anything, it has pushed them out of the labor force altogether.

Of the roughly 1.3 million Americans whose benefits disappeared with the end of the program, only about a quarter had found jobs as of March, about the same success rate as when the program was still in effect; roughly another quarter had given up searching.

Increased misery is the major result of the benefits cut-off, in other words. But there's plenty of reason to believe that's a good result as far as congressional Republicans are concerned.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue May 27, 2014 at 08:35 AM PDT.

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  •  Thanks Laura (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Eric Nelson

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Tue May 27, 2014 at 08:54:36 AM PDT

  •  More than anything, this shows how the GOP acts (2+ / 0-)
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    SpringHopeCarolina, Eric Nelson

    against the interests of the American People.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Tue May 27, 2014 at 08:58:29 AM PDT

  •  That is exactly the rallying cry of the GOP (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    "The more miserable it make those lazy shiftless bums without a job or health plan, the bigger fail of the Administration!"
    "Anyway, I don't have to see them or listen to them because my constituency is only comprised of my people and we all have health care and jobs. If we don't, we have our racial reasons for not following this President because he's the reason we don't have a job or health care."

    "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

    by Cruzankenny on Tue May 27, 2014 at 09:04:42 AM PDT

  •  Paying for it (1+ / 0-)
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    Victor Ward

    The farther out we get the worse the chances because the price tag keeps increasing.

    The House will insist on paying for it, and there aren't enough budgetary smoke and mirrors to find what it is going to cost to extend the program with 6 months retroactive payments as well as the rest of the year.

    That is why they left it out of the Murray/Ryan budget, and why they only tried to extend it for a few months in the Senate bill.

    They can't agree on how to pay for it, and like so many things that will ultimately be the thing that stops it dead in its tracks.

  •  "People will be pushed back to work" (0+ / 0-)
    Many Republicans who oppose extending unemployment insurance say that without the aid to fall back on, people will be pushed back to work. But reality doesn't bear that out:
    ..the usual GOP false meme once again goes unchallenged: that the 1%ers require adulation, tax breaks and more money as the incentive to "produce" (a lie right their in itself - 1%ers produce? like hell they do) whereas the real workers deserve punishment to "get them to work"

    What bullshit. C'mon Dem leaders; call the republicans out on this BS:
    republican shills serve up the lie that the 1%ers deserve more and workers need punishing poverty as the incentive to work..or something along those lines but worded a lot better

    Thx Laura Clawson

    •  GOP = economic traitors. (3+ / 0-)
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      Staceyjo, hbk, Hirodog

      That is a complete load of shit. No one is living well on
      unemployment insurance. In fact, the amount people get
      doesn't go all that far. I've been on that side of the fence
      and see people waiting for hours to talk to a human being about their case. The notion that people would prefer THAT to a job is sick and sadistic.

  •  On a recent CSPAN program about suicide (0+ / 0-)

    prevention, a husband called in to say his wife had actually made a suicide plan over this. Fortunately, he was able to get help for her. He said there are other suicides ...I cannot say whether or not they are related to the UI, but it certainly must be a cumulative factor...would Republicans care....I doubt it based on the track record

    "The devil can quote Scripture to serve his own purposes."

    by SpringHopeCarolina on Tue May 27, 2014 at 02:55:10 PM PDT

  •  What Limbo? There Are Churches Nearby, and (0+ / 0-)

    most of them have relatives. That's the plan, it worked fine for 10,000 years and there was no uppity liberal middle class.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed May 28, 2014 at 06:35:29 PM PDT

  •  If you can't find a job, it means (2+ / 0-)
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    ChemBob, Staceyjo

    (Choose one or more)
    (1) You are not blessed by the Lord. Far be it from us to try to intervene against Divine Will.
    (2) You did not try hard enough. Far be it from us to reward your laziness.
    (3) You simply are not fit for the modern economy. Far be it from us to stand in the way of progress.
    (4) You chose to rely on government benefits rather than trying to make your own way in the world. Far be it from us to encourage dependence.
    (5) You continue to be motivated by the wrong beliefs and principles. Far be it from us to endorse economic, political, social or religious error.
    (6) You were unlucky. Suck it up, Loser!

  •  But hey I'd much rather feast on (1+ / 0-)
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    at most around 400.00 a week than find a job. It's the color tv that has me hooked...and the "gifts".

    Still 3 people for every job...

    Grow a pair Boehner...bring it to the floor.  Break the mold John.  Give the country a real increase instead of the  misery your party doles out in the overwhelmed soup kitchens.


  •  Meanwhile, Democrats (2+ / 0-)
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    ChemBob, jck

    have given up the fight and I'm afraid they will be held accountable in the near future.

    My invisible imaginary friend is the "true" creator

    by Mr Robert on Wed May 28, 2014 at 06:54:36 PM PDT

    •  Democrats are not allowed to use this (1+ / 0-)
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      Mr Robert

      Their Donors won't tolerate it.  It's an unprofitable waste of money, as far as they are concerned.  When the GOP first dug in on this back in the winter, I thought this was a very good issue for Dems, that just might make 2014 competitive.  I saw no way the GOP could hold out, and thought they'd cave long before now.

      But,'s apparent that the MSM and the country in general just don't care about this issue.  Dems tried for a while to push it, but got no traction.  Now, they've backed off, and the GOP feels no pressure, and suffers no consequence.

      It's been so long, now, that I just don't see anyway this gets done.  It's likely to just fade........away.

      •  BTW, the Donors like unemployment just fine (1+ / 0-)
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        Mr Robert

        It keeps labor/benefits costs low.  It keeps workers scared and dependent, and in jobs they don't like.  It allows you to push your workers far beyond what they'd tolerate in a good job market.  And, if they do quit, so what?  There are a lot of other people lined up to take their job, probably for the same of less money.

        The Powers that Be would love for this to be the new normal.

  •  Boehner can talk to me. (1+ / 0-)
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    La Gitane

    I've been looking for a job for 4 years. I was employed for half of that, but knew I would get laid off. The axe finally fell two years ago. Government assistance kept us alive and in our home while I went back to school. The extra 4 months of UA would really help until we can find work. There just aren't enough jobs.

    •  My boyfriend (?) (2+ / 0-)
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      Hirodog, jck

      (question mark, because I'm not sure if he's still my bf, because he's finally hit rock bottom and can't handle the stress and had to take a break) really took a turn for the worse after the UI cutoff at the end of the year.

      He worked at the same company for 17 years, and was making six figures. A hard working, smart, great guy. But your typical lazy unemployed loser, according to the GOP.

      That UI really made a difference. It allowed him to at least feel semi-human, and keep the lights on and groceries in the fridge for his son. The kinds of things that also make it easier to find a job.

      Now, he's having an emotional breakdown. Not so easy to send out resume no. 237 when you're feeling like shit and worrying about being homeless.

      I hate these people. I really do. Their selfishness and cruelty has no bounds.

      Mediocrity cannot know excellence ~ Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Thu May 29, 2014 at 01:59:29 AM PDT

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  •  I sold my house... (0+ / 0-)

    so I have enough to get me by for another year or two. After that, I don't know. I'm one of those who's given up hope of ever working again. After sending out thousands of resumes over the past three years, with only one interview to show for it, nobody's hiring. Not even charities or volunteer opportunities are getting back to me.

    I get it. I'm no longer viable. Everyday I wonder why I keep going on. Most days I feel as if my life is over, but nobody bothered to notify my body. Just one more day of not much at all. I'm full of potential and great things, but nobody sees that. Exemplary education and proven experience are meaningless these days. The only thing that matters are the gaps on your CV.

    The long-term unemployment crisis in our country is just another problem to kick down the road, but it's a ticking time bomb that, soon enough, cannot be ignored. I've been saying this for years, but nobody listens.

    "Know that it is easier to get into something than it is to get out of it." - Donald Rumsfeld

    by teej on Thu May 29, 2014 at 07:40:31 AM PDT

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