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Tier 5 Unemployment Extension

By October 1, 2010

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There has been quite a bit of confusion regarding extended unemployment benefits. The current extended unemployment compensation provides unemployment benefits for 4 tiers of unemployed workers.

The extensions that have been passed Congress do not provide any additional (new) weeks of unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed (99ers) who have run out of all unemployment benefits.

However, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has introduced the Americans Want to Work Act. This legislation would create an additional tier (Tier 5) of unemployment benefits for those (known as the 99ers) who have exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits.

The best course of action to help get a long term extension passed is to contact your elected officials and ask them to support a long term extension of unemployment benefits:

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Comments
March 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm
(1) Richard S says:

i have friends with masters degrees who are in need of a 5th tier of unemployment benefits. one is even leaving her masters off of her resume and trying to get secretarial work for 14.00 per hour. long term unemployed need additional help also!

March 12, 2010 at 1:11 am
(2) Kim says:

You know, I read about this bill and yes, the majority of these reporters misinformed a lot of people. They are simply extended the dates not adding any extra weeks to this bill. I don’t understand why NONE of this was addressed in the bill to add additional weeks for the OTHER MILLIONS of the LONGEST TERM UNEMPLOYED.

This bill is not a second stimulus, but it’s going to deliver badly needed relief to Americans who are hurting, said Sen. Chuck Schumer, it would be cruel, even inhumane, to tell these people that their unemployment benefits expired. Well HELLO, don’t you think it’s cruel, even inhumane to FORGET about the MILLIONS of the LONGER TERM UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE, whose 99 weeks of benefits are about to run out if not already! They still can’t find a job either!! We need more weeks added!

March 12, 2010 at 1:27 am
(3) shelly says:

what we don’t exist or they just don’t care..i have 3 weeks left out of my 99 weeks and i decided to go back to school..now they say they have no funding to assist with tuition but u don’t have to look for work while in school so what do i do for money when i run out of benefits? they don’t tell u that u need to apply for the 599 prog within the first 26 wk of benefits to continue get benefits until school is done…so what does that do for me? how do i pay my bills after this 3 weeks?

March 12, 2010 at 4:29 am
(4) Jay in KENTUCKY says:

Tier 5 needs to be approved and put into action – NOW.

The economy definitely isn’t gonna rebound if thousands of long-term unemployed suddenly cannot pay their bills. How much more blood does the government want?

March 12, 2010 at 10:36 am
(5) lars mander says:

Why do the (long term )unemployed have to pay the price for the incompetence of the wall street politicians? It is the governments NUMBER ONE duty to provide and maintain an economy such that everyone has access, not only to a job, but a living wage job. If they cannot do their job in this regard, then they should not expect the victims of their incompetence to suffer. So, either provide jobs or provide tier5,6,7…….. extension of benefits.

March 12, 2010 at 12:09 pm
(6) IN THE SAME SITUATION says:

what we really need to do is call congress! let them know how we feel. i’ve called many times and have been told that they haven’t heard from almost anyone. this means that if they don’t hear from us, they think everything is ok. call the white house, harry reid, nancy pelosi, republicans, democrats EVERYONE. CALL YOUR REP! THAT’S THE ONLY WAY WE’LL GET THINGS MOVING. JUST IMAGINE IF YOU HAVE A LEAK IN YOUR HOUSE AND YOU JUST LET IT SIT THERE, BUT IF YOU CALL A ROOFER AND GET IT TAKEN CARE OF SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN! BUT IF WE SIT THERE COMPLAINING ON BLOGS AND NOT DIRECTLY THAT’S A WASTE OF TIME. CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL!

September 24, 2011 at 4:28 am
(7) bighugedingaling says:

Hello everyone,
do you really think we will get another tier or some kind of relief fund if we call people? this is a joke !!!!
If i were the president of the united states, I would extend the unemployment benefits already! it isn’t like the president doesn’t know that people are becoming homeless and are going without meals. he knows that is happening in the united states, he just doesn’t have the brains to know what to do about it and that is why we are watching what other countries are doing on tv; because it is a diversion from what is happening hear in the us. i don’t want to see anything about any other countries!!!! until this country has it’s feet on the ground.

this country is going to have a civil unrest that will damage the country forever. we will kill police that try to stop us and we will like doing it!!! it will be this kind of letter or phone call that will open their eyes hopefully, but it will have been too late!!!!!!!!!! the damage will be done and it won’t be over anytime soon. people will continue to steal what they think they deserve as tax payers; until they have jobs.
the united states of america will have many names around the world like: the united states of losers, (only charlie is winning : )…… ) or the ussa, russia is still in so many ways a poor country… even if the russian people have money, some of them do not let the money change them from being who they once were; very poor. a lot of russian girls turn to prostitution at a very young age because that is the way they have been taught by so many other russian girls. it has been that way in russia for as long as the country has been in existence. this is what i mean when i say it will be too late for the president to take any action,,, the girls in america are already turning to prostitution or maybe they just think i’m really cute all of a sudden. hmmmm… could be huh??
to be continued…………..

November 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm
(8) Yadira says:

The president is very well aware of the need and economic status we are in.. He wishes to change everything.. But the decision is not only up to him, unfortunately every decision has to be passed on into the hands of the selfish republicans, that really dont give a damn about what’s going on in the world.

March 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(9) Jane says:

The tier 5 is needed. I have been without work since 2008. There are very few jobs posted that I feel I can apply for, so I have been applying for anything and everything hoping to get a nibble. How can they just forget about us. What happens when we are all living in the streets. I am angry because if they had divided the money they gave to the banks to every registered voter with stipulations to pay toward mortgage or credit card bills, the money would have been back in the economy and none of us that are unemployed would be hurting quite as bad. GIVE US THE TIER 5. We have money for wars, to help other countries, etc. but we don’t have the money to help fellow americans?

March 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm
(10) richard says:

dont spend your time grumbling. contact your senator and bitch a fit. we support two wars,haiti and other countries and they cant take care of there own. i am 63 years young and not ready to retire but was laid off. who in hell is going to hire a 63 year young man when so many very young people are unemployed.

March 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm
(11) Shelly says:

Agreed! At 36 I cannot compete with a new graduate, regadless of my tenure, advanced degree nor upper managment experience. My response on 20+ resumes sent daily, cold calls and outright begging is Too qualified, too old or “we went with the new grad” meaning younger, less experienced and or expensive candidate. Maybe the solution is moving out of the USA.

March 12, 2010 at 6:42 pm
(12) Desperate in Rural USA says:

I’m a 38 yrs old and I’ve been unemployed since 2008. I gave up any hopes of finding a job within my field and became desperate for ANY job. My age is a tremendous factor when I’m competing for a job I’m over qualified for and among 100′s of other applicants seeking the same one low paying position. This is wrong, wrong, wrong! I’m a college graduate who will soon be living in the streets with my family because I can’t find income.
I can’t believe this has happened to me. I written to my Senators and left messages on every voice mail listed. Now I leave my comment here and everyone pray that we are heard and help will be on its way soon. Good luck to everyone.

March 12, 2010 at 9:13 pm
(13) Carol says:

I have been laid-off since Feb.2009 and have been job searching but have slacked off for awhile…I am now looking into going back to school and changing my Career Path and getting into the HealthCare Field….something with long term potential.
But now I am afraid that my unemployment benefits will run out before I get thru school…and I really don’t want to go back to minimum wage jobs or manufact.
We all need to pull together and let Washington and Everyone associated with Washington know that the LITTLE GUY needs some extra help also!!!!! Since we all can’t find jobs and NO ONE is hiring I think that it is HIGH TIME that Washington supports us for a change…..God knows…we’ve all paid our fair share of taxes and WE PAY THEIR SALARIES!!!!! SO NOW LET THEM PAY US FOR A CHANGE!!!!!! CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL!!!!!!!!!

March 13, 2010 at 1:49 am
(14) Greg in Florida says:

Please call Congress and ask for more tiers!!

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: 202-224-3542
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: 202-225-4965
Senator Max Baucus, D-Montana: 202-224-2651
Senator Bill Nelson, D-Florida: 202-224-5274
Senator Chuck Schumer, D-New York: 202-224-6542
Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky: 202-224-2541
Senator John Kyl, R-Arizona: 202-224-4521
Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas: 202-224-2934
Senate switchboard: 1-888-245-0215

March 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm
(15) innewyork says:

Please help us get a tier5 extensions asap! We cannot afford to fall off the radar, into poverty and mental illness. I just do not understand why Congress will choose to regress, and totally forget about the over 1 million people in need of a tier 5 extension. This is really some nerve of them. And the Media for not paying attention at what is really going on…misleading the masses with false information on this latest extension. What extension?

November 14, 2011 at 6:57 am
(16) sean says:

Get them back come voting time that all they stop you from eating stop them. We have the power not them remember each person when you were in need and they didnt respond so don’t respond come voting time.Pay attention to what important to them and get them back. We are at an economical war with the haves and the have nots

March 13, 2010 at 8:12 pm
(17) tony says:

just like many other unemployed i assumed the extension would help long term unemployed, not so i too would like everyone to call your reps and senator to urge them to add additional tiers it is sorely needed

March 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm
(18) TheCarCzar says:

Tier 5 Assistance is needed for the Long Term Unemployed. We need more Tiers and/or more weeks added to existing Tiers.

Neither H.R.4691 or H.R.4213 will help the 15 million unemployed who have already exhausted all Tiers.

WE NEED EVERYONE’S HELP to get more Tiers added and/or more weeks added to existing Tiers.

Please keep calling and emailing your congressmen and senators to finish the job.

I suggest increasing existing Tiers to 26 weeks each.

And, those who exhaust all Tiers should be able to get food stamps AND cash assistance even if they don’t have any kids, when applying for public assistance.

Go to the following links and modify your closings as I have or in any way you see fit. It links automatically send emails to Prez, V-Prez, your Senators and Rep.

http://capwiz.com/iamaw/issues/alert/?alertid=14697101
Your Closing:
Increase existing Tiers to 26 weeks each. Sincerely,

http://capwiz.com/iamaw/issues/alert/?alertid=14697026
Your Closing:
And cash assistance for those without kids. Sincerely,

March 14, 2010 at 2:21 am
(19) Jesus children says:

We need a tier 5 extension and unemployment is not just in the big states it’s in this small states too like arkansas

March 14, 2010 at 1:43 pm
(20) breka says:

Hi All…Here’s a link posted on the main page. It’s a petition for getting a tier V….everybody needs to jump on board & sign! It can only help our cause for more weeks

http://www.change.org/actions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment

March 14, 2010 at 3:36 pm
(21) ShellyB says:

For those who are exhausting ALL benefits. Start calling your Congress people and Sentors on March 15th. They go on spring break March 28th!
You know how long it takes the senate to get anything done. Remember Sept through the first part of November 2009. While we were waiting on pins and needles for the 4th tier? None of us wants to go through that again! I can say with a certainty that our politicians don’t think things through.

Call their offices, fax and email starting tomorrow. We can’t let our needs go without being represented and our voices being heard!

March 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm
(22) William S says:

I wrote my Senators from Mississippi, and Harry Reid, Speaker Pelosi. I misinterpreted the extension as reported by the MSMedia (which I know better than to trust) and now realize it is a continuance of the existing tiers, not an extension at all. The way they drafted the legislation it should have included the tiers for all people. Some get 26 weeks and no EUC and some get 99? Then us finished with the 99 are done, left to fend for ourselves? They gave TARP hundreds of billions to bail out banks, GM, AIG. The Federal Reserve reported record profits in 2009 while our economy collapses? WRITE, CALL, EVERYONE, DO IT TODAY< RIGHT NOW :) Biloxi, MS

March 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm
(23) todd comic says:

Thanks Greg for typing the phone #’s

There are a lot of forums for people calling senators monday 3/15
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: 202-224-3542
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: 202-225-4965
Senator Max Baucus, D-Montana: 202-224-2651
Senator Bill Nelson, D-Florida: 202-224-5274
Senator Chuck Schumer, D-New York: 202-224-6542
Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky: 202-224-2541
Senator John Kyl, R-Arizona: 202-224-4521
Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas: 202-224-2934
Senate switchboard: 1-888-245-0215

I JUST GOT A GREAT IDEA:

TAKE THE TIME TO PRINT OUT PHONE NUMBERS, SENATOR’S NAMES, AND REP. NAMES WITH A SHORT LETTER ASKING TO EMAIL AND CALL THEM TO ASK FOR MORE WEEKS.

TAKE THESE COPIES AND HAND THEM OUT AT THE MALLS !!!!! PUT IT ON BULITN BOARDS AT GROCERY STORES ECT.

HAVE YOUR KIDS GOTO BEAUTY SALONS, BALL PARKS, MOVIE THEATERS, ECT.

DEAR FELLOW AMERICAN,
I’m glad that you have a job to earn enough money to go shopping and trully I hope you get more, but I/We don’t. All of my/our unemployment checks go to Food, Water, and Shelter. There are 7 people for each job according to the gov. but I/We think it’s more like 20. I/We want to work but there are no jobs and pretty soon there will be no more unemployment. Unemployment pays only 1/3 of what I was making, this is not a vacation. In an economy that the experts say will take 5 plus years to get back to normal, I/we can are getting cut off after 20 months. When that happens then there will be 3 million people that will really be a burden on our society. So, please call the provided information and ask them to get us more weeks. Your 5 minutes will hopefully get me and my family 5 meals.

WORD IT SHORTER I JUST WANTED TO GIVE SOME IDEAS.

WE NEED THE HELP OF THE EMPLOYED .

GO BIG OR GO HOME….. BESIDES I KNOW YOU ALL HAVE THE TIME!

March 14, 2010 at 11:16 pm
(24) todd comic says:

Phone Campaign to Begin on Monday 3/15… PLEASE JOIN US!!!

I got this from another forum.

MONDAY
Senator Harry Reid: Phone= (202) 224-3542
Senator Jean Shaheen: Phone= (202) 224-2841

TUESDAY
Senator Richard Durbin: Phone= (202) 224-2152
Senator Max Baucus: Phone= (202) 224-2651

WEDNESDAY
Senator Debbie Stabenow: Phone= (202) 224-4822
Senator Sherrod Brown: Phone= (202) 224-2315

THURSDAY
Senator Robert Casey: Phone= (202) 224-6324
Senator Chris Dodd: Phone= (202) 224-2823

FRIDAY
Senator Al Franken: Phone= (202) 224-5641
Senator Arlen Specter: Phone= (202) 224-4254

March 14, 2010 at 11:52 pm
(25) todd comic says:

Phone Campaign to Begin on Monday 3/15… PLEASE JOIN US!!!
I found this PASS IT ON ********

MONDAY
Senator Harry Reid: Phone= (202) 224-3542
Senator Jean Shaheen: Phone= (202) 224-2841

TUESDAY
Senator Richard Durbin: Phone= (202) 224-2152
Senator Max Baucus: Phone= (202) 224-2651

WEDNESDAY
Senator Debbie Stabenow: Phone= (202) 224-4822
Senator Sherrod Brown: Phone= (202) 224-2315

THURSDAY
Senator Robert Casey: Phone= (202) 224-6324
Senator Chris Dodd: Phone= (202) 224-2823

FRIDAY
Senator Al Franken: Phone= (202) 224-5641
Senator Arlen Specter: Phone= (202) 224-4254

March 15, 2010 at 12:29 am
(26) Unemployed Attorney says:

Graduated from a top tiered law school, now at the age of 31, been unemployed since late 2008. Originally worked for the government after law school, and my experience and education isn’t enough to avoid extended unemployment. Have been volunteering my legal services for next to nothing, but no light at the end of the tunnel yet.

Did all the things people tell me to do…..sent out many resumes, cold called, etc…..netted a few interviews, but no such luck.

March 15, 2010 at 5:33 am
(27) Kathy says:

Everyone please contact the people in Washington. Either call them or email them. We have to let them know the tier 5 is needed. All our reps have websites, you can email if you don’t want to call.

March 15, 2010 at 6:01 am
(28) OVM says:

i have been following these unemployment extensions for quite a while. long termed employed people are wondering why they havent addressed a tier 5. well, just look at how much of a hassle the republican party (overall) made getting tier 4 through. congress saw extending the deadline as a more urgent issue. its the logical thing to do…if there had been a tier 5 extension proposed first-it very likely will have failed. its a delicate balance, and democrats cant just hammer everything through like in recent times past. it may not seem like the majority leaders are doing enough fast enough, though folks should remember that they are ACTUALLY IN THERE, so they know better than the average citizen when & what they can get passed. HOLD ON, MORE WEEKS ARE ON THE WAY! unfortunately it may be a last minute thing, its just not practical for democrats to try & add more weeks before more of the current tier 4 claimants are in trouble. sad, though true.

March 15, 2010 at 10:49 am
(29) eric says:

im with you all,,i have three weeks left that i can collect,ive tried and tried to find a job,,im a single father that gets no assistance from any other dept,,i tried to get food assistance and was told that i would only be able to receive 14 dollars a month and denied for the peach program for insurance for my son,,i had insurance when i was working but had to let it go,,,just couldnt afford it anymore,,most of my work was at the federal level of construction in sth georgia were i reside,,i lay at night scare to death knowing that i only have three weeks,,,then im done,,,iv called the #s listed and spoke my mind on the push for tier 5,,god i hope it gets thru

March 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm
(30) rafal madys says:

Cant believe they are not adding weeks to Tier 4. What am I going to do.

March 15, 2010 at 2:57 pm
(31) Jason says:

How are people supposed to live if there are no more benefits coming to us? what does congress expect the 2 million people who need the tier 5 to do in terms of living and keeping a roof over our heads. If congress can ans either one of these questions I would be impressed. Of course with congress you get the famous 3 words “I DON’T KNOW”

March 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm
(32) donald says:

Yea I also thought I could relax for a min. from all the roller coaster ride of off again on again unemployment till the end of the year boy was I wrong. Here we go again 2 weeks to go barely surviving and nobody wants to hire a 53 year old. Unemployment is making my house payment. I always had good jobs with good insurance now nothing We need a tier 5 at least

March 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm
(33) Randi says:

WE NEED TIER 5. There are over 2 million people who are replying on unemployment benefits. How can our government just let us fall to the way side. I am a 60 yo widow and I cannot afford to retire, Please HELP!!! and put thru Tier 5… This is an emergency!!

March 15, 2010 at 3:18 pm
(34) Randi says:

WE need tier 5..That is the bottom line..There are 2 million people who are counting on their Unemployment benefits..Please Do NOT let US fall to the way side…Help us pay our rent and put food on the table…Please hear US..WE NEED TIER 5.

March 15, 2010 at 3:27 pm
(35) Daniel says:

If we can send billions to Haiti, spend hundreds of billions in Iraq and Afghanistan, Send billions to Israel for military defense, Send billions to Egypt for the same. Spend millions on senate and house pet projects. If our government can let these people who decimated our economy go free then why the hell can they not help the people of their own country. Remember we vote these people in smarten up and pay attention who you vote for next time…

March 15, 2010 at 7:19 pm
(36) ready for revolution says:

i’ve been out of work for over a year.. i lost my house my car ecerything.. i had to move back home with parents ( kill me now) the only jobs that are out there are 8 – 10 hr jobs what are you supposed to do with 300 a week. we bailed out the big companies other countries why not us. its a disgrace.. if they dont want to help us then we should just take it …….REVOLUTION TIME PEOPLE WAKE UP…THEY CAN SEND ME TO JAIL.. AT LEAST I’LL HAVE A BED AND FREE MEALS ANFD FREE CABLE…

March 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm
(37) rick says:

if anyone is familiar with florida reg, my initial 26 week claim was suppose to end on march 9th, 2010 when i went online march 2nd and claimed my last bi=weekly benefit, the computer directed to recalim again on march 16th, 2010 which is a week later than i expected. as of monday march 15th i only have 1 week left in my account, after tomorrow a.m. when i zero out my account does the computer automaticlly role me into tier number one or do i have to call the state and apply for tier number one

March 15, 2010 at 9:19 pm
(38) liz myrick says:

please we need tier five on unemployment.please do something quick .i am running out of employment.

March 15, 2010 at 11:30 pm
(39) NatFl says:

This is a petition posted on http://www.change.org

Sign it and it will automatically be routed to your state representatives as well as the President.

Mr. President, Senators and Representatives:

Please stop ignoring the American people who are reduced to poverty. We did not create this depression. We need help. NOW. People who were fully employed, paying taxes, and raising families are now paying the ultimate price. You are deliberately failing us by ignoring our most basics needs. As of today, there is no plans to add additional unemployment tiers to keep us from becoming increasingly destitute. Thousands of people will begin to lose all financial support on March 15, like myself. My last benefit check is for $102. How long will my daughters and I will survive with this amount? These benefits mean money keeping food on our tables and a roof over our heads. ..Don’t end benefits until there are jobs for us. As of now, there is only 1 job for every 6 unemployed workers.

ADD A TIER 5. NOW.

WE ARE BEGGING YOU!

http://www.change.org/actions/view/we_need_a_tier_5_now

March 15, 2010 at 11:36 pm
(40) Nat in FL says:

We need a Tier 5, NOW!

To: The President of the United States, The U.S. Senate, The U.S. House, see more…The President of the United States, The U.S. Senate, The U.S. House and The Governor of FL

Mr. President, Senators and Representatives:

Please stop ignoring the American people who are reduced to poverty. We did not create this depression. We need help. NOW. People who were fully employed, paying taxes, and raising families are now paying the ultimate price. You are deliberately failing us by ignoring our most basics needs. As of today, there is no plans to add additional unemployment tiers to keep us from becoming increasingly destitute. Thousands of people will begin to lose all financial support on March 15, like myself. My last benefit check is for $102. How long will my daughters and I will survive with this amount? These benefits mean money keeping food on our tables and a roof over our heads. ..Don’t end benefits until there are jobs for us. As of now, there is only 1 job for every 6 unemployed workers.

ADD A TIER 5. NOW.

WE ARE BEGGING YOU!

http://www.change.org/actions/view/we_need_a_tier_5_now

March 16, 2010 at 8:00 am
(41) Joe the Plumber says:

It’s RIDICULOUS that some are saying that collecting a fraction of the money we used to receive through these Unemployment Tiers is promoting people to NOT look for work! SHAME ON YOU!!! You obviously have not had Bill collectors calling you at all hours of the night looking for money you don’t have OR NOTICES being placed on your doors indicating the gas, electric and water will be shut off in 10days! OR looking at your children’s faces as they LOSE any sense of “SECURITY” they once had that everything is going to be alright!!! SHAME ON YOU!!! Those complaining should take a GOOD HARD LOOK at what the repercussions are going to be if this “HELP” we desperately need (WHILE WHOLE HEARTEDLY LOOKING FOR WORK) suddenly stops. If the past has taut us anything is that people will do ANYTHING to take care of there families, sometimes to very extreme measures. WE DID NOT ASK to be laid off AND we cannot help posting and sending dozens of resumes out a day only to receive the occasional “Sorry the position has been filled” or “Sorry we are not accepting anymore applications at this time” The FACT IS the country is in a very serious recession at the moment and although some figures may show a slight “BREAK” in this problem (And I DO MEAN SLIGHT) CUTTING off this “help” now will NOT only make matters worse but cause many to lose EVERYTHING we desperately worked so hard to achieve through years of hard work.

I worked hard for over 20 years in the banking industry and was suddenly laid off in NOV of 2008, I am college educated and submit applications for work EVERY DAY! E V E R Y D A Y ! Making Calls …..Reading the Want ads and submitting online applications but have had no luck in even getting an interview. I even went as far as to apply for a position at a 7/11 but was turned down for a 18/19 year old! WHAT ELSE DO THESE “SCEPTICTS” WANT ME TO DO????????

What needs to be done is a continual 12month LONG TEIR V extension through 2010 WHILE ALSO giving employers serious incentives for hiring the long term unemployed! The help we have received over the past IV Tiers has made all the difference in the world for us and WE THANK YOU but believe us when we say we are doing EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to get back into the work force. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not stop it now when this country is on the verge of recovery. RECOVERY …UNFORTUNATELY …..Takes TIME and we NEED HELP!!! ALSO it should be noted that this money we are receiving from unemployment is THE MOST “DIRECT” WAY OF MONEY BEING PUT BACK INTO THE ECONOMY…..GIVING it to the people that desperately need it! Consumer and Commercial Trade will take a SERIOUS NOSE DIVE if these tiers aren’t continued as more and more people can’t make there payments on utilities….food…..and bills….Families will start to break up …..More and more people will become homeless. Who ever decided not to at extend benefits for the long term unemployed for at least another year are being very short sighted and may just run this country right into poverty.

Please I urge everyone in the same situation to contact there local SENATORS and GOVENORS and PLEAD with them how desperately its needed for them to extend unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed. Your one letter/phone call/email could very well make the difference. With unemployment running out within the next week or so it can’t be stressed enough that this MUST BE DONE NOW!

March 16, 2010 at 9:04 am
(42) Larry says:

. I am 57 years old. My wife is disabled but not eligible for any benefits. I had never at any prior time in my life drawn unemployment. But now due to this screwed up economy and my inability to find a job I am about to exhaust my tier 4 benefits. It is not that I don’t want to work. I have applied for over 600 jobs over the past two years…..nothing! I ask you in this economy who is going to hire a 57 year old man? I don’t look at this as a vacation. I want to work. I had my car repossessed 8 months ago, I am barely making my mortgage payment, paying utility bills, and keeping food on the table. What is going to happen to me and hundreds of thousands if not millions of others when unemployment runs out and there are no jobs. You have spent over a year on healthcare but refuse to address this issue. How much aid does the United States send around the world? How much money do all of you spend to get elected or reelected? How much was given to General Motors and huge banks so that they would not fail? You said they were too big to fail. What about good, hard working American people, who want to succeed? We don’t have a chance out there. I implore you, stop worrying about your own political future and do what is right. Fix this economy so that we can go back to work and in the mean time give us the help we need to hold our families together, to have a place to live and food to eat. Consider bailing us out, we need additional unemployment tiers.

March 16, 2010 at 9:28 am
(43) blest1 says:

Tier 5 to Survive the MOVIE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEDDTxRrtK4

March 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm
(44) mchow says:

I just spoke to Harry Reid office and official told me that, he has no plan in future extension for tier 4 or tier 5. It is really very bad news for all of us. I am sending more than 100 resume every day. But it was not work out.
So please we should every body more contact with lawmakers and speak out. Otherwise we are getting big problem very soon. More than Millions of people are going to homeless and without food.

March 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm
(45) Pro2847 says:

The ONLY true way to get results is to continue discussing the issue and continue speaking out — Congress understands UB are required when the job market in nonexistent, but sometimes Congress should be reminded our votes deciding THEIR jobs are as-well on the chopping block. Domestic Product grew $1.90 for every $1.00 the Federal Government paid out. If the Federal Government cutoff benefits to the unemployed and fail to extend UB for the long-term unemployed it would truly be a tragedy for millions of families, children and the GDP.

March 17, 2010 at 2:59 am
(46) FlintMiDad says:

I tried to do everything the right way..I lost my auto supplier shipping job when the plant closed.I have looked for work nonstop.My benefits are now set to expire.I have paid my dues to society now my family and I must starve and lose our residence.I have already had my vehicle repo’d.Now theres nothing left but for me to lay down and die or become a criminal to survive and feed my daughter.This is what it has come to for me and millions of others..This is reality!!! See u guys in jail or at the funeral home.

March 17, 2010 at 9:25 am
(47) Publius says:

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March 17, 2010 at 10:49 am
(48) Brad in Ky says:

I am 50 yrs and worked full time since I was 15 yrs. I never went without a job (or two). I was laid off in 2008 and I absolutely cannot find a job in or out of my field.(business and economics degree) The only job I was offered was working in concrete. I have no insurance so I figured that was not a good idea. I have just run out of unemployment and I AM DESPERATE!!! If another extension (tier 5) is not approved I guess I’ll be going south where I won’t freeze to death living on the beach. At least I can fish, but can’t afford a license. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP!!!

March 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm
(49) Raul From Sicilia says:

Good news to people from Pennsylvania, Im in my Tier 4 and I almost got a extra 26 Weeks but because I dont make enough money between my laid off day thru now , I dont get approval. but if you make money working part time or work in temporary jobs and make at least the money you make in 6 weeks of unemployment. You are ok for extra 26 weeks. Check in you State, i called UN today and the law passed yesterday. Good Luck fellas

March 17, 2010 at 7:19 pm
(50) Judy C says:

I have worked my entire life until this recession hit, and havent found a job despite all my intense efforts. I have 2 weeks left in the last tier and then I will have no way to support my son and mother. I will not see them homeless or hungry no matter what I have to do. My mentality I am sure is shared by all those who are desperate to survive. I could live on the streets, but I will not allow them to. Without a tier 5 this country will be in a lot worse shape than it is now.

March 17, 2010 at 9:25 pm
(51) steve says:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255): Suicide hotline, 24/7 free and confidential, nationwide network of crisis centers.

March 18, 2010 at 6:14 am
(52) Dan Haskell says:

I will be going to Vietnam soon to teach english. Having been unemployed for over 16 months & I welcome this opportunity. My wife will remain at home because she is still working.

March 18, 2010 at 11:38 am
(53) stephanie says:

I am a 43 yo female in Texas, and I have been unemployed since 04/01/08. I have, as of this week exhausted all my benefits. We were hit hard by the Hurricane and we currenly live in a house paid for by Housing Dept. program that was recently extended until 05/27/10, which gives me 2 months to get a job and save enough money to move. I have been feverously looking for work since I lost my job and I have had only 6 interviews in 20 months. The odds are I wont find a job before the program end nor will me and my family have any money to go anywhere. I guess its the streets for me and my kids. I know that this all is a process that we dont need to go through at this time and I pray that someone in the White House pays attention to the hurting people all ove the U S. Time is ticking and they need to sh** or get off the pot. Elections will be coming around soon, VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!

March 18, 2010 at 11:48 am
(54) johnny says:

Ya we need a tier 5 But not just for states with 8.5 % and higher unemployment. I can not even get tier 4.
My state says we are at 7.1 % state wide but my county is at 10.5 %. There is no jobs here either !! We should be entitled to help also…

what B/S !!!!!!!!!1

March 18, 2010 at 1:44 pm
(55) TD says:

The jobs bill is great but we should of give the tax brake to employers long ago. Tier 5 is needed to bridge the gap until that bill has time to take hold. 10% unemployment is no joke. Stop send money all over the world and lets take care of Americans first please. And I don’t mean Wall Street I mean Main street. This group needs help. EXTEND THE BENEFITS!

March 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm
(56) Edwina says:

We need tier 5, this is just terrible the american people have to beg for what they need. I need a job not unemployment, but unfortunately that is not happening at this time. So I am forced to rely on unemployment and don’t get me wrong I am thankful, but please don’t keep extending your hand and then pulling it back when it deems right for the congress and the president. If the congress and the president had to live like the american people are being made to they would not survive. We are the back bone of america and we love our country so please let our country help us now. We have extended our hands to everyone else so now were is our help when we need it. Our families need it as well. Please Congress men, senators, and Mr. President help us Please.

March 18, 2010 at 3:09 pm
(57) Troy says:

Worked since i was 15,been layed-off for 2 years ,job went to china,not because im lazy and dont want to work.i sent out a t least 300 resumes,cant even get a job at a fast food chain.We need a teir 5or find me a f@#%*&! job.

March 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm
(58) Sign This Now says:
March 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm
(59) Unemployed says:

Everyone call the media, get your situation on the air. Until we get the media talking about a Tier 5, we will not get the Washington croud to pass anything. Call your newspaper, radio, Oprah, etc.

March 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm
(60) Tina says:

There is no Tier V extension being worked on; I (like many others) wrote to my Congressmen and Senators and what I’ve heard back is just typical political B.S. – they talk about this new Act they just pushed through – and the idiots refer to it as an extension! its not an extension of benefits – its an extension of time for the newly unemployed. The long term unemployed, who got caught in the worst of the recession (think 1932-33-34 Depression era, when the Dustbowl hit and the country was still raw from the bank and Wall Street collapse) are still struggling, and depleting our savings to survive….and the Government isn’t willing to do anything. I’ll preserve until November – if only so I can vote Democrats OUT of office – see how they like being unemployed!

March 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm
(61) david says:

We, those of us on tier 4 have been pounding the pavement looking for employment and are about to loose our benefits to yet another group of unemployed who will be out there looking as well. Hell, a large percintage of my benefits have been spent on job searching. Who is out there that can tell me who to directly contact the people that are making dicisions which will directly impact the economy if we cant stay above water.

March 18, 2010 at 7:37 pm
(62) Worried Mother says:

I’ve been unemployed now for 3 years. I apply to at least 5 jobs a day and have had only maybe a handful of interview with no success. I have a very strong resume as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager in 2 very high profile companies in New York. However I cannot seem to find a job for the life of me now that I am living in Las Vegas. I am about to exhaust the end of my unemployment insurance in 2 weeks and my husband now is recently unemployed as well. Once we loose my unemployment we will be struggling not only to pay our rent but to buy diapers and food for our 2 year old son. They say things are picking up and jobs are becoming available, but what are we suppose to do in the meantime??? A Tier 5 of unemployment insurance is crucial for me and my family. The thought that it is not going to happen makes me sick to my stomach, however I must stay strong for my son and stay positive that something soon will come my way. If not Tier 5 than a job!!!

March 18, 2010 at 8:49 pm
(63) Mike T. Illinois says:

There are no jobs, I will have nothing without a Tier 5. My unemployment goes to rent, bills and food. I’m not living it up on unemployment, this is depressing. I have applied to open positions at Walmart, Target, Sears, Kmart, AMC Movie Theatre’s just to get minimum wage, turned down at all of them.

I was at my last employer for 14 years before being the company closed, I am a hard, honest worker. I’m not asking to land a $12-$15 hr job, just give me a full time job at minimum wage and I would be happy.

March 19, 2010 at 12:56 am
(64) VF says:

The problem these days is that there are too many out of work that are well-educated. As such, they are labeled as overqualified for many low-wage jobs out there. I know a guy with a Masters degree who has applied to low-wage and retail jobs, but they don’t want him. It is a real mess.

One other thought: to collect benefits, the Government should hire people to fix up all the dilapidated foreclosures that are going to hit the market.

March 19, 2010 at 9:51 am
(65) Debbie says:

http://www.change.org/actions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment

Sign the position for more unemployment for the long term unemployed

March 19, 2010 at 11:44 am
(66) sandi says:

i have a friend on the verge of being homeless. i have a daughter/her husband with 3 kids, unemployed. i see the government with all kinds of money for bailouts, the foreighners, illegal aliens, welfare, large bonuses. but, what i do not see is more help for what was tax payers. i have a niece on welfare, who sits on her butt doing nothing. this whole picture is wrong. they sold out the jobs to other countries, now they want to make jobs. we need a new government.

March 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm
(67) Liza says:
March 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm
(68) Ella says:

Apparently Arkansas doesn’t qualify for some tiers anyway because the state hasn’t passed a law that is required. Something must be wrong with the folks in charge.

March 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm
(69) Lisa says:

Hey all, I like the rest of you am nearing the last 3 weeeks of Tier 4 benefits with what seems like no hope in sight for my family. I have applied for every position available from CVS to Arby’s and as many of you are aware I am either too qualified or under qualified. I just signed the petition for Teir 5 they are at 1465 votes & are looking for 1500. We are the only ones who can help ourselves! PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION & let the reps know how important this issue is to our families!!!
http://www.change.org/actions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment_benefits

March 20, 2010 at 12:38 am
(70) Joanne says:

The house and the senate have lost their minds , We the people are in big trouble people will be living on the street and in shelter if something is not passed soon. Crime is really on the rise and will get worse real soon ,if people can’t pay their bill @ feed their family , so all those people in washington better get on the job and pass something . good luck all. All they do is waste tax dollar , We as american can’t get help but they rush to help other country but we the people of the US can’t get help something wrong with this picture .

March 20, 2010 at 10:01 am
(71) babyboomerscrewed says:

Texas won’t assist anyone who already has a degree in retraining. My degree is 30 years old and for an industry (graphic design) thats now being outsourced. The UI laws are antiquated and are not flexible for this new economy. Ageism is rampant because employers can cherry pick from huge numbers of applicants.
The largest block of the long term unemployed are people ages 45 – 64, They are simply viewed as “old and expensive”. We desperately need help with retraining AND Tier V!!
Our taxes – paid even on Unemployment – go to help pay congresses’ lifetime retirements and health care — yet they squabble over deficits while former middle class Americans are reduced to poverty. $192,000.00 a year for EACH RETIRED LEGISLATOR for L-I-F-E! They don’t seem really concerned about the deficit voting raises for themselves…
What is wrong with this country?

March 20, 2010 at 11:23 am
(72) ADRIENNE says:

WE NEED LONG TERM , TIER 5 !!!! WITH ALL MY EXPERENCE IN BUSINESS,I CAN NOT GET A $9.00 AN HOUR JOB.THE UI IN OUR AREA FOR AT LEAST 100 MILES IS OVER 12%…….IT WILL TAKE TOO MUCH TIME, THAT WE ALL DON’T HAVE TO SEE MORE JOBS.THE BILL COLLECTOR’S DON’T CARE !! I SPENT ALL THAT I HAVE, AND SOLD ALL THAT I HAVE TO PAY BILLS.NOTHING LEFT.

March 20, 2010 at 11:31 am
(73) DAVID says:

THE PHONE NUMBERS WE NEED TO CALL ARE POSTED, WE ALL NEED TO CALL, CALL CALL………..TIER 5 NOW !!!

March 20, 2010 at 2:26 pm
(74) Darlene says:

I’m 56 and running out of my 99 wks. Now what? Who is going to hire me at this age with all the competition? I’ve been turned down by Taco Bell, McDonalds etc for having no fast food experience or being over qualified. Where do I go from there? What’s left bank robber, suicide??

March 20, 2010 at 4:46 pm
(75) Tiff says:

My husband and I lost our jobs 2 years ago. I went to a technical school and started an entirely new career making MUCH less than I was used to, still I’m thrilled to have a job! My husband is a “99-weeker” and runs out of benefits this month. Without that little bit of help, we will starve.

March 21, 2010 at 12:48 am
(76) millie says:

What more could happen, we lost our house and our car my son had to leave college because we lost our jobs since 2008. We been looking and applying with no luck and now we are running out of benefit soon. My husbamd been in and out of hospitals. But their always help for other countrys buT for us that we live in united states get shafted what that tells you we mean nothing but we always pay our taxes and what do we get? WE NEED TIER 5 AT LEAST TO PUT SOME FOOD ON OUR TABLE.

March 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm
(77) sands says:

Okay here are some problems. 1) Age, 50 yrs + they r hiring young workers. 2) Bad credit from the economic break down. They are catering to the upper middle class, and the upperclass, who did not lose employment or income, and to the younger population who never realy established credit good or bad. When peeps lost jobs they lost their ability to pay bills they then lost their good credit. Now the employers are hiring only those with gr8 credit. They do not want to mess with creditors garnishing wages.

March 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm
(78) Julie says:

What is wrong with our country? I have $20 left on my final tier of unemployment and we were barely surviving on what we were getting. Both of us have been unemployed for almost 2 years. To anyone that thinks extending unemployment is a bad idea….you must have no idea what it is like to wonder if you will be homeless in less than a month. You have no idea what it is like to tell your daughter that you don’t know where you are going to live and that she may have to switch schools. We are desperate! Tier 5 at least is a must. I have read all of the stories on this sight and you would think SOMEONE would listen. I have a strong faith in God, but God did not put us in this mess! I cannot blame Him…only our leaders. Please help us, before we and millions of other people end up homeless and starving to death!

March 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm
(79) Melissa in Michigan says:

Everyone-

There has been a petition started on- http://www.change.org/actions/view/unemployment_we_need_a_tier_5_now

Please follow the above link to sign the petition on the tier 5 extension of unemployment benefits. The petition will be sent to representatives of your state. This is very important!!

The HR 4851 bill does not add a 5th tier, so the people who have already exhausted all tiers will not receive help. Take the time to have your voice heard.

Thank You!!

March 21, 2010 at 10:29 pm
(80) Michelle in Novi, MI says:

It is extremely hard to find a position in this economy. I am 32 years old and I have a Bachelors degree in business and over 10 years of experience in my field of work. I have been on unemployment for over 10 months now (laid off) and just recently received a job offer for 10k less than what I was making. Well of course I jumped on the offer.

Unfortunately the company ran a credit check and I failed it miserably. Since being on unemployment , my debt to income ratio is terrible and I have missed some payments on credit cards. It’s either pay the credit card bills or feed my 2 children.

How the heck can a company judge you on your credit score at this time, in our current economic situation. I am nauseated!!

We need a tier 5 extension and some serious changes to the employment checks!!!!

Michelle

March 22, 2010 at 2:16 am
(81) james hater says:

KARMA james, It will strike you, and when it does, you will feel the wrath of what it can and will do to you. Give me your job and take over my non existant unemployment, I ran out 7 weeks ago, and in need of your job. I’ve put out 450 resumes in the last 13 months alone, and nothing. You say get off our lazy a—-s and get a job, well i’ll tell you what. QUIT YOUR JOB AND LET US APPLY FOR IT. I’m sure you were born a sweet, inocent child, but over the years, you’ve become a bitter little man. SO, let’s feel sorry for james because SOON he will be just like the rest of us.UNEMPLOYED!!!!!!!! KARMA BABY KARMA

March 22, 2010 at 9:51 am
(82) Brandy says:

march 22,2010 To let everyone know I called the main source this morning about is there any plans on adding another tier or weeks on to unemployment extension.Their answer was NO. CALL FOR YOURSELF-THE FINANCE COMMITTEE IN WASHINTON. 1-202-224-4515 THIS IS SO WRONG.

March 22, 2010 at 10:32 am
(83) Bob says:

I’ve been leaving message on all senators voice mail all weekend.hope it helps or we are out of luck.See in the streets.Hopeless.

March 22, 2010 at 11:20 am
(84) david says:

First it was the American Companies downsizing their employees on their own. Now they have the help of the Government to keep it that way. This is all a part of a plan to adjust to the baby boomer population entering their “golden years”. A small workforce will be available here in this country as a result and this is the answer by our politicians and corporations. Just let them go off into the sunset without the gold. The jobs are overseas and not coming back,, period! It is all a master plan put together in a smoke filled room in DC. They could care less about the workers out of work. We are just in the way of progress as far as they are concerned. Everything is getting done without our help and that is just fine with them because it is cheaper.

March 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm
(85) babyboomerscrewed says:

The US has been outsourcing jobs for approx 30 years. However the ramping up began just after the 1994 Republican Contract With America. The GOP consistently outnumbered democrats supporting legislation for increased outsourcing.
If they take Congressional majority in 2010, you can bet they WILL DO NOTHING to truly create jobs outside of their usual mantra of “tax cuts.”

Remember this:
The GOP prefers High Unemployment.
It makes for Cheap Labor.

March 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm
(86) Elaine says:

Everyone-

PLEASE!!!!!!!!……PLEASE!!!!!!!!! SIGN THE PETITION!!!!!!!!

IT ONLY TAKES ABOUT 3O SECONDS TO DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!

There has been a petition started on- http://www.change.org/actions/view/unemployment_we_need_a_tier_5_now

Please follow the above link to sign the petition on the tier 5 extension of unemployment benefits. The petition will be sent to representatives of your state. This is very important!!

The HR 4851 bill does not add a 5th tier, so the people who have already exhausted all tiers will not receive help. Take the time to have your voice heard.

Thank You!!

March 23, 2010 at 1:02 am
(87) Judy in Florida says:

Better bring back the soup lines were going to need them. I should have bought stock in tents back when I still had some money, there’s going to be a run on them when everyone who has run out of benefits gets booted out of their house and into the street.

March 23, 2010 at 4:00 am
(88) samper says:

I know this might sound creepy or weird, but if you are REALLY hard up, look into donating blood plasma. It takes about 2 hours and I go twice a week (the max allowed). I get $20 the first donation and $35 the second donation of the month. It’s a little “out there”, but the product is needed by a multitude of categories of sick people, so it’s a worthwhile donation. It’s a huge industry, safe, and practically painless. $55/week is still $55/week.

Also, look up mystery/secret shopping. That, too, is a huge industry and I have made a few hundred a month doing this also. Sometimes there IS a cash outlay, but it’s reimbursed. I’ve been doing it for years, even while employed.

March 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm
(89) Paulette says:

This is unbelievable!!!!! My benefits expired in February of 2010. As far as finding work is concerned, I’ve given out over 300 resume’s all to no avail. How in GODs name do our leaders expect myself and millions of others to survive? With no jobs available (where enough can be earned to pay rent, etc.) what in GODs name do our leaders expect us to do or are they wanting to see millions homeless.

March 24, 2010 at 3:26 am
(90) Nick says:
March 24, 2010 at 5:16 am
(91) noel says:

we need a tier 5 because in the state of Louisiana you only get 78 weeks not the 99 like some other states.

March 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm
(92) Trebor in Texas says:

I lost my house in May! I exhausted my benefits in February. I am living in a condemned house with no hot water, stove, refridgerator, etc. At least I have a roof over my head and some food. What perplexes me is what I read about immigration being slowed to about 100,000 new people per month. WTH? If I, an natural citizen with a degree cannot find work, why are we allowing new citizenships in the U.S.? I am a citizen of the U.S., not a citizen of the world, as so many NBA players are now saying they are in their new commercial! Louis CK illustrates it best; if you have a million dollars and you lose 95% of it, you still have $50k left! Our politician are out of touch with reality — they spend in the billions, even trillions, and have no concept of how far some people are trying to make even $20 stretch. Shame, shame, shame!

March 24, 2010 at 11:48 pm
(93) rubeN says:

Dunno what these Senators/Reps are thinking. Tier V is really much needed since there still ain’t enough jobs out there and a massive amount of competition for the little amount that are there.

March 25, 2010 at 1:01 am
(94) Asheley says:

Tier 5 does not exist as of March 24th

EUC Runs this way:

Tier I – 20 Weeks
Tier II – 14 Weeks
Tier III – 13 Weeks
Tier IV – 6 Weeks

If a Tier V is added it would either be 6,13, or 20 weeks not 26 weeks.

This is a political hot potato and an Extension to April 5th has been enacted. 30 Days. This is meaning since no new legislation has been written – because too many think this is a side issue – or someone thinks the Economy is going to break open all a sudden – we are going to get another 30 extension with Bunning Objecting over and over again – what do we get then an extension to May 5th!

They need to add a Tier 5 of at least 20 weeks of EUC – and all this pussyfooting around is not helping. Call your Congressman and tell them you need this – because the damn job market is not coming back – in fact more jobs are abandoning the US and going to India & China – plus some Governors are thinking they are going to cut their budgets by layoffs like what is about to happen in NJ! No matter your education level right now – if you are unemployed – you are out of luck – only employed can get open jobs! You are all Marked as Losers by the Human Resources Depts of all Companies – because they will not hire you until they get paid by the gov’t to do so – that is going to be a while – so what the hell are we supposed to do then? If No Tier 5 then a whole lotta unemployed, homeless people and families will be in all the towns and cities across the country.

Call your Congressman – We Need a Tier 5!

March 25, 2010 at 7:57 pm
(95) tier v nowe says:

Call call call …
write write write …

We can do this! Barrage your reps with calls, contact local national news.
do not go gently into that good night.
We are in a depression and an economic tsunami is on the way.
Tell the people you speak with this.
Fight the good fight.
over and out!!!

March 25, 2010 at 9:51 pm
(96) Unemployed with a Master's Dergree says:

I have been unemployed since the early part of 2008. I have an Master’s Degree that took 14 years to earn becasue I worked and went to school at night. My doctor now informs me that I am suffering from a stress related illness and need to get a handle on my stress levels.
Tier 5 is needed! I have sent several emails to my Congress persona and representatives. Tier 5 is needed!!

March 25, 2010 at 9:59 pm
(97) Unemployed with a Master's Degree says:

Forgot to mention that I had to pay out of pocket for the doctor’s visit because I have no health insurance.

March 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm
(98) jason says:

if your goverment wont help you then lets over throw it.i am tring to get work cant find it.i am even thinking about selling drugs for a living at least when i get caught i get 3 hot meals and a cot.what do they think? i hope the enconmy crashes so we can take our country back over

March 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm
(99) Elle says:

I call for a march to Washington for Job Creation.

Yes, we need benefit extension BUT we also really need job creation and skills re-training so we can be re-employed. Since there is rampant age discrimination (anyone over 40 years is considered a dinosaur) and a preference to hire younger or foreign labor, we need to get competitive and the only way to do this is to get up on new skills now.

1) Write the President at : http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
2) Call Congress: (800) 828 – 0498 -or- write: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
3) Organize a march on Washington for JOBS and re-training
Don’t delay – take ACTION by calling, writing and marching now before it is too late for you and your family.

Godspeed!

March 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm
(100) Liz says:

John McCain and Palin are having a rally.
Here is a link we can flood with comments – please beg McCain to take up the rally for the long-term unemployed. I am sure there must be voters in his state that can use the help. Please ask him to be the champion of our cause.
There are millions of us out there that need his help to either add additional weeks to Tier 4 (a simple change inthe number of weeks) or a new Tier 5 (the longest to implement 3 months or more)
We can do something. Please act now!

http://tinyurl.com/ykakuy9

March 27, 2010 at 9:52 am
(101) Wake Up says:

They are rushing a bill to send 3 billion to those ingrate morph-apes in Haiti. What about our unemployed??????? Despicable!

March 28, 2010 at 8:05 am
(102) Adam says:

EVERYONE….. FLOOD YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND THE PRESIDENT, VP, REID AND ANYONE ELSE YOU CAN WITH CALLS AN EMAILS…

March 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm
(103) NYCJ says:

Ive been unemployed since 2008. I have 2 kids, a wife, a dog and a home i purchased prior to becoming unemployed. Since becoming unemployed I have had to move out of my house and rent it to make extra money do odd ball labor jobs and come home to an exhausted wife who has been working all day to help cover expenses. I rarely see my children anymore and my marriage is in distress. I am a veteran and have a lower back injury. There are times when i cant even sleep from the pain. Unfortunately noone is hiring. I guess once my unemployment runs out ill be forced to get a job and get off my lazy butt.

March 29, 2010 at 1:40 pm
(104) jamestradam says:

3/29/2010, AS OF NOW THERE HAS BEEN ONE VOTE ON EMERGENCY extenstion of the Tier 5 unemployment bill, but it was blocked by a Oklahoma Senator. The Demacrats have crammed Healthcare down our throats and the Republicans are mad so they blocked Tier 5. Bunch of little boys in a sandbox and can’t get along, only there playing High stakes with American lives. Plus they went on vacation we have to remember this, we have to vote these people out, so that real change can take place, theve gotten complacent. There should be terms on these guys so that we don’t wind up haveing people like Harry Reid that are older than dirt, sitting back and collecting a fat check, and do you think the health bill they passed is the same as the same level of health care they receive!!! Hell no VOTE these jokers out how dare them go on vacation when so many American lives hang in pperil!!!!!

March 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm
(105) Michael in California says:

This is a link to the letter sent to the Senate leadership from 30 Senators requesting Tier 5 be passed ASAP!

http://www.iowapolitics.com/index.Iml?Article=182926

If this is to be passed QUICKLY, PEOPLE NEED TO SEND THIS TO ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS NOW!
This is the link to the President, Members of Congress, Governors, and other elected officials, that can make this a reality.
http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials/

ACT TODAY TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN NOW!!

March 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm
(106) Chanel, MICHIGAN says:

I HEAR ALL OF YOU!!!! THOUGH IT IS SAD, I AM ALSO RELIEVED TO KNOW THAT I AM NOT ALONE, I HAVE BEEN ALSO UNEMPLOYED SINCE 09/2008. I JUST RAN OUT OF MY 99 WEEKS LAST WEEK, I LOST MY HOME A YEAR AGO, MY CAR WAS REPOSSESSED AS WELL, I AM NOW BASICALLY HOMELESS LIVIG IN A RUN DOWN MOTEL THAT I CAN AFFORD ON 700/MONTH. I FEEL LOST AND HOPLESS!! I HAVE PUT OUT AT LEAST 1000 APPLICATIONS SINCE 2008, AND ONLY RECEIVED 5 INTERVIEWS IN WHCH I WAS DENIED BECAUSE OF MY CREDIT??????? WHAT DES MY CREDIT HAVETO DO WITH MY EXPERIENCE IN PERFORMING THE DUTIES IN THE JOB DESCRIPTION??? I BELIEVE EMPLOYERS KNOW HW DEPERATE PEOPLE ARE AND ARE PURPOSELY WEENING CERTAIN PEOPLE OUT!!!!! THE ECONOMY RUINED MY CREDIT WHEN I LOST MY HOME AND CAR DUE TO MY LAYOFF!!!! DONT COME TO MICHIGAN IT IS LIKE A DARK CLOUD OF DESPAIR….. THE SHELTERS ARE SO FULL THEY HAVE TO SEND PEOPLE OUT!!!! I DONT HAVE ANY CHILDREN, WHICH WOULD BE A DISASTER INMY SITUATION… HOWEVER, BECAUSE OF THIS I HAVE BEEN TURNED DOWN FOR ANY HELP FROM DHS, THE WAITING LIST FOR LOW INCOME HOUSING IS 2 YEARS LONG, AD WHEN I ID HAVE MY BENIFITS I WAS TURNED DOWN FOR AN APARTMENT BECAUSE THEY WANTED ME TO “HAVE MORE RELIBLE INCOME”(JOB) OR EITHER I WAS TURNED DOWN BECAUSE OF MY CREDIT!! IM SCREWED EITHER WAY ON FINDING SUITABLE HOUSING. I WISH I COULD MOVE OUT OF STATE TO SEEK WORK WHERE IT IS NOT SOO BAD AS 15.8% UNEMPLOYMENT!!!!!HOWEVER I FEEL TRAPPED WITH NO CAR AND NOW NO MONEY TO GET THERE!!! I CRY EVERYDAY, HOPING I COULD JUST GO TO SLEEP WAKE UP AND THIS ALL BE JUST A DREAM, I WILL KEEP YOU ALL IN MY PRAYERS, PLEASE KEEP ME IN YOURS AS WELL……………..

March 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm
(107) Julie says:

WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF A TIER 5 IN FLORIDA. THERE ARE NO JOBS AVAILABLE AND THE JOBS THAT I HAVE BEEN ON FOR AN INTERVIEW THEY SAY IM TO EXPERIENCED OR THEY JUST INTERVIEW YOU TO SAY THAT THEY DID SO MANY INTERVIEWS TO LOOK GOOD. SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE. WE ARE NOT IN ANY BETTER CIRCUMSTANCE SINCE 2008. WE AMERICANS NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE NEED MILLIONS OF JOBS TO BE OPEN. THE BANKING INDUSTRY IS AWFUL AND IM IN THAT FIELD AND THERE IS NOTHING. PLEASE PLEASE EXTEND THE BENEFITS TILL THE END OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!!1 AND CREATE MORE JOBS!!!!!!

March 30, 2010 at 10:46 am
(108) Steve in PA says:

To Mike in California- The letter signed by 30 senators in your link makes no mention of a Tier 5. It is an extention for the use of tiers 1-4 through 12-31-10 , but does not provide for any additional weeks (a Tier 5)of UC beyond what is currently available.

March 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm
(109) Kim says:

The majority of persons collecting unemployment are honest and are victims of this recession. They would not qualify for unemployment insurance if they were not laid off due to no fault of their own. Report more stories on that fact than the childish few who do abuse the system. There’s fraud, waste, and abuse in every program from all government programs (state or federal). What’s with the need to pick on the unemployed?

With comments like this and the lack of cooperation in the Senate, it is going to be an uphill climb for the honest unemployed who are in desperate need of an extension of benefits. As is true with most things, the greedy few can ruin the entire system. Or a more famous phrasing, “One bad apple can ruin the entire bunch”.

In my opinion, I think the bigger fraud is the fact the American taxpayer is paying United States Senators (who have a salary of $147K to 194K per year) to say to the people, “We are just not going to cooperate the rest of the year”. Or just flatly saying no and deliberately obstructing critical and time-sensitive legislation that will help millions of jobless Americans. This fact is something to think about when we all go to the polls this November

March 30, 2010 at 4:03 pm
(110) Rachel says:

To all you people who are still employed please don’t go around pointing the finger at those of us who have no job. How about you employed people try to help those of us who are unemployed by telling us about jobs open in your company. The majority of those who are unemployed are looking for work. I lost my job back in August of 09. I have no degree,special skills or training to compete in the job market right now. I am trying to get back into school to get more skills. In TX you have to go through the WIA program on a state spproved training program. I am working with them now, but they are not doing anything and making me go to all these stupid job club meetings and job search workshops. I could have have been in school for 6 months by now. Instead it took me 6 months just to get in the WIA program and now they are wasting my time with all these meetings and my unemployment will be expiring soon. The only jobs out there are for people with degrees or some sort of trade. To all of you out there who are unemployed I am fighting the same battle. I am trying to keep faith in God that he will come through for us. God Bless all of you out there! I pray for some answers soon!

March 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm
(111) yadira delacruz says:

I really don’t think that receiving so many extension will benefit the future of our children although we do work hard to earn our money and also pay a lot of taxes… I’m almost too sure there will be an outcome for this some day !!.. but in the mean time since we were tought to work to pay bills and we have to work by the system I’m really hoping for another extension for the 99ers I mean I could be in a worst sistuation from what I have read my heart goes out to all those families having a real hard time especially with children.. but let’s have faith God never fails and we must gather positive energey for a positive today living in the now is all we have to focus on… Anyway God willing this extension will be extended for those who are in need of it we the people have rights to that extension… let’s all pray together from the inside out and focus on the good !!

March 30, 2010 at 10:10 pm
(112) Valerie says:

Don’t just call the DC phone numbers. All of these people have phone numbers in their states!! Call Reid in Reno and Vegas!! The DC numbers are FULL!! Calling the local office will get you a real person not just voice mail!!

Harry Reid -Phone: 775-686-5750. Fax: 775-686-5757

March 31, 2010 at 1:06 am
(113) Geoff says:

My Letters To Speaker Pelosi & Rep. Gwen Moore:

Dear Congresswoman Moore,

Congratulations on getting the Health Reform Bill through! It’s not single-payer, nor does it have the “public option,” but it is big progress nonetheless. Thanks for your part!

There is other urgent business awaiting. The Unemployment Compensation Bill passed by the Senate needs attention urgently. But, it also needs a FIFTH TIER of unemployment to be added for the many, many long-term unemployed. You may recall that Wisconsin lately lost even its short term, Tier 4 benefits because of a slight up-tick in the state’s overall unemployment rate. Many of the folks affected will soon lose all support if they haven’t already.
Happily in some fields, folks are beginning to see the economy serve them again, but for others, often with skills and desire, there are still no opportunities. Many are losing what they’ve been building for years. A generous FIFTH TIER is the best foreclosure prevention measure, and the best stimulus and job creation initiative available.

Regards,
Geoff G.

March 31, 2010 at 5:10 am
(114) jeremy says:

FREE senator switchboard operator# 1-866-220-0044

2 FREE faxes a day site- http://faxzero.com

PLEASE. EVERYONE. BLOW THEM SENATORS UP!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 31, 2010 at 7:43 am
(115) Kelly says:

I recieved a call from Ohio unemployment to tell me that even though I have exausted my benefits to continue to file because there is pending legistration that they think will pass adding additional benefits. March 30, 2010. I hope so!!!

March 31, 2010 at 9:53 am
(116) Clifton says:

Anyone know why im getting PAY HELD on my unemployment? No overpayment only on tier 3 an they have held my pay for the last 2 weeks….. Try to call but they are to overloaded with calls,call back another time.

March 31, 2010 at 9:59 am
(117) Clifton says:

o im in OHIO if it matters state by state

March 31, 2010 at 10:37 am
(118) WIll die soon says:

They always talk about where to get the funds for the unemployment the same place you pull funds to help other countries who never came to our aid when we had disasters. Stop playing government and be a government. We are your people. These other countries are not start at home first before you can help others. You can’t reach far to give money when your own is dying.

March 31, 2010 at 1:33 pm
(119) unemployed since May 08 says:

My benefits are about to run out, I am so scared. I live in California and the county I am in is at 17% unemployment rate, I am scared, my whole family depends on my unemployment check to survive, My husband has not been able to find work for 2 years and hes a contractor so he gets no unemployment, Can you imagine the multitude of families just like mine who will lose their home and end up on welfare and be homeless or starving, These like me are hard working individuals. I worked 10 years for them company I lost my job at. The goverment needs to realize that it will be much worse to let millions go into proverty, and lose more homes and more welfare offices will have to be staffed with the tremendous amount of people that will be heading their way. It would be completley insane if they dont extend the unemployment and make more jobs and incentives instead!

March 31, 2010 at 2:12 pm
(120) John Kelly says:

I just called a bunch of senators and congresspeople and the white house, including John Boehner. All of them said that the Republicans are blocking this big time.

Anyone who says that it’s easy to find a job out there just doesn’t live in the real world. I’ve sent out literally thousands of resumes, and have exhausted all my contacts. Not one single interview, and I have a terrific work record. I had some counselers tell me that people think I’m too old (I’m 47). I’ve changed my resume to make people think I’m younger, but that doesn’t seem to be working either.

Just got my last check. Next stop, the street.

March 31, 2010 at 4:31 pm
(121) tg says:

most people that I know that are out of work are in their fifties like me. people that were the top earners and closer to retirement benefits. this is how corporate America has chosen to reward us for 30 years of dedication. when I got out of high school I went into the military,that means nothing to companies today. they want 2 years of college for $10 an hour jobs. I fear there will be no tier 5 and what are we to do then? we are the forgotten Americans

March 31, 2010 at 8:57 pm
(122) Eric Nylund says:

Dear xxxxxxxx,

I have just submitted a sixth weekly claim for unemployment benefits that I know will not be forthcoming. That is because the unemployment benefits I had been receiving ended in February, once again due the House’s and Senate’s inability to move beyond partisanship and ideology in the face of national calamity.

I urge you to do whatever you can as soon as you can to see that unemployment benefits are extended for those of us who have been without work for a very long time, especially for those of us who have exhausted Tier IV benefits . Outside of ten days, I say again, ten days of gainfull employment in 2008, I myself have been out of work for more than three years now after a career of almost thirty years and while I diligently search for work every day there is still simply nothing available.

I cannot fully express the rage and frustration I feel. My anger and feelings of helplessness are based on what I see and that is unemployment benefits have been allowed to become a focus of federal budget deficit reduction while nothing is done to help the true victims of this national economic depression or to correct the underlying causes of the mess we are in.

I continue to believe that something must be done to create jobs so that people can once again invest for their future but that is the farthest thing thing from my mind now as I see more and more citizens struggle to keep food on the table and pay the rent. Direct action is needed now. The American Dream is slipping away from me and countless others and I see no prospect for the future as long as the petty bickering in Congress continues.

Let me be as clear as I can be for the sake of our survival. Unemployment benefits must be extended without delay to all states and individuals, especially those who have exhausted all previous eligibility. Extension of unemployment benefits must not be based on arbitrary and unrealistic criteria as has occurred with previous extensions. Economic conditions at this time are too volatile for anyone to accurately describe current circumstances let alone the foreseeable future. Unemployment benefits must be extended for as long as necessary to effect a real stimulation of the national economy. I don’t care if the money comes from funds previously allocated by Congress or by emergency appropriation or by some other means. The time to act has long since passed and the longer the delay the more damage will be done to our nation in ways none of us can predict.

Respectfully Yours,

Eric Nylund

March 31, 2010 at 9:58 pm
(123) rubeN says:

Here in CA, I just submitted my last claim from for Tier 4 this week. Will be hard having zero income pretty soon.

April 1, 2010 at 9:33 am
(124) Sianara says:

I claimed my last 1/2 week Tier IV Tuesday…..I don’t know where to go from here…I am 58 years old with a MA & a BA and my resume has been downsized so many times, I am not showing administrative services and apply for $ 9.00 per hour jobs, which of course I can’t even get…I speak 4 languages….I have more than 1016 resumes out there since End 2007, just 5 interviews, a few Dear John letters and the rest did not even bothered….it is an employer’s market ( who ever hires), the process is more than 3 to 4 months once you do get to the top 20 and than, you don’t hear anything anymore, leaves messages to finally be told by the administrative staff ( not even the ones you interviewed with) that they chose someone else that fit the profile better……meaning…””OH we don’t want to pay you what you are worth……and we can’t hire you with this kind of resume because the first chance you have, you will leave us”” I even offered one of those to work for free and only pay me commissions …than I probably looked like a peddler, but at this point I don’t care….I’ll take any thing!!!!! It was a job with a base & commissions. Any advice? I sure could use some…Oh by the way I had to appeal twice their decisions to deny me some extensions and I did win twice on my own , no lawyers since I could not afford any…I am on food stamp and the rest is now in the hand of the Lord….I e-mailed & contacted everyone in the book…the fact that the fat cats are out for Easter, enjoying their lavish life’s without giving a ” HUT” about more than 3 millions of us who have felled off the wagon March 31st, makes me sick in my stomach ( the media’s numbers are so wrong with their only 400,000 recipients falling out…….anyone have the real numbers about how many of us are up the creek without a paddle March end?

Enjoy your Easter everyone…..Hope wherever you are, it is warm….here still in the 30’s cold grey and raining!

April 1, 2010 at 10:04 am
(125) Adrienne says:

TIER 5 ……..PLEASE !!!!!!! CALL, CALL, CALL,

April 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm
(126) shannon says:

If you have run out of your benefits or will do so soon please sign petition!! when you sign the petition it is automatically sent to your senator, congress and the president!!!

Take Action @change: Unemployment Extension For The Long-Term Unemployed http://bit.ly/ce7z3M

April 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm
(127) shannon says:

If you need another extension please sign petition. this letter after signed is sent to your senator, congress, president

Take Action @change: Unemployment Extension For The Long-Term Unemployed http://bit.ly/ce7z3M

April 1, 2010 at 7:07 pm
(128) LC says:

Please check out this article…I wrote a letter about my experiences that I am having trying to find a job…and he posted it on his website. I am also on my last few weeks of tier 4…and we need a tier 5! http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-27052-Rochester-Unemployment-Examiner~y2010m3d31-Unemployment-extension-legislation-Congress-in-recess-while-unemployed-lose-benefits–March-31

April 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm
(129) LC says:
April 1, 2010 at 8:54 pm
(130) jojo mass says:

I would like to know how are we gonna pay our bills we have paid enough taxes for over a very long time and we lost our jobs now nobody remembers that so is that means we are going to be left in the dark what about us. My benifits is about to run out on the 10th of april or somebody may be should give me a job cleaning their office so i can pay my rent & dont be homeless. this is my #5 what a;m i supposed to do? There are no jobs out there if anyone knows where there is one please let me know and i ;ll sign up right away worried. JOJO

April 2, 2010 at 9:44 am
(131) babyboomerscrewed says:

A monthly rise of newly unemployed of 450,000 and 162,000 jobs were created in March? 48,000 of them TEMPORARY.
I am appalled and ashamed the guy I voted for is so desperate for economy improvement numbers that his administration supports the media using semantics and half truths to minimize the horrid job conditions out there.
Bailed out bank execs are still getting bonuses, Wall street still creating dangerous voodoo investments, Congress votes itself pay raises and received $192,000 a year in retirement pension.
Every retired legislator that screams about deficit concerns over helping the unemployed receives these raises, lobbyists monies and nearly $200,000 a year in retirement.
I am thoroughly disgusted watching an entire swatch of middle class Americans be reduced to poverty while these bozos fiddle. I am truly voting all incumbents out, democrat or republican. Across the board, NO mercy. If everyone joined me the message would be sent to both parties us peasants DO have some power.

15 MILLION UNEMPLOYED and they cheer 162,000 jobs created. This is unconscionable.

April 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm
(132) the Senate has scheduled a cloture vote for 5:30 pm on Monday, April 12th. says:

(this is my second attempt at posting this information, as the first one did not go through)

I received this e-mail from the National Employment Law Project on Tuesday, March 30, 2010.

Laid Off & Left Out:
America’s Workers Deserve Better

Friends,

We are extremely sorry to have to tell you that Congress has gone into recess without passing the 30 day extension of the UI and COBRA programs, and that it appears extremely unlikely that the Senate will be called back into session for a vote before April 5th, when the programs expire. We have learned that the Senate has scheduled a cloture vote (a vote to end debate on the bill – they must get 60 votes to move forward) for 5:30 pm on Monday, April 12th, at which time they’ll try to move the 30 day extension through as quickly as possible. Simultaneously, and we hope over the recess as well, they will be working with the House to resolve some differences in the bill that would extend these programs through the end of 2010. We are hoping that year-end extension will be firmly in place long before the end of April.

For more information on Congress’ failure to act, please see our press release.
http://www.nelp.org/page/m/6cf7039/715856f2/33d4ba7d/6f6c9b22/1440307711/VEsH/

We wish we had better news for you. We have been in close contact with many of the state UI agencies and the organization that unites them all and they will be working diligently to get their programs back up and running as quickly as possible once Congress acts. We hope that for those of you who face a disruption in benefits that it will be short-lived.

A few things to remember:
-If you are in the middle of a tier of benefits, you will be able to remain on that tier and finish it out before you benefits lapse. We hope that this lapse is so short lived that a minimal number of people are impacted, though we know for those who lose benefits, the impact will be great.

-When the programs are reinstated, they will be retroactive so you will eventually receive every bit of benefits you would have had the programs not lapsed. We know that for many of you the disruption is devastating even if retroactive, so we do not mean to minimize the impact, but wanted you to all know that benefits will be retroactive.

Again, we are sorry to have to deliver this news and look forward to updating you with better news as soon as Congress re-convenes in April

In the mean time, visit our NEW action alert
http://www.nelp.org/page/m/6cf7039/715856f2/33d4ba7d/6f6c9b21/1440307711/VEsE/
to get in touch with your Representatives. We are urging the Senate to act quickly upon their return to pass the 30-day extension. Be sure to have your friends and families do the same – the time is NOW – you must act so that Congress knows that they too, must act NOW.

Have additional questions?
http://unemployedworkers.org/sites/unemployedworkers/index.php/content/pages/have_a_ui_question_ask_the_expert

As always, thank you for all your hard work and continued efforts!

Your friends at unemployedworkers.org

April 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm
(133) DL says:

Your friends at unemployedworkers.org….You guys keep repreating the same thing…..why don’t you read the 128 comments above yours and give us an answer about TIER V, not about something we already know!PLEASE!!!!!

April 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm
(134) Lori (CA) says:
April 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm
(135) Lori (CA) says:

FINALLY…a story actually aired on NPR, addressing the plight of the 99-weekers (link to audio below):

http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/02/am-unemployment-benes/

Let’s just hope that some of our lawmakers actually HEARD this story…

April 3, 2010 at 2:13 am
(136) kim says:

Here is a great video that you all should see! http://content.bornagainamerican.org/baa_video.swf

April 3, 2010 at 8:37 am
(137) Roger says:

If they eliminate the 99 weekers, then that is prejuidice, and a national class action lawsuit should be enacted. Wheter you are a long term or short term unemployed, you are still unemployed in my book. We did not create this bad economy. If they have billions to give to welfare, then they can give to the unemployed.

April 3, 2010 at 8:47 am
(138) Roger says:

This is discrimination of the 99 weekers on unemployment, lets get a national class action lawsuit going. If you are long or short term unemployed you are still unemployed. Washingtion cannot discriminate like this. Figh back, let your voice be heard, contact your politicans.

April 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm
(139) kim says:

I agree Roger…It’s not right what the government is doing…we are ALL unemployed and we ALL need help!Check out this website…http://tier5.webs.com/

April 3, 2010 at 6:24 pm
(140) JB says:

Your friends at unemployedfriends.org????? Ha!

I agree. Unemployedfriends & NELP keeps sending out these disconnected mass emails that never specifically state anything about adding weeks to the Tier systems? Dont you guys get it! THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO HELP THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE OF AMERICA. HELP US ADD A TIER 5 NOW!!! Fight for it, or you are definetly NOT our friends. So never say that again!

April 4, 2010 at 3:53 am
(141) Tangie says:

It soooo sad that it should even be a discussion about whether or not there should be a Tier 5. The unemployment rate is still at a high and is continuously rising and no one see the need for another Tier if you’ve exhausted all of your benefits, especially when there are no jobs and companies aren’t hiring, businesses are closing,etc. These individuals who have the “say so” in whether or not there should be another tier should be ashamed of themselves and I pray they never become unemployed and have no other means of income or sources. I’m a 41 year old single woman, college student(graduating in Dec.10), who has no children and have exhausted everything, and can’t get any help from the state or anybody else because I don’t have any children. I’ve applied for all types of assistance and have been denied. I think this is very sad and should not even be a question about another Tier at this time with the economy. I pray that someone reads this and forward it to the appropriate person(s), so at least my voice will be heard, if nothing else. I have been a tax payer since I was 16 years old, so that should account for something and has never been on any public assistance. In addition, I have a medical condition and can’t even get to a specialist because I can’t get any medical or financial help, so again I have to suffer. This is very saddddd!!!!!!!!

April 4, 2010 at 6:05 am
(142) Jb says:

Hey Tangie. WAKE UP!! It is a question about getting a TIER 5! WE NEED IT TO SURVIVE. AND SO DO YOU! Putting you angry post up here isnt going to do anything to help our cause. DO SOMETHING!!!! Call your Senator as many times as you can! Dont count on everybody else. COME ON!!!

1-866-220-0044- then ask for the senator of your choice. Then let em’ have it!

April 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm
(143) Roger says:

My advice is also to spread the word to Tier 4 unemployed that do not have computer access to the internet to contact their elected official also. What do they want us to do commit crimes to put food on our families tables!!!

April 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm
(144) roger says:

I have exhausted my 99 weeks of benefits last week in New York and I cannot certify retroactively, the website will not let me. This is discrimination of the 99 weekers. Wheter you are Tier 1 or Tier 4 you are unemployed. Please give advice

April 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm
(145) roger says:

The NYS DOL website is NOT ALLOWING those who have exhausted Tier 4/99 weeks to certify. This means that approximately 60,000 + people in NY (and next week it will become over a hundred thousand) will no longer be counted as unemployed. These people can still log in to the site, but the option to claim benefits is not available to them, which means that as of this week, they will disappear from the statistics. Add this up with those from other states, and watch the unemployment figures miraculously “drop” each week. This is FRAUD and our citizens have the right to know the real numbers.

April 5, 2010 at 9:16 am
(146) skimpy says:

Saving up the last few weeks of my unemployment and invest it in something i can make money back, illegally! This isnt no joke i have spent some off these cold days lookin for work in TN that will pay more then $10 an hr. They need to give me an extension.. i know acouple ppeople makin money illegally that had got off unemployment. I dont want to go that route but it seems they are maintaining thir bills and keeping money in the pocket.

April 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm
(147) rubeN says:

Just received my last Tier 4 check in the mail today in CA. Dunno what will happen now.

April 5, 2010 at 11:19 pm
(148) Kim says:

I have 2 more checks left and I will be down with tier 4 too…I don’t know what we all are going to do…we need help…I really wish someone will listen to us and help us..

April 6, 2010 at 11:57 am
(149) David Larson says:

There won’t be a tier five and yes hundreds of thousands
here in Florida alone will remain unemployed. The govern-
ment is desperate to show a significant drop in unemploy-
ment and by ending payments they will paint a erroneous
picture to push the power of suggestion. In reality Florida
will turn into Dodge City with a huge peak in crime ,fore-
closures.bankruptcy,child abuse,divorce,formation of white
and black militias

April 6, 2010 at 2:10 pm
(150) Mark says:

If more of us 99 weekers spent time calling ours and other state senators instead of complaining on sites such as this there would be more traction for a tier 5, 46,000 people in NY state alone exhausted all unemployment benefits this past week, could you imagine the effect if everyone of them contacted Sen. Schumers and Sen. Gillibrands offices? I have been calling everyday for the past month, at first they told me their was very little support for a tier 5 but as the weeks have progressed and the phone calls have picked up now they say they are in full support of a tier 5, we need to get everybody on the phones, if your senators do not hear from you they certainly won’t fight for you, if you have the 10 minutes to complain to people that are going through the same thing you are then you have the time to complain to those that dont.

April 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(151) rich says:

so they will not approve a tier 5,its funny ,when you work you pay into unemployment insurance,so it is not charity,if they are not going to approve a fifth tier,than get rid of welfare checks,they have money for deadbeats,who never put money into the system,but there is no money for people looking for work,but cant find it

April 6, 2010 at 3:18 pm
(152) babyboomerscrewed says:

I can’t believe educated people actually believe they paid into unemployment insurance. EMPLOYEES DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT PAY INTO UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. IT IS AN “INSURANCE” YOUR EMPLOYER PAYS INTO. There are no deductions from your checks for this. You only pay into Fed, state income taxes, Medicare and Social Security.
Please folks, look at your pay stubs before insisting you pay anything into this.
But do call regarding Tier V, we all desperately need it. When McDonalds and Taco bell tell me (I have a B.A. in marketing communications) that they are receiving thousands of applications that they now are looking for Fast Food Experience — thats when you realize that this is a DEPRESSION, not a recession for millions out there.

April 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm
(153) Myrna Stern says:

I have been unemployed since january of ’06 – was let go from my job of 17 years – I have been living on Social Security since that time – Got a job in 2008, but was laid off. I worked for 50 years without ever accepting unemployment and so I need this extended benefit badly –

What I don’t understand is the “gentleman” who postponed signing Tier V went “on vacation” – Wish I could go on vacation!!!!

Additionally, if he’s crying about his children picking up the monetary burden why did he and all the other Senators accept a 3% raise?

I live on almost nothing a month after my bills are paid – In two years I lost jobs, home and husband!!!!

I need help as all of you do!!!!

Someone tell me what more I can do.

April 6, 2010 at 7:20 pm
(154) Debra (Massachusetts) says:

Well, we are coming to a catastrophic end, if Tier 5 isn’t passed. The media is shielding the President and supporting the false numbers of improvement in employment and the state of our economy. We have approx. 9.5% unemployed here in Mass, and I fear people like myself, having to sell all their possessions and I could never replace them. To be stripped of my dignity like many others is just right “WRONG”!. I’ve been unemployed since Nov, 2007. I am 56 years old and in a dead end job, (computer’s)…Took a 9 month course and now most technicians are 24 years old, young with certifications and degrees. Companies won’t hire a senior citizen, who needs to make 15.00 an hour minimum in order to maintain her apartment, make her car payments and only my son pays my car insurance and utilities as well his own bills… college and such. I owe taxes for 2009 for both Fed and State cause to the penny went to rent and car payment. I need the car to keep up interviews when I get them rarely. I worked for Xerox for 23 years and my position was contracted out. I have only a high school education which at one time gave you a decent salary. I’ve been laid off twice now, and this last one has put me a depressed state of mind. I’m bi-polar on medication and without it, I’d be all over the place. We all struggle for a minimum of food at Food banks and people with 2 in the family get very little, compared to families, understanding but at the same time I feel discriminated against, my son is 24 and I can only get food for 1. I can’t receive food stamps of public assistance and they claim I get too much money. I just don’t get it. The government hasn’t provided a change due to the cost of living and neither has the state. Bailing out big business and banks, doesn’t help people with debt. I have debt and get calls and I can’t pay back any of them. I don’t have as much debt as others, but I do have it just the same.

What will happen if the don’t approve an extension is the economy will drop significantly. The $ from unemployment keeps the economy moving and without it, the businesses will not lay off more employees or go out of business. People will panic to care for their families and good people with morals and dignity will end up stealing, what a terrible mess because once caught and sent to jail… they will not be able to house so many of us, riots will ensue, breaking and entering and banks and businesses will be robbed. My sister, and a few friends are in Tier 4 as well. What a sin to put the American people in such a state of fear. All my retirement money and 401 has been depleted.

1985 – seems closer to reality, what a movie.

Doing all I can, I had to defer a student loan. Can’t pay my taxes, so I see my future behind bars.

God help us all, and the United States.

April 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm
(155) db says:

The most interesting thing I have noticed is that those people that have jobs and mostly secure with them do not see an issue. In fact, two friends of mine this afternoon asked me to join them “both employed” for a night out eating and drinking, are you kidding me? I drive around and see people spending money all over the place getting gas; going to movies; buying ipads; eating out at nicer restaurants etc… The reason people don’t think it’s a problem is because they still have their jobs, just a theory. I don’t understand where the hell they are getting all the money to just piss away? If they have so much disposable income they better hold onto it because when it happens to them the bills are gonna start flying in like little painful needles. They will not have a clue on how to handle it either because they have been living fat dumb and ignorant. They are blind to our suffering and what we have been enduring, I don’t really complain to anyone about my situation and have been really low key on what i do. i had to move back in with my mother and people asked me why, I responded by saying oh she needs help, when in fact it was me i suppose they know i just don’t beg and never borrow, just want a job like before. Would love to get up in the morning and just go to work makes a man feel good about himself.

April 6, 2010 at 11:06 pm
(156) MowerMan says:

Well I have tucked away a few dollars and am going to buy a lawn mower and a weed whip and pray to God, i get some customers…

April 7, 2010 at 11:19 am
(157) Sianara says:

Is anyone sending these comments to the Gov? Alison, the last time you were on this page was March 11…are you giving up on us already, not interested in what we are saying… do you have a job for me…I write Blogs very well in 4 different languages and perhaps I could write one that would pay for once….Again 58 years old hot looking female , 5’11” slim , ( look like not one day over 40), MA & BA…more than 1000 resumes and a few interviews with Dear John letters? …I diluted my resume so many times, it almost looks like I never made over $ 10.00 by the jobs descriptions I left there…I dropped off the radar after I claimed my last $ 178.00…been unemployed since November 2007…I can’t even afford gas anymore for interview……I would ask the interested party (when & if they do call) if we can conduct at least the first couple of interviews on the telephone….! Won’t even have a car soon…..no family, no children…had 4 pets that good Samaritans took to their house since I could not feed them anymore…..Rich to Rags…where do I go from here…can someone tell me?????

April 7, 2010 at 11:29 am
(158) Sianara says:

…Oups, I forgot……Member of MENSA International since 1987…….No longer member
( 2009) since I have no money to renew or pass tests & re-qualifications….to tell you the truth, I don’t feel so smart these days…..well…..I guess I can now join “ the not so smart Congressmen Group” !!!!!…..LOL

April 7, 2010 at 12:10 pm
(159) Elise says:

Ok I just spoke with a representative from Senator Bill Nelson office and I was told that the Senator’s are focused on whether or not they will have the money to pay the people on unemployment that are still drawing up to tier 4 . I think this is insane I have been unemployed since Sept 08 and losted everything I had home and all and to here something like that was not very encouraging we must pray but we must come
together and march on Washington or something because they have no intensions of helping us. Fight for your right !

April 7, 2010 at 12:55 pm
(160) K.M says:

Sianara, you make yourself sound like 58 year old idiot

April 8, 2010 at 12:24 am
(161) Sidney says:

I’ll tell you one thing. I’ll throw a cinder block through a window and wait for the police to show up and arrest me before I go to the streets. Three squares a day AND health insurance will certainly be better than what I’ve got now. A few months in jail won’t make any difference in my hiring eligibility now.

Haven’t been to a doctor in 2 years because I have no insurance. Doctor told me since I haven’t been to see him and have no insurance that the visit alone would be $280 out of the $322 I get a week in unemployment.

Cinder block is looking better every day.

April 8, 2010 at 4:25 am
(162) Lori (CA) says:
April 8, 2010 at 7:39 am
(163) abaccos says:

K.M

People like you don’t deserve to be on this sight…..move on….Sianara sounds very intelligent to me…a little jealous perhaps….you must have a job, to be so aggressively condescending….Again ….move on!

April 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm
(164) Peggy says:

It is a sad thing to think so many have ran out of unemployment trough tier 4 and are in need for tier 5….like me! I am not one for leaning on unemployment and enjoying the stay home or anything like that. I would much rather have a job with health insurance..and the security that comes with it. Those days are gone people! Unfortunately life as we once knew it is gone and I fear for what is next. I never thought as long as i have worked that i would be in this situation as many others feel the same way. I know most people would rather have a job. I hate to say it but they need a tier 5 with like 26 more weeks included in it. If our tax dollars cant be used to help us survive than it should go for nothing. I worked all my life since I was 16 and now I need to see something for it. This is how I feel and how many people feel.Sure we dont like being dependant on unemployment, but we have no other choice.

April 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm
(165) rubeN says:

What Congress is doing is discrimination against us long term unemployed. They just want sweep us under the rug and forget about us. This is unacceptable. Many of us have been working for years and paying our taxes and we need help.

April 8, 2010 at 2:57 pm
(166) jb says:

1-866-220-0044 Senator switchboard

Call em’ now!

http://faxzero.com 2 free faxes a day!

April 8, 2010 at 8:56 pm
(167) JOHNNY says:

Atleast most you people on here got tier 4. I didn’t even get that because my statewide so called unemployment was at 7.5% but its well over 10% in my county with no jobs. I haven’t got unemployment for about 6 weeks. There’s no jobs here either !!!!
Every time there’s an extension I get less weeks ! You telling me thats fair ????

April 8, 2010 at 9:24 pm
(168) Johnny says:

I was told the rate of unemployment was only figured on first 26 weeks of a new claim. So that means all of us on here are basically forgoten when it comes to percentages for unemployment in your each individual state. The system is so far off with this. There should be term limits on these rep & senate jobs so maybe they can get a taste of what its like to be jobless!!!!trouble is there all rich any way,lol!!!So I guess it wouldn’t matter much.

I hope & pray for all of you ,that they do something soon and May God bless you especially those that are pretty much out in the streets already.

April 8, 2010 at 9:33 pm
(169) rubeN says:

Johnny,

Yah, Senators earn about 180K+ annual salary and have been in office for years. The majority of them are millionaires, so they don’t have the slightest idea how it’s like living with zero income.

April 9, 2010 at 2:24 am
(170) Susanne says:

People, understand that there will not be a traditional recovery this time, this is a permanent structural change, the jobs lost are NEVER coming back. There will always be lucky people landing a job, possibly paying the same or only little less than in their last position, but most will stay unemployed. What is needed is a permanent solution how to get the unemployed integrated into the new society and reality. But basically, less paper pushing and more actual value adding work (as in, for example, working on a farm) will be needed, such as growing food. If you can, why not already start by converting your back yard into a garden, plant vegetables and perennials. It is fun and good for the budget.

April 9, 2010 at 10:36 am
(171) babyboomerscrewed says:

uh, Suzanne, many of us have no backyard any more. We are either living with friends or family or in our cars. Yes, gardening is “fun”. Having a job that pays a decent wage is even more “fun.”
I appreciate your comment, but its off-base with the stories that are posted here. We have lost our lifeline and cannot even afford food, much less gardening equipment, soil and seeds.

April 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm
(172) NEWNEWDEAL says:

NELP IS worthless.

They are in bed with the same politicians that cannot extend benefits and sat on the fence while we suffered for three months last year with no benefits.REMEMBER?

The NELP staff has done nothing on TIER 5 long term unemployment for greater than 99 weeks.

The entire staff of NELP needs to be fired and unemployed. They need new blood so they can do what is required to help the long term unemployed.

Check out the web sight for NELP.
This TIER 5 and long term unemployment should be on the main home page. But its not important enough to them. Where is NELPS priorities. Fisrt things first NELP>

with friends like Nelp who needs enemies?

April 9, 2010 at 8:44 pm
(173) Rosie Calister says:

I HOPE THIS ARTICLE HELPS SOMEONE…..

Will Congress Extend Unemployment Benefits Beyond 99 Weeks?

Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who blocked Democrats’ efforts to reauthorize existing unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless, says that Congress will eventually give the unemployed another month of benefits.

“We have 99 weeks of unemployment compensation out there right now — and we’re gonna move that to 103, and then we’re going to move it even further,” Coburn told a reporter asking about the practical implications of his obstruction on Friday.

Last week, Coburn prevented Democrats from extending eligibility for Emergency Unemployment Compensation to May 5. The program, which provides up to 53 weeks in four “tiers” of federally-funded benefits in addition to up to 46 weeks of state benefits, will lapse on April 5, while Congress is in recess (it’s likely the disruption will be minimal despite the lapse).

But Democratic and Republican leadership offices in the House and Senate were unaware of any plan to add a new tier of benefits. Judy Conti, a lobbyist for the National Employment Law Project, told HuffPost that the idea of an additional tier has no traction even among the most liberal lawmakers.

“When it has come up to congressional offices, they said ‘We’re not there yet, there’s not the political will for a Tier 5,’” Conti said. “If one of his justifications for his heartless action is legislation that doesn’t even exist, it seems to me his objections are even more specious than we thought.”

Coburn and his Republican colleagues insist that they wholeheartedly support unemployment benefits. They argue that the measure to temporarily extend eligibility for the enhanced benefits will add $9.2 billion to the $1.5 trillion projected deficit. Last week, the GOP wanted to pass the measure but pay for it with stimulus funds, an idea Democrats rejected before voting to adjourn. One of the most important things about unemployment benefits is that they stimulate the economy because the money is desperately needed and immediately spent; progressive economists say offsetting the spending also offsets its stimulative effect.

An additional tier of benefits is an entirely separate matter. But even with all the debate surrounding the benefits, there’s little disagreement between the parties that it’s good policy to extend a lifeline to laid-off workers in a time of high national unemployment. Coburn could be right that the lifeline will be lengthened.

April 10, 2010 at 8:23 am
(174) Roger says:

Here is an update from the NYS Department of Labor Website, please read. It says that there are no provisions in the proposed legislation for additional weeks beyond the 99 weeks. To all, call or email all of your elected officials and complain about this. Each week more people throughout the United States are exhausting their 99 weeks of unemployment. What does this country want us to do, go on welfare? Many of us do not qualify for welfare because we own homes and have bank accounts. It is not our fault for this bad economy. If the unemployment is not extended to a Tier 5, you will have many people committing crimes just to keep food on their families tables. The welfare system is already busting at the seams. So please contact your elected officials and the media. If we have money to send to other countries in their time of need, then what about the American people who need these unemployment extensions in their time of need, please post this through the entire Internet. Remember wheter you are short term or long term unemployed, you are still unemployed. This is discrimination of the long term unemployed. Many of us are middle aged and have homes and have always paid our taxes. Thank you

https://ui.labor.state.ny.us/UBC/home.do
Legislation Pending to Extend Eligibility Dates for Benefit Extensions
Federal legislation is pending to extend eligibility dates for benefit extensions beyond the April 4, 2010 deadline. If you have not yet claimed the maximum 99 full weeks of unemployment benefits, please continue to claim weekly benefits in the usual manner. If the legislation is approved, you will receive payment for weeks claimed that are due to you, although these payments may be briefly delayed. There are no provisions in the proposed legislation for additional weeks beyond the 99 weeks. For updates on legislation regarding benefit extensions, continue visiting this website. For additional information about unemployment benefit extensions, click here. For an estimate of the number of benefit weeks you may be currently eligible for, see Benefits Chart or use the Benefits Calculator.

April 10, 2010 at 11:37 am
(175) NEWNEWDEAL says:

To continue our battle for tier V euc 99 weeks long term extension…

We must all call and write at lest 7 calls per day and 7 letters;
Mix the letters between your state house and senate leaders;
Add in Pelosi and Reid plus Obama and BIDEN;
Dont forget Bunning Coburn Kyle and Demint.
Flood them they are starting to wake up!!!!

We are making progress but we are fighting this on our own.

Here is NELPS last blurb:

“But Democratic and Republican leadership offices in the House and Senate were unaware of any plan to add a new tier of benefits. Judy Conti, a lobbyist for the National Employment Law Project, told HuffPost that the idea of an additional tier has no traction even among the most liberal lawmakers.

“When it has come up to congressional offices, they said ‘We’re not there yet, there’s not the political will for a Tier 5,’” Conti said. “If one of his justifications for his heartless action is legislation that doesn’t even exist, it seems to me his objections are even more specious than we thought.”

Hey Conti wake up. Its your job to get us that traction along with all your other buddies at NELP.

Put the rubber on the road Conti so we can get some traction.
Respond back to ANYONE ANY POLITICIAN PRESS ETC that isnt aware:\

1) Lives are in the balance on this Tier V 99 week plus extension.

2) Tier V needs 4/7/13/20/26 weeks NOW>

3) We are in an economic tsunami; The bad part comes next.
The economy is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

4) CONTI you must be cruel to be kind with these politicians.
BURN BRIDGES NOW if you must.
For the long term unemployed you must go the extra mile now.

If you keep on doing what your doing we will keep on getting what we are getting.

Your so respectable . NELP turn up the heat on these polticians press etc now.

They claim to be fighting tooth and nail for us. REALLY?

April 10, 2010 at 11:39 am
(176) NEWNEWDEAL says:

Oh by the way:

One more thing i posted one post talking about NELP on the friends of the unemployed.

With friends like that we dont need enemies.

I was immediately barred from the sight.

VERY INTERESTING>>>hhhhhhh mmmmmmmm

April 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(177) an unemployees dream says:

Hello to everybody,

I think it is time to stop feeling sorry for ourselves. I think we need to buy a tent, a bus ticket and go to Washington D.C to march and stand up for the rights of all the unemployed people. If this government can spend trillions of dollars in war, then not only do I think they can help us survive, but it is their moral responsibility to help the unemployed people of america. They need to bring our troops back and stop wasting billions. That money can be used to give and invest in us and bring us a job. I am not asking for free money, I am asking for job security. We have to do something now, not just write and complain. God is not going to help us standing down. We can start our own companies if we have the opportunity. Requirements: Be unemployed. That’s all we want is to work for everyone. Together WE can make this country productive and prosperous. Let’s do it!!

April 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm
(178) OhioDude says:

After the news of the money spent by the Republican party on the dance club fling, bondage show girls, etc. I would think this should be an eye opener to the American public that the Republican party (currently an embarrassment to the United States and soon do be a dying unpopular party of the past) is nothing more then an ENRON type corporation. Seeing how this is the hardest economic times since the great depression, hopefully a little bit of compassion will allow these Republicans to vote to further unemployment benefits for hard working middle class people that are just trying to make ends meet.

Gosh, If somebody like Sara Palin were to be elected president, the Chinese or Russia will just take over this country and Sara will just quit again like she did as governor because she could not handle it.

Down with the anti-American Republican party at all future elections…

April 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm
(179) wilma says:

We without Tier 5 will just die and be forgotten. This is what the government is hoping for. Less people to pay. If your are gone, then they do not have to put out anymore money. Less people less money. Out of sight out of mind. White House could care less about the little people. As long as they have their big house to live in with their bills being paid, and their bodies being fed and clothed, why should they worry about us United States Americans. White House/Government have it made. No Hearts in that House.

April 11, 2010 at 10:32 am
(180) visionislife says:

you’re just angry because your unemployment is gone. it’s ok. channel that negative energy into looking for a job instead of on here and maybe you might get lucky. i’m 21, i own my own business which involves making sure i keep up with the unemployment legislation because i do have to pay into that. that’s why i’m here. you can get angry with me all you want. it won’t bring your unemployment back, so save the tears for someone who cares. i have a good life and that’s none of your business. just focus on looking for a job loser!!!

April 11, 2010 at 10:20 pm
(181) rick says:

florida regulation question! i am only 4 weeks into tier number1 and have only been asked to come in to ui office 6 weeks after my intitial claim which was septmber 1, 2009, went in october 14th, how often does florida ui office flag you to come in? reason being i have an ill relative back in wisc very ill and was contemplating a trip back for a couple weeks but am in fear that i might get called in by ui folks and wouldnt be available, does anyone know there schedule for something like that? thanks for any advice

April 12, 2010 at 2:01 am
(182) Kim says:
April 12, 2010 at 9:18 am
(183) NEWNEWDEAL says:

NELP IS worthless.

They are in bed with the same politicians that cannot extend benefits and sat on the fence while we suffered for three months last year with no benefits.REMEMBER?

The NELP staff has done nothing on TIER 5 long term unemployment for greater than 99 weeks.

The entire staff of NELP needs to be fired and unemployed. They need new blood so they can do what is required to help the long term unemployed.

Check out the web sight for NELP.

This TIER 5 and long term unemployment should be on the main home page. But its not important enough to them. Where is NELPS priorities. Fisrt things first NELP>

With friends like Nelp who needs enemies?

April 12, 2010 at 10:29 am
(184) Pass Tier 5 says:

True Vision & Vision Life@yahoo:

How did you guys stumble across this group? Researching tier 5 unemployment isn’t exactly a standard search and I find it really hard to believe you guys stumbled across “tier 5 unemployment” by accident. Invested interest I would imagine.

I honestly believe you Truelife, are a drunk hillbilly looking for nothing better to do then insult people struggling through today’s economy and double digit unemployment rates. Kick others while they are helpless — you guys honestly lack compassion towards humanity and don’t represent the US majority accurately. (emphasis added below)

Visionlife@yahoo: I truly don’t understand how you hold a job when there are millions of unemployed people who are 5times as smart as you. Your spelling is borderline retarded and your grammar is ALMOST 3rd grade quality. Why don’t you find something better to do with your time and play in the street and free-up a job for a compassionate hard worker who’s mouth/fingers don’t over exceed his/her true stature. I don’t know you and neither does anybody in this group, but you’re a TRUE idiot.

VisionLife:
You wrote once at April 11, 2010 at 1:20am
Again on April 11, 2010 at 1:24am
And again on April 11, 2010 at 10:32 am

You were up from 1:20am – 10:32am (It appears you’re complaining behind your computer) Maybe if you got some sleep you wouldn’t say such outlandish unusual rhetoric. I wouldn’t entertain Visionslife comments guys. He’s worthless and has self-esteem issues.

April 12, 2010 at 10:36 am
(185) visionislife says:

It’s ok. Keep insulting me and putting me down. You’re still mad because Congress won’t extend your benefits. I know you need an outlet to express the anger of no longer being able to mooch off the system like welfare recipients. So go ahead, call me all the the names you want, berate me, but you don’t know me, and you will never be who I am. So shut up, and keep on praying for Congress to extend your mooching benefits.

April 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm
(186) Rideharder says:

I live in the United States, I was born in the United States and I’m still trying to figure out why they call it united..

Why does United States try to save other countries when it cannot save itself.

It looks like a lot of people are playing the political game with the expenses of little hungry children not able to eat.

April 12, 2010 at 4:48 pm
(187) George says:

I have been unemployed for 2 years and have ran out of unemployment benefits (Tier 4). I need help. Maybe I need to change my name to (AUTOMAKER OR AIG). Our Government only thinks one way., help someone in another country.

April 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm
(188) Susan says:

Take away the paychecks and the health care from all the politicians. You cant govern the people unless your willing to walk in the peoples shoes. You have all your fancy dinners and fancy cars and homes and planes and vacations. All we have is an american DREAM! lose everything you have, your jobs, your health care, your home, your car and your savings…..then you might learn compassion for the people. Then you might be fit to rule the people.

April 12, 2010 at 6:38 pm
(189) Christine says:

I honestly believe there will be NO additional weeks for those exhausinting 99 weeks. For many of us in hard hit areas like California, this will mean foreclosures, welfare, charity etc since there is no real job growth here. The media and public are misinformed about the jobs market. UE benefits was my lifeline for groceries and mortgage and sadly, what’s left of my IRA.

April 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm
(190) jason says:

Come on people how can we afford a tier v,when we have to send millions to haiti!America,the only country that takes care of the rest of the world before its own people.You know we have to look like we take care of the whole world!WHAT IN THE HELL HAS THIS COUNTRY COME TOO!Oh yeah now i remember OBAMA.THANKS MR.PRESIDENT.

April 12, 2010 at 10:58 pm
(191) chuck montroy says:

Today I’am ashamed to be a American.
This country is being run like GM,Wall ST the Banks
and AIG,Chrsyler Dodge,Fanney May & Freddie Mac.
What does all these companys have in common?
Peopel that have lost there jobs and now there unemployment benifits are running out.All these companys have taken our money to save them,but our goverment don’t care about the little people who made this country what it once was.
How dare the senate shuts down for 2 weeks while we have people who have lost there benifits.
These people work for us and I thing its about time we start firing these idiots.
Our president has not done a thing to increase the jobs that have been lost. The millions off people that have lost there jobs,homes,cars,savingsand more important their dignity.
I’am 52 years old and lost my job 2 years ago,I have since lost evrything I worked so hard for since I begain working when I was 11.
99 weeks thats the number the goverment has limited us to but most of us have worked well over 2000 weeks since we started to work and pay taxes in this country.
Our goverment needs a wake up call,we the long term unemployed need help now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 12, 2010 at 11:56 pm
(192) Marty says:

I am so sick of the nasty people who troll unemployment articles and post comments referring to unemployment as welfare or mooching. These people are just ignorant and stupid and they need to get a life instead of trolling. Or maybe they need an education because they are dumb – really dumb.

Unemployment insurance is just that. It is not an entitlement. Perhaps you need to walk a mile in someone’s shoes before you berate the unemployed. The long term unemployed didn’t ask to be unemployed. If there are 5.5 people for every 1 job (and that is underestimating because those who fell off unemployment are not counted) do the math. Not enough jobs for all the people who need one. And consider that for every $1 of unemployment $1.69 goes back into the economy. It goes to pay for goods and services such as groceries, transportation, medical expenses etc. It is not put away into tax shelters or off shore bank account like the tax cuts for the wealthy were under Bush. This is the worse economic downturn since the Great Depression. Perhaps some of you angry folks should consider what it would be like without UI & SS? Massive homelessness sound good to you? And stop bashing the President We finally have a President who CARES about the working man and not just the wealthy or big corporations. This man has been so unfairly portrayed thanks to the evil folks at FOX and all the racist who just can’t stand seeing a black man in the WH. Yes, this is true. Obama has done more to help this country than Bush did to drive it into the ground. So please, it’s tiring and rather stupid. The economy will come back but until then the long term jobless who are the real victims of this recession.Many are over 50 and will have a difficult time reentering the job market. They will have to tackle ageism. They have also taken a psychological hit. to all your bashers, Karma is a B****. Many don’t have health insurance so while you collect your pay check and visit your doctor or dentist think of those who can do neither. Instead of bashing perhaps you need to say a prayer of thanks that you are lucky. How can someone actually begrudge helping those who need help? You are evil and black hearted. And to those who say where is the money coming from, I say to you – Bush started 2 wars both unpaid for. Do you have any idea how much those wars cost? And the tax cuts to the wealthy? Come one get over yourself, educate youself and quit trolling the unemployed. TIER 5 TO SURVIVE. KEEP CALLING,WRITING, FAXING, TWEETING ETC. It will happen if we all pull together and make our voices heard otherwise we are invisible.

April 13, 2010 at 12:10 am
(193) Melissal says:

I agree with alot of people about the type of mess this country will be in if people do not continue to get help, I have been unemployed for over a year. My office closed down, I have a college degree, I have applied at restaurants without any luck. I am 45 and I see jobs I applied for and can do, still being posted, without them even calling me for an interview.I think its my age. The insurance factor. I have worked since I was 13 years old. In the 70s you could do that. I had and old college teacher help me with my resume so I know its a good one, but the crime rate will rise because people will be desperate. If my child were starving I would steal to feed her. It sounds awful but most mothers would!!!! I cannot even imagine the mess this country will be in! Not to mention another round of people losing their homes, cars, electric, water, no gas to look for a job, no car, no computer to apply because you have no electric. The newspaper just does not get it!!!! What a mess we will be in!!!! I Will pray for everyone!!! I do not know what else to do. Our country needs to help, if they have money for banks they have money for their citizens, its only right, there are a few that abuse it, but we always pay for them anyway, they just found a way from welfare to unemployment,but most of us clearly want to work, I cant stand being home all day, its depressing, I need to keep busy, I have friends that are the same, I tell ya, you could eat off my floor I have never had such a clean house, but nothing compares to going to work, having interaction with other people, and feeling needed. Help us all!!!! Keep calling, and praying that we get help, the economy will pick up if they give us money to put back into it, we have too, where else are we gonna spend it? Teir 5 is what we need and not just 6 weeks we need a six month extension at the very least so it gives the economy more time to create more jobs. The short extensions, just run out too soon.

April 13, 2010 at 1:12 am
(194) JFW says:

Marty says,

You sound like such an ignorant fool. It’s a well established fact that miraculously most people find a job right before their unemployment is about to expire. Why do you think that is? It’s because people sit around and collect for months and years and don’t take the lesser job that may not pay as much as they think they deserve. When their unemployment runs out then all of a sudden that job starts looking good. This country should not fund people who feel they are too good to take a low paying job to get by until something better comes along. I know many people truly are in trouble, but I’d venture to say that most of the long term unemployed can and will find a job when their unemployment runs out.

Now as far as your coment about Obama wanting to help people, well if you had any understanding of basic economics you’d realize that handing money to people who aren’t producing does very little to stimulate the economy. Now I know it makes us all fee all warm and fuzzy inside to think big daddy obama is taking care of poor people with these endless entitlement programs, but quite frankly this is an uneducated point of view. When you pay people to be unproductive, they’ll continue to be unproductive. (this is just a general statment. I know it doesn’t apply to everyone, so relax.) When you pay people to be productive, they’ll be productive. Productive people create jobs. Poor people historically have never been producers of jobs. They may be good people, they may be hard workers, but they just don’t do much for creating jobs. Creating jobs takes capital and a lot of resources, which poor people don’t have. Productive working people are much more likely to have the resources to invest in job creating activities such as hiring and staring businesses. Things like tax cuts are a means of paying people to be productive. These things have always stimulated the economy. It worked for JFK (a democrat) and it worked for Reagan. Freeing up resources for productive people doesn’t make us feel as warm and fuzzy as giving to the poor, but as an adult individual, one sometimes need look beyond the superficial feel good side of things, and try to understand the big picture. In the long run poor people will be FAR better off if we focus on creating jobs and not sustaining unproductive behavior. Think about it. Money doesn’t fall from the sky. Someone has to pay these entitilement programs. What happens when we take all the money from the producers? Do you think they will want to continue to produce if it’s easier to sit back and collect free cash? We are out of money and the longer we keep up this charade, the greater the risk of sustaining permenant economic deterioration.

April 13, 2010 at 1:59 am
(195) wethepeople says:

Excuse me marty…but from the looks of things…the only one who is ignorant here is you. Stop with your false assumptions that you are making about 15 MILLION people who are unemployed right now that you don’t even know!

If you had any understanding of basic economics you’d realize that what you are saying is from an uneducated view! If you are that unaware of the economy I suggest you do some research on the matter, rather then spewing out your closed minded nonsense!

April 13, 2010 at 2:15 am
(196) Bill says:

Wow Marty…can you back up your ignorant comments with actual facts, rather then your own opinion? Where is the well established fact? It’s not a fact, it’s just a closed minded opinion!
However, what is a well establish fact is that we are in a recession, and 15 Million people lost their jobs through no fault of their own! Are 15 million people going to miraculously find jobs that aren’t there?

How unkind of you to say to millions of people who are struggling out there. Unless you personally have experienced what’s it like out there in the real world… you couldn’t possibly understand! We need jobs…plain & simple…and there aren’t enough jobs for the millions of people who are unemployed right now. You would rather pay taxes to the United States Senators (who have a salary of $147K to 194K per year) to say to the people, “We are just not going to cooperate the rest of the year”. Or just flatly saying no and deliberately obstructing critical and time-sensitive legislation that will help millions of jobless American?

They need to extend the unemployment benefits in addition to adding a tier 5, whether you like it or not! There are millions of people suffering in the United States right now…and I am just shocked that you could be that insensitive & selfish!

April 13, 2010 at 2:20 am
(197) Kim says:

Check out this website…http://joblessunite.yolasite.com/

April 13, 2010 at 2:25 am
(198) Greg says:

Marty…we never had a recession like this, since the great depression! So your so called facts are a joke!

You sound really angry. I’m sorry for you to feel that way. It’s very understandable to feel the things that you do, we all have the right to our feelings and opinions. However, when we deal with our emotions by calling others names and saying rude things it’s simply a reflection of one self. You simply don’t get your point across by talking this way….if you speak on a more intellectual level you may get further. Please take care of yourself. Spread positive energy, live in the moment and try to limit your words to kindness rather than anger.

April 13, 2010 at 1:06 pm
(199) bob olson says:

WE NEED A TIER 5 UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT NOW. There are thousands in CT. due to lose their benefits which will further stall our economic recovery. Unemployment is all that is keeping long term unemployed families afloat. After All the billions we sent to Wall Street, it seems that dome consideration should be given to the people most affected by unemployment. The bonus taken by one Wall street insider could cover 100,000 CT. unemployed for an entire year. The inequities are shameful, and our leaders seem to have no shame. You want to pay for these so called “benefits”. Let’s eliminating the long term capital gain loophole for Wallstreet compensation, and implement a windfall tax on their obscene bonuses. When did Congress creating these inequities become “free market’ and rectifying them “socialism”. Probably about the same time our representatives became “politicians” rather than “statesmen”.

April 13, 2010 at 6:42 pm
(200) Ricky says:

Attention all republican congressman.

Due to a budget deficit your paychecks will have to be withheld!!

April 13, 2010 at 8:45 pm
(201) rubeN says:

I was going to say, they should withhold Congress their pay checks to see how it feels like, but then again.. the majority of them are millionaires so it won’t affect them much.

April 13, 2010 at 8:53 pm
(202) rubeN says:

@ Melissa,

You’re right hun, I also hate being at home pretty much all day. It’s funny how when you have a job, u would like to be home, but when you’re not working and you’re at home, u have a lot of free time and wished you had a job to keep you busy.

Situation of course changes for those who have money because they can go out shopping and on vacations to different parts of the World.

April 13, 2010 at 9:47 pm
(203) curtis88 says:

i have a question, i started drawing unemployment in oct. 2008, and exhausted my benifits in feb 2010…would i recive any more unemployment, there are no jobs out there…

April 14, 2010 at 1:25 am
(204) Kim says:

Hi curtis the best bet is to call the unemployment office.

April 14, 2010 at 10:16 am
(205) DJ says:

As of next week….I will officially be a “99er” Like most people, this was my first experience being on unemployment. I can remember when I first had to file and how optimistic I was that I would soon find another job. The company I had worked for closed many of it’s locations-mine being one. After no luck attempting to find work in my field…I eventually started applying to hourly wage jobs. Still…optimistic that I would have no problem being hired at a gas station, a retail shop, or perhaps a Target. After all, I have great references and a work history and education to be proud of! It took only a few interviews of me not getting a BASIC job to realize I was DEAD wrong!! These employers were concerned about hiring me because they were certain I would abandone ship as soon as a job came along that paid me better! It’s at this time I knew I was in serious trouble becoming employed for the FIRST time in my life. Here I am-99 weeks later-still no job!! I have decided to swollow my pride and ask a family member for a loan in order to move away from my current city in hopes of more oppertunity than there is here. My son will graduate high school in 2 months so I have to try and hang in until then.

April 14, 2010 at 10:40 am
(206) Debra Hardy says:

I’m a 99′er. Lord help us all. Landlady lost house in foreclosure, she can’t find work. I have age as a factor too. Try finding a place to move to when you tell someone you don’t have a job. Worse, apply for jobs, never get called back. We desperately need tier 5.

I think unemployment is 13% here in Nevada. Read a post yesterday, he had 3 cans of soup left, and a loaf of bread. No money to pay the rent. Found place to move, but it’s in with another 99′er who can’t find work either. Will we survive?

There may be hope for me, found great medical/savings company networking opportunity. Trying to think outside the box, so I am out pounding the street with it too, trying to build some residual to get enough to buy food, and pay rent. Hope I can make “alternative” income at this point, since we can’t find work. It’s a 100 million dollar company that’s growing. Wish I’d found them 2 years ago. If I had put the same amount of time and energy into it, and I have looking for work, I wouldn’t be stressed over tier 5, sleepless over will I have a roof over my head, and sick at heart from looking for a traditional job, which no longer exists.

April 14, 2010 at 11:02 am
(207) DanT says:

TIER V Tier V Tier TIER V

Here is the last message i left for NANCY PELOSI
Ii have been calling and emailing her and the house senate and president for two months now:
Please clone this and do the same with calls and letters.
call 7 times instead of 1
email 7 times instead of 1

Dear Nancy,

Has your staff told you or showed you the thousands upon thousands of calls and letters in regards to TIER V UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS for the 2 million who have used 99 weeks and need a lifeline emergency extension?
All house and senate are getting them in volume. Democrats and republicans.
But the silence on TIER V is amazing!!!

It seems to be falling upon deaf ears in congress!!

A march on Washington is being planned now.

Lives are in the balance on this!!!
These Americans by no fault of their own
Cannot find work after nearly two years!!!

We are in an economic depression not seen since the 1930′s.

An economic tsunami is coming to every shore in America soon.
Economist will call it a double dip recession That was unexpected.
I will call it a part 2 depression.

The jobs that were added in March were federal census jobs that last only a few weeks so please for your own credibility do not play that card.

This economic crisis was caused by the republicans and some democrats as well.
Also the banks wall street and the rich are to blame.
They were to big to fail and we bailed then out instead of the working class and unemployed! shame shame shame.

Please inform your fellow congressmen on both sides this TIER V greater than 99 weeks unemployment extension issue WILL cost them the election.
Not health care not the rest. This TIER V will.

do you have hearts?. Pay for this anyway you have to but pass it now.

PLease wake your friends in WAshington.
THis is not going away it will get louder and louder until TIER V is passed!!!

This is the worst job market in history!!!!!

The future is now TIER V TIER V TIER V

godbless you and godbless america!!!

April 14, 2010 at 11:51 am
(208) MonkMan says:

Time for Tier V. We are sinking fast here with zero hope of reemployment at age 59 despite me putting out an average of 10 resumes per week for the last 3 years!!!

Loans are draining me. Bankruptcy is not far away. Help!!! Now!!!

April 14, 2010 at 12:50 pm
(209) Kim says:

A petition over at Change.org aims to pressure lawmakers to pass another tier of benefits – Tier V. The petition has a goal of 7,500 signatures and as of right now is just a shade under 6,600, with more than 1,300 new signatories since Tuesday of this week alone.

Will you sign the petition? http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment_benefits

Do you need further unemployment benefits?

If you do not, do you support the movement to help your fellow citizens who do need this emergency aid?

April 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm
(210) Cody says:

Everyone who wants a tier 5 needs to sign the petition online at thepetitionsite.com

April 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm
(211) brian says:

Hi all I got was 26 weeks of unemployment and now the say there is no more unemployment for me. I live in las vegas where unemployment is about 14%. now what do I do.

April 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm
(212) daniel says:

Tier 5 extention start a ralley and you will get a lot of people you might be on tv come on people time is running out spread the word send emails to every one that is unemployed and see what happens.

April 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm
(213) Kim says:

There is already over 10,000 signatures on the petition…tier 5 to survive everyone please sign!

Thank you!

April 14, 2010 at 6:17 pm
(214) mark says:

I guess they don’t get it…..I will tell you that this country is in a world of hurt.For those who are unemployed,trying..Its real scary.Congress..you listening,cause you better.

April 14, 2010 at 8:06 pm
(215) wait til you need unemployment benefits says:

Marty,

You said “Think about it. Money doesn’t fall from the sky. Someone has to pay these entitilement programs.”

First, Learn to spell ENTITLEMENT.
Second, No money doesn’t fall from the sky (unless you’re a bank) for you to sit there and say people on unemployment are unproductive people is CRAP many of these people worked for years and never filed a unemployment claim, they paid their taxes and now Washington won’t help them out but the money fell from the sky when all the banks needed a hand,
Think about that Marty those banks that took all the money still laid people off and gave their UNPRODUCTIVE executive big bonuses for what??? laying people off and driving us right in to this recession??So before you ask who is going to pay for they people to be on unemployment ask where that money came from and why money can’t be given to the hard working everyday American people who are losing everything just because Washington won’t add to the deficit to help them but they’ll add to the deficit to fund 2 pointless wars and to bailout the companies that started this recession.

these are the people who are paying for the recession they didn’t create(by losing everything they worked for YEARS to gain)

and if you think the economy is bad now just wait 2 months and it’ll get much worse if they don’t get an extension and crime will also be at an all time high.

April 15, 2010 at 9:48 am
(216) Hannah says:

First of all, this is the “new normal” that Washington continues to encourage us to embrace. 2nd, I am frustrated that this administration and many people want to blame the Bush Adminstration. It is time to stop blaming and tap dancing and get us some help regarless of how little it may be.

I have been unemployed since January of 09. I faithfully send out no less than 4 resumes’s per day…do the math, it amounts to alost 2,000 resume’s. I have had 3 interviews. The line I contiue to get is: I am over qualified.

I not only rely on unemployent but if not for my family giving me room and board, I would be out on the streets.

I have looked into supposed training provided by the government and even returning to school, all options just like unemploymnent legislation amount to lip service advertisments by the current crew in Washington

Absolutely, we need a tier 5. I too have gone to McDonalds, Burger King,various other fast food establishments, and many many retail outlets. Where are the jobs this admistration is promising? There has been too much focus on heath care that many of the unemployed cannot even afford and face a penalty for not chosing coverage!

I and many others need options that will lead to employent. What does congress think will happen when millions of people no longer have unemployment? The boost of retail and business growth will take a nose dive as will many mortgage and finance companies and bannks that we have our homes and cars financed with when we no longer have the money to spend in food and shelter.

Respectfully,

H B Bloser

April 15, 2010 at 10:36 am
(217) mark Malone says:

There is a petition to sign @ change.org regarding tier 5 extensions. I urge all of you readers to join & let your elected officials know how you feel.

April 15, 2010 at 11:25 am
(218) Joe says:

These poloticians are lying when they say they have gotten barely any calls about the long term 99ers! They are getting flooded and choose to say this so that they have an excuse to not help. I am sure of it! They just dont care and like to ignore us and say things are getting better. They convince the public so no one cares to help! its pathetic!

April 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm
(219) NEWNEWDEAL says:

Jobless claims in another surprise surge
By Chavon Sutton, staff reporterApril 15, 2010: 9:35 AM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The number of Americans filing for unemployment insurance for the first time jumped for the second week in a row, according to government data released Thursday.

There were 484,000 initial jobless claims filed in the week ended April 10, up 24,000 from an unrevised 460,000 the previous week, according to the Labor Department’s weekly report.

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Economists surveyed by Briefing.com had expected new claims to fall to 440,000 in the latest week. The number of new claims was the highest since the week ended Feb. 20, when initial claims totaled 486,000.

The Labor Department also tracks the four-week moving average of initial claims, which smoothes out volatility in the measure. That number reached 457,750 for the week, up 7,500 from the previous week’s downwardly revised average of 450,250.

The Labor Department attributes the jump in initial claims to volatility related to the Easter holiday and other so-called “administrative” factors.

“I agree with this because all of the labor market indicators are looking up” said Gus Faucher, senior economist for Moody’s Economy.com.

The number of people filing continuing claims totaled 4,639,000 in the week ended April 3, the most recent data available. That figure was up 73,000 from the preceding week’s 4,556,000 claims, and above the 4.58 million economists expected, according to Briefing.com.

The four-week moving average for continuing claims totaled 4,638,500, down 13,750 from the preceding week’s revised average of 4,652,250.

Continuing claims data exclude people whose benefits expired or those who have moved to state or federal extensions. It reflects those filing each week after their initial claim until the end of their standard benefits, which usually last 26 weeks.
Stimulus is working

Lawmakers in the House and Senate have moved closer to approving an extension of unemployment insurance. In March, the government instituted a number of tax breaks for businesses and other measures to spark job growth and bring down the national unemployment rate, which hovers at 9.7%.
Job recovery needs more time

Jobless claims jumped the most in Pennsylvania, with an increase of 5,314, primarily due to more layoffs in the construction, service, food, and transportation industries.

New Jersey and Illinois rounded out the top three states with the largest climb in new claims. Conversely, Texas, California, and Florida were the top three states with the largest declines in initial claims.
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The report comes on the heels of a spate of upbeat economic data, including Wednesday’s strong retail sales report and low inflation reading. And earlier in April the government reported that the U.S. economy added 162,000 jobs in March.

Faucher warned against reading too much into weekly reports, as recent indicators, including hiring surveys, point to continued, albeit slow, growth in non-farm payrolls.

“Week-to-week numbers can be volatile,” said Faucher. “It will work itself out over the next few weeks.” To top of page

April 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm
(220) Kim says:

It is really scary you guys…the economy is not getting better….it’s getting worse…they know we need a 5th tier…the petition is growing more and more each day…Now that people are finally becoming more aware of what’s going on…I agree with you all and I urge you to keep fighting for a tier 5…..they can’t continue to ignore us!

April 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm
(221) Julie says:

This afternoon, signature #10,000 was added to an ongoing petition to add an additional tier of unemployment benefits to the current system. A Tier V extension would help the 99ers, who have exhausted the maximum 99 weeks of unemployment benefits available to them under the current system.

The numbers are increasing faster and faster. It was a mere 5,300 on Monday of last week, so the word is definitely getting out.

Will you sign this petition and help yourself or your fellow Americans?
http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment_benefits

April 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm
(222) rubeN says:

What Congress is doing right now is ignoring the 99ers. I agree that the jobs market out there isn’t any better and that Congress needs to do its job and aid those who are in need until things start getting better.

Keep the Tier 5 campaign going strong.

April 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm
(223) Kai says:

I am a 99er and have called members of Congress and Senators. They were quick to make me feel like a thief for asking for Tier 5 and they were equally quick get me off the phone — and these were members of my own political party! I never dreamed I’d see a day like this in the United States.

April 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm
(224) unemployed attorney says:

seems like marty and visionforlife also want o join this vicious economic unemployment cycle.

no job is actually safe and more and more professionals like me are in the unemployment ranks. I am in my late 20s and I realize nothing is safe.

visionforlife may have slept through college and marty could be someone who is a narrow minded conservative.

maybe being in our situation will wake tem up from their fantasies.

sorry for grammar, capitalization. I am writing from a mobile phone 3g network.

April 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm
(225) Stephanie B-Florida says:

I have been out of work for some time myself I have an 11 year old boy and my unemployment has been exhausted. I went to the state for help and they told me I made to much money for my son and I. I make child support of 400 a month and they told me I made to much money. It is disheartening when I try to find a job and am denied. I can’t even flip burgers because I am to qualified according to McDonalds. They won’t give an extension, welfare won’t help and to make matters worse I am a Veteran and Veterans Affairs will not even help me……I guess that is what I get for serving my country, paying my taxes and being a law abiding citizen!!!!

April 15, 2010 at 7:36 pm
(226) Thomas M. Sokol says:

a few weeks ago i received a call from someone in need. i was amazed! this guy is asking me for help. also talked to a friend that said this is the worst time ever. now these guys are not “run-of-the-mill”, and neither am i. so whats the problem and how did it culminate w/ such precise timing? “ALL FAIL DOWN” s.i.c. is a childrens song. the motherhood of invention is now. these politicos need a new script. we are not the “ordinary working person”. we are the ones who should(hope) get what we pay(change) for in a servant of the people. hoffa could learn from their “shell game”. distraction of mundane proportions. eye candy. voting may be one option. sometimes its another. save your dollar(<

April 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm
(227) daniel says:

I have a ? say you finished tier 4 and still unemployed do you still count as unemployed because I heard thats how the numbers drop and are they doing this so they can say the unemployment has droped and make it look like people are finding jobs so they don’t have to continue on the extentions. Can anybody answer this for me.

April 15, 2010 at 10:38 pm
(228) AnnaMaria FL says:

Keep claiming weeks! This is how we get the statistics! You are right, if we do not claim we become a black shadow in the statistics…

April 16, 2010 at 2:08 am
(229) phil says:

congressmen & senators need a wake up call.
I never realized why someone (suicide bombers) would blow themselves up to make a point. Its becoming clearer for me. Eviction notice came on the 12th. Had to beg Entergy not to shut-off power today. worked all my life & these fat asses in washington are giving OUR money to almost every nation on earth. While we struggle? WTF?
I’m also a veteran, served my country proudly & with honor. I swallowed my pride & applied for every 7-10 dollar job that was hiring…w/no luck. The army won’t take me back i’m too old they say. Too old to fight a war??
We will see about that!
There is a war brewing in washington, and i will again fight for my brothers & sisters.
MY SOLEMN PROMISE TO MY FELLOW AMERICANS…i WILL NOT GO QUITELY INTO THE NIGHT!

April 16, 2010 at 2:15 am
(230) PHIL says:

*QUIETLY*

April 16, 2010 at 2:24 am
(231) daniel says:

This jobs bill that just passed does nothing for long term unemployed that collected 99 weeks. I read some add that they were going to extend to 103 and then add more after that this was on the table do some research and you’ll see that im right about this. search for will congress extend weeks after 99 weeks of unemployment. Let me know if I’m right.

April 16, 2010 at 2:25 am
(232) rubeN says:

Phil,

I agree. These Fat Cats in Washington need to wake the f$*k up.. Things are still pretty bad, job seeking wise and they need to work on Tier 5.

April 16, 2010 at 2:32 am
(233) daniel says:

I found it search for this Will Congress Extend Unemployment Benefits Beyond 99 Weeks?

April 16, 2010 at 6:03 am
(234) Unemployed in Florida says:

Once again, the media fails to mention that this temporary Unemployment Compensation bill recently enacted into law does absolutely NOTHING for the over 2,000,000 American that have used ALL their benefits and still cannot find jobs.

There’s one heck of a story out there and the media is missing it…

FACT: Last month there were over 460,000 NEW applications for Unemployment Benefits….while our President ran around proclaiming 162,000 NEW JOBS…

FACT: Since the beginning of the “Great Recession”, over 7,000,000 jobs have vanished, leaving the United States with a “official” U-3 unemployment rate of 9.7%-let alone the “true” U-6 rate of over 16%-if the United States managed to maintain that 160,000 new jobs per month rate, exactly how many months would it take to re-hire the jobless out of work thru NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN to return to the “normal” 5.5 to 6% unemployment rate?

Why isn’t anybody in the mainstream media asking these questions? What happened to investigative journalism?

I see the media reports the Fed and the Treasury leaders as lamenting the lack of job growth…so why isn’t any smart journalist out there connecting the dots…I, and MILLIONS of Americans like myself are still unemployed because there ARE NO JOBS!

I am simply stunned that the media isn’t smart enough to see thru the smoke screen and start asking the HARD questions to get answers from our elected officials…I would love to see ONE reporter ask one elected official one simple question and get a straight answer…”Sir/Ma’m, it’s been brought to my attention that at the current unemployment rate of 9.7%, how many months of 160,000 new jobs will it take to drive that rate down and how do you justify tossing all the long-term, desparate-to-find-work 99′ers to the wolves in a economy that has no jobs?”

I’ve been sending daily messages to my senators and representatives in Congress asking the very same question for the last month…and have not gotten a single response…you try it, because I really want to see what they say…so do the over 2,000,000 Americans that are now facing homelessness, hunger, and devastating poverty without a Tier 5 extension of Unemployment benefits.

Thank you.

April 16, 2010 at 8:44 am
(235) Sianara says:

Unemployment Extension Legislation Update

April 15 Update: Congress has passed a 60 day extension of federal extended unemployment benefits, which President Obama is expected to sign. Once the legislation is finalized, check with your state unemployment office for details on eligibility.

PS . Direct form the Senate Site

April 16, 2010 at 9:31 am
(236) abacos says:

The bill does not provide for additional tiers. . NO ADDITIONAL TIERS. EB [extended benefits] may kick in in states with high UE. EB is what the Senate passed last night. Do you live in a State with High UE…like Florida or others?

April 16, 2010 at 9:33 am
(237) Sianara says:
April 16, 2010 at 10:41 am
(238) clem says:

I want to respond to all of you, This absolutely ridiculus, I don`t want to get anyone`s hopes up, an extension through june 2, This is correct. No tier 5, well looks like everyone will have to contact yelp, looks like there`s no tier five, call yelp first thing monday, This is correct, No tier five, This absolutely ridiculus This is correct. No tier 5,

April 16, 2010 at 11:00 am
(239) Gini says:

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2010 is 12.3 percent. This represents 1,138,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9,269,000. The unemployment rate is up marginally from the February revised rate of 12.2 percent, and up 2.7 percentage points from the March 2009 rate of 9.6 percent.March’s unemployment rate is the highest in the recorded series going back to 1970. Florida’s unemployment rate remains higher than the national rate, which is 9.7 percent in March.

Are you one of them, exhausted all your benefits? It said that EB may apply to HIGH UE…will have to wait and see!

April 16, 2010 at 11:05 am
(240) Gini says:

Here is more for the Floridians without a job:

http://www.floridajobs.org/publications/news_rel/LMS%20Release%2004-16-10.pdf

CONTACT: Robby Cunningham
EMBARGOED: April 16, 2010, 10:00AM
(850) 245-7130
robby.cunningham@flaawi.com

This is the guy we need to contact!

April 16, 2010 at 11:08 am
(241) Gini says:

Let’s try this again;

For all the unemployed Floridians:

http://www.floridajobs.org/publications/news_rel/LMS%20Release%2004-16-10.pdf

CONTACT: Robby Cunningham
EMBARGOED: April 16, 2010, 10:00AM (850) 245-7130
robby.cunningham@flaawi.com

April 16, 2010 at 11:31 am
(242) abacos says:

Obama Signs Unemployment Extension
By AVERY FELLOW
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WASHINGTON (CN) – President Obama signed into law a bill restoring unemployment benefits for hundreds of thousands of Americans. The benefits expired April 5 after Congress went into spring recess without passing an extension, leaving more than 400,000 unable to apply for continued benefits. The extension will keep benefits flowing until June 2, and will cost the government $18 billion.
The measure also extends other federal programs through the end of May, including COBRA benefits, Medicare and national flood insurance.
The bill allows those who were denied unemployment checks to collect them retroactively. Checks received by recipients of jobless benefits average $335 per week.
The passage overcomes a filibuster instigated by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who initially stalled the bill by voting against an emergency unanimous-consent agreement for the extension.
The number of people filing for unemployment benefits across the nation spiked on Thursday, rising by 24,000 new requests. That brought the total claimants to 484,000, the highest rate since late February, according to Labor Department reports.
The news echoed fears expressed by Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke during an joint economic committee hearing Wednesday that the unemployment rate might remain “stubbornly high” even as the economy climbs back to normal.
In March, the nation’s unemployment rate held steady at 9.7 percent, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
The approved measure was H.R.4851 of the Continuing Extension Act.
The Senate voted 59-38 to pass the measure, the House passed it with a 289-112 vote, and Obama signed it into law late Thursday night.

PS It seems that the one who have falling the system will be able to re-apply to get benefits until June 2nd ( EB) . Very confusing! They don’t call it a TIER V, they called it EB?????.

April 16, 2010 at 12:03 pm
(243) Tara says:

The unemployment benefits have been extended till June 2, 2010. Big deal! I can’t believe that congress thinks that everyone is going to find work in a months time? Most states have high unemployment and its not’s going to get better for a long time. If jobs were plentiful, then I wouln’t be writing this comment. The unemployment benefits were extended 99 weeks in states with the highest unemployment, but what about the states that have high unemployment of 9.7, 10%? I wish that members of congress mostly republicans will lose their seats in the house & senate. I’m really tired of how government treats people who have been struggling for so long. Congress is in for a rude awakening when unemployment benefits run out on June 2, 2010. What we really need to do is march close to the White house and start voicing our anger about no jobs and very little money to stay afloat in this economy.

April 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm
(244) Sianara says:

I live in a city with the highest rate of unenmployment in the State of Florida ( Fort Myers: 12.3%) and they only let me claim for 79 weeks at $250.00 per week, and when I asked why when I called them yesterday, they said it had to do with a formula they use……??!!!

April 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm
(245) daniel says:

First that number that you say June 2, and will cost the government $18 billion.
That number drops because some will find jobs they don’t tell you how much was really spent that is just a figure. They don’t want you to know the true facts why don’t they tell you how much was really spent ? and for Very confusing! They don’t call it a TIER V, they called it EB?????. Some states allready paid EB get the facts before you confuse people it adds up to 99 weeks so right know there’s a lot of people that been cut off thats were tier 5 comes in place. Do research before you say what they want you to say. No disrespect but talk to some unemployed that been cut off and you will see that I am right obama said that he will not give up on the american people what do you think ?

April 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm
(246) daniel says:

Martin says:
April 13, 2010 at 11:57 pm
The nightmare has already begun! Many have exhausted all benefits as Tier IV ended last month many states such as PA. Unfortunately, the media has not done a good job of calling attention to this group. They are the LONG TERM unemployed. The term is used rather loosely and has caused a lot of confusion. Perhaps that is the intention as there has been no move to legislate any additional weeks or benefits for those hardest hit by the recession. These are the folks who lost their jobs early on. Many are older workers who will have a difficult time reentering the job market and most likely the last to do so. Ageism is rampant. Many have exhausted their savings & will not be able to recoup the lost salary and benefits. Many lost their health care before the Cobra aid was written into the law. They face a bleak future & yet congress and the White House are more or less ignoring them. It was stated that the Democrats lack the political will. This is unacceptable. Unfortunately, hypocrisy rages with the Democrats as well. A recent NY Times article has Democratic Senator profession their compassion for the long term jobless worker HUH? Wait a minute, no additional weeks or Tiers were created to help the long term unemployed! Why are they completely ignoring those who are in dire need of help? Either way they are totally unaware or they are hoping we become invisible. To do nothing is totally unacceptable.

April 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(247) NEW says:

TIER V letdown!

Please remember NELPS great effort or the TIER V

They have absolutely nothing check the web sight.

Tier V does not exist in the NELP WORLD

SHAME oN u NELP

get to work!!!

April 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm
(248) NEWNEWDEAL says:

PEOPLE

Start blasting nelp and contacting them by phone and email.

Let them know they have got to get to work on TIER V yesterday!!!

April 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm
(249) Jason says:

I need a 5 th tier. so bad, i have no money no food and i can’t find a job it is sad and depressing. =(

April 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(250) Kim says:

Statement by the President on Passage of Temporary Extension of Jobless Benefits
“In these tough economic times, it is more critical than ever to bring relief to Americans who are working every day to find a job, and families that are struggling to make ends meet. Millions of Americans who lost their jobs in this economic crisis depend on unemployment and health insurance benefits to get by as they look for work and get themselves back on their feet. I’m grateful that the House and Senate moved forward on this temporary extension today. But as I requested in my budget, I urge Congress to move quickly to extend these benefits through the end of this year. I also urge Congress to move forward on legislation to help small businesses grow and hire and other measures to increase the pace of job growth. This is my top priority, and I will fight day and night until every American who wants a good job has one.”
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-president-passage-temporary-extension-jobless-benefits

Dear Mr. President,
I would like to address your statement of the temporary extension of jobless benefits. However, this bill does and your statement does not address or include the needs of every unemployed American right now. Surely if this is your top priority you would be aware of the Long term unemployed Americans who have exhausted their 99 weeks of benefits, and still have been unable to find jobs during this long difficult recession. Additional weeks added, or a 5th tier is needed in order to help every unemployed American. There seems to be an awful lot of misinformed information to the citizens of the United States that every unemployed American is receiving help, when that’s not the case. For some unknown reasons, the people who have exhausted their 99 weeks of benefits and still cannot find jobs, have been completely overlooked, and not once has the congress or you have acknowledge that fact. May I ask why? We want jobs too, but the simple fact is that there are not enough jobs out there for everyone!
So that is why I am writing you today, to urge you and Congress to move forward quickly to add additional weeks for the long term unemployed as well as extend these benefits to the end of the year.
I certainly do hope that you are a man of his words, and that this is your top priority to fight day & night until every American who wants a job has one.

I understand that chances of you personally reading my letter are very slim, like thousands to one that I may finally be acknowledged. That’s exactly what we are all up against when we apply for jobs. I never give up; I keep applying and working really hard, hoping that my resume gets acknowledged out there with the other thousands of people who are applying for jobs. Please Mr. President includes us in this bill and urge Congress to add additional weeks of benefits for those of us who are still suffering beyond the 99 weeks of benefits and still can’t find jobs.

April 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm
(251) Lee says:

It’s fraud to mislead people. You guys who exausted your benefits believed the extension applied to you, and not even the president made this clear. It’s horrendous what is happening and to me this is financial war against the long term unemployed. Why wasn’t the media and congress honest about this extension? First they play with people for votes and now screw others. This should be made illigal to defraud the public. I’m angry for you guys and not to worry. We will support you when it comes for accountability.

April 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm
(252) real estate` says:

In the commercial real estate industry for 17 years as a property manager. Live in Florida looking for work daily sending out over 30 resumes a week and networking like crazy. NO JOBS IN FLORIDA. Have college degree, dumbed down my resume for $10.00/hr positions and still nothing. Please help us!!!!

April 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm
(253) Gibson says:

Not only are we getting rip off every day with taxes, bail out, no Tier extension, no jobs, but even our dollar is loosing value because of those crooks our own Gov. has bailed out! ….When will it stop???UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Canadian dollar tumbled more than a cent against the U.S. currency on Friday as global stocks plummeted on increased risk aversion after regulators charged U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs with fraud.

The currency fell to a low of C$1.0165 to the U.S. dollar, or 98.38 U.S. cents as investors scampered to safer assets on news the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had charged Goldman Sachs with fraud in the structuring and marketing of a debt product tied to subprime mortgages.

April 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm
(254) Bobby says:

Well here we are again suffering from another lie congress has told, remember when they said they were going to try to give us benefits through the end of the year because things are sooooo bad. Well if you look at all these comments on here it seems we have been forgotten again. It’s like they have to make us suffer before they give us anything, I don’t think there has been any talk about a tier 5 because if there was, we wouldn’t be suffering now. They just lie to us and think that will make us happy. We can’t pay our rent and morgage with lies, we can’t feed our families with lies, we can’t pay our bills with lies, and we can’t go to job interviews with lies, so what do we do, wait months til all the rest of the states catch up with us and need tier 5 too. I guess we are suppose to hobo around til they pull their heads out of their asses and make the vote that should have been made a long time ago. This is a cruel, mean, and evil over site on the part of congressmen to not pass a tier 5. It’s like they do not care, if you don’t believe me check your pockets right now and see how much they really care, look at your bills, rent, and look in your frig see there is no food in it see how they don’t care, and then see if they really care. I mean what the hell they are eatting and can take care of their families, why should they think about us while they sit there in Washington and fuss and fight like their 3 years old. The sad part is they should be fussing and fighting over how they are going to help us and voting on tier 5.

April 16, 2010 at 10:06 pm
(255) nmetro says:

Based upon what has happened in the past month in the Senate, we should not expect a Tier V extension. While the comments here are supportive, a vast number of employed Americans are against providing more benefits. Many feel that 99 weeks or 79 weeks was more than enough. Even NELP said after Tier IV that the chances of getting a Tier V was slim.

President Obama has been on the sidelines ignoring the unemployed. The jobs bills, and the stimulus bill, stopped way short to help the unemployed. Colorado has seen unemployment increase .6% over the past two months reversing several months of declining numbers. Meaning that things are getting worse, not better.

As fro Congress, the Democrats are too busy playing the bi-partisan game; even though no Republican will go for Tier V unemployment; or anything else the Democrats come up with. Even today the GOP came out against the financial reform bill, at the same time the SEC was hitting Goldman Sachs with a lawsuit for investor fraud. But, the Democrats are painted in a corner, because they do not want to give the GOP any ammunition about spending more money to increase the national debt. In other words, teh Democrats are putting re-election ahead of the needs of the people.

So, the only way Tier V will get passed, and that all the other tiers are extended to the end of year, is that the Congress uses budget reconciliation. The House probably pass this legislation with relative ease. The Senate just needs 50 votes and Joe Biden to break the tie to pass the Senate under budget reconciliation. But again, this requires backbone on the Democrats part, fastt tracking such a bill and getting President Obama to make it a priority.

By the way, when the current extensions end, the Senate will probably be in their summer recess and will not work on any legislation until late August. So, if action is not taken in the next 6 weeks; it won’t happen. This at a time that the huge wave of unemployed people start losing their benefits at the rate of hundreds of thousands a month. So, this is the reality. Unfortunately, those who have not be hit with job losses are as much of a hindrance in all of this as Congress is.

April 16, 2010 at 11:13 pm
(256) BlessedOne says:

I,m not one to condone killing another human just to survive, but seeing how the leaders of this country can sit idle and ride a high horse because they have false power, to humiliate people with less than they have. They already know the condition of the economy, they have already bailed out banks and wall street which benefits them, now they couldn’t careless if those who have fallen victims to their bad decisions and greed go under. I was living in New York when 911 occured, as a matter of fact I was changing trains under neath the towers in what is called the HUB at the end of the line of Train E to get train 3 or 4 into brooklyn. I was among several called to work in procuring materials for the personnel to use at what was termed ground zero. I often wondered how could some one have the mind to kill so many people. Now that I have been wrongfully terminated from a 23 year career with the Federal Government by corrupt Managers in Region 9 West Coast, I have been unemployed over 2 years. I have written the Bush Administration and at least they gave me a response, but with the Obama administration I have not even received an acknowledgement that they received my correspondence. I have written the Senator, Speaker of the House, Congressman and the various head of the General Services Administration which the Agency I was wrongfully terminated from to no avail. If I had not been wrongfully terminated, I would still be working and providing to the unemployment fund. This is NOT where I want to be or need to be with a Bachlors in Business and several years experience in Federal Government Contracting Procuremnt. If someone need an experieneced Contract Specialist email me at saffareene@sbcglobal.net and we can discuss business. I’m not one to give up hope and succumb to the worlds system and kill anyone but I do understand how it materializes in the minds of those who perform these acts of violence.

April 16, 2010 at 11:52 pm
(257) Cali41 says:

THIS IS A MESSAGE TO ALL THOSE WHO NEED TIER 5 EXTENSIONS…EVEN THOUGH YOUR CLAIM HAS EXPIRED, DO NOT STOP FILING CLAIMS. IF WE DON’T STAY IN THE SYSTEM, CONGRESS WILL USE THIS AGAINST US. THEY WILL CLAIM A DROP IN THE PERCENTAGE OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN YOUR STATE, THEREFORE DISQUALIFYING STATES WITH UNEMPLOYMENT LOWER THAN 10%. IF CONGRESS COULD THEY WOULD GATHER US ALL UP AND QUIETLY GET RID OF US

April 17, 2010 at 12:16 am
(258) daniel says:

As of April 12, 2010, approximately 85,000 individuals in California have run out of all available benefits and EDD estimates a total of 100,000 to 130,000 unemployed workers could run out of all benefits in the next few weeks. Now add all states wow that is a big number ? Cali41 your saying that were not in the system how can we file a claim if you don’t have one now after 99 that is it please explain for me reply.

April 17, 2010 at 12:21 am
(259) Gotit says:

BlessedOne

I agree ….

April 17, 2010 at 12:48 am
(260) dan says:

Congress leaves 99ers out in the cold Greetings Senators and Representatives: You have decided to ignore the people you reduced to poverty. The longest unemployed workers did not create this depression, you did. You did this with your failure to regulate the banks, health industry, and corporations. People who were fully employed, paying taxes, and raising families are now paying the price for your negligence. They trusted you to keep something like this from happening. You failed them. Now you are deliberately failing them again. This may be a recession for you, but it’s a depression for them. You know this depression will last longer than until March, yet you have no plans to add additional unemployment tiers to keep these people from becoming increasingly destitute. Tens of thousands will begin to lose all financial support on March 14. You know with full clarity that these benefits are the only money keeping food on their tables. You know that their benefits run out in March, and that these American families will be on the path to shelters and soup kitchens. …and this is not of their making. They’re not to blame. You are. …and you’re about to discount them again by allowing their benefits to end with Tier IV. By the way, don’t pride yourself on extending the current benefits for the more recently unemployed, as included in the Job Bill. Of course you should do this, but as you know, the bill as it is written will not help any of those who have been the longest and hardest hit by this depression. The Job Bill only half addresses the unemployed, and 50% is an F. Please make sure that the only choice for Americans who want to work is either a job or unemployment benefits. Don’t end benefits until there are jobs for them. As of now, there is only 1 job for every 6 unemployed workers. Take care of these victims. ADD A TIER V

April 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm
(261) Tina C says:

We need Tier 5 desperately!!!! Please Call your local Senator…….

April 18, 2010 at 1:22 am
(262) chris kulpa says:

Everyone should go to change.org and sign the petition for a tier 5.Its easy and is steadily growing , just under 15,000 signatures so far and they forward it to all politicians that need a wake up call.All of us should do this ,you could lose your job or benefits next!

April 18, 2010 at 8:15 am
(263) jaybird says:

I got laid-off in the last quarter of 2008. I live in souteastern Ohio. Unemployment rate is 11% in the state and 15% in the area i live in. I make it a point everyday to call both senators and all the representatives we have in this state along with other states too. They are right if you do not call how does Congress know our views, wants, and feelings toward this unemployment crisis.

April 18, 2010 at 9:25 am
(264) just wondering says:

NELP…you do not help with political and Johnny come lately info. You are either undercover politics, or have been pulled into the mirage of.

Ponder People- WHO benefits when main street (you)sells one house for the down payment to buy another with the monies, make payments for years….then suddenly this mess happens…just to loose it?
WHO ENDS UP WITH YOUR MONIES AND HOUSE? BANKS!!!….they have the monies from your first house sale, maybe extra for downpayment on the new house, renovations, all the years of paying,,,,,,and hell….you may end up even owing after the short sale or forclosure sale….WHO will you owe????? THE BANKS!!!! Don’t cha get it?

YOU ARE TO BLAME-the banks, politicians and news media wish you to believe ‘you’ should not have qualified in the first place. That it was your fault. IT WAS NOT YOUR FAULT PEOPLE!!!!

Just a well thought out scheme for the rich to get richer, and the poor to get poorer……and looks like it is playing out very well……

Ignorant main street…. THAT is what THEY think of you ….and the press is sleeping with the politicians. They are silently regulated on WHAT they can report.

I see WALK ON WASHINGTON——ok….when???
Hello…..who is buying the gas?

Do you REALLY wonder WHY they are not acting swiftly on anything pertaining to unemployment/tier V???

Hell…they gotta fish you and pull the line just taunt enough to keep you with and then without, so you will be helpless and at their mercy, or we may have enough money to march in DC.

Besides….delay just causes more houses to reach forclosure…..and WHO benefits from that?????
CORRRREEeect! THE BANKS!!!!

Yeahhhhhhhh-you are starting to get it!!!!
WhooooHooooo!!!!

AGE DISCRIMINATION—-hell yes it is going on. But it is against the law! Ok…..employment questions can not say, “Hey Bob, how old are you?” Yet they CAN AND DO question:
When you graduated
Past employment dates
Credit history checked…..yada-yada

Welp gee George, if you graduated in 1971….duh…how old is this person?

NOW LET ME ASK A FEW FINAL QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO PONDER……now WE ALL know the unemployment figures are juggled to fit into whatever situation whomever wants…..the reality is….

With millions of people loosing benefits, homes, cars, insurance or just basic needs======= please remember folks, this figure does NOT include the TOTAL HOUSEHOLD count that this mess is rendering.
It does not include anyone living with that unemployed person/persons going without shelter, food, or healthcare. The grandparents, children, other family members and yes even pets.

(Hell, the effect this has had on pets has recieved more news coverage than what it has done to families.)

Now, with MILLIONS loosing benefits without a shred of hope and can not find a job….ponder exactly what could happen here in America.
Hhhmmmmmm…what could happen…..? Hhmmmm…
Yes…..you better lock your doors and hold on tight.

Nope, not crazy, it is all a reality here in America.
Americans and America have been sold out.

But the flip side of the coin-
When the time comes……those that sold America will sit on the stand and face the millions of real Americans———–and I do not believe in THIS scenerio—-big hearted Americans will be smiling—nor forgiving.

May God bless America……we need it.

April 18, 2010 at 3:06 pm
(265) john says:

Does this sound familiar? In 1932-33, socialist leader Josef Stalin planned and implemented the genocide by famine of 5-8 million Ukrainians. He isolated them, took away their jobs, their houses, possessions, money, and left them to starve to death in the streets. Men, women, and their children. Though there were stockpiles of grain to feed them, Stalin exported the grain at a large profit to finance his regime. Most people are not aware of this horribly evil event in history. It only became known from the eyewitness accounts of the Russian soldiers who went to collect the bodies, because the media did not report on it!! In 2008, the corporations of america laid off over 8 million workers, and to this date have refused to hire us back. In 2010, the job market is yeilding only 1 job for every 6 unemployed workers. The leaders and congress of america seem to be ignoring the millions of STILL unemployed workers who have exhausted ALL of the weeks of benefits( up to 99 ) currently available to them, with the number of people exhausting all benefits multiplying with each passing week. With no more unemployment checks, no jobs, we are losing our houses and possessions, with no way to feed ourselves or our children. And strangely, the media does not report on this!! And like that stockpile of grain, the government spends many hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars funding TWO wars, Wall Street, large banks and corporations ( who give out bonuses with the money, instead of hiring the unemployed ). Is it possible that all of this was actually planned and implemented by the leaders of government, private international bankers and corporate elite. Will they leave us to starve to death in the streets? No, that would be too difficult to keep secret. Maybe they will round us up for the FEMA camps! And again, the media would remain silent. Surely, none of this is true.

April 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm
(266) ShellyB says:

Dear Fellow Unemployed Americans,
Please go to change.org, read the letter to Congress and sign the petition. Also copy and paste it into the email section of each congress members website. Also CALL their offices.

We need 10,000 more signatures for the petition. Your voice can move mountains. I spoke with Speaker Pelosi’s office. I was told that they tally up the type of calls at the end of each day to see what is taken to the Speaker as a serious issue.

If this is not serious, nothing is.

The best of luck to all!

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment_benefits

April 18, 2010 at 5:39 pm
(267) unemployed in PA says:

I AGREE WITH CALI41, IF YOU HAVE EXHAUSTED YOUR BENEFITS, AND ARE IN NEED OF TIER 5, DO NOT, STOP FILING ON YOUR CLAIM, IF IT IS IN ACTIVE, CALL YOUR UC CENTER AND ASK TO BECOME ACTIVE, AND CONTINUE TO FILE!!!!! KEEP ON CALLING OR EMAILING YOUR PROSPECTIVE LEGISLATORS. STRENGTH IN NUMBERS AND KEEP YOUR HEADS UP!!!!! DON’T GIVE UP

April 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm
(268) Alva says:

This was sent to Governor Charlie Crist’s e-mail. I have sent one to him prior and one official from AWI replied within a few hours. It is worth the try, since no one else will listen!!!!!

Dear Sir,

I have recourse to you again in the matter of my unemployment benefits: I live in Naples/ Fort Myers Florida where the unemployment rate is 12.3%. I was denied 99 weeks, was given only 79 ( though I appreciated every one of them) ….I received a check for my last claim on March 16th for $102.00 I was wondering why so, since no one can give me an answer at the Unemployment office. I am 49 years old and I have been unemployed since November 2007. I have a MA & a BA and I have dumb my resume down to the point that now it looks like I never held a job over $ 14.00 per hour so I can at least get into an interview. I have filed more than 1200 resumes, a few interviews and a lot’s of Dear John letters. I am on Employ Florida site every morning when I get up……I am so desperate…….I don’t know where to turn too since I don’t qualify for any other program ( I do not have any children). Can you verify why I did not qualify for the 99 weeks? I AGAIN appreciate your help in a profound matter. According to your honest opinion, do you think the senate will pass a Tier V to help the 3,000,000 people who found themselves without any revenue what so ever came March 30th? ( In Florida alone 23,766 recipients find themselves without any income every week) .Someone suggested to keep filing so we don’t fall off the statistics but I am denied access to ” claim my weeks” or ” file a new claim” since March 30th. From a poor soul that has not idea where to turn to. Please advise.

April 18, 2010 at 6:46 pm
(269) DMR4853 says:

I really caught blindsided by this Extension V or lack of… I have already called people back around Easter begging landlords….phone company to hold off because there was a delay in my unemployment….now with no extension V…I am dreading to call people again….I am an ex VP, Director from the business world and if I could even find a level entry…anything!!!!!! I have signed partitions…callled my respective gov. leaders. What scares me the most…..The media missed it as well… I just want to work….now without a Ext V…..phone will get shut off….no paper for resumes….the simple things! Just want to be a proud American again

April 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm
(270) justwondering says:

to john, (below my last post)
congradulations………you hit it on the head.
gave me more to ponder….thanks for your input.

April 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm
(271) Mike says:

Tier 5 needs to start ASAP! No more waiting. Myself and others need this to survive. I’m a single 332 year old man who would love to have a job that can pay the bills. If something doesn’t change real fast then I will be on the streets. Why cant our government get off there asses and help. The system is confusing and hard to fallow, If you don’t have a computer you basically left in the dark. Help call you congressmen! send letters/email, lets make this tier 5 become fact!

April 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm
(272) John Johnson says:

Here I am again, I fully understand 258 of the rest Tier 5 requesters. Bond together and we can force the senate to pass a tier 5. Keep calling not just your state senator but all of them. How can they not have pass a tier 5. We can not let them leave us behind. They will I was able to leave messages at all the listed senators when these message center should be full with all our calls. Don’t call they will turn deaf ears on us. get me a job or help me till I do. CALL CALL CALL

April 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm
(273) rubeN says:

Yeah Congress needs to make Tier 5 happen like right the f*#k now..

They need to create the bill and pass it right away in the same week. We all know how the Tier 4 bill got held up in the Senate for a few months.

April 18, 2010 at 9:21 pm
(274) luke says:

PA Senator Casey’s office says ‘no way’ on any more ‘tier V’ type of extensions. And I will have you know that fema camps and international organ sales await 99er’s who complain too much or so says a.j. from austin tx.

April 18, 2010 at 10:39 pm
(275) Unemployed in PA says:

I just emailed my local TV station for media help to get the message out there about The need for Tier 5 extentions!!!! I also let the TV station know about that change.org web site, with Issa Decker’s petition with 15+ signing it and counting. Hopefully they will get the message out there for us 99ers, Everyone should alert their local TV and radio stations on the matter, It will help!!!!!

April 18, 2010 at 11:29 pm
(276) dan says:

The only thing that is going to help us long term unemployed right away is for someone to organize… and start marching on the capital building ! Thousands of us long term unemployed are loosing everything each week and we cant wait 1 or 2 months for the senate to decide what they are going to do ! We need help right away and I mean NOW !!! If they keep pushing things back weeks and months, how many of us will never recover ? How many have been sent to the streets already ? I will be living in my car in the next few weeks without something being done. If the tea party can march, so can the long term unemployed that cant feed their kid or pay rent when they have always played by the rules,payed their taxes and always had a good job ! I am sick of this crap the senators are putting us through !
Why is our government letting so many americans loose the ability to survive ???
WE NEED HELP NOW !!!!!!!! Are families in a month more important then families that need help now ? Is this not an emergency for thousands and thousands of families now ? Why have our senators not had a bill put together yet for us ? What are they waiting on ? If we were an earthquake in another county…help would be on the way !
Why are our american families being left to crumble and head for poverty levels never seen before ? I just dont understand…….
We need to organize and make more noise !

April 19, 2010 at 12:18 am
(277) dan says:

All of this might be a surprise to cable news network viewers, who hear the phrase “extended unemployment” thrown around in the same haphazard way as other favorite political phrases like “death panels.”

The news coverage gives the impression that this bill gives the long-term unemployed even more money, and that is simply not the case.

The tragedy is that it’s a definition that is easily included in a typical sound-bite length news story. It’s a simple matter to add the phrase, “while the bill extends the deadlines for the unemployment to receive extensions, it doesn’t tack on additional weeks of coverage for those who have already exhausted their benefits.” See, I can do it and I’m not even in the cable news business.

April 19, 2010 at 1:06 am
(278) richard says:

hey everyone we all need to take part in writing our officials to get TIER 5 extended as well. i feel that it is not fair that others get benefits but we don’t? we need it as much as they do..

April 19, 2010 at 1:34 am
(279) dan says:

It’s time for the officials in Dc take pay cuts
US Senate and Congress

April 19, 2010 at 1:41 am
(280) RONNIE H. says:

DOES ANYONE THINK THAT THE GOVERNMENT CARES ABOUT US NOW THAT WE ARE NO LONGER PRODUCTIVE AND BURNED OUT ,REMEMBER THEY ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN THE PEOPLE WE USE TO WORK FOR ,YOU HAVE-TO BE A FOREIGN COUNTRY AND NO USE TO ANYONE TO MAKE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES IN THE WORD MARKET, WERE SCREWED!! GOD BLESS AMERICA?

April 19, 2010 at 1:42 am
(281) Dee says:

Amen Dan this country is going to hell in a hand basket. I live in Detroit it’s like a war torn city.
And they cant even help the people that Used to be lucky enoungh to had worked here. Hati we will send billions to with in a day or two. Not only call your reps Call those Damn cable networks and flood them with this issue newspapers any media outlet you can think of until we get something done.

April 19, 2010 at 2:45 am
(282) ALLAN says:
April 19, 2010 at 4:27 am
(283) jeannette says:

I am a single mother of 4 kids.I have been unemployed for a long time now.I have ran out of my unemployment on April 5th. It was my understanding that this extension was for the people who had run out or was about to run of tiers until the bill passed.Where is the help in that.How am i supposed to keep a roof over my kids heads and food in their stomachs. There isn’t any jobs..Where is our help?We need another tier. my family is human too!

April 19, 2010 at 8:33 am
(284) just wondering says:

OK PEOPLE…..YOU WANT TO MARCH?

Lets do this thing and quit the what if, and why aren’t they, and when will theyssssss?

Start offering dates, and lets vote on final date, right here on this site.

I say JULY 4!!!!!!!!!!

Are you with me for marching on DC ??????

JULY 4—-the million American Walk for American!!!

Do not know how I will get there…but hell…trying is better than crying!!!

April 19, 2010 at 8:46 am
(285) just wondering says:

JULY 4——gives time for organizing TV, news, travel plans, maybe some grand soul will help finance with buses, ads, signs, etc.

If enough response comes on this site, I will start the organization of….my right foot is already moving….and if I have to, my right thumb will be pointed to DC.

April 19, 2010 at 9:35 am
(286) Katrin Camp says:

Help!!!! You need to pass an extension so people can survive my husband has not been able to work since 1998 Sure we collect a small ss disability check and it covers rent and lights. I am 54 years old and have diabeties finding a job is impossible in this recession help me be able to collect after my 26 weeks end this week if there is no extension my benifits end. I have not collected 99 weeks of unemployment people need to understand this effects all unemployment benifits. Without an extension in effect my claim ends. Help!!!!!!!!

April 19, 2010 at 11:34 am
(287) Mike B. says:

It’s bad enough that with no job, my house is in foreclosure. Now I can’t even pay for utilities or car insurance. Without a Tier 5, I guess most of us will go on welfare. A good career ender for someone who worked for 35 years straight…

April 19, 2010 at 11:34 am
(288) NEWNEWDEAL says:

Tier v people,

Remember NELP.
They have been silent and invisible on TIER V as
each day week month goes by where we cant pay our rent buy groceries pay basic bills lose our houses our hope our dignity.

When i went to the UNEMPLOYED FRIENDS websight and posted my thoughts on NELP I was immediately banned from the sight?
WTF

with unemployed friends like that who needs enemies?

Tier V people do you notice that we seem to be coming up with our own ideas- march on washington
petitions
calling and emailing president press congress?

We are fighting this alone from square one when an organization has all the tools and options and contacts with press and Washington like NELP. This is wrong.

I get the impression that NELP thinks we should have found a job by now
When jobs have never been more scarce!!!

Keep calling and emailing the president and congress and the press!!!

Fight the good fight do not go gently into that good night.

Feel free to post my letter anywhere you think it might help.
post it to unemployed friends and see what happens!!!!

Dear Congress,

Has your staff told you or showed you the thousands upon thousands of calls and letters in regards to TIER V UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS for the 2 million who have used 99 weeks and need a lifeline emergency extension? All house and senate are getting them in volume. Democrats and republicans.
But the silence on TIER V is amazing!!!

It seems to be falling upon deaf ears in congress!!

A march on Washington is being planned now.

Lives are in the balance on this!!!
These Americans by no fault of their own
Cannot find work after nearly two years!!!

We are in an economic depression not seen since the 1930′s.

An economic tsunami is coming to every shore in America soon.
Economist will call it a double dip recession That was unexpected.
I will call it a part 2 depression.

The jobs that were added in March were federal census jobs that last only a few weeks so please for your own credibility do not play that card.

This economic crisis was caused by the republicans and some democrats as well.
Also the banks wall street and the rich are to blame.
Then they were to big to fail and we bailed then out insteads of the working class and unemployed! shame shame shame.

Please inform your fellow congressmen on both sides this TIER V greater than 99 weeks unemployment extension issue WILL cost them the election.
Not health care not the rest. This TIER V will.

do you have hearts?. Pay for this anyway you have to but pass it now.

PLease wake your friends in WAshington.
THis is not going away it will get louder and louder until TIER V is passed!!!

This is the worst job market in history!!!!!

The future is now TIER V TIER V TIER V

godbless you and godbless america!!!

April 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm
(289) hoop123 says:

To think that they have stopped unemployment with out giv ing added Tier V, is sinful, and to think of all the young Mothers out there with small children how are they suppose to feed them? I feel so bad for them, Obama bailed out the Banks the Unions and nothing for the working person, just the worse time in history other then 1933 when the great depression happen, Well this is the Mothers and Children and Fathers great depression, it is here now. They need help not later. Now,

April 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm
(290) Joyce says:

I just hung up the phone from talking with a representative from the number listed online at my customer service enemployment site. I asked if there was a chance to continue to receive money since my tier 4 has come to and end and my benefits are exhausted. The man said that since congress has passed the recent bill extending benefits bill, a plan was already in the works to find ways of helping us who have exhausted our tiers, through another program. He said I should keep on trying to file my weekly info each week. He said “through another program” and I asked again that he explain. He said it is in the works right now. I am encouraged!

April 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm
(291) action says:

I got an idea lets have a meeting in every city where you can discuse the tier 5 set a date for people to attend for those and have our own problem solving and then we can start makeing a diffrence and that way we can have a list of names from senate and congress so we can vote them out its like team work together everyone accomplishes more think about it let me know if this is a good idea reply to action.

April 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm
(292) dan says:

Tier 5 Unemployment Extension

To:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

March 17, 2010

Representative Kucinich,

Could you please explain why there was an extension of unemployment to only Tier 1, 2,3 and 4? Why no extension given to us on Tier 5? Do they think we enjoy being unemployed??? This has been hell and now we are getting cut off? No job you apply for will give you a response in a day, your lucky to get an interview within a months timeframe and then another month for notification if you get the job. But most of us will be homeless, car less, no phone, no gas …….nothing to get that job!! What is going on?? And why are we cut off??? WE NEED A TIER 5, Tier 4 was a waste of everyone’s time and tax dollars it should of been a much longer extension!!!…not much has changed in the job front and I apply to 5 plus jobs a day, network, etc….. and here we are again…..same boat, different day!!!!! Only this time, my boat is sinking, sunk, gone! PLEASE HELP US!! I know I AM NOT ALONE!!!!

Brook Park , OH

April 19, 2010 at 12:58 pm
(293) dan says:

Tier 5 or 99ers check this web site start banging this web site with tier 5 you will be suprised what happens http://www.congress.org

April 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(294) dan says:

http://www.congress.org is the web site that you can directly send messages to your reps when you log on you can see your reps directly you click on them and they get your message this is a good way to get all info on them I highly recomend this site try it you will see the inpact there going to get on tier 5 come on 99 ers get busy this is your job for now till they pass tier 5.

April 19, 2010 at 1:45 pm
(295) Dave says:

The President said he was a man of common sense when he was running for office. Now, he needs to prove it. The numbers simply shows there are NOT ENOUGH JOBS for everyone. That energy and effort on health care should have been used first on Jobs and Unemployment.

What happened to all that talk about Main Street? I remember what you said! Many of us will remember these days when election time comes back around. More importantly, the internet and sites like this one will remember too. I can easily Google topics still going since 1999 and earlier.

No, this time we won’t forget the days we couldn’t feed our families, pay our rent, and maintain our sanity. Having a clean up plan in the last days before your race begins is not going to work. We will remember what you do or don’t do in April of 2010. Extending time for regular UI benefits helps a little. Yet, that’s only half a bandage and you know it. We are still bleeding out here!

Common sense in numbers suggests “Regardless, of how hard people seek employment, some folks just won’t be successful!” It has nothing to do with laziness or lack of education and training. It’s all in the number of lost jobs in America. My 3rd grader can calculate this one:
10 job seekers – 6 jobs available = 4 unemployed, out of luck and stuck Americans in tears and in need of more Tiers!

I would personally agree with stopping unemployment benefits at tier I if the jobs were available. Yet, they aren’t! So why aren’t you extending benefits beyond Tier 4? What’s the reasoning in this? Perhaps you think it’s going to motivate us into finding jobs that don’t exists?

I have been applying to 10-15 jobs every week and following up on every last one for over a year now. I spent my unemployment checks on rent, basic utilities, food for my family and gas money to make it to and from interviews. Now you are telling me I have nothing and it’s my fault?

Unemployment up to Tier 4 is partially the reason why the economy is trying to make a turn for the good. If you stop it now with no new REAL jobs, it will trickle down for sure. Many people debated whether the Sub Prime housing market would domino into Prime. Those that didn’t think so are the same folks that don’t think we need a Tier 5, 6… until fixed. If you think stopping unemployment at Tier 4 won’t impact your recovering economy in a negative way, think again! This time, please use that common sense you spoke of for us.

April 19, 2010 at 2:03 pm
(296) DEE says:

Get this I just got off the phone with my rep’s office and was told that there would be no added weeks until this extension was over. I asked her what am I suppose to do for bills she told me to beg for help. I must admit I did get upset and informed her that because my rep did not try to add weeks when the bill came up that I would do all I can to make sure she would be out of work when was time for her to be be re-elected. She started saying I was being disrespectful well f Her I’m at the end of my rope and I being told to beg. THEY TREAT US LIKE S… AND THINK WE HAVE TO LIKE IT WELL WE MUST DO SOMETHING IM READY FOR ANY IDEAL THAT IS REAL.

April 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm
(297) W says:

I have collected 72 weeks of Unemployment Benefits through the Tier 1-4 Programs even though this same Tier system provides up to 99 weeks of benefits. I was told I need a Tier 5 to be approved on Capitol Hill before I can collect any further benefits!!!!! So 72-99 = 27 weeks, so why can’t I collect my remining benefits of 27 weeks under the Tier 1-4 Programs??????????
Something smells fishing when the Government hands out monies to the states in this regard!!!!!!! Is the Government watching/tracking that these Tier monies are being applied correctly by the States???

April 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm
(298) Shannon says:

It’s time to call your Governor!!! Remember his job as a elected official is to fight for the people!!! It’s also time to apply for that financial assistance (welfare). Since all of us on unemployment have paid for it why not use it! All the illegal immigrants do!!!!!! Let’s put a strain on the already strained welfare system!!!!! Apply for what is rightfully yours as a American citizen.

April 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm
(299) Sandra says:

Because I live in Nebraska I only qualify for Tier 2. I don’t qualify for anything other than tier two because we are said to have a low unemployment rate. I’m not too sure how they calculate the numbers but there are a lot of people I know out of work. I never understood what the rate of unemployment has to do with getting benefits. There still aren’t any jobs. Even if the state rate is 5% you still aren’t getting a job. Why does it matter if I was the 5% not getting a job in Nebraska or the 10% not getting a job in Michigan? I still need help.

April 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm
(300) Alva says:

Alva (265)

Follow up!

I just hanged up with a high level AWI officer who received a direction from Governor Charlie Crist’s office to reply to my e-mail (see 265); we had a discussion why some people don’t qualify for 99 weeks and he shared with me that they ( Unemployment offices around USA) are well aware of how many people are at need of the TIER V extension, and he shared that he is aware that the Congress is working on a longer extension possibility for us, the Tier V people…..for what this is worth.

They provide the stats to the Government, so they (Congress) are well aware of what is going on. Keep filing, start a new one if you can’t claim weeks anymore…stay in the system>>>PLEASE!

We will win this battle if we are united! Send all your friends to this blog, let’s keep calling, faxing, e-mailing…….I have sent a long e-mail to CNN Jack Cafferty’s blog …CNN will cover us if we keep jamming their blog site…and other one who will be listening if we do send e-mails is CNN John King. He has his own one hour show…..he did cover unemployment issue 2 weeks ago…..let’s make sure he does again………! http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/king.john.html and
caffertyfile.blogs.cnn.com/

Let’s get CNN involved…that is all they do all day….report !

April 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm
(301) just wondering says:

JULY 4 JULY 4 JULY 4 JULY 4……..

Ok people……asked for feedback from this site about DC….JULY 4………….

The only thing close to commitment is from NEWNEWDEAL…that states a march is in the planning stage. What march?

DATE??????? Or are you refering to = JULY 4 ?

I say everyone meet at the Washington Memorial and the Reflecting Pool……2:00 P.M.

This is to be a PEACEFUL MARCH/GATHERING !!!!!

I realize many of us are angry—but the magnitude of the crowd will ring loud!

Comments????? PASS IT ON!!!!!

April 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm
(302) Sianara says:

A march on DC sounds very good, but by July 4th, if nothing happens, I won’t even be in a position to get there….
we need it now…!
Just out of curiosity, does anyone know how many people march in front of the White House on a daily base? thousand & thousand…..They (Congressmen) don’t give a d…!They walk (hrough the crowd to go from the Congress to Senate like nothing is going on and they laugh at us…… a few protestors have spit on them ( Congress) ….and when they can’t stand the heat anymore, they resign….with their big fat retirement funds!

In the meanwhile, what do we do?????

April 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm
(303) dan says:

Hello, Sianara
I got one for you try calling tbs station and have george lopez talk about this in his lopez tonight show that will get people going he is very popular rightnow just a thought.

April 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm
(304) Kim says:

We can’t wait until July 4th…people need a 5th tier right now!!!

April 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm
(305) just wondering says:

The march would be for the unemployed of this nation, not personal vendettas or spitting on anyone. No violence-that would defeat the march.
***
I think it is necessary for not only the politicians, but for the news and citizens of the nation to actually SEE how many of their countryment are hurting.

If you think you will not be able to go in July to show support, and if you are out of monies like many—then sitting at the computer will be futile. Do you get reconized now? Today?

Turn on your TV….it is= what shoes are in style, the ash over Iceland, Toyota, the music awards, and oh again…..the next new hair style.

While real Americans are pulling their hair out wondering what to do next.

Those of you in tier 1,2,3 or 4? Your end will come… what then?

As to how many people walk in D.C., maybe an extra few thousand arriving for the same reason….will get noticed, and the press would finally wake up to the plight of so many!

April 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm
(306) just wondering says:

JULY 4 ++++++++++++

My last comment for today……

IF YOU SAY YOU CAN NOT WAIT FOR JULY 4……..

ppsssssssttttt…..what makes you think there will be help July, August, September, etc.?

April 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm
(307) dan says:

Finally everyone check this web site out. http://joblessunite.yolasite.com/m-a-y-d-a-y.php

April 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm
(308) dan says:

http://joblessunite.yolasite.com/m-a-y-d-a-y.php

Check out Wall of Shame your rep is on there I think this is the best site so far get ready with your resume im working on mine right now tier 5 is going to get strong now get ready 99ers

April 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm
(309) Angel says:

Call /email your senators for a Tier 5 UI extension!
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: 202-224-3542
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: 202-225-4965
Senator Max Baucus, D-Montana: 202-224-2651
Senator Bill Nelson, D-Florida: 202-224-5274
Senator Chuck Schumer, D-New York: 202-224-6542
Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky: 202-224-2541
Senator John Kyl, R-Arizona: 202-224-4521
Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas: 202-224-2934
Senate switchboard: 1-888-245-0215

April 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm
(310) hoop 123 says:

Ok, shot off email to my Rep in Florida and it wasn’t very nice lets see what happens.

April 19, 2010 at 7:08 pm
(311) Action says:

Letters To Leaders

All messages are published with permission of the sender. The general topic of this message is Economy:

Subject:
Extend Long Term Unemployment Benefits – Create a Tier V

To:
President Barack Obama

April 14, 2010

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

YOU MUST EXTEND THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AFTER THE 99 WEEKS – YOU MUST ADD A TIER V!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OVER 250,000 WILL HAVE EXHAUSTED THEIR LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT (99′ERS) AND LOSE THEIR BENEFITS THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!!!

Jobless individuals who have exhausted all unemployment extensions, remain lost, unaccounted for, and without proper representation are stepping up their efforts to ensure Congress and the President hear our pleas for continued financial assistance.

This segment of the United States population lives in day-to-day fear wondering how to keep going when everyone in Washington deem to look the other way with a blind eye. Having exhausted all unemployment extensions, and therefore no longer counted among the jobless, is a clear demonstration of how underhanded and easy it is for Government to play with the numbers. Congress and the President are anxious to provide hope that the unemployment crisis outlook is brightening. The Washington spin is a far cry from reality. NO LONGER COUNTED DOES NOT MEAN 99′ERS HAVE SECURED JOBS!!

My unemployment ran out last week. I thought I was ok because I kept hearing how Obama signed the extension in place. The extension he signed was only an extension to QUALIFY for unemployment benefits! It is NOT an extension of benefits (as in tier 5) like it read in so many articles! How misleading! So I guess me falling off the unemployment roll will make it look like the unemployment rate is going down. Multiply this by MILLIONS and the unemployment rate will really be declining soon. I wonder what the REAL unemployment rate is? Obama, you are proving to be not so much for the average person and more for bailing out huge corporations and foreign aid. And to think that Congress just voted themselves a raise, YET THEY PUT THIS UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BY WAY OF TIER 5 ON HOLD SO THAT THEY CAN GO ON THEIR EASTER VACATION!!!!!!!!! SOME WAY TO RUN A GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!! The government is suppose to be working for us, the people, who have put THEM in office, not the other way around!!!!!!!!

The HR 4213 touted as extending vital unemployment benefits through the end of this year, does NO SUCH THING. IT DOES NOT ADD 1 single week of additional Jobless benefits for anyone who has exhausted all of their benefits (the 99ers)!! All that H.R. 4213 does as far as unemployment benefits is help the shorter term unemployed. In truth it does absolutely NOTHING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DILIGENTLY LOOKING for a job ANY job for over two years now. The LONG TERM unemployed are the ones who need the most help.
It’s a game of political chicken!! Put partisan politics aside & do what is right!

CREATE A TIER V TODAY!!!!!!

n/a , NJ

April 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm
(312) Angel says:

I think in June, we might have an extra month or so, but by then, our savings will dwindle because Welfare doesn’t cover rents, and most household expenses. They really are leaving people high and dry. 99 weeks sounds like a long time, but believe me, I’ve had several interviews and no job. There is too much competition for the same job IF they even call for an interview! My age is a factor too, I feel, and I’m only in my 40′s! If they can pick from a spry 20 year old, why do they need/want me?
If anyone knows how the Welfare system works, let us all know! We need to keep what little savings we have while this economic crisis is resolved. Are resources counted? What is the monetary difference between Emergency TA and regular TA? etc. . I’d like to find out before I call or go there. Let’s help eachother! thanks

April 19, 2010 at 7:42 pm
(313) yahshua says:

stop the games mr. president and our congress!!!-with the apparent cloak of passing a of extention of benefits and really not-games that hurt all americans!!! we need your continued help out here. pass tier 5 extention and fast-were homeless and looking for a place to live. more of us going to be hopless and without basic rights, because with no money we are helpiless! it will catch up with you all and soon….thanks i know you will do the right thing make it soon!!!

April 19, 2010 at 8:24 pm
(314) rubeN says:

Tier 5 extension is definitely needed right now. Things are still pretty f*#ked like they were before, Congress knows this chit.

April 19, 2010 at 9:03 pm
(315) albert says:

please, please we need this HELP!!!!!!!!!!

April 19, 2010 at 9:30 pm
(316) jlj says:

well im not well educated but u have 20 mill eligales in this country taking are jobs and the goverment cant figer out why we cant find a job and wonders why u need more unemploment mabye we need to give them a hair drug test becuse i can figer this math out can u ? JUST VOTE THEM ALL OUT OFFICE IN NOV they will get the message WE THE PEPOLE DO HAVE A VOICE ur voice is ur vote use it right this time!!!!! i work construction for 30 years and every job i get i would have to train these eligles who end up taking my job becuse once u train them they dont listin to u no more becuse they will tell u there here to take over ive just gave up on my trade because the employer is just out for there self ive seen them let them change there name when they name came up not elgals see are goverment gives eligles more rights and take ares away i got some freind who live up north by canada and have family across the border but need a pass port to go see them 2 blocks away but these eligals can do what they what go where they what ive just had with this goverment 2

April 19, 2010 at 9:36 pm
(317) Jacqi says:

Please everyone reading this post!! – PLEASE EMAIL & CALL YOUR REPS TODAY WE ALL NEED A TIER 5 – the unemployment rate in California is one of the highest in the country and we need more support to get this badly needed Tier 5 !!! Please everyone help !!! The thought of so many being without a place to live is more than I can take, when I tuck my son into bed at night that is all I can think about – what happens to us ?

April 19, 2010 at 9:58 pm
(318) db says:

Too many people are apathetic, they have jobs and look to the unemployed as if they are losers and parasites. However when they lose their jobs they will know, and probably scream the loudest.

April 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm
(319) jlj says:

i got an answer when u run out of money go to ur capital building and ask them where ur bed is and the food is when they get 400,000 of pepole start showing up for a place to stay & eat they will have to give tier 5 out and do something lets start a blog up to set this action up And u know the local news in these citys will show up and it wont look good for ur goveners-sen- cong- and future runners for office of ur state The white house is not the answer ur state capital is/ emails & phone calls get trashed Pepole make a mark So some one who can set this up make a post i belive more pepole could make an impact in there on state than go to the white house Lot of pepole living on half a penny

April 20, 2010 at 11:31 am
(320) Angel says:

Call /email your senators for a Tier 5 UI extension!
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: 202-224-3542
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: 202-225-4965
Senator Max Baucus, D-Montana: 202-224-2651
Senator Bill Nelson, D-Florida: 202-224-5274
Senator Chuck Schumer, D-New York: 202-224-6542
Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky: 202-224-2541
Senator John Kyl, R-Arizona: 202-224-4521
Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas: 202-224-2934
Senate switchboard: 1-888-245-0215

April 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm
(321) Derrick says:

I now understand what’s going on, we will not be heard. What I think is the best way of going, is for us to put paper in front of our leaders. A list of name’s that urge and in fact tell them what we want them to do. We can organize real fast and put the most attention on the 99′s people in every area should find a petition making web site and get some printed up YOU PUT WANT EVER YOU WILL THINK HELPS YOU GET PEOPLE TO SIGN as long as it is the truth.

Look, if you have the paper work with you right now you would be stopping, friends, strangers, and any other person that can sign in this country. The reason why is because you know that deep inside they know that for the grace of God it could be them. If they are not already on their ass the fact that they can do something to try to change things which will motivate them to take some of those petitions. What I will do is pay for anyone that want to send their petitions in from my area. You know when you go to wall-mart you don’t have to carry around papers just talk to some one they will tell you their out of work too. Give them your number and some petitions. Some might need more paper we really need this done quick. If anyone is interested let me know I want some real action. No fake marches lets face it some of us are just making it. Let’s do something that we can put some real media attention on. You will find at least someone that feel/ fell like you and will help you send the same petitions around their area and on and on. After that we will have numbers in front of us and the media will/must pay attention. I do believe this is the most inexpensive way to go but it can have a big impact. I live where there are many that can sign and if we get 50,000 people to sign and send them in, at the same time from different states, what a real statement!

April 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm
(322) patty says:

They do not hear us and or not listening, I signed the petition over 16000 signatures and they do not even speak of us long term unemployed, We Need Help Today. I have called and written to everybody I possibly could to no avail. we are drowning in debt and practically homeless what more do they want to help the long term unemployed THROUGH NO FAULT OF OUR OWN, WE ARE SEEKING WORK EVEYWHERE, Can you hear us CONGRESS help us now pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

April 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm
(323) Pro H.R. 4851 says:

This is utterly absurd a tier 5 hasn’t passed by now. I understand we’re in a very delicate position regarding the economy, GOP a the lack of open positions in our workforce, but the unemployed who lost their jobs due to the recession/depression should undoubtedly have unemployment insurance, No questions asked. If the TRUE unemployment rate was know there would be an outrage amongst all Americans.

New Post: How nations true jobless rate is closer to 22%.

Link: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/how_nation_true_jobless_rate_is_N4E6MjtfhnMcCi537pucaJ

April 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm
(324) Sally says:

I can’t even claim weekly benefits anymore. There is no button to do so on the labor site. When or if there is an extension, how do they reinstate us so we can claim online? I can’t even change pin or address. Nothing! Seems they won’t give us a Tier 5. And I got a letter stating to upgrade my skills. The free voucher is bull. I went to One Stop and there is no online classes cause they ran out of funds! I am nothing but a number to them.

April 20, 2010 at 4:39 pm
(325) Action says:

What I think is that all those that are still getting unemployment are not paying attention to us 99 ‘ers wait till there benefits run out then you will see a lot more people fighting for us. If it wasent for us they would not be getting benefits right now so why arnt they helping us think about that.

April 20, 2010 at 5:24 pm
(326) jlj says:

well im a 99er and i filed today at 710 am and went back on up site to see if check was cut and it said no check so i called the unemployment and ask what was worng they said i didnt file untill 100 pm well i had a job offer for the 5th the to be there monday out of state and my checks wount arrive till monday hard to go to a job i half to pay a weeks rent on friday to get my checks monday this system is so messed up IM so fed up with there shit they want u to go to work but they mess up my checks every time for the 5th whats the deal they making intrest on this money they get from the GOVERMENT and pay you late UR STATE OF FLORIDA for u

April 20, 2010 at 7:18 pm
(327) NJersey says:

This needs to be done now!!!We need to take care of our own first before we begin to help all these other countries for goodness sake! If it was such an emergency to extend benefits at 7% uemploy. it should be even more of an emergency now at 10% or up now.

April 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm
(328) jer says:

Just got off the phone with bunches of Senators.

Most say that once this last ext. expires on June 5th. That they will try and put together a bill to extend weeks for exaustees.

Keep calling. Some said that they havent had any calls about it?? They also said that the more you call, the better the chances of something happening.

1-866-220-0044- senator switchboard number

April 20, 2010 at 7:31 pm
(329) Sally says:

Someone mentioned in November they might extend us past 99 weeks to get more votes. I and a lot of others can’t wait that long! I really don’t want to go on welfare. You can’t even have any resources to be approved. I have to run through savings. What’s the point? They don’t give a lot anyway. Credit is an option but I’m maxed. Does anyone have any suggestions? McDonalds isn’t even hiring!

April 21, 2010 at 9:21 am
(330) Sally says:

I like this…
The bottom-line is simple, we have to show as much support for the current Majority leadership, and Administration to complete work on Financial Reforms, jobs creations, and unemployment assistance, and the only insurance “We the People” have of making certain those in powers that in fact exaggerated stories that lead us into an unpaid war in Iraq, gave tax breaks to the wealthy friends, and then held the American unemployed/underemployed hostage by refusing assistance, is to turn out to the polls this year, and simply replace them.

April 21, 2010 at 9:41 am
(331) Nancy says:
April 21, 2010 at 10:14 am
(332) what the.......??? says:

In Pinellas County Florida (which Pasco County is included because they say you have to apply in Pinellas)

April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am
(333) What the...????? says:

re Florida counties…………

THERE ARE OVER 9,000 APPLICATIONS FOR SEC. 8

HOUSING—WITH ONLY 200 CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE!!!

Maybe the landlords will back the 99er’s to keep their rent coming!!!!!

April 21, 2010 at 10:19 am
(334) What the...??? says:

So where do the other 8,800 families go?

What the…..???????????????????????????

THAT IS ONLY TWO COUNTIES IN FLORIDA FOLKS!

April 21, 2010 at 10:47 am
(335) Pro H.R. 4851 says:

Tens of thousands of people who exhausted their unemployment benefits have lost their electricity and internet connection, in effect, their voices will NOT be heard. This disaster is shaking the unemployed to it’s core, nonetheless, without speaking out the Senate and House will continue dragging their feet through this complete disaster. The long-term unemployed need assistance and they need it without delay.

The true unemployment nationwide is the better part of 23%

Sign the petition and be heard:
http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment_benefits

April 21, 2010 at 10:59 am
(336) Nancy says:

They are going to live on the streets. Or if they are lucky, in shelters. In NY Section 8 is on a freeze. You need to be mentally diagnosed to receive reduced housing. And the waiting list could be up to a year. Now I know government doesn’t care. Food stamp workers don’t even call me for emergency food stamps AND the number for emergency food stamps doesn’t pick up!! Welfare is just as outrageous as unemployment insurance. They really don’t care.

April 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm
(337) NEWNEWDEAL says:

Tier v people,

Remember NELP.
They have been silent and invisible on TIER V as
each day week month goes by where we cant pay our rent buy groceries pay basic bills lose our houses our hope our dignity.

When i went to the UNEMPLOYED FRIENDS websight and posted my thoughts on NELP I was immediately banned from the sight?
WTF

with unemployed friends like that who needs enemies?

Tier V people do you notice that we seem to be coming up with our own ideas- march on washington
petitions
calling and emailing president press congress?

We are fighting this alone from square one when an organization has all the tools and options and contacts with press and Washington like NELP. This is wrong.

I get the impression that NELP thinks we should have found a job by now
When jobs have never been more scarce!!!

Keep calling and emailing the president and congress and the press!!!

Fight the good fight do not go gently into that good night.

Feel free to post my letter anywhere you think it might help.
post it to unemployed friends and see what happens!!!!

Dear Congress,

Has your staff told you or showed you the thousands upon thousands of calls and letters in regards to TIER V UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS for the 2 million who have used 99 weeks and need a lifeline emergency extension? All house and senate are getting them in volume. Democrats and republicans.
But the silence on TIER V is amazing!!!

It seems to be falling upon deaf ears in congress!!

A march on Washington is being planned now.

Lives are in the balance on this!!!
These Americans by no fault of their own
Cannot find work after nearly two years!!!

We are in an economic depression not seen since the 1930’s.

An economic tsunami is coming to every shore in America soon.
Economist will call it a double dip recession That was unexpected.
I will call it a part 2 depression.

The jobs that were added in March were federal census jobs that last only a few weeks so please for your own credibility do not play that card.

This economic crisis was caused by the republicans and some democrats as well.
Also the banks wall street and the rich are to blame.
Then they were to big to fail and we bailed then out insteads of the working class and unemployed! shame shame shame.

Please inform your fellow congressmen on both sides this TIER V greater than 99 weeks unemployment extension issue WILL cost them the election.
Not health care not the rest. This TIER V will.

do you have hearts?. Pay for this anyway you have to but pass it now.

PLease wake your friends in WAshington.
THis is not going away it will get louder and louder until TIER V is passed!!!

This is the worst job market in history!!!!!

The future is now TIER V TIER V TIER V

godbless you and godbless america!!!

April 21, 2010 at 12:09 pm
(338) NEWNEWDEAL says:

TIER V PEOPLE UNITE!!!

Take my previous letter and post it everywhere You can!!!

It will Make Nelp stop sitting on the fence and make some moves for us!!!

Otherwise they will do what they did last when we sat for three months ?
Remember That? last Fall? Half of us went under the tubes the other half barely survived!

Thats okay with them it would not be if they were in our shoes.

If i had NELPS job i would be shouting it loud everywhere

TIERV TIER V TIER V TIERV TIER V NOW!!!!!

April 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm
(339) Action says:

The Reality of H.R.4213 & H.R.4851:

What did these bills provide for: The bills extended the filing deadlines for existing tiers of unemployment benefits and COBRA health care subsidies until Dec. 31, 2010 and Apr. 30, 2010 (respectively) for the unemployed. To translate, those that have recently joind the ranks of the unemployed or those who have not exhausted the available Government extensions will continue to collect unemployment benefits through the remainder of April.

What do the bills not provide for: Anyone who has exhausted their tier four benefits extension or who had not qualified for tier four benefits and reached the current 99 week maximum were left out in the cold.

What can be done now? TAKE ACTION and make your voices heard…

Both the House and Senate will be leaving Washington for their “sping break” soon. We need to contact Senators and Congressman alike each and every day via phone, fax, and e-mail requesting a tier 5 unemployment benefit extension.

The goal of this site is to exchange updated information on the creation of a tier 5 extension, as well as sharing the stories of your daily efforts to get this critical extension passed, the information and answers you receive from our elected officials, and any news or additional contact information that can help us in our cause.

One Request… This site belongs to the millions of unemployed who are in need of assistance and believe that WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. To make our goal a reality, I would ask you spread the word and bring as many to this site as possible. Please direct those that have the ability to make known our cause (the media) to this site, and let our neighbors who we have given the voice to speak on our behalf (Congressmen and Senators) know we are here and we shall be heard.

In the end we are not Republicans or Democrats, I never read those words on a tombstone, we are all humanbeings, destined and deserving of happiness….even if we have to keep reminding those folks up on the hill.
http://tier5.webs.com/

April 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm
(340) Action says:
April 21, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(341) Cricket says:

I just called my Senator from the State of Oregon and there is NO TIER 5 ON THE FLOOR.

It all DEPENDS ON US THE PEOPLE TO CALL THEM and ASK for a Tier 5, otherwise, we WILL NOT GET A Tier 5.
PLEASE EVERYONE CALL YOUR REPS!!!!! WE NEED TIER 5…
Thank you.

April 21, 2010 at 7:08 pm
(342) just wondering says:

For those of you not updated, today April 21, they extended the deadline to continue thru Tier iv, until Dec. 2010.

BUT NO MENTION OF TIER V !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keep writing and calling and join in the emails and faxes this April 30 and May 4—-people all across the nation will be doing the same thing!

If that doesn’t work—-

JULY 4 2:00 PM WASHINGTON DC

MEET AT THE WASHINTON MEMORIAL/REFLECTING POOL

April 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm
(343) rubeN says:

Keep blasting these fat cats at Washington with e-mails and calls. Tier 5 is a must, we need it.

April 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm
(344) Fred T says:

Where did you hear that today, April 21, Congress extended EUC Tiers I-IV to Dec. 31, 2010? Did the House reconcile the House & Senate versions of H.R. 4213? Please inform more!!!!

April 21, 2010 at 8:24 pm
(345) Fred T says:

To “Just Wondering”–what do you mean “they” extended tiers i-iv to Dec. 31 as of “today April 21″? I don’t understand what you mean. Are you referring to H.R. 4213 that is still waiting to be reconciled between the House and Senate versions?

April 22, 2010 at 12:15 am
(346) Kim says:

Just wondering you really shouldn’t misinform people like that. You need to get your facts straight. They did not extend the deadlines until the end of the year.

If that is true, would you please post where you got that information from?

April 22, 2010 at 4:46 am
(347) Sergio Valentino says:

Tier 5 is desperately needed for those of us who never thought we’d be in a position to have to file for Welfare.

We paid unemployment insurance to protect us in case we lost our jobs… THERE ARE NO JOBS!

SIGN Petitions, CALL YOUR SENATORS, CONGRESS, CALL Washinton!!! STAND UP! DO IT RIGHT NOW!!!

Tier 5 is a huge VOTING Block – Millions of us will vote out the STATUS QUO!

No one cared to figure out how to pay for our endless wars and giving help to foreign countries. If the unemployed have no way of paying their bills the economy goes from RECESSION to DEPRESSION.

GROW A PAIR SENATORS and get this legislation passed or be prepared to be PASSED up on your coushy jobs.

TIER 5 or BE VOTED OUT

April 22, 2010 at 7:53 am
(348) Angel says:

Just a reminder:

Call /email your senators for a Tier 5 UI extension!
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: 202-224-3542
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: 202-225-4965
Senator Max Baucus, D-Montana: 202-224-2651
Senator Bill Nelson, D-Florida: 202-224-5274
Senator Chuck Schumer, D-New York: 202-224-6542
Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky: 202-224-2541
Senator John Kyl, R-Arizona: 202-224-4521
Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas: 202-224-2934
Senate switchboard: 1-888-245-0215

April 22, 2010 at 11:35 am
(349) DMR4853 says:

I just don’t what to do anymore….I’ve called everyone …signed petitions….I’m scared to death…. without extended benefits……we are doomed….I will never go on welfare….never!!!!. I’ve had a job since I was 16 years old and now its been almost two years without….now I have nothing….401K gone…mostly from Wall Street…what I had remaining, I gave to my ex-wife….support…tuitions…glad it was there to do it… Everyone is trying to the right thing. I am losing hope there will be a Tier V…even if it happens…its goin to be too late…it will not be retroactive like before. Whatever little momentum some have gotten with Tier 1- 1V…by the time something happens, we will be worse off then before…. I get ill everytime I read someones comments…sad..

April 22, 2010 at 11:56 am
(350) George locke says:

Don’t forget to tell them that you will not vote for them,And you will vote for the other person(out of spite) running for their seat. that way they will be jobless(yet still rich),have fun looking for a new job (SENATE/CONGRESS) we are all watching and prepared to strike out.WE NEED OUR TIER 5 EXTENSION NOW……..WHY DOESN’T THE MAYOR OF LOS ANGELES GET FIRED AND THE 5 THOUSAND CITY EMPLOYES KEEP THEIR JOB,WHY NOT FIRE A TOP CEO THAT MAKES 5 MILLION A YEAR AND KEEP ON THE 50 OR SO PEOPLE WHO REALLY DO HIS JOB! OH YEAH,THATS NOT THE RICH GETTING RICHER OFF THE BACK OF THE POOR AND NEEDY.

April 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm
(351) Just wondering says:

To FRED T and KIM- you are correct. I did not word my previous post correctly. The info which I did not read as well as I should have, was pointed out to me, from the Ohio unemployment website, which POSTED the information April 21, 2010.

And please, those of you visiting that site-remember Ohio has a rate of unemployment over 8.5%,
therefore qualifies residents for the 99 weeks.

I sincerely apologize.

I did run across other info I found interesting and thought I would pass along with the references to, who for’s, and where’d ya read thatssss? :)

DO YOU NEED MORE TO GET MAD ABOUT?

http://best-career-guide.com/2010/04/14/wall-street-declares-war-on-the-unemployed/

Go to above site. POSTED 4-14-2010

Wall Street Declares War on the Unemployed
It appears that I underestimated the brazen contempt that Wall Street has for America’s unemployed millions, and for the millions more working only part-time despite wanting full-time work.
Last month, in a post titled Blaming Unemployment Insurance for Unemployment — prompted by a JPMorgan Chase report that attempted to do just that — I wrote:
This kind of cockamamie pseudo-science would just be laughable if it weren’t a potentially dangerous threat to the survival of millions of unemployed Americans. You can bet that bank lobbyists and their conservative cronies are circulating this report and others like it to gin up opposition to extending unemployment benefits.
Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal editorial, titled Incentives Not to Work, which blames long-term unemployment on extended jobless benefits, amounts to Wall Street’s declaration of war on America’s unemployed.
Conveniently ignoring a logical foundation of rational thought — that correlation does not imply causation — the Journal posits that because there are extended unemployment benefits, there is more long-term unemployment.
… sure enough, the share of unemployed workers who don’t have a job for more than 26 weeks has steadily increased, reaching a record 44.1% in March. The average spell of unemployment is now 31 weeks, even though the economy is once again creating more new jobs than it is losing. Democrats are slowly converting unemployment insurance into a welfare program.
By extension, they might as well say that because of extended unemployment benefits, employers are more reluctant to hire.
The Wall Street Journal’s editors have the incredible gall to blame record long-term unemployment levels on unemployment insurance payments. Not the Great Recession, caused by Wall Street’s financial train wreck. Not the lack of available jobs, caused by Wall Street’s financial train wreck. But on unemployment insurance payments, made necessary by Wall Street’s financial train wreck.
The Journal fails to mention that there are nearly six jobless workers for every one job opening, and that more than half the small number of newly added jobs are temporary — while another chunk are part-time jobs.
After demanding, and getting, its nearly trillion dollar bailout, Wall Street continues to extract billions in excessive payouts and bonuses for profiting at the expense of the rest of the economy and everyone else. With unabashed temerity they object to the meager jobless benefits being paid to those unfortunate enough to have been thrown out of work as a result of Wall Street’s avarice.
And now the Journal’s editors urge Republicans in Congress to stop opposing extended benefits simply when they “add to the deficit” and start opposing them completely.
I wonder how long it will take for some Republicans in Congress to start reading their lines from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal editorial.
Source: Best-Career-Guide.com

——also————

Thursday, April 22, 2010

http://worldnewsvine.com/

Unemployment Extension | Tier V Questionable Before Break

Washington, D.C. (Apr 22) – With the Senate minority dragging their feet over nominations, and arguing against Financial Reform hopes are fading that the Senate will have time to introduce any additional aid in the form of unemployment extensions for the nations long-term unemployed.
Petitions, action committees, and planned “cyber actions” are abundant on the net to which seem to be keeping those unemployed busy while awaiting answers regarding their job search efforts however, all in all chances of these efforts pulling off forcing legislation can only be labeled as a ‘miracle’ for now.
At issue is funding, and of course a lack of initiative on the Republican side of the aisle in either bodies of Congress to openly and willfully support further aid to the nations unemployed.
Petitioners, and job seekers may want to begin concentrating their efforts on forcing their elected officials to spend a little FEMA cash and start building temporary housing communities to provide food and shelter for the tens of millions of Americans that have suffered at the hands of this unnatural disaster, GOP economics, and outward distain for America’s working class.
The House Ways and Means Committee still has time to find some $27 billion to extend the existing EUC programs out until the end of the year however, that will only handle a relatively small percentage of both the unemployed and underemployed. In fact, the program may see even quicker closer since; estimations have enough people exhausting unemployment benefits under all programs by the end of July, to falsely lower that percentage utilized to trigger the unemployment extension program below levels thusly, cutting millions more from the program.
Last week’s hearings on unemployment failed to produce any promises of additional funding but, did venture into programs such as work-sharing programs to avoid layoffs. This allows employers to trim hours for which they pay, and then utilize Unemployment Insurance funds to offset the difference.
Senator Max Baucus stated, “Our unemployment system deserves attention. And it also deserves innovation” to which, leaves many to interpret those remarks as they may.
Rep Jim McDermott, Chairman, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, delivered a statement today referencing the targeting of the TANF program, stating “The current high rate of unemployment actually increases the rationale for expanded training and education opportunities. Since it is harder for many TANF recipients to quickly enter the labor market, it makes sense to use the time to increase their skills and thus their future employability.”
So it would appear that Congress may be switching gears away from requesting funding for additional weeks for which we all know, the Congressional Republicans will stand hand-in-hand and object to any further spending regarding assistance to the unemployed, and look for alternative ways of training unemployed Americans for future jobs.
Hang tough America, and remember that come November if the GOP shifts power in Congress, it can and will get a lot worse.

<<<<<<<<<<<<AND UNDER SAME SITE<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Unemployed Without Extensions | 99ers Rally To Be Heard by Congress Monday
April 11, 2010 by T. Cahill

National (Apr 11) – Monday, April 12th, is a big day for all those who have been holding their breath for the Houses to reconvene and take the appropriate action to ensure unemployment extensions continue. The “99ers” are taking a stand to make sure they, too, are heard.
Jobless individuals who have exhausted all unemployment extensions, remain lost, unaccounted for, and without proper representation are stepping up their efforts to ensure Congress hears their pleas for continued financial assistance.
This segment of the United States population lives in day-to-day fear wondering how to keep going when no one in Washington deems to look their way. Having exhausted all unemployment extensions, and thus are no longer counted among the jobless, is a clear demonstration of how easy it is to play with the numbers. Congress and the President are anxious to provide hope that the unemployment crisis outlook is brightening.
As demonstrated by the response to WNV reporting on this subject, the Washington spin is a far cry from reality. No longer counted does not mean 99ers have secured jobs.
Issa Decker’s petition 99ers Need A Tier V exploded after WNV reported this option for millions of Americans who have slid through the cracks. With regard to this petition, Decker stated, “We’re now at 7,148. Tomorrow’s a big day for us
Decker’s appeal continues to be a banner to which those without unemployment benefits, yet still unable to obtain jobs, rally. Individuals who have signed the above-mentioned petition, received word last night, along with words of encouragement. Decker’s letter states, “Congress is back in Washington on Monday, and they are scheduled to bring the so-called unemployment extension to cloture at 5:30 p.m. We need to try to get the Senate to add weeks to Tier IV for all of us, and create a Tier V.”
As an American, it is every citizen’s right to be heard and represented. Suggestions include flooding the Senate switchboard with calls, in addition to personally contacting one’s own Senators.
The toll-free number to the Senate switchboard is (888) 245-0215.
America’s Democrat leaders are Senators Reid, Durbin, and Shumer.
The Republican leaders are Senators Mitch McConnell, Kyl, and E. Canter.
99ers are encouraged to call and speak with their Senators. Information on locating the contact points for each can be found at OpenCongress.org.
Decker stresses the importance of not only “flooding the switchboard tomorrow but continuing to do so all week long if they don’t amend the bill to include us.” Busy signals when calling, “[sic] means our tactic is working. I’ve been told the switchboard has a way of keeping track of how many calls are going to which office, even if busy. Call all day.”
WNV continues to be a beacon for all unemployed regardless of Tier. 99er’s also can find support at JoblessUnite
Paladinette, the creator of the “Tier V to Survive” video, embedded below, offers more hope for those who have exhausted their unemployment extensions. Her 99ers without unemployment benefits radio talk show begins this week and is devoted to this lost group.
Encouraging all who are affected, Paladinette hopes 99ers will call in and tell their story. The first broadcast is scheduled for Tuesday, April 13.

(The video can be seen on above web site)

April 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm
(352) Thomas says:

http://worldnewsvine.com/2010/04/unemployment-extension-tier-v-questionable-before-break/

(Also, scroll down to see the Editors comment in the comment section.)

I’m not trying to be a “downer”, so I ask everyone to hear me out.

Last week things looked somewhat hopeful. This week things are starting to look bleaker. Every site that has some posts on Congressional Staffer comments regarding a tier 5 have been mostly negative or neutral. Congress seems to be aware of the problem, but no one seems to be actually doing anything.

At this point I think we desperately need the mass media to get involved. What I propose is that we create a list of sites and/or television stations to call, email and/or fax, and we do it in mass unison everyday until someone responds.

Of course, we’d need to craft a message so that everyone is essentially relaying the same thing, and perhaps we could have a spokesperson so that if the media does respond that person can represent the cause.

I don’t want to give up. I think we just need to switch up what we’re doing, and post our plan on any and every website where Tier 5 people are, and ask them to join us.

April 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm
(353) Harry says:

NELP and media are probably being silenced by government. Look at the yahoo news headlines…Kate Gosselin, Bristol Palin, take kids to work day. We are being silenced and ignored. DMR4853, I too, lost a considerable amount on Wall Street. Reform is JUST coming now??? Forget welfare. It only pays around $500 a month. Section 8 is frozen but if you have a mental handicap, you could be disability. It takes a year to get!! The state of the economy is going to get worse. Mark my words…

April 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm
(354) Thomas says:

@Harry

“Look at the yahoo news headlines…Kate Gosselin, Bristol Palin, take kids to work day.”

That’s just a sign of the times. People love their celebs, so that’s what we see over, and over again.

The point of a media campaign is to try and change that.

And I don’t think the government is silencing the media. I think that’s just an excuse to not try.

April 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm
(355) Harry says:

Thomas, this is one of the biggest problems our country faces now, that could eventually cause more than the recession we have. You would think more media coverage would be in order. Obama pacified us by extending everyone to 99 weeks; something he was going to do anyway. As more and more people run out of benefits, and STILL have no job, then government might react, imo, too late. A plan needs to be in the works now, some sort of safety net to help the growing number of us. And they need to tell us what it is. Otherwise, our families will end up in shelters and on an already flawed system.

April 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm
(356) Dan says:

I’m already in the streets right now. My last check came about 3 weeks. For the last 4 months I lived in my car and if I was lucky I crashed on couches once and a great while at friend’s houses. I lost all hope in finding a job. I’ve been in the Computer IT industry for over 10yrs and I’ve applied to just about everything job. I’m always overqualified. This country is so jacked up!!! I GIVE UP!!!!!!! I am SICK and TIRED of living this way. When I sleep in my truck never sure what each night will bring. I have a knife in my hand when I sleep for fear of someone robbing me…of what? I agree why doesn’t congress just pass a bill for 99 weeks of unemployment for the long term people who are out of work. Screw the 13 week extensions, because that isn’t enough!!!

April 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm
(357) Thomas says:

Harry, I understand what you are saying. However, if we were to talk about what “should” be happening in media, federal government, local government, business, homes, and on a individual level, we’d be here all day.

This is the real world and not too many things just happen because they “should”.

We have to fight to be heard. We have to open the deaf ears. He have to keep pushing until what should happen does.

I know it’s been a long fight, and many are weary for many reasons, but we have to channel our anger into well planned action.

If you have any ideas that could help, I’d like to hear them.

April 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm
(358) Joseph says:

I lost my job Jan. 2008 I had no savings and was arrested 2 months later for shoplifting at a grocery store, I was stealing food I couldnt afford. I literally had no money and was still waiting for my first unemployment check. Because of my arrest and the fact that there are 100 people applying to the same positions I apply for, I still have not been able to find work. I recently realized the only way Im going to move forward was to go back to school but now that they’ve denied any further extensions to those of who have “exhausted” our benefits my life is back to survival mode. When is this government going to listen to the voice of its people? I feel hopeless.

April 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm
(359) MeMe says:

Charity begins at home and than it spreads abroad. The American people need help now!!!

April 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm
(360) Harry says:
April 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm
(361) Hardlaborer says:

I went to the drug store last month to pick up my mother’s blood pressure medicine. While waiting for the prescription to be filled, I decided to take my own blood pressure on the machine in the pharmacy– 196 over 110. Thought the machine was broke, so I stopped at another pharmacy and took it again–it was higher. Now, what am I supposed to do with no job, no health insurance, out of unemployment benefits and nothing but poor relatives? Well, I guess the politicians and the rightwingers would suggest I crawl off and die like a dog. God bless America.

April 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm
(362) TimOregon says:

We need Tier 5. Congress needs to focus on jobs and unemployment every other issue should get Zero support right now!

Let get Congress moving.

April 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm
(363) Hector says:

Joesph, please apply for food stamps instead of shoplifting. The real problem is in rents as in how to pay for them. We need continual support if the economy is bad. We need help now so people don’t resort to homeless shelters.We deserve better than that.
hardlaborer, please apply for health insurance. There are a few that you can get if you are unemployed and pay a small co pay. Or clinics are good if you show you have no money. Good luck to us all. We will need it.

April 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm
(364) rubeN says:

I agree with Hector in that, rent and bills are hard to pay when you have zero income coming in.

April 22, 2010 at 11:31 pm
(365) Kim says:

You all might want to check out this website too.
http://usunemployed.blogspot.com/

April 23, 2010 at 9:32 am
(366) Tim says:

AIG $128.5 billion
Freddie Mac 45.6 billion
Citigroup* 45 billion
Bank of America* 45 billion
JPMorgan Chase 25 billion
Wells Fargo 25 billion
Fannie Mae 16.2 billion
General Motors 13.4 billion
Goldman Sachs 10 billion
Morgan Stanley 10 bill

1 in 10 Americans that are Unemployed!!

We are told that we don’t have the funding for our people.

Wait until there are hundreds of thousands of angry, hungry people on the streets that are doing what it takes to survive.

What a great time to take cut funding!!

April 23, 2010 at 9:48 am
(367) Alva says:

The Food Stamp bank is flat out broke……I was denied food stamps with an income of $ 9660.00 per year ( unemployment), single, no place to live , no children, therefor no assistance what so ever. I will have to play ” insane” to get Medicare. Land of opportunitiy????? Who are they kidding! I am a few hours away from ending this misery~

April 23, 2010 at 10:45 am
(368) Karen H says:

I’ve called my elected reps and interestingly, the smug little brats that answer their phones all say they have no info at this time, there is no discussion at this time on the subject, blah, blah, blah…seems they’ve all been instructed to “deny all knowledge” of any work on adding a tier 5. Seems we’re S.O.L, folks.

April 23, 2010 at 11:22 am
(369) NEWNEWDEAL says:

Dear Senator Harry,

I am writing about a TIER V unemployment extension for the Americans that have
been unemployed longer than 99 weeks and have ran out of benefits.

As a lifelong democrat I am considering a third party and a vote against all incumbents after
seeing no action whatsoever on TIER V when we have an economic crisis going on in America.

The JOB MARKET IS the worst ever in AMERICA but
it seems congress has different priorities.

What will you do and say when this summer and fall unemployment unexpectantly rises
to 12% 15%??? Right before the elections?

This will sweep the democrats out of office.

Americans known as the 99ers – long term unemployed who through no fault
of their own can not find any job. These folks can not pay the rent and will
lose their homes in record numbers.
Can not buy food which in the short term which will hurt the economy and gdp or gnp.

This is a national crisis!!!! Millions have run out and millions more will!!!

This issue has to be addressed but congress is sitting on the fence hoping it goes away.

In a month or two the census jobs will go away and the unemployment rate will show the true numbers.

That nearly 2 in 6 americans can not find work.

What is the biggest issue in America right now – Unemployment and Job creation.

Thank you and GOD Bless America!!!!

April 23, 2010 at 11:35 am
(370) Kim says:

Does everyone know about the MayDay Fax Attack that’s planned for next Friday through the following Monday (April 30th – May 3rd)?

Information can be found here: http://joblessunite.yolasite.com/m-a-y-d-a-y.php

Whoever can, please participate. Included in the information are listings of sites where you can make a couple of free faxes per day. So no need to spend money that you don’t have, if you don’t own a fax.

Also, some good news….the owner of the aforementioned site is in contact with a writer from the LA Times who is interested in hearing peoples story. If all goes well this will finally gives us some great exposure in the mainstream media.

Keep your heads up and stay hopeful!!!

April 23, 2010 at 11:43 am
(371) Kim says:

Alva! Please do not do anything drastic! We all know how you feel…if you do not have any income now…you can reapply for food stamps!

Please hang in there and try to remain strong. I know it is very discouraging, but you have to remain positive. Never give up! We are all in this together…and we will continue to fight for a tier 5!

Congress has to do something quick. It is ridiculous that they are ignoring this major issue, but we are not just going to disappear. They have to deal with us straight on. The longer they pretend that we are not here…the worse it is going to be. They have to nip this in the bud RIGHT NOW!

I truly do not understand why they are not addressing the needs of the long term unemployed, and why it it hasn’t been acknowledge a long time ago! Their actions by ignoring us, is inappropriate and very disturbing that they would treat the American unemployed citizens in such a manner.

This bill is not a second stimulus, but it’s going to deliver badly needed relief to Americans who are hurting, said Sen. Chuck Schumer, it would be cruel, even inhumane, to tell these people that their unemployment benefits expired. Well HELLO, don’t you think it’s cruel, even inhumane to FORGET about the MILLIONS of the LONGER TERM UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE, whose 99 weeks of benefits are about to run out if not already! They still can’t find a job either!! We need more weeks added now…it is an emergency!

April 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm
(372) John Cormier says:

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment_benefits

Copy and paste link to submit a petition to congress for tier 5 legislation

April 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm
(373) Action says:

I got a solution start getting names of those reps that don’t recieve your calls and vote them out and replace them for reps that will help. That way they can feel what it is to be unemployed we need to get names and post them that way we all can see them coming elections time expose them and see if they don’t reply soon they will get the message we vote them in now lets vote them out.

April 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm
(374) Dierdre says:

Everyone, Staples faxes for free. At least when I go, they never charge me. They also have a receiving fax too. Also Alva, don’t kill yourself, yet. There is still hope. You’ll know when there is no hope. I will. Maybe we will join up and do it together. Food stamps are leaving me out too. They haven’t called. She told me it would be 3 months to get it but I didn’t believe her. I guess she’s right. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to diet and lose weight. Getting any money TANF from them might take 3-4 months too. I think government and others in a better position are lapping all these comments up…being so glad it’s not them. It’s disgusting. Including the food stamp dss people in charge. They have a tin god attitude.

April 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm
(375) NEWNEWDEAL says:

Dear Obama and Congress,

I am writing about a TIER V unemployment extension for the Americans that have
been unemployed longer than 99 weeks and have ran out of benefits.

As a lifelong democrat I am considering a third party and a vote against all incumbents after
seeing no action whatsoever on TIER V when we have an economic crisis going on in America.

The JOB MARKET IS the worst ever in AMERICA but
it seems congress has different priorities.

What will you do and say when this summer and fall unemployment unexpectantly rises
to 12% 15%??? Right before the elections?

This will sweep the democrats out of office.

Americans known as the 99ers – long term unemployed who through no fault
of their own can not find any job. These folks can not pay the rent and will
lose their homes in record numbers.
Can not buy food which in the short term which will hurt the economy and gdp or gnp.

This is a national crisis!!!! Millions have run out and millions more will!!!

This issue has to be addressed but congress is sitting on the fence hoping it goes away.

In a month or two the census jobs will go away and the unemployment rate will show the true numbers.

That nearly 2 in 6 americans can not find work.

What is the biggest issue in America right now – Unemployment and Job creation.

Thank you and GOD Bless America!!!!

April 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm
(376) NEWNEWDEAL says:

99ers,

Check out this article on CNN:

How long should we help jobless? heres the link:

http://jobsearch.about.com/b/2010/04/14/tier-5-unemployment-extension.htm#commentform

Comment comment comment to CNN

we will get more exposure here than all the other places combined
keep commenting all weekend and next week here!!!

99ers Lets Rock!!!

April 23, 2010 at 2:46 pm
(377) rubeN says:

Woah, does Congress really think that by ignoring us long term unemployed, is going to fix or resolve this…

April 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm
(378) Michael says:

Crisis indeed. I am one of the thousands upon thousands that have exhausted my 99 weeks. Laid off in March of 2008. Made very decent wages and worked very hard although I do possess a degree. Nonetheless, this situation was not of our making. And I am at a loss for words as to how bad the economy has been. To be fair I can’t imagine anyone or any entity planning or worse yet enjoying this but it is truly bleak. Like many others I have taken whatever work I can and learned to do with less. But the absolutlely disgusting attitude that Congress has taken in regards to our plight is ALARMING! Is there an agenda yet unseen? Is this a statement being made by corporate powers? Is it a true reflection and example of how our elected leaders have no idea what the true rank and file American citizens’ situation truly is? Yes to any is frightening. HOW CAN THEY LEAVE US EMPTY-HANDED? I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS WORSE; THE CONSTANT SLEEPLESS NIGHTS, THE SELLING OF MY PERSONAL PROPERTY I HAVE SPENT YEARS ACCUMULATING, THE NON-STOP STRESS, THE NEVER-ENDING “No Thanks” TO COUNTLESS JOB APPS OR THE HUMILIATION OF BEING LAID OFF AND RECIEVING (AND NEEDING) UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AT THE AGE OF 51. Who is listening and who cares. We all paid into the system that is now forsaking us. Words can’t convey our situation accurately. Like pain it is hard to describe to someone. But oh so real. God Bless all my fellow unemployed “workers” who are still actively seeking work. That is as tiring and tedious as any job I’ve ever had. Oh yea did I mention how humiliating this is? Good luck all. Is there not ONE decent, humane elected official that relates and represents his costituents?

April 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm
(379) Kim says:

Hi 99ers, I tried the link that you have, but it’s for this website. Could you please post it again? Thanks.

Yes rubeN, it sure looks like that’s what they are trying to do which is a huge mistake on their part!

April 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm
(380) abacos says:

You guys keep assuming ” 99ers”. In case you don’t know, some of us NEVER RECEIVED 99…they stopped us at 79. and received $ 250.00 PER WEEK…….because of the STATE WE LIVE IN ( FLORIDA) WE 79e ARE IN WORST POSITION THAN ANY 99ers by 20 WEEKS SHORT…and WE HAVE NO LINE LIFE LEFT!!!!! WE ARE AT A MUCH MORE URGENT NEED THAN THE 99ERS…in case you did not know! So when you address the 99ers, you need to address FIRST the 79ers!!!!!!!

April 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm
(381) Greg says:

http://www.examiner.com/x-35748-Indianapolis-Unemployment-Examiner~y2010m4d23-Unemployed-urged-to-sign-petition-for-Tier-V-unemployment-benefits

I got my food stamps right away. If you say you are unemployed and no money, and prove it by showing bank accounts, they can expedite it.

April 23, 2010 at 6:12 pm
(382) Kim says:

abacos…All of us who have exhausted our benefits are in need. We are all unemployed, and in the same situation…nobody is more urgent then others!

No reason to divide and create more chaos.. we certainly do not need that right now. We are all working together..not against each other!

April 23, 2010 at 6:39 pm
(383) abacos says:

Kim,

How about being done with unemployment 20 weeks before anyone else ???????? No life line since December 31st???? Not dividing, just stop mentioning 99er and ignore the 79er who have been hurting for almost 4 months?????

April 23, 2010 at 6:44 pm
(384) Kim says:

I think you should ask Congress that question. What they are doing to all of us is wrong!

April 23, 2010 at 9:08 pm
(385) rubeN says:

Yeah things are going to get pretty ugly once thousands of people start loosing their only income and can’t find jobs.

April 23, 2010 at 11:35 pm
(386) Action says:

79 ‘ers and 99′ers Let’s rock the rep’s that don’t give a dame. Let’s put them on unemployment see how they like it we voted them in it’s time to vote them out come on everybody it’s action time let’s do it. I’ll be talking to george lopez tonight about this you will hear about this next week on lopez tonight you all later.

April 23, 2010 at 11:40 pm
(387) Chris says:

Please everyone that unemployment has exhausted please go to this web-site

http://joblessunite.yolasite.com/m-a-y-d-a-y.php.

April 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm
(388) rubeN says:

Don’t know what kind of game Congress is playing. There is almost 20 thousand signatures on the change.org petition and yet some are reporting that when they call their Senators or Reps, they say they haven’t received any calls for Tier 5.

April 24, 2010 at 2:45 pm
(389) severino d. belison says:

i am still asking for help…give us tier 5. salamat po.

April 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm
(390) clem says:

I want to respond to all of you, This absolutely ridiculus, I don`t want to get anyone`s hopes up, an extension through june 2, This is correct. No tier 5, well looks like everyone will have to contact yelp, looks like there`s no tier five, call yelp first thing monday, This is correct, No tier five, This absolutely ridiculus This is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, This is correct. No tier 5 This absolutely rediculous, this is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, No tier five

April 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm
(391) carol cenidoza says:

I want to respond to com#387.
Praying you can bark also soon…CLEM.

April 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm
(392) JUST WONDERING says:

Hello………….re fax dates……..

PLEASE INCLUDE NELP FAX NUMBER WITH YOUR FAXES!

NELP
75 MAIDEN LANE, SUITE 601
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10038

PHONE 212-285-3025

FAX # 212-285-3044

*******

to see who is on their Board go to-

http://www.nelp.org/

April 24, 2010 at 6:06 pm
(393) Kim says:

Hey clem…don’t you have anything else better to do with your life, other then harass your fellow American unemployed…Your comment is absolutely ridiculous..that is correct…your comment is absolutely ridiculous!

Sorry I don’t want to get your hope up by getting your jolly’s from harassing people…that’s correct..your comment is absolutely ridiculous!!!…

April 24, 2010 at 8:52 pm
(394) just wondering says:

Read my above comments # 261 dated April 18.

Then go to Yahoo homepage and read the:

U S NEWS – A WORLD REPORT

Read and or look at slide show.>>>>

Each 10 cities list their unemployment rate, and pointing to unemployment as the cause. No monies= can not keep their house, buy a house, and many just walking away.

THANK YOU WORLD NEWS FOR PUTTING IT TO PRINT!!!!

MAYBE the well thought out plan worked too well.

If a TIER V is not passed soon, this type of devastation for the big guys, has only just begun.

THANK YOU WORLD NEWS!!!!!!!!!

April 25, 2010 at 10:42 am
(395) Sianara says:
April 25, 2010 at 11:54 am
(396) just wondering says:

Thanks Sianara……for the link :)

April 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm
(397) clem says:

hey kim have you heard???
I want to respond to all of you, This absolutely ridiculus, I don`t want to get anyone`s hopes up, an extension through june 2, This is correct. No tier 5, well looks like everyone will have to contact yelp, looks like there`s no tier five, call yelp first thing monday, This is correct, No tier five, This absolutely ridiculus This is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, This is correct. No tier 5 This absolutely rediculous, this is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, No tier five

April 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm
(398) NEWNEWDEAL says:

hey clem

this buds for u
Dear Obama and Congress,

I am writing about a TIER V unemployment extension for the Americans that have
been unemployed longer than 99 weeks and have ran out of benefits.

As a lifelong democrat I am considering a third party and a vote against all incumbents after
seeing no action whatsoever on TIER V when we have an economic crisis going on in America.

The JOB MARKET IS the worst ever in AMERICA but
it seems congress has different priorities.

What will you do and say when this summer and fall unemployment unexpectantly rises
to 12% 15%??? Right before the elections?

This will sweep the democrats out of office.

Americans known as the 99ers – long term unemployed who through no fault
of their own can not find any job. These folks can not pay the rent and will
lose their homes in record numbers.
Can not buy food which in the short term which will hurt the economy and gdp or gnp.

This is a national crisis!!!! Millions have run out and millions more will!!!

This issue has to be addressed but congress is sitting on the fence hoping it goes away.

In a month or two the census jobs will go away and the unemployment rate will show the true numbers.

That nearly 2 in 6 americans can not find work.

What is the biggest issue in America right now – Unemployment and Job creation.

Thank you and GOD Bless America!!!!

April 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm
(399) lazarickwalker says:

So we left out in the cold, i laid off from my job in 07, and hav not been able to find a job since. NO ONE WILL HIRE!!!!! so that put me at this point NEEDING a tier 5. I and many of the 1st to start getting laid off because of company cut backs. Are getting the CUT BACKS AGAIN

April 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm
(400) Triplediamond says:

I am retired, not unemployed.. (early out package)…my husband lost his job in 2007 and is out of benefits. We do ok, however…we are the exception. Luckily we have a home paid for, etc…but the majority. We can scrape by without the uei, but it is hard….and not something that we want to do and through no fault of our own. The thing that makes me sooo mad is that we are sending MILLIONS overseas to countries like Haiti, and believe me, I think we should help those less fortunate……however, yes, they are homeless and hungry..but people we need to look on our own streets and take care of our homeless and hungry first!!! They paid into this system for years!!! and in this chaotic mess, they need help! There are NO sustainable jobs out there…the ones that are are rare. Help other countries, AFTER, our citizens are taken care of, not before!! Our citizens, our children, our homes are JUST as important as theirs and it’s happening RIGHT HERE in our own country!!! Who taught Congress their sense of logic, their compassion, their common sense??? Obviously No One.

April 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm
(401) TripleDiamond3 says:

I meant to say that the majority of unemployed do not have homes paid for….

April 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm
(402) Kim says:

Hey Clem have you heard??? I want to respond to you, This absolutely ridiculous, I don`t want to get your hopes up, but we are in a recession. We have not had a recession or anything close to this since the great depression. Do you know what that means?? Tier 5 is needed!
Again, your comments are ridiculous that’s correct…your comments are ridiculous!

If you do not understand what is happening in your own country…may I suggest that you educate yourself..about our current economy…while you are at it…I also suggest that you learn how to spell..I repeat…your comments are RIDICULOUS!!!!!

TIER 5 TO SURVIVE!!!!

April 25, 2010 at 6:42 pm
(403) Angel says:

Kim, Clem shows his true ignorant colors. Don’t let him bother you. I love these people who have no clue what is going on because they are in nice, cushy, tenured jobs, probably family businesses. The truth is, we cannot find good jobs. If we could, we would’ve by now. Most unemployed people want to work and make what they were making before, a decent salary. That is no more. Unemployment insurance isn’t even decent money by the way. So I don’t get why people say we are lazy. I found a part time minimum wage telemarketing job but if I don’t sell, I won’t stay. This is after 2 years of looking. By the way, I can’t sell. I’d rather keep looking. That is no job and no way to live. Everyone, remember May 3rd fax your senators your resumes, also a message saying what difficulty you are having finding work. Keep up the fight—I’m hoping for a few extra months of UI. It’s certainly better than nothing. Hey how about upping the minimum wage to $10 an hour? That could help us unemployed since that is all we are finding. http://joblessunite.yolasite.com/m-a-y-d-a-y.php

April 25, 2010 at 7:24 pm
(404) rubeN says:

Triplediamond,

Yeah it is pretty f*#ked that they send out billions to other countries but don’t bother to help their citizens that have been paying their taxes.

April 25, 2010 at 7:43 pm
(405) evey says:

just wondering

I’ll join a march on july 4th. My benefits will run out in a couple of weeks. I think that is the onlly way we will get results although i have made calls and signed the petition as well. Please continue to try to organize people with concrete plans for a march.

April 25, 2010 at 8:31 pm
(406) evey says:

just wondering and others interested in a july 4th march,I’m just noticing that July 4th is on a Sunday and of course it is Independence day. I think the march would be more effective if it took place when congress is in session…although Independence day is symbolic of our cause .It is a ways off… unless we are going to use the time to really organize and get as many unemployed 99ers and others signed up as possible coupled with the petitions and calls…one big campaign ?

April 25, 2010 at 10:01 pm
(407) clem says:

hey kim and angel
NO MORE TIERS ALL THESE ADDITIONAL TIERS DO IS GIVE YOU PEOPLE REASON TO SIT ON YOUR FAT BUMS AND NOT WORK. WHATS NEXT IF YOU GET TIER 5, THEN YOU WILL WANT 6, THEN 7, THEN 8, THEN 9, AND SO ON. GO TO WORK! This absolutely rediculous, This is correct No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, No tier 5! This absolutely rediculous, This is correct No tier 5, So long forever moochers!

April 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm
(408) abacos says:

Dear Clem (looser),

You need to move on and get out of this site….you are a first class moron, you obviously have a job…..but with your narrow nauseating pea size brain, may be not for long…!

April 25, 2010 at 11:50 pm
(409) Tim says:

Clem
Why dont you go serve the country in the Military ?? Oh wait, you are too pompous to Serve your country. With the name Clem, am sure you dont have all your teeth either. Im in Colorado, come vist me ok, Im disabled and a Veteran and can not be hired even at McDonalds. Come to Grand Junction, lets talk, or better yet, let me come stay with you, would enjoy your home cookin

April 26, 2010 at 12:11 am
(410) lee says:

This goes out to clem and anyone else who speaks the same as him. How dare u say that about every unemployed citizen, people like you make me sick. You could very easily be in the same boat as thousands of other people but you are not so you are narrow minded. People such as myself can not find a job that pays enough to get by, so unemployment is at least giving us enough to get by until we can get hired at a company where we were making what we were before we had been unemployed. I’m sure there are some people on unemployment who are not looking for a job, but the majority of unemployed are searching hard. No one can survive off of 8 dollars an hour, that was the cost of living 20 years ago. This is one time in life when an exception to the rule should go in to effect passing a tier 5 until better paying jobs are available and the unemployment rate drops. Certain people should think before they talk because they are only making themselves sound stupid. This economy will get better and i am looking forward to the day when i am working making good money again. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

April 26, 2010 at 8:24 am
(411) Pual says:

The lastest extension is just for filing what does that help people need money. what help is that extemsion people to people who have bills. i understand people need to find jobs but there are no poeple hiring. sounds like the government dont care they have there pay and dont have to worry where there next meal is coiming from. so screw the americans who have no jobs. And to add the people who0 are looking very hard for a job.

April 26, 2010 at 9:03 am
(412) sparky says:

CLEM——-you troll the all the sites and try to cause an uproar.

Do your time peacefully. It is a shame prisoners are allowed computers, for this ploy.

Go make your 8 cents and hour.

Ignore him knowing who and what he is.

Yet be upset your dollars are keeping him behind bars, and fed. He gets better health care than the unemployed.

Isn’t that a hoot? And cable to boot!

April 26, 2010 at 9:54 am
(413) Angel says:

Everyone, we can work the $7 an hour part time jobs AND apply for welfare which will bring in $400-$500 a month (IF the job pays below welfare’s guidelines of about $900 net a month in income) BUT, it will overtax the federal government just the same as if they give us UI extensions. The UI extensions don’t pay well either. I’m wondering about the governments logic here. They really aren’t saving any money by NOT giving us an added Tier. Most WILL go on welfare and overtax the government just the same. PS The selling job I can get is ONLY if I sell. I know I can’t. I’m not the type. But that’s all that’s out there.

April 26, 2010 at 10:04 am
(414) just wondering says:

Go to AFL-CIO.org site to learn about a ralley being held downtown New York this Thursday.

Wall Street tanked America’s economy, killed jobs, took $700 billion in taxpayer bailouts—then went right back to business as usual, choking off credit, handing out $145 billion in 2009 executive pay and bonuses and fighting meaningful financial reform.

We’re 11 million jobs in the hole and it’s time for the financial industry to pay up to create them.

Join AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and thousands of union and community activists from across the country marching down Broadway in the heart of the financial district on April 29 to MAKE WALL STREET PAY.

Address – meet at:

Broadway and Barclay
New York, NY 10007

THURSDAY 29,2010 4:00 – 6:00 P.M.

THIS IS ONE RALLEY ALREADY ORGANIZED AND SURE TO STOP TRAFFIC !

ANYONE….ANYONE…THAT CAN JOIN THIS RALLEY PLEASE DO SO WITH TIER V POSTERS!

WE ARE ALL TOGETHER IN THIS…..THEY SAY UNION MEMBERS AND ACTIVISTS.

GET ACTIVE, AND ANY WHO CAN….PLEASE GO!

THEY ARE EXPECTING 10,000 PEOPLE—

HERE IS NEWS COVERAGE FOR ALL WORKING AMERICANS……….

TAKE THE TIER V SIGNS, MEGA PHONES, AND HELP IF YOU CAN.

They also have a site to support the ralley with a ‘virtual march’

and a link to watch it this Thursday.

THEY ARE SCREAMING ABOUT THE UNEMPLOYED AND BENEFITS.

April 26, 2010 at 10:41 am
(415) whatever says:

Who ever thinks that the democrats or the republicans give a damn about you is sadly mistaken. The powers that be don’t want a new tier and that’s all there is to it. I’m so lucky that I have more than one trade. One thing is for sure, if they don’t do something quickly, more people will become violent which is the last thing we need. Let’s write our congress and tell them how we feel. Let’s not forget the MILLION MAN MARCH. We the people say pass the new extension. Just scroll up and click those links.

or it’s what ever

April 26, 2010 at 12:12 pm
(416) billybob says:

99 weeks isn`t enough time to find a job? Seriously? I know people that are close to exhausing their tier 4 and all unemployment does is give them incentive so sit on their ass and do nothing. Go work at McDonalds if you have to.

April 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(417) Darren says:

I have been unemployed sense 2008. I have been looking and applying for everything I can with no luck. I haven’t had unemployment for almost 2 months and I once again am living with my parents. I am currently enrolled at Kaplan University hoping that the education opens more doors for me. I will receive my associates degree in Dec 2010 but, now afraid that if I don’t find a job soon or get tier 5 unemployment I won’t make it through the rest on my classes because of the gas costs.. I have contacted my governor here in Iowa hoping to kick start some movement towards tier 5 unemployment.

April 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm
(418) Kim says:

Hey billybob….go back to Kansas!!!

April 26, 2010 at 1:41 pm
(419) jethro says:

I want to respond to all of you, The most interesting thing I have noticed is There are plenty of jobs available. NOPE AFTER 99 WEEKS IF YOU DONT HAVE ANYTHING THAN YOUR JUST NOT LOOKING REAL HARD YOUVE GOTTEN REAL COMFORTABLE WITH ALLL TH EHANDOUTS!!!!!

April 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm
(420) Angel says:

It’s really a shame all of you don’t really know. Minimum wage crappy jobs are available, not the good paying decent jobs you have. It’s no way to live. The government knows this but doesn’t care. Neither do you commentors. 99 weeks IS a long time. The longest time I’ve ever been out of work. I’d rather not go on welfare and I cannot support myself on $7 an hour part time. Can you? Be honest and then cast a judgment. IF THERE WERE GOOD JOBS AVAILABLE TO PAY OUR BILLS, ALL OF THESE 99ERS WOULD HAVE THEM. I hope for a Tier 5 to give us more time to look for good jobs or until this economy turns around. The President needs to address this somehow, in some way. Until then, it’s bad enough we have to be out of work, we have to listen to ignorant people say “Get a job”. I’d like to see Billybob work at McDonald’s. He’d be crying to move back his mom’s place real soon.

April 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm
(421) Angel says:

Also there ARE good paying jobs available but there are TONS OF PEOPLE APPLYING TO THEM! Therefore most people can’t get a good paying job, numbnut Jethro!

April 26, 2010 at 6:53 pm
(422) sparky says:

CLEM, BILLYBOB, JETHRO……….one in the same only different sign in names.

Want to make him freak?

Ignore him….I called it by showing he is in prison.

Ignore the ignoramus-it is how he is doing his time.

April 26, 2010 at 8:03 pm
(423) horton says:

actually im free as a bird
I want to respond to all of you, This absolutely ridiculus, I don`t want to get anyone`s hopes up, an extension through june 2, This is correct. No tier 5, well looks like everyone will have to contact yelp, looks like there`s no tier five, call yelp first thing monday, This is correct, No tier five, This absolutely ridiculus This is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, This is correct. No tier 5 This absolutely rediculous, this is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, No tier five, so long people

April 27, 2010 at 5:56 am
(424) Scared in Ohio says:

I’m in Ohio. I was wrongfully terminated in 2007 (still working the court side of this), after faithfully working at the same company for 10 + years. I will soon be 50 years old, and I have a hearing loss. I have two college degrees, and McDonalds nor Walmart will not even consider hiring me. Possibly due to my age, but who actually knows why, they aren’t actually required to tell you the REAL reason as to why they won’t hire you. Due to a prior work related injury, my job options are limited, and so far no luck with SSDI. Soooo, who ever wants to say that, “you are not looking hard enough,” can take a flying leap off a speeding train to know where, and hopefully connect with a really large tree as you do so….

April 27, 2010 at 11:18 am
(425) DMR4853 says:

I need to take a break from this site….now we are taking it out on each other.I too have been out for a long time. Clem and Billybob are feeding on your fears and emotions…why give them a the opportunity…don’t give them the satisfaction. Of course there are people riding the wave and just collecting….I guess the question really boils down to- why would the majority of people longterm unemployed be satisfied to earn a fraction of what they use to earn?….lose there homes…turn the family unit in termoil etc. Hence I think what Clem and Billybob cannot understand…Americans who fought and earned by hardwork have gotten to a certain level of living and some people think the college diploma. schhol of hard knox generation..lawyers….VPs…auto mechanics…factory worker…landscapers should compromise and go back to the back of the line and start over….God!!!! what a message are we sending to the next generation….to our children now… people lets make this site productive…it has been one of the better ones…thank you…..So for the people who think we are “ALL” lazy…somewhere along the road of life someone short-changed you to have your thought process. I respect your comments…but you should respect ours…have a nice day

April 27, 2010 at 11:35 am
(426) Kim says:

Clem & Billybob are the same person…and he is obviously uneducated because he doesn’t even know how to spell, let alone know anything about our economy and what is going on in his own country!

Just laugh at him, we are not taking him seriously and you shouldn’t either!

April 27, 2010 at 3:09 pm
(427) kathy says:

Go to this website. When you fill in your info, it will automatically bring up a form letter that you can sign, and it will send it to the reps from your state.

http://capwiz.com/iamaw/mailapp/

April 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm
(428) kathy says:

Go to this website: http://capwiz.com/iamaw/mailapp/ Go to Issues and Legislation. Then go to Demand Congress Craft Long Term UE Benefits, and sign the letter. It will automatically go to the reps from your state.

April 27, 2010 at 4:26 pm
(429) DMR4853 says:

Thank You Kathy…..good site

April 27, 2010 at 6:38 pm
(430) jethro says:

for kim and angel
99 weeks isn`t enough time to find a job? Seriously? I know people that are close to exhausing their tier 4 and all unemployment does is give them incentive so sit on their ass and do nothing. Go work at McDonalds if you have to.I want to respond to all of you, This absolutely ridiculus, I don`t want to get anyone`s hopes up, an extension through june 2, This is correct. No tier 5, well looks like everyone will have to contact yelp, looks like there`s no tier five, call yelp first thing monday, This is correct, No tier five, This absolutely ridiculus This is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, This is correct. No tier 5 This absolutely rediculous, this is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, No tier five, so long people

April 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm
(431) John says:

Are those of us who have exhausted all of our benefits (99ers), still being included in the labor statistics and increasing the unemployment rate percentages? If we are not being counted, then it looks like they are cooking the books ane saying that the unemployment rates are remaining static when they are continuing to increase. If the rates do not show an increase, it is doubtful they will pass a tier 5. If the rates go up to 10, 11, or 12% then a tier 5 will be passed. If the rates remain static, why would they pass a tier5?

April 27, 2010 at 8:53 pm
(432) jimbobo says:

The recession/depression is over! No more extensions!

April 27, 2010 at 10:04 pm
(433) just wondering says:

LARRY KING SHOW – MICHAEL MOORE announced the march going on this Thursday in New York….downtown!!! YES!!!

April 29,2010
4:00 – 6:00

@ Broadway and Barclay

They are expecting thousands of people!

http://www.aflcio.org/

If you can make it, PLEASE make your TIER V signs and make a show!!! They welcome us.

TIER V signs>>>TIER V signs>>>TIER V signs!!!!!

……………………………………………

Will be waiting to see the results of this and the ‘web’ march coming April 30 and May 3—faxing to representatives.
Please partake in this event too.

………………………………………..

**After the passing of these 2 events, if we do not get a response, those of you interested in marching in July on D.C.========
I will follow through on the advise I recieved for the permits.

AFL-CIO has been gracious enough to extend their hand and knowledge.

………………………………………

STAND UP FOR AMERICANS!!!!!!

TIER V=====KEEP IT ALIVE~~~~

April 27, 2010 at 10:25 pm
(434) DMR4853 says:

Correct me if I am wrong…..Even though our benefits have stop….so long as we continue each week to report our status….the state report the information to the federal government…

April 28, 2010 at 12:37 am
(435) CARMEL says:

HEY THIS IS SAD. HOW IN THE H—LL DID THE SENATE, PASS AN TWO MONTH EXTENSION FOR THOSE WHO JUST GOT LAYED OFF. AND JUST SAY THE H—LL WITH THE ONES WHO USED UP ALL THIER EXTENSION . WHAT KIND OF SH—T IS THAT. AND PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED. IT I REALLY HATE TO SAY IT I REALLY HATED THAT I VOTED FOR HIM. BUT 2012. IS COMING UP. AND LETS SEE WHO WILL BE OUT OF A JOB. MAY GOD BLESS US ALL.

April 28, 2010 at 1:33 am
(436) NEWNEWDEAL says:

Here is a response I just got back
from Senator Dick Durbin:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the extension of unemployment benefits. I appreciate hearing from you and share your support for this vital safety net.

Unemployment benefits are generally available for up to 26 weeks. Over the past year, in the face of a deep recession, Congress has temporarily expanded the program, bringing the maximum coverage to 99 weeks. Because this expansion has been provided only on a temporary basis, Congress has needed to extend the coverage each time it expires. The current extension, passed April 15th, ensures that these benefits will remain in place in Illinois through June 2, 2010.

All federal unemployment benefit programs were originally set to expire at the end of December 2009. We are working to pass a measure to extend the current programs through the end of 2010. That measure has been slowed by a debate over whether and how to offset the cost of the extension.

Unfortunately, on two occasions, certain members of the Senate Minority have objected even to temporary extensions of these programs, forcing thousands of individuals to lose unemployment benefits for days or weeks. It is irresponsible for members of Congress to play politics with this issue while forcing citizens across the country to pay the price.

A number of individuals are exhausting the maximum 99 weeks of unemployment benefits currently available. Each week, this number grows. Many are now advocating making unemployment benefits available beyond the current 99 weeks. Unfortunately, the intense focus on the federal budget deficit and opposition from certain Senators is making it increasingly difficult to even maintain the current level of benefits, much less increase the number of weeks of coverage. While the best solution is an economic upturn, Congress must not overlook the long term unemployed who exhaust all benefits.

Unemployment insurance is a critical safety net for our nation’s workers. In these difficult economic times, our first priority must be to help Americans return to work, while ensuring that the unemployed receive assistance to help make ends meet while they look for a new job. I welcome your support for unemployment insurance and will continue to work to address the current job situation.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to keep in touch.

Sincerely,

Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator

April 28, 2010 at 3:52 am
(437) Chris says:

FLOOD THEM WITH FAXES!!!!

The President/Whitehouse FAX: (202) 456-2461

The Vice President FAX: (202) 456-2461

Press Secretary Gibbs FAX: (202) 628-8503

Nancy Pelosi Fax: (202) 225-8259

Senator Harry Reid Fax: (202) 224-7327

Senator Richard Durbin Fax: (202) 228-0400

Senator Max Baucus Fax: (202)224-9412

Senator Charles Grassley Fax: (202)224-6020

Rep. Eric Cantor Fax: (202) 225-0011

John Boehner Fax: (202) 225-5117

James E. Clyburn (H. Majority Whip) Fax: (202) 225-9253

Mitch McConnell (Sen. Minority Leader) Fax: (202) 224-2499

Jon Kyl (Republican Whip) Fax: (202) 224-2207

***************

ALL RESUMES NEED TO HAVE

“M-A-Y-D-A-Y S.O.S – Tier 5 To SURVIVE”

April 28, 2010 at 9:33 am
(438) hoop`12 says:

Ok, march on Wall street about what? No one said what it is about, I saw some of Larry King but not all, so please inform the people on this site what the March is really about, Jobs, and Not the Tier V everyone needs now or what? Grea

April 28, 2010 at 10:21 am
(439) luke says:

Hasn’t any of you heard? our whole country has signed on to “THE PHONEY RECOVERY ACT OF 2010″ this includes virtual food on your table, virtual rent or mortgage payments, virtual internet access, virtual electricity, and even a virtual life. I know the Democrats are counting on this and 10,000,000 votes from illegal aliens in Nov and the republicrats just don’t believe that their bankster and defense friends can loose more than 2.5% of one trillion and a half dollars a year to we who just want to feed our families. Think of it, these extensions, with a few add ons cost between 9-18 billion dollars, and one trillion is only one billion more than 999,000,000,000 and of course the other 500 billion is still left for their friends, and they can’t live on that. I can just taste that virtual cheeseburger now and wow am I full.

April 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm
(440) Pro Tier 5 says:

Sign the unemployment tier 5 extension petition. Politicians see numbers , not each individual story.

Petition Link:
http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment_benefits

April 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm
(441) SLP says:

I’m still jobless & my benefits ran out a month ago. I’ll be homeless in less than a month. Im a 40 yo on meds for severe anxiety, depression & asthma. I will die on the streets no doubt. How can our country send so much money to other countries yet let our own people in our own country suffer & die at the same time? I’m in DESPERATE NEED of a tier V.

April 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm
(442) flukey luke says:

They will be no tier 5 unemployment extension. So all you people that have already had the 4 tiers if you are still hurting its gonna be rough. So, get a job fast can`t be picky even if you have to wipe someones tail you better take it. If any of you that are over weight you will be dieting whether you want to or not. Stop yelling for more money cause 4 tiers is it. It has to end somewhere. Remember your weight now cause its gonna drop like wild fire now. And to the rest of the people who depend on unemployment instead of getting a job its gonna be hard to buy that liquor without a little more state funds or federal. Have a great day.

April 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm
(443) DMR4853 says:

“Tier V Genocide”- it feels like it to me today…..was interviewing for a position the past few months….over 500 applied…interviewed with several people….took tests online….came down to 5 people….they went with a younger guy within the company…. draining!!! The longer without a Tier V…… Now I have a another interview coming shortly….I need gas to get there…..paper for extra resumes….I need a haircut…I have a jar of peanut butter….2 Ramen noodles ….4 pieces bread…I just feel like crying right now

April 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm
(444) Pro Tier V says:

Flukey Luke,

Looks like another loser has no life and enjoys spamming tier 5 networks in the “middle” of the day. Go find friends on Friendster — these groups aren’t for making friends.

You have a good day at your burger flipping french frie dipping underachiever job.

April 28, 2010 at 2:41 pm
(445) Angel says:

Flukey Dukey has a problem. Maybe we’ll all go on food stamps so we won’t have to diet, but thanks for the idea.

April 28, 2010 at 2:51 pm
(446) Angel says:

Just thinking…with so many people faxing on the weekend for “M-A-Y-D-A-Y S.O.S – Tier 5 To SURVIVE”, won’t the fax machines get jammed up? Maybe not the best strategy but at least it’s something. How about a march on Washington? Not the Wall Street march but one specifically for Tier 5. It will probably come to that soon as more people exhaust benefits. I suggest: (1.) Raise minimum wages (since that is all we are finding) to at least $12 an hour (2.) Help out with additional Tier 5 — for at least 6 months (3.) Increase welfare TANF to at least $1000 a month (maybe for a shorter duration) (4.) Don’t ignore us until the s–t hits the fan and we all become homeless or in shelters!!

April 28, 2010 at 3:43 pm
(447) LA REID says:

Still unemployed and still looking we are in need of tier 5 extentsion to pay bills like water,gas,lights and others.

April 28, 2010 at 3:50 pm
(448) just wondering says:

again-

LARRY KING SHOW – MICHAEL MOORE announced the march going on this Thursday in New York….downtown!!! YES!!!

April 29,2010
4:00 – 6:00

@ Broadway and Barclay

They are expecting thousands of people!

http://www.aflcio.org/

If you can make it, PLEASE make your TIER V signs and make a show!!! They welcome us.

TIER V signs>>>TIER V signs>>>TIER V signs!!!!!

……………………………………………

Will be waiting to see the results of this and the ‘web’ march coming April 30 and May 3—faxing to representatives.
Please partake in this event too.

………………………………………..

**After the passing of these 2 events, if we do not get a response, those of you interested in marching in July on D.C.========
I will follow through on the advise I recieved for the permits.

AFL-CIO has been gracious enough to extend their hand and knowledge.

………………………………………

STAND UP FOR AMERICANS!!!!!!

TIER V=====KEEP IT ALIVE~~~~

April 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm
(449) just wondering says:

go to site http://worldnewsvine.com/

they have an article dated

APRIL 27, 2010…….

titled=

Unemployment extension still stuck in Committee

(under world news)

interesting““““““““““ :)

April 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm
(450) hoop123 says:

Lets see thursday 4/29/2010….. Will be in front of TV to see the March on Wall Street, I doubt very much if a Tier V will ever happen, heard on TV today on fox they have the nerve to say on the Ticker Tape that unemployment figures have gone down, and 165,000.00 new jobs have been reported fill
Oh, but we still will struggle with unemployment rate of 9.7%
for sometime longer, Now tell me are they really that stupid to report this, Obama. and his team are just the worst ever.
In 2012 he will be out, thank the stars. Yes Gov. makes me sick.

April 28, 2010 at 6:56 pm
(451) Kim says:

You can doubt all you want about a tier 5, but don’t rain on our parade. There are thousands of people fighting right now for a tier 5…& we will not give up until that happens.

You have to think positive in order for things to happen. People really don’t want to hear negative comments…like I doubt…or never going to happen…it’s a downer…& that’s not what we need to hear…because it WILL happen…don’t ever give up

April 28, 2010 at 8:37 pm
(452) Bill says:

If you have a job, & you are not here to support those in need of a tier 5…why don’t you mind your own business…why are you so concerned about it….why do you care so much to go out of your way to harass people?

Certainly says a lot about you doesn’t it? You need to get a life of your own & not worry about what other people are doing…especially since it doesn’t concern you..I guess you know we will get a tier 5…& if you are not aware of what a recession is, & what is going on in your own country….you should seriously consider thinking before showing how truly ignorant you really are..

April 29, 2010 at 3:06 am
(453) Repubs says:

I’ve been out of work since 7/08. I will say I’m glad we have Obama in office, or we’d be in a depression now. If they didn’t help the banks and other businesses we’d have a much higher unemployment rate.

And the Republicans just want tax cuts (mostly for the rich), globalism which is good for everyone but us, no protection for the little guy such as health care, minimum wage increases, pensions, and on and on. If this country had no regulations or didn’t improve the regulations we’d be even screwed even more.. They need to penalize companies for taking jobs overseas AND not let them sell there s*it in the USA. That’ll fix that..

Add Tier 5 and stop letting companies bring workers from other countries to take our jobs and don’t let those companies that do export our jobs sell there stuff in the USA!

April 29, 2010 at 9:45 am
(454) hoop123 says:

Who is raining on any one’s hope, but there comes a time when you have to face the facts, Obama could have overruled any vote and sign into law this Tier 5, he did not, he helps the banks and what ever, but the people who are suffering and needing help he turns away from them. Face facts he has done nothing nothing at all to help, get over it. He is not doing his job, he is to work for the people of the USA, you think he can start. He care less.

April 29, 2010 at 11:41 am
(455) Dandy says:

Alyson, where have you been? Get your facts right! Tier IV is the news!

April 29, 2010 at 11:54 am
(456) Dandy says:

Opps… sorry Alyson Tier IV was the news and has been the news. Please read your comments about Tier V.

That is the news WE ARE ALL WAITING FOR and so should all the Tier 1ers 2ers 3ses and 4whewrs Tier V is CRITICAL.

April 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm
(457) Pro Tier V says:

Sign the tier 5 unemployment extension petition. Congress see’s numbers, moreover, these stories are great, but lets rally behind our numbers in this in this volatile economy.

Being unemployed is NO joke!

petition link:
http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment_benefits

April 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm
(458) Tony says:

I’ve been unemployed since 2008 and have found no jobs and thi is getting scary. I thank God for this forum cause I felt so alone…I began to feel I was the only one still stuck in this boat…Thank all of you for caring enough to be motivational and informatve…I will be checking in as time closes in…I have a family of four and if this ends I’m not sure what will happen….

April 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm
(459) Kim says:

It is so comical to read such comments from people who are obviously uneducated about the current economy & what a recession means.

It’s a shame that the government is promoting people to divide & hate one another..when in reality we should all be working together..as the UNITED States of America. They haven’t accomplished anything other then dragging this out & prolonging the problems. They should be ashamed & embarrassed..& since they refuse to accept any type of responsibility…they are dividing people up, so they can take the eyes off the main problem…which is them.

April 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm
(460) rubeN says:

Tony and other unemployed, u most certainly aren’t alone. This forum here is dedicated on this alone:

http://unemployed-friends.forumotion.com

April 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm
(461) Angel says:

It’s called divide and conquer, Kim. Well said. Let’s talk about benefits. I found out that there are no resource limits for food stamps. If you are not making income, you are eligible. That helps a lot. But the TANF is only $400 month. And you can’t have more than $2k in resources. Working part time at $7-9 an hour might put you at the “below income” range for TANF but might not (about $900 a month). Then if you are below income requirements, you can apply for it. My problem is the min. wage job I found I’m no good at – selling/phone work. What are other minimum wage jobs are available that someone knows about as well as anything else?

April 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm
(462) hoop123 says:

Have your TV on? Well where are the Signs for help for the Tier 5,, What a joke none just like I thought, just a show for the Unions, they are not concerned for the working people and they are playing up to the public for show, show us help that would be a show !

April 29, 2010 at 5:06 pm
(463) Pro Tier V says:

Sign the tier 5 unemployment extension petition.

petition link:
http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment_benefits

April 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm
(464) just wondering says:

TIER 5 signs WERE at the march. Where were you?

Have you signed the petitions? Are u taking part in tomorrows fax attack?

DON’T CRY, IF YOU AREN’T WILLING TO TRY..

Put your sarcastic energy to a pro goal.

TIER 5 !!!

April 29, 2010 at 6:52 pm
(465) flukey luke says:

I want to respond to all of you, This absolutely ridiculus, I don`t want to get anyone`s hopes up, an extension through june 2, This is correct. No tier 5, well looks like everyone will have to contact yelp, looks like there`s no tier five, call yelp first thing monday, This is correct, No tier five, This absolutely ridiculus This is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, This is correct. No tier 5 This absolutely rediculous, this is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, No tier five, so long people

April 29, 2010 at 7:27 pm
(466) Woody Devonish says:

@ Angel: I think you are right on the ball about everything about raising the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage raises the cost the employer must spend on a worker. This ultimately leads to less and lesser full time jobs. That’s why we find many Minimum wage workers working 3 or 4 part time jobs. Last thing we need in this economy is a ‘tariff’ on employers to hire workers. A better solution would be to have an income tax holiday across the board which would encourage consumer spending and ultimately businesses hiring. This would be easily financed if the government would stop this nonsense of spending our money overseas than in the mainland. I agree with many of these posters who are outraged on how government is more immediately willing to spend more money on citizens of other countries than our own. I cannot wait until November… OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!

April 29, 2010 at 7:36 pm
(467) hoop123 says:

Ok, go to the Home Page of Work Force One They wanted the Public view on whats going on, I sent a email to them stating everything everyone has been talking about on this site, go to your state unemployment home page and click on hot topics and follow the directions, now this might be the way to go about it, and no I did not see the signs, and I was not impressed at all , all about the unions, sorry,,,,,,

April 29, 2010 at 7:38 pm
(468) Bill says:

Clearly you don’t have anything remotely exciting going on in your life flukey…this must be the only excitement you get to have each day…

April 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm
(469) rubeN says:

The things people do to get excitement in their day nowadays.. *L*

April 30, 2010 at 1:58 am
(470) rubeN says:
April 30, 2010 at 8:54 am
(471) hoop123 says:

Well Rubel, thanks for the site you posted, I would say that say’s it all, I hold no faith in the Gov. to do right by the unemployed, they spent and threw money around like a drunken sailor, now they want less spending, less programs, and who gets the backlash? The long term unemployed. Well back to looking for work too much time on this site not going to get money into this household. Wish you all good luck and hope you all can find jobs to feed your family. I heard of a man and woman who applied for food stamps and the man has stage 4 cancer, can’t work, retired 1300 a month, wife worked 30 yrs, went through savings to make ends meet and help others in the family, never asked for anything in the life time. And went for food stamps till she can find work, knowing she ran out of benefits, you know what they gave the two of them, 28 dollars a month, now is that not shameful, they never once had to ask anyone for help in all the years, yes, now you understand the real world.

April 30, 2010 at 4:28 pm
(472) SikorskyS76 says:
April 30, 2010 at 6:02 pm
(473) mario cade says:

hey my fellow 99ers. i just went to THE WHITE HOUSE.COM and you, we the people can leave the PRESIDENT personal emails that his staff might read first, but if we flood it with the same topic it will relay to him and get his attention maybe this is better than trying to contact our lazy congress people! well its just a thought my american people. god bless us all.

April 30, 2010 at 6:18 pm
(474) heath says:

We all need to vote democrat this next election and ask all friends and family to do the same regardless of usual politics.
The republicans will stand by the side of the corporations when the food rioting starts and like it or not the dems will be the only hope for tier V, for those now suffering and the ones who will be running out then. Plan now to network with other unemployed in your area to organize groups to band together to reposess empty bank owned homes in your area.
Don’t take homelessness lying down. United we can fight to occupy bank reposessed homes. That will get the dems attention. Mass marches on grocery stores and banks will also get attention. Pick homes with fireplaces if possible for heating this winter, also nearby water sources a must, a close by firehydrant very handy etc. Refuse to be a victim.

April 30, 2010 at 6:48 pm
(475) Angel says:

Just heard Chuck Schumer is in favor of a Tier 5. Maybe to get votes in November. At least he is someone supporting it. How did Fax MayDay go today? Anyone know?

I’m convinced once more and more people exhaust benefits, they will hear us loud and clear.

April 30, 2010 at 7:14 pm
(476) grim reaper says:

You have to hit bottom to get to top. If there was a tier 5 passed what will you do when that runs out cry for a 6. Nope not gonna happen. Its not enough for all you cry outs on here. All you people on here are gonna still beg for more even when they give you another tier. It can`t be enough if tier 5 comes into play yall will still be looking for another bail out. Oh my tier 5 is about to run out oh hey think they will be a 6 I am hungry & gonna loose my home i will be out on the street when my rent comes due. Do i say more.

April 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm
(477) Woody Devonish says:

@Heath: Uh… we already got a majority senate and congress that’s Democrat. Remember that was the democrats who continued Dubya’s policies in regards to bailing out corporations and now we got a health bill that favors certain health companies with regards to their bottom line. We need to get rid of the establishment as the NeoCons and majority Dems are corporatists.

April 30, 2010 at 8:08 pm
(478) rubeN says:

Too many useless fcuks in Congress right now. We need to get them out of office and take their job away. Some Senators have been collecting their 180K+ annual salaries for a long time.

April 30, 2010 at 8:14 pm
(479) Jamie says:

I have my MayDay S.O.S. letter written and ready to go. I am faxing everyone and their dog tomorrow morning! There is strength is numbers and we should not lie down or we will be walked all over.
Here’s the MayDay SOS Fax Attack link again:

http://joblessunite.yolasite.com/m-a-y-d-a-y.php

Everyone is preoccupied with the AZ Immigration news story so we should be working twice as hard to get our voices heard. Come election time, we need to vote out the “fat cats” who don’t want us to get UI. They have no idea what we are going through on a daily basis!

April 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm
(480) william p says:

People have discovered their true passion after getting laid off and re-assessing their priorities. Realizing they are overworked and unfulfilled, many people have seen this economy as an opportunity for change.

May 1, 2010 at 8:25 am
(481) Angel says:

And William, many have seen this as an opportunity for homelessness and poverty.

May 1, 2010 at 10:41 am
(482) william p says:

let me better explain my comment!

May 1, 2010 at 10:53 am
(483) william p says:

You have to hit bottom to get to top.

I want to respond to all of you, This absolutely ridiculus, I don`t want to get anyone`s hopes up, an extension through june 2, This is correct. No tier 5, well looks like everyone will have to contact yelp, looks like there`s no tier five, call yelp first thing monday, This is correct, No tier five, This absolutely ridiculus This is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, This is correct. No tier 5 This absolutely rediculous, this is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, No tier five, so long people

May 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(484) Heath says:

woody devonish@ 474 Your right I agree with you. I guess what I was suggesting is that the dems being the lesser of the 2 evils would be more compassionate to the jobless persons plight. I think by now that most of us realize the loss of jobs was not a cosmic accident that occured but was engineered in this and all of the other industrial countries around the world. We are being herded into a globalist welfare state worldwide and our politicians(both parties) are in on the game. As our country is discounted down, other nations like china are being raised up. Here comes the minimum wage new world order. Our government caused this mess and they owe the good people of this country who have worked all of theyre lives continued unemployment payments. We deserve our little “stipened” a hell of a lot more than our fat ass reps deserve they’re salaries in washington. We all know theres plenty of money to pay out for unemployment they just want to make us beg for it. The gas prices will soon be going back up for the summer spending spree and they’ll start printing more money for us to buy it with. Maybe we should all start panhandling in open on the streets and around business’s. The media keeps a pretty good lid on the unemployed problem so that most people who are still working don’t even have a clue that they’re are millions of us out here with very little hope of the so called american dream. Maybe we should start milling around the front of walmart or local banks and try to encorage our fellow americans to give us they’re hard earned dollars instead of buying outsourced plastic junk to prop up some corporate slave state half way around the world. Demand unemployment – the rich folks OWE it to us – the bastards wouldn’t be so rich if it wasn’t for our labor!

May 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm
(485) mr. happy face says:

They will be no tier 5 so ever who does not have a job will be in trouble. Those bills come due pay or pray cause they will be no more bailouts. Get a job you have had enough tiers to get on your feet. With the previous 4 tiers you have had time for a job. Get a job support your family put grub on the table & stop saying you all gonna be homeless. I notice all you poor talking people seem to have internet to post all these comments. Or some of you have gas money cause you can go to library & get on computer also. Yall, are no more poor than the pope so stop whining for more tiers on unemployment cause tier 4 was the last extension available. Instead of getting on internet & posting homeless statements be at the unemployment office & get on there computer & look for a job.

May 1, 2010 at 6:51 pm
(486) mr. happy face says:

YOU KNOW HOW THIS HAPPENED, BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT KNOWS ANYONE ON BENEFITS AFTER 99 WEEKS ISNT PUTTING OUT ANY REAL EFFORT TO FIND WORK, THATS WHY IT HAPPENED.

May 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm
(487) MR. HAPPY FACE says:

YOU KNOW WHY THIS HAPPENED, THE GOVERNMENT KNOWS ANYONE ON BENEFITS AFTER 99 WEEKS ISNT PUTTING OUT ANT EFFORT TO FIND WORK, THATS WHY IT HAPPENED.

HEY THIS IS SAD. HOW IN THE H—LL DID THE SENATE, PASS AN TWO MONTH EXTENSION FOR THOSE WHO JUST GOT LAYED OFF. AND JUST SAY THE H—LL WITH THE ONES WHO USED UP ALL THIER EXTENSION . WHAT KIND OF SH—T IS THAT. AND PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED. IT I REALLY HATE TO SAY IT I REALLY HATED THAT I VOTED FOR HIM. BUT 2012. IS COMING UP. AND LETS SEE WHO WILL BE OUT OF A JOB. MAY GOD BLESS US ALL.

May 1, 2010 at 6:59 pm
(488) michael says:

people I have been off work since 7/08 and haven’t found anything.We need job’s,And to be real with you,Try looking for a job being a black man,At the age of 43….

May 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm
(489) rubeN says:

Problem is, there’s just not enough jobs for everyone right now, and the ones that are out there have an immense amount of applicants trying to land them.

May 1, 2010 at 8:13 pm
(490) MR. HAPPY FACE says:

shame on you bill, what a nasty attitude you have, thats probably why your out of a job! your company was better off without you. it would be worth laying you off to get you out of the workplace. run along now, run along

May 1, 2010 at 8:31 pm
(491) Angel says:

He’s goading you, guys. He knows it’s not easy. Just ignore him. Government’s dividing and conquering us when they made the mess to begin with. And there are sad, clueless, bullying idiots like this guy having a good time at our expense. Don’t let him. Grow up, Happy, and be a real man.

How did the MayDay Fax Attack go? Anyone know? I faxed 7 senators today.

May 1, 2010 at 11:51 pm
(492) Michael G. says:

Unemployment Extension 2010 Tier 5 NOW

Make your voice heard

Sign The Petition

petition link:

May 1, 2010 at 11:57 pm
(493) Unemployment Extension 2010 Tier 5 NOW says:

Unemployment Extension 2010 Tier 5 NOW

Make your voice heard

Sign The Petition visit Change.org

petition link: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/unemployment_extension_2010_tier_5_now

May 3, 2010 at 6:16 am
(494) Staci L says:

There are currently over 500,000 H-1B and L-1 guest workers ‘working’ in California. There spouses are working under the table. The are currently sending all their money back to India. They have displaced the entire IT industry in California and 90% of engineering jobs. They are also working as school teachers and so-called specialists in many fields. There are many reasons for this displacement of the American worker and the replacement with workers from India. Take a look at any large company in California and you will see floors of Indians doing the work that 10 years ago was done by Americans. They are paid 100,000 a year and will do whatever they are told (even cook the books or create bad derivative formulas for companies like GoldmanSachs and AIG. So corporations want them because they will do whatever the CEO’s want and that will make the CEO’s bonus’s even larger. Tech Alliance and some Indian lobby groups have bought off congress, so we won’t see those jobs until congress is replaced and new policies enacted. This is a real shame, during this extreme unemployment to be continuing guest worker programs. The talent is here in America, but America is being raped. There are many videos that show this raping of the American way of life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5Vx3CGc-5Y

I would suggest standing in front of corporations with signs, like Verizon, SCE, Oracle, Intel, Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, the Movie Studios, ect, basically all the companies that hire H1-B and L-1 guest workers. Ask them why they continue with so many Americans out of work. At least this will make them more uncomfortable about their tremendous greed.

May 3, 2010 at 11:48 am
(495) NEWNEWDEAL says:

great point Stacy,

This has been going on for over 15 years and has taken the future of American workers away!

Lets make this site the unofficial long term unemployment extension sight!

May 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm
(496) NEWNEWDEAL says:

Hey guys ,

We are starting to get ears out there.
I contacted Max Baucus today and want you to email and call 3 times a day minimum.

Phone: 202 224-2651 bombard them with calls.
Be cool be friendly and tell em your facts and figures and how you feel about this issue.

I could tell they are catching heat and the winds are changing based on my conversation with his office.

Dont let up full steam ahead!!!!

May 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm
(497) Steve Randall says:

In 2008 I was making $18.50 an hour as a Purchasing agent for a manufacturing company in Ca. I was laid off because most of our contracts went to China.
My wife and I went from a two bedroom to a one bedroom soon after.Then the creditors start calling,”sorry I have to eat and keep a roof over my head so I can’t pay you” I tell them.
By 2009 it’s obvious I have to file bankruptcy,so I bite the bullet and destroy my credit rating.Then my wife decides I’m not trying hard enough to find work.I explain that the jobs I’m being offered will pay me less than my unemployment benefits.Continued financial strain and fighting over money finally causes my wife of 10 years to leave me.
As of April 2010 I’ve exhausted all my unemployment benefits.I’ve lost my job,my health insurance,my savings,my wife,my home and my belief in the American dream.
My choices now are live in my truck or sleep on my Mother’s couch.Is this what I’ve worked and paid taxes for my whole adult life? I can’t even muster a smile anymore I’m so damned depressed!My health is suffering greatly because I can only afford fast food that has no nutrional value.I can’t see a Dr. for my depression because an office visit costs $200.00 and the meds I take cost me $105.00 a month without health insurance.I spend my days alone with chest pains from stress and wonder how I’ve fallen so far and how can I make some sort of life for myself in this third world country that used to be America.

May 3, 2010 at 3:31 pm
(498) Ken K. says:

It is now time to go thru bankruptcy. If the feds won’t bail me out maybe they will bail out the CC companies when we all have to do this. Sorry Capital One. I want to work, I don’t want a hand out. I would rather pay my bills.

May 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm
(499) Tammy says:

Hey 99ers!

I will be exhausting all benefits after next week. I will be down at the ODJFS office tomorrow getting food stamps, etc. If they can’t give me an extension in weeks, then I guess they’ll have to give me welfare!!! I will be calling ol Max Baucus and anyone else with an ear. Maybe we should start changing all our billing addresses to Capitol Hill. They can pay our bills since they’ve made it impossible for us to pay them!

May 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm
(500) Angel says:

I’ve applied for food stamps since there is no resource limit. But TANF, I believe, has a resource limit of $2000 which is crazy. I have to be on my last financial leg to apply…AND it only pays around $400. My rent and other bills are way above that. I don’t get it…they put you between a rock and a hard place.

May 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm
(501) marr says:

omg we need a Tier 5 how r u going to live please GOD help us with this problem we need u right now god

May 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm
(502) Jamie says:

Why are we not all standing out in front of our local Unemployment Offices with picket signs? Maybe that would garner some media attention, which in turn gets the “higher ups” to take notice.

May 3, 2010 at 7:38 pm
(503) Doug Lazell says:

I have been out of work for over 2 years. Our government has cut out our cola for S/S, now they are playing games with millions of people who need an extension of unemployment. I have already lost my transportation and my home. First time in my life I have ever lost my home. If congress needs or wants a raise they just take it. (like they need it to begin with) If the government would have kept there hands off the unemployment benifits, it would never run out.

May 3, 2010 at 8:50 pm
(504) rubeN says:

@Tammy,

I agree, we should start mailing out our bills to the Senators, being that we have no way of paying them, since jobs are still hard to land.

May 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm
(505) Kim says:

LOL Sam!

May 4, 2010 at 9:18 am
(506) JoeThePlumber says:

It’s RIDICULOUS that some are saying that collecting a fraction of the money we used to receive through these Unemployment Tiers is promoting people to NOT look for work! SHAME ON YOU!!! You obviously have not had Bill collectors calling you at all hours of the night looking for money you don’t have NOTICES being placed on your doors indicating the gas, electric and water will be shut off in 10days! OR looking at your children’s faces as they LOSE any sense of “SECURITY” they once had that everything is going to be alright!!! SHAME ON YOU!!! Those complaining should take a GOOD HARD LOOK at what the repercussions are going to be if this “HELP” we desperately need (WHILE WHOLE HEARTEDLY LOOKING FOR WORK) suddenly stops. If the past has taut us anything is that people will do ANYTHING to take care of there families, sometimes to very extreme measures. WE DID NOT ASK to be laid off AND we cannot help posting and sending dozens of resumes out a day only to receive the occasional “Sorry the position has been filled” or “Sorry we are not accepting anymore applications at this time” The FACT IS the country is in a very serious recession at the moment and although some figures may show a slight “BREAK” in this problem (And I DO MEAN SLIGHT) CUTTING off this “help” now ( TIER 5 ) will NOT only make matters worse but cause many to lose EVERYTHING, and I do mean E V E R Y T H I N G we desperately worked so hard to achieve through years and years of hard work.

I worked hard for over 15 years in the banking industry and was suddenly laid off in NOV of 2008, I am college educated and submit applications for work EVERY DAY! E V E R Y D A Y ! Making Calls …..Reading the Want ads and submitting online applications but have had no luck in even getting an interview. I even went as far as to apply for a position at a 7/11 but was turned down for a 18/19 year old! WHAT ELSE DO THESE “SCEPTICTS” WANT ME TO DO????????

What needs to be done is a continual LONG TEIR V extension through 2010 WHILE ALSO giving employers serious incentives for hiring the long term unemployed! The help we have received over the past IV Tiers has made all the difference in the world for us and WE THANK YOU but believe us when we say we are doing EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to get back into the work force. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not stop it now when this country is on the verge of recovery. RECOVERY …UNFORTUNATELY …..Takes TIME and we NEED HELP!!! ALSO it should be noted that this money we are receiving from unemployment is THE MOST “DIRECT” WAY OF MONEY BEING PUT BACK INTO THE ECONOMY…..GIVING it to the people that desperately need it! Consumer and Commercial Trade will take a SERIOUS NOSE DIVE if these tiers aren’t continued as more and more people can’t make there payments on utilities….food…..and bills….Families will start to break up …..More and more people will become homeless. Who ever decided not to at extend benefits for the long term unemployed for at least another 6 months are being very short sighted and may just run this country straight into poverty.

Please I urge everyone in the same situation to contact there local SENATORS and GOVENORS and PLEAD with them how desperately its needed for them to extend unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed. That a TEIR 5 EXTENSION is DESPERATELY NEEDED through 2010! And then reevaluated! Your one letter/phone call/email could very well make the difference. With the TEIR 4 unemployment extension running out 2 MONTHS ago WE ARE TREADING WATER ON OUR LAST BREATHS.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CONTACT your STATE Senators/Governors As soon as you’re done reading this and Make it clear WE are not people sitting on the couch all day watching cartoons like they think, WE ARE PEOPLE Fighting to stay alive DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO FIND WORK to keep our families and lives together! It can’t be stressed enough that this MUST BE DONE NOW!

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment_benefits

http://usunemployed.blogspot.com/2010/05/calling-all-tier-5-activists-media-sos.html

http://joblessunite.yolasite.com/m-a-y-d-a-y.php

May 4, 2010 at 9:34 am
(507) Tier 5 Petition says:
May 4, 2010 at 10:11 am
(508) jobless angry says:

I have been monitoring the petition being signed a change.org
and have noticed that just as the desired 25,000 signatures was about to be reached they have now raised the desired amount of signatures to 50,000. There is no explanation on the site about this change. What the hell is going on here.
It was my impression that the petition was going to be sent in when 25,000 unemployed people signed it. Somebody just raised our bar of urgency !!!! We need financial help now not 25,000 signatures later. What next raise it to 100,000. I smell a rat……

May 4, 2010 at 10:45 am
(509) Kim says:

jobless..relax..each time someone signs the petition it goes straight to Congress…if you have any questions about the petition….go to this website http://joblessunite.yolasite.com/radio-show.php

Paladinette had Issa Decker on her talk show explaining how the petition works.

May 4, 2010 at 12:41 pm
(510) Angel says:

Can we tell Palidinette to suggest to everyone to fax or send our bills to Congress instead of our resumes. Rent, mortgage, utilities, etc. That would have more of an impact! Let them pay it cause we can’t!! Good idea someone. Not sure how to contact her. She also said in a post somewhere that the MAYDAY TIER 5 TO SURVIVE WEEKEND has been extended. Good for her for helping us. It’s only a matter of time they do something for us, I hope. The President’s delusional saying economy is getting better. Who is he kidding? Look at the stock market today. Also someone said he has money for aid for foreign countries, but is not addressing the need for Tier 5, in our own country.

May 4, 2010 at 1:02 pm
(511) MIKE DEE says:

man you people who say that people on unemployment are lazy must be some fools for real,That zhit don’t pay for nothing man,Tell me where can you live for $1100 a month?Tell me?You have to down size.But I hate to be mean but if you keep up with the lazy zhit and saying get a job,Your azz is going to lose your’s and see how it feel’s azz hole phuck face.

May 4, 2010 at 1:08 pm
(512) jobless angry says:

To Kim@506
I did go to the link you mentioned and I found nothing explaining that the petition is sent everytime someone signs it. There is nothing on the petition site either that states anything to that effect. I’m very disturbed by this. My impression is that when a petition reaches a certain number of signatures it is sent in. I have been watching this petition for awhile now and it’s goal was 25,000 now it has been raised to 50,000. I’m not posting this to cause trouble for the petition, we all need work or unemployment benefits badly. If this petition is legitimate they should post on the site how it works. I appreciate your attempt to explain it to me, but your link and reply did nothing to clear it up. The link has nothing explaining what you have said, I’m sorry to say…..

May 4, 2010 at 1:50 pm
(513) DMR4853 says:

Jobless… did you sign the petition?….when you do get several responses back from your respective goverment leaders…have a good day!

May 4, 2010 at 2:56 pm
(514) rubeN says:

Palidinette, can most likely be reached on the

http://unemployed-friends.forumotion.com/ forum.

May 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm
(515) Martharie Moore says:

I am a Long Term Unemployed middle aged woman. I live in Virginia and I am a Voter!

May 4, 2010 at 4:07 pm
(516) mona says:

I am a single mom of two girls. I have worked for a doctor for ten years until he retired a year ago. Just my luck, in the midst of an economic nightmare. I am told I am over qualified for every job I apply for and job availability is rare. I am still looking for a job. It is easy for politicians to make decisions for my life when their life is a cushy one. After all, they are not unemployed looking for a way to pay bills and feed their kids. Plus, how did I work ten years and only earn a year of unemployment. What am I paying for?

May 4, 2010 at 4:32 pm
(517) just wondering says:

CALLED SHERROD BROWN- there is something in the works to show up late MAY.

CALL HIS OFFICE AND LET HIM KNOW YOUR CONCERNS!!!

202-224-2315

I also called Baucus because of the above statement,
I was told they had nothing on it????????

Right now the REPUBLICANS look like the idiots when it comes to American help—–

If the DEMOCRATS do not introduce help, it will definately backlash to them come elections.

Per their hesitation:
No one wants to talk about it, (Representatives) because it was such a hassel to pass last time?

DEMOCRATS BETTER TAKE ACTION!!!!!!!

CALL SHERROD BROWN>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

May 4, 2010 at 4:45 pm
(518) hoop 123 says:

FYI, ok, if you run out of Unemployment Benefits and you have no job, and some one in the family getting 1200 a month, you qualify for $28.00, now how the hell do you feed Two people on that? Yet you keep voting and passing all the grants to help other nations, and Banks, can you believe this stuff

May 4, 2010 at 5:33 pm
(519) just wondering says:

CNN- CAFFERTY REPORT

-JUST BLAMED HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY GOING BROKE!!!!!

GO CAFFERTY!!!!!!!!!!

May 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm
(520) bonnie says:

As I sit here and type I can’t help but cry. I am a single mother of 3 children. I am 44 yrs. old I have worked fulltime since I was 17 years old. With the exception of my maternity leaves that is. I was laid off from both my jobs in 2008. That’s correct 2 jobs. I worked 7 days a week for 4 years straight. I recieve no child support due to the dead beat that he is and I was told I cannot get public assistance because I got it 5 years ago when I was laid off then. I really can’t believe this is happening to all of us. The american people who have exhausted there tiers with no where to turn. It is not a hand out we pay our taxes. How can our government sleep at night people living in tent cites dying on the streets. I have tried and tried to find work just like everyone else same stories to old over qualified or under. So now what? It is a horrible place to be right now. Truly so sad, scared, anxious, and alone. I can’t believe our government I am truly disgusted. I would alternate paying my bills because there was not enough money but I was hopeful just hanging on to hope. Now there is nothing. My youngest who will be 8 in July needs clothes for the summer and I dreading his Birthday. He does not desrve no Christmas and no Birthday Party too! I love my children with all my heart! They are my hope, and they are what I am hanging onto. God Bless America!

May 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm
(521) Adrian says:

I have been out of work for almost two years. I had a job that I enjoyed and then I was fired after I took my week paid vacation that my manager gave me. You want to know why I was fired? I was fired because no one was put in my spot to cover me while I was on vacation. Somehow that was my fault.

Anyway.

I have applied to many places, to many that I have lost track. I applied for jobs that I thought would be awesome and I applied for jobs that I knew I would not like. I even applied at Wal-Mart to be a stockroom boy and you know what I was told? I was told they are going to look for someone more qualified. I did drop out of school, biggest mistake in my life, but I do have a GED. How is someone like me going to find a job if I get the “You are not qualified” deal or if a company is just not hiring.

My unemployment has stopped a few months ago. I was forced to move back in with my mother. And I hardly have anything to my name. T5 would help thousands of people out.

May 4, 2010 at 7:08 pm
(522) Angel says:

Bonnie—Food stamps can pay for your child’s birthday cake! Also go down to DSS (look up your location) and ask them what they can do for you. You have 3 kids. You might lose the house you are in, but you will get shelter and food. Also sign the petition and email or fax your senators every day for a Tier 5. Let us know how it works out.

May 4, 2010 at 7:18 pm
(523) Angel says:

Also Bonnie—check your local church or St Vincent’s for what help they can give you too. Remember to tell them you have 3 kids.

May 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm
(524) hoops 123 says:

Bonnie try one of the Churches, go right down the line and call them all maybe some one will help you, breaking my heart here , see this is the story that gets to my heart, 3, kids and she has to go ask for help, I will pray for you.

May 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm
(525) Kim says:

Hi everyone…check out this website too.
http://usunemployed.blogspot.com/

May 5, 2010 at 11:13 am
(526) wethepeople says:
May 5, 2010 at 11:19 am
(527) jason says:

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=111

Start faxing the news medias,here are the numbers this is the only way for maximum exposure.

May 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm
(528) Hire Me So. Cal. says:

Don’t want pity just a job in my city not too much to ask is it. But here is the reality for me. I get up early and go to the Labor Ready two streets over from my home and hope for an assignment of daily work hours pass and nothing. I return home check the internet, send resume’s and nothing, I drive around and look for any sign of hiring and nothing, at least not for the 51yr. young guy. I have gone as far as registered for clinical trials and nothing there yet at least not for this 51 yr. young man. I am confused. No more unemployment benefits now exhausted. Along with over $15,000 in savings as I have a child to support, savings that supplemented my unemployment checks just to maintain a very modest lifestyle. Never had too much anyway but worked hard for what I do have. But now I am broke riding out what could be my last month with a roof over my head. Still have the nice car and it is paid off as well nothing fancy 2001 Mustang convertible I can sleep under the stars sitting this summer and hope the police don’t hassle me. Nowhere to put the 52” flat screen though. What a complete embarrassment to myself, to my family. Cannot help but feel like a loser. I will never get what I paid for on all of my furnishings in my little house. Furnishings that I bought and paid for with cash not credit. If I can even sell it? It is better if I just walk away from it all as I don’t have enough money to pay for storage if I were to keep it without some sort of confirmed income. I know this all sounds very depressing. I try my best to always stay positive and optimistic that this too will pass. But the reality is that the alarm clock is set to go off soon and the days are getting shorter and shorter while the pressure is on to make the bills. Tomorrows another day. I will make it I tell myself and then tomorrow turns to night and still nothing. Sorry for the comments quite depressing. Good luck out there…Sleep well. I will miss my bed too. :( When will our march start and where?) Orange County, California any suggestions?

May 5, 2010 at 5:49 pm
(529) Kim says:

I’m here in Orange County California too..& I just got my last unemployment check on Saturday. I still cannot find a job either & have applied everywhere!

I really don’t know what the answer is these days…the fact is there are not enough jobs out there right now. Something needs to change & soon!

May 5, 2010 at 6:30 pm
(530) KLATU AND GORT says:

I AM LEAVING YOUR PLANET SOON, ALONG WITH MY TRUSTY ROBOT GORT, SO YOU WILL FORGIVE ME IF I SPEAK BLUNLTY.

I want to respond to all of you, This absolutely ridiculus, I don`t want to get anyone`s hopes up, an extension through june 2, This is correct. No tier 5, well looks like everyone will have to contact yelp, looks like there`s no tier five, call yelp first thing monday, This is correct, No tier five, This absolutely ridiculus This is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, This is correct. No tier 5 This absolutely rediculous, this is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, No tier five, so long people

May 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm
(531) Hire Me So. Cal. says:

Comments made by Kim (522) on this site I thought were worth checking out here was her link: http://usunemployed.blogspot.com/ if you want to go beyond blogging our individual crises and make a contribution to what should be a cause I found this intriguing and a simple way to start if you want to help? Maybe to use our numbers in volume. The site suggestions are quite good and a cut and paste to media outlets I found to be simple and who knows? What is it going to hurt if you’re reading posts on this site at this point? The blogging can only do so much. It will only be a high volume of our actions to get our messages heard. Please to those who are just blogging about take more time to shout and fill out and paste this template message from the above site or send your own story whatever you’re comfortable with to those who may take an interest to investigate, those in the televised media. We have numbers! Thank you.

May 5, 2010 at 6:59 pm
(532) rubeN says:

@Kim,

I’m in the LA area and have exhausted my benefits like 2 or 3 weeks ago. It is tough being without any income at all since u need pretty much money for everything.

There is still not enough jobs for everyone out there. What pisses me off is that Congress knows this chit, and are not doing a thing about it. How could they comprehend when they are making a hefty 180K annual salary.

May 5, 2010 at 7:07 pm
(533) Kim says:

Hi hire me (528), Yes I posted that link yesterday here & sent emails to the media. I have been faxing & calling & doing everything that I can to help for a tier 5.

May 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm
(534) Kim says:

Hi rubeN,
I am really pissed off about it too. Your right, Congress is very much aware of what is going on, & not helping the American people. They can’t relate to us & that’s the problem, which we need to change.
Did you read the EDD website here in California?
As of May 3, 2010, more than 101,000 claimants have fully exhausted all benefits and this number will continue to grow by several thousand each week.

That is a lot of us just here in California!! We will be heard.

May 5, 2010 at 7:17 pm
(535) rubeN says:
May 5, 2010 at 7:29 pm
(536) rubeN says:

Kim,

Yes I’m reading the EDD site update, that is a staggering amount of people losing their benefits and will continue to grow larger.

May 5, 2010 at 8:23 pm
(537) NEWNEWDEAL says:

NELP IS worthless!!

THey have not done a dam thing for the 99ers!! or Tier V>

I just got an email from these idiots about some mothers day video-
I kid u not WTF!!!
I told the happy mothers day u mothers!!!

May 5, 2010 at 8:28 pm
(538) NEWNEWDEAL says:

Here is what NELP sent me

nothing on TIER V

Dear National Employment Law Project Supporter,

Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, and with all the incredible things mothers do, I am sure you know a mom that deserves to be celebrated. Well, this year our friends at MomsRising.org have made it possible for you to thank all the moms you know with a customizable video announcing them the “Mother of the Decade.”

Each mom you send the video to will see her name appear in a faux news story about them winning the “Mother of the Decade” and will be celebrated by America Ferrara (of Ugly Betty fame), Jimmy Fallon (SNL) and Michelle Obama.
Watch the entertaining news clip celebrating the “Mother of the Decade”:
http://news.cnnbcvideo.com/index2.html?p=nelp&fb=yes&z=yes
Then send this video to all your favorite mothers, because every mother deserves to know the tremendous impact that she has had on the world.

Can U believe these idiots.
Millions of 99ers are suffering but they have time for this!!!

Also I have mentioned this on Friends of the unemployed
but the dummies who are running that seem to be in bed with NELP
and wont allow any post or comment on NELP!!

KIND of makes u go Hmmm?

With friends like that who needs enemies?

May 5, 2010 at 9:09 pm
(539) greg says:

please help!!! we are in desperate need of teir 5. i feel i’m drounding and can’t get up.

May 5, 2010 at 10:04 pm
(540) Christine says:

Alison and about.com,

Thanks for recognizing the long term unemployed. I reside in California, a state with a 12.6 and higher UE rate. Over 100,000 people here are without lifelines and the numbers are increasing daily. There is no pending legislation in the works. Where is our government? The reality — until jobs return, we need a long-term solution without political games. Folks are losing their homes and turning to social services to survive. This is NOT the America I know.

May 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(541) KLATU AND GORT says:

I AM LEAVING YOUR PLANET SOON, ALONG WITH MY TRUSTY ROBOT GORT, SO YOU WILL FORGIVE ME IF I SPEAK BLUNTLY.

I want to respond to all of you, This absolutely ridiculus, I don`t want to get anyone`s hopes up, an extension through june 2, This is correct. No tier 5, well looks like everyone will have to contact yelp, looks like there`s no tier five, call yelp first thing monday, This is correct, No tier five, This absolutely ridiculus This is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, This is correct. No tier 5 This absolutely rediculous, this is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, No tier five, so long people

WE HAVE CREATED A SUPER RACE OF ROBOTS LIKE GORT WHO PATROL THE UNIVERSES IN SPACE SHIPS LIKE THIS ONE, TO INSURE THAT ALL 99 WEEKERS ARE ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR EMPLOYMENT.

GORT: KLATU BIRADA LIKTO

May 6, 2010 at 12:57 am
(542) Renee says:

Hey Guys, rest assure that this situation is being dealt with. You are not alone. God is faithful and He hears and had heard our cries and is merciful. Watch Him work this through. The Government may not care about us, but Jesus loves and cares about us. Look to Him alone and trust and believe Him. Just watch what happens for us.

May 6, 2010 at 1:21 am
(543) Regina Alexander says:

The White house just commented on The Times Square Attempted Bombing saying ‘We will not be terrorized, we will not live in fear,we will be vigilant we will work together and we will protect and defend the country we love to insure a safe prosperous future for people ‘. What a bunch of hypocrites, when they watch Americans starve and lose their homes from the very ones who claim to serve and protect us. We are more in fear of dying from our own Government than terrorist!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp1B8uN4_MQ

May 6, 2010 at 1:42 am
(544) danielnick says:

face the facts – the only reason for tiers 2-4 was political grandstanding in an election year. Those of us who send out resumes everyday and even lie on our resumes to make us look LESS qualified know the truth – there is no teir 5 coming because the politicians don’t give a good God damn about us at all – never have.

I’ve been out of work since Nov 08 and out of benefits since March 2010. My vehicle was just repossessed – now I have no way to work at all. My house is next. There will be no Tier 5 because they just don’t care about the humans in the equation – they got re-elected by putting up tiers 2-4 – they are done now.

What to do? Believe me, once my house is gone, my senator won’t be inviting me to live with him. But I might just show up on his doorstep anyway. It might be nice to see what he does with a newly homeless man (with 2 degrees) and a news crew asking him if I can stay over till he fixes this mess – as he promised to do.

May 6, 2010 at 8:50 am
(545) hoop123 says:

Sorry to say I to know there will be no Tier5 , sounds like most of you here know it as well, I Was listening to the perople in LA on the streets , family just walking around, yes we sure did the right thing with the votes, trust me it will never happen again, just the talk of a faster talker, with nothing to back it up, now because were know has the Wimps of the world, it is open season on anyone trying to kill us all, have to be politically correct not to offend the people who are trying to kill us all, ah go ahead and Bow down again,

May 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm
(546) Robert says:

I’ve been unemployed since March of 2008. Which makes me a 99er. And the one thing I can’t stand to hear is ignorance. For example: People who have this pathetic thought in their heads that the unemployed are lazy & taking a free ride. That really pisses me off! Especially when I know I’ve had a job LOOKING FOR JOBS & APPLYING for 2 years now. Do these idiots ever stop to think: “People are losing their homes.” I’ve personally myself gone through an eviction & a car repo. Do these idiots ever stop to think that there’s no way in hell I would sit back & have some kind of free ride that pays me less than my normal salary? This pay that stops for months & then start for a couple more months? No way! We’re in a “Great Depression.” And the first thing that we need to do is address these idiots who think like that & politicians who think likewise. Ask them to really re-evaluate their thoughts. Then, the govt should come up with big tax cuts for employers to hire the longer unemployed. We’re the ones getting the raw end of the stick! The longer we stay unemployed, the less likely employers are going to want to hire us. (Acquiring some of these same negative thoughts about 99ers.) And last but certainly not least, I think the govt should do an investigation on some 99ers previous employers to find out if these prior employers are giving illegal information to perspective employers. Perhaps, set up some stings. Pretend to be perspective employers inquiring of employment history on us 99ers with our previous employer. Because I myself am not blind to the fact that we are in a horrible recession, but I also believe there’s more unseen dirty work going on that prevents us from working. I personally feel my previous employer is also doing something illegal when perspective employers call them. Because in my interviews, these perspective employers love me. Then I never hear from them again. Anyone feel the same way I do???

May 6, 2010 at 1:26 pm
(547) Robert says:

Oh! And 1 more thing I forgot to mention in my previous comment: It really bothers me to know that the govt drops food from planes to Haiti & such countries in time of desperate need, but can’t drop us 99ers checks when we’re also in desperate need. We’re losing our homes, & have bills to pay, & need certain things too! And no, I’m not playing the race card, because I myself am African American. It really bothers me how another country could have a war or natural disaster & this govt is quick to come to their aid! What about us??? Why are they turning the cheek to us? Why are they playing the blind guy & leaving us in the cold???

May 6, 2010 at 3:57 pm
(548) DMR4853 says:

Well said Robert ! thank you

May 6, 2010 at 4:35 pm
(549) Jorge says:

I have been fired 2 years ago and I was receiveng the unemployment compensation for near this time, but now the tier IV, passed away, and now who i pay the re4nt, the food and the others normal expenses.
I was traying to find a job, because I like to be productivy instead of seeint TV, and lay on bed.
I had visited more than 400 work places, and I can not find it.
All floridans without a job need the two houses approved the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act (H.R. 4213)

May 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm
(550) wayne elder says:

Everyone please copy and save this link below. It contains email address’s to many of the media outlets. Pass the link on to all of your email contacts and send as many personal appeals to these news outlets to run stories regarding the need for tier 5 unemployment and more beyond. There are 17-20 million people in this country with out any income who are used to paying they’re bills on time. We are in a DEPRESSION but the media is covering up the facts.
Swamp them with your personal stories, they may very well be in the same boat soon.
http://tier5.webs.com/nationalmedia.htm

May 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm
(551) just wondering says:

CONTACT THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY

http://www.democrats.org/

DEMAND THEY INTRODUCE A TIER V BILL NOW, OR FACE THE FALL ELECTION RESULTS!

May 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm
(552) Regina Alexander says:

WE ARE BEING IGNORED BY CONGRESS AND THE MEDIA!
TIME TO HIT THE STREETS PEOPLE!! WE ARE NOT BEING TAKEN SERIOUSLY!! WE HAVE BECOME CONGRESS JOKE!! WE NEED TO HIT THE GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND LET THE WORLD KNOW WHAT A DISGRACE AMERICA IS!! EUROPE HAS DONE IT, NOW SO MUST WE.
THEY HAVEN’T EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE OUR LETTERS AND FAXES. IT’S TIME TO MAKE A LOT OF NOISE, GET ORGANIZED AND HIT THE STREETS BEFORE THE STREETS BECOME OUR PERMANENT HOMES!!

May 7, 2010 at 12:10 am
(553) Michael Johnson says:

The argument in Congress about extending benefits always comes down to funding. The Republicans don’t want to create more debt. So take the money out of the hundreds of billions left in the stimulus money. It is sitting there doing nothing since January 2009. The Democrats say the stimulus is not for unemployment benefits. Doesn’t an unemployed person buy things, that stimulates the economy! So when you contact Washington make the suggestion of where to get the money. Whoever said to raise the minimum wage to $12 should know that the unemployment rate among minimum wage workers rose drastically after the last increase.

May 7, 2010 at 12:22 am
(554) DMR4853 says:

From what I am reading tonight from different news blogs……that our government is warm to help bailing out Greece…. To me that is the icing on the cake. Think about it! Our congress and senate are considering giving Greece money to help their economy… to help stimulate their economy…ie: Jobs

May 7, 2010 at 12:32 am
(555) victor says:

I think the fault goes to both sides. The Republicans don’t mind extending the benifits but want to use the funds from the ARRA(787 stimulus)that was signed back in feb.of 2009 and not increase the deficit if they have to but the Dem. oppose it. Isn’t part of the stimulus supposed to part of the recovery, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

May 7, 2010 at 1:53 am
(556) Kim says:
May 7, 2010 at 8:20 am
(557) Hopeless in Florida says:

While I have not been on unemployment as long as many of you, I have exhausted my reg benefits over 5 weeks ago of the 26 weeks and STILL have not received any type of extension, nor have I received anything in the mail. The system in Fl wont allow you to continue to claim weeks once it shows there are no additional weeks to claim. I have called the unemployment office twice a week for the past 5 weeks to get some answers and each and every different person I have talked to tells me the same thing, “Wait till after 3 pm today and the one week we are holding will be sent out, then you can claim your last 4 weeks”, but this STILL HAS NOT HAPPENED!!! I even called yesterday and a guy told me that he cant figure out what is wrong with my account, that he does not see any red flags holding up my check, but he verbally had me claim the last 4 weeks with him over the phone, then told me that they would be sending out all 5 weeks to me yesterday and to log back in and view my payment sent out. Well I did, and guess what, THEY STILL HAVE NOT SENT IT OUT, THE SYSTEM STILL SHOWS I HAVE NO WEEKS AVAILABLE AND THE LAST PAYMENT SENT WAS OVER 5 WEEKS AGO.

I worked for a company for 6 yrs, making a little over 50 thousand a yr, got laid off because they had to downsize. Have been job hunting faithfully for the last 8 months with no luck. My problem that I have been told is that I am either under qualified or over qualified.

Florida’s unemployment pays $275 per week plus their stimulus of $25 so I have been getting 300 per week and struggling like crazy the last 8 months, oh and did I mention that my spouse was laid off 1 month before me, made the same as I. Well since our layoffs, we have lost one of our vehicles, lost our home, had to sell EVERYTHING that we had, and moved into an rv. We have been bouncing around from place to place struggling on unemployment still trying to make our truck payment and insurance, pay for electric and lot rent with wherever we may end up in our rv, still need to eat somehow too. Since my checks have stopped, it has been damn near impossible now with only one unemployment check coming in.

Ahh, the life of luxury we once knew, ( TV, phone, house with furniture, yard, etc.) we have no more. It has been over 4 months since we have watched TV, that is one of the things we miss the most. We cant afford to get a satellite on this rv, and sure cant get cable where we have been staying!! We try to keep up with the news by using our laptop (only thing besides our clothes that we didn’t sell), but half the time, we lose internet connection with this unreliable wireless card, which I might add will be shut off in 3 days as well as our only cell phone because we cant pay the bill).

One of the things that hurts us the most, is knowing that all the people we have financially helped out in the last 6 years that we were doing great, that NOT ONE OF THEM has lent us a hand when we are so down and out. Family and friends. NOT ONE!!!! They turn the other cheek as if they cant see the help that we could use. Of course we have not asked for help, but we are not built that we, guess we just assumed they would volunteer.

Anyway, I was getting a little worried being laid off for 8 months and not finding a job, but I just kept thinking in the back of mind, that we will find them soon. But after stumbling across this site and reading EVERY SINGLE COMMENT on hear, seeing all of you struggle as well, but still not having a job after 99 weeks , and now seeing my future of possible not working after 99, I must say, you all have scared the crap out of me now. We are now mobile with no belongings and nothing to keep us here in Florida, we have been searching the internet for months looking for jobs in other states so we could leave here, but we have not come across these jobs, we were hoping that maybe it was just here in Florida, California, and Nevada that was worse, but seeing how so many of you are not from here, we really don’t know what we should do now. Soon, our internet as well as our cell phone will be shut off, our lifeline to the outside world! Then what? How will we survive? WE WANT TO WORK AGAIN!!! We are both 40 and have quite a few years of working left, we don’t want to end up on welfare!

I would love to know where all the jobs are that we hear so much about on the yahoo news!!!! Where are they? Someone please tell us! We are ready to go travel to any state to work!!!!

Sorry for rambling on and on so much, but we can relate to so many of the stories on here and we truly feel for all of you.

Good luck to you all and us and God Bless!

May 7, 2010 at 8:36 am
(558) Angel says:

I applied for food stamps a month ago and never got it. I feel so ignored. I say we send our bills to the President, march on Capitol Hill, camp out in front of the White House. Something drastic is needed. The petition is not going to be effective imo. PS The remaining few dollars I have is being slowly taken by the very unregulated, corrupt stock market as if my financial situation is not bad enough.

The White House address is 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500
president@whitehouse.gov

May 7, 2010 at 8:42 am
(559) Angel says:

Sorry, it’s now
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Ignore the email address above.

May 7, 2010 at 10:34 am
(560) hoop123 says:

Just look how all the support of Tier V is vanishing,,, Now there on the band wagon we can’t end up like Greece, we have to stop spending start to go backwards again, maybe reconsider the health care bill, ya think ya idots, can’t help our people but willing to help Greece where they retire at age 50! they live off the Gov. Washington could care less for any of us.

May 7, 2010 at 10:47 am
(561) just wondering says:

Call Sherrod Brown! 202-224-3353

I just got off the phone with his office. Brown is trying to include a Tier 5 in the Financial Stability Act. CALL WITH YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT!!!!

ALSO-see above statement from me # 548 ^

Call the NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY

http://www.democrats.org/

Let them know fall elections are coming.

That waiting WEEKS to get something done is unacceptable!!!!

6.7 MILLION 99ers NEED THEM TO ACT NOW!!!

THAT’S RIGHT-TODAY’S FIGURES= 6.7 MILLION 99ers!!!

May 7, 2010 at 11:52 am
(562) R says:

What we need right now is MEDIA COVERAGE!!! We are being lost in the background to oil spills, imigration and exploding volcanos in Iceland. I have emailed Senator Reids Media person Jessica Tingey at: jessica_tingey@reid.senate.gov I have asked her to use the powers of her media arm to contact the Rachel Maddow Show and the Ed Schultz Show to push the importance of this issue and the need for their TV coverage for support. Please contact the Rachel Maddow Show and Ed Schultz Show producers at msnbc.com, and the senator’s media person above. Don’t send a boiler plate letter. Instead tell them your individual story and why this is vital. We have to get aggressive and creative about getting action.

May 7, 2010 at 11:56 am
(563) bob jones says:

A few months back during health care bill the president,harry reid,& others wanted to extend unrmployment beyond 99 weeks till at least the end of 2010.It got postponed temporarily.Other matters had tobe taken care of.Congress the time is now we have waited long enough 16 million of us.We are in grave danger of loosing homes, cars,etc..Health ins. i.r.a.’s retirement savings gone, just hanging on you try live $350 a week.Go America

May 7, 2010 at 1:35 pm
(564) MR. SELFISH says:

“No tier so long people forever this absolutely rediculous I DO NOT WANT ANY TIER FIVE PASSED. I WANT ONLY AN EXTENSION FOR FILING FOR THE LOWER TIERS PASSED, I AM ON TIER ONE AND I WANT TO INSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS THE MONEY IN THE KITTY NECCESARY TO COVER ME THROUGH TIER NUMBER FOUR IN CASE I NEED IT. I THINK 99 WEEKERS IS LONG ENOUGH TO BLEED THE GOVERNMENT. HAVE A NICE DAY

May 7, 2010 at 7:44 pm
(565) MR. SELFISH says:

THERE IS ALWAYS SOUP KITCHENS, I BELIEVE THEY USE THE GOOD SOUP MADE WITH MILK AND CAMPBELLS TOMATOE!!!

May 7, 2010 at 7:52 pm
(566) Melissa says:

Gregg in florida is right!!!!!! I just called the 1-888 number and I got the capital secretary, and told her I wanted to request a tier 5 extension and she asked me what senator and put me thru to their office voicemail. Everyone tonight that is in need of a tier 5,6,7 or just poor needs to call this number that Gregg in Florida has provided for us, do it, let them hea us, let them hear you as a person, tell them what you want and why and how broke you are!!!! Again the number is 1-888-245-0215. Call ,call, call they are answering now. flood theior phone lines, call ,call, call call NOW!!!!!!!

May 7, 2010 at 7:57 pm
(567) Melissa says:

Mr. selfish, if you were not so heartless for the many Americans and their children, that have no food, and believe me we are not bleeding the government dry…. Maybe you should do some research…Cause I could and would have told you how to proceed to get your extension, but since your so heartless do it on your own!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Try asking the GOPers they should be a big help!!!

May 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm
(568) l newark says:

Mr. selfish we will see what they will do with you after your 99 weeks it wont be nice.

May 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm
(569) Melissa says:

Grim reaper,
You need to go home to your large corporation and keep stuffing tax money in your pocket. Their are no JOBS!!!!!! Their are 6.5 million unemployed, with only 290,000 jobs created. GET REAL!!!! You have no idea how people are suffering! You do not care!!!! I will lose my home next month. By the way I have a college degree and have worked for 30 years!!!! I have no water right now, I will have no electric next week, and I get food on thursdays from a local church I attend, I eat only once a day, somedays I do not eat at all so I can feed my grandaughter who is two.I have tried to sell my car for two weeks,but no one seems to have money to buy my only way to get around to look for a job, or go on interviews. The bus service does not come to my area of OHio. I have two daughters with college degrees, one is working at crackerbarrel, and the other who has a BS in science cannot find a job, so her daughter and her live with me. I cry as I write because I have no idea what to do.And you Mr Grim Reaper are just like the rest of the rich… you do not care!!I used my retirement to keep my home afloat and pay down credit card bills, and basically survive in between extensions that took six or more weeks to get. I will steal to feed my two year old grandaughter if I have to. I have 275 applications where I sent resumes saved on my computer, with only five interviews. Each interview I had at least ten young people to go up against. Needless to say I have not been hired. I am tired of people like you who do not give a crap about the middle class American unemplyed worker. I am not lazy, my house is the cleanest its been in my life, along with my car and yard! I want to work!!! I dont have things handed to me like you may have! I made $75,000.00 a year and yes I did pay taxes!!I live in a nice home, or what you would probably think is average, but it is nice to me, and I never ever expected to lose everything I have worked hard for in my life! Whoever said I did not pay taxes, well I have the papers to prove it!! I do not enjoy living off what I call poverty level unemployment! I wish I could work, so go bully someone else, or do something constructive and hire someone! I need help from a program that I have paid into for 30 years!!! I need a bailout, just like the banks. And yes if the economy grows like they say it will I will find a job, because I look everyday!!! But it is not going to end in 6 weeks like the tier 4 extesion was.Or didnt you know that? Did you think it was longer? Or you just do not care? It may take another year. Until then we deserve help!
We are the voters that vote for our political leaders and since this crisis, all I have seen are the democrats willing to help us, while the Republicans want to delay and go on vacation, so Grim reaper, your name speaks volumes, Go clean a bird in louisainna, do something constructive! Or maybe you would like to join the GOPers in Louissiana and go to the midnight matinee for the showing of ROOTS for all you confederate fans of the GOP. Just get out of here with your crappy opinions you have no idea the extent of poverty we are all facing. And I will pray for you because that is what I am suppose to do, but God is watching you!!! May he have mercy on your heartless soul!!

May 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm
(570) Melissa says:

Yeah Mr. Selfish has no idea what a ride he is in for! It goes real fast Mr. Selfish, so it wont be long until your in the same boat!!

May 8, 2010 at 12:44 am
(571) There says:

is currently around 435 House of Reps, each making $174,000 annual salary. My question is, why the fcuk do we need that many of them?

Not to mention the other 100 fatcats in the Senate.

May 8, 2010 at 9:52 am
(572) NEWNEWDEAL says:

Guys dont repond to these chilish fools

Lets keep our eyes on the prize TIER V

May 8, 2010 at 10:28 am
(573) formerly unemployed says:

The 99ers will have to suffer, which are most of the people that voted for Obama. I guess he’s only going to be in office for 4 years. I use to collect unemployment, so I know how most of you feel. Time to get up and do something new everyone. The government wont help those that don’t help themselves. I feel bad for the single moms that are going through this bs. Just hold on and stay on congress is all I can say at this moment.
ex-umemployed guy

May 8, 2010 at 11:57 am
(574) Kim says:

Just keep fighting for a tier 5….if any of you have FaceBook come & joint our cause for a Tier 5
http://www.causes.com/causes/481260/about?m=448033c3

and Newnewdeal is right, please don’t pay any attention to the childish few on here…they don’t have anything to offer & don’t have a life of their own…simply ignore them…they are totally not worth our time!

May 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm
(575) hoop 123 says:

Need anyone be reminded who is in office? Do you think the people that voted for him, will again? Don’t think so! He’s on TV bragging how good of a job he is doing with the jobs that are being fillled, that guy needs a Math Lesson, Help us all, he doesn’t understand anything,, he just a figure head,

May 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm
(576) DMR4853 says:

Just recieved this e-mail from the Democratic Society about how great they are doing with the job market and how good they are despite the GOP….

http://us.mg202.mail.yahoo.com/dc/launch?.rand=fhdl0o6a10l8o

May 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm
(577) job bones says:

just hanging on you try live $350 a week.Go America

May 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm
(578) DMR4853 says:

Hang in there JOB Bones…

http://tinyurl.com/236f4sm

May 9, 2010 at 8:07 am
(579) hoop123 says:

It must be a sad day for many Mothers out there, with no benefits on this Mothers Day. But to Listen to Obama all is well with the Jobs , plenty of them the numbers are very good, just listen to him talk, he doing a bang up Job , at least he thinks so, better start packing early Obama,,,,,,, and looking to go back to Chicago 2012 don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

May 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm
(580) hoop123 says:

Just heard the news report on TV, Obama just signed the bill
to SEND GREECE 40 Billion to help there Gov. get out of trouble, now can you really sink your teeth into that one! As you all just praying to get tier V, passed, they should all be thrown out of office,

May 9, 2010 at 6:43 pm
(581) CARMEL says:

CANT BELIEVE PRESIDENT OBAMA STOOD IN FRONT OF A MILLION OF PEOPLE ON NATIONAL WIDE T.V AND SAID THE JOB GROWTH IS DOING SOOOOO WELL. LETS SEE WHEN HE IS ON UNEMPLOYMENT IN 2012. I REALLY DONT THINK I WILL EVER VOTE AS LONG AS I LIVE AGAIN. ALL LAST WEEK I PUT IN APPLICATIONS FOR JOBS IN I HAVE NOT HEARD BACK FROM ANY ONE YET. I DON`T KNOW WHAT PLANET CONGRESS, SENATE, PRESIDENT OBAMA, IS ON BUT YOU PEOPLE NEED TO GET REAL. AND PASS THE TIER 5, BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. PEOPLE ARE GOING TO START TAKING MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS. THE CRIME RATE IS SO HIGH RIGHT BUT YOU JSUT WAIT IT IS GOING TO GET WORSE.EVEN IF THEY DON`T PASS A TIER 5, PASS MORE EXTENSION.MAY GOD BLESS US ALL.

May 9, 2010 at 11:42 pm
(582) anthony says:

I GOT IDEA FOR ANYONE UNEMPLOYMENT, LOSE UR HOME, YOU NEEDED TO FIND OUT WHERE YOUR CONGRESS OR REPRESENTIVE. SENATOR….V.V.V.. LIVE. BRING YOUR FAMILY GO TO CAMP ON THERE LAWN, UNTIL THEY PASS TIER 5.

May 10, 2010 at 3:14 am
(583) TIME FOR A RIOT says:

CALIFORNIA! CALL

1-888-245-0215
1-888-245-0215
1-888-245-0215
1-888-245-0215
1-888-245-0215

ASK FOR BARBARA BOXER AND IT SENDS RIGHT TO HER PERSONAL LINE! TELL HER WE NEED TEIR 5!!!!!

May 10, 2010 at 10:17 am
(584) sadinmichigan says:

I am a 99er. I have been going to school the whole time that I have been on unemployeement and I have just resently recieved a occational position but this does not pay my bills and put food on the table at the same time. I work as much as I can but right now it seams as if they don’t need as much help as they thought they did. I really need tier 5 so I it will help make up for the weeks that my job does not need me. People don’t understand how hard it is to get a job when they don’t have to look for one.

May 10, 2010 at 11:11 am
(585) DMR4853 says:

sadinmichigan….I think most people, who have jobs, know how hard it is to look for a job….they are scared to death they may be next….the working force in America today have put their heads into a hole because they may be are next..don’t rock the boat…its a employer’s market..too bad the working force don’t rally around the longterm unemployed… I’m sadinboston…..good luck

May 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm
(586) Joseph Bibbins says:

I am in need of this tier 5 extension. I have a wife with 2 small children. My wife is battling breast cancer. I have to have some income in order to take care of them.

May 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm
(587) Angel says:

I called Barbara Boxer and left a msg. Also went to http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm and emailed most of them right down the line for a Tier 5. It’s also day 35 and still no food stamps. They should be ashamed playing with people. Here’s an article on disability insurance. They screw people on this too. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100510/ap_on_bi_ge/us_disability_backlog
Most people who ask for help, NEED HELP!!!!! I feel we will get nowhere. This will lead to an economic depression in a few years. Watch. It’s because of our leaders sending money to other countries instead of helping their own people.

May 11, 2010 at 12:40 am
(588) DDo says:

Hello to all my fellow unemployed Americans. It is time again for us to unite and create a voice that is louder than that of our opposition. We must take immediate actions for our own survival. We must not just contact the Senators, but also the media and religious organizations so that the rest of the nation can understand our plight. We are not lazy leeches of society, it may be true that some of us have given hope of finding employment while the rest of us continue to look jobs that are not there. After all, it was the Republicans who put us in this mess, and the Democrats, despite their gallant efforts, kept us in it to rot. The real enemy is not our Government but the powerful and rich faceless ones who have been running this country by manipulating everything and everyone including the media. They used the divide and conquer tactic by turning the so-called “employed Americans” who are unhappy with their job to become extrememly jealous with us lazy unemployed citizens. Who is our President kidding? For every job created as boasted by Mr. Obama, we lose five more and that is unacceptable in today’s recession mode. The national unemployment rate is still on the rise and not even counting the long-term unemployed workers who have dropped off the radar. It is so sad to see the rich are getting richer while the poor is taking over the middle class. Heaven forbids should history repeat itself by reinventing a new form of communism that would eventually destroy this nation from within. I suggest that we all take some mannequins, representing an American family consisting of an unemployed father, mother and their children, and hang them by the neck in front of places like the State Capitol bldg, theme parks, malls etc… symbolizing the death of the forgotten ones. Now the nation can also see with their eyes instead of just their ears to why we have suffered so much for so long. If Congress fails to create a tier 5 soon, we may all have to move to Greece for a better life, anyone? May God protect us all!

May 11, 2010 at 2:55 am
(589) Deirdre B Pride says:

Congress needs to take in consideration that after people were done with tier 4, a lot of those same people stopped filing. People need to know that they must continue to file so that Congress knows you are still unemployed.

They keep saying there was a drop in claims. Well hello???? They dropped when tier 4 was exhausted.

May 11, 2010 at 8:51 am
(590) hoop 123 says:

The outlook is not good, they are now saying welfare dept.l is being overwhelmed, and the food stamp offices are having a hard time processing all the applications, SSI Disability Claims have sky rocked, up 300 thousands so far, site can’t handle all the applications, all this could have been avoided if they would of done right by the people, and helped them with the benefits, but they left the poor no other choice now but to look for help anyway they can, homelessness will also go higher, just a snowball effect. Around XMAS it really will be bad in this Country, Can you believe this time in ourlives

May 11, 2010 at 10:16 am
(591) doug devries says:

I contacted two Michigan senators.They both talked about stimulus and job creation but both avoided talking about a tier 5 extension.In other words they avoided the subject .

May 11, 2010 at 10:32 am
(592) just wondering says:

Go to the National Democratic Headquarters site.

Make sure you are able to vote. Register!

Leave your comments!

6.7 MILLION AMERICANS are considered 99ers. And more coming…..coming…coming…

THAT figure does not include the TOTAL FAMILY UNIT numbers! So if you take even adding just a spouse to that figure which is effected, THAT FIGURE TOTALS 13.40 MILLION AMERICANS without a lifeline!!!!

Lets be even more fair, and subtract 3.40 —– that is TEN….YES COUNT THEM……TEN MILLION VOTES that will hold them accountable during the elections this fall.

SOMEONE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BETTER GROW A SET!!!
Or do not scratch your head when you lose the election. Period. Period!
QUIT GIVING IN AND UP—–AND STAND UP! You are giving excuses…

In our calls we are told that a bill has not been introduced yet due to the low interest. Low interest my blahhhhhhh!!!! Excuse me, aren’t THEY the ones (supposedly) that draw up the bills/amendments to be introduced? Why yes!

Get off of your cushy chairs and start drafting!!! START EARNING YOUR KEEP!

Call SHERROD BROWN 202-224-2315

His office states he is working on introducing legislation for a TIER 5.
Well lets pray he burns the midnight oil to do so.
CALL HIM! Send your support in his endeavor. He needs your help to back him!

FAX, CALL, EMAIL—–REPRESENTATIVES and MEDIA

Everyone is asking where the celebrities are for we Americans? They can go to bat for the whales, Haiti, and any other off the wall subject.
WHAT ABOUT SHOUTING FOR AMERICANS???????????

WHERE IS OPRAH??? DR. PHIL???? Oh yes, “we will get through this thing”….while wearing shoes that cost enough to pay someone’s rent. Hello…..(whistle)….over here Dr. Phil. YooooooHooooooo, lookey here….we are only AMERICANS in AMERICA.

And excuse me OPaahhhhRahhhh……who gave you YOUR start and made you your billions????? Oh yeah, America. WELL AMERICAN SCHOOLS AND CHILDREN COULD USE SOME OF THAT AMERICAN MONEY RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA—-DID YA BUILD AMERICA A SCHOOL??? HAVE YOU GONE TO BAT FOR THE AMERICAN TEACHERS???? THEY COULD USE YOUR INFLUENCE AND HELP RIGHT NOW LADY!!!!!!!!!

I am soooooooo sorry for ranting and raving here-but the unemployment sites are packed with such horrid stories. These are our fellow country men and women, that at best hope and pray, they can hold out one more month—–to suicidal thoughts.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA….GET ON BOARD WITH YOUR OWN PEOPLE…..or your constituency will remember in the fall elections.

Now YOUR jobs are in jeopardy! Notice how many politicians are ‘retiring’…..the ole trick of yelling BEFORE the punch hurts. They know, they know what’s coming. Rather retire than be fired.

The REPUBLICANS holding all the votes hostage for their own benefit—

YOU WILL BE THE REASON FOR YOUR OWN DEMISE, you ignorant asses.

YOU TOO WILL BE STANDING IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINES!

DO NOT GIVE UP PEOPLE! WE ARE AMERICANS, AND HARD WORKING HONEST AMERICANS!

WE WILL PREVAIL!!! Give them the wrath of hell.

They think the American public is stupid.

FIRST FAILURE IN WAR…..underestimating your enemy.
SECOND FAILURE IN WAR….. Underestimating your enemy.

They being so vain—-have made that mistake, when they made fellow Americans, the enemy.

REMEMBER THEY WORK FOR US!!! MARCH ON AMERICA!

May 11, 2010 at 11:29 am
(593) hoop123 says:

DDO you are right on target, but still no tierV, and look on workforce site, they don’t even up date anymore,

May 11, 2010 at 11:43 am
(594) action says:

All you wanting a tier 5 including myself stop paying your taxes see if that don’t get there attention at least you will have shelter and food if we all do this it will have a big impact that would be milloins in jail think about it that would cost them a lot of money and they won’t get paid see how they like it think about it.

May 11, 2010 at 12:41 pm
(595) Angel says:

Action, if you stop paying taxes and you screw yourself, not the government. Not the right tactic. DDo you are right on. A drastic, immediate response is needed now, not the petition. A march on Washington, perhaps? Demonstrations? I say drop the bills we can’t pay from the sky onto the White House!!!!!!

Paladinette, is on vacation for 2 weeks. http://tinyurl.com/236f4sm Are there any volunteers to get a movement going? The word out is the most important thing. AND WHAT HAPPENED TO FAX SENATORS WEEKEND?, PALADINETTE? Senators are talking of “adding” weeks instead a full Tier. It doesn’t sound good—sounds like an extra month or so. If it’s that’s the case, DON’T BOTHER SENATORS!!! We need more than that until the economy regulates itself. JUST WONDERING, you seem like an outspoken advocate for us…what is your opinion on what to do BESIDES calling/emailing/faxing senators which we’ve all done???? PS I’ve lost respect for Oprah. She has frivolous topics, not the real issues affecting Americans.

May 11, 2010 at 12:53 pm
(596) Angel says:

PS Dierdre—I CAN’T file anymore. After 99 weeks, you are dropped from UI online and there is no “claim weekly benefits” button to push online anymore!!! So even if they add weeks, you have to call Dept. of Labor to activate your account so the “claim weekly benefits” button is active. Slimey government!!!!!!!!

May 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm
(597) Renee says:

Melissa and Gregg are right! I just called the number Gregg provided and was tranferred to the assistant of the Senator for my state of MO. She recorded verbatim what I said about us 99ers and how unemployment is not decreasing, we have just dropped off the radar and are not allowed to make unemployment claims any longer! I implored that the Senator vote for Tier V extention through the remainder of 2010 and reminded him of the upcoming elections. Here is Melissa’s (563) post with phone number to call. Just tell the operator what state you are in. Call, call, call!!

Gregg in florida is right!!!!!! I just called the 1-888 number and I got the capital secretary, and told her I wanted to request a tier 5 extension and she asked me what senator and put me thru to their office voicemail. Everyone tonight that is in need of a tier 5,6,7 or just poor needs to call this number that Gregg in Florida has provided for us, do it, let them hea us, let them hear you as a person, tell them what you want and why and how broke you are!!!! Again the number is 1-888-245-0215. Call ,call, call they are answering now. flood theior phone lines, call ,call, call call NOW!!!!!!!

May 11, 2010 at 3:31 pm
(598) MR. SMILEY says:

action says:
All you wanting a tier 5 including myself stop paying your taxes see if that don’t get there attention at least you will have shelter and food if we all do this it will have a big impact that would be milloins in jail think about it that would cost them a lot of money and they won’t get paid see how they like it think about it.

STOP PAYING WHAT TAXES!!!

May 11, 2010 at 4:08 pm
(599) Need help says:

Please everyone sign this petition, we need to let our Senators, President and Representatives know we won’t stand for this.

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/no_money_for_the_greek_unemployed_before_adding_tier_extensions_for_the_american_unemployed

No Money for the Greek Unemployed Before Adding Tier Extensions for the American Unemployed
President Obama, Senators, and Representatives

Unbelievable.

Shameful.

Americans are going hungry and seeking shelters because you say there’s no money for an extension of unemployment benefits for the jobless workers who have no benefits left. They can’t pay their rent, buy food, or buy gas for their cars to look for work BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO MONEY. These are the same people who worked and paid into the unemployment insurance fund for 1, 6, 22, 36, 45 years.

You continue to trap them in their desperation every single day, without the relief of added Tier benefits.

SO DON’T YOU DARE SEND OUR MONEY OUT OF THIS COUNTRY TO HELP ANOTHER COUNTRY’S UNEMPLOYED BEFORE YOU TAKE CARE OF OURS! WHAT COULD POSSIBLY MAKE YOU BELIEVE THE GREEKS ARE MORE DESERVING THAN AMERICANS. IS IT BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW TO RIOT WHEN THEIR ELECTED LEADERS LET THEM DOWN?

Don’t make Greece’s model of rioting in the streets the only affective way to get your attention.

Add to unemployment Tiers 1-4, and create a Tier 5; and make the additions last until there are real jobs.

First jobs, then benefit cuts.

This is signed by a VERY ANGRY AMERICAN.

[Your name]

May 12, 2010 at 8:56 am
(600) Sianara says:

Some Disturbing News About The Tier V Unemployment Extension
By Phillip Williams on May 11, 2010, 2:41 pm Posted in Finance News

The work that has been done up to this point on behalf of unemployment extensions has been outstanding and commendable. Congressional leaders have been alerted to the plight of the American public, but there is a new threat that, while the reality existed, may come to the attention of the leaders that are already supporting these measures, and destroy all the good work that has been done.”"

…whatever this means?????

May 12, 2010 at 10:08 am
(601) Tammy Y says:

Wow!!! Just spoke with a rep in Senator Reid’s office. We are doomed. She just informed me there have been NO talks for a tier 5 extensionand it is not a priority. I’ve already lost a lot in this mess! Single mom trying to put 2 kids thru college and 1 thru high school. I need help desperately.
Screw YOU Mr Selfish!!! We are not asking for handouts we are in need of help from OUR country!!!
We had 22 confirmed tornadoes come thru TN 4/30/10. Just think how you would feel if that happened to you and you had no income to try to rebuild. They passed disaster unemployment but it is only for those who are out of work due to the storm. What the hell?? What about the storms created by Presidents Clinton and Bush that put jobs in other countries and left their own out to die? You need to rethink your comments before you allow the world to know how ignorant you are!!!!

May 12, 2010 at 10:20 am
(602) carlie says:

I have spoken with many of my still employed friends and there are fewer of them every day. All are afraid that tomorrow they will be the next one laid off. What happend to the Bail Out money to the banks that was supposed to save jobs stimulate new jobs and stop the rise in unemployment???? I havn’t been able to find anything since 2008 and I HAVE been looking. Tier V is needed.

May 12, 2010 at 11:30 am
(603) Kim says:

Tammy…whoever gave you that info is so wrong! We are not doomed & they have heard PLENTY of talk about it…don’t believe everything you hear!

May 12, 2010 at 12:20 pm
(604) panhead64flh says:

The clock keeps ticking and my situation keeps geeting worse. I’ve called, emailed and faxed Washington reps. Soon to be pennyless, need help NOW. I promise to vote these heartless politicians out. I’ve also noticed my emails have become less and less polite and more and more demanding. I hope those in power get the message. Keep on calling, etc. I just had to turn off my phone. Thak God for the library, but how long can I afford gas to get there. Let alone to a job interview.

May 12, 2010 at 12:35 pm
(605) Kim says:

The petition is at 25,120.

PETITION DELIVERY!

I NEED YOUR HELP, especially people in the Washington, D.C. area, or close enough to get there. The petition reached its first big milestone at 25,000, and I’d like to use the occasion on our behalf. As you know the petition is sent out every time a person signs. However it doesn’t show the total number of signatures on the emails.

I’m proposing that I print out all the signatures and ask for volunteers to hand deliver them to Congress. There will be 750 pages. It would be wonderful if there were at least a small crowd because we’ll be trying to get some media coverage.

As of now, the target date is May 18, but that could change. Congress will leave for summer recess on May 27, and the word is that they will vote on the unemployment deadline extension before then. We want them to include us in that bill.

I’ll try to coordinate this from California. I’ve set up a special email account for this project at decker.issa@yahoo.com Please email me if you can participate and include your phone number, town, and state. I’ll contact you as place and time firm up.

Keep looking at the DELIVER PETITION TO WASHINGTON page of our website at http://www.99erspetition.com for updated information.

May 12, 2010 at 2:37 pm
(606) DMR4853 says:

Tammy..Kim is right!…take a breather from these sites….day or two….I was a rollercoaster ride with good news…bad news…Keep positive….Kim gave me a kick last month….something will happen…may not be a tier V …but they have to come up with something. I think the silence from our government is deliberate …hoping to weed out the people who are taking advantage of the system….unfortunately, the true longterm unemployed will suffer for it…keep pushing what is right! Put America back to work!!!! be safe…

May 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm
(607) rubeN says:

panhead64flh,

I agree it just keeps getting worse everyday when you have exhausted your benefits and have no income coming in. But bills and necessities are always there.

May 12, 2010 at 4:57 pm
(608) Kim says:

Hi you guys…believe me I understand your frustration…I exhausted all of my 99 weeks over a week ago & I still can’t find a job…nor do I have any income….

I truly believe things will work out for us, we just have to keep pushing for the tier 5…

I agree with DMR…it is a roller coaster ride…One day I hear good news & the next day bad etc he is right…it’s a good idea to take a break from it for a day or so…otherwise we will all go insane!

May 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm
(609) Kim says:

The petition is at 25,120.

PETITION DELIVERY!

I NEED YOUR HELP, especially people in the Washington, D.C. area, or close enough to get there. The petition reached its first big milestone at 25,000, and I’d like to use the occasion on our behalf. As you know the petition is sent out every time a person signs. However it doesn’t show the total number of signatures on the emails.

I’m proposing that I print out all the signatures and ask for volunteers to hand deliver them to Congress. There will be 750 pages. It would be wonderful if there were at least a small crowd because we’ll be trying to get some media coverage.

As of now, the target date is May 18, but that could change. Congress will leave for summer recess on May 27, and the word is that they will vote on the unemployment deadline extension before then. We want them to include us in that bill.

I’ll try to coordinate this from California. I’ve set up a special email account for this project at decker.issa@yahoo.com Please email me if you can participate and include your phone number, town, and state. I’ll contact you as place and time firm up.

Keep looking at the DELIVER PETITION TO WASHINGTON page of our website at http://www.99erspetition.com for updated information.

May 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm
(610) Kim says:

Here is another great site to check out.
http://www.99erspetition.com/

May 12, 2010 at 7:47 pm
(611) Renee says:

I hope everyone has signed the petition that is going to Washington D.C. http://www.change.org/petitions/view/unemployment_extension_2010_tier_5_now.
We have over 25,000 signature so far. I just got an update from Change.org. The petition is still adding signatures…the more the better. If you have not already signed, please do so. We need action!! and please continue to call your senators office. Flood, Flood, Flood. Now the media is taking notice of us 99ers. Cry out loud people!!!

May 12, 2010 at 9:32 pm
(612) Tammy Y says:

Thanks Kim and DMR4853!! I hope your advice works for me.
Allow me to tell you about the food stamps issue. I could only get $41 worth of food stamps for myself, my 17 yr old, and my 19 yr old due to unemployment. Because my 19 yr old is a full time college student, he did not qualify because he is not working 20 hours a week.
Today I got a letter stating because my unemployment ended in March, I can now receive $261 and my son won’t qualify until June because he will be out of school for summer break. Are they serious? I am happy to get what I can. I am just so frustrated. Not to mention I was married to a dead beat! He OWNS an insurance company in Florida and won’t pay up. He put everything in his mom’s and granny’s name to get away without paying. Trust its been reported but nothing is done.
I just feel like jumping off a bridge but it would devastate my kids. What can I do? I have signed the petitions!!!
I just can’t see daylight!

May 12, 2010 at 9:47 pm
(613) nocole bless says:

I am 37 old single mom with 2 kids i have been laid off since October 2008 i have not found work i find myself having to lie on my application because i made 20.58 an hour and no one wants to hire me because they feel i want stay on the job but if they only knew i want is a job so i can feed my kids. People i know we are angry but let us continue to pray and have faith in God claiming victory over this tier 5 because we all need it be bless.

May 12, 2010 at 10:08 pm
(614) nocolebless says:

I am 37year old single mom with 2 kids i have been laid off since October 2008 i have not found work i find myself having to lie on my application because i made 20.58 an hour and no one wants to hire me because they feel i want stay on the job but if they only knew i want is a job so i can feed my kids. People i know we are angry but let us continue to pray and have faith in God claiming victory over this tier 5 because we all need it be bless.

May 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(615) DMR4853 says:

Tammy….truly understand…we all have the same question…”what are we suppose to do now?”…That’s why we are all here as well as other sites to rectify this tragedy….wish I had the answers…everyone is going through their own journey without gainfull employment….take care

May 13, 2010 at 2:55 am
(616) rubeN says:
May 13, 2010 at 6:39 am
(617) TimJobLess says:

Did you hear….. that the First Lady Wages War On Obesity?? Well, I guess the idea here is to start with the poor, unemployed first. Give them no money and they shall slim down! WE NEED JOBS not a diet!!!

May 13, 2010 at 11:13 am
(618) l newark says:

they need to see we need healp

May 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm
(619) Joe says:

CALL AND EMAIL ASAP……..
I just spoke with a representative from Senator Reids office in Vegas…….I was told that they are working on a Tier 5 plan and that they are receiving ONLY about 12 calls per day on this issue……..
WE MUST ALL BE CALLING AND EMAILING…….we can not depend on others, have friends and family call. If we are not communicating then nothing will be done.

We all feel better sharing hardship stories with each other, but lets share our sucess stories…..OF EXTENDED BENEFITS AND A TIER 5. PLEASE THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM ALL OF US !!!

FOR YOUR FUTURE CALL AND EMAIL ASAP and continue to communicate our crisis situation!!!!

May 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm
(620) judie says:

FIRST they need to increase the number of weeks one can collect. IF you are in one of the states that has high unemployment when you collect the last of your 4th tier, you have collected 99 weeks of unemployment compensation. THAT is the major problem. They need to allow the unemployed to collect as many weeks as there are benefits for, THEN pass a tier 5 with at minimum of 26 additional weeks!!!!!!

TIME to get with the program and pass these new rules.

May 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm
(621) james p k.y. says:

im only on tier one, i just want an extension for additional tiers extended so i can access tier two if i need it. i dont see a need for anything beyond tier no. two, certainly not tier five.

May 13, 2010 at 1:55 pm
(622) DMR4853 says:

Hey Joe….hope your right!…right now people don”t need false hope…again….we will keep at it….thanks for the info…

May 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm
(623) DMR4853 says:

James PKY…..WOW! you need to do your homework on why there is a need for a Tier V or a longer Tier 1V before making a statement like that…if your speaking to your needs…I’m sorry I misread you…but if your talking about the thought process of the Tiers….then you need to understand everyone’s journey….respectfully

May 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(624) KLATU AND GORT says:

just wondering says:
Go to the National Democratic Headquarters site.

Make sure you are able to vote. Register!

Leave your comments!

6.7 MILLION AMERICANS are considered 99ers. And more coming…..coming…coming…

THAT figure does not include the TOTAL FAMILY UNIT numbers! So if you take even adding just a spouse to that figure which is effected, THAT FIGURE TOTALS 13.40 MILLION AMERICANS without a lifeline!!!!

Lets be even more fair, and subtract 3.40 —– that is TEN….YES COUNT THEM……TEN MILLION VOTES that will hold them accountable during the elections this fall.

SOMEONE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BETTER GROW A SET!!!
Or do not scratch your head when you lose the election. Period. Period!
QUIT GIVING IN AND UP—–AND STAND UP! You are giving excuses…

In our calls we are told that a bill has not been introduced yet due to the low interest. Low interest my blahhhhhhh!!!! Excuse me, aren’t THEY the ones (supposedly) that draw up the bills/amendments to be introduced? Why yes!

Get off of your cushy chairs and start drafting!!! START EARNING YOUR KEEP!

Call SHERROD BROWN 202-224-2315

His office states he is working on introducing legislation for a TIER 5.
Well lets pray he burns the midnight oil to do so.
CALL HIM! Send your support in his endeavor. He needs your help to back him!

FAX, CALL, EMAIL—–REPRESENTATIVES and MEDIA

Everyone is asking where the celebrities are for we Americans? They can go to bat for the whales, Haiti, and any other off the wall subject.
WHAT ABOUT SHOUTING FOR AMERICANS???????????

WHERE IS OPRAH??? DR. PHIL???? Oh yes, “we will get through this thing”….while wearing shoes that cost enough to pay someone’s rent. Hello…..(whistle)….over here Dr. Phil. YooooooHooooooo, lookey here….we are only AMERICANS in AMERICA.

And excuse me OPaahhhhRahhhh……who gave you YOUR start and made you your billions????? Oh yeah, America. WELL AMERICAN SCHOOLS AND CHILDREN COULD USE SOME OF THAT AMERICAN MONEY RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA—-DID YA BUILD AMERICA A SCHOOL??? HAVE YOU GONE TO BAT FOR THE AMERICAN TEACHERS???? THEY COULD USE YOUR INFLUENCE AND HELP RIGHT NOW LADY!!!!!!!!!

I am soooooooo sorry for ranting and raving here-but the unemployment sites are packed with such horrid stories. These are our fellow country men and women, that at best hope and pray, they can hold out one more month—–to suicidal thoughts.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA….GET ON BOARD WITH YOUR OWN PEOPLE…..or your constituency will remember in the fall elections.

Now YOUR jobs are in jeopardy! Notice how many politicians are ‘retiring’…..the ole trick of yelling BEFORE the punch hurts. They know, they know what’s coming. Rather retire than be fired.

The REPUBLICANS holding all the votes hostage for their own benefit—

YOU WILL BE THE REASON FOR YOUR OWN DEMISE, you ignorant asses.

YOU TOO WILL BE STANDING IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINES!

DO NOT GIVE UP PEOPLE! WE ARE AMERICANS, AND HARD WORKING HONEST AMERICANS!

WE WILL PREVAIL!!! Give them the wrath of hell.

They think the American public is stupid.

FIRST FAILURE IN WAR…..underestimating your enemy.
SECOND FAILURE IN WAR….. Underestimating your enemy.

They being so vain—-have made that mistake, when they made fellow Americans, the enemy.

REMEMBER THEY WORK FOR US!!! MARCH ON AMERICA!

I AM KLATU

I AM LEAVING YOUR PLANET SOON, ALONG WITH MY TRUSTY ROBOT GORT, SO YOU WILL FORGIVE ME IF I SPEAK BLUNTLY. IT IS NO CONCERN OF OURS HOW YOU RUN YOUR PLANET, BUT IF YOU CHOOSE TO EXTEND YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT VIOLENCE INTO SPACE, OUR ROBOTS WILL ATTACK. WE HAVE CREATED A SUPER RACE OF ROBOTS LIKE GORT WHO PATROL THE UNIVERSES IN SPACE SHIPS LIKE THIS ONE, TO INSURE THAT ALL 99 WEEKERS ARE ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR EMPLOYMENT.
WE HAVE GIVEN THEM ABSOLUTE POWER OVER US THAT POWER IS NOT REVERSABLE, THE PRICE FOR PROVOKING THEM IS TO TERRIBLE TO RISK.

GORT: KLATU BIRADA LIKTO

May 13, 2010 at 3:27 pm
(625) wayne says:

Call the Capital Secretary and ask for your Senator or Congressman by Name and State. Tell them we need Tier V unemployment extension NOW. We know they’re not making more jobs, only sending them away. This country is being discounted down to 3rd world status. Ask your representatives office what they’re doing for the unemployed. ask them if they’re aware there are no jobs in your town. Ask them for suggestions on how your supposed to survive without any income or job prospects.
Toll free number of the Capital Secretary who can connect you directly to your
Senator or Congressman: 1-888-245-0215 Call Several Times Everyday !!!!! Copy this post and email to all of your friends and family-Do it Now.

May 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm
(626) Margaret says:

Please…everyone…don’t give up! I know the government is slow and everyting happens at the last minute, but I do not believe that they will let the large number of 99ers just go down! There are too many and the economic impact and impact of our mere presence would argue that we are too large a group to simply be ignored. Nevertheless, I have written to everyone from President Obama down to my state representatives and senators to help rectify this situation with a Tier 5. Keep up the pressure everyone….it has to work!

May 13, 2010 at 6:50 pm
(627) Angel says:

I love this! This is what we should be doing!!! Not petitions!!! Something drastic like this!
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts2049

May 14, 2010 at 1:32 am
(628) Kim says:

Angel…I just saw that on the news on TV right now!!

May 14, 2010 at 1:33 am
(629) Kim says:

That is exactly how to get the attention that we need…it made the news…we need to do that for a tier 5

May 14, 2010 at 3:04 am
(630) Kim says:

INAFJ – The Movement was created for the millions of Americans and American families affected by the unemployment crisis. It’s the elephant in the room nobody wants to talk about. Please, participte in the solution. http://www.INAFJ.org

WEAR IT LOUD

May 14, 2010 at 6:11 am
(631) Hazel says:

Its hard enough to find a job with the companies laying off, down sizing, and the fact for every 1 job opening there is literally hundreds applying for it. The government has added the tax credit program offers to companies hiring people on unemployment, welfare but you have to have a child under 18 at home. One more obstacle to put in the path. I am 42, no minor children. I sympathize with parents(especially single parents), the government needs to implament a program for everyone.

May 14, 2010 at 11:59 am
(632) l newark says:

I just called my senate office and i was told that the senate will be talking about unemployment next week.I was all so told that my senator will vote for tier 5. So just call your senate office you can find the number for your senator on ussenate.com call call call call. If someone calls and is told the same let us know

May 14, 2010 at 11:59 am
(633) elrodsnit says:

the news is cspan is blocking emails from 99er’s,, support “THE PHONEY RECOVERY ACT OF 2010″ like barry sotero does.

May 14, 2010 at 7:08 pm
(634) Angel says:

Look everyone. The news doesn’t look good for a Tier 5 cause of Max Baucus. We need to vote him out. What else can we do??

http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20100513/cm_huffpost/574887_201005131342

May 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm
(635) rubeN says:
May 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm
(636) Angel says:

Ok RubeN. I’ll try to keep high hopes. It’s hard, though. Baucus seems to be head honcho. Here’s some good news about the petition. I still say more drastic measures are in order.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tier5/2010/05/13/unemployment-roundtable
PS the stock market tumbling doesn’t help alleviate my fears. BTW Thanks were never given to Alison Doyle for starting this article and blog. Thanks Alison.

May 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm
(637) wayne says:

Call the Capital Secretary and ask for your Senator or Congressman by Name and State. Tell them we need Tier V unemployment extension NOW. Ask your representatives office what they’re doing for the unemployed. Ask them if they’re aware there are no jobs in your town. Ask them if the are pushing and will vote for Tier V.
Toll free number of the Capital Secretary who can connect you directly to your Senator or Congressman:
1-888-245-0215 Call Several Times Everyday !!!!! Repost this number so all will use it with your comments. Call!!!!!!

May 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm
(638) just wondering says:

KLATU AND GORT
Just Wondering=non violence. Just facts, and apparently that is bothering the TIER 5 nay-sayers.

Bye-Bye….have a great trip back to your planet.

Fellow posters, there is a large line between violence and having a passion for what you believe in. If you have read all of my posts, I have always stated ‘peaceful’. Including marches.

I too ask all of you to keep calling and emailing. Media and representatives.

We can not be lost or forgotten like we were last time in April. The misunderstandings in the media, were deliberate.

BOTH Parties are starting to worry since they are feeling the heat about the fall elections.

REGISTER TO VOTE!!! THEN VOTE!!!

What I am worried about—
It is in the mix that they will present adding more weeks AFTER they (AGAIN) vote on the deadline EXTENSIONS.

People, they WILL extend that again, because of the doctor’s pay checks involved.

Will they once again forget those that have run out?

THAT, will be the sign it is time to try marches.
PEACEFUL marches…..

CALL-EMAIL====REPRESENTATIVES AND THE MEDIA!

Do not lose your determination.

May 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm
(639) Angel says:

Congress are such fakers! Read this below article dated today. “Congress ready to extend tax cuts, jobless benefits” but it’s NOT PAST 99 WEEKS! They are STILL only giving unemployed what others have already gotten—99 weeks and passing it off as another extension. I can’t stand them anymore! Such liars! They are faking people out with their double talk, evasive and ambiguous language!! WHO ARE THEY KIDDING!! The more they do that, the more people are going to get angry!

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100516/BUSINESS01/5160341/2221/BUSINESS

May 16, 2010 at 8:19 pm
(640) james p. k.y. says:

this is great news for me, its all i need
im only on tier one, i just want an extension for additional tiers extended so i can access tier two if i need it. i dont see a need for anything beyond tier no. two, certainly not tier five.

May 17, 2010 at 1:17 am
(641) Kim says:

Sunday, May 16, 2010
This Man Has A Great Message – YouTube Videos For #Tier5 #Unemployment
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B_EY4i5bjM&feature=player_embedded

May 17, 2010 at 1:36 am
(642) rubeN says:

Tier 5 needs to happen. Keep hammering the House Reps and Senators.

May 17, 2010 at 7:24 am
(643) Angel says:

Good luck James PKY. You say you might not need any more Tiers but I said that, too, 2 years ago…

May 17, 2010 at 8:17 am
(644) hoop 123 says:

They will not vote to extend weeks they are looking for cut backs as it is, they left all of us out in the cold, now don’t forget to leave them out in the cold, and with out jobs also. They are forgetting thousands of unemployed people with no chances of finding jobs anytime soon, they discount the fact that the people who are out of benefits, unemployment claims are still going up, yet they say unemployment is doing so much better, stupid morons, vote the same one’s in again and dare to complain,

May 17, 2010 at 8:21 am
(645) Angel says:

Look at what our Alison’s done. We are not alone!
http://jobsearch.about.com/u/sty/unemployment/unemployedstory/ -1187 stories!!!

Maybe we can send this URL to Congress?? Or the President? Ok I will. But they probably won’t read it!!!

I’ve written to a few commentators and offered what little advice I know. Please do the same to band together.

A common thread is that they feel alone and also they feel age is a factor.

Thanks again, Alison. Keep up the good work. We need an advocate!

May 17, 2010 at 11:06 am
(646) Job Search Guide says:

Thanks so much for the kind words, Angel. I wish I could do more to help.

May 17, 2010 at 11:24 am
(647) DMR4853 says:

Great Idea….just sent to Kerry…Brown …Delahunt…next to local news…everyone should do the same….thanks

May 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm
(648) Rick says:

Recieving my 99th check tommorrow 5/17/10 , there are no jobs , what am i going to do ? they can give money to other countries without a senate vote ? But to give back to someone that PAID IN sice i was 16 and now 48 they have to vote ? i don’t get it anymore , i hope every member of the senate that is stopping this dies a very slow death of cancer.

May 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm
(649) rubeN says:

Rick,

It is extremely hard if not impossible for Congress to comprehend what our current hardship situation is.

May 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm
(650) Rick says:

rubeN , Yea i know , we need to friggin rally at the house ! It’s funny why doesn’t Oprah do a show on the unemployment ? Maybe with her exposure something will happen !!!

May 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm
(651) Daniel G says:

Tier 5 Unemployment Activists May Have The Ear Of MSNBC

MSNBC wants to hear from the long term jobless. According to MSNBC, they want information for an upcoming story on the long term unemployed.

Tier 5 Unemployment Activists, we may have the ear of a mainstream news source.

(If not, we have the opportunity to give them an ear full).

Please spread this around, MSNBC wants to hear from you!

Here is the link to MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37000773/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/

May 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm
(652) rubeN says:

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Keep blasting Congress to introduce Tier 5 or add weeks to exhausted Tier.

May 17, 2010 at 11:07 pm
(653) Rick says:

WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department said Monday it will lose $1.6 billion on a loan made to Chrysler in early 2009.
Taxpayer losses from bailing out Chrysler and General Motors are expected to rise as high as $34 billion, congressional auditors have said.
Treasury said Monday that Chrysler repaid $1.9 billion of a $4 billion loan, which was extended before the company filed for Chapter 11. The government hopes to get another $500 million from the company that emerged from bankruptcy, Chrysler Group LLC.
Treasury officials said that the government had no plans to boost its stake in the new Chrysler to cover those losses. It also acknowledged another $1.9 billion in potential losses from a separate loan that had been made to the company that went through bankruptcy proceedings. It indicated slim hopes of recouping much if anything from that separate $1.9 billion loan.

Nice huh just give OUR taxpayers money away but none to the unemployed !!!

May 18, 2010 at 11:00 am
(654) wayne says:

Call the Capital Secretary and ask for your Senator or Congressman by Name and State. Tell them we need Tier V unemployment extension NOW. Ask your representatives office what they’re doing for the unemployed. Ask them if they’re aware there are no jobs in your town. Ask them if the are pushing and will vote for Tier V.
Toll free number of the Capital Secretary who can connect you directly to your Senator or Congressman:
1-888-245-0215 Call Several Times Everyday !!!!!

May 18, 2010 at 11:55 am
(655) Bill Johnson says:

Rick says:
Recieving my 99th check tommorrow 5/17/10 , there are no jobs , what am i going to do ? they can give money to other countries without a senate vote ? But to give back to someone that PAID IN sice i was 16 and now 48 they have to vote ? i don’t get it anymore , i hope every member of the senate that is stopping this dies a very slow death of cancer.

NO WONDER YOUR LIFE IS IN TURMOIL!!! YOUR ATTITUDE IS ALL WRONG!

May 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm
(656) Rick says:

NO THEIR ATTITUDE IS ALL WRONG !

May 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm
(657) james p. k.y. says:

So why don’t employees pay unemployment insurance premiums? Is it fair that employers carry all of the risk even when some employees can obtain benefits by quitting or getting fired? When employers are forced by economic conditions to reduce payroll, whose fault is that? And when Congress decides to extend enemployment benefits (like it has been doing serially in recent months), we are all paying for that with our tax dollars because there are not enough employer-financed premiums in the system.

I think maybe we should treat unemployment insurance taxes like the Social Security payroll tax but with a twist. Employers and employees each contribute, just as they do for Social Security. That way, they share the risk.

May 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm
(658) dujuan keefer says:

HEY JUST SPOKE TO MAX BAUCUS(D-MONTANA),AND A YOUNG LADY TOLD ME HE NEVER SAID “99 WEEKS IS SUFFICIENT,YOU CAN’T GO ON FOREVER”. ACCORDING TO HER,THEIR PRESS TEAM NEVER CONFIRMED HIS COMMENT AND DOES NOT STAND BY IT!!!! SHE SAID THEY ARE WORKING ON THE JOBS BILL NOW TRYING TO ADD “SOMETHING” TO IT!!!!

May 18, 2010 at 3:18 pm
(659) Rick says:

To James “unemployment insurance premiums” we do pay them already but their called “HIGH TAXES” that the government is supposed to be banking to save for something like this , it’s their own greedy fault !

May 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm
(660) james p. k.y. says:

yea i would agree with that rediculous taxes is another whole can of worms

May 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm
(661) Action says:

I have a ? how much does it cost to send the space shuttle in space can anyone answer this for me anyone.

May 18, 2010 at 4:32 pm
(662) Richard in Ohio says:

Look, folks: I know that it is difficult to stay positive sometimes with many of the frustrations that go with not being able to find a job despite your diligent efforts and not having any money ocming in, HOWEVER, it is vital that you do so. (Rick — I hear you, but that’s not the way to help your cause.)
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It is important to find and cultivate as many allies as possible in this cause, in addition to working steadily at finding a job. It is sometimes difficult for those who have not been unemployed in these times or who have not yet used up their benefits to relate to those who have. If someone had asked me a year ago if I thought I would still be unemployed a year later, I would have scoffed at the idea. But as many are finding out, nailing down a job worth having (or even one that’s not) is no easy task. — Between the glut of qualified applicants for each open position and the many arbitrary screening practices of HR departments and small business owners, it’s a real challenge just to get an interview, let alone a j-o-b! Nonetheless, it is vital to keep trying and to remain positive along the way.
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Right now, with HR 4213 pending and having the support and attention of Rep. Levin, the chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, it is time to push hard and let your elected reps know that you need their support and to get this extension passed, including for “the 99-ers”. You need to be concise and polite, but don’t shy away from briefly sharing your story when communicating in print. My understanding is that Congressional Reps and Senators are gauging support for this extension by counting phone calls and e-mails! ** So, by all means, WRITE and CALL every day this week, ** since it is likely the last window of opportunity to get this through before SEPTEMBER.
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The 99-ers, as a group, are not fully tuned in to the importance of these communications and not organized by and large. Yes, those on these boards are, and I see growing participation as their ranks increase, but there are many who are not looking here or beyond their own situations. That is why it is more important than ever to not only contact your reps, but also share your story with those you know. Awareness is the first step in change.
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So, Rick (and those who share Rick’s disgust with Congress and the job market), I encourage you to keep trying and hang tough. Being determined & positive can be a powerful asset.
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I recommend pushing for both an extension of Tier IV by four weeks, as well as the creation of Tier V and 12-14 weeks. I also want to say that it’s important to mention these provisions specifically, since the bill does not contain this language, and they may think that you are simply supporting the bill as is.
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Every day, people. We must try hard every day.
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Thanks for listening.
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*****

May 18, 2010 at 4:35 pm
(663) H. Johanster says:

Please give the unemployed Americans tier 5 so that they can have food to eat, places to live, and chances to find their jobs again.

May 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm
(664) just wondering says:

WHOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOO!!! Some guy on ‘Hardball-MSNBC’-

he is holding a TIER 5 NOW !!!! sign up, as they are discussing the elections!!!!

Great idea!!! Should be done at ANY TV show that has windows in the background.

ANYONE in New York?

The guy looks great- because his little ole sign is hand printed, against all of the professional political signs.

And man is he fighting to scoot in the front for the cameras to see!!!!

Our Hero for tday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm
(665) just wondering says:

HE HAS TURNED THE SIGN AROUND AND SNERKING ON BAUCUS!!!! To fire him!!!

WHOOOO…..HOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

Yessssssssss!!!!!!

Sorry, just a little happy here. :)

May 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm
(666) DMR4853 says:

I sent an e-mail to my congressman this morning ….his aide returned my e-mail from pleading for an extension of a tier 1v addition or a new tier V…he suggested I contact my unemployment office job center as well as they gave me the number of the nearest homeless shelter….from almost 2 years looking for a job ….this is the suggestion I get…from a VP to this…I just want to cry…losing all hope…been without since the last week in March…ifeel i have nothing to live for….

May 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm
(667) TimOregon says:

Keep telling Congress they need to address Unemployment. Join the 28,000 that have told Congress to address unemployment .

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment_benefits

May 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm
(668) Kim says:
May 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm
(669) Dale says:

We need tier 5, this is just terrible the american people have to beg for what they need. I need a job not unemployment, but unfortunately that is not happening at this time. So I am forced to rely on unemployment and don’t get me wrong I am thankful, but please don’t keep extending your hand and then pulling it back when it deems right for the congress and the president. If the congress and the president had to live like the american people are being made to they would not survive. We are the back bone of america and we love our country so please let our country help us now. We have extended our hands to everyone else so now were is our help when we need it. Our families need it as well. Please Congress men, senators, and Mr. President help us Please.

May 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm
(670) rubeN says:

Dale,

U are writing as if they are looking at this blog. I highly doubt they are.

May 19, 2010 at 12:02 am
(671) Richard in Ohio says:

I cannot stress this enough: Please, everyone who supports this: CALL and E-MAIL (or FAX) your Congressional reps: i.e., your Rep in the House and both of your Senators, whether they agree or not with an extension. Calls to Reps. Levin and McDermott should also be made as they are directly involved in shepherding the bill. My understanding is that they (Congress) are tallying up the calls, e-mails and faxes to gauge support. It is OK to call every day! Just be to the point and polite. If using e-mail, then share your story, but down the page in your communique from the main point of supporting an extension.
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It is important to note, relative to H.R. 4213, that you are seeking specific extension provisions to add to the language to the bill, since it does not presently contain it, but can be amended to do so.
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I think that the best hope for now is to extend Tier IV benefits for at least 4 weeks. Just the same, it is important to press for adequate benefits to see us through long enough to find a regular job. I think that asking for 12 to 14 weeks in a Tier V is not unreasonable given this job market. So, please mention these provisions in your contacts. — Yes, there is pressure and pushback from the GOP and others, but that does not mean an extension is not warranted. It is! We all need to make the case as to why.
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Best wishes for success in your efforts!
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May 19, 2010 at 10:20 am
(672) AAWave says:

Hello,

I am confised about Tier V…My benefits are exhausted regardless of any extensions. Does Tier V ADD MONEY to my account which would help me greatly or does it merely extend the time period for which one can receive those exsiting benefits. This will not help me at all.

Please someone that knows the answer let me know.

Anyway, I fully support Tier V just so long as it helps my fellow American long term unemployed.

Everyone just keep trying–thats all you can do. Its NOT your fault, it’s an incredibly ugly job market right now. I’ve been out for 18 mos.

May 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm
(673) Tim says:

Big Big question ???
Even IF they pass a Tier V, why isnt E V E R Y American eligible to recieve the moneytary benefits, DESPITE what their state’s numbers are ???? That is selectively keeping the people devided. E V E R Y long term unemployed needs these benefits. If your state says sorry,too bad, kick your state politicians OUT !!!! Drag them out of you have to.
Another thingh, even if they pass it tomorrow, Memorial Day will still suck, because the states will just drag their feet like the Feds and screw its citizens over once again,saying it takes time. BS BS BS BS .Remove EVERY Incumbent, and Govenors in all states if they dont push for this. So many point at the Politicians in DC. Look at the ones right in your home state. W H A T H A V E T H E Y D O N E F O R Y O U ????

May 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm
(674) robert baker says:

I have been unemployed since 8/8/08 I have put in tons of resumes with no interviews we are all suffering from 1 bushes being in control too long 2 the rich thinking that the only way they are going to get richer is to make us poorer we need to come together as a people and take back whats ours its too late for the democrats to save us now we need to have another civil war this time the rich aginst the poor any coments robertbaker352003@yahoo.com were all in the same boat lets not let it sink

May 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm
(675) Rick says:

Been unemployed since Nov 2006 , same here no jobs or they don’t call back , may the Government burn in hell for treating their US citizens this way , I will NEVER vote again !

May 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm
(676) rubeN says:

http://economy.freedomblogging.com/2010/05/18/congress-gears-up-for-jobless-cobra-extensions/32745/

Sounds like Congress is gearing up on extending the deadlines dates again this week. Lets see if they do anything for us 99ers exhaustes.

May 19, 2010 at 3:49 pm
(677) wayne says:

There are now 7 million more Unemployed Americans who had all of they’re Unemployment benefits stopped by Congress as of March 30th. 2010.
The unemployment extension that the news media made such a big deal about was a fake.
They only extended benefits for 2 more months for those who were recently unemployed this year.
There are conservatively estimated 15 million people who should be eligable and desperatly need unemployment money. More people are being layed off every day than are being hired.
The unemployment figures presented by the media are lies. Our government is ignoring the unemployed and they’re plight. Our country is being engineered into a lower standard of living as are many European countries – think Greece, Iceland etc.
Toll free number of the Capital Secretary who can connect you directly to your Senator or Congressman:
1-888-245-0215 Ask for them by Name and State when you speak to the operator.

May 19, 2010 at 7:07 pm
(678) bob mattson says:

i sent an email to my congressman this morning, i cant believe their response, it is as follows

want to respond to all of you, This absolutely ridiculus, I don`t want to get anyone`s hopes up, an extension through june 2, This is correct. No tier 5, well looks like everyone will have to contact yelp, looks like there`s no tier five, call yelp first thing monday, This is correct, No tier five, This absolutely ridiculus This is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, This is correct. No tier 5 This absolutely rediculous, this is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, No tier five, so long people

May 19, 2010 at 7:09 pm
(679) just wondering says:

Contact your (party?) NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC/REPUBLICAN HEADQUARTERS.

Let them know they have to pass a Tier 5, and start thinking of AMERICANS.

Rick, do not give up and refuse to vote.

Look at Tuesday—they KNOW we are fed up, and THEY are feeling the heat.

REGISTER TO VOTE———THEN VOTE!

As I stated before- THAT language they understand.

Hang in there kiddo………..

May 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm
(680) bob mattson says:

i sent an email this morning to my congressman and i cant believe their response, it is as follows

I want to respond to all of you, This absolutely ridiculus, I don`t want to get anyone`s hopes up, an extension through june 2, This is correct. No tier 5, well looks like everyone will have to contact yelp, looks like there`s no tier five, call yelp first thing monday, This is correct, No tier five, This absolutely ridiculus This is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, This is correct. No tier 5 This absolutely rediculous, this is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, No tier five, so long people

May 19, 2010 at 7:34 pm
(681) clem mattson says:

Sounds like Congress is gearing up on extending the deadlines dates again this week. Lets see if they do anything for us 99ers exhaustes.

no 99 weekers are bleading the system

May 19, 2010 at 7:43 pm
(682) Cynthia A. Moran says:

I’ve been unemployed since February 2009 at the time I lived on the Mississippi Gulfcoast and couldn’t find anything so I moved to Delaware and couldn’t find anything in Delaware either so I went back to school on the blue collar funds for medical billing and coding to change my career path because I heard there was a big need for medical billing and coding and now I’m told well we want experienced medical billing and codling specialists so what good did school do for me sure I get told we have a receptionist job opening for $10.00 an hour how do I live on that??? or I get told we have a part-time position but no benefits great I’m 43 widowed mother of 1 teenager. Where is my bailout I have wrote my congressmen, state rep, and the white house I hope more people will write our elected officials if things don’t change soon I don’t know what me and my daughter will do. Scared and desperate!!!

May 19, 2010 at 9:34 pm
(683) wedatbpvic2 says:

washington watch, p and two others have run everyone off calling them trolls,,,I managed to get ripped off by a college scam, trying to get $800.00 to live on while I take class, now I owe $2,000 to the fed gov and never got the $800.00. by the way found out, that millions of dollars a day are loaned out by the fed gov for school loans, for hours a day, loan monies are used between bank and university by bankster ‘friends’ to place put options on certain stocks, that’s with taxpayer money with the full knowledge of congressmen.

May 20, 2010 at 9:00 am
(684) Karen Weakland says:

Laid off since Dec 2008, after 29 years with the same company. I do not know how “not to work”, but cannot find anything . There are no jobs and i really need to work and really want to work, financially and for my well-being. I understand we cannot live off the gov’t. forever, but i also realize this country has NEVER been in this kind of horrible turmoil…It’s pathetic the way Gov’t spends $ on ridiculous issues and Bank Bail-outs. Huge companies get bail outs, the ceo’s still make millions in bonuses, they have excellent health care, congress has excellent health care, we help poor countries, we pay immigrants for a decent living in this great country, and millions of us are sweating and scared of losing our livelyhood. God, how we need Tier V and a presidential impeachment.

May 20, 2010 at 9:50 am
(685) just wondering says:

The present circumstances have NEVER been felt before in America.

Even the Great Depression, (yes that word everyone tries to shush)….never touched as many lives as this situation has.

My Aunt said times were so bad in the Depression, if you had an orange, you ate seeds, pulp and all.
If you slaughtered a pig, even the hair was saved for pillows. You made syrup by mixing cold coffee, and sugar. Graveyard Toast…etc.

Yet today I read on the blogs women and children sleeping in trucks with knives for protection…they lost their homes…..on and on. They do not have even sugar, or coffee, or???

Most do not live on farms anymore…so ‘no pig’ to slaughter for ANY use.

UPDATE: 471,000 jobs lost last week.
The largest jump in 3 months.
Reported May 20, 2010

AND THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT STOCK MARKET, NOW TRIPLE DIGITS DOWN?????????

Yet Washington purges through the media, that all is improving.

SOMEONE needs to wake up and see reality.

The unemployed will have trials and tribulations.

A relative told me (who works in a Trauma Unit), we have so many jumpers. I thought this loving caring person was just making a statement, until I looked at their face. I then burst out crying for them, because of the pain they have to see and experience….dealing with this….

People, it will get better. Take one day at a time. Do what you have to do- to take care of you and yours. Do what you got to do.

When you see someone homeless, think of that song, ”What if God was one of us, trying to make His way home…..”

I usually do not preach….but IT WILL GET BETTER.

There are people who feel what you do, and experiencing what you are. Remember THINGS are just that….THINGS.

Take care of your family, and yourself.

It WILL turn around.

May 20, 2010 at 10:03 am
(686) FRank says:

While Tier 5 would be nice a job would be much better. I know the 5 people that I have taken in at my house because they have lost everything would agree with me

May 20, 2010 at 10:07 am
(687) just wondering says:

May 20, 2010

Fox news ribbon—–

TOMORROW(MAY 21, 2010)—THE VOTE WILL TAKE PLACE EXTENDING LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED BENEFITS, THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR, OF 2010.

KEEP CALLING, FAXING, E-MAILING REPRESENTATIVES TO SUPPORT THIS—–CONTACT MEDIA TO PLEASE REPORT UPDATES!!!

GOOGLE THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC/REPUBLICAN HEADQUARTERS—-DEMAND THEIR SUPPORT FOR THEIR CONSTITUENTS!!!!!!!

NOW EFFORTS NEED TO DOUBLE!!!!!!!! \BEFORE TOMORROW!!!

May 20, 2010 at 11:12 am
(688) Rick says:

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers have agreed on legislation to extend expanded unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed through the end of the year. Laid off workers would also continue to get subsidies to buy health insurance through the COBRA program.
House and Senate leaders announced the deal Thursday morning on a bill that would also extend, for a year, about 50 popular tax cuts that expired at the end of last year.
Lawmakers had been negotiating a provision that would spare doctors from a scheduled 21 percent cut in Medicare payments. They agreed to delay the cuts an additional three years.
House leaders plan to vote on the bill Friday, with the Senate voting next week.

May 20, 2010 at 11:17 am
(689) TudorCityGirl says:

‘I need a job, not unemployment’ is right on. But what do all of us do who are doing everything they can to find a job and can’t even get a call for a TEMP job??
I have been to 23 agencies within Manhattan and in 2 years cannot even land a temp job.
Like the rest of us, after working 12 years I NEVER imagined I would be unemployed for so long. I lost my job 2 years today. The government needs to add a Tier V and create a successful program to create new jobs NOW.
We aren’t looking for hand-outs and I despise the working people who claim we are. This is NECESSITY for our survival.

Keep the faith, everyone. Believe that if we’ve made it this far, although we may have lost everything we’ve had, someway we will get through this until we’re working again. Good luck.

May 20, 2010 at 11:17 am
(690) Rick says:

However, that figure does not include unemployed workers who have exhausted their regular 26 weeks of benefits. An additional 5.3 million workers are receiving extended benefits paid for by the federal government for the week ending May 1. SEND THE 99 ers to the poor house !

May 20, 2010 at 11:20 am
(691) TudorCityGirl says:

Yes, bad job news today causing the market to tank. More jobs lost so even more competition for us long-term unemployed. Government needs to DO MORE NOW!

May 20, 2010 at 11:58 am
(692) rubeN says:

Hopefully the bad news on job losses today will motivate Congress to help us L/T unemployed while they are discussing the extension today and not just extend the deadlines.

May 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm
(693) Susan says:

When is the American Government going to finally get it that we the American People are suffering. We have bills to pay and families to support, but we are unable to do this since WE CAN NOT FIND WORK. Enough with helping other countries…The Government has to put the American People ahead of everyone else…They need to come to our rescue!!!

May 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm
(694) Angel says:

For “Just wondering”—that vote is NOT about extending past 99 weeks. Their terminology is misleading. The stock market tanking is just another example of people in good faith trying to help themselves in a weak job market. I am being sucker punched twice—first being layed off without a job for 2 years, the second for losing most of my money in the market. OBAMA, WHERE ARE YOU? Help us!

May 20, 2010 at 12:12 pm
(695) Carlos in florida says:

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May 20, 2010 at 12:20 pm
(696) Carlos in Florida says:

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May 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm
(697) Rick says:

They have no time for us because the Mexican president needed to be heard .. those people are more important than us , Yea their the ones who stole all our jobs !! Our government is so sad it’s a shame ……

May 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm
(698) Larry says:

Make unemployment a National Emergency. Doesn’t that free up federal money?

May 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm
(699) Tom Tanner says:

I’ve worked all my life,starting delivering news papers at 16 yrs. old,Ive always payed into the system and now the system is not doing there part and taking care of me when I need it.There’s still 100,000′s of us still unable to get work,after the 99 week tier,extentions are over,we need help still.I’ve payed into the system for 35 years and I feel you can help us now,we help everyone else Mr. president,so how do you want to handle this mess were in,we didn’t create it,but were living it.Help us.!!!!!

May 20, 2010 at 4:11 pm
(700) Kim says:

http://usunemployed.blogspot.com/

We are still waiting for the results of the meeting this Thursday (tomorrow) at 2PM that Issa Decker and Robert Grone are having with Mr. Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader. Everyone in the cause for a Tier 5 is hoping to get some type of statement on the record and most importantly, get a bill on the floor!

May 20, 2010 at 4:23 pm
(701) JETHRO MATTSON says:

Rick says:
They have no time for us because the Mexican president needed to be heard .. those people are more important than us , Yea their the ones who stole all our jobs !! Our government is so sad it’s a shame ……

THEY DIDNT STEAL YOUR JOB!! WOULD YOU MOW LAWNS OR CLEAN HOTELS IN PLACE OF THEM??

May 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm
(702) Jpope76 says:

I tried calling Senators today and I have never been so slighted and demeaned in my life!!! They are in another world!!! I was so discouraged by their cold – condescending reaction to me!

May 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm
(703) Unemployed Ohioan says:

Made some progress—called Sherrod Brown’s office and was asked for my zip code and county as they are tallying calls to attempt to add Tier V to the “Financial Stability Act.”

I’m glad to see some kind of progress, but have to say that I am absolutely LIVID that money that is so badly needed here is going to Greece. It couldn’t be more clear that we are being driven into the ground and by no accident. Soon the USA will be a third world country, and you can bet your sweet bippy that no one will care or come to our aid……beyond pissed off in OHIO

May 20, 2010 at 6:21 pm
(704) hoop 123 says:

Obama help us are your freaking nuts? Come on, he could have signed the bill to extend benefits for the tier 4, he could care less, get over yourself he piss’es me off royal, wants a change ok, change for the worse…………. Like the sign says are ya missing now? Damn straight we are

May 20, 2010 at 6:37 pm
(705) Tier 5 now says:

I have spent days trying to get a handle on the negligence of our government dragging their feet about adding a tier V extension knowing full well that there are million’s of Americans that have exhausted there unemployment benefits.

To throw Millions of unemployed Americans under the bus is unacceptable. IT”S TIME TO TURN UP THE HEAT…

Visit Tier5now.com and sign the petition…ASAP

May 20, 2010 at 6:39 pm
(706) Tier 5 now says:

TIER 5 NOW

OUR MISSION IS TO HELP THE MILLIONS OF UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS RECEIVE AID

FROM OUR GOVERNMENT IN THE FORM OF A TIER V EXTENSION.

OUR GOAL IS SIMPLE, WE NEED 1 MILLION SIGNATURES.

Visit: http://Tier5now.com ASAP

May 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm
(707) TIER 5 NOW | www.Tier5now.com says:

To throw Millions of unemployed Americans under the bus is unacceptable.

IT”S TIME TO TURN UP THE HEAT…

WE ARE RAISING THE BAR TO 1 MILLION SIGNATURES, WE CAN DO THIS, WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE AND OUR LIVES TO GAIN, SO I’M ASKING EVERYONE TO STEP UP AND LETS MAKE SOME NOISE REMEMBER OUR GOAL IS “1 MILLION SIGNATURES” AND I GUARANTEE THE GOVERNMENT CAN’T IGNORE NUMBER LIKE THAT.

LET’S GO TO WORK…

VISIT: Tier5now.com

MAKE SURE YOU SIGN THE PETITION…

May 20, 2010 at 7:15 pm
(708) DMR4853 says:

Tier V now….I will sign the petition…like all the others…..Million people will take national media coverage…ABC…NBC….FOX…CBS…CNN…so far zilch!!!. But I will sign it!….

May 20, 2010 at 8:06 pm
(709) hoop 123 says:

Alright now this is serious, I ate rice for
Dinner, now thats where I draw the line, rice, I hate rice, I have to eat rice, now, because I have no unemployment, rice, I can’t get over that, Tier this, I want a job, I’m not eating rice for darn sake, I’m not in Nam, I’am in the USA!

May 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm
(710) FRANK JACKSON says:

william p says:
You have to hit bottom to get to top.

I want to respond to all of you, This absolutely ridiculus, I don`t want to get anyone`s hopes up, an extension through june 2, This is correct. No tier 5, well looks like everyone will have to contact yelp, looks like there`s no tier five, call yelp first thing monday, This is correct, No tier five, This absolutely ridiculus This is correct. No tier 5, This absolutely rediculous, This is correct. No tier 5 This absolutely rediculous,

james p. k.y. says:
this is great news for me, its all i need
im only on tier one, i just want an extension for additional tiers extended so i can access tier two if i need it. i dont see a need for anything beyond tier no. two, certainly not tier five.

I AM KLATU

I AM LEAVING YOUR PLANET SOON, ALONG WITH MY TRUSTY ROBOT GORT, SO YOU WILL FORGIVE ME IF I SPEAK BLUNTLY. IT IS NO CONCERN OF OURS HOW YOU RUN YOUR PLANET, BUT IF YOU CHOOSE TO EXTEND YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT VIOLENCE INTO SPACE, OUR ROBOTS WILL ATTACK. WE HAVE CREATED A SUPER RACE OF ROBOTS LIKE GORT WHO PATROL THE UNIVERSES IN SPACE SHIPS LIKE THIS ONE, TO INSURE THAT ALL 99 WEEKERS ARE ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR EMPLOYMENT.
WE HAVE GIVEN THEM ABSOLUTE POWER OVER US THAT POWER IS NOT REVERSABLE, THE PRICE FOR PROVOKING THEM IS TO TERRIBLE TO RISK.

GORT: KLATU BIRADA LIKTO

May 21, 2010 at 12:56 am
(711) Kim says:

What makes me want to puke is how extremely uncivilized and rude some of these comments are to other people. Just because you are hiding behind a computer, doesn’t get you the automatic right to be rude or disrespect anybody here…didn’t your parents ever teach you anything? Have some class!

May 21, 2010 at 3:55 am
(712) susan says:

Why is it, the good ole’ USA can help every country in the world in need and every greedy American Coporation in need… but can not help out the people in it….I lost my accounting job in Januaury……it was outsourced to India.The company I worked for is one of the top 100 largest in the world and is an American company but instead of keeping our jobs here they sent them to India….go look at the site http://www.nojobsforindia…..looks like the I.R.S is outsourcing to…..This is our Social Security numbers were talking about.Something is wrong with this picture…maybe our government is actually the AntiChrist……Wake up People…..I think it’s time for another million man walk on D.C.

May 21, 2010 at 8:59 am
(713) I THINK WERE NOT EVEN THOUGHT OF says:

PEOPLE , PEOPLE THEY DO NOT CARE !!!!!!!!!

May 21, 2010 at 9:48 am
(714) Carlos in Florida says:

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May 21, 2010 at 10:10 am
(715) Angel says:

Hoop—go get food stamps and Medicaid. Income should be $900 net or below. Use food stamps anywhere, major food supermarkets. While we are waiting for Tier 5, which WILL happen, eventually, bleed the government dry by getting on social services. It’s their punishment for ignoring us. If they were to give it to us initially, there wouldn’t be so many claims for welfare. They are not saving any money like they had hoped. Millions of Americans can’t be just lazy. There is a serious lack of jobs. I don’t feel guilty at all applying as this is my first time AND I’ve lost respect for the US Government.

May 21, 2010 at 10:18 am
(716) Angel says:

Michele Obama was just on tv asking for donations to Haiti still. HAITI!!!! HAITI!!!!! With all that’s going on, people complaining left and right on EVERY BLOG and message board relating to the President, Joblessness and the US economy, they have to spend money running ads for Haiti!!!!!! What about us??? The jobless they are ignoring?? Are they that much oblivious to us? Where do we even GET money for Haiti—we are all unemployed! Isn’t the fact that the petition is being given to them soon mean anything to them? I gotta take a walk and calm down! All my respect for him and government is gone. People are sleeping in their cars and they are going out to special dinners, running ads for other countries, giving $1 trillion to other countries. Hello???????

May 21, 2010 at 10:55 am
(717) fred mattson says:

Angel says: Millions of Americans can’t be just lazy.

YES I THINK THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED! PEOPLE GOT TO COMFORTABLE WITH THE FREE MONEY AND CONTINUE TO EXPECT MORE

May 21, 2010 at 11:24 am
(718) Kim says:

Hey Fred…funny that people insist on putting their 2 cents in on a subject that they are clearly uneducated on…

Sure you have a right to your own opinion, which is only that..your own opinion! You simply are not stating any facts whatsoever! I am stating a fact…there are NOT ENOUGH JOBS AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE RIGHT NOW…and it has been this way for 2 years…do the research & math…you certainly do not need to be a brain surgeon to figure it out..

What else is so funny about your comment is, you are talking on behalf of MILLIONS of unemployed Americans that you have never ever met in your life! Stop making assumptions & start with the facts!

May 21, 2010 at 11:28 am
(719) hoop 123 says:

Angel ! you have hit the ball out of the park, your right on,
send our people some damn money fools…………

May 21, 2010 at 11:49 am
(720) Angel says:

Kim—don’t waste energy on this guy who can’t even spell or understand. I said millions of unemployed can’t be lazy meaning that’s what government thinks. We are not lazy. There simply is a crisis going on—too many jobs for too few people, and older workers are being left out in the cold. Alison, the writer of this article, does a good job of deleting this a–’s comments. Don’t worry, he’s found something to do in his weasly life, at our expense. Don’t answer him since he gets a rise out of the attention, much like a child does. I feel sorry for him. PS It’s the same idiot posting.

May 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm
(721) Carlos in Florida says:

Plaese please, please. what hapen with us. please I need pay my rent, Plaese please please please. I need help right now.

May 21, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(722) Kim says:

Personally, I don’t think anyone needs to explain why they have been unemployed for so long…if anyone is educated they should totally be aware of the current economy..and as far as the government is concerned…they should be ashamed for not accepting any type of responsibility for their own actions…I guess it’s easier for them to shift the responsibility to keep the eyes off of them!

Truth be told, they have had over 2 years to do something in the way of creating jobs and helping the unemployed, but continue to point fingers & argue at the expense of the unemployed. The longer they choose to ignore the real issues on hand, the longer we will continue to stay in this recession. Just take a look around…has anything changed within the last 2 years?

May 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(723) WALTER MATTSON says:

fred mattson says:
Angel says: Millions of Americans can’t be just lazy.

YES I THINK THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED! PEOPLE GOT TO COMFORTABLE WITH THE FREE MONEY AND CONTINUE TO EXPECT MORE

NO I DEFINATELY THINK PEOLPLE JUST GOT TO COMFORTABLE WITH THE FREE MONEY

May 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm
(724) Kim says:

By the way Angel…I am not answering to him nor am I wasting my time & no offense but you should be following your own advice, you are indirectly egging him on..

May 21, 2010 at 1:07 pm
(725) Kim says:

Why change your name? Suite yourself…it’s only your opinion…not a fact…

May 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm
(726) Rick says:

“PEOPLE JUST GOT TO COMFORTABLE WITH THE FREE MONEY”, your wrong 1 job for every 6 people , 3 years without a job numerous resumes and no call backs ! and it ain’t free money it’s my unemployment insurance that i paid into since i was 16 and now 49 , THEY OWE ME !!!

May 21, 2010 at 2:10 pm
(727) rubeN says:

I agree, unemployment benefits isn’t a hand out. The employer pays for it and goes into the system for all those years you have worked.

L/T unemployed need help right now. They have zero income coming in and just can’t land jobs since there ain’t much out there. The few that they are are just flooded with applicants.

May 21, 2010 at 2:52 pm
(728) gus says:

Why is no one picketting in front of the courthouse or local government buildings? The answer is embaressment. We have been conditioned to be ashamed to be unemployed.
Are we destined to just wonder off into the woods to die?
How many of the 15 million unemployed are over 40. I’d say most. How many older people can live in cars for crying out loud. Does anyone out there care to comment or even know what happens to us old and in the way that the corporations no longer have a use for. Try living in a tent or car and trying to find a job. You might get called stinky but you won’t get called for work. Our government has set this country up to be a welfare state. We are going to need more than just a tier V I’m afraid. It will help temporarily but they’re NOT making new jobs only making less thru the immigration, Nafta, planned carbon tax, endless war etc.. I don’t have any answers but sure would be interested in some peoples idea’s.

May 21, 2010 at 3:12 pm
(729) Dave says:

I am 52, and have also paid since I was 16 ” and very PROUD to have had my very first job ”
I have worked from then on ………. but like so many of us I also was layed off 2 years ago …..we can not find work
WE ARE NOT LAZY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So please PEOPLE just be a little understanding
we sit next to you in chruch , we served our country, we pay taxes , we drive the same roads , and we LIVE next door to you …

I don’t want a hand out I just want some sort of life back ……..

Dave
In NH the LIVE FREE OR DIE state ‘ if they only knew’

May 21, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(730) Kim says:

gus-The answer is not embarrassment, nor ashamed. We the people have done nothing wrong.

Since you are asking why people are not picketing…why don’t you go out and get it started? Start picketing and soon others will follow.

I do agree that a Tier 5 is needed and as soon as possible, but the government has got to do more for the American people. For instance create enough jobs and help us…I don’t know what the heck is going on, but obviously something is seriously wrong…

I would like to address the age thing…the recession has nothing to do with age…everyone of all ages are struggling trying to find a job…I do agree however people in their 50′s and 60′s may be having a harder time…but people in their 40′s are not that old! They may seem old to someone in their 20′s…but that’s normal…

I don’t have the answers either…but something is defiantly going on & I quite can’t put my finger on it…but this is far from the norm…this is something that NONE of us have ever experienced in our lifetime….

May 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm
(731) Angel says:

Relax, Kim, just trying to help out…

May 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm
(732) Tier 5 now says:

To throw Millions of unemployed Americans under the bus is unacceptable.

IT”S TIME TO TURN UP THE HEAT…

VISIT: http://www.Tier5now.com

SIGN THE PETITION

If you are unemployed you need to sign this petition.

If you know someone who’s unemployed you need to get them to sign this petition.

If you are employed but you disagree with how our government are kicking Millions of unemployed Americans under the Bus, you need to sign this Petition.

If you have information on a company that will hire 5 Million Americans right Now, Don’t sign this petition simply contact us and we will be glad to share the good news to all our members…

“ONE MILLION SIGNATURES”

The fierce urgency of now is upon us

LET’S GO TO WORK…

May 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm
(733) Kim says:

I think you should relax Angel…lol

May 21, 2010 at 5:11 pm
(734) Angel says:

uh, no, you relax. Take a pill…

May 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm
(735) Kim says:

You seem very defensive..relax okay? I understand we are all stressing right now…don’t add fuel to the fire!

May 21, 2010 at 6:01 pm
(736) teri says:

i have been searching for a job since 9/2008 when i was lied to by my employer dr. pepper snapple group that my position was eliminated from the company which in jan of 2009 i found out that was a lie. i lost my house, my car and had to move in with my parents. the unemployment did help but 425.00 coming from a job that paid me almost 45k a year wasnt making it. this job i stayed at for over 3 years so I was living very comfortable. i even left the state of nevada to find work in other states and i am running into the same issue everywhere and i only have 1 week of tier 4 left and i am about to get evicted from my apartment and be on the streets with nothing. they need to have a tier 10 due to all of us that are losing our lives due to this economy BUSH RUINED and now OBAMA is trying to fix instead of the banks profiting from the money they should have given it to unemployment nationwide

May 21, 2010 at 6:55 pm
(737) Tier 5 now says:

The Tax Extenders bill (H.R.4213) unemployment extension is for Tier 1-4 NOT Tier 5 so if you exhausted your 99weeks…http://Tier5now.com

May 21, 2010 at 7:02 pm
(738) rubeN says:

True, HR 4213 only extends the deadlines to be able to collect Tier 1-4 and does absolutely nothing for those who have exhausted. The government wants the L/T unemployed to just go away and disappear.

May 21, 2010 at 7:07 pm
(739) MAT MATTSON says:

The government wants the L/T unemployed to just go away and disappear.

SO DO I

May 21, 2010 at 8:28 pm
(740) Angel says:

Thanks Hoop. I just felt Kim was a little defensive before when I was helping her with that a—— bothering everyone. I know she wasn’t wasting her time. I said don’t waste energy on this guy…I wasn’t egging him on, I was trying to help Kim. She gets so incensed by him. He’s probably some jerk living in his mom’s basement. I know we all are stressed but I wasn’t adding fuel to the fire, Kim was. Let’s all band together and not let this be any more divide and conquer than it is already…

May 21, 2010 at 9:03 pm
(741) just wondering says:

It is time to quit begging..

May 21, 2010 at 9:21 pm
(742) susan says:

Food Stamps .The maximum unemployement benefit in Florida is 275.00 weekly.Because I attend school one night a week (I have a student loan)I am ineligable to collect food stamps.If you go to school if only for 1 class you have to work at least 20 hours per week to qualify for food stamps.So once again the middle class are condenmed for trying to better themself.To make matters work I took a temporary 2 to 8 week assignment with the Census Bearue last week I got 13 hours of work.When I called the unemployment office they had froze my account because it was reported that I went back to work part time.I have only been on unemployment for 12 weeks.They reinstated my benefits but the whole Census part time job is nothing more then the government tricking you into taking a temporary position if only for the four day training to report you are working and to make the unemployment rate look not as bad.Once again these jobs only last from 4 days to 8 weeks if your lucky.Does anyone know what went on today in DC…I guess nothing because I can not find nothing

May 21, 2010 at 9:21 pm
(743) carmel says:

WHY ARE YOU GUYS, TURN AGAINST EACH OTHER , THIS IS NOT ABOUT WHO, IS WHAT OR WHO SAID, WHAT, ITS ABOUT PASSING A UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION SO PLEASE STOP……. WE ARE ALL ADULTS HERS ALL WE HAVE TO DO NOW IS LEAVE IT IN GODS HANDS. SO JUST PRAY IN ASK GOD TO REMOVE WHAT THE DEVIL IS PLACING IN MANS HANDS.

May 21, 2010 at 9:38 pm
(744) Susan says:

I beleive a law should be passed that any American company that outsources American jobs out of the country then their company should be kicked out of the country.Outsourcing has got to stop.Maybe we should all go over to India and fight to get our jobs back…go to http://www.nojobsforindia.com and see how many American companies that have left many Americans unemployed.Pitney Bowes is one because they outsource my accounting job to India

May 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm
(745) harry says:

It is a shame all americans have not done there reasearch on why exactly jobs are shipped across seas. Yes we all know that it is cheap labor. But how do those people live on cheap wages? And why do they come to america for low wages ? I will tell you why and this is a fact, businees owners pay them low wages while outr government provides additional help: Housing, utilities assistance etc. by the time the total income of assistance and wages they are making over $15 or more an hour combined. The business owners do not mind it because they are only paying them a small dosage. It is a shame this is going on in this country and it has for years. also the tariffs are so cheap to ship foreign product here it does not hurt them. But we get charge high to do the opposite. It is time to stop this with no exepections or all of us will be in trouble if we are not already..

May 21, 2010 at 11:52 pm
(746) Kim says:

Hey Hoop..do you have any idea what we are all going through? None of us asked for this…it’s not all about Angel & her problems…this is about ALL OF THE AMERICAN UNEMPLOYED…

May 22, 2010 at 12:04 am
(747) Kim says:

By the way Angel why don’t you read my post #571

May 8, 2010 at 11:57 am
(571) Kim says:

Just keep fighting for a tier 5….if any of you have FaceBook come & joint our cause for a Tier 5
http://www.causes.com/causes/481260/about?m=448033c3

and Newnewdeal is right, please don’t pay any attention to the childish few on here…they don’t have anything to offer & don’t have a life of their own…simply ignore them…they are totally not worth our time!

May 22, 2010 at 12:08 am
(748) wethepeople says:

Kim it’s cool…keep up the good work…I joined your cause on Facebook.

May 22, 2010 at 12:16 am
(749) wethepeople says:
May 22, 2010 at 6:04 am
(750) Tiamo says:

There will be no Tier V in my opinion. here is the scoop.
According to sources, Friday, May 21, 2010, the House members decided to postpone addressing the issues of the amended text to H.R. 4213. The House has given itself a 72 hour window for “member review”. The amendment, known as the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act should be decided on the House floor Monday. In fact, it is critical that this action take place.

The next step will be to pass it over to the Senate. The Senate will have only until next Friday to decide whether or not to extend unemployment benefits.

May 22, 2010 at 10:29 am
(751) Rick says:

Eleven million people out of work and pretty much being ignored is something we should be ashamed of. We are immersed in the personal lives of sleazy public figures. Who’s screwing his assistant, who gets paid $30 grand to speak because she got knocked up, who hired a gay guy to carry his luggage (?), abnormal curiosity regarding the sexual orientation of a woman being considered for the Supreme Court, and the list goes on everyday. Too many American people choose to be entertained. There is no better circus than Washington D.C. Unless and until the crisis hits home, there is nothing wrong. The media decides what people pay attention to. Things like people out of work and dead soldiers don’t keep the TV viewers attention, but the trash does. News no longer informs the public. It serves to take what should be important and we have something I call “NewsLite”.We lost so much during the Bush administration. Unfortunately the country lost its conscience.

May 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm
(752) David says:

I help run a small website related to unemployment issues and see every day confusion and anger over the deteriorating safety net for the millions of long term unemployed. We have started a petition drive to add voices to lobby congress to adda a tier 5. Please add yours.

http://www.nojobsurvivor.com/Questions-and-Commentary/dont-forget-to-sign-the-petition.html

May 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm
(753) MARY says:

I SEND RESUME AND COVER LETTER ON THAT COVER LETTER I PUT THAT I WILL WORK 1 TO 2 WEEKS AT NO CHARGE TO THE EMPLOYER AT TIME OF TRAINING. GUESS WHAT THAT DOESN’T EVEN HELP, I USE TO MAKE GOOD MONEY NOW I AM WILLING TO MAKE $10 TO $12 DOLLARS AN HOUR I USE TO MAKE $30 DOLLARS AN HOUR. I JUST WANT A JOB AND FOR EVERY 1 JOB OPENING 1000 PEOPLE APPLY FOR THAT JOB. THEY HAVE CUT THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FROM UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS BECAUSE THEY HAVE EXHAUSTED THEIR MONEYS. SO WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSE TO DO KNOW???????? THERE ARE NO JOBS OUT THERE AND THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF PEOPLE BEING LAID OFF. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE MY FELLOW AMERICANS???????? CONGRESS PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE HELP THE AMERICANS WITH A 5TH TIER.

May 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm
(754) Arnold says:

Hey! Good news. I just checked the Califronia EDD website and found this: http://www.edd.ca.gov/About_EDD/pdf/nwsrel10-10.pdf
They’ve identified over 300,000 jobs in California with a major emphasis on GREEN practises. Yayyy!

May 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm
(755) david says:

Billions just was given to Greece to stabilize their economy. Was that our unemployment money that was used? Who the hell comes first here, the taxpaying citizens or foreigners? You won’t get rid of the cost by just not making a tier 5. The money will just be coming from the welfare office instead of the unemployment office,, so what was gained, other than a way to “fudge” the unemployment numbers again by pushing some off the cliff.

May 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm
(756) DESPERATE.. says:

MONEY FOR HATI…HA…IN NASHVILLE TN THEY HAVE HAD A FLOOD OF DISASTEROUS PORPORTATIONS, …PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING..WHERE’S OBAMA..WHERE’S OBAMA?? HE NEEDED TO SHOW UP AND TAKE A LOOK AND SAY HE FELT FOR THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAVE LOST EVERYTHING! BUT NO OBAMA! NOW NOT ONLY HAS TN GOT HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, BUT NOW SO MANY PLACES HAVE CLOSED DUE TO THE FLOOD..AND THAT MEANS MORE UNEMPLOYED! THEY ARE SAYING NO TIER 5…GET A GRIP…AMERICA IS IN TROUBLE…AMERICANS NEED HELP….QUIT PUTTING ON THE DOG IN D.C. FOR THE FREAKIN MEXICAN PRESIDENT AND WE HAVE HELPED HATI ENOUGH. LETS GET SOME UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS AND WORK ON GETTING SOME REAL JOBS FOR AMERICANS. NOT SOME SO CALLED TEMP JOBS…GEEZ!!

May 22, 2010 at 9:32 pm
(757) joseph says:

MAN WHAT A FREAK!!!!

just wondering says:
Where is Obama? He emailed me what a great job he has done on the finance reform bill. Stated various lobbying groups have spent 1 million for each member, and asking for everyone to send $5 or more, to help him fight them.

Exxxxxccusssssee me? What? Are you for real?

It is time to quit begging, and I do not see any results from all of the hard work, and time people donated to signing and organizing petitions.

Now Congress.org is starting ANOTHER petition.????

Am I the only one that feels we are being whipped into meaningless actions—just to keep us busy and out of their way?

It is time to quit begging people.

I say keep faxing, emailing, and calling.
Only THIS time forget your manners.

You say you are calling their offices and getting snide remarks from their 20-25 year old brats that answer the phones?

Watch our clowns on tv yapping and voting. See those little spoiled snot nose kids running papers around and sitting on the floor twirling their key rings?
THAT—is who you are allowing to get snippy with you.

They are usually relatives of high campaign donators or volunteers.
TELL them what you have to say, and go right back at them! Do not back down!!!!

Maybe if they complain to mommy and daddy how they have to put up with people complaining all day, every day……eyebrows will raise.

AND QUIT BEGGING. QUIT BEGGING. QUIT BEGGING!

THAT IS THE BIGGEST POWER ‘RUSH’ THESE CLOWNS GET.

Do not threaten bodily harm.

BUT DO NOT BACK DOWN.

Do not let those brats brag how they talked you down. Being young and stupid, that gives them a rush to keep doing it to the next caller.

Picture yourself in a junior high school and some smart punk is tryng to get smart with you.

HAVE YOUR SAY==== AND DO NOT BACK DOWN.

Google the Nat. Dem/Repub. Headquarters

TELL them to get off their power ride, and DEMAND a TIER 5 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No more begging, asking, or being polite with the “….if you could please find a minute please sir/madame…..”

DEMAND they develope a Tier 5 by the end of June…or you will start campaigning for the other guy.

DEMAND! Quit begging!!!!

They know from the last elections-the public is furious…..and outto oust incumbents.

Let them know—

IT HAS NOT EVEN STARTED YET!!!!!!!!!

AND—send the same FURY to the media outlets.

While running with the campaigns…. just believe me….they DO NOT want angry constituents at meetings or running into them at the stores.

ALSO MENTION YOU ARE NOTIFYING THE PRESS AND TAKING NOTE OF THEIR ANSWER.

DEMAND THE MEDIA GET INVOLVED. Write letters to the editors. ANGRY letters.

FYI….PLANTED opposition will reply in the papers.

SO YOU WRITE THE EDITOR AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is time to quit begging people.

Put your anger where it belongs

May 22, 2010 at 10:36 pm
(758) Rick says:

Just a painful reminder :

There has been quite a bit of confusion regarding extended unemployment benefits. The current extended unemployment compensation provides unemployment benefits for 4 tiers of unemployed workers.

The extensions that have been passed and/or are pending in Congress do not provide any additional (new) weeks of unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed who have run out of all unemployment benefits.

For example, in New York unemployed workers are currently eligible for 26 weeks of state unemployment, 53 weeks of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) emergency benefits, and 20 weeks of Extended Benefits (EB) extended benefits. The current unemployment extensions would not add any weeks for those unemployed workers who are going to run out of all unemployment benefits.

The best course of action to help get a long term extension passed is to contact your elected officials and ask them to support a long term extension of unemployment benefits:

May 22, 2010 at 11:33 pm
(759) Deane says:

I am a member of what is commonly called the “99ers”. At age 60 I find myself competing with 4.5 others for each job posting. These are not good odds by any measuring stick.

To our representatives and others who say the “99ers are lazy”, “99 weeks is enough” or “there are not enough people complaining” I would like to ask and receive a reasonable, logical answer to one question. That question is this, if as the Labor Department website states, there are 5.5 unemployed persons for every job offering in the United States and if every one of those positions were filled miraculously tonight by one of the currently unemployed, what would you suggest the other 4.5 persons do tomorrow morning when they awake to find not a single job available in the nation and they are still unemployed ? How do we as a nation squeeze 5.5 people into every single job opening?

Based on Labor Department figures I suggest that number would be in excess of 20,000,000 Americans with no job and not a single job opening. What are they supposed to do at that point. Consider this as well, although every job has not been filled, the 4.5 unemployed who would not find a job if they all were filled are in the same boat as if all jobs were filled because there are no jobs available for that number of unemployed. They are unemployed now and will be unemployed tomorrow no matter how hard they look for work, no matter how qualified they are for the job.

The unemployed will not be employed until this country has jobs for them and that is not going to happen for a long time.

President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Government should do for the people what the people can not do for themselves.” I suggest that the people can not create millions of jobs for themselves and therefor it is necessary for the government to do what it can to create new jobs in this country. Until then the government must assist the unemployed with the means to survive which needs to be done with extended unemployment of some kind no matter how long it takes.

The average Joe the Plumber person on the street did not create this mess! We do not have the tools to fix it by ourselves. Government must do what President Lincoln referred to and it must be done now.

How are we as the population most affected by this economic mess going to pressure our representatives into doing the right thing since they can not seem to do it on their own ? We have tried faxing, calling, emailing and snail mail for weeks and what have we accomplished? From my perspective, we have accomplished absolutely nothing of any significance.

Faxing, calling etc does not work because our representatives do not answer their publicly listed phone numbers. They do not receive our faxes and they do not read anything we send. Seriously, they do not read the bills they sign that affect hundreds of millions of people why would they read or pay any attention to anything less?

Let us look at history to find out what works. What our representatives pay attention to is bodies. Bodies in the form of protesters at their front door. They pay attention to these bodies because the media shows them on TV. Bodies in your way get everyone’s attention. I suggest the unemployed stage a protest in Washington DC in numbers that no one can ignore.

I realize we can not afford to fly into DC in mass and gather in front of Congress but we can hitchhike there if we are desperate enough. Imagine the effect thousands of unemployed heading towards DC on the highways of America with their thumbs out would have. We could wear an armband that would show to the world who we are and what we are doing. Ultimately, we would all be gathered in the same place as those who gathered against the Vietnam war. We would be marching together from all corners of the nation just as those who marched in Selma with Reverend Martin Luther King. Those demonstrations ultimately changed this country and we need to call upon this form of protest again.

I believe if thousands of people were sitting everywhere there was an open spot in Washington DC that no representative could ignore the situation a minute longer. A sea of unemployed people who have walked, hitched a ride or crawled to express their needs and demands in person will have an effect that no amount of calling, faxing etc will ever produce.

Calling, faxing, complaining, blogging etc will never affect our elected officials because they don’t read or hear the message. They will however “see” the message on prime time TV if thousands of messengers are sitting outside their window.

This would not be easy, many of us do not have money for food, rent etc and venturing out for such a cause would require bravery and determination we may not have had to call upon in our lifetime. However, would you be any worse off while thumbing across America? I don’t think so. Peaceful protest “in person and in mass” is sadly, the only way to get our point across in any meaningful manner.

When do we start ?

May 23, 2010 at 4:11 am
(760) Re Re says:

I have lost all unemployment benefits. My husband is a truck driver. No one in our small town is hiring. I have applied for jobs up to an hour away, even though I don’t know how I will afford the gas or the wear and tear on my car. If this car breaks down we do not have another to depend on. We cannot pay all of our bills. I am so tired of applying and never receiving a call. We cannot make it on his salary any longer. If something doesn’t give, we will lose our car which is our only means of transportation.

May 23, 2010 at 9:43 am
(761) just wondering says:

Joseph…read in my comment about ‘planted opposition’ when you make a stand.

WHO are YOU representing????

I am tired of seeing fellow Americans in pain!

The crying, begging and belly-aching have NOT returned results.

Not with those of us that have done all of the faxing, emailing, calling, etc….for months!

DEANE- exactly! GREAT comment!!!!!

I still say JULY 4 would be the perfect time.
When I discussed this with a member of the AFL-CIO, they said JULY 4 would be a good time– (due to the meaning of the date)….but that if I was ever in Washington on July 4— the section at the Reflecting Pond is very crowded.

Weelllllllllll – maybe it should be a WHOLE LOT more crowded.

With the unemployed wearing those arm bands Deane wrote of. What color???
Red, white, and blue???

I’ll go. I’ll wear one! My family too!

Continue to DEMAND :
they add a TIER 5……grandfathered from the last payment, thru the end of 2010.

All of the heartache on this site and the other sites.
It is time to speak the language that alerts the media and representation.

I add, make homemade signs declaring this
JULY 4, 2:00 at the Reflecting Pond.
5.5 MILLION Americans………

If only 1 % showed—that is 55,000 with arm bands.

Hang them everywhere you can. Grocery stores, laundrymats, colleges, telephone poles, church, etc.
Ask for help from the churches.
THAT is how the one man walk, turned into the MILLION MAN walk.

Contact the media outlets this is in the plans.

BUT THIS MUST BE A PEACEFUL MARCH…anything less, will turn opinion.

PLANTED….yes I said PLANTED opposition will already be scheduled once this gets advertised.

If you end up being interviewed in your area – stay professional, but NOT crying and begging.

DO OTHERS WANT TO THROW THE LINE OUT AT THEIR SITES…AND SEE WHAT RESPONSE ERUPTS?

Need more than a couple of people to plan this.

What is your professional expertice to help???

Are you willing to help?

May 23, 2010 at 10:14 am
(762) just wondering says:

We need to make a decision-

a permit will be needed, and that takes time too.

YOU…decide people.

A month is a short time to organize as it is.

If you remember I was on this course over a month ago—and everyone said “July 4====surely we will have accomlished Tier 5 by then……”
Welp……has not happened. Now heading into June.

Should I contact the AFL-CIO?

They (AFL-CIO) do have a tab at their site for NON-UNION unemployed to join. UCube….they set up area sites for local unemployed to talk.

Maybe they would volunteer to donate the permit, and set up a stage????
All they can do is say no…..

Use their site for reporting, and updates?

Or I wonder if Alison would allow us to use this site? She has helped so many of us with THIS PART of her site alone….much less the extra sites she added to tell stories and all…..

May 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm
(763) t phillips m.n. says:

just wondering says:
We need to make a decision-

a permit will be needed, and that takes time too.

YOU…decide people.

WHAT KIND OF PERMIT IS NEEDED AND WHAT IS COST

May 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm
(764) Jacobus says:

Does anybody know what happened to Tier 4 in Oklahoma? I see posts from elsewhere saying they’re on it. I’ve been on comp for 15 months and they say Tier 3 is all there is available… and that’s over for me.
I’ve been looking in multiple states but now there’s little point because I don’t have money to move and get started in a new place. Sleeping in my son’s living room and feeling like crap about it because now I can’t help with his utilities I’m using.

May 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm
(765) t phillips m.n. says:

jacobus, to qualify for tier number 4, your states unemployment rate has to be at 8.5 for three consecutive months and i believe currently your state is at 6%

May 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm
(766) Rick says:

“You can’t go on forever,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) told Bloomberg on Thursday, citing the politics of breaking 100 weeks and also the need for deficit reduction. “I think 99 weeks is sufficient.”

May 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm
(767) Susan says:

It is so easy for him to say that 99 weeks is enough when he has a home to go to, food on the table, all his bills are paid, and a job to pay them…When is the government going to realize that they can not leave the long turn unemployed without a means to supply themselves with the basics…food, clothing, and shelter for our families… Either give us another extension or give us a job!!!!

May 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm
(768) Jerry says:

Tier 5 or 6 how they want to do it needs to be extended for one more year until good living jobs return. If things are going to get better we will know by then and on what President obama said during his first day as president. It will take at least one term to see any turn around. So stop the 99 week bit this is when we were in the heart of the recession we are not out of it yet no matter what the numbers you see. Talked to the people you will find out!

May 23, 2010 at 7:04 pm
(769) Jason says:

It’s completely unfair for them to even consider giving unemployment benefits to people only in certain states..if you cant get a job it doesn’t matter if your state is 6.5% or 12%..but it really doesn’t matter because a Tier 5 isn’t coming anytime soon, a very good chance it wont come at all. I really hope this has opened the eyes of some people so they can see the government does not care about them, how more ovious can it be?

May 23, 2010 at 7:11 pm
(770) just wondering says:

T.PHILLIPS m.n.—–

When I contacted them back in April, I was told two permits may be needed.
One to congregate, and then one because it would be held on Federal land.

They stated both permit offices try to be accomodating.

I did not follow through(with cost & all), because I did not feel people were ready to march.

Everyone was and is, so swept up in their own problems, they do not know what else to do.

I did not call for the price, due to low interest.
Yet if you follow other sites-people are getting REALLY fed up.

They see our representatives are standing in front of smoking mirrors…and stringing us along.

The only thing left to do is essemble.
If there is not interest in that, we might as well just look out some window and feel sorry for ourselves.

I do not mean to sound mean…but if you are unhappy with the situation, do something about it.

One person here did state the monies for travel involved. Well maybe an organization would step up with buses, it has been done in the past.

No one on this site can make donations…this plight has gone on too long. No money.

Maybe the unions could help, churches, etc.

That is why I ask for feedback…..thanks.

Suggestions?

May 23, 2010 at 7:18 pm
(771) Ted says:

I been unemployed and exhausted all my Unemployment tiers. I am in my 60s and need work extremly bad. I would rather work than be on unemployment. However there is no jobs out there now. I applied to over 20 jobs. I am reduced to what I have saved up which I have a family of 4 with a newborn baby and my daughter has cerbralpulsy and is on a lot of medication. Well if there is no Tier 5 passed I wont be able to afford her medication and with a newborn I wont be able to afford baby items such as formula and diapers. So I am begging congress to pass an extension its all I got till I can find a job.

May 23, 2010 at 10:09 pm
(772) Leese says:

I exhausted my UC benefits almost 7 weeks ago and am now on the last of my savings. Like many others who commented, my age is a huge factor in not being hired for positions that would provide a paycheck that is more then what I was getting in unemployment. Jobs that I was considered for were for less then what I was getting .. with a house, car insurance, kids, etc… I would have had to accept at lest 4 of those jobs to make ends meet.. and then who would be raising the kids??? People think that because I’ve been unemployed this long, I am “riding” the system.. give me a break. I’m just trying to provide for my family! So what are we to do now? How come welfare recipients who have been receiving benefits for GENERATIONS don’t lose THEIR benefits? I’ve worked my butt off for over 34 years.. paid my taxes on time.. and this is the thanks I get? WE get? I’m going to lose my home while people who never had to work a day in their lives receive “help” with THEIR house.. with THEIR utility bills? Is this what the government really wants? Everyone on welfare? Isn’t that communism??? I’m sorry for venting but for the first time in my life I am scared.. I am frustrated.. I don’t know what to do. My kids are growing boys and I worry about how I’m going to afford clothes when they grow out of them.. sneakers when they wear out .. I’ve cut out everything that isn’t a bare necessity and it still isn’t enough.. I’ve called “the powers that be” and all I get is the run around. But I’ll keep calling and keep emailing and keep banging on doors because my kids.. OUR kids.. don’t deserve this!!!!

May 23, 2010 at 10:35 pm
(773) Jonathan B. says:

Where are the jobs? Sorry, but it begs the question. Where are they? So, let’s analyze it honestly. Most jobs are created by the private sector. You know, that sector of folks who are reeling under the pressures of just trying to keep their small piece of the American dream alive. And, I am NOT talking about the hyped up Wall Street lames sprouting up all over the place on high priced offshore junkets.

I am talking about the mom and pop shops that hire anywhere from 10-50+ workers. The President has made it perfectly clear that he is intent upon taxing this sector even more. So, naturally the wise and prudent choice for them to make is:

a) Simply cut the workforce to accommodate the coming tax increase.
b) Cut benefits packages.
c) Add additional duties to existing remaining employees.

They have put a moratorium on hiring, because of this. When the sub prime mortgage industry collapsed, so did the majority of our customer base. Currently at Tier 4 I see no job creation on the horizon anytime soon.

When folks don’t have jobs, they get uneasy. When they lose their livelihoods, they get restless. When they lose their homes, and support for their family, they will revolt.

Something, must be done.

Jon B.

May 24, 2010 at 12:12 am
(774) Julie says:

Hi Jason…that’s why we are trying to fight for a Tier 5. It is obvious that the government does not care, & we need to change that!

May 24, 2010 at 1:24 am
(775) rubeN says:

Susan & Rick,

Like I’ve mentioned before, that Sen. Baucus has been in office and collecting his high Senator salary since 1982. That is just ridiculous that these Senators can be in-office for so much time.

May 24, 2010 at 1:42 am
(776) Jake says:

Where are the unions that are supposed to be protecting American jobs? They’ve got their candidates elected, but these candidates turn their heads and ignore the hourdes of illegals that are doing jobs “that Americans are unwilling to do?”. Maybe the next time Andy Stern goes to the White House he can suggest a Tier 5.

May 24, 2010 at 1:45 am
(777) Sherri says:

My Last unemployment check was March 31, 2010. I have managed to keep the lights on and have gas for cooking, but that is coming to an end. Just got my first shut off notice. I have an associates degree, but found I had to leave that off my resume to even be considered for a minimum wage job.( I was told that by a job recruiter) I was over qualified. Was on the waiting list for “No Worker Left Behind”, but they ran out of money too. I got desperate and started applying at local restaurants and bars, only to find in two of those bars the employees there were collecting unemployment and working under the table! I now go down to a local coffee shop to use their Internet to search and send resumes out to potential jobs, but still no luck. I am not a lazy person. I have worked since I was 15 years old, and find myself going stir crazy. I’m not begging for free money, but I worked 30+ years never once collecting unemployment until now, and everything I’ve worked for is almost gone. We need that Tier 5 to help those who are about to be homeless. I’ve noticed the cat and rabbit population in our area has gotten scarce too! (Just saying)

May 24, 2010 at 8:36 am
(778) Rick says:

Good Morning All , Just a painful Reminder :

“You can’t go on forever,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) told Bloomberg on Thursday, citing the politics of breaking 100 weeks and also the need for deficit reduction. “I think 99 weeks is sufficient.”

I guess now we just die …..

May 24, 2010 at 8:59 am
(779) hoop 123 says:

I also think it is unfair that if one state is 6.9 % rate under 12.0 % rate they are the same at any rate, they both don’t have a job, how to they feed the family, how do they continue to run there homes? Tier 5 should be extended, I agree don’t beg they owe the people their benefits. State your case when you call, be direct, and make sure they hear you, don’t buckle down to someone who is not in your position you all paid your taxes, and now your in need of help
keep up the fight and hope you all can get the Tier 5.

May 24, 2010 at 9:05 am
(780) PH says:

5-24-10 – Fax, Fax, Fax, Fax – get something on their desks!!!! Contact Senators, Congressmen and the President – we need more Tiers, we need extension to 12-31-10 and we need our company-provided COBRA to convert to Health Insurance for the Unemployed with the 65% reduction.

http://www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm

May 24, 2010 at 9:10 am
(781) PH says:

5-24-10 — 6-2-10 ——The TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ENDS 6-2-10. EXTENSION NEEDS TO BE TO
12-31-10. WE NEED SOME TYPE OF HEALTH INSURANCE TO COVER THE UNEMPLOYED – COMPANY-PROVIDED COBRA IS ENDING.
FAX, FAX, FAX, FAX, FAX, FAX,
http://www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm

May 24, 2010 at 9:49 am
(782) just wondering says:

World News Vine— deleted a post on their site, reporting what happened to the petition after delivery, rumors it was not accepted.
Did anyone here get to read it?

The LAST thing needed now is more info hidden from us!!!!!! Thanks for any info you can give…

May 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(783) Angel says:

Here’s some current stuff, Just Wondering. Don’t see about petition after delivery news.

H.R. 4213 is not about extending 99 week UI, though. BUT, Reid’s office said “Once this framework is in place for the rest of the year, we can explore the right policies to provide additional assistance to long-term unemployed workers.” Does that mean 99 weekers?

Also read about 40% of the documented suicides in the past two years to be directly related to long-term unemployed.

http://www.examiner.com/x-27052-Rochester-Unemployment-Examiner~y2010m5d23-Tier-5-and-extended-unemployment-HR-4213-update-and-getting-the-word-out-to-the-Ed-Shultz-Show

May 24, 2010 at 1:10 pm
(784) rubeN says:
May 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm
(785) Venus says:

i have been out of work since 2007 and i am aging i have diabities and sick alot of the times just want our goverment to care for its own then the rest of the world. we need this tier 5 so we can continue on with our lives and not sitting back watching all we worked for to leave our hands. we worked all our lives and paid into this so why is there any questions when it comes from us asking for help. i think i just finished tier 4 when they pass this bill in june will i qualify for more help in unemployment i dont understand all this how it works all i know is if i dont get any more from tier 4 we need teir 5 voted on we need help hear us please

May 24, 2010 at 5:58 pm
(786) Rick says:

For Venus , Once you finnished tier 4 you are out of luck no more money , welcome to the 99ers club where nobody cares if you live or die , they need room anyway for all the Mexicans and Haitians they will be coming soon courtesy of your politicians ! Now go Vote for them they need steak on there barbecue !

May 24, 2010 at 6:01 pm
(787) Georgia Citizen says:

Senator Saxby says he won’t vote for it…. I’ve sent him 1 e-mail stating that when he votes, to remember to see the children’s faces that are going to bed hungry in “THIS COUNTRY”… I tried sending him another e-mail, and he has now blocked my e-mails. Marked them as SPAM….Won’t allow me to contact him regarding this issue…. And that’s your Georgia State Senator….. So when the adds run this fall, please make a note, HE WANTS TO STOP THE EXTENSION….. Because it would affect “HIS” pocket… and if that happened, “Oh I just might not be able to go on that cruise vacation, and his wife, “Honey, we I guess won’t be able to have that $2,600,250.00 home… what a shame.. They are only thinking about their pockets…. This one for sure doesn’t represent the people……

May 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm
(788) rubeN says:

99ers on the front page of the Huffington Post today..

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

May 25, 2010 at 4:00 am
(789) AFLTU says:

The AFLTU (Advocacy For The Long Term Unemployed) would like to share the following data as to why 99 weeks IS NOT enough:

According to the Labor Department New Applications for unemployment benefits totaled 1,359,000 over the last 3 weeks.

Christina Romer, chairwoman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers,said “For the millions of Americans still waiting to be rehired, still struggling to provide for their families and make their mortgage payments without a job,this remains an economic crisis.”

IHS Global Insight predicts,”The total number of jobs in the U.S. won’t return to prerecession levels until 2013. And that doesn’t account for the growth in the labor force.”

Rutgers University economist Joseph Seneca stated,”In addition to replacing lost jobs, the economy needs an additional 100,000 a month to keep up with population growth.”

It will take the creation of 250,000 thousand jobs a month for 3 years to bring the National Unemployment rate back to 8%.

May 25, 2010 at 11:00 am
(790) HCHAutoUnemployed says:

When you run out of Unemployment Benefits you’re also dropped from Unemployment Statistics because there isn’t a record of your unemployment situation. This is a problem that results in the employment numbers looking better and they’re NOT!! The numbers are getting worse (or a very little better at best).

May 25, 2010 at 11:38 am
(791) stacy says:

so is OBAMA saying anything about the TIER 5 i know he won’t let us go down like that after we voted for him!

May 25, 2010 at 11:45 am
(792) Lucy says:

Good morning Rick…enough with the negativity & daily reminders…we know what the current situation is…

I am so sick of all of this! The only people who are lazy are all the ones who know nothing what it’s like trying to find a job during this tough economy! It is essential that ALL Americans educate themselves about the economy, instead of jumping right in & saying such nonsense about how extending unemployment benefits keep people from working!

That by far is the MOST LAZY excuse that I have ever heard of! If they had any real knowledge they sure as heck would not be saying that! We have been victims of this recession, & now we are victims of such ignorant ridicule by people who are too lazy to educate themselves about the unemployment situation!!!!

May 25, 2010 at 12:12 pm
(793) hoop 123 says:

Huffington post artical did not hold back, they put it right out there. If you go to the other sites and read the posts, the problem is people don’t realize how many unemployed there really is, how many are thrown off with no benefits, I happen to come accross this cable station that went on to show and to report the stories of the people that are unemployed and how they are suffering, because they have no money at all, It was called feeding the hungry children accross America. I was so upset after that program, they should send a copy to congress and the Presidents office, that showed the real unemployed people suffering in America today, they are in their own world, not seeing what is going on in America today. I saw a young girl around 12 drinking water to fight the hunger pains, so Mother would not worry about her going hungry, Never did I think this would happen to Americqa like this, Something or someone, has to help these long term unemployed. I will be ok, but I know alot of these young Mothers and Children are suffering, Mr. OBAMA should help these people right here at home.

May 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm
(794) rubeN says:

stacy,

Obama don’t care about the unemployed, he’s a millionaire. Guy made 5.5 million last year alone.

May 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm
(795) Angel says:

Thanks Hoop. The thing that bothers me the most in all of this is how this will affect children. Parents, mothers, fathers, PLEASE know about food stamps for your kids. Apply at DSS by showing you make under $900 net a month. Resources do not count to them. You can have hundreds $ in food every month for your child. You can go to major supermarkets like Waldbaums, Stop n Shop, Whole Foods, fruit stands, Trader Joe’s. The wait is approx. 1-2 mos. Only for food, not toiletries. Deli food as well. I can’t tell you how I dislike the US Government now not only because they fail to even address us 99 weekers, but that they are not discussing Welfare protocol to us either. We are left in the dark and to fend for ourselves. Even the food stamp website misinforms because it is outdated as far as resource limits. It is not $2000 anymore. They waived it. You can have $10k in resources and you can still be approved. Not many people know they even qualify or how to apply! Please do it for your kids. Apply by state, Look up Department of Social Services online. Also Medicaid, free phone by Assurance with 200 min a month, once you get food stamps. (They look up if you have it). And TANF or cash assistance of $400-$550 a month. Do it for your kids. They don’t need to live as horribly. If there is any other aid for low income, unemployed people, please post here….Thanks! Please band together people, we really need to…

http://www.assurancewireless.com/Public/Welcome.aspx

http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/localdss.asp (look up by your state)

May 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm
(796) Angel says:

Thanks Hoop. Parents please now about food stamps for your kids. There are no Food Stamps resource limits. Their website is wrong. Your kids don’t need to be hungry! If you have $900 net or below, you can apply. Use at Waldbaums, Trader Joes, major food supermarkets, fruit stands, Whole Foods, etc. Apply for Medicaid, Assurance Wireless free phone as well. If there are any other benefits for unemployed, low income people, please post here. We need to band together, especially for the kids.

May 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm
(797) Angel says:

Also TANF or cash assistance of about $400-$550 a month if you have low or no income. Apply as well at Department of Social Services. See online by state. Don’t feel bad applying. The government doesn’t care as you know. Apply for your kids. They deserve better.

May 25, 2010 at 1:27 pm
(798) Rick says:

To Lucy , if you don’t like my daily reminders don’t look at them because i’m going to be reminding people every morning , noon , and evening !

May 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm
(799) TKW says:

Why do gov think unemployment makes people lazy when I am working on a Masters degree begging for a part time job that only offers 15 hours a week. I have been labled unqualified and overqualified often! Can’t put in application old skool way but when I do it online never hear back from anyone! Really, WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO!!!!!!!!!!

May 25, 2010 at 2:06 pm
(800) richard henne says:

Good afternoon All , Just a painful Reminder :

“You can’t go on forever,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) told Bloomberg on Thursday, citing the politics of breaking 100 weeks and also the need for deficit reduction. “I think 99 weeks is sufficient.”

I guess now we just die …..

May 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm
(801) apurl says:

I was reading all of the coments and its obvious that people are getting desperate . remember the recession in the 20s when all the jails and prisons were full because people had to sevive any way they could well what do you think is going to happen when over 3million are out of work . we can send mmoney to other countries but can’t even take car of our own at home seems there is something wrong with this picture.remember charity begins at home

May 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm
(802) rolando says:

i need u to pass the tier 5 cause alot of people need it like me i need 2 pays bills and evrything else i have 3 kids and they need my help down here in the rio grande valley its hard to find a job there are not that much work down here please consider passing the tier 5 and u would help alot people in need of money right now thank you for your time and please consider this important help

May 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm
(803) Rick says:

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will send 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said Tuesday, pre-empting Republican plans to try to force votes on such a deployment.
Obama will also request $500 million for border protection and law enforcement activities, according to lawmakers and administration officials. The moves come as chances for action on comprehensive immigration reform, Obama’s long-stated goal, look increasingly small in this election year. But Obama is under pressure to do something with the issue front and center after Arizona’s passage of a tough crackdown law.

Think i can get a job ?

May 25, 2010 at 5:43 pm
(804) Tim says:

The legislation does not include a Tier 5 unemployment extension that would provide additional weeks of unemployment to the 99ers – the unemployed workers who have exhausted all unemployment benefits.

May 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm
(805) HEAVY DUTY SILICONE says:

I CANT GET OVER HOW REPITICOUS THESE STORIES ARE ON THIS SIGHT

May 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm
(806) Daniel says:

So, will they finally approve that next extension or Tier 5? People are in need of money, no jobs, no hope so far.

May 25, 2010 at 7:08 pm
(807) Daniel says:

I also wonder how many people are now exhausted all the possible UI benefits and still can not find a job. Are there any statistics? What people should do if they are unable to make mortgage payments, car payments, pay utilities, buy food??? More bankruptcies and foreclosures??? Is that the only way???

May 25, 2010 at 7:38 pm
(808) HEAVY DUTY SILICONE says:

i think there are ten people who have exhausted all 99 weeks of benefits

May 25, 2010 at 8:07 pm
(809) Rick says:

They don’t care about anybody , only their self centered egoistic selfs , now go vote for them fools !

May 25, 2010 at 8:31 pm
(810) rubeN says:

Problem is.. there’s a lot of millionaires in Congress right now, including the POTUS. They don’t know what it’s like having no money in your bank account or in your wallet.

May 25, 2010 at 9:22 pm
(811) Mark says:

It’s all about “Hurray for me & F@*#k you!”

May 25, 2010 at 9:40 pm
(812) rubeN says:

99ers on MSNBC – The Ed Show today..

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/37344789#37344789

May 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm
(813) Rick says:

99ers on MSNBC – The Ed Show today..

Will they help us ? Her answer : I don’t know , wow they really care about the American taxpayer that pays their very large salary , it was ok when they wanted you to vote for them , why doesn’t she say she will bring it to the floor for discussion ? She’s a FAKE like all the rest of them !!!!!

May 25, 2010 at 10:48 pm
(814) MR. KLATU AND GORT says:

Rick says:
99ers on MSNBC – The Ed Show today..

Will they help us ? Her answer : I don’t know , wow they really care about the American taxpayer that pays their very large salary , it was ok when they wanted you to vote for them , why doesn’t she say she will bring it to the floor for discussion ? She’s a FAKE like all the rest of them !!!!

I VIEDED THE TAPE ABOVE AND I DIDNT GET THAT IMPRESSION OF HER AT ALL, YOU ALL NEED TO BE MORE POSITIVE!

May 25, 2010 at 11:16 pm
(815) Paul says:

I keep putting my foot on the pedal but it won’t go , oh that’s because i have no money for gas or insurance because my government cares about other countries except their own ! IT’S A BIG JOKE !!!

May 25, 2010 at 11:19 pm
(816) George says:

“I VIEDED THE TAPE ABOVE AND I DIDNT GET THAT IMPRESSION OF HER AT ALL ”

What impression did you get ? another fool go back to your planet

May 26, 2010 at 1:51 am
(817) Kim says:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Obama Administration Has Called For Additional Unemployment Insurance Included In Second Stimulus Act (a.k.a. “Mini” Stimulus) – #tier5 #unemployment

Check out this site!
http://usunemployed.blogspot.com/

May 26, 2010 at 5:35 am
(818) Dave says:

May 26 , 2010 This week Congress will consider legislation to reauthorize extended unemployment benefits for the rest of the year. It’s going to be an epic fight: Republicans in the Senate will likely do everything they can to stand in the way of a bill projected to add $123 billion to the deficit, forcing Dem leadership to round up a supermajority for a last-minute Friday vote before Congress adjourns for its Memorial Day recess.
Too bad the jobs crisis, in a big way, has already left this bill in the dust. Hundreds of thousands of people have exhausted their extended unemployment benefits. In some states, laid-off workers can receive checks for 99 weeks — and that’s all they’re going to get. This bill isn’t for the “99ers” and there’s no proposal on deck to give them additional weeks of benefits.

May 26, 2010 at 7:09 am
(819) Tiamo says:

Hey start a job in your garage or basement, they want to create jobs, not extensions. Wonder if i can sell the 500 boxes of rubber bands i have stashed in the basement ? maybe i can take in ironing and laundry ? does anyone iron anymore ? hmmm maybe pass out flyers in the neighborhood to spraywash your house, windows, lawns, walk your dogs, take granny to the doctor. All of that should net me a good $50.00 a week, until my ship comes in.

May 26, 2010 at 9:05 am
(820) Blaine says:

Well, I guess that’s it. I’ve been paying bills for 2 years off unemployment and it’s over. I guess I should have taken everyone’s advice around me. They said to file bankruptcy and use my unemployment to pay as much as possible on my car so I wouldn’t lose it. But no I try to be honest and keep paying my bills hoping something would magically turn up. The sad part of it is, that I don’t have kids and I’m not married. What are families going to do, this is the way their supporting their children. They provide food, clothes, a home, and doctors care for their children. It’s sad to see a government that is so focused on other countries problems and not considering what kind of mess their own country is in. I wonder what Millions of bankruptcy’s would do for our economy. Maybe the government thinks it will stimulate growth. Looking past my situation, I hope something comes through for all the rest of the unemployed. Especially those of you who have families. The really bad thing in this situation, is the fact that Americans holding college degrees from associates, bachelors, and masters degrees can’t find a job. This should be a strong wake up call for government officials to see it’s not the working American’s fault they can’t find jobs. I always thought people with college degrees would never have to worry about finding job opportunities. TIER 5 SHOULDN’T EVEN BE A QUESTION. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN PASSED DURING THE NEW YEAR. WASHINGTON YOUR COUNTRY IS SUFFERING, TRY PUTTING YOUR PETTY PARTY AFFILIATION OUT THE DOOR LONG ENOUGH TO HELP THOSE IN NEED. WASHINGTON HAS TURNED INTO A HIGH SCHOOL SCENE WITH EACH POLITICAL PARTY TELLING THE OTHER, OUR PARTY IS BETTER THAN YOURS. WE DON’T LIKE YOU SO WERE GOING TO GO AGAINST EVERYTHING YOU DO JUST TO PISS YOU OFF INSTEAD OF WORRYING ABOUT THE ISSUES. I make this statement meaning both parties have become very petty and childish. I feel at this point everyone in the Democratic and Republican party is to blame for our issues. It’s almost like brand names, why Hollister Co. and Abercrombie and Fitch could run the government. It seems like the parties are like two brand names trying to out sell each other, while hurting American’s suffer for this little battle. To everyone I wish you well and will pray that something gives for all of you.

May 26, 2010 at 9:05 am
(821) Angel says:

Just wondering—I emailed Issa Decker decker.issa@yahoo.com a few days ago and no response about what happened to the petition once they gave it in. Strange.
I don’t get it. Anyone know?

May 26, 2010 at 11:12 am
(822) Kim says:
May 26, 2010 at 11:25 am
(823) Kim says:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Just In Case You Missed It – The Long Term Unemployed Hit Mainstream Media
Here is what aired on the Ed Schultz Show thanks to the many of you out there who emailed him and let him know about the plight of the long-term unemployed.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/37344789#37344789

May 26, 2010 at 11:26 am
(824) tom says:

Sorry petition’s get thrown in the garbage at the House they don’t want to hear anything if it isn’t about themselves, the only way they will hear you is if you stage a rally and i’m sure that won’t happen anytime soon ,

May 26, 2010 at 11:28 am
(825) sam says:

Just In Case You Missed It – The Long Term Unemployed Hit Mainstream Media

Old news and forgotten already

May 26, 2010 at 11:32 am
(826) Kim says:

I’m not sure how it can be old news…this was just on last night..& there are people besides you out there, they may have missed it…there will also be another show about the 99ers again tonight…

May 26, 2010 at 11:36 am
(827) wethepeople says:

Can the few stop with the negativity already..be happy with your life & maybe offer some positive feed back to others who are less fortunate then you are..

May 26, 2010 at 11:40 am
(828) FRANK says:

It’s a shame what we have to do to heard , petitions , media , etc , it should not be this way , promises promises they are all liars just look how many are in jail , I will NEVER vote again as along as i’m alive and kicking , they can all starve to death like they want us to do because it’s less that they have to deal with , FACT !

May 26, 2010 at 11:42 am
(829) carl says:

Sorry Politicization = Negativity

May 26, 2010 at 11:44 am
(830) Silver Fox says:

Just wondering—I emailed Issa Decker decker.issa@yahoo.com a few days ago and no response about what happened to the petition once they gave it in. Strange.
I don’t get it. Anyone know?

They burned the petition and flew her to Afghanistan !

May 26, 2010 at 11:46 am
(831) wethepeople says:

I hear what you are saying…but I am not talking about that…

May 26, 2010 at 11:49 am
(832) wethepeople says:

I am talking about the few childish ones who seem to get great joy hurting others while hiding behind a computer….see a few examples above…

May 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm
(833) Derwin says:

WE NEED HELP! WHAT THE F**K IS WRONG W CONGRESS…

Plain and simple they are RICH , POWERFUL , GREEDY , and all in the order and don’t care about anybody but themselves , no compassion for other people and the families , Babies , children , etc , don’t get me rambling !!

May 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm
(834) just wondering says:

Thanks Angel and everyone.
The best I can come up with is- they were given the run around, and when finally delivered, they were told each name had to be verified to make sure people did not vote twice,etc. They said it was illegal. That it would take weeks to do.

So I guess all was for naught.

I feel bad because WNV and T.Cahill took a bus load of anger about it.

Hell, they tried the best they could. I knew HAND HELD petitions had to be verified, but I personally did not know about site petitions.

Now T.Cahill is so disgusted….refuses to carry on with the plight…..and I got the impression she will not do the articles any more.?????

That is a sad sad situation…..feel like we have lost a good friend.

What they must realize……..the politicians knew they were going to blow it to hell…..even while saying they would accept it.

So there you go. The anger should have been pointed to DC….not Cahill and WNV>

As I stated before, busy work, to keep us out of their hair. (politicians)

Should have Marched earlier.

Ok….if YOU get the ED SHULTZ radio show in your area, please call in with questions about Tier 5.

Also, if you did not like the response from that clown he had as a guest, email him. Tell him you feel she answered everything but what he was asking.

He already knew it. Those of you that taped it, look at Ed’s face at the last. He knew she was being evasive.

I asked him to invite Sherrod Brown, he has had him there before and seems to like Brown. If he does, it will be a SECOND time our plight will be on TV.

Maybe the rest of the media will pick it up. I doubt it, so far they have been too lazy to report on anything other than what they hear the other stations already saying.

Even..BREAKING NEWS…..is old news now-a-days.

Thanks everyone

May 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm
(835) Derwin says:

Plain and simple they are RICH , POWERFUL , GREEDY

May 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm
(836) mandy says:

Does anyone out there know what the rich do with us when we’re used up,jobless and homeless? I don’t see homeless people anywhere yet I know theres hugh unemployment in my town and that benefits ran out months ago. The jails are allready filled up with career criminals, thieves, drunks etc…
I don’t see people camping anywhere or living in cars. Do they have special compounds for the unemployed. I never even see people hitchiking anywhere. Do the police pick you up and arrest you if you can’t prove you have an address?
Are you arrested and sent somewhere if your caught living in a car or camping in the woods? I know we’re all going to be out in the street at some point soon if something doesn’t change and quick. I would very much like some input from someone out there who has been there and gotten back into the workforce or someone who’s out there now yet has access to someones computer.

May 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm
(837) Angel says:

Mandy, the homeless go to shelters provided by the Government. You go to DSS Department of Social Services and tell them you no longer have money for rent and they can help. I don’t know what they look like, though. Some are in motels, apartments, etc. Some are temporary, some permanent. I found out today Salvation Army might help. I am not at that stage yet so I don’t know first hand. You are arrested only if you are somewhere where you shouldn’t be. Don’t worry about that for now. If you can, go to DSS to get some cash aid—usually $400-$500 depending if you have kids. I know they do more for you if you have kids as they should. Ask what else they can do for you—Food Stamps, etc. Section 8, I’ve been told, is on a freeze. That’s when they give you most of rent. But there are options. Not very good ones, but options nonetheless.

May 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(838) Angel says:

PS—The guy whose comment Alison removed before mine…Karma is waiting for you, buddy. When you need help, are desperate, alone, scared and broke, which you might be someday, maybe someone will comment to you the way you did to Mandy. And you might feel even more desperate and alone. Show some compassion, before it’s too late.

May 26, 2010 at 11:34 pm
(839) Lenny says:

5/26/10 California employment officials estimate 111,000 people in this state alone have exhausted their 99 weeks while the jobless rate remains at 12.6%, third highest in the country. Change.org has a petition drive underway to get a fifth tier of unemployment approved, but so far there as been little interest among legislators.

Our own Government are terrorist letting us die a slow death of starvation , etc what Hippocrates they are , At least Saddam got it over with and just gassed them !

May 27, 2010 at 1:09 am
(840) Renee says:

This is to Bob Dillian (836)–Why are you on this site, Bob? Just cruising the internet because you have nothing to do? Are you sure you have money in the bank and a good job, because it looks to me like you are in need or else you would not even be concerned about what the 99er’s are up to. You, sir must in one of these boats just as we are, or you would not even waste your time reading these post. You cannot fool all of us with your condescending tones and contrary remarks. It is all too obvious that you are in financial need! Keep reading, Bob. Hopefully there will be good news for us all, soon. Hang in there, and remember that you are not alone. We are all in this fight together, so stop taking your frustration and anger out on others!

May 27, 2010 at 1:45 am
(841) Renee says:

Did anyone see this on the internet? I got it from another website. Looks promising!!

Jobless looking unemployment extensions, such as adding a Tier 5, may have help on the way, says House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin. During the weekly meeting of the National Press Club, Senator Levin addressed the much sought out question regarding H.R. 4213 American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010. During the session the Senator remarked, he “wants to see the extenders bill, and a small-business-focused tax bill (HR 4849) enacted before lawmakers leave for the Memorial Day recess.”

This unemployment extension bill, which was approved by the Senate in March, allows for the extension of the current EUC programs until the end of 2010. The required funding is $27.1 billion short, though. The Committee is concurrently meeting to address the Finance Reform Bill.

Tier 5 unemployment extension may be added to the tax breaks that expired in 2009, extending expanded unemployment insurance and

May 27, 2010 at 1:49 am
(842) Renee says:

here is the rest…

extending expanded unemployment insurance and health insurance subsidies for America’s unemployed through the end of the year. The $27.1 billion “hole” occurred following lawmakers’ decision to remove some of its offset from H.R. 4213, to help pay for the health care reform bill signed into law last month. These measures, Finance Reform and the extended unemployment issues are expected to be the focus of the committee’s efforts before returning to extensions of Tax Cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 set to expire at the end of this year. With the 111th Congress moving quickly to the end of the first session this year on June 5, millions of anxious unemployed Americans are seeking answers to how to plan their livelihoods in the event that H.R. 4213 is not passed by the House prior to the Congressional recess.

May 27, 2010 at 6:52 am
(843) Tiamo says:

“I’m pleased to announce that the Obama administration working closely with Congress intends to provide more than 80 million dollars in urgently needed funding for Mexican law enforcement,” she said. They will provide Black Hawk Helicopters.
AND WE need the extension ??? Is there something really really wrong with our Gov’t ? PATHETIC !!!

May 27, 2010 at 8:27 am
(844) Angel says:

I saw this on http://www.tier-5.info but nowhere else, Renee. This might be inaccurate. Did you see it somewhere else? Notice the typo “Jobless looking unemployment extensions”. Every other article says H.R. 4213 doesn’t include Tier 5.

“Jobless looking unemployment extensions, such as adding a Tier 5, may have help on the way, says House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin.”

I read on World News Vine “Tier V is not part of this vote should it take place, and there are no new weeks of benefits within the existing bill.”

May 27, 2010 at 8:47 am
(845) mr. positive says:

THATS RIGHT, I TOLD YA LAST NIGHT YOU WONT GET ANY TIER FIVE ONLY EXTENSIONS FOR LOWER TIER FILEING

May 27, 2010 at 10:27 am
(846) hoop 123 says:

Just wanted to make a comment, people come to these sites for information, to vent, and some people Like, Angel offer good sound information for people in need, I think what is going on is they are going to try to get the extended Benefits passed, then down the road maybe help with the Tier 5, not that this is news people want to hear. But I been reading all I can of this, and to make it short and sweet it may happen but not right now, they are on the fence because of all the spending, but come on, you all could use a helping hand
they should hang their heads down in shame.

May 27, 2010 at 10:43 am
(847) NEWNEWDEAL says:

I am new here and I would like to propose us calling and writing NELP for more assistance in getting this current bill passed and also Tier V or a tier 4.
They have the tools and resources along with Washington contacts to assist us with this current bill and Tier V.

For the last several months I have seen or heard little from them.
The NELP web sight is bare in terms of our plight. Nothing about Tier 4 or V.

I will post phone numbers and email contacts;
So call and write now and tell them we need help.
Tell them your stories your situation.
Request current graphs ans statistics on Tier V like what is the actual count of 99ers to date.

Godspeed my friends/

Judith M. Conti, Federal Advocacy Coordinator
jconti@nelp.org
(202) 887-8202, ext. 354
Washington, D.C. office

Christine L. Owens, Executive Director
cowens@nelp.org
202-887-8202, ext. 304 (Washington, DC Office)
212-285-3025 (New York Office)

Andrew Stettner, Deputy Director
astettner@nelp.org
(212) 285-3025 ext. 303
New York City Office

George Wentworth, Unemployment Insurance Modernization Coordinator & Policy Analyst
gwentworth@nelp.org
(860)257-8894
Wethersfield, Connecticut Office

May 27, 2010 at 10:58 am
(848) NEWNEWDEAL says:

Lets get NELP more involved with jobless extensions and Tier V

I would like to propose us calling and writing NELP for more assistance in getting this current bill passed and also Tier V or a tier 4.
They have the tools and resources along with Washington contacts to assist us with this current bill and Tier V.

For the last several months I have seen or heard little from them.
The NELP web sight is bare in terms of our plight. Nothing about Tier 4 or V.

I will post phone numbers and email contacts;
So call and write now and tell them we need help.
Tell them your stories your situation.
Request current graphs ans statistics on Tier V like what is the actual count of 99ers to date.

Godspeed my friends/

May 27, 2010 at 10:59 am
(849) NEWNEWDEAL says:

Here are the contacts:

Call and email them with request for more Tier V statistics and reports.
tell them your personal stories and let them know we need help with our fight.

Christine L. Owens, Executive Director
cowens@nelp.org
202-887-8202, ext. 304 (Washington, DC Office)
212-285-3025 (New York Office)

Andrew Stettner, Deputy Director
astettner@nelp.org
(212) 285-3025 ext. 303
New York City Office

Maurice Emsellem, Policy Co-Director
emsellem@nelp.org
(510) 663-5700
Oakland, California Office

Judith M. Conti, Federal Advocacy Coordinator
jconti@nelp.org
(202) 887-8202, ext. 354
Washington, D.C. office

May 27, 2010 at 11:52 am
(850) James says:

Were doomed , there’s no hope for us , they do not care , they only want you to vote to boost their ego’s !

May 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm
(851) Sally says:

Members are voting on allowing the house to adjourn early for the week long memorial day recess , ain’t that nice we pay their high salary with our high taxes and they make their own hours , What a scam the US Government is , people are starving with no money that was paid in for the unemployment insurance along time and they don’t want to pay out , I will NEVER NEVER vote again !

May 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm
(852) jeffery says:

I would just like to say i am a 99er,And i am very upset with the way congress is not dealing with the 99 week issue!The unemployed in this country have a right to any and all help from the goverment in regaurds to teir 5 unemployment.Who ever is standing in the way of this should be made jobless for two or more years and see how they like it!A homeless and cashless life style.If congress is to scared or lazy to open up talks about this there should be a public vote on the matter,for it seems congress is not doing the job it was intended for,Representing all the voters not just the employed ones.

May 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm
(853) just wondering says:

ORLD NEWS VINE—–T.Cahill is still writing on our behalf.

WWWWWwwwooooooHHoooooooo!!! :) :) :)

May 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm
(854) just wondering says:

ooops…….it is WORLD NEWS VINE.

(missed the W up above)

May 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm
(855) JOHN says:

To most liberals and many economists, the first $787 billion economic stimulus bill (H.R.1) didn’t do enough to promote job growth and general recovery given the depth of the recession caused by the 2008 financial crisis. The national unemployment rate, for example, is still at 9.5%, and in areas that were hit especially hard by the recession, the unemployment rate is still going up.

So, the Democrats have prepared a second, smaller stimulus bill of about $127 billion in new short-term spending called the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010, and they are planning to hold a vote on it in the House on today. Late on Wednesday night, the bill was revised. Here’s what’s in the final bill.

The single largest item in the bill is the single most stimulative form of government spending — the bill would extend unemployment insurance benefits until the end of November 2010, at a cost of about $40 billion. This provision is designed to help the long-term unemployed who have exhausted their state-based benefits and are in tiers 1-3 of the federally funded extension. The bill would not add a fifth tier of benefits, but would extend the filing deadline to November 30 for people in tiers I (20 weeks), II (14 weeks) and III (13 weeks for states with unemployment rates above 6%) whose benefits are expiring and are looking to move into the next tier of benefits. The current filing deadline for these extended federal benefits tiers is May 31. The bill would also extend COBRA health care benefits for unemployed workers until November 30.

May 27, 2010 at 5:16 pm
(856) Dan says:

I’ve come to believe that the USA government cares less about it’s people than they do about rebuilding bombed out ruins in Afganistan, paying off Taliban war lords and setting up a puppet government in Iraq than it does about its own people. There’s lots of American dollars for wars, occupations, pay offs, bribes and the like. But when it comes to the unemployed American workers, none can be found. I’m out of unemployment. The government wishes that I’d just crawl in a hole and die, so that I wouldn’t bother them any more. Tier 5 is needed by lots of AMERICANS. But, the government cares more about Afgan drug lords than it does about it’s own displaced workers. Anybody care to form a torch carrying pitchfork weilding mob to march on Washington? I’m game!

May 27, 2010 at 5:21 pm
(857) Rick says:

To Jeffery , the problem is their NOT dealing with it !

May 27, 2010 at 5:36 pm
(858) Jeff in CA says:
May 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm
(859) Damon H says:

I’ve come to believe that the USA government cares less ,

BELIEVE IT !!!

May 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm
(860) MARY READ ( FAMOUS PIRATE) says:

99 weekers need to stop depending on our government you have worn out the system.

May 27, 2010 at 6:40 pm
(861) Angel says:

This is the runaround people are getting who are jobless and trying to get rental assistance. They need an eviction notice first. So their credit needs to be ruined first, and you need to be almost put out on the street. I truly am ashamed I am an American. If anyone knows how Salvation Army or United Way can help, let us know. I have a feeling, they need the same eviction notice to give any help. There is virtually no help out there except TANF of $400-$500 a month. Section 8 is closed in most states I’ve been told.

http://vagazette.com/articles/2010/05/27/news/doc4bedc04233e18435676932.txt

May 27, 2010 at 6:45 pm
(862) Kenny says:

The problem is non of the senate members want to bring it to the floor because their scared of what the other members would think of them it will be a cold day in hell before i ever vote for anybody again , wait till the winter when people have no money for heat , we will have to torch the white house for heat !

May 27, 2010 at 7:33 pm
(863) JS says:

We need to start a movement………
All the unemployed, long term and those receiving benefits need to cover ourselves in OIL and gather at our statehouses…….
Possibly they will give us attention then, I am an animal LOVER, the attention the BP oil deal is getting……we need to start a movement more than just internet blogging. Any ideas, we must unit…….
America the earths newest 3RD world nation………sad
email me if you have any interest.
jakeu34@yahoo.com

May 27, 2010 at 8:41 pm
(864) avery says:
May 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm
(865) hoop 123 says:

If they wait till sometime in Nov. to do something what will the streets look like? I listen to that Senate briefing by her a big fat no! They will see what happens in a couple of months from now, people with no money , no jobs, and no place to live she said start your own Business, has she lost it? Takes money my dear, Talk about not worrying about the people , sorry to say, looks like all the unemployed are on there own.

May 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm
(866) CARMEL says:

THIS IS SO SAD I CAN`T , STOP THINKING ABOUT HOW THEY ARE TREATING US. THEY ARE MORE CONCERN ABOUT THE OIL SPILL RIGHT. AND I HATE TO SAY THIS, BUT SOON HAITI, WILL HAVE MORE THAN US AMERICANS WILL HAVE. I WENT TO THE TEMP AGENT, TODAY TO FILL OUT A JOB APPLICATION SO TOLD WE THEY WILL KEEP MY APPLICATION ON FILE UNTIL THEY GET SOMETHING AND THAN THEY WILL GIVE ME AN CALL. THAT COULD BE NEXT YEAR SOME TIME. I GUESS I WILL GO OUT AND START ROBBING BANKS, AND PEOPLE THAN.

May 28, 2010 at 1:35 am
(867) FROM DEMOCRAT TO REPUBLICAN says:

I used to be a Democrat, up until this. Nancy Pelosi’s behavior is so incomprehensible and out of touch, I will now vote Republican in the next election. Just because of her.

The horrible way they treat the people they represent is almost blinding, it’s so bad. Totally disgusting.

May 28, 2010 at 2:28 am
(868) rubeN says:

Rep or Dem, they are all the same. These people don’t care about the American people, they only care about themselves.

May 28, 2010 at 2:55 am
(869) wethepeople says:

Can someone please explain to me how absolutely ridiculous this comment that she made regarding the unemployed?
How in the heck did she come up with that? That by far is the most ridiculous comment I have ever heard!

Members from low-employment areas are very concerned about the deficit,” Pelosi said at a press briefing today. “Members from high unemployment have concerns about jobs.” My god how ignorant can this woman be? All of us are concerned about jobs..but obviously they are not to concerned about us!

How could she stand there and face the world like that with that huge lie? Not only did she cut the 99ers off, but she LAUGHED and made a joke about the emails that we sent to her. I am so glad she can find such humor of the MILLIONS of unemployed Americans who are suffering right now!!

Until there are enough jobs available for all who want to work…we need our safety net as well..& we need a Tier 5…
Speaker Nancy Pelosi will eat her own words!!!

May 28, 2010 at 7:08 am
(870) hoop 123 says:

People think of all of this when we go to vote in Nov. and 2012, I don’t think this is the change everyone was thinking when they voted. They could give a darn about any of the unemployed, wait till the cold weather is here and it is Xmas
and you can’t provide for your families, talk about the 1960′s
protest’s, you will see the people start to march, Everyone should of been doing this months ago, But we are all waiting for the Pelosi’s of the world to help, right she thinks all this is funny, Why? She isn’t out of work and she made her money.

May 28, 2010 at 7:23 am
(871) hoop 123 says:

Seems they found enough (Billions) for Hati again, but we the People, should go without, so the funds that is going to a crooked Gov. hardly goes to the people anyways. But nothing for the unemployed right here at home, makes me so ticked off. May as well close this and all other sites on this matter, case closed, best of luck to all of you.

May 28, 2010 at 8:53 am
(872) Angel says:

I’m screwed 3x by my government. Once cause there’s no stock market regulation, so my stocks tanked, twice cause there’s no Tier 5 in a horrible economy, and third cause Welfare doesn’t help properly. You have to have an eviction notice for them to give any rental assistance. By then, it’d probably be too late, they’d kick you out anyway plus your credit is ruined. $450 a month isn’t any help when my bills exceed $2k a month.

We are a hypocritical nation taking care of other countries, not taking care of our own. The government is not taking care of the main problems that caused joblessness—like immigration laws. I am ashamed to be an American for the first time in my life. They are not there when I need them, they lie saying they are extending when they are only giving people what others have gotten—99 weeks. They’ll see their effects as the months roll on and they’ll be sorry.

May 28, 2010 at 10:28 am
(873) Harry says:

“When I woke this morning and I’m shaving and Malia knocks on my bathroom door and she peeks in her head and she says, “`Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?’” Obama said.

May 28, 2010 at 10:53 am
(874) nick says:

They will pick you up when they want that vote but not buy you dinner !

May 28, 2010 at 11:06 am
(875) Tonya says:

This idiot of a damn President have to go! Secretary Clinton was so right and Joe Wilson too. He don’t know what he is doing and he LIED! I wish Persident Clinton run for persident again. At least he DO know what he is doing! I will not vote again either especially for this sheep in wolf’s clothing!

May 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm
(876) wethepeople says:

Nancy Pelosi Laughed about the 99ers being out of benefits we need to
slam her with calls to tell her how shameful she is 202-225-4965 Email
her AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov
SF office # 415.556.4862

May 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm
(877) JoeM. says:

WAKE UP EVERYONE……….

Don’t put this all on Congress, Obama has done NOTHING to help our cause……..
Obama should be voted out with the rest of the others.

May 28, 2010 at 4:03 pm
(878) Pete says:

Gary Coleman died it’s all over the news , unlike thousands of people with no money coming in , let the riots begin !

May 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm
(879) Terry says:

Fergie is already booked on Oprah ! Look at the power that woman has , please help us Oprah !!!!!!!

May 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm
(880) Douglas McBlain says:

We need a tier 5 extention not just for me but for other reasons, the argument was that if we have more extentions we will not look for work thats just not true, my point is that during the time i was looking for work i found only temp work and even if i landed a full time job it would not help the economy because i would just be talking someone else’s job away because there are only so many jobs the rate would be the same. If we did get a tier 5 i think the economy would be better with more money out there and actually create jobs.

May 28, 2010 at 5:21 pm
(881) brandywine says:

I have been unemployed since April 2007. I exhausted all 99 weeks in March. I have worked since I was 16, and have never been out of work for more than a couple of weeks. We are behind on many bills. We are choosing between food or Medicine. Can’t go anywhere or do anything because no money or gas in the car. I live in Michigan, which we all know is the hardest hit state. They say go get a job but there aren’t any to get.
Please, members of Congress, create a bill for a tier 5 extension immediately. WE NEED FOOD!!!! WE NEED MEDICATIONS, MY HUSBANDS LIFE IS ON THE LINE!!!! I REALLY DO NOT WANT TO BE HOMELESS. THIS WAS NOT OUR FAULT, WALL STREET AND YOU REPUBLICANS CREATED THIS MESS, NOW GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE HELP WE NEED,ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!

May 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm
(882) Douglas McBlain says:

We need a tier 5 for more reasons than just relief, the argument is that if i get more extentions i wont look for work thats just not true i looked for work and have gotten only temp jobs if i would have landed a full time job it would not have made a difference to the economy because it would have taken someone elses job, there are only so many jobs out there the job rate would not change. We need to create jobs and by the tier 5 i beleave it would help the economy and create new jobs.

May 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm
(883) Angel says:

Listen to Paladinette’s BlogTalk Radio 5/25/2010
There is a rep on there talking about Schumer’s Tax Extenders Bill HR 4213 only for hi unemployment states like NY.

They are proposing $3 billion for social services, UI extension, past Tier 4. Might be 13 weeks. They are voting on it this week. I don’t understand it completely. What does everyone think?

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paladinette/2010/05/25/jobless-talk

May 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm
(884) SouthernCalifornia says:

You guys…we are all just going to have to accept the fact that there isn’t going to be a Tier 5…What more do you need to know? They keep telling us it over & over again it’s not going to happen…I don’t know about you guys, but yesterday was the last straw for me…best wishes to all out there…good luck!

May 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm
(885) just wondering says:

go to the Huffington Post site and click on 24 billion….in brown right side. Read….

Grand MICHELLE OBAMA got money for HER pet project…..HAITI>………………..

May 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm
(886) just wondering says:

MARCH ON WASHINGTON !!!!!

BEING ORGANIZED AS WE POST.

AS SOON AS DETAILS ARE FINALIZED….I will post here.

If you can not go…..can use help in other ways such as fliers, emails to other sites, etc.

May 28, 2010 at 8:44 pm
(887) just wondering says:

ED SHULTZ SHOW——-99ers mentioned again tonight!

(Fri., May 28)

Asked about the 99ers and the hell they are experiencing, where is their help?
That he has been UNINDATED with emails from the 99ers pleading for help.

go to http://www.bigeddieradio.com/

email him again and again!!!!

When you go to this site, half way down is videos of his show. Hit that, and when you look through the ribbon on left side—hit the one that state—

Can Republicans identify with American Worker,
with Leo Gerard from the steelworkers.

Boy does HE tell it like it is.

Keep emailing and calling into ED!!!!

May 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm
(888) Zek says:

“You guys…we are all just going to have to accept the fact that there isn’t going to be a Tier 5…What more do you need to know? They keep telling us it over & over again it’s not going to happen ”

Not a team player

May 28, 2010 at 11:33 pm
(889) Michael Crabtree says:

Well I’ve been without a legit paycheck since Nov. ’08. I am out of UI benefits. And they give me nothing. People in the Editorial page call me a deadbeat and a bum. I just want a job. I have a roof and food for now but it won’t last long. No savings left. I can’t even get a crap job. I’m 51 and no one wants to hire me. Sorry if this is rambling but my frame of mind is a bit scattered. Well at least I won’t owe any taxes anymore.

May 29, 2010 at 3:27 am
(890) SouthernCalifornia says:

Zek…I have been a team player from the get go…I donated money for the petition to be sent to Washington, I have called faxed emailed, done everything in my power to fight for a Tier 5!
There just comes a time when people have to start to face reality…if you all want to continue to fight…fine as long as you can continue to handle the head games & mental abuse that they keep putting the unemployed people through…I for one have had enough!

May 29, 2010 at 8:10 am
(891) Tiamo says:

on my current JFS page:
Friday, May 28, 2010

Currently, Congress is considering legislation to extend the deadlines for the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, the federal funding of Ohio Extended Benefits (Ohio EB), and the Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) program. The FAC program allows states to pay an additional $25 for each week that an individual receives unemployment benefits.

However, the timing of any Congressional action may result in a lapse in some claimants’ weekly benefit payments. Without new legislation, claimants who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation after May 22 will not be eligible for EUC benefits. Claimants receiving EUC who exhaust their current tier of EUC after May 29 will not be eligible for the next tier. The current deadline for Ohio EB is June 5.

Claimants should continue to file for benefits, which may be retroactive upon the enactment of the extension. We are closely following all legislative action and will post additional information as soon as it becomes available.

May 29, 2010 at 8:25 am
(892) Tiamo says:

House passes legislation to extend federal unemployment benefits
By Jackie Headapohl
May 28, 2010, 2:40PM
100528SanderLevin.jpgAP file photoCongressman Sander Levin of Michigan announced that the House passed the bill that includes an extension of federal unemployment benefits Friday afternoon.The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4213, the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act in two pieces: the portion that contained tax and benefit extensions passed on a 215 to 204 vote, and a change in Medicare payments for doctors passed on a 245 to 171 vote.

The legislation extends federal unemployment benefits through November. Specifically, the bill would:

* Extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program through November 2010. This program provides (depending on a State’s unemployment rate) up to fifty-three (53) weeks of extended benefits.
* Extend the Extended Benefits (EB) program through November 2010. This program provides up to an additional 13 to 20 weeks of benefits in certain states (i.e., 13 weeks for states at or above 6.5 percent unemployment and another seven weeks for states at or above 8 percent unemployment).
* Extend Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) through November 2010. Federal Additional Compensation increases unemployment benefits by $25 a week.
* Eliminate the penalty for part-time employment in the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program. The legislation coordinates EUC Benefits with regular Benefits by providing states with a number of options to allow EUC claimants to remain eligible for the EUC program when they become newly entitled to state unemployment compensation if switching to state benefits would reduce their weekly UI check by at least $100 or 25 percent.

May 29, 2010 at 8:30 am
(893) Tiamo says:
May 29, 2010 at 8:32 am
(894) hoop123 says:

What will people with no money do, ok, 99er’s you been with out any resourse’s (no checks)…. now what?….your family must be out of ways of helping you, other then staying with them, if you used up all your saving’s then what is going to become of all these people? Seems like none of the 99er’s can find jobs, so what will happen to you all? Obama and Polosi, I guess will soon find out, I wonder if she will be laughing in a few months, And Obama with all his change , sure has changed the face of this nation, can’t keep playing the blame game as he so does on any problem that comes up, always the other guy’s fault, get real, he”s done such a bang up job on every problem that faces all of you right now………… in a few years at the rate he blows money on helping every other country, what has he done for the people here? Nothing, lost homes, lost jobs, bad credit, lost cars, thrown out of apts, because no money, no food for some, no shelter for some, no benefit checks for some, he is doing his job very well…..

May 29, 2010 at 8:35 am
(895) just wondering says:

It is your fault you lost your job.

It is your fault you lost your home.

It is your fault your car was repoed.

It is your fault you can not find a job.

SEE A PATTERN HERE PEOPLE???????????

Stop and think, this pattern of mentality has been PLANTED in every corner of the media.

Main word……..PLANTED !!!!

And many still employed, fall for it—because it is PROGRAMED for their little minds to repeat it………..repeat ……………………repeat it…………………………until THEY lose THEIR job……….

Look—you want to quit fighting for, and losing hope…that is on you. I am sure you will not turn the extra checks down just because you decided to walk away and others hung in there to get it done.
Those whom remain, are trying to fight for all of you too, not just themselves.

Whether you walk or stay…….do not allow them to beat you down.

NONE OF THIS WAS ””’YOUR””’FAULT!!!!!

The fight will continue…those of you that leave, we could have used your help. I for one am sad to see so many of you are still falling for the PLANTED.

The PLANTED crap of it ‘is your fault’.

No, if you need to go and quit…you go with a clear and concise understanding—–this was not your doing.

You were a victim of the times.

I for one see things still happening like the Ed Schultz show, bringing our plight to the air.

Now this guy did not get where he is because he is stupid or gullable.

He is starting to understand how the politicans have ‘hung us out to dry and pray we will lay down and die.’

Well, I am not going to.

You can bet if Ed Shultz is picking up the banner, more will follow suit.

I know all of this is a mental roller coaster.
But if you quit…..they have one more victory, by your quitting. See?

The first fight I got in I was about 5 years old. The little girl next door was known for bullying, and she hit me. I went home crying. My dad put my butt outside, and said….you can come back in, when you finish the fight. I did, and was made stronger for it throughout my life. That little girl never hit ME again. (I was a little girl too)
Yep, big lesson in a tiny 5 year old fight.

I do not give up. I hope you see as I do, this is going forward.

MARCH TO WASHINGTON

JUNE 22, THROUGH JUNE 24

dates set…….3 days

AMERICANS FOR AMERICA!

May 29, 2010 at 8:39 am
(896) just wondering says:

MARCH TO WASHINGTON

JUNE 22 – JUNE 24…………..3 days

will update more asap

May 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm
(897) jeffery says:
May 29, 2010 at 5:06 pm
(898) sysco says:

your wasting your time (just wondering) your wasting your time. there is never going to be tier five!!!

May 29, 2010 at 6:39 pm
(899) Suzie says:

Good luck just wondering! Jeffrey the petitions are worthless…we have one with over 30,000 signatures and congress didn’t care…good luck with that too….

May 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm
(900) sysco says:

Nancy Polsi says
“The situation I see is that members who are from low unemployment areas are very concerned about the deficit. Members who are from high unemployment areas are very concerned about jobs. So we have to come to a compromise as to how to move forward, and we did with this bill going to November.”

SOUNDS FAIR ENOUGH TO ME EVERYBODY SHOULD CARE ABOUT THE COUNTRIES DEBT PROBLEM! YOU HAVE TO COME TO A COMPRIMISE

May 30, 2010 at 4:01 am
(901) HopeforAmerica says:

You can’t look for work if you don’t have money for transportation, Phone and internet!! Unemployment is nearly 10% …… employers have a plethora of over qualified applicants to choose from, and some with MBA’s. The last two interviews I went on were Group Interviews. Both employers received SO MANY Qualified Applicants for only (1) Position, they interviewed Applicants in groups of (5) at a time. And because they have So many qualified applicants, they can be extremely particular.

Shame on Congress for Not including a 5th Tier!!
EVERYBODY NEEDS TO CALL YOUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSMAN, AGAIN !!!

May 30, 2010 at 7:54 am
(902) just wondering says:

See my above comments on PLANTED.

Read Sysco’s statements.

Case closed…….he is PLANTED. A moron.

Ask yourself why someone with THAT mentality would be on a board such as this……PLANTED!

May 30, 2010 at 9:00 am
(903) Angel says:

Listen to Paladinette’s BlogTalk Radio 5/25/2010

The guest on her show didn’t identify himself and Paladinette didn’t ask who he was—not sure why. He was saying Schumer put a provision in Tax Extenders Bill HR 4213 for hi unemployment states like NY— $3 billion for governors to use at their discretion for social services, UI extension, past Tier 4. Can anyone verify this?? Tuesday AM I will call Schumer’s office but doubt I will get a clear cut answer. They are off this week as well. Let’s find out if this is true!!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paladinette/2010/05/25/jobless-talk

May 30, 2010 at 9:16 am
(904) sysco says:

(just wondering)
your welcome to your opinion, it means nothing to me and im sure a lot of others on this sight. reality is there is no tier 5 on the drawing board for vote nor will there be this november, 99 weekers are done they get no more, you just dont have the common sense to face that fact. as the next six months passes and government continues to tell people that the economy is recovering and jobs are bouncing back, that should be your clue that tier 5 will never happen. you may as well start making plans to move to TENT CITY now. it looks like people like ZEK, SUSIE, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, JOE M AND KALTU AND GORT HAVE THE SENSE TO REALIZE THAT. by the way i am self employed do quite well and do have money in the bank, i just like to check public opinions on various sights regarding problems within this country.

May 30, 2010 at 9:24 am
(905) sysco says:

(JUST WONDERING) SO LONG FOREVER, WONT BE RETURNING TO THIS SIGHT (LOSER)

May 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(906) Jay says:

Well, thank you Sisco, for all your enlightenment. Good for you, you have a job. I suppose you don’t know what it is like to be without one and rubbing every penny until the finish rubs off. You obviously have no idea what we, the unemployed, are going through and yet you slander us. How dispicable of you to judge us like that! At any rate, I am a 99er, and I will be hoping and praying for all the rest of you out there, good luck and god bless.

May 30, 2010 at 1:40 pm
(907) jeffery says:
May 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm
(908) Christine says:

I have to agree with this “Sysco” whoever he/she is as the long term UE(99 weeks) will not receive additional weeks (tier 5). Surely everyone here should acknowledge the apathy and complacency of this administration (both parties) towards the American people, especially the unemployed. Obama, should enjoy the whitehouse, because he is out in 2012. Worst President, after Bush!

May 30, 2010 at 5:24 pm
(909) Renee says:

I am have read about all the people who say they either have already exhausted, or are going through the last of their savings, stocks, IRA’s et cetera. Well I have gone through ours; but now I have to pay IRS for using my own savings before time. This really sucks!

May 30, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(910) Renee says:

As a 99er, I think it each 99er should have a list of those incumbents that are against TierV and the long-term-employed-Americans-through-no-fault-of-there-own; so we know who to vote out of office come election. And we need to make certain that we all show-up at the polls in force to vote all across America…and especially in 2012′s election. Vote his %$^@ out!!! Or is this a well concieved tactic to get us so worked-up to think this admn is doing all it can to hurt us, so we do want to get them out of office? I don’t care, really. I think they all need to get out and let’s get some people in there who cares about the American people, and not just their own wealth and happiness! Definitely Ms Pelosi, and Mr Obama!!

May 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm
(911) Renee says:

As a 99er, I think it each 99er should have a list of those incumbents that are against TierV and the long-term-employed-Americans-through-no-fault-of-there-own; so we know who to vote out of office come election.And we need to make certain that we all show-up at the polls in force to vote all across America…and especially in 2012′s election. Vote his %$^@ out!!! Or is this a well concieved tactic to get us so worked-up to think this admn is doing all it can to hurt us, so we do want to get them out of office? I don’t care, really. I think they all need to get out and let’s get some people in there who cares about the American people, and not just their own wealth and happiness!

May 31, 2010 at 12:57 am
(912) Richard in Ohio says:

We need to keep trying. It’s pretty clear to me that Pelosi is thinking about the mid-term elections and that that tossing out extended UI benefits is her idea of demonstrating “fiscal restraint”. — It’s a little late for that with all of the other things that have gone into these bills. The GOP will paste the Dems with the “tax and spend” label in any case.
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People need help NOW. By November many more folks will be homeless and in very deep trouble. 400,000 people losing benfits each month! — The best hope lies in the Senate. There are some members there who are sympathetic to a further extension. Heck, even Sen. Grassley was going to have an amendment.
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So, the point here is to keep calling and writing those in Congress in both houses to press for an extension. That means your reps and any who sit on committees or control legislation for an extension (you may need to Google up an address to use for the web form in order to be heard). Out of districters do not usually get read or make it through.
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I am very disappointed with Madam Speaker right now. She is throwing us under the bus for political expediency. I would suggest a brief note expressing same to her (but do keep it civil). One can express dissatisfaction without being ugly about it (e.g., A “Thanks for throwing us under the bus!” will do).
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The important thing is to keep trying, both in the job search and in pressing Congress for help in the meantime. Jobs aren’t going to be coming back in a big way for some time.
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Good luck everybody!
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May 31, 2010 at 1:45 pm
(913) Jack says:

Richard you are Right ! We are very angry at these numbers pushers and false unemployment figures along with Pelosi on a very wrong decision she may need to be removed for this because she does not have the correct information . The really is the economy is not any better since turning 2009 to 2010. The governemnt needs to stop hiding the true issues in America this has been going on with republican delays and democratics now delay the truth. The government messed up the jobs etc. in this country and they continue to think the people of america are going to continue to bail out everyone and work and not be able to live. It is time to stop this type of tactics. We do not put them in office to make large salaries and benefits while they make bad decision on the jobs, finances of america and then throw out a 99 week unemployment think living jobs appeared during this continued recession. Unless good fulltime permanant jobs return, not the increase of temporary governemnt jobs and temporary agencies that have increased in this country for years and especially this year but fulltime good paying jobs the unemployment will not decrease until this happens. There are too many out of work. Stop playing with the unemployed and extend a long term 1 year extension for them. They need a lifeline until jobs return to a satisfactory unemployment rate. Forget the budget, defict the ones working can not just pay it down we will go broke if we are not already there. It is only right !

May 31, 2010 at 4:03 pm
(914) Richard in Ohio says:

There are a couple of items that I’d like to address after reviewing the thread:
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– I am glad to see that we 99ers and the long-term unemployed folks are getting support from Ed Schultz on his show. People should be contacting him to express support and to share their stories.
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– It’s true that the Obama administration has not done all that much lately to help the l/t unemployed directly, although there has been general support from it. Finally, late this past week, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis issued a statement supporting an extension of UI benefits and COBRA subsidies. — Better late than never, I guess, but personally I think she should have been up on The Hill talking directly to members of Congress and making the case for this. I think this shows that its time for the White House to hear from us more and seek their support. If we leave it to Pelosi and Reid, forget it! . .So, call and write to both the WH and Dept. of Labor!
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– While there has been no formal proposal to hit the floor of Congress to add a Tier V (or just an extension to Tier IV), there is a bit of buzz that some would like to introduce such a proposal after the break. (Follow MLive.com reporter Jackie Headapohl for developments, I suggest. She seems to keep up better than most.) Sen. Grassley supposedly has a proposal for a short-term extension, that would get paid for out of existing Stimulus money. There are others.
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The thing to keep in mind is that Congress is hyper-sensitive to any spending. We need to help them to help us by providing sound reasons to justify the $$$. (There are some good studies on-line that on can find via Google.) Also, the cost of adding bennies until the end of the year for all 99ers (existing and soon to be), is going to be almost impossible to sell. Therefore, I suggest trying for a 14 week extension. That would carry many until September and give a chance for the economy to rebound and for us to make adjustments and continue to look for work.
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– Don’t give up on NELP (and other allies). Here is a position paper they just released to help make the case for extending benefits:

http://www.nelp.org/page/-/UI/DisincentiveUI.pdf?nocdn=1
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They are trying, and have been good friends to our cause, but I think it would be encouraging if they were a little more visible right now. We need a well-reasoned and recognized voice to represent our cause. They would likely be our best hope to articulate it, but I gather that they are not willing to press too hard lest they alienate members of Congress. Just the same, now is a critical period, so . . .
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**NELP: Please help!**
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I suggest shooting them an e-mail to let them know so.
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– Lastly, I think that it’s important to keep up on trends in the economy and job stats to use in advocating for an extension. There are a lot of ideological ignoramuses out there, so being armed with facts to dispel their clatrap is important. On a related note, it does no good to get into a peeing contest with them. They are not engaging in the discussion to learn anything — only to annoy and harass. As one blogger more sage than I once counseled, “Don’t feed the trolls!”
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So, let’s get busy and not allow H.R. 4213 to become the “Throw the 99ers Under the Bus Mid-term Posturing Bill of 2010″.
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Good luck in your searches and keep the faith!
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May 31, 2010 at 4:31 pm
(915) rubeN says:

There is just too many 99ers to just be thrown under a bus like that.

May 31, 2010 at 5:59 pm
(916) sysco says:

Richard in Ohio says:
There are a couple of items that I’d like to address after reviewing the thread:
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– I am glad to see that we 99ers and the long-term unemployed folks are getting support from Ed Schultz on his show. People should be contacting him to express support and to share their stories.
.
– It’s true that the Obama administration has not done all that much lately to help the l/t unemployed directly, although there has been general support from it. Finally, late this past week, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis issued a statement supporting an extension of UI benefits and COBRA subsidies. — Better late than never, I guess, but personally I think she should have been up on The Hill talking directly to members of Congress and making the case for this. I think this shows that its time for the White House to hear from us more and seek their support. If we leave it to Pelosi and Reid, forget it! . .So, call and write to both the WH and Dept. of Labor!
.
– While there has been no formal proposal to hit the floor of Congress to add a Tier V (or just an extension to Tier IV), there is a bit of buzz that some would like to introduce such a proposal after the break. (Follow MLive.com reporter Jackie Headapohl for developments, I suggest. She seems to keep up better than most.) Sen. Grassley supposedly has a proposal for a short-term extension, that would get paid for out of existing Stimulus money. There are others.
.
The thing to keep in mind is that Congress is hyper-sensitive to any spending. We need to help them to help us by providing sound reasons to justify the $$$. (There are some good studies on-line that on can find via Google.) Also, the cost of adding bennies until the end of the year for all 99ers (existing and soon to be), is going to be almost impossible to sell. Therefore, I suggest trying for a 14 week extension. That would carry many until September and give a chance for the economy to rebound and for us to make adjustments and continue to look for work.
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– Don’t give up on NELP (and other allies). Here is a position paper they just released to help make the case for extending benefits:

http://www.nelp.org/page/-/UI/DisincentiveUI.pdf?nocdn=1
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They are trying, and have been good friends to our cause, but I think it would be encouraging if they were a little more visible right now. We need a well-reasoned and recognized voice to represent our cause. They would likely be our best hope to articulate it, but I gather that they are not willing to press too hard lest they alienate members of Congress. Just the same, now is a critical period, so . . .
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**NELP: Please help!**
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I suggest shooting them an e-mail to let them know so.
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– Lastly, I think that it’s important to keep up on trends in the economy and job stats to use in advocating for an extension. There are a lot of ideological ignoramuses out there, so being armed with facts to dispel their clatrap is important. On a related note, it does no good to get into a peeing contest with them. They are not engaging in the discussion to learn anything — only to annoy and harass. As one blogger more sage than I once counseled, “Don’t feed the trolls!”
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So, let’s get busy and not allow H.R. 4213 to become the “Throw the 99ers Under the Bus Mid-term Posturing Bill of 2010″.
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Good luck in your searches and keep the faith!
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ITS ALL A WASTED EFFORT, ITS NOT ON THE DRAWING BOARD WITH CONGRESS NOW OR NEXT FALL.

May 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm
(917) just wondering says:

Go to this site for interesting info=

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/25-questions-to-ask-anyone-who-is-delusional-enough-to-believe-that-this-economic-recovery-is-real

25 interesting statements.

MARCH TO WASHINGTON DC

JUNE 22 – JUNE 23, 2010

UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS FOR AMERICA

JOBS NOW! TIER 5 IMMEDIATLEY!!!

It is a rapidly growing movement.

If you are interested, go to

unemployed-friends.com

Click on the MARCH ribbon, left side.

May 31, 2010 at 10:02 pm
(918) Carlch says:

Unless there are thousands marching in DC – our efforts are futile. There are too few of us. Wait until there are over a million unemployed without a lifeline around the beginning of 2011. Watch the riots, or other violence — then maybe Washington will take notice. Vote Pelosi out at the end of her term, and Obama too for whom I voted. He is not for the people. He pulled the wool over everyone with his clever rhetoric!

June 1, 2010 at 12:11 am
(919) rubeN says:

Obama could care less of the unemployed… Guy made around 5 million on his book sales alone last year.

That Pelosi lady makes an easy 223K a year.

June 1, 2010 at 7:24 am
(920) just wondering says:

Carlch—6.5 million is enough….

MARCH TO WASHINGTON DC

JUNE 22 – JUNE 24, 2010

AMERICANS FOR AMERICA!

JOBS NOW! TIER 5 IMMEDIATELY!!!

This march is set as PEACEFUL…….praying the politicians will wake up before the rioting begins.

June 1, 2010 at 9:35 am
(921) Mike says:

I just want to put in my 2 cents also. The media in general is doing a very bad job of portraying the real job market. A couple of good shows on NPR had some reporters doing the ground work by interviewing real job seekers and follow their futile progress for an extended period of time. The economy has improved somewhat, but it is still very, very bad. I think another tier or benefits may be needed for millions of folks who have run out or soon to run out of UI.

June 1, 2010 at 10:41 am
(922) yiyg says:
June 1, 2010 at 11:07 am
(923) Kim says:

Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Nobel Prize winning economist, Paul Krugman, criticizes lawmakers for ‘inflicting pain’ to jobless
http://usunemployed.blogspot.com/

June 1, 2010 at 11:13 am
(924) Richard in Ohio says:

Mike — Generally, I think that you are correct that the media could be doing a better job in protraying the realities of the job market and some of the dislocations that exist in the markets generally. One must gather information from a number of sources to get a reasonably complete picture.
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The numbers of the long-term unemployed are growing — not shrinking, despite reports of an improved job picture. If one looks closely at the data, it is clear that the gains made so far are incremental and tenuous.
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I am noticing an increased focus now on the 99ers, as their numbers get larger and this current topic is in play due to HR 4213 and its Senate counterpart. — Remember, a lot of us who are 99ers lost benefits in March. This is sort of the first wave. About 400,000 people per month are expected to exhaust benefits going forward. Additionally, over 3.4 million long-term unemployed (>1 year) are out there and getting impatient about finding a job, b/c they would rather work than collect, just like most of the 99ers. So, this will result in increased pressure for Congress to act.
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It also appears that the White House is finally getting tuned in to the fact that the recovery is sputtering. Statements from Larry Summers and Labor Sec’y Solis indicate that more needs to be done to stop “the patient” (economy) from getting sicker and the related joblessness issue.
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There was an interesting piece from Paul Krugman about what is happening now, entitled “The Pain Caucus”:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/31/opinion/31krugman.html
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There has been some bounceback in the economy since its worst, but this recovery is still quite tenuous. The Dow, that was showing a nice steady comeback for most of the year, suddenly lost all of its gains in about a week. Then there is the fallout from Greece in the world markets, continued joblessness and the oil spiill in the Gulf. Housing is terrible and consumer spending so-so. Banks aren’t lending much.
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All in all, I think this will bring increased focus on the need for action to help the unemployed workers. Meanwhile we need to be advocates for our own cause.
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I think that there’s hope. Aside from the report I saw about a possible extension proposal and counter-proposal rumored to be coming in the Senate, I saw a segment from C-Span this past week where Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, a moderately conservative Repub, took exception in the well of the House to a report on Fox News, which had apparently presented a mangled interpretation of a bill he and a colleague were working on regarding pensions, in which he called them “pinheaded weenies”. He went on to say that he didn’t know what they were smoking “over there”, but that they needed to pull it together. — You know something is right with the world when that happens.
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Even though it’s an election year, and there is high-sensitivity to gov’t spending right now, I do think that there’s a sense by some that something substantive needs to be done to get the economy moving again, even if it means more spending.

BTW: *Sysco*, not only are you misinformed, but I’m wise to your game.. Sorry, Bucko.
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June 1, 2010 at 11:36 am
(925) sysco says:

ahhhhh (richard from ohio), another unwilling to face reality

June 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm
(926) Rick says:

A Desired Lifeline for Long Term Unemployed. The Tier 5 benefits extension has yet to be passed, as a political game of back and forth in Washington has ensued. Not only are citizens concerned about the future of their families during this tough time, but many are at the end of their ropes.

The Tier 5 benefits extension wouldn’t be such a big deal if Washington wasn’t spending so much money on other programs. For instance, we just had a trillion dollar overhaul in the health care system and that money could have been used to help the bread and butter of American lives.

The Republicans won’t sign off on a bill unless it’s funded. Democrats point fingers at Republicans for holding the bill up. Republicans reply back that if the Democrats hadn’t spent so much money already on other programs then they wouldn’t have a problem with passing a bill.

To make matters worse, the Continuing Benefits Act of 2010 was signed by President Obama, and it claims to extend benefits for 2 months. Many were excited until the fine print was read – the extension is only for those who still have benefits remaining under tiers 1-4. It does nothing for those who have exhausted benefits.

So now we have hard working Americans that once helped pay into the system losing their homes, dignities, and families. These aren’t people who don’t want to work. These aren’t people who lived off the system all their lives. These are honest people who lived modestly and within their means. These are people who have made wise decisions and paid their taxes.

So when will they get their tier 5 benefits extension? We will have to hold our breaths and see.

June 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm
(927) sysco says:

be carefull there, world record is only 17 minutes and 4 seconds

June 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm
(928) 99'r says:

I’d like to recieve more benifits too however I am a realist. The simple fact is there will be no more because it would raise the unemployment rate. Think about it….all the people like me would sign-up again who have now dropped off. We are talking about polical animals here and they will never accept that.

June 2, 2010 at 12:57 am
(929) Action says:

Simple you vote those reps in now when its time to vote again vote them out put new reps that care for us it is that simple so they can see what it is to be unemployed. Hartless reps there time will come.

June 2, 2010 at 5:10 am
(930) roger says:

From Senator Schumer,

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for a fifth tier of unemployment insurance (UI). I wholeheartedly agree that Congress should extend these critical benefits, as well as take further action to spur job creation.

Tens of millions of Americans are looking for work and a record 6.5 million have been unemployed for more than six months. That is why Congress has acted several times since this economic downturn began to extend, expand and improve UI. In November 2009, Congress extended UI by 14 weeks in all states and 20 weeks in high-unemployment states such as New York. Because of this legislation, out-of-work New Yorkers can now claim a maximum 99 weeks of UI. In December, Congress passed a two-month extension of the unemployment provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (commonly known as the stimulus package), which were set to expire at the end of 2009. These provisions include a vital emergency tier of benefits, expanded eligibility, an extra $100 per month in benefits, and an income tax disregard on the first $2,400 of UI. These provisions were extended again in March, but briefly lapsed in early April due to filibustering by the minority party. Senate Democrats were recently able to overcome this obstruction and pass another one-month extension, which included retroactive benefits—a first in the history of UI.

This extension presents some comfort to the unemployed, but it is certainly not enough. The American Workers, State and Business Relief Act, which I vocally supported and which passed the Senate in March, would extend the 99 weeks of UI through the end of 2010. The House of Representatives passed a slightly different end-of-year extension; the two bills are now being reconciled. Once I ensure that every New Yorker receives the full 99 weeks to which they are entitled, I will work with my colleagues to create a fifth tier of benefits. More than 25,000 New Yorkers have exhausted the full 99 weeks of benefits and I am committed to providing them further relief.

Helping unemployed workers make ends meet is only part of the equation to put America on a path to economic recovery. Congress is also working on a robust job creation agenda. The centerpiece of the H.I.R.E. Act (Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act), which the President signed into law last month, was a provision I authored with my colleague Senator Hatch (R-UT). Our provision stipulates that any business—large or small—that hires a long-term unemployed person in 2010 will not have to pay FICA taxes on that individual for the rest of the year. Economists of all political stripes predict that this law will spur hundreds of thousands of new jobs. The Senate is also working on a number of other pieces of jobs legislation, including proposals to eliminate the capital gains tax on small business investments and make it easier and more affordable for small businesses—the engines of growth in our economy—to get loans. Another legislative proposal currently under consideration would make a sizeable investment in our nation’s highways, railways and aviation infrastructure. These public works projects will be designed to get started as quickly as possible to get Americans back to work.

Again, thank you for contacting me on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me again if I can be of further assistance on this, or any other, matter.
Sincerely,
Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator

June 2, 2010 at 6:32 am
(931) Rick says:

Here is the link to the Oprah show to the producer suggestion shows to do , i filled it out and explained my situation maybe if enough of us email the show it will happen and i’m sure it will expose this EVIL government we are stuck with !!

https://www.oprah.com/ownshow/plug_form.html?plug_id=216

June 2, 2010 at 4:28 pm
(932) Sherri says:

I have been laid off for a year after working in the same business for 15 years. I can not work in that business anymore as it is a business that is no longer viable due to new technology, I want to go get training and I have had hassle after hassle from FEC. I am very frustrated with the system to get new training so I can get a better job.
Right now, I can’t get $9.00 an hour and less than that is the same as Unemployment. Every place I go to says No Applications No Resumes on the front door.
Or they take them but are not hiring and have no plans to hire in the near future. Since we are all unemployed business is slow and the economy is slow and they don’t need additional employees, if you do get a job it is 1/2 or 1/3 the pay and you have to work harder for it.
I have had so many say well work 2 part time jobs, THERE ARE NO PART TIME JOBS. They won’t hire me because they think I won’t stay. They can hire kids cheaper, or they have 100 other applicants.
At 50 it is harder to find a job and most of us out of work are close to or over 50 and can easily be replaced by $10.00 an hour 20 year olds, with no need for benefits.

June 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm
(933) rubeN says:
June 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm
(934) NJ Unemployed says:

Telling the unemployed to attend community college for retraining, in courses geared for 17 year olds, to compete for jobs with 19-21 year olds will not work. Many of the longterm unemployed have been out of school for many decades. We hear there are no free lunches, for our unemployed Americans and that providing them with minimal unemployment benefits will make them lazy. Well big corporations outsourcing our middle class jobs overseas for cheap labor and foreign country subsidies, paying no US corporate taxes, should require they pay America for all of the damage they left behind…our massive longterm unemployment and underemployment. When the longterm unemployed benefits end, they shot will glee on CNBC that things are getting better because fewer people are collecting benefits. Force our politicians to make them pay for unlimited additional tiers until all Americans are able to return to work and at decent middle class salaries, not the low parttime salaries being paid by Walmart, Mcdonalds, etc. Look at the unemployement and employment benefits other countries provide their people………….how did we fall this far down and so fast?

June 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm
(935) HUNGRY IN AMERICA. says:

Why are we still aiding other countries? Also now I know why some good people turn to crime to survive,shame on our government…

June 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm
(936) Angel says:

Why are we still aiding other countries? Cause we want the recognition that we are the world’s savior and hero to give a false sense that we are kind, altruistic and powerful but government are only hypocrites not caring for their own kind nor taking immigration problems seriously. Bin Laden hated us for it and I can see why…

June 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm
(937) JeffD says:

So I have been out of work since the end of November, 2009. My 26 original weeks run out next week. (I am a construction worker in NYC) Does this mean I am not entitled to another penny after next week??

June 3, 2010 at 2:41 pm
(938) Henry says:

People, I am a fellow 99er, with a little extra as I have disabilities. Its not that I am not able to work its just that there is no work to be had. If we’re to solve this problem we have to understand it in its totality. Our once constituted government has been usurped by the international corporate mafia. Those posing as our representatives are nothing more than corporate lapdogs. The corporate mafia has attacked the middle class using a system wherein they cut out a chunk at a time. Those remaining in the middle class will not back their brethren as they still have things to lose if they rock the boat.(Divide and conquer)
It is my belief that it is the intent of the international corporate mafia to milk the resources from this country and kill 90% of our population. We need to be clear on one thing. They do not just want to impoverish us, they want to kill us, our children, and our grandchildren. They consist of the crowned heads of Europe and operate secretly through the masonic lodges thickly dispersed throughout our nation.
I believe our only hope is to return to our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, as the Constitution and Bill of Rights are gone. We need to form up into militia groups as millions of our brethren are doing at this very moment. The Americans in this country must come together as Americans (hyphenated Americans not included) and drive the international mafia back into that dark hole from which they emerged.
To those detractors who say that we cannot stand up against the international corporate government troops because of their technology, I say you don’t have a clue. Who do you think created those technologies? Americans, and what we can create and manufacture for them, we can, will, and have manufactured for ourselves.
If nothing else, look at it like this, there are 200 million privately owned firearms in the U.S. making the armed population of America the largest armed force on this planet. A mere 20 million of us could stand shoulder to shoulder from the east coast to the west coast in file and three deep in rank. This whole control mechanism is nothing more than the greatest bluff ever perpetrated. We outnumber them 4000 to 1. It would be like a moose hunt. There would be people going home broken hearted because they didn’t get one.
Nut up and form up. For information on how to start your local militia go to libertytreeradio.4mg.com. Every facet of information needed is available there. Just quit the bitching and stop being punked by punks.
For those of you who would say I’m too poor to take on such an endeavor I tell you there are militias all around you, ranks numbering in the millions, ready to take you in, outfit and arm you if you are willing to put your life on the line to defeat the one-world corporate mafia.
If you are wondering where to find a militia in your area the answer is right in front of you. Just search on your computer. Go for it, as we 99ers have already said, we have no jobs. So lets make it our job to take this country back from those evil minded one.
By the way Cecil Rhodes, you and your masonic brethren will NOT take this country back for your queen.

June 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm
(939) JOZEF RETINGER says:

hoop 123 says:
Crap like this they let on this site?……….. Dude take your Med’s you like need them.

ACTUALLY POOP, THE GUY ABOVE IS ACCURATE (No. 935)

June 3, 2010 at 8:28 pm
(940) just wondering says:

To above comments above stating how others are noticing more press for the 99ers——COULD BE SOME OF US ARE TAKING ACTION——-instead of whinning, and listening to the sickos.

The calling, faxing, emailing, etc., did not work.

So slaming the media, is finally catching.

Go to this site for a smile about Tier 5.

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/press/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=11200

If you can follow through on the instructions to have your voice heard, kindly do so.
THAT IS JUNE 10 people.

TOMORROW, FRIDAY — THE 99ERS WILL BE MENTIONED ON MNSBC.

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and lets not forget:

MARCH TO WASHINGTON DC

JUNE 22 – JUNE 24, 2010

AMERICANS FOR AMERICA

JOBS NOW! TIER 5 IMMEDIATELY!!!

fyi site: unemployed-friends.com

June 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm
(941) Renee says:

Hey all you 99er’s — sign this petition for Congress and pass it on to any other 99er you know. If they do not act to help the millions of 99ers out here and others who are losing these vital benefits…let’s vote out each and everyone that has stood against “We the People” and look at us with disdain.

http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/VoteThemAllOut/

June 3, 2010 at 8:41 pm
(942) Renee says:

Almost forgot—in signing the petition you do not have to donate, just say no to that. There may be something on the burner for us. Take a look at the site where I got the petition. It is going to turn around for us…just watch it happen!! Rejoice!!

http://www.examiner.com/x-45498-San-Diego-Unemployment-Examiner~y2010m5d20-Attention-all-unemployed-Vote-them-all-out

June 3, 2010 at 8:46 pm
(943) just wondering says:

OBAMA IN PITTSBURG-full speech can be read here.

http://whitehouse.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/06/02/gulf-spill-follows-obama-to-pittsburgh/

part of his speech:

“That’s why I signed a bill that will provide tax cuts for small businesses that hire unemployed workers, and why I’ve urged Congress to pass a Small Business Lending Fund, so that small businesses can get the credit they need to create jobs and grow. I also believe it’s critical that we extend unemployment insurance for several more months, so that Americans who’ve been laid off through no fault of their own get the support they need to provide for their families and can maintain their health insurance until they’re rehired. And we’re working to give state and local governments the resources they need to prevent the likely layoff of hundreds of thousands of public school teachers over the next few months.” Obama

June 3, 2010 at 9:52 pm
(944) john says:

I am a father of 3 and I need tier 5. If my unemployment is cutoff I dont know what I am going to do. I am really hoping that they pass for a tier 5. In Jesus name!

June 4, 2010 at 11:28 am
(945) Kamui says:

With the unemployment rate near 10% and people losing homes and cant even put food on their tables, a Tier 5 and maybe even a Tier 6 would help keep those families a float a little longer. I myself has just finished my 99 weeks and still nothing on the job hunt and now the only thing for me to do is take out my 401k and hope that will keep my family float till I get a job!

They need to impose an act that if a company hires anyone in Tier 3+ they get bigger tax breaks or even give the company money just for hiring us and keeping us past a certain time frame! This will help stimulate the economy and help decrease the unemployment!

June 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm
(946) rubeN says:

HuffPost – Unemployment: U.S. Economy Added 431k Jobs In May, But Vast Majority Came From Census Hires

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/04/unemployment-rate-may-201_n_600432.html

June 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm
(947) hoop 123 says:

Ok now, all over the news…. finding out all that so called *Good News Job Report*, is what it is, just a lie, they are finding out all these reports are just packed with the White House Spin. Thinking everyone would fall for the false reports coming from the White House. Wait, wait till 4 months from now…

June 4, 2010 at 3:30 pm
(948) Rick says:

Ok they are going to give the current people and others coming the 99 weeks but what’s going to happen when they have exhausted their 99 weeks with still no jobs out there , we are heading for a bigger disaster than the oil fountain !

June 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm
(949) Angel says:

Here’s a good one below. Yes, finally mainstream media is catching up to our plight. I have a feeling something will be done for us sometime. I’ve been meaning to call Schumer’s office about the proposal someone said about money for governor’s to use at their discretion: for welfare and UI extensions past Tier 4.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/A-Jobless-Rate-Still-nytimes-3231405451.html?x=0&sec=topStories&pos=1&asset=&ccode=

June 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm
(950) Mr. Unselfish says:

THIS STATEMENT HAS TO BE THE MOST RUDE AND SELFISH COMMENT ANY 99 WEEKER COULD EVER MAKE, ITS ALL ABOUT YOU CREEPS ISNT IT!!! THE HELL WITH ALL GULF STATE LIVLEYHOOD AND TOURISM BUSINESS, I DO HOPE YOU NEVER SEE A TIER 5

June 4, 2010 at 3:51 pm
(951) Mr. UNSELFISH says:

THIS STATEMENT HAS TO BE THE MOST RUDE AND SELFISH COMMENT ANY 99 WEEKER COULD EVER MAKE, ITS ALL ABOUT YOU CREEPS ISNT IT!!! THE HELL WITH ALL GULF STATE LIVLEYHOOD AND TOURISM BUSINESS, I DO HOPE YOU NEVER SEE A TIER 5

Rick says:
Ok they are going to give the current people and others coming the 99 weeks but what’s going to happen when they have exhausted their 99 weeks with still no jobs out there , we are heading for a bigger disaster than the oil fountain !

June 4, 2010 at 4:01 pm
(952) hoop 123 says:

yes your right Rick, cenus jobs they gave it a shot thought they could pump up the BS, well fox and CNN are telling the sad tale, they lied and you are right wait just wait if they don’t do something soon, there will be protesters everywhere and they don’t want that. turn on fox people!

June 4, 2010 at 4:32 pm
(953) The Boss says:

I have been out of work for over 2 years, HOWEVER, if
you would have saved 70% of your net income, you would not have to have the GOVERNMENT bail your asses out!!

I have saved over 1.7 million dollars over the last 25 years and this does not even include interest and profit on investments!

Just live on 30K like my family and I and invest the rest. And yes, I have NO DEBT!!!

June 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm
(954) Louis P says:

I have been out of work for over 2 years, HOWEVER, if
you would have saved 70% of your net income, you would not have to have the GOVERNMENT bail your asses out!!

I have saved over 1.7 million dollars over the last 25 years and this does not even include interest and profit on investments!

Just live on 30K like my family and I and invest the rest. And yes, I have NO DEBT!!!

I got you beat i have saved 5.6 million dollars in 45 years and me and my family live comfortably on 100 acres with 7 houses that i built and i have no dept and do not invest in anything ( don’t need too ) you should have started saving younger you fool and only spend 30,000 a year ? i guess have hot dogs every night , you sound like a pauper !!

June 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm
(955) Angel says:

To “The Boss”,
I did save a lot of money but the greedy stock market took it…

June 4, 2010 at 5:30 pm
(956) Rick says:

Don’t you get it your government WANTS you to start taking from your 401k plans because they get the early withdrawal penaty taxes !!
It’s all a sad game , there is no constitution anymore !

June 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm
(957) Angel says:

Obama was on TV saying he doesn’t like BP’s $50 million ad campaign “nickel and diming” us. Didn’t he nickel and dime the 99r’s with the Haiti ad campaigns his wife was in asking for donations instead of helping the unemployed?

June 4, 2010 at 8:05 pm
(958) hoop 123 says:

The Boss makes me laugh, right Angel your right on dear, and I hope you as well as the others can get through all this, can’t help it the one’s with the kids they are having it so hard . It’s all falling around them now, the (White House) don’t forget they are all in on it. simple, vote them out. I call the White House the Hollywood Crowd, lets not forget what you all been going through,

June 4, 2010 at 9:17 pm
(959) Angel says:

You are right. Lies can’t go on forever. The truth eventually comes out—that the government are self-serving hypocrites. They care when it suits them. People are hurting and they hide and ignore. Obama rushes to the BP oil spill but lies with these bogus “extensions” and ignores the 99rs trying to keep their homes. Thanks Hoop. I hope you and all get through this as well.

June 5, 2010 at 12:11 am
(960) Carlch says:

Hoop 123 – The White House thinks they are the Hollywood crowd. I wanted so much to support Obama, but he and his administration have failed this country and its people that need help the most.

Boycott the music of all those gluttonus musicians (McCartney and others) who performed at the White House this week. Shame on them for entertaining this elitest group.

June 5, 2010 at 12:11 am
(961) nohope says:

this is one of the few websites were people make supportive comments. Most newsarticles with comments give the impression the l/t unemployed are too stupid and lazy to get a job or my personal favorite “refusing” low paying jobs, as if anyone on the verge of homelessness would turn down any job so they could live in there car and starve to death.
Only a total loser would still be out of work after a year double for longer than that. I am 18 months, I must be a total reject, white trash who cares what happens to me? All of a sudden i don’t qualify for any office work jobs? Not even for the title’s I’ve had. Only 6 interviews and nothing since April. I know my personal problem is an online police blotter from 04. It was archived but recently Hearst media bought the paper and published in all of the county’s papers online and they republish it regularly so it appears on the first 5 pages about 6 times at least and is right on my first page of name lookup so if any employer looks me up, they ain’t gonna want to call me in. A Tier 5 WON’T BE ENOUGH.
Yes I have considered self employment and daily ask, What can I do? well I have no special talents or abilities or interests and am certainly not a go getter. I prefer a structured work environment and don’t work well on my own at all. I should probably enroll in a program to be re-certified as a secretary/office admin. as I was told that employers will look at my last job ending 2008 and think I can’t type anymore or answer the phones so i’d be better off putting something current for skills. A college degree from 1990 is not all that impressive. I don’t think this will end well for alot of people including me, there are simply not enough jobs for everyone and not everyone can do any job due to physical or mental limitations. Buy lottery tickets – what can I say? Maybe all of us who can’t get work should start communes and grow our own food? We’ll live simply like the Shakers and pool our welfare checks into group housing and buying gardening supplies. People doing the 9-5 will envy our peaceful simple existance with no computers or tvs…

June 5, 2010 at 9:50 am
(962) carmel says:

Hey Am GOING ON BET WEB SITE TODAY. AND POST THIS ISSUE ABOUT THE UNEMPLOYMENT TIER 5, I BET YOU WE GET SOMETHING DONE.

June 5, 2010 at 12:54 pm
(963) Angel says:

Obama said about the Gulf Coast oil spill, “Because of a man made catastrophe, beyond their control and that’s not their fault, their lives have been thrown into turmoil. It’s brutally unfair. It’s wrong…I am going to stand with the people of the Gulf Coast until they are made whole.”

What about us 99rs? We are in a man made catastrophe too. Our lives have been thrown into turmoil. Do we need to spill tons of oil to get his attention?

June 5, 2010 at 1:00 pm
(964) Mr. Realistic says:

i think anyone with a clear unselfish head would agree that the gulf oil spill is by far more devastating than the 99 weekers and is much more important than 99 weekers right now

June 5, 2010 at 1:18 pm
(965) Kim says:

Mr Realistic…I think anyone with a clear unselfish head would agree..That every single human being who needs help right now…including the 99ers is far more important than a guy who feels the need to come here & deny anyone of help..Now that’s selfish on your part!

June 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm
(966) Mr. Unselfish says:

no, thats realistic and fair on my part and many others, and the government certainly see’s it the same way so thats reality (no tier five) not now, not ever, four extensions is more than enough

June 5, 2010 at 1:27 pm
(967) Kim says:

Oh stop being so mean & rude to others…why don’t you go help with the oil spill & do something positive instead of getting off hurting others while hiding behind your computer…you are a selfish person & you know it!

June 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm
(968) Renee says:

The individual aka Mr Unselfish is a sadist. Why are you even on this website…just to be mean and show how ugly you are? To be condescending to other people who are hurting and in need?People like you and Louis P. apparently have the illusion that you are better than us all, tauting what you have done and what you possess. We do not give a rip about what you say because you do not matter. You are basically an enemy because it is that kind of perspective that is injuring innocent people who were laid-off of great and good jobs through no fault of their own and now have to try to “glean the wheat” after harvest. You have no compassion, empathy, or care for others. I would even bet that all you say you have is a lie and exist only in your dillusional little minds. Stop bothering us and find something constructive to do with the unproductive, ample time that you have on your pitiful hands. Go away…

June 5, 2010 at 3:59 pm
(969) CJD says:

Sent this to Ried and Pelosi

Please get congress to pass a new tier 5 for the long term unemployed who have been out of any benefits now some sine March 2010. The numbers are now over 120,000 in CA and another 180,000 in FL alone. These are people like myself who worked for years and often went from wadges many times that of the meager weekly ue benefit they were getting. My own ue benefit was less then 20% of my former wadge. Many of us have gone through everyting after 2 yars plus of this and are looking for jobs, but there simply are none, as the May ue figuires show clearly now. We will keep the faith in America and will return to work, but we desperitly need another tier of benefits to survive now so that we may get to that point. I have been without any benefits at all now for over 10 weeks and am living in a relatives backyard with a few dollars now and then from an odd job like mowing a lawn or painting a garage, (which makes the teens in the area upset ’cause I am taking away jobs they used to do for some cash in fact). I would take some classes, but I can not afford it and can not qualify for fa due to having had ue last year. I can not qualify for any state aid as I am 52 and my children are grown and away. This is not a vacation and ue benefis are not gravy at 20% of what was a living wadge. I am considering moving out of country for a job and new life that while paying less would aford a decent life where cost of living is much less. If we as Americans must live on 3rd world wadges we will have to find a third world country to move to so we can survive on such.
repectfully

June 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm
(970) angel says:

Mr. Realistic you are right. The Gulf Oil spill is more important than us 99rs right now. In another few months when our numbers grow exponentially, we will be just, if not more important.

June 5, 2010 at 6:18 pm
(971) Angel says:

A few good ideas… I read on another message board that the President should make Social Security available for unemployed people at a younger age since they are having the most difficulty finding work. Maybe 50 years old? It could be part of the new unemployment bill. I’m writing Schumer about it.

Also since the Gulf Oil spill is going to take a long time to clean up, why not have unemployed people help clean the beaches and wildlife safely and pay them a decent wage plus a stipend to live near the area. Might be dirty work but a lot of people might see it as an opportunity to keep a roof over their heads.

June 5, 2010 at 6:30 pm
(972) Carlch says:

Angel, it’s a good thought, but lowering the social security age to 50 will be a long shot. 62 is realistic with full benefits (Medicare) and retirement benefit amount that we would collect at 66. If anything, let’s hope they don’t want us to work longer to 70.

June 5, 2010 at 6:37 pm
(973) Carlch says:

The oil spill is “toxic” and hazardous, not to mention a health threat to those working on the cleanup including residents living in the area because atmospheric fumes. Government needs to call on military or specialized HazMat people for the clean up. Louisiana is my home state, but I have lived in CA for 30 years.

June 5, 2010 at 6:53 pm
(974) Angel says:

Yes, it is hazardous. I thought safe clean up could be done by anyone if taught properly. Just throwing out an idea I saw on another board.

They can propose a lower retirement age than 65. I always thought that was too old anyway. They can do anything if they want. It costs them more but it could be a viable solution for us. They need some long term solution. A Tier 5, even if we get it, might not be enough.

June 5, 2010 at 7:20 pm
(975) hoop 123 says:

Hell we don’t have to worry about working to 70, I can’t get a job now and I’m way far from 70, You know more you read and hear, the jobs that are lost daily are remarkable, now your starting to hear more and more what really is going on with employment figures, people aren’t stupid and now cat is out of the bag. All the BS, is finished, Now we should see some results, I would think soon.

June 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm
(976) Rick says:

Sent this to Ried and Pelosi

Please get congress to pass a new tier 5 for the long term unemployed who have been out of any benefits now some sine March 2010. The numbers are now over 120,000 in CA and another 180,000 in FL alone. These are people like myself who worked for years and often went from wadges many times that of the meager weekly ue benefit they were getting. My own ue benefit was less then 20% of my former wadge. Many of us have gone through everyting after 2 yars plus of this and are looking for jobs, but there simply are none, as the May ue figuires show clearly now. We will keep the faith in America and will return to work, but we desperitly need another tier of benefits to survive now so that we may get to that point. I have been without any benefits at all now for over 10 weeks and am living in a relatives backyard with a few dollars now and then from an odd job like mowing a lawn or painting a garage, (which makes the teens in the area upset ’cause I am taking away jobs they used to do for some cash in fact). I would take some classes, but I can not afford it and can not qualify for fa due to having had ue last year. I can not qualify for any state aid as I am 52 and my children are grown and away. This is not a vacation and ue benefis are not gravy at 20% of what was a living wadge. I am considering moving out of country for a job and new life that while paying less would aford a decent life where cost of living is much less. If we as Americans must live on 3rd world wadges we will have to find a third world country to move to so we can survive on such.
repectfully

WASTE OF TIME , THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU , ONLY THEIR FAMILIES , IF THEY DID CARE THERE WOULD NOT BE A FORUM LIKE THIS, GO AHEAD VOTE FOR THEM , FEED THEIR EGO , AND GET NOTHING IN RETURN !!

June 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(977) Shari says:

I have TWO degrees and cannot find a job. I was elected to a city position of ONE HOUR A MONTH- that one hour knocked me out of receiving benefits until NOVEMBER. IF I HAD SAT ON MY BUT AND DID NOTHING I WOULD HAVE BENEFITS until NOVEMBER = but because I try and help others and am doing everything I can to find work- I will have NO BENEFITS. This is the most stupid thing I have ever been through. The congress and senate must think I WANT FOOD STAMPS OR A CASH HAND OUT ===== I WANT A JOB a real honest to goodness job instead I have nothing no benefits no job no unemployment. THIS IS HOW THEY WILL TURN THE NATION INTO HAVE AND HAVE NOTS. THOSE IN WASHINGTON HAVE and the rest of us will be broke unemployed living on food stamps and in our cars-= with college degrees. How is this right?

June 6, 2010 at 3:41 pm
(978) OVRTHRO says:

Our elected officials are giving attention to economic recovery and gainful re-employment of the millions of unemployed.

So let’s vote out all our encumbents, and throw them out on the streets. Voters can change the US government, since it can’t tend to OUR economy. No more corporate bailouts!!!!

June 6, 2010 at 8:45 pm
(979) Ken James says:

Some of you people need to look at reality. I have been unemployed since October of 2009, but no one owes me anything beyond my regular unemployment compensation. That extra money is coming from all the taxpayers who are working and hoping they don’t get laid off. The more the government intervenes in this the longer this crap is going to last. My wife and I were both laid off from the same job….she found another one, but I have not–yet. We had to relocate…we would rather have not had to. Years ago I read that we should always have six months pay set aside for an emergency and another six months set aside in case you lost your job. That saved our bacon. We can piss and moan about our state in life, but the fact is we are all spoiled and never thought this would happen to us. Get off your damn pity pot and do something about it. Quit blaming the government for not giving you a handout. The way things are going all of us will be getting a handout soon because we will be a socialist nation. Everything I read on this site leads me to believe we are well on our way. I can’t find a job in my normal career field, but let me tell you what folks: I will work somewhere within the next month because I have to, and if it’s pushing a broom and swinging a mop, so be it. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. Are you too proud to do the same?

June 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm
(980) Mr. Unselfish says:

Ken James says:
Some of you people need to look at reality. I have been unemployed since October of 2009, but no one owes me anything beyond my regular unemployment compensation. That extra money is coming from all the taxpayers who are working and hoping they don’t get laid off. The more the government intervenes in this the longer this crap is going to last. My wife and I were both laid off from the same job….she found another one, but I have not–yet. We had to relocate…we would rather have not had to. Years ago I read that we should always have six months pay set aside for an emergency and another six months set aside in case you lost your job. That saved our bacon. We can piss and moan about our state in life, but the fact is we are all spoiled and never thought this would happen to us. Get off your damn pity pot and do something about it. Quit blaming the government for not giving you a handout. The way things are going all of us will be getting a handout soon because we will be a socialist nation. Everything I read on this site leads me to believe we are well on our way. I can’t find a job in my normal career field, but let me tell you what folks: I will work somewhere within the next month because I have to, and if it’s pushing a broom and swinging a mop, so be it. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. Are you too proud to do the same?

KEVIN WHAT YOU WROTE I BELIEVE YOU MEAN, IT IS THE MOST UNSELFISH THING ANYONE ON THIS SIGHT HAS EVER WRITTEN. I HOPE YOU AND YOUR WIFE FIND WORK IN NEAR FUTURE.
AS FAR AS THE SELFISH PEOPLE LIKE, ANGEL, KIM, HOOP, JUST WONDERING, RICK, OVERTHRO AND CERTAINLY RENEE, YOU PEOPLE ARE SO SELFISH. OUR GOVERNMENT HELPS A COUNTRY CRUCIFIED BY MAJOR EARTHQUAKE, MAJOR TROPICAL STORM THAT KILLS 179 PEOPLE AND EVEN AS DEVASTATING AS THE GULF OIL SPILL AND ALL ANY OF YOU DO IS TALK STUPID ABOUT OVERTHROWING THE GOVERNMENT OR (REALLY REACHING) VOTING THEM OUT OF OFFICE, YOU PEOPLE NEED TO RTEVIEW YOUR SELFISH COMMENTS BEFORE YOU WRITE THEM. KEVIN WONT WAIT AROUND LOOKING FOR MORE HANDOUTS LIKE THE REST OF YOU, HE WILL FIND WORK REGARDLESS OF WHAT HE HAS TO DO FOR IT. ALL OF YOU I HAVE NAMED MAKE ME SICK WITH YOUR SELFISH, ALL ABOUT ME ATTITUDES. YOU WILL NEVER SEE TIER FIVE

June 6, 2010 at 10:30 pm
(981) Rick says:

KEVIN WHAT YOU WROTE I BELIEVE YOU MEAN, IT IS THE MOST UNSELFISH THING ANYONE ON THIS SIGHT HAS EVER WRITTEN. I HOPE YOU AND YOUR WIFE FIND WORK IN NEAR FUTURE.
AS FAR AS THE SELFISH PEOPLE LIKE, ANGEL, KIM, HOOP, JUST WONDERING, RICK, OVERTHRO AND CERTAINLY RENEE, YOU PEOPLE ARE SO SELFISH. OUR GOVERNMENT HELPS A COUNTRY CRUCIFIED BY MAJOR EARTHQUAKE, MAJOR TROPICAL STORM THAT KILLS 179 PEOPLE AND EVEN AS DEVASTATING AS THE GULF OIL SPILL AND ALL ANY OF YOU DO IS TALK STUPID ABOUT OVERTHROWING THE GOVERNMENT OR (REALLY REACHING) VOTING THEM OUT OF OFFICE, YOU PEOPLE NEED TO RTEVIEW YOUR SELFISH COMMENTS BEFORE YOU WRITE THEM. KEVIN WONT WAIT AROUND LOOKING FOR MORE HANDOUTS LIKE THE REST OF YOU, HE WILL FIND WORK REGARDLESS OF WHAT HE HAS TO DO FOR IT. ALL OF YOU I HAVE NAMED MAKE ME SICK WITH YOUR SELFISH, ALL ABOUT ME ATTITUDES. YOU WILL NEVER SEE TIER FIVE

Mr unselfish is weird …..

June 6, 2010 at 10:57 pm
(982) Kathy.M says:

Mr Unselfish, thats all fine and dandy for you because your wife happened to get another job and is able to keep your heads above water.
Theres alot of people who have lost homes and everything they have worked for their whole life that dont have an extra income coming in.
Im sure if it was just your income and you we’re nearing 99 or have already expired, you would be all panic.
And dont be so sure you’ll be working within the next month thats what most of us thought at least within a 6 month period
Also alot of folks haven’t been able to put away 12 month emergency funds while they we’re working for the just in case
Quit thinking your so high and mighty alot of people are scared and dont know what lies

June 6, 2010 at 11:51 pm
(983) Ken James says:

Kathy; it was not Mr. Unselfish who made those claims and I can assure you they are not lies. Who is to say others on this board are not lying, or exagerating. Know what? we would have lost our house, too, but we sold it before we lost our jobs. We were renting when we got our notice we were being laid off. We aniticapted and unfortunately, we were right. Did you not know your company was in trouble? Did you think of alternatives? Did you pay off bills while you could? Did you anticipate living with a reduced income? My wife and i were no different than anyone else on this board. The job my wife took paid much, much less than she was making. And we had to move on top of it. I’m sorry for anyone who loses their job, but I am far more troubled by those who did not plan on ever losing their job. Don’t try to guess what my situation is. You rationalize your own problems by saying mine are not as bad as yours. Well, boo-hoo. As i said before, get off the pity pot and put your big girl pants on. But don’t tell me I am wealthy and my wife has a fabulous job and that’s why we’re surviving. We’re surviving because we made the right choices—-so far. That doesn’t mean it will always be that way. But, I don’t want the government bankrupting our country and our small businesses in the process. I don’t want tier 5 unemployment benefits. I want to work.

June 7, 2010 at 12:37 am
(984) Bill says:

Well good for you Ken, would you like a medal?

June 7, 2010 at 6:02 am
(985) Angel says:

We all want to work, Ken. Most of us aren’t as fortunate as you. Read previous posts…that people can’t even find minimum wage jobs. Read again…most people had savings for a rainy day and they blew right through it. I had 6x emergency money, not so much anymore. Some are single and don’t have the luxury of another income like your wife’s Everyone’s situation is different but I can assure you, we didn’t deserve what the the government’s doing now—ignoring and lying to us. Note the “extensions” are only giving other people 99 weeks which is only fair anyway. Why the debate to “extend” everyone? Read more…we’re really not spoiled, we’re hardworking. Most on this board have been working for 20+ years. Most are over 45 and employers are hiring younger people. This is an economic crisis and the government is not taking care of us. That’s the shame here.

Just remember the government divides and conquers well. And that’s what they are doing right now.

June 7, 2010 at 10:32 am
(986) 1dan says:

Somthing needs to be done for PEOPLE over 61. We don’t even get considered for a job. There has never been one word said for us. We need help. We have paided a lot of money in over all these years of working. Now when we need it, we deserve it. I am 61 1/2 . Can’t even get a job on the oil clean up. I don’t meoney for gas. Sombody needs to stand up for people over 60 YEARS OLD.

June 7, 2010 at 11:53 am
(987) Renee says:

Angel, Bill, Kathy and others–it is apparent that we are wasting our keystrokes and thoughts on trying to get the “don’t want to bankrupt our country” zealots to understand that we did not cause this problem, nor are we “bankrupting” our nation because we need help right now…AIG, WellsFargo, and Wallstreet etc have that honor. I signed on with a large corporation at 21 and had a very prestigious position for 28 years, but still was no where near retirement when my entire team got laid off along with many others in the company because we were some of the highest salaries…401ks, bonuses and perks. As so many on this forum have expressed about employers viewing us as over-qualified, and think we will want high pay for our talent and skills, I am also experiencing this…including the age issue, which is actually against EEOC and discrimination laws. However, the employers can be extremely selective in their decision to hire, because of the numerous applicants clamoring; often for just one open position. So, to those of you who think we are being “selfish” in this plight, and feel it is your duty to berate, and scold us about what we are trying to accomplish, and in how we are trying to keep each other uplifted and encouraged during very difficult time…please continue if it makes you feel better and look smarter. I do not think any one of us wants to “over-through” the government; however, we do want to be heard and given consideration. If things continue as they are, I guarantee that you or someone close to you to will be affected like we have been. Do you know what happens to business when the middle-class stop buying? They close down or file for bankuptcy protection. We are in a domino effect. I hope you think about some of these things as you prepare to type your next “shame on you” and “why don’t you people know better” comments.

June 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm
(988) Sionara says:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/press/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=11200

EVERYONE< PLEASE READ….WE MAY BE OUT OF TH WOODS IF WE HELP with CHANGE.COM

June 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm
(989) The Boss says:

Renee, with all due respect if you had a very prestigious position in a large corporation should you not have saved some of that income? Instead of going to Europe, buying a BMW every 2 years, eating at high dollar eating establishments every other day YOU SHOULD HAVE SAVED YOUR INCOME!!! Why should the taxpayers of this great country bail out irresponsible people like you. I worked my ass off out of High School and in 5 years was into the 6 figure club. With this being said, in 1986 I grossed 105K. Because of my single status, I paid over 42% in federal and state taxes. My net was appx 60K. I invested 45K yearly into CD’s starting in 86. Before that I was able to save and invest 30-35K per year. I lived as a single in San Francisco on just over 12K a year. I was able to do this by living with other people and keeping my 1973 Ford Gran Torino Sport (which I still have), eating at home and bringing lunch to work instead of buying, and other cost cutting measures. I was able to PURCHASE OUTRIGHT a home in San Fran in 1990 for 650K. In the same year I was married and had a child. By this time, I was making very good money so I was able to save even more money so I bumped it up to 70-75K per year. Over the next 3 years, I had 2 more children. We did not purchase new vehicles, boats, take expensive vacations, purchase the impulse items that most people purchase. My family of 5 lived in San Francisco on less than 30K per year. I managed to save over 1.7 million dollars over my working life and because it was invested properly it is now worth over 4 million. I have been dipping into my investments after my first 26 weeks of unemployment (since then I REFUSE to take any more benefits) and it really is disturbing to me that I have to do this. But I don’t see (at least in Cali) things getting better for a long time. But Renee you must remember that the MAJORITY of the banks who received TARP money have paid it back!!! HOW MANY OF YOU ARE GOING TO PAY BACK YOUR BENEFITS OVER the 26 WEEK PERIOD THAT YOU WERE ENTITLED TO????? I don’t have to because I refused those payments. When this mess is over, start driving your vehicles until they are at least 20 years old, cut food coupons, shop at thrift stores and Walmart instead of Macys, always eat at home (unless on the road on vacation (then TRY to bring your own food), look for bargains in all purchases and you can be like many of us Renee.

I do hope things get better for all of us and that people in this country start learning to save at least 20% of their net income every year. That way if this happens again, you will be able to survive without government handouts!!!

June 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm
(990) Angel says:

“I managed to save over 1.7 million dollars over my working life and because it was invested properly it is now worth over 4 million.”

Not everyone manages to beat the market. Most have lost big in our corrupt stock market that won’t be regulated, including me when all we had hope in our markets. What’s happening now in the market is disgusting. Also if I had 4 million I wouldn’t collect UI either out of principle. Are you doing us a favor? How about donating some to charity, big shot?

“When this mess is over, start driving your vehicles until they are at least 20 years old, cut food coupons, shop at thrift stores and Walmart instead of Macys, always eat at home”. How do you know we didn’t live like that prior to our unemployment? I was always thrifty.

Your comments are disturbing, judgmental and wrong. I’d rather have my empathy than your money any day…Divide and conquer, divide and conquer.

June 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm
(991) SYSCO says:

BOSS MAN, YOUR GREAT I WISHED YOU WERE IN THE OVAL OFFICE INSTEAD OF OBAMA, YOU HANDLE ANGEL QUITE WELL, ALL OF WHAT YOU SAY MAKES SENSE, MUCH MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THIS SIGHT.

June 7, 2010 at 6:18 pm
(992) Angel says:

I think I handled him quite well, too. Thanks.

June 7, 2010 at 7:24 pm
(993) tiamo4ever says:

I would rather get up early, shower, coffee , and head to work, any day ! I would not believe anyone that said they got a job in the last year, unless they had some pull (knowing someone). Wake up people, if a business is struggling to keep their doors open, they’re going to hire us out of the goodness of their hearts ???? Hell NO, I have offered to work a week pro bono just to get in the door, it IS NOT HAPPENING !! Still too proud to beg tho !

June 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm
(994) Action says:

Why dosen’t obama send those unemployed from all over to help clean up the oil. They should provide transportation and meals where is the help when we need it other countries should help. Were there for them how about us in time of need. Wake up and smell the oil people.

June 8, 2010 at 3:49 am
(995) bpk says:

I have been out of work for sometime as well. It sucks in Nebraska then what they say! Their numbers don’t include:
People who have exhausted all benefits (like me), people who are homeless, and those who have not never reported being unemployed knowing they can’t because their last employer didn’t pay into the or they quit.
Just read another 550 jobs being . Like I ain’t got enough competition:( I have never so many homes for sale or bankruptcies ever and commercial property for rent signs especially in strip malls.
They should something for 50 states. If we can send crap to space, help other counties and they aren’t their now when we need help with this oil disasters (Could use their help more than ever!) I deserve unemployment because of my biggest belief. BECAUSE OF ILLEGAL MEXICANS WHO HAVE OUR WORK AND LEAVE THE PERSON BORN IN THE USA. Yes I would do jobs they are willing. If our government was smart bring back all troops overseas and have them conduct valid USA checks-every business-every city– So many potions would open up?! Our country is a dsaster-we need help.
If a person can’t speak English fluently in the USA and has no proof USA id’s, bye bye.

June 8, 2010 at 8:18 am
(996) hoop 123 says:

Hey Boss,

I read where you done alot for yourself over the years, sounds to me like you never lived except to worry over every dime you made, and if you were so (secure) why did you even take unemployment in the first Place? What happen, you bought a snickers bar, and to make up that wild spending by you had to start collecting unemployment? Kidding aside I do admire people who do look into the future and try to be prepared. But this is where you and I part company, I myself have had a very good life and continue to, I may kid a little on this site but the truth is , my respect goes to older adults through no fault of their owns have lost employment , and due to their ages they are finding it very hard to to get a job, also many who have lost money in the Stock Market (myself inclueded) and so many young people who had family to raise and there jobs are gone for ever. You quickly judge these people as idiots who can’t prepare for there future, life steps in, bad things happen to good people, through no fault of there own, in life some are lucky some are not . Have you ever given to a Mission to feed the homeless? Have you ever supported The Shrine Burn Center?
Have you ever bought 14 tickets to the Circus so needy children can get one day of thrills and fun. I have every year for many years, and feel great joy in doing it. That is my Gift
to myself. Life has been very good to me, so I always felt it was my duty to do what I can to help those who may not be doing as well as myself. Oh by the way yes I saved but along the way I enjoyed my life, with my family and friends, money was not going to control my every thought. Yes I live in a paid in full Condo on the Intracoastal, Yes I drive a Lexus paid in full, Yes I had enough to get me through the hard times, and yes, I have a beautiful place in the Keys that I SHARE with friends and family, paid in full, so what? Big deal ,it came to me by hard work and some darn good luck, I find people like you disgusting with your remarks, life is not always fair, but the ones that have should feel the need to help the have nots, oh yes I’m a 33 degree Shriner. I pity someone like you. Yes I enjoy taking the kids and there parents out on paid in full 28 ft. boat, the difference between you and me? money was not my thing in life living and helping when I could made mylife. Have you ever paid a young Mothers rent for her because her husband lost her job,
and you hardly knew the family but you felt the need to?

June 8, 2010 at 9:11 am
(997) hoop 123 says:

Please forgive my spelling,at times my mind works faster then these old fingers of mine. Typing was never my thing, I paid someone to do it for me, (smile)… thats what you do when your the real Boss, LOL

June 8, 2010 at 9:33 am
(998) Renee says:

Hoop123,

Gob Bless You–you are one of the best! It is people like you, who care and empathize with others and share their blessings in various ways, that make our country great.
You are on point; and you get it. Your blessings will continue. Thank you for sharing your wonderful inspiring story!
And to everyone experiencing these challenging times right now, never give up. God is on our side and I believe, I know that He will not fail us, but will make this right for us. We are not alone…so keep believing HIm.

June 8, 2010 at 10:49 am
(999) Brent says:

Sooo how’s that Hope & Change working out for you now??? 0bama still goes and plays golf and has concerts and goes on vacations. Harry and Nancy are out flying all over the country eating on your dime and yet zero help.

They will send millions and millions and Haiti, but not take care of their own people????? Amazing isn’t it.

June 8, 2010 at 3:59 pm
(1000) Fustercluck says:

Maybe if we sent back the 12 million ILLEGAL people in this country, people might be able to find employment.

FIX OUR BORDERS, UPHOLD OUR LAWS!!!!!!!

June 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm
(1001) rubeN says:

Brent,

I think the Change part of Obama’s quote was referring to only spare change we would only have left in our wallets and bank accounts..

June 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm
(1002) Walter says:

Alison,
Why not see if you can present this sites letters to show at this meeting? All readers please check out this site it’s important to this conversation. Someone posted this earlier and it seems that no one had any comments regarding it.
This looks a little more important than discussing how some legend in his own mind saved enough bucks to coast for a few years. Please lets have someone one there to represent the people posting to this column.

June 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm
(1003) p.w. says:

Wake Up America,

We need to vote all these corrupt officials
out of Office. Its a national disgrace to
be treated so poorly by our own elected representative. Stop Giving away to the law
breakers, illegals, other foreign govenrnment.
CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME , YOU MORONS.

June 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm
(1004) Fred Ruddick says:

It will be three years since I have been laid off from my job as a marine electrician and there is no jobs to find. I need a tier 5 extension. Lets get this extension passed!

June 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm
(1005) The Night Rider says:

WHAT DOES A MARINE ELECTRICIAN DO? FIX WIREING PROBLEMS WITH ELECTRIC EELS!

June 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm
(1006) sherri says:

I was a PA State Administrative Officer for the PA State Horse Racing Commission. I was nominated Employee of the year in 2008, outstanding Job performance reviews: Two weeks later FIRED. My termination letter stated the reason I was Fired was: For sending a resume!!!!! My unemployment is almost up. Jan of 2009 I started my state benefits. The Tier I’m on now just ended……I cant fine a job anywhere. I’m now leaving off my State Job as no one will give me an interview! I send approximately 7 resumes out per day.
I never knew one could be fired for sending a resume out! The Deputy Secretary of Agriculture at the time was Cheryl Cook: she fired me. Later I found out that she quite her position as she sent out resumes and took a job in Washington D.C.
Was this politics or what……………..I loved my job! I was uncovering MANY illegal things going on at Presque Isle Downs. Maybe that was the problem!
Well………the only thing I’m now worried about is income!! One income family with lots of debt.
Thanks for letting me vent…………

June 8, 2010 at 8:16 pm
(1007) ohiodude says:

I read an article a few weeks ago, which I believe is true. It states basically that:

In the near future, The United States will be forced to be the home of the “Haves” and the “Have Nots”.

Meaning if you not at the top of your trade, you will be the one mowing the grass from the one who is.

I’m attending a local university to be an RN. The ones who make it thru from the 1st day is probably about 25%. That number is beginning to increase, however, you should obtain a 3.00 grade point average or higher in classes such Chemistry, Math, Biology, Anatomy, etc.) before you can even be admitted into the nursing program. This take a minimum of 1 year before you can get into the nursing program. You must score high grades on assessment tests also. Only 120 people are admitted into the nursing program per year in intervals of 40 per quarter.

All universities make a ton of money off people taking the basic classes, etc., without any possible chance of getting admitted into certain programs.

However, the few who do make it through the process can look forward to job security and very good pay.

Manufacturing jobs in this country will soon be a minimum wage position with a 1000 people per each available position.

The country of “Haves” and “Hove Nots”…………….

June 9, 2010 at 1:29 am
(1008) Jay says:

Take a look at this, and be sure to read the comments too,

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/07/unemployment-benefits-are_n_603368.html

June 9, 2010 at 1:45 am
(1009) Jay says:

In 1929 at the beginning of the Great Depression, federal spending as a percent of GDP was 3 percent, as was unemployment.

By 1933 unemployment was at 24 percent, 13 million lost jobs in a population that was 1/3 the current size.

To get out of the Depression, federal spending rose to 45 percent of GDP.

Folks, the 8 plus million jobs lost in the 2nd GWBush recession were in addition to the 5 million lost in the 1st GWBush recession.

99 weeks might sound like a lot, but these jobs aren’t coming back for many, many years, given the outsourcing that is still rewarded under current multi-national corporate friendly policies.

We can bail out the banks, run two pointless wars continuously. We can help the unemployed from becoming throw away human beings. Just because a handful of ideological socio-paths in both parties enjoy seeing others suffer doesn’t mean we have to take it.

This is something that was posted on another blog, and I agree with it. Is that what we the unemployed are becoming? Disposeable human beings? I guess the government got what they wanted out of us and now that it is time for them to help us, we find that they see us as “despensable”. It makes me physically ILL!

June 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm
(1010) beN says:
June 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm
(1011) bpk says:

I have never been so frustrated about the job market. You immediately cut off all spending. People in this nation come first. We can get thru this and then go back to normalicy.
If you do not help people with no income get thru this things ,no economy will improve. I see homeless families. I see frustrated people commit suicide because their self worth in nothing!! Some are real close to that:( It ain’t no joke.
To help the nation they should raise prices of crap food two fold, cigareetes $10 pack, alcohol twice normal cost,
pop three times.
That way it would be tougher for people who sit on their ass instead of working collecting benefits would hurt them.
Raise government tax on all sugar foods and liquids, cigs, junk food and cable tv.
We need help. I need help. Doubt we will see it with these old ass politicians in there. Hell, they probably think they work hard being a politician.

June 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm
(1012) Angel says:

The stock market is crushing people as it is. There is no refuge. No jobs, market taking, no way for people to make money. I saw 2 homeless people today without going far. To make matters worse, Section 8 is on a freeze cause there’s no government funding (huh?) so there’s no way for people to get cheaper rent.

With the threat of homelessness looming for so many, does the government still think we are lazy? Or do they just not care?

June 9, 2010 at 8:21 pm
(1013) rubeN says:
June 9, 2010 at 8:57 pm
(1014) MARK says:

I need this as well i am trying to advance myself through school and i am a single father…hope they swing with us folks!! i know i could use it. no work now for almost 2 years!!

June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm
(1015) rubeN says:

Breaking News – Fighting for the ’99 weekers’

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30031533/ns/msnbc_tv-the_ed_show

June 9, 2010 at 11:24 pm
(1016) Jay says:

That is good news. However, even IF anything gets passed for us 99ers (and I am not holding my breath, congress has already made it crystal clear they coundn’t care less about us!) it will come too late, the major damage will already be done. I wonder just what will happen when millions of us hit the street’s homeless. I know Congress doesn’t care. I am willing to bet that of every unemployed person in the country died tomorrow, all those in congress would sleep just fine tomorrow night. Hell, they might even throw a party.

Well, I am doing my research and writing down names and when November rolls around, I know who I will NOT be voting for!!! God bless all of you, and good luck to all of us since our government has abandoned us and left us for dead.

June 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm
(1017) maureen says:

on the nj unemployment web site it list all the extensions then it lists EB then HIGH EB. Does anyone know what does this mean ?

June 10, 2010 at 7:08 pm
(1018) MAUREEN says:

on the nj web site it lists all tiers but, after 4 it lists EB and HIGH EB . What are they ?

June 10, 2010 at 9:58 pm
(1019) Rick says:

This Government is a joke , they got money for every other country except their own , pretty soon we will be walking barefoot like Afghanistan !! Bunch of Communist !

June 11, 2010 at 8:31 am
(1020) Jason Whitney says:

If Tier 5 is not approved in 1 week I will be in the welfare line.

June 11, 2010 at 10:05 am
(1021) Angel says:

Welfare doesn’t pay that much so be prepared. That’s why I never applied for cash assistance. The churches give a one time pay out for rent but you have to pay it back! lol! And section 8 is closed cause there’s no government funding! In a few months, it’s off to a shelter I go since those are no help, imo. Didn’t I have a job and a lot of money a few years ago? If anyone knows of any other benefits, please post here.

June 11, 2010 at 10:38 am
(1022) RG says:

It seems if you have an education you are over qualified and undesirable material. I am one of those that has down-graded my resume, to no avail. I was asked of my education during an interview and could not bring myself to lie so I told…Still no job I am a long term unemployed, single woman, and work with adults in education, language, and computer lab resources~

June 11, 2010 at 11:41 am
(1023) howard cohen says:

We NEED A TIER V TO STAY ALIVE………………PLEASE HELP ……………….WE WANT TO WORK……………………………..THE NEXT STEP IS TO START LISTING ALL OF THE AGENCIES THAT WILL GIVE US THE HELP THAT OUR FAMILIES NEED TO SURVIVE…………………….

June 11, 2010 at 11:42 am
(1024) Mr. Resourcefull says:

If anyone knows of any other benefits, please post here.

shine shoes, go to the mall and open up a lemonaid stand

June 11, 2010 at 12:08 pm
(1025) hoop 123 says:

Please explain what is a section 8 ?

June 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm
(1026) Mr. Resourcefull says:

i think its the section after section seven and just before section nine

June 11, 2010 at 2:53 pm
(1027) Mex says:

Well folks its time to go to mexico im sure you’ll find a job over there don’t pay much but it’s better then being homeless in this country. It is cheeper to live over there you can sell corn or icecream look at the brightside you dont look up to the goverment to help you its that easy folks the U.S.A. is not a dream it’s a nightmare now.

June 11, 2010 at 3:02 pm
(1028) Angel says:

Hoop—Section 8 is a government program that pays a big part of your rent if you don’t make a lot of money. Unfortunately, it is closed in most areas across the US due to lack of government funding. Plus you need income.

There is United Way, Salvation Army that can give a 1 time rent payment but you have to pay it back and, again, you need income. Welfare or DSS provides food stamps, cash assistance ($400-$500) depending if you have kids. I think there is a resource limit of $2k. That’s all I know. I wish others would list what they know too. There’s not much out there.

Please send Chuck Schumer a note (I did) asking him if there will be a provision for 99 weekers through welfare. Someone on jobtalkradio said that. We need to find out for sure.

I guess that annoying guy doesn’t have a job either…He posts in the middle of the day. Maybe his mom pays his rent.

June 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm
(1029) Peter S. says:

6/11/’10
I agree with the Angel chick above.
– – “tell people what you know”
‘What i know: Food Stamps with Unemployment.
I make $1588 total a month from IL. Unemployment Ins.
I make too much to get Food Stamps. I am not allowed to make more than $1127 a month to received this aid.
With poor government workers LIHEAP or Ceda `[can't remember the aid program.]` in my area, who are ignorant, inconsiderate and mostly stubborn.
* 3 attempts in one year, I waited 5 hours each time in a depressing looking line to find out if i qualify. IT should of took a simple phone call to find out.
* * Minority operated this office near Bellwood IL. said this office is the 2nd busiest in all of ILLinois for Food stamps. Fine! ~ No Excuse… How about 2nd most “stupidiest” of Government/ State workers in all of ILLinois.
They told me the State sometime looks that you get paid 3x times in a Month by Unemployment. The F***K’n average is twice (2) a month. Every two weeks is paid… NOT THREE! So 1+1= 3 Just because of leap year and 1 day short in February. Oh i get it. Sure.
HEY,,, everybody… U.S.A. America is not FREE any more.

June 11, 2010 at 9:26 pm
(1030) Rukous says:

Nancy Piglosi being heckled

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fODI8y2dDn4

June 12, 2010 at 7:37 am
(1031) tomz says:

I was one of the severly unemployed whose tier 4 benefits completely exhausted. My only hope was for a tier 5 or by some luck have a job come about from all the hundreds of resumes I sent out. Just before I was ready to join tent city, an employer called and asked if I were still intersted in an opening they had. I am a 60 year old machinist and accepted the job they offered me as a burr hand, which in a machine shop is low on the skill scale. The job payed $6.00 less an hour than I normally make. I concider myself extremely lucky to get this job and the only reason I got hired is because I filled the position of some idiot that quit this job. I sit on my butt in an air conditioned shop 10 hours a day four days a week and I love it. Any ways a tier 5 is definately needed. I asked alot of questions to many employed people and they DO NOT realize how bad our economy is. ONLY WHEN ONE LOSES THEIR JOB AND CAN’T FIND WORK DOES THE REALIZATION OF ALL THE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT ARE HURTING COME INTO EFFECT. THEY WOULD NEED TO WALK IN OUR SHOES FOR AWHILE TO KNOW HOW FRUSTRATING AND SCARY THE WHOLE SITUATION IS. NOT ONLY THE INIVIDUAL WITHOUT AN INCOME IS HURTING, BUT THEIR CHILDREN AND THEM NEAREST TO THEM ARE AFFECTED. KEEP THE FAITH AND I WISH ALL THE BEST AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU AS I BELIEVE HE DID ME.
46.00 less an hour than I normally make

June 12, 2010 at 8:42 am
(1032) hoop 123 says:

It would be nice if some how your posts could be sent to the senate floor, to think they are stalling on voting the Bill 4213
and leaving so many with out their benefits, Yet to think they are spending over 10.000.000. on concerts dinners and plane rides , knowing how bad the average Joe is having it they can’t help any one, but they help themselves to our money. they should take care of the people who are unemployed first, then in order of importance. No that is the way we all do it. When my time comes to vote , my vote will be to throw the whole lot out on their ass….

June 12, 2010 at 10:03 am
(1033) tim swanson a.r. says:

does anybody know where they are at with the voting process on bill no. 4213

June 12, 2010 at 11:42 am
(1034) Tom says:

My company eliminated my position after 32 years with a phone call….I was six months from retirement medical…it was clearly age discrimination but my attorney said GWB had lined the federal courts so I took a meager severance….three years later I cannot find work….I need an extention to prevent foreclosure on my home and avoid filing for welfare…is it my fault I was an early victim of the recession…

June 12, 2010 at 2:29 pm
(1035) Densie says:

I moved down from PA to FL for hopes of a job. Fl is worse than PA. PLEASE add a Tier 5. We are in desperate need Fl wants Billions for the gulf spill they should give some of the money of the millions of people hurting in Fl without jobs.

June 12, 2010 at 3:51 pm
(1036) Carol Dee says:

19 Senators who voted against extending Un-employment benefits back in March :
Lamar Alexander, John Barasso, Bob Bennett, Jim Bunning, Richard Burr, Tom Coburn, Bob Corker, John Cornyn, Mike Crapo, Jim DeMint, John Ensign, Mike Enzi, Judd Gregg, Orrin Hatch, Mike Johanns, Mitch McConnell, James Risch, Jeff Sessions and John Thune. Those are the guys who decided Tuesday night that Americans limping along on meager Unemployment Benefits apparently are, in the word chosen by Nevada Rep. Dean Heller, “hobos.” They all voted against extending those Benefits.

June 13, 2010 at 6:44 pm
(1037) Harry says:

The Senate fiddles while the unemployed get burned:

For the unemployed, this past week had to be one of the most frustrating and discouraging imaginable. How could Congress, and especially the Senate, not address the issue of extending benefits to those that have yet to exhaust them? Easily, since they spent the week discussing matters of great importance such as the pitching start of Steven Strasberg…

June 13, 2010 at 9:10 pm
(1038) June says:

go to that site tons of info on the march and other things go go go plus the petition we need 3000 more

ANY state can call this number….

CALIFORNIA! EVERYONE COME ON!!!CALL

1-888-245-0215
1-888-245-0215
1-888-245-0215
1-888-245-0215
1-888-245-0215

ASK FOR BARBARA BOXER OR ANY SEN OR CON. AND IT SENDS RIGHT TO THERE PERSONAL LINE! TELL THEM WE NEED TIER 5!!!!! The more we call the more they will hear our voices…

June 14, 2010 at 7:04 am
(1039) Joe H. says:

Isn’t it just the “slightest” bit annoying to learn that our politicians in Washington have no problem sending BILLIONS to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Haiti…. but when it comes to voting on issues that would help the unemployed AMERICAN…. they sit on their collective asses , doing NOTHING and hoping the problem just simply goes away.

June 14, 2010 at 11:13 am
(1040) Renee says:

If I am understanding correctly, this Bill 4213 has nothing in it for creating a tier5 or any additional tiers of UI. It will only extend the existing tiers through the end of the 2010. Am I correct in this? Does anyone have the hard information about this bill?

June 14, 2010 at 11:20 am
(1041) Tim Swanson A.r. says:

I believe the bill has been scaled back only though end of november not december and i think its to be voted on over the next couple of days

June 14, 2010 at 11:26 am
(1042) Renee says:

Thank-you for that information, Tim. Do you know if the bill includes a tier5 as well?

June 14, 2010 at 11:51 am
(1043) Tim Swanson says:

unfortuanately no it doesnt, it only moves the current june 2, 2010 date to file for lower tiers through november 30 th

June 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm
(1044) hoop 123 says:

I like to see what going to happen more and more have no benefits people are losing their homes and cars, they don’t even want to help with food stamps or cash for some of the ones that need it. Sorry the oil spill is bad, but if Obama would of worked on jobs other then that health care Bill that no one wanted at this time, maybe we could of help the needy right here all over the USA, sending money over seas, that was our money to begin with, our people need help and what put all them on the back burner? to take care of others? This so awful and shameful on Dem. part I”m sick of hearing how it is everyone’s fault, they are in charge start doing what we voted you in for, act like leader and get things done, start packing your fired.

June 14, 2010 at 6:29 pm
(1045) Tiffany from Illinois says:

PLEASE ADD A TIER 5……………….
SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE DEVOTED YEARS TO WORKING, AND ARE BEING LAID OFF DUE TO THE ECONOMY. NOW AND AFTER PAYING YEARS INTO THE SYSTEM, WE NEED THE HELP…..

June 15, 2010 at 1:20 am
(1046) Action says:

I have a friend that just started a small business I asked him if he is going to expand his business he said yes so I said are going to hire people he said no because japan makes his products it’s cheaper to make them over there. I said to him thats why theres no jobs here because people like you he said I don’t care nobody helped me so why should I help people here in the U.S.A. I told him I hope you lose your business frankly I don’t give a dam about you or people like you I believe people like you are the problem in this country you see people whats going on here what do you think feel free to reply.

June 15, 2010 at 2:36 am
(1047) Renee says:

Hey Action,

How sad for that business man. I will tell him this; the very people you refuse to give jobs to are the ones who would normally patronize your business. Since they do not have jobs because you and others like you prefer to outsource to Japan, China, India, and Mexico, I hope you are also exporting your products back to them once they have made them, ’cause the Americam people who are out of work cannot afford to buy them and you should not expect them to! What an idiot…

June 15, 2010 at 9:03 am
(1048) Tim Swanson says:

yea thats kind of funny, you can farm your production out to foreign workers for pennies but you will most likely rely on american folks to buy such products. i do hope his business fails

June 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm
(1049) disgusted in usa says:

I am 43 years old and never did I think the United States of America would become anything less than the best country in the world. I guess I was being naive! It is the best if you happen to be among the top 5% of earners. This government needs an enema. They CLEARLY are not doing anything in the best interests of the citizens en masse. I am not a 99er but do have an unemployment ins. claim. In April and May, I was assured 3 times that I would automatically be rolled into tier 2 after my tier 1 was finished. As my UC claim began 27 months ago, it is obvious that I do work when I can. Week after week I claim my weeks and usually I make over my weekly benefit of $150.00. Because I work a job that doesn’t exist in the summer, that is when I need the benefits. On June 2nd, I called the UI office to see why my benefits hadn’t been paid that week. I was told that “because you didn’t exhaust your tier 1 by May 29th, you are ineligible for further assistance”! My ears heard it a different way; that was “because you got off your butt and went to work when you had the opportunity, you are being punished”! I was $29.00 away from exhausting tier 1 at the time. Have any of you had something similar happen to you? My records showed I did clear the 29 dollars and then some. For 2 weeks, I thought I would be on the streets come July 1 (as many of you know, It is the worst feeling). I appealed and a couple days ago was told that my math was correct, they sent me the 29 bucks plus and enrolled me in tier 2 (thank God). This is just my experience (I did try to work this summer. I was hired for the 2010 census. I thought 15 dollars an hour was great. However, the job lasted all of 12 days), in no way am I putting down the 99er’s. I am just lucky that I went to college as an adult and have a 9 month 13 dollar an hour job. God bless all of you and to those who heckle us unemployed: If you were to walk in our shoes for 5 minutes, you would not say those nasty comments. You should be on your knees thanking your lucky stars that you aren’t in our shoes! If you want to pick on assistance fraud, look at the young people on disability and public healthcare, not unemployment comp!

June 15, 2010 at 6:10 pm
(1050) Angel says:

I am also disgusted. I applied for assistance. I am older and need income cause I can’t find a job. I used to look down on people on welfare, not anymore. I think it was our government spreading lies about how lazy they are (like us unemployed). I know a lot abuse the system but I feel the government wants us to work so they spread how bad it is. They don’t do that in other countries. We are a nation of hypocrites.

June 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm
(1051) Angel says:

There’s a stigma associated welfare when the government helped create a reason for people to need it in the first place. They also let immigrants use and abuse it for years so people think welfare recipients are lazy. Just some are, not all. They just know how to work the system. I found out my Spanish neighbor never married his girlfriend. They had 3 kids together. They both applied for assistance and have over $1100 in cash a month plus $550 in food stamps. I don’t know if I’ll get it cause I still have some savings. You need not have more than $2k. I don’t want to lose my savings. The point is it keeps you from having to lose it all so you are destitute and ready for a shelter. They don’t pay much for a single person either. I would love a job instead.

June 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm
(1052) Tim Swanson says:

does anybody have any idea of when the final vote for bill 4213 will take place?

June 15, 2010 at 9:37 pm
(1053) Benjamin says:

Bad news guys. The Senate doesn’t have the support to pass another extension as it was proposed so it keeps getting altered and shrunken down. There will be a vote tomorrow morning on one of the amendments in the bill and then another one the following day. This is not a final vote on the bill but basically this bill keeps getting butchered.

The cloture vote isn’t happening so it is being altered or will eventually be debated. There is talk of removing the $25 FAC payments completely and all of this only extends this through November. In this 140 billion dollar bill, less than 40 billion is about extending unemployment benefits and the rest is about extending tax cuts and postponing the pay cut for doctors accepting medicare.

I only have 1 week left of my state benefits and I haven’t received any of these federal extended benefits at all. . What is going to happen if millions of people are cut off all at once? I hope there will be massive riots if it comes down to that because the United States is slowly becoming a 3rd world country with incredible corruption. All the jobs are overseas!

June 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm
(1054) Benjamin says:

Bad news guys. The Senate doesn’t have the support to pass another extension as it was proposed so it keeps getting altered and shrunken down. There will be a vote tomorrow morning on one of the amendments in the bill and then another one the following day. This is not a final vote on the bill but basically this bill keeps getting butchered.

The cloture vote isn’t happening so it is being altered or will eventually be debated. There is talk of removing the $25 FAC payments completely and all of this only extends this through November. In this 140 billion dollar bill, less than 40 billion is about extending unemployment benefits and the rest is about extending tax cuts and postponing the pay cut for doctors accepting medicare.

I only have 1 week left of my state benefits and I haven’t received any of these federal extended benefits at all. So because I was laid off later than the existing unemployed I get screwed. What is going to happen if millions of people are cut off all at once? I hope there will be massive riots if it comes down to that because the United States is slowly becoming a 3rd world country with incredible corruption. All the jobs are overseas! It’s such bs!

June 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm
(1055) Rick says:

When you start walking barefoot in the streets blame yourself for these egotistical scumbags called public servants that don’t have to worry about their quality of live because they have an overpaid job that you voted them to have , they will go home to million dollars houses with maids that we pay for the list goes on and on , the US Government is the biggest joke on earth!

June 15, 2010 at 10:38 pm
(1056) Tim Swanson says:

Benjamin, what does cloture vote mean?

June 15, 2010 at 11:15 pm
(1057) Benjamin says:

Cloture basically means to end debating and just flat out vote a yay or nay. Instead they will debate and add more amendments to the bill.

I saw today that big resistance in the bill from both parties (but mostly republicans) is a closure of a tax loop hole for the rich. The poor rich and their taxes. Let us all shed a tear for the poor suffering rich.

One thing that has never changed over thousands of years is that the rich are way more important than the average folk. Even today in our “civilized” society.

Check out the Ed Show on msnbc.com as he is following this story daily of the unemployed being held hostage by the Senate. The House has already passed the bill, but the Senate will alter it which means if it ever passes it will have to be sent back to the House to vote all over again. You can also check out TheHill.com to see what is happening in the House, the Senate and Washington on a daily basis.

1.25 million people will be cut off and the end of June 2010. Currently 400,000 have been cut off from getting those checks since June 2nd. I will be among that 1.25 million number in another week. This is just June. It will just keep growing each month.

I wonder what these people think will happen if millions of people become homeless in the coming months with no more benefit checks. Can you imagine millions of new people being added to the homeless population? If it really does come to that I hope there will be massive riots. There have been massive riots in Greece because their economy collapsed. We are headed in the same direction. I say we break into all the rich people’s houses if it actually ever does come to anarchy like that.

People seem to forget that the cold war only ended because Russia went broke first. But you know… that could never happen here cause this is America… yea right. All the super powers throughout history have ALWAYS collapsed over time. We are not immune at all and it hasn’t been this bad since the Great Depression in the 30′s.
I’m amazed that people forget history so easily.

June 16, 2010 at 1:04 am
(1058) rubeN says:
June 16, 2010 at 2:34 am
(1059) berena says:

Well I just want to ask Have any of you ever read the Book call ((A PALE WHITE HORSE)) well If you haven’t it talks about A one world order, it talks about a lot of things but when discussing this topic a one world order it says in order to make a one world order we need to bring each country on the same level or playing field if you will. in other words bring the United States down to a third world countries. It just seems to me that this is just what they are doing to us. If you take away our jobs not all but some and put the employment elsewhere now it will balance out, in their minds. If we don’t take a stand now and stop sitting around waiting it will be too late to save our home, cars and children’s futures. We need to take a stand now for example if mexico is making U.S. cars don’t buy them they are no longer made here even if it says American made. We need to march to the White house, we need to protest, we need to get some of these people out of the office if they are helping the people. Together we stand We will not divide and fall. We need to stop helping other countries to get on our level and make this one world order. We need to help our own country and if they keep giving our countries money to other countries instead of helping us, then they don’t need to be in office. this goes from the top man to the bottom man if you are not helping the United States First we will get you out of the office for GOOD!!!!

June 16, 2010 at 9:00 am
(1060) Angel says:

Good article below. The more it hits mainstream, the better. I am loving that more and more people are realizing the hypocrisy, self-serving attitude and downright unfairness of the US Government. If no Tier 5 comes out of this, at least this will.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/15/opinion/15tue1.html

June 16, 2010 at 9:51 am
(1061) saul says:

I read about 99wks. how come florida gives only 74 weeks. there is no sun in the sunshine state. This state has ruined many people with their laws and lies. Stay away from Florida, it’s a trap……

June 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm
(1062) disgusted in usa says:

This comment is for Rick; I am not trying to start an argument in any way. However, when there are only democrats and republicans (we all know that they are all crooked), what would you suggest the voters do? If the masses don’t vote, republicans would likely win most offices. If we all vote, dems would likely have the majority. Crooked is Crooked in my book. I have not followed politics long but the notion that dems are for the people and republicans are for business seems like bs to me. We need many more independent candidates. Those whose campaigns are not paid for by special interests, then we need to get them voted in and send all these lazy rotten subhuman jerks home and immediately cut off their pensions and healthcare!!

June 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm
(1063) rubeN says:

Angel,

that’s what I’ve been saying..

I’m also glad that millions of people are finding out what incompetent and pretty much useless our elected officials in Congress are right now.

June 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm
(1064) Angel says:

I’m sad to report that I found out that if you are single, welfare pays $450, but if you are a couple you can get a lot $1100, more if you have kids. This is what immigrants have been knowing for years. That’s it!!

It seems if you are single and jobless, and can’t seem to get another one, you are screwed…I know I am. I’ll keep trying for help and a job but there isn’t anything else out there. I’ve been trying for too long.

June 16, 2010 at 3:38 pm
(1065) clyde says:

go back up and read #1056 berena’s post again.
thats whats going down, congress is just another reality TV show, designed to occupy our conversation.

June 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm
(1066) rubeN says:
June 16, 2010 at 3:58 pm
(1067) Angel says:
June 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm
(1068) clyde says:

List of the ones in the Senate who voted against our unemployment benefits today:
NAYs —52
Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brown (R-MA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feingold (D-WI)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Risch (R-ID)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Webb (D-VA)
Wicker (R-MS)

June 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm
(1069) Daniel says:

This is just ridiculous how they are ignorant and incompetent!

June 16, 2010 at 10:38 pm
(1070) Jay says:

Well, I hope these sub-human, rotten, self-preening pieces of roach excament political servants we elected go home to theis million dallar homes with plenty of food on the table without a care in the world about their future and income, unlike the rest of us whom they make suffer, and our families suffer, without lifting a finger to help us Americans in need … oh but NO!!!! They have to send billions of dollars to other countries and send billions to the “WAR FRONT” … oh, but piss on us, the peaple that have worked all our lives and paid into society all those years … abandon those that pay your salary, … I am disgusted and ashamed to be an american at this time ,,, SHAME on our elected government and their polotics … it is very sad that our own government chooses to aid EVERYONE but us … they always seem to have some excuse for NOT helping the unemployed people that have not lost their jobs through no fault of their own. …. and congress says we are lazy and not looking for work? That is BS!!!!!!!! I look for a job every day!! ….. oh yeah, I am lazy … WHAT EVER!!

June 16, 2010 at 11:34 pm
(1071) 99er says:

I have one for all you that ran out of unemployment do your own side jobs for now I cut grass clean yards or clean windows it is better then nothing at least you have some income you don’t have to report it hell why should you they sure as hell don’t give a dam about us so why should you hey it’s survival right for those who can and for those who can’t I feel for you hope that things get better and don’t give up any side job works for now.

June 17, 2010 at 1:50 am
(1072) John says:

I’m selling lemonade now, not to bad i make $10.00 a day enough for food and money for the pay toilet at least i don’t have to pay rent to live in my cardboard box !

June 17, 2010 at 9:28 am
(1073) Theresa says:

I have been unemployed since September 2008. I was on the Federal extension and had started into the extenison. I had recieved 3 checks. When I checked my account Wednesday it was a week shrort! The UI office told me the extension was cutt of 6/5/10. I still had over $3,000.00 in my UI account. I don’t understand. They can take away funds they already approved me for??

June 17, 2010 at 9:38 am
(1074) richard clark says:

Iexhausted my 99 weeks 6 weeks ago. I was under the impression that the new extension was to give everyone including 99 weekers extended benefits till november. I am now forced to live in a homeless shelter and work at a labor job where i make minimum wage and get paid daily trying to scrape by on what little money i make. I agree with other comments they need a long term extension I am very dissappointed thinking I was going to get the extension and now reading I am not it isnt fair to us peoplle who have exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment

June 17, 2010 at 10:22 am
(1075) Angel says:

Richard—for the rest of us who are on the verge of a homeless shelter, please let us know what it is like? Where did you go to get it? Can you move your things there? A motel or an open room with others? Do they let you stay there all day? If not, where do you go all day? I am curious as it will be my time soon. Also did you apply for Temporary Assistance or Welfare/food stamps? If you are an unmarried couple, you can get over $1000 in TA. A single is 1/2 that and doesn’t pay rent so singles will be forced to shelters sooner, imo

June 17, 2010 at 10:54 am
(1076) Rob says:

The last thing someone who is unemployed needs to be told is that they shouldn’t even apply for the limited number of job openings that are available. But some companies and recruiters are doing just that.

Employment experts say they believe companies are increasingly interested only in applicants who already have a job.

“I think it is more prevalent than it used to be,” said Rich Thompson, vice president of learning and performance for Adecco Group North America, the world’s largest staffing firm. “I don’t have hard numbers, but three out of the last four conversations I’ve had about openings, this requirement was brought up.”

Some job postings include restrictions such as “unemployed candidates will not be considered” or “must be currently employed.” Those explicit limitations have occasionally been removed from listings when an employer or recruiter is questioned by the media though.

That’s what happened with numerous listings for grocery store managers throughout the Southeast posted by a South Carolina recruiter, Latro Consulting.

After CNNMoney called seeking comments on the listings last week, the restriction against unemployed candidates being considered came down. Latro Consulting refused to comment when contacted.

Sony Ericsson, a global phone manufacturer that was hiring for a new Georgia facility, also removed a similar restriction after local reporters wrote about it. According to reports, a Sony Ericsson spokesperson said that a mistake had been made.

But even if companies don’t spell out in a job listing that they won’t consider someone who currently doesn’t have a job, experts said that unemployed applicants are typically ruled out right off the bat.

“Most executive recruiters won’t look at a candidate unless they have a job, even if they don’t like to admit to it,” said Lisa Chenofsky Singer, a human resources consultant from Millburn, NJ, specializing in media and publishing jobs.

She said when she proposes candidates for openings, the first question she is often asked by a recruiter is if they currently have a job. If the answer is no, she’s typically told the unemployed candidate won’t be interviewed.

“They think you must have been laid off for performance issues,” she said, adding that this is a “myth” in a time of high unemployment.

It is not against the law for companies to exclude the unemployed when trying to fill positions, but Judy Conti, a lobbyist for the National Employment Law Project, said the practice is a bad one.

June 17, 2010 at 10:58 am
(1077) feliz says:

The unemployed people are DOOMED !

June 17, 2010 at 11:10 am
(1078) JMT says:

The problem in this country is that we have a president and senate who care about themselves and the rich and special interest.

There is denial about the REAL unemployment rate!

I can see a civil War looming on the horizon if the politicians don’t do anything for US IN THE USA.

IT’S not my fault that I was laid off and that the company that I worked for outsourced my job, my old company cut soooo many people before me due to the faltering economy.

WE NEED TO TAKE A STAND AND TAKE BACK OUR REPUBLIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 17, 2010 at 11:22 am
(1079) JMT says:

So if the companies don’t want to hire unemployed workers what do we do?

That is SO wrong at all levels!

And the people who have jobs might not have them in the long run.

I have spoken to people who are working that they might be laid off BUT yet the fu*k off’s at those companies have nothing to worry about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know it for myself I work hard but when I was laid off there were others who weren’t and THEY were THE biggest Fu*k off’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So how does everyone figure that?

June 17, 2010 at 11:32 am
(1080) JMT says:

I have sent out more than 60K (sixty Thousand resumes) in a 1 year time.

That is being on the computer 14 hrs a day sending resumes out by almost every job site, monster, dice, net-temps and I have 20 more sites.

AND blasting resumes out VIA Resume Deliver like 10 times at 40.00 a pop to EVERY state.

I continue to send out resumes every day!!!!!!!!!!!!

I, LIKE EVERYONE HERE WANTS TO WORK, I’D RATHER WORK THEN BE ON UNEMPLOYMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHEN THERE IS A ECONOMIC COLLAPSE PEOPLE WILL WONDER WHY..

GO TO THE LINKS TO YOU-TUBE I HAVE PROVIDED AND SEE HOW BAD THINGS ARE…. WATCH THEM AND THEN MAKE YOUR DECISION ON THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWPiT5RG7E0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyodr8evUcg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H64yKJhB528

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmMTx4gNjoY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwiH5N_cudo&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7WGYj32tHI&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lbm7Pe2ZCAs&feature=related

June 17, 2010 at 11:45 am
(1081) LuLu says:

Theresa

Same thing happen to me they paid me retro, for 6 wks then one check on the 5th of June, my accouny shows 1750 balance, if they pass the Hr 4213 we should be able to file and get the rest of our money. If it ever get’s passed….

June 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm
(1082) Action says:

June 15, 2010 News Release
Many Unemployed Workers in California to Experience
an Interruption in Jobless Benefits
SACRAMENTO – A few hundred thousand unemployed workers currently relying on extension benefits to help sustain them while looking for new work in this weakened economy may now experience an interruption in their Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Some may find their benefits stopped all together. These possibilities are due to the fact that Congress has yet to take action to extend expired provisions of the federal extension program and the associated filing deadlines for such benefits.

June 17, 2010 at 12:41 pm
(1083) Action says:

‘We at EDD certainly understand that limitations in the total amount of UI benefits available are a critical concern to our customers who rely on these benefits,” said EDD Chief Deputy Director Pam Harris. “It was anticipated nationally that filing deadlines would be extended for these benefits, but Congress has not yet taken action to do so. So we are now alerting our customers about the impacts of further delays in re-authorizing extension benefits, or even the possibility of no further action at all.”

June 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm
(1084) Action says:

No further checks will be issued for those collecting on the separate FED-ED extension, making the week ending June 12 the last payable week for these benefits.

Unemployed workers collecting on a regular UI claim of up to 26 weeks or on one of the four other federal extension tiers of benefits will be able to continue collecting benefits on that tier, but will not be able to start any further tiers of extension benefits.

June 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(1085) Action says:

So there you have it california and the rest of the united states welcome the the U.S.A.

June 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm
(1086) Action says:

Thanks to congress and reps of all states good job i hope you loose your jobs also.

June 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm
(1087) rubeN says:

Those hypocrite fatcats at Washington are now so concerned about adding deficit.

When they sign off bills to fund billions for wars, like they did the day before Memorial day they sure don’t have that concern.

June 17, 2010 at 9:24 pm
(1088) Benjamin says:

Read this:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37749637/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/

Numbers for June show job hiring in the private sector taking a hit and more layoffs expected in June. Honestly this is no shock to me since the previous jump in hiring was almost all temp Census jobs, which are TEMPORARY! When the June numbers come, which will be later in July, I expect to see bad news and to show these morons that the “recovery” is just an illusion.

Update on the bill today, once again it doesn’t have the votes to pass it even with the alt version to pay for it.

Seriously. if it comes to having millions being cut off and becoming homeless when our government gave 800 billion to the banks bailout there better be violence on the streets and a revolution. I’m not normally one to condone violence, but nothing will happen with just talk if it comes to adding millions to the streets. Where in the hell will we all go? Are people going to like having millions of people living on the streets in their neighborhood? Can you see the chaos?

Maybe we should all move into the buildings on the hill? Wouldn’t that be a sight to see? We will ask “Where the hell else are we supposed to go when you elected officials took a big fat dump on us?

June 17, 2010 at 10:01 pm
(1089) Benjamin says:

House Dem vs. Senate Dem battle heats up as extender bill limps along (June 17th) today

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/104041-house-dem-vs-senate-dem-battle-heats-up-as-extender-bill-limps-along

June 17, 2010 at 10:02 pm
(1090) Rick says:

Actions speak louder than words , we need to rally at the white house , when they call the national guard to shoot you then you know are leaders are just the same as Saddam Hussein , we will all be barefoot and homeless , the government is a joke !

June 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(1091) Holly says:

I have been unemployed since April 18, 2008. I am 34 years old… I have a 4 year degree and was continuously employed from the time I was 16 years old. I used to take great pride in the fact that I was completely self-sufficient and independent due to my many years of HARD work. I now regularly down-play the education and impressive resume I worked so hard to achieve, in the hopes of being offered a job…. ANY JOB. My unemployment 4th tier benefits were completely exhausted as of April, 2010. Like many others, my story is long and sad. I am facing homelessness in July, have no car, have applied for hundreds of jobs (fast-food, retail… you name it and I’ve applied for it) and haven’t even been granted an interview in over 4 months. I am depending on food stamps for sustenance, and am finally realizing that despite my many years of paying taxes and voting I DO NOT COUNT. Since I can no longer file a weekly claim I don’t even count in those completely misleading unemployment numbers that are supposedly “improving”. They’re “improving” because people like us can’t even file for benefits. PLEASE GO TO CONGRESS.ORG!!!!!!!! The ONLY thing any of us can do at this point is harrass the crap out of any politician we can reach. E-mail your Representatives, your Sentator, the President. If we don’t complain they won’t do ANYTHING to HELP US!!! Go to Congress.org… the site makes it very VERY easy to contact your officials….

June 17, 2010 at 11:55 pm
(1092) Carol says:

I’ve been unemployed since January 2009…Now that my extension is nearly over…I’m panicking..big time…I have always worked since I was 18 years old. Now that I’m quickly approaching 60 years of age, I feel as though my life is fast forwarding right before my very eyes. After earning nearly $60K in 2008…I am down to $20K per year in unemployment..and that will soon end in a few weeks, although I’m praying that the Senate has a change of heart. Furthermore, being “unemployed” is no picnic. It’s almost like a “prison sentence”…and being falsely accused for a crime you never committed. You feel trapped because you can’t afford the gas to get in your car and go anywhere, let alone spend money to pay your creditors and other obligations. Yes, I am a prisoner in my “home” because I am “stuck!!” Some people might say “I’m lucky” to have a home..but it’s not even close to being paid off. And my biggest fear is that I will probably lose my home anyway unless I find a job. I literally feel like I’m in “jail” needless to say. It can be quite depressing as many can commiserate with me…even though others have told me that it could be a lot worse. It’s just a matter of time b4 the bottom falls out. I’m getting penalized each and every day for having a 4 year degree…Should I lie on my resume and say I just went to high school? The jobs I’ve applied for seem “do-able” in black and white…til you receive a call back from the human resource department….and read their reviews on the internet. And for the $8.00 an hour that most employers are willing to pay you if that, they’re acting like they’re doing you a “big darn favor”..And the catch is this: You have to work even harder to make your “quota” or you’ll be let go..And if you don’t make 300 outbound calls a day..you’re done..You’re a “goner!”..Just imagine having to drive one to two hours to your next job…for only $8.00 or less an hour after you were making $20 or more per hour. There’s no guarantee you’ll even get that minimum wage job either…because you’re over qualified and considered over the hill. And regarding the stimulus package for education, there’s no guarantee you will land your “dream job” in a different field…since the economy is so “saturated” with “newbies” competing for the medical or high tech positions often advertised in the media. Who will hire someone who’s 60 years old, almost ready to retire when they can hire a fresh college graduate? It’s not what you know…it’s who you know..purely and simply. That seems to be the formula! Good luck to everyone in the same boat. We need to pray every hour for that extension to go into effect and for each other whether you’re a 99-er or not. God bless everyone!!

June 18, 2010 at 12:13 am
(1093) Julie says:

I have been unemployed since October 2008. I like many of the other stores I have read on here have worked since I was 16. I love working and I miss it. I apply for any job I can. I left a great management position from a company that went out of business.
What I don’t undertand is when I went to get my money on Wednesday I was denied. It says I have either have a $3k or $5k balance. If I have been approved for this money, how can they hold it??!! I don’t understand that. I have not hit my 99 weeks. As of June 19th I will be at week 83. So frustrating, I am one of the people that wants a job and wants to work and nobody wil hire me!

June 18, 2010 at 12:30 am
(1094) Rick says:

No matter what balance you have the unemployment benefits have stopped unless your collecting the 26 weeks anything after that is considered an extension and thats what the senate is debating on whether to let the people continue to collect again and up to 99 weeks after 99 weeks start looking for a cardboard box to live in because they do not care about you they only support other countries, but then Nov comes around they will be calling you up and sending mail and they will even send someone to pick you up to vote if you don’t have transportation because feeding their EGO is more important than feeding the people that voted for them , the US Government is a total fraud just like that monkey in the oval office !

June 18, 2010 at 12:42 am
(1095) rubeN says:
June 18, 2010 at 4:47 am
(1096) Renee says:

Hey everyone, I don’t know if any of you heard about this one…but it is sad and it just shows how the dwindling, screwed-up economy is affecting more than a few; middle and upper-classes. This from ABC News:

Mark Levy, a prominent Washington, D.C., attorney who had reportedly been laid off from his post at a law firm, was found dead in his office Thursday in what police are calling an apparent suicide.

former deputy assistant attorney general during the Clinton administration who was chair of the firm’s Supreme Court and appellate advocacy practice, had died.

“Mark Levy was well known and highly respected for his successful appearances before the Supreme Court of the United States,” said Bill Dorris, the firm’s co-managing partner.

The reason for Levy’s apparent suicide wasn’t immediately clear. But, the Washington Post, citing unnamed sources, said that Levy, 59, had been laid off and that Thursday was his last day of work.

June 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm
(1097) disgusted in usa says:

Is there anyone out there from Florida (or anywhere really) that is having the same issue as I am? I was rolled into tier 2 just prior to the cutoff. I was paid the $29 that was left in tier 1 plus $25 from stimulus. The next day, I saw on the website that my records showed the tier 2 numbers and that no checks had been issued on that claim. I have called every day this week and have been told that “I reviewed your claim, there are 3 weeks ready to be processed, I fixed whatever issue that was holding up your payment, and that they had approved the weeks and were sending them back to the processing dept”.
We all know that takes a day but no more! My gut is telling me that either the money isn’t there and nobody is being paid or they are severely backlogged and that is the reason. Those people who answer the phone have always been straight with me and I want to think they would come right out and say the truth. Any similar stories or opinions?

June 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm
(1098) Rick says:

No matter what balance you have the unemployment benefits have stopped unless your collecting the 26 weeks anything after that is considered an extension and thats what the senate is debating on whether to let the people continue to collect again up to 99 weeks and they also removed the extra 25.00 for anybody collecting the first 26 weeks , after 99 weeks start looking for a cardboard box to live in because they do not care about you they only support other countries, but then Nov comes around they will be calling you up and sending mail and they will even send someone to pick you up to vote if you don’t have transportation because feeding their EGO is more important than feeding the people that voted for them , the US Government is a total fraud just like that monkey in the oval office !

June 18, 2010 at 5:04 pm
(1099) LuLu says:

Disqusted
Those people on the phones are told just to do what ever to keep the people calm, Nov. benefits stopped, and I never had anything deposited into my bank till Jan, why because they were back logged, They have me call every week to claim my weeks and some never did!! They did and said anything to shut me up ! I did get them 2 months later, most of those people just looking for a pay check, I went straight to the top of Unemployment in Tallahassee they got the ball rolling and deposited my money, even the head guy up there said what is there problem you need your money.!

June 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm
(1100) disgusted in usa says:

Well then, they are lying through their teeth or the people who answer the phone aren’t in on the truth. I called again today. My tier 1 was exhausted just prior to the May 29 deadline. I was told that the action not taken by the senate meant (to me) that there would be no benefits after I finish tier 2 (approx Aug 10) and that I was in the minority that would still receive the $25 each week. Sorry for my questions, this is my first experience with the government. If what you say is true, God help us all!

June 18, 2010 at 7:19 pm
(1101) Jay says:

Believe it, the congress and senate don’t care about us unemployed right now, even though many of us are in this boat through no fault of our own. I have exhausted all my UI benefits, my savngs, and 401K, and now my best friend is helping me get by but that wont last long …. I guess we have to face the fact that our elected “officials” don’t give a damn about us, will let us become homeless and starve as long as THEY get what THEY want and suck on the tit of the taxpayers that pay their salaries and pay for their lavish homes and life-long pension plans … the whole thing makes me SICK!! I look for work every day, even fast-food jobs, seems non to be had. It is NOT my fault I got laid off, and now, like MANY others have been abandoned by our elected officials … I am discusted …. they sure as hell took my tax money all the years I worked, and never batted an eye, but when times are tough and we, the taxpayers, need help, they turn their backs on us … can I vomit now??!!

June 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm
(1102) Klatu and Gort says:

Rick says:
No matter what balance you have the unemployment benefits have stopped unless your collecting the 26 weeks anything after that is considered an extension and thats what the senate is debating on whether to let the people continue to collect again up to 99 weeks and they also removed the extra 25.00 for anybody collecting the first 26 weeks , after 99 weeks start looking for a cardboard box to live in because they do not care about you they only support other countries, but then Nov comes around they will be calling you up and sending mail and they will even send someone to pick you up to vote if you don’t have transportation because feeding their EGO is more important than feeding the people that voted for them , the US Government is a total fraud just like that monkey in the oval office !

THIS IS JUST STUPID INFORMATION, YOU WILL COLLECT THE REST OF THE TIER YOUR ON BUT WONT BE ABLE TO MOVE INTO THE NEXT TIER UNTILL CONGRESS PASSSES THE NEXT EXTENSION DATE FOR FILING WHIICH WILL HAPPEN THIS WEEKEND OR NEXT MONDAY
RICK YOU ARE UNEDUCATED

June 18, 2010 at 8:22 pm
(1103) Jay says:

The way I see it ladies and gentlemen, we are all screwed … the government doesn’t care about us, they are more concerned about war and sending billions to other countries instead of helping those of us in need here in THIS country … our government has FAILED us, turned their backs on us, and now there wil be hundreds of thousands of new homeless americans on the streets and then what, we get arrested for sleeping in out cars? If they are lucky enough to have one? Or living in a tent? Well, at least we would have shelter and food in jail .. right? ….

June 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm
(1104) disgusted in usa says:

with regard to comment 1099. That is the exact story they have told me. I just wonder why it is taking so long. I claimed my 2 weeks at 7 AM monday. Usually, the payment is processed by Tuesday and the funds are in my bank by Thursday. As of Friday at 7PM, they are not even processed. Thanks for confirming what I was told

June 19, 2010 at 3:15 am
(1105) Klatu and Gort says:

To Rick , I am sorry you are right sometimes i get drunk and i don’t know what i’m talking about , i went back and reread your comment and i apologize for my mistake maybe i need to go to AA because i’m so stupid !

June 19, 2010 at 3:19 am
(1106) Rick says:

To Klatu and Gort , that’s ok i’m glad yo reread my comment and understood it , just go back to your meetings and i will say a prayer for you ..

June 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm
(1107) disgusted in usa says:

So Rick is correct. I am sorry to hear that (no offense to you Rick). It sure does explain a lot. I cant help but feel cheated as I received a total of 33 weeks over a 2.5 year period. Every time I had the chance to work, I did, even though I could have received the same money through UC. Thats ok because I felt as if I was keeping the uc money for a rainy day. Today is a rainy day!

June 21, 2010 at 10:36 am
(1108) Angel says:

Just found out my bank will not extend me any money even though I have excellent credit and have paid them on time. It wasn’t even a lot I was asking. This idiot at the bank was asking every conceivable question about my life, AFTER I was declined. IT’S NONE OF HIS BUSINESS. So UI is gone, no extended credit, no rental assistance. I need a job for rental help, they said, and it’s only a one time payout of 1 months rent. If I had a job, I wouldn’t need rental help!!!! I am going to talk to a homeless counselor today. I need to know what these shelters are all about. No one answered me here. I am one step away. Stock market took most of my remaining money and I don’t qualify for Temporary Assistance. By the time I do, it’s only $400 a month and won’t pay my bills (singles apparently get the shaft in this country so you better buddy up!!!). Life has been pretty damn cruel. Never thought my country would forsake me. I thought we were a great nation. What happened to that? So let’s review. My bank, family, employer, God, and country have all forsaken me. I will be better off dead, eventually, truthfully. There’s no sense in suffering if things don’t get better. No one cares. Good luck everyone.

June 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm
(1109) disgusted in usa says:

Angel,

Keep your hopes up, I know it seems impossible out there and the government is corrupted badly. You will get through this and be a smarter person for it. God hasn’t forsaken you. This cant last forever. Good luck dude!

June 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm
(1110) rubeN says:

Angel,

Stay strong..

June 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm
(1111) Now what says:

Well I revieved my last UI check last week, and have been told by the UI workers at the office that they don’t know when or even if I will be able to revieve more benefits. I have been putting out applications & going to every place i can think of just looking for any kind of job. At this point I’m not even concerned about jobs in my normal field, I’m willing to take minimum wage just to survive. It’s been four months since i’ve even had a call-back, let alone an interview. I have used up all of my savings, and have already sold equipment that I spent years accumulating and spent thousands of hard-earned dollars on just to get a few hundred dollars to pay bills. Thankfully my car is paid off, not that i’ll be able to use it after I can’t pay next month’s insurance, but at least it won’t go along with my home. I have a child that’s depending on me to keep her fed & clothed and she’s supposed to be starting school this coming year. I’ve been living on one meal a day for months so that I could afford to pay for her needs & my bills. I have $112 left to my name & no more checks coming. So now what am I supposed to do? How can I keep my child fed?

June 21, 2010 at 8:56 pm
(1112) rubeN says:

Yeah I just can’t believe every POS republican voted against the extensions bill. I mean, what good is it to have all these idiots in the Senate if they are all voting as a whole.

June 22, 2010 at 2:07 am
(1113) Chris says:

To Action: California is in a slow downward spiral thanks to Pelosi, Boxer and Feinstein who are clearly against extending benefits or adding additional weeks. They are out of touch.

June 22, 2010 at 10:00 am
(1114) Benjamin says:

All of you are just going to love this! Read this that has comments on why the unemployed shouldn’t get any more benefits and just too bad from some Republicans.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/104599-republican-leaders-walk-fine-line-on-unemployment

Last week was my final week to claim and I am so screwed. I live on my own and I know suicide is just around the corner. I don’t have much but I refuse be homeless and suffer, for what? There would be absolutely no point at all. Screw all you Republicans. You deserve to all burn for forsaking the American people you were elected to represent. you are turning your back on us which is treason! Sending all this country’s treasure to the banks and fight BS wars and yet not help more than 15 million Americans out of work because all the jobs were sent to China and India is treason!!
No matter what we say they flat out don’t listen because all they care about is their party and their agendas. THEY FLAT OUT DO NOT CARE ABOUT US AT ALL!! The USA is nothing but a joke!

June 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(1115) Angel says:

Ben says, “I live on my own and I know suicide is just around the corner. I don’t have much but I refuse be homeless and suffer, for what?”

Me too. Maybe we can do it together…

$400-$450 is what welfare gives singles. The smart immigrants have remained unmarried, had kids, gotten 2x benefits, 2x food stamps, worked minimum wage jobs, while us singles have been struggling trying to play by the rules, off welfare. Now we need help and it doesn’t even cover rent. Can’t even get a minimum wage job cause the immigrants have them all! Now I get the shaft. America is nothing but a hypocritical sham.

June 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm
(1116) Angel says:

There’s 1 voice of reason in this article.
“Miller spoke as the House moved forward with an extension of unemployment benefits through November. The legislation has stalled in the Senate.

“You’ve got millions of people out of work, and the idea that they all have a clever scheme that they’re going to live high off the hog on unemployment — people are losing their houses because of unemployment,” he said. “So you think what? That this is a good thing? ‘Unemployment check, I’m losing my house, this is cool’?””

June 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm
(1117) Angel says:

From Senator Schumer:

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for a fifth tier of unemployment insurance (UI). I wholeheartedly agree that Congress should extend these critical benefits, as well as take further action to spur job creation.

Tens of millions of Americans are looking for work and a record 6.5 million have been unemployed for more than six months. That is why Congress has acted several times since this economic downturn began to extend, expand and improve UI. In November 2009, Congress extended UI by 14 weeks in all states and 20 weeks in high-unemployment states such as New York. Because of this legislation, out-of-work New Yorkers can now claim a maximum 99 weeks of UI. In December, Congress passed a two-month extension of the unemployment provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (commonly known as the stimulus package), which were set to expire at the end of 2009. These provisions include a vital emergency tier of benefits, expanded eligibility, an extra $100 per month in benefits, and an income tax disregard on the first $2,400 of UI. These provisions were extended again in March, but briefly lapsed in early April due to filibustering by the minority party. Senate Democrats were recently able to overcome this obstruction and pass another one-month extension, which included retroactive benefits—a first in the history of UI.

This extension presents some comfort to the unemployed, but it is certainly not enough. The American Workers, State and Business Relief Act, which I vocally supported and which passed the Senate in March, would extend the 99 weeks of UI through the end of 2010. The House of Representatives passed a slightly different end-of-year extension; the two bills are now being reconciled. Once I ensure that every New Yorker receives the full 99 weeks to which they are entitled, I will work with my colleagues to create a fifth tier of benefits. More than 25,000 New Yorkers have exhausted the full 99 weeks of benefits and I am committed to providing them further relief.

Helping unemployed workers make ends meet is only part of the equation to put America on a path to economic recovery. Congress is also working on a robust job creation agenda. The centerpiece of the H.I.R.E. Act (Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act), which the President signed into law last month, was a provision I authored with my colleague Senator Hatch (R-UT). Our provision stipulates that any business—large or small—that hires a long-term unemployed person in 2010 will not have to pay FICA taxes on that individual for the rest of the year. Economists of all political stripes predict that this law will spur hundreds of thousands of new jobs. The Senate is also working on a number of other pieces of jobs legislation, including proposals to eliminate the capital gains tax on small business investments and make it easier and more affordable for small businesses—the engines of growth in our economy—to get loans. Another legislative proposal currently under consideration would make a sizeable investment in our nation’s highways, railways and aviation infrastructure. These public works projects will be designed to get started as quickly as possible to get Americans back to work.

Again, thank you for contacting me on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me again if I can be of further assistance on this, or any other, matter.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator

June 22, 2010 at 7:48 pm
(1118) Ken says:

I’m hiring a lawyer because my unemployment insurance co which is the US Government does not want to pay out after i made 35 years worth of payments to them , there was no clause saying when i entered my SS # that i would be cut off after 99 weeks , Believe my lawyer says i do have a case !

June 23, 2010 at 4:35 am
(1119) JT says:

Its been almost 2 weeks,,,Im hungry. Cannot pay bills,,,,my resumes are sent out with no replies.
This is appalling and people need help NOW!
We are in a recession,,,the job market is a joke…S.O.S, Help.
Please.

June 23, 2010 at 7:33 am
(1120) Terry says:

I am currently 55, have an MBA and was downsized in Dec. 2008. A constant yer and a half search since then has remained fruitless. I have had to raid deferred comp savings and am about to have to take a penalty on early withdrawal of IRA money I have. My wife tells me to look on the positive side – at least we have that option – others are losing their house. Unemployment benefits obviously don’t pay all of the bills – but they certainly help. We need a Tier 5 extension because my 79 weeks is going to expire next week. It’s hard to stay positive – but you have to, or else you will never get a job. Especially if you are ‘aged’ and considered over qualified. Very frustrating.

June 23, 2010 at 8:44 am
(1121) tim swanson says:

BEST CHANCE FOR TIER FIVE AND EXTENSION
If America’s long-term unemployed have learned one thing in the past few months, it’s that given the chance, a number of Senate Republicans are likely to stand in the way of extending unemployment benefits. Some of the reservations have to do with fiscal policy, some of it has to do with pure political calculations. But time and time again, a few Senate Republicans have continued to throw legislative roadblocks in front of any bill that hopes to extend unemployment benefits to the millions of Americans who have been unemployed for longer than six months.

The opponents of unemployment extensions have succeeded in part because the extensions have been rolled into “jobs” bills that include all sorts of tax breaks and other stimulus ideas. That mix of ideas not only increases the overall costs of the bill, but it makes it much easier to oppose the bill on grounds that have little to do with unemployment. Opponents have been able to block passage by arguing that they’re not saying “no” to the unemployed. They are saying no to COBRA help, or Medicare rembursement changes or any other part of the bill that is politically easier to oppose.

I’ve spoken with a number of legislators and staffers over the past few weeks and an idea has been percolating in the Senate hallways that makes a lot of sense to me. Create a bill with nothing but an unemployment extension in it. Extend the filing deadlines through the end of the year, add an additional 13 weeks of benefits for those people who have exhausted their coverage and include a statement that “because the economy is improving, we believe this is the last extension we shall need.”

While the plan would involve passing the bill through the House and the Senate, in some ways it is not just a helpful bill for the unemployed, but also for Democrats. The bill would force Republicans to vote yes or no on extending unemployment benefits. And many people I spoke with thought that prospect wuld encourage some Republicans facing difficult challenges in November to support the bill.

So this might be the time for a renewed effort by the unemployed to reach out to the media and their legislators. Citizen-organized efforts in the past few months have convinced many in the media and on The Hill that the need exists for extended unemployment benefits. Now is the time to show them a way to get the job done.

June 23, 2010 at 10:05 am
(1122) dee says:

I’m out of work for 18 months now. I made great use of my time by going back to school for a healthcare education and still cannot find a job!!! And it’s not likely for me to get something working in the industry I came from….Luxury Home Building!!!!Applications are a dime a dozen in every medical office. Now I’m still jobless with a student loan to pay….I’LL BE IN A REAL MESS BY DEFAULTING ON A STUDENT LOAN. I TOOK THE ADVICE TO GET RE-EDUCATED NOW I NEED THE GOVERMENT TO CONTINUE TO HELP ME TILL I’M RE-EMPLOYED. THE GOVERMENT HAS BAILED OUT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE CREATED THIS ECONOMIC MESS. WHAT DOES IT SAY FOR THE GOVERMENT TO BAIL OUT ON THE INNOCENT AMERICAN PEOPLE. PROUD OF OUR RED,WHITE AND BLUE BUT ASHAMED OF OUR GOVERMENT.

June 23, 2010 at 11:22 am
(1123) Paula Parker says:

please pass the extention for unemployment, i am in a big puddle of water. i can’t pay none of my bills. please help me!!

June 23, 2010 at 11:55 am
(1124) Mr. Yost says:

I am very in need of this my EB ran out like 2 months ago and I am in a dire need. And I don’t see how they can do this to us they always bring up about how the unemployment is getting better but they keep forgetting or just are not reading the right numbers of the people that have fell off of unemployment our data doesn’t show up on there percentage of unemployed. And how can they sit here and punish us those with out jobs when they are not creating any jobs for us. Also insted of trying to pass some of the bill they decided to take a early holaday recese , and theses people that we elecet make more than we do and they don’t even do there job. Something seriously needs to have this brought to the publics attiton . SO THEY WANT TO SAY WE ARE LAZY AND DONT WANT TO WORK LETS TAKE A POLL ON HOW MANY WANT JOBS AND SMACK THOSE FIGGERS BACK IN THERE FACE…….

June 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm
(1125) darryl Johnson says:

I AM REALLY IN NEED OF A TIER 5 BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING OUT OF WORK SINCE 2008…..THESE TYPE OF SITUATIONS MAKE PEOPLE REALLY DO THINGS THAT AREN’T IN THEIR CHARACTER TO SURVIVE AND THATS NOT WHAT DECENT HONEST PEOPLE DO….. WHO JUST WANNA WORK…………THEY GAVE 4 TIERS… 5 WOULDNT HURT.. I KNOW THE ECONOMY IS BAD BUT PEOPLE NEED TO EAT AND ALL IM ASKING IS HELP ME OUT BECAUSE I NEED TO SURIVIVE AND RIGHT NOW IM DROWNING

June 23, 2010 at 6:39 pm
(1126) Butch S says:

I know it sounds like a broken record, but I was unemployed because of a weak economy not because I wanted to be unemployed. Those of us whom worked all our lives for the man have no help in sight I went back to school and now my benefits are gone and my savings are just crumbs, but I seen the ass who gave me my papers on his Mercedes and wanted to puke on his shoes as we passed. What are ethics and when will people get some back.

June 24, 2010 at 3:48 am
(1127) Action says:

“Can you believe it” category Dianne Feinstein said to the Huffington Post the other day about extending UI benefits: “We have 99 weeks of unemployment insurance. The question comes, how long do you continue before people just don’t want to go back to work at all?” Spoken like a true rich elitist completely out of touch with the little people! Hey Dianne, I think there might be an opening for you at BP oil…OOPS I forgot – you are already ON THE PAYROLL !!! And she is supposed to be a Democrat? She is just as out of touch as the worst Republican in the bunch. They simply do not get it at all, they are just too rich, too removed from “main street” and completely unmotivated to help fix what is wrong in America!

Here is yet another Democrat who does not understand how critical this matter is. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) who added this comment about emergency unemployment benefits: “I think they’re important — I don’t think they’re emergencies,” Nelson said. “It’s not like a hurricane loss, or a drought, or something that’s typically referred to as an act of God outside the control of the government.”

Oh really Senator….REALLY? Well let’s just compare the difference in response to a more recent a MAN MADE disaster like the oil spill and how you have all failed the long term unemployed compared to that shall we?

Congress has held or scheduled more than 1 dozen oil spill related hearings in less than 60 days, yet with millions of jobless Americans going hungry and homeless daily directly due to the lack of unemployment benefits, the congress has held 3 yes three committee meetings on long term unemployment and only 1 of those has even mentioned the terms like”Tier 5″ or “the 99ers”. No TV NEWS there either.

The Disaster in the Gulf is only 2 months old and Mr. Obama has met with those people 4 times. The people in the Gulf States had jobs 2 months ago, we have been jobless 2 years plus! Just because it is not the most recent disaster does not make it any less important. The sheer numbers of people effected by our issue is totally being ignored and it is far greater than the number of Americans effected so far in the Gulf states! I am not saying this oil spill fiasco is not important but LET’s TRIAGE HERE – the patient bleeding to death needs immediate attention faster than the one who has a few broken limbs to set.

Our disaster was also man made both by Congress removing the laws allowing Banks to screw this entire country and much of the world and the banks who did exactly that. Obama got BP to pony up billions to help pay for the damage caused to that local economy thus far, but nobody has ever has made Wall Street Pay the Americans so badly hurt by the damage those bankers did to the US economy. Instead you the Congressional leaders and caucuses reward them with $$ trillions WHY? I think it is long past time that Wall Street and Congress both pony up the billions needed to pay us until you get those jobs back here in America. Time to make us whole Senator!

About what is happening to HR4213 on Capitol Hill Judy Conti, a lobbyist for the National Employment Law Project, pointed out that a NELP-commissioned poll showed that 74 percent of registered voters think preserving jobless aid is more important than reducing the deficit at this time (a view shared by many economists). She went on to say: “I fail to see how eviscerating a bill that is designed to create and save jobs, and support the unemployed, is going to do anything but increase our overall deficit problems,” This approach is penny-wise and pound-foolish, and those who are not out there actively supporting job creation and the unemployed should be ashamed of themselves.”

Well Judy, before you can feel shame you must first have a conscience which does not appear to be a prerequisite for public office in this country.

We the people need to fight back the only way we can and vote out as many of the “bad apples” as we possibly can this year!

June 24, 2010 at 6:37 am
(1128) Phyllis says:

I was one of the stupid ones. I lost my job. went to school, and found a job that laid me off after eight months.
Well. guess what. I was short 9 weeks and was not able to collect tier 4 so my unemployment stopped. And by the way, i wasn’t entitled to the EB either.
It’s a shame especially after you worked all your life and never collected. Thanks Nancy Pelosi

June 24, 2010 at 8:12 am
(1129) starving thanks to no tier 5 says:

I, like everyone else here, have run out of unemployment benefits. I worked the same job for 8 years and got laid off in late ’08. Never in my life did I file for unemployment, even though I could have used it once or twice when I was younger. Even with the benefits I wasn’t able to keep up and I had to sell my car and damn near everything else of value I owned just to get by. Now in another month, maybe two if I only eat once a day, I’m going to be without a home. I’ve called, emailed, sent letters, signed a ton of petitions, then called some more all to no avail. The government has failed me along with the thousands upon thousands of other citizens who have worked and paid their taxes year after year only to wake up one day without a job and with little or no prospects on the horizon. I just thank god I don’t have a family to support, it’s just me. I believe if I did have a wife and children, at this point, I’d be ready to march on Washington and demand that the government stop all the bullsh** spending of our tax dollars on foreign interests and wars that can’t be won and give that money back to the people of THIS country that so desperately need it.

June 24, 2010 at 10:05 am
(1130) Mike says:

I am thoroughly disgusted with our politicians and their short-sightedness on the jobs issue. The support being given to illegal aliens, the agenda with big business, the mishandling of the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is all about matters that do not serve nor help the law abiding, tax paying, unemployed individuals in this country. If we saw a significant increase in jobs, this may not be necessary but now the 410,000 census bureau jobs will end in August. Something had better be done before this country slides into anarchy. It IS that bad!

June 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm
(1131) disgusted in usa says:

If the government or the people in general could stop a hurricane Katrina while it was still over water, it would be a no brainer for the people. On the other hand, the government would waste money, time, and resources having meetings about it and would be too late to stop it. The tidal wave of US citizens dropping into homelessness is every bit the disaster (except for loss of life) as most hurricanes. My apologies to those affected by Mother Nature’s wrath as I am only trying to make a point. This is too simple for the government. 5th graders would construct a bill that addresses the unemployment extensions without throwing extra bullshit in to cause gridlock. There is no doubt left in my mind that they do this on purpose. Make every congressman who voted no go 60 days with no shelter, food, bodyguards, transportation, and everything else they are used too. Then they would have a “general idea” what it is like. You can’t simulate the emotional toll it takes on us so the 60 days would only scratch the surface of our fight. To all you people who call us lazy or use any negative language towards us: I hope you all lose your jobs today. I hope you lose everything you have ever worked for or were given. Then come back and talk.

June 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm
(1132) DMR4853 says:

I am one of those who have exhausted all their benefits. I went from a level of a VP to poverty. I’ve been without any benefits since the first week in April. Some people have said that most of us are lazy and don’t want to work -and for me, I just want to live off a 1/3 of what I used to make. Some think the best thing is push people off the benefits and force them to find a job. Even though the unemployment rates are either getting worse or a few decimal points better. Bottom line: I still have not found something…would work a level entry job…..I apply to jobs that are not in my field…hoping someone will view my skill sets are transferable. I have lost everything….soon to be out on the streets….lost all my savings….401K gone, between wall street and trying to take care of my family….lost all self esteem….This bill has nothing to do with me and many others due to maxing out Tier 1V…..I am not even going to beg for a Tier V. I have heard loud and clear from my respective congressman, senators and reps, that I and others have had enough…you had enough time to find “gainful” employment… that we are lazy! All I know is my chances have gotten worse since I have no monies coming in to do the basics…no phone…. printer has run out of ink….I have no gas in the car to even go to an interview…not even bus fare!! I need a haircut so bad. I have lost about 25 lbs…Clothes don’t fit. I will not go on food stamps or any other state assistance. I was not raised that way….. I have worked since I was 13 years old ….paid my way through school…I’ve had two jobs to help support my family….my family is in turmoil due to I cannot support them anymore. All I want to do is work…I am in my 50′s… I just don’t know what to do anymore. I know we are facing a huge deficit….I did not create this recession. There was a cause and effect, banks…Wall Street and our government created this problem. When I see we sent money to bail out Greece …in the billions… but we cannot take care of our people…shame on all of you. This bill should have been a stand alone. Everyone’s greed and self serving agendas have slowed up this process….shame on you!!!!!
I am really hoping this bill gets passed so people can get back to basics in finding a job. I know from experience when the checks are held up, it slows up the job process….focus. Bills…eating etc. The senate is hurting the recovery process by their actions. As far as for us Tier 1V exhaustees, many are in the 40′s…50’s, I know their are people out there who didn’t look hard for a job. I even heard someone say out loud, “I will just get my food stamps and live off the state” I despise those people. They have been like that since they were born…there parents…their kids…a vicious cycle. Our government leaders have neglected to see, that this recession has put middle and upper income into poverty. We don’t what to be on unemployment…we want to work!!! The government spends all this money, without making sure they are getting their bang for their buck!…..military spending….census workers, I have had census workers calling on me 3-4 times and I filled it out the first time….unemployment benefits-if you are so concern about freeloaders…why not check on people often to weed out these so called ” lazy” people….last week a senator called us drug users…shame on you!!! For me, at least, I have noticed more jobs being posted, but without any income and a place to live…my chances of finding a job, have gone to nil. I will not go on charity…at least you cannot take my pride away. So please, vote this bill in and take care of the people who need this money to survive. I am sorry for the people who have been fighting for a Tier V, I am one as well, Today I have not done a good job speaking up for a Tier V. Today it’s about getting people back into a groove to continue their job hunt…they need the UI benefits. Sometime next month, I will be living out of my car…this fall, I will be voting against people, not for them… I ask again, pass this bill for the people who are in dire need for this money….shame on you if you don’t. I hope you enjoy your summer breaks and when you come back for bit, you can start campaigning for November. I know your e-mail will respond “I am out of the office right now….”

June 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm
(1133) LuLu says:

JUST HEARD ON MSNBC THEY ARE GOING TO VOTE TO TRY TO GET THE REP. ON BOARD BUT DON ‘T THINK IT WILL HAPPEN THEN THATS IT, NO MORE BRINGING UP UNEMPLOYMENT ITS DEAD IN THE WATER THATS IT… IT IS OVER NO MORE VOTING IT IS FINISHED. THE PRES. AND ALL HIS LACKIE’S CAN GO TO HELL, THIS IS NOT THE AMERICA WE ALL LOVED AND KNEW. THIS IS ALL THE FALULT OF THE TWO PARTIES ALONG WITH THE PRES. HE DID NOTHING TO HELP THE PEOPLE , HE IS THE VERY WORSE THAT EVER WALKED THROUGH THE DOORS OF THE WHITE HOUSE. JUST LOOK AT ALL THAT IS GOING ON, OIL IN THE OCEAN, PEOPLE OUT OF WORK, CAN’T KEEP THE MILITARY RUNNING WITH OUT THEM LAUGHING AT HIM, BECAUSE HE CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT IS NEEDED TO WIN A WAR, NO JOBS, FOR OUR PEOPLE, THROWING MONEY TO 3RD WORLD COUNTRIES, FOR WASTE, WILD SPENDING, THRWOING EVENTS AT THE WHITE HOUSE SPENDING OUR MONEY FOR THE HOLLYWOOD GROWD, GOING TO BASKETBALL GAMES, AND GOLFING WHEN WE CAN’T EVEN USE THE OCEN TO FISH OR SWIM IN, YOUR DAMN RIGHT IT IS HIS DAMN FALULT .

June 24, 2010 at 4:38 pm
(1134) melissa says:

We need our unemployment to be release now. People are having a hard time and right i just don’t know what to do. I’m in school and my 4tier is over and i really don’t know how I’m going to make it. Please give our money. I didn’t choose unemployment. I love my job and do……….love to work no one is hiring and we the American people are struggling. This situation is really sad. It take this long to say pass the bill. Please………………….do whats right. Thanks!!

June 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm
(1135) Angel says:

DMR4853—Please support your family with some aid from welfare. I was not “raised that way” either but your families welfare is at stake.The government plants this in the minds of people, that welfare and unemployment recipients are lazy. They got us in this mess! Do not be proud when our government are hypocrites across the board. Now you see them for who they really are. I am disgusted since I still have some savings more than $2000 resource limit for Temp Assistance. By the time I get to $2000, all I will receive from them is $400 so I might as well be homeless. Their criteria is whacked! It doesn’t make sense. Do they want us to be homeless? Welfare caters to families but just cause I never met a decent partner, do I have to be homeless? Not fair!

June 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm
(1136) rubeN says:

The Ed Show..

Ed once again fighting for us 99ers.. We need to thank him for his efforts in fighting our plight.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/37911345#37911345

June 24, 2010 at 9:51 pm
(1137) tim swanson says:

does anyone know if this bill defeated again is a dead issue or is allison comment correct stating that democrats are still going to revamp this bill for yet another vote, thanks

June 23 Update: Legislation that would provide an extension of federal extended unemployment benefits, which have expired, has been rejected by the Senate. Democrats are going to attempt to change the legislation in the hopes of coming up with a bill that will pass.

June 24, 2010 at 10:00 pm
(1138) Action says:

I think we should all think for our selfs and stop depending on the government they will take there time as long there getting paid they could care less for us so figure on a way to make money it don’t matter if its illegal they do it all the time do research you will find out the truth kevin trudeau was right all the time the government was trying to put him away for saying the truth about them come on people you really believe they care about you. Do what ever you have to survive who knows you might get away with it they sure did what do you have to lose you have nothing anyways. Kevin Trudeau is the # 1 new york times best- selling author check it out then you will know what im talking about legal or not go for it $$$$.

June 25, 2010 at 12:48 am
(1139) Action says:

The Ed Show..
rubeN your right I hope obama watches his show about the unemployed and 99ers Ed is the man keep up the good work I vote for him anytime spread the word 99ers.

June 25, 2010 at 12:50 am
(1140) Iliana from TX says:

32 y/o female who worked in the Medical field for over 12 yrs. lost my job at the end of 08 for wrongful termination. Have two teenagers to support. My suv was repossed. Ended up having to buy a much older vehicle, which been having to repair often. I lost a lot of “so called” friendships because of being unemployment. Been applying to all different kinds of jobs, been told that I’m over qualified. Just had an interview recently and was not given the job because I couldn’t type 61 wpm. everything else about the job qualifications fit, was offered a different job instead, hoping that I would get it, I said I would definitely take it, even if it was much less than what I used to get on unemployment, been receiving letters to pay for student loan, house mortgage, pay back taxes. Been basicly trying to just put food on the table. I had called a few Drs. offices requesting a letter of recommendation or to use their names as references and the office managers never returned my calls. I walk into the office to request the same thing, and these people are so unprofessional. I couldn’t believe that the people that actually have jobs call in, are rude in their jobs and we that would actually go beyond to have a job are still job-less. What upsets me it’s that people that are on Food Stamps just keep getting more over weight, and when they are at the grocery store, they just dump the junk food over on their carts. and then, here I am counting my pennies to pay for a carton of eggs. Sometimes, I go without eating. My hair has been falling off because of stress. There are nights when I can’t sleep. My blood pressure is high at times and can’t go to the doctor because they charge me just for an office visit 140.00, even if I have been their patient for over 9 yrs. I see people around here South Tx. buying more expensive vehicles, bigger homes. I am not jealous of them, but for God sakes! Can’t people understand that this is not the time for them to spend like that! that the same thing that is happening to a lot of us might happen to them. I’d just thank God that I still have a place to sleep.

June 25, 2010 at 7:18 am
(1141) Steve says:

From LI coalition for the Homeless:
Homeless Facts

* Homelessness is a problem on Long Island, and the numbers are steadily rising.

* Thousands of Long Islanders are homeless. Two-thirds are members of families, fifty percent (50%) are children.
* Three-quarters of Long Island’s homeless are unseen, moving from one emergency situation to the next, often living doubled or tripled up with relatives or friends.
* Twenty-five percent (25%) of Long Island’s homeless live on the street, in abandoned cars, vacant buildings or in dangerous housing.

I thought they took care of kids. This country really sucks…

June 25, 2010 at 11:24 am
(1142) Rick says:

The million 99ers do not just struggle with the immediate effects of joblessness — including, in many cases, the slide from the middle class into poverty. They also struggle with the lingering deleterious effects. The longer people are unemployed, the harder it is for them to regain a job. Their skills deteriorate. They tend to lose confidence, become depressed and suffer from higher rates of divorce and suicide. BLAME IT ALL ON THE YOUR GOVERNMENT !

June 25, 2010 at 12:33 pm
(1143) tina says:

You know I am one of the people that needs to have the tier V to get through congress. I am a single mother of 2 little ones, no money for gas to go job hunting so thank god for the internet. As I read on to these comments it makes me feel ashame to be american. Don’t get me wrong I love america but congress runs to the rescue of Wall Street and gives them all kinds of money and the people on Wall Street still get there benefits and their bonuses. While us unemployed are sitting here struggling and looking for jobs get the shaft. I am continuing my education and come Oct I will have my assciotate degree and all hopes are up but when I hear that people are leaving the hard work that they put into getting their masters are leaving it off of their resumes to get a job. How sad is that?

June 25, 2010 at 2:03 pm
(1144) Benjamin says:

Senator Reid has said he cannot pass this bill with the Republican blockade of every single Republican voting against this bill with with their filibuster. He said he will not try another jobs bill until after Labor day. Which is closer to the mid-term elections which would most likely have the same result of the Republican filibuster. I know most of us cannot even hold out that long and will be homeless before then.
If you watch some of the comments from the floor, these GOP senators think unemployment is welfare, when in fact it is actually UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE and not unemployment welfare. It is insurance that is paid for when you work by your employer into a fund.
Some of these senators think that the unemployed are hobos, deadbeats, and we use the money for drugs. One senator commented on the subject that you don’t feed strays because they will just keep breeding. I am not making this stuff up. You can watch the June 24th Rachel Maddow show to see the video of these GOP senators saying this about the unemployed.

With this latest dysfunctional senate action we are all completely screwed with no hope left at all. Those of you that come back to this page to keep up on this news, well it’s over. The Republican party in the senate clearly stated that they hate the unemployed and the reason that voted this down is because they don’t want a recovery when elections are just around the corner. If the Democrats have good jobs news in this country then the Republicans have less ammunition with the coming elections. This is pure politics and not about helping America or it’s citizens.

So we are basically screwed. There will be a huge jump in people without benefits showing up at the welfare office now. Did they not think ahead on that result from voting this down? Unemployment insurance is insurance and not welfare, but by these actions they will be forcing people to move to welfare. Oh the irony of that very result! The unemployed will turn to welfare which the Republicans hate. … Ooooops!!

The media is ignoring this huge issue and focusing on covering the oil spill every single day. The oil spill is a massive disaster yes; but isn’t the 1.2 + million people with 0 income another disaster? They are covering all kinds of other stupid things that are not nearly as important as this dire issue. The only media that is covering this story is the ED SHOW, and the RACHEL MADDOW show on msnbc.

So I know this will result in many more suicides that normally you will NEVER see reported on the news at all. Suicide is actually the 2nd and 3rd cause of death in many states. This does make me think about how destitute Americans will commit suicide, as victims of the great depression part 2, and not be covered – vs martyrdom to shock this country and wake everyone up as how bad things truly are. Actions always speak louder than words.
This may be just my opinion, but I am willing to make a prediction that states are going to be laying off hundreds of thousands of people in the coming months and that this depression is going to get worse later this year and into January. Remember this to see if I am correct or not. If I had money I would be willing to make a real bet on this with you.

So can anyone explain to me why this country is oh so great? Just saying it is doesn’t actually make it so. What is incredibly clear to me is that if you are poor you just simply don’t matter and you are a nuisance. I think these Republicans want us to just die already and go away.

June 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm
(1145) Debi says:

Money from unemployment benefits goes right back into circulation. We’re helping the economy by spending. Isn’t that what its all about?

June 25, 2010 at 4:13 pm
(1146) disgusted in usa says:

I also was brought up to think of food stamps and assistance were “below us” but that was another day and another time. I know at least 4 people who are fraudulently receiving government money. Because none of these people are abusing the unemployment insurance dept, they still receive their benefits on time each month. It makes me sick to hear the stories of how they do this. I had a dilemma; report them and live life looking over my shoulder or let it go and think that what good would it do? I chose to report them and guess what? Nobody cares! Its my word against theirs and they cant send someone out there to save the taxpayers 8000 dollars a month! These people have learned how to work the system with help from very unscrupulous lawyers.

June 25, 2010 at 7:51 pm
(1147) Angel says:

Disgusted—
The government has shown us they are corrupt. If people have to be corrupt to survive, or to get ahead, I don’t blame them a bit. Welfare already has a stigma to it, I think in part because the US Government thinks they are lazy people. They created the need for it. BTW, Obama’s approval rating falls as 48 percent of survey responders say they disapprove of the President’s job performance. Yes!!!

Benjamin—
If you are disabled mental or physical, try for disability insurance. It’s a long shot, but could work. Or see if there is Section 8 in your area and apply for cheap housing. Again, you need a job for it. I know, but just in case you get a job… I don’t have it in my area. Let’s stick together. We can even try shelters together to see how they are if we live close. I live in the NY area. Apply for Safety Net or TA. I can’t yet since I still have savings. By the time it’s down to $2k, their resource limit, I will lose all money since my rent is so high and $400 Safety Net won’t cover it. It’s almost as if it’s designed so you DO go to shelters. Churches pay a one time rent payout but you need a job first! Again help is geared to the employed! I won’t end it all until the money runs out or my prospects are gone. You’ll know when that’s time. Please do the same and don’t think of suicide yet…

Unemployment benefits are no. 3 in trending Yahoo news. The more people here of what’s happening, the more they will react to it—badly. That’s what I’m hoping for, a revolt. More action was needed in the first place, not a petition.
http://www.csmonitor.com/From-the-news-wires/2010/0625/Unemployment-benefits-Labor-Sec.-says-GOP-could-keep-recession-going

June 26, 2010 at 10:23 am
(1148) Action says:

To disgusted in usa says:
The banks and wall street also have learned how to work the system with help from very unscrupulous lawyers.

June 26, 2010 at 10:37 am
(1149) Action says:

Just cause there rich don’t make it right. The banks are the biggest crooks and get a reward figure that one out.

June 26, 2010 at 5:51 pm
(1150) Rick says:

The US Government is a total scam , Vote for me and i will tell you what you want to hear !!

June 27, 2010 at 7:20 pm
(1151) Steve says:

I’ve been unemployed since I was laid off in mid 2009. I’ve been looking for work with no success. I love to work, my job was my life, my identity,everything. I’ll get through this one way or another I just hope America gets through it in one peice, that is I hope America emerges still A Democracy.

June 28, 2010 at 2:41 pm
(1152) Cindy W. says:

I can really personally relate to this and so can you all.
Some positive aspects of the unemployment situation being forced on us.
Forget the future let’s all live in the moment-go U.S.A.!

http://www.dvorkin.com/essays/unemben.htm

June 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm
(1153) Angel says:
June 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm
(1154) MMichigan says:

Laid off first week of 2007 after 10 years in an office job because they were outsourcing/offshoring. Went back to college full-time to get second (a Masters) degree and graduated with honors in 2008 while also freelancing.

Had some great interviews, but heard nothing back. Months later companies have still not filled the positions I applied/interviewed for. Most of the (few) jobs online are the same ones I’ve been looking at since before I graduated. Over a year later and they’re advertising the same positions but not ever filling them?

So basically after three years, with two degrees my 99th week has long since come and gone. When I do a job search online the only jobs that come up within 20 miles of my zip code are Mortgage Lender Officer (really? I can make $0 to $80,000/year selling houses? I’m thinking $0!) and part-time jobs with no benefits that pay $7.75/hour for 10 hour per week and that I’m way over qualified for (I do apply and I’d actually take them-but nobody will hire me).

Many Democrats are now turning against extending unemployment benefits too. Republican runs states that were not hit nearly as hard (something to think about), for the most part. So of course they don’t want to extend unemployment for other states mostly run by Democrats.

Now Paul Krugman says that we’re heading for another Depression. If you think that the ‘crisis’ was worst about a year ago, then you’re wrong! The past couple months have been worst for home foreclosures (way worst than last yeaer), May new home sales went down 33%, the only reason unemployment isn’t getting way worse is that if your benefits run out then you’re not counted anymore (so keep registering every two weeks even if you’re out of benefits to still be counted, but not paid).

The housing bubble started all this-so Obama’s answer was to give out an $8000 home buyer credit to get people who cannot afford a home otherwise (even though they’re discounted around 70% right now anyways)? That’s just repeating the same thing that got us here in the first place! No wonder we’re just starting to hit record home foreclosures *now*. Same with the Cash for clunkers-they’ll start being repossessed soon enough, and all the older affordable cars have been crushed!

Two (worthless) college degrees, benefits already ran out months ago-yet still unemployed. Do we have to starve to death to get someone in power to do something?

Pray, work out and lose some weight, laugh and wait for it to get better I guess. :)

June 28, 2010 at 7:59 pm
(1155) ohio dude says:

Might as well face it. Federal Extended unemployment is gone. Go into Nursing. 4-year degrees are about equivalent to a High School Diploma except the degree will keep you from getting a low paying job. If if have a degree in anything other than the Medical field might as well plan on leaving the country. Better get a passport in you want to work again before the year 2015.

June 29, 2010 at 7:21 am
(1156) Kim in Mass says:

Ohio Dude…I am a nurse have been for 16 years and lost my job in 2007, havent been able to find a job doing nursing either. The only ones out there are per-diem jobs to cover vacations and days off. Not even guaranteed to be able to work one shift a week. So even going into nursing isnt a great idea right now. My husband is also a nurse and after he pays our health insurance brings home $470.00 a week, we have 7 children that amount barely feeds us never mind paying rent and stuff.

I dont know whats wrong with this country, we are first to help every other country in need and not our own…We really need Tier V it isnt getting any better

June 29, 2010 at 10:14 am
(1157) hoop 123 says:

Angel,

Please anyone needing some help please call some of the clubs in your area, ( Shrine, Eagles, Moose Lodges, and neighborhood clubs, you will be pleased they are willing to help they just don’t go on TV and say come one and all, but they will help. I hate to say this but family with kids they won’t turn their back on you. Angel you have such a way of saying it the way it is, I went to site and saw it, made me well up in tears, what is sad it is factual. Our Gov. turning there backs on everyone is beyond any statement I or anyone can make. And Biden can come back with a smart remark to a working stiff, he and all of them make me ill.

June 29, 2010 at 10:58 am
(1158) Angel says:

Parents who don’t know about welfare and Department of Social Services worry me the most. They are subjecting their kids to shelter living and little or no food when they don’t have to. Or worse, abandoning them. I hear it already on the message boards.

There is also Long Island Housing Partnership, Housing Help, Inc., Community Development Corporation of Long Island if you live in the NY area. They assist low cost housing, credit repair, down payment assistance,etc. Waiting lists are forever but maybe they know of quicker housing.

Hoop, singles with no family such as myself, will have the hardest time, I believe. I will be in a shelter environment soon. Kicked out at 6AM—it’s laughable. The government doesn’t even provide well for that. Compare with other countries and you will see we do not take care of our own well. All welfare is geared for people to work, no matter what. I feel they don’t know the real economic situation even though we are saying there are too many people for too few jobs. Assistance is hard to get. Look at disability claims—only 30% are approved?? If people ask for help, they need help!! Government is a farce. They help if it suits them. I’m glad it’s being known now.

Please, everyone, post what resources you know about. It could help someone!

June 29, 2010 at 12:31 pm
(1159) Rick says:

Time to sell your computer and look for cans in the street because your government does not care about your well being , what a shame !! USA SUCKS !

June 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm
(1160) Rick says:

I guess we have jobs waiting for the 20,000 veterans too , Obama is the biggest joke since Clinton , and they talk about Bush they got alot of nerve !!

June 29, 2010 at 6:46 pm
(1161) Carlos in FLORIDA says:

why do not you shut Anjel , I not believe in what you say, nor in any comment you say .
5 tier urgent need please, please,please

June 29, 2010 at 7:25 pm
(1162) Angel says:

Just trying to help Carlos. No one else is giving suggestions. Mad cause I talked about immigrants cheating the welfare system for years? Are you? I’d love to know how. Tell us.

June 30, 2010 at 10:29 am
(1163) hoop 123 says:

Carlos,
Your a fake, find something to do with yourself instead of playing around with people who are in need, Get a hold of your sorry self…… Oh by the way poor example of how a real Cuban speaks, got to do better then that……… you have no idea on that matter……. Phony Cuban, what an idiot
LOL takes all kinds, LOL.

June 30, 2010 at 10:34 am
(1164) hoop 123 says:

Carlos,
Thank you for the (Laugh)… I needed it, after yesterday.

June 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm
(1165) Eric says:

If it really matter what we the people have to say no new jobs no money and bills still flowing in we know who really running the usa and its not the president we need that extension

July 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm
(1166) tim swanson says:

June 30 Update: Legislation that would provide an extension of federal extended unemployment benefits, which have expired, has not been approved in the Senate.

The Senate has recessed for 4th of July and there will not be another vote until they return. However, there is a good chance the legislation will pass then, and, hopefully, it will be retroactive.

July 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm
(1167) Rick says:

Only the current ones that are collecting are going to get 99 weeks , Does not include any present 99ers , what are they going to do when everybody becomes a 99er which will be over 3 million people ???

July 1, 2010 at 6:13 pm
(1168) AJalaCali says:

Hey Eric: You got it. This is the way “I” see it.
Government is phony. And as someone said, “there’s no government. Only “people”. People jerking around people.
It seems to me that most so-called republicans are dense, ignorant (when they want to be (I know some pretty mechanically, or scientifically ingenious republicans), unconcerned about people who don’t share there ideas and opinions, down right hateful, quite often racist, and extremely vindictive. That rule seems to apply to most of them.
However, It seems to me that many so-called democrats are no better for the people. I have concluded that it’s not democrat or republican, it’s our system. We have to someday consider upgrading this system. How are they able to ignore us so easily. They must have some brain activity. Anyone can easily calculate the end result of the direction we are headed.
I am in the game, so I will play the game, but I’m liking it less and less. I am going to start making the calls, and writing the letters and emails to these people that are getting paid to administrate our affairs. And I think this applies to all levels of government. I know this may be a rant, but I believe it’s all connected. So-called government should always be working for the improvement of the lives of the people. You can not do things like posting on multiple billboards coming into your citizens town; “Welcome to Stockton. Enter at your own risk.” and still have a job. Does anybody see the spirit that has engulfed our so-called government, on all levels, from local to federal.
I certainly hope we get all the tiers we need. I don’t think that will be the end of it though. Change really seems to be in order. And something on the side, check out the VENUS PROJECT. Check it out without prejudice if you can. Just as a thought. We should not be held back because of wondering if we are going to have a place to sleep and eat like respectable citizens. Good luck everyone, and God Bless The People of The World!!!
PEACE!!!

July 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm
(1169) Angel says:

Read these comments below the article…
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100701/ap_on_bi_ge/us_unemployment_benefits#mwpphu-container

I never realized the myth that welfare and unemployment recipients are lazy and don’t want to work is perpetuated by the US government as a divide and conquer tactic to prevent us from applying and using it cause they don’t want to pay for it.

It seems people are pretty hateful and vindictive when it comes to furthering benefits. They are from people who have no clue as to what’s going on and how hard it is to find work. “Get a job at McDonald’s.” Are they going to hire a 50 year old to flip burgers or a high school kid? I really am ashamed at my government.

July 1, 2010 at 7:41 pm
(1170) David says:

They will definably pass the bill when they come back in the middle of July and give them the 99 weeks because it would not be fair because of the ones that got it already , but what happens when they become 99ers also ? their going to have millions and millions of 99ers still without jobs because there are only 1 for every 6 Americans ? , Don’t be fooled they can make money appear out of thin air but not for the ones who live in America and voted for them ! ACTIONS speak louder than words , Let the Riots begin now !!!!!!!!!!!!

July 1, 2010 at 9:03 pm
(1171) Natalie says:

We’ve all paid taxes and have contributed to not only our country but others around the world in need. It’s time our government has a little sympathy for it’s OWN PEOPLE instead of playing politics. It’s nice congress can rest easy on their week long 4th of July vacation and leave this urgent matter pending…

Sign this petition, it’s a fast easy way to have our voices heard!!!

July 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm
(1172) A 99er says:

Extending unemployment benefits to those that are still eligible for benefits has overshadowed the 99ers – those that have exhausted all benefits. That’s unfortunate since more than one million people have exhausted all benefits and that total could grow by 400,000 each month unless legislation is passed that adds another Tier of benefits or some other method of getting those that need them most.
Rob C and other unemployment advocates are continually working behind the scenes to get the attention of legislators to demand that more be done to address the needs of the 99ers. I’ll update those efforts in a future post, but know that they are working hard and are making some headway.

July 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm
(1173) johnny says:

Well doesn’t that figure. The new unemployment rate has gone down to 9.5% as of today. Nobody’s being counted thats why !!!!!!! My unemployment ran out months ago. I got a job for 10.00 an hour, It lasted about 4 weeks then it was cut to 20 hours a week. Now 2 weeks later back again with no job. place went out of bussiness. Worked a whole 6 weeks.
It took me 2 years to find a job making 10.00 an hour with no benny’s and it lasted 6 weeks. I made about 65,000.00 in 2007. Yep the economy is getting better just like you say Mr Obama.

God Bless all of you, Jesus Christ is my provider, praise the Lord and glory to God not this f—ed up government…..

July 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm
(1174) Delavega says:

my fellow americans, i am disgusted with our government &our greedy rich senators like i could of never imagined before. More than half of the Usa is seeking any low waged work we can find. This Government of ours is pathetic, so pathetic im willing to die for my cause. Im a warrior of the Lord jesus Christ & ritenow my enemy is the CONGRESSMEN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I love all u my brothers &sisters but to me this seems like Darktimes are just ahead. &its the rich in our Government that r starving us! I aint scared to die ,If my U.s Government doesnt do anything 2 help the jobless from starving, IVE HAD ENOUGH! Ill give my life to fite a war4 millions of american families who are homeless &starving. i rather fite our evil governments greed of wealth & die from the war i bestowed on my beloved country starving its people. The USA & thee entire world is need of drastic change! For God sake half of the worlds entire population suffers from starvation???This is wicked evil by all governments who refuse to donate & help others just becuz thier $ is precious to them! To me money is the power of the devil& our government is starving us out making more &more of us more & more angry. Soon ,these lack of jobs will begin to threathen our overall freedom &thats when im ready to go to WAR! BE READY TO FIGHT 4 UR FREEDOM &LOVE EVRY1! ITS NOT TOO FAR AWAY WHEN PEOPLE WILL B KILLING FOR FOOD. This comment illustrates how LOW I NOW THINK OF MY CONTRIES REPS. I PREY TO GOD THE LORD ALMIGHTY FOR STRENGTH TO FORGIVE MY COUNTRYS ABANDONMENT! LORD GIVE ME THE COURAGE TO DO WHAT IS NECESSARY FOR THE LOVE OF MY BROTHERS & SISTERS & GIVE ME THE $TO FEED THEE ENTIRE WORLD.. Evry Government including the usa’s will never cease from sharing its wealth among its needy starving piers & neighbors. If the world & especially our Government is to remain this way, please my lord Strike this world dead 2 save the innocent from suffering any further. We r dying inside our countries evil greed of $ that our Government has been continueing to prove….They can careless about starvation &r ridiculous jobs if any, that are paying us pennys to what we were used too. IM SICK OF IT! I FEEL LIKE WILLIAM WALLACE IN THE MOVIE BRAVEHEART! IM READY TO FIGHT FOR WHAT I BELIEVE WE ALL SHLD B ENTITLED TOO!!A WORLD FREE FROM STARVATION! GODBLESS ALL &THANK GOD FOR THE MEALS U EAT EVERYDAY!THOSE WITHOUT JOBS WHOSE BENEFITS HAVE EXPIRED, I NOW SAY A SILENT PRAYER FOR ALL OF Us! WERE ALL ON OUR OWN!mAY GOD GUIDE US THRU THE VALLEY OF DARKNESS,WHERE I WILL FEAR NO EVIL!

July 3, 2010 at 11:03 am
(1175) Howie says:
July 4, 2010 at 7:38 am
(1176) Annie says:

I want to see what they are going to do later this year when literally millions of more Americans reach week 99.
But we can send millions overseas– love the concept!
NOT!

July 4, 2010 at 10:51 am
(1177) Kellie from TN says:

If you can’t work in your field where you live then it’s time to move or go back to school and stop expecting the working American’s to pay your bills. My husband and I moved to TN from MI and we had to leave our family including our 5 children behind. My husband and I are both going back to school so that we can change our careers with the changing times. I was an engineer making 90k a year and I am now going to school to be a nurse. We have had to make some sacrifices to adjust to the changing job market. My husband also has had to take on a 30k student loan to pay for his school. I know so many people who are taking these benefits and using it as a vacation to support there boating and fishing habits. Or how about the mom’s that were working now receiving unemployment. How motivated do you think they are when they getting more money to stay home rather than working and paying daycare. Come on people, what do you think the American people did before unemployment….. they changed! That’s what kind of change we need not OBAMANOMICS!

July 4, 2010 at 11:28 am
(1178) Angel says:

Kellie: Uh… some sacrifices? Like leaving your 5 kids behind? Don’t you think there is a little something wrong with that? Your mentality is what’s wrong with America. Good luck with the nursing. I read on another board, that that’s hard to get as well. Hope you didn’t waste all your money retraining but I think you did. Let us know how it works out for you while you are away from your 5 kids in the meantime. I think I’ll move to Switzerland. Their economy isn’t much better but at least they have no idiotic attitudes about “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps while completely rearranging your life and it’s no one’s fault but your own assxxxe attitude.” This attitude is perpetuated by the US Government and it makes me sick!!! They caused this problem in the first place. Thank God the majority of people know this except you, Kellie!

July 5, 2010 at 3:50 am
(1179) Renee says:

Angel, you answered (Kellie)very succinctly! How can someone consider leaving their FIVE CHILDREN on someone else while they make a get-a-way to another state–the right thing to do? Unbelievable!

July 5, 2010 at 7:55 am
(1180) Rick says:

The politicians always say what a great country the USA and there proud of their country , etc , etc , etc, I would say it too if i was getting a fat paycheck like they do , put one of them in our shoe’s and they would not say it , the USA sucks just like the FAKE public servants who run it !

July 5, 2010 at 10:50 am
(1181) disgusted in usa says:

Now lets leave Kellie alone. She is most likely a republican anyways. Plus her “children” may be adults; who knows? Good luck with the nursing Kellie but I wouldn’t be judging others due to the action or lack of actions of people you know. I am one of the lucky ones at this point. I have a job to go back to in 6 weeks. One would think my field is fairly recession proof! I sure hope so.

July 5, 2010 at 8:11 pm
(1182) Debra S says:

We all need help….. its not right that our government allow tax incentives to take jobs over seas or outsource jobs abroad. Our government need to get our jobs back over here. Not only for us but so we can be less reliant on other countries for goods and services. I think they all want us to be out of work in debt and out of luck.
Additionally, its hard to get a job if our credit rating sucks after being out of work so long and we have to chose between paying that credit card debt or the basics of living like feeding, clothing and shelter when we have children!
Can’t get a job because your credit is not up to par.

Its time our fearless leaders stop being corporate puppets that do their bidding and start doing what they suppose to do what is right for all americans and for the country. Not for special interests and their own greed.

July 5, 2010 at 8:27 pm
(1183) Debra S of Tennessee says:

STOP BLAMING DEMS ONLY!! Every damn politician in office is responsible for what is going on in our economy! I donot distinquish a difference in either political party. Bush as well a Obama is responsible for what is going on!! Those before them and presently in office has had their hands in the mess we are in…. due to special interest of greedy corporations, banks and their own personal gains. And we are left holding the bag of debt!!
Our government passes laws such as employement at will laws which only benefits and protects employers.

Our government is ran by corporate/rich millionairs and billionairs!!! Wake up Americans!! They are not about to help us only if it something in it for them.

Look at what is going on in the gulf of mexico with the oil spill. Common sense is replace with greed of oil associated corporations and our own government is being bought to look and think another way!! Our governement is about to permit further oil drilling at deeper depts and they cannot stop this current leak and which is causing more financial hardships with common hard working folks.

Our government is loaded with todays version of Benedict Arnolds….. A bunch of self special interests traitors!!!! Both Dems and Republicans!!!!!

July 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm
(1184) Debra S of Tennessee says:

This message is to Kellie in Tennessee: Aint you something so you left your five children in the care of someone else??? What in foster care or with another relative?? Aint that like not being responsible for your own children so you came to tennessee to take another Tennessean job away?? Purhaps you should run for public office since placeing your responsibilities and blame to someone else is your stand!!

KELLIE IN TENN SAID THIS: If you can’t work in your field where you live then it’s time to move or go back to school and stop expecting the working American’s to pay your bills. My husband and I moved to TN from MI and we had to leave our family including our 5 children behind. My husband and I are both going back to school so that we can change our careers with the changing times. I was an engineer making 90k a year and I am now going to school to be a nurse. We have had to make some sacrifices to adjust to the changing job market. My husband also has had to take on a 30k student loan to pay for his school. I know so many people who are taking these benefits and using it as a vacation to support there boating and fishing habits. Or how about the mom’s that were working now receiving unemployment. How motivated do you think they are when they getting more money to stay home rather than working and paying daycare. Come on people, what do you think the American people did before unemployment….. they changed! That’s what kind of change we need not OBAMANOMICS!

July 6, 2010 at 1:19 am
(1185) action says:

I think we should all think for our selfs and stop depending on the government they will take there time as long there getting paid they could care less for us so figure on a way to make money it don’t matter if its illegal they do it all the time do research you will find out the truth kevin trudeau was right all the time the government was trying to put him away for saying the truth about them come on people you really believe they care about you. Do what ever you have to survive who knows you might get away with it they sure did what do you have to lose you have nothing anyways. Kevin Trudeau is the # 1 new york times best- selling author check it out then you will know what im talking about legal or not go for it $$$$.

July 6, 2010 at 1:38 am
(1186) Stressica says:

I’ve never felt this scared before about my future. I took a lay off in Dec of 2008 when the company I worked for dissolved and most of the business was sent to India. I had worked in this industry for almost a decade. I decided to make good out of bad and go back to school while collecting unemployment. I was really grateful to achieve my degree in May 2010. But a rude awakening was ahead of me. I’ve been looking for a job and Cant seem to find anything. I am litterally putting in 50-60 resume’s per day and nothing. I’ve been getting sick over this. I cant eat. I’ve lost 10 pounds since the unemployment stopped. I have a 2 year old son and sometimes just hearing his voice causes me to run into the bathroom and cry. What are we going to do? I want to fill normal again. It was so hard to celebrate the 4th of July this weekend. I kept thinking about all the things we are about to lose. Then I would think about the senators who just voted themselves a raise, and how they must be enjoying their holiday week long vacations. Another thought that makes me want to puke. I can’t cry anymore. I’m falling into a deep depression and debilitating stress. Please tell me this is all a dream.

July 6, 2010 at 5:27 am
(1187) Angel says:

Stressica—go to the Department of Social Services (DSS) in your area (google it) and tell them you have a 2 year old boy. You will get cash assistance, food stamps/EBT card, Medicaid, HEAP/ help with utilities. I don’t know if it’s enough to keep your home but they favor parents with kids. Local churches (community service centers) help with money too as well as United Way and Salvation Army and food pantries. I found some that want you to have a job first which is stupid. If I had a job, I wouldn’t need their help! But maybe some will help regardless of your employment status. My church does referrals for job assistance too. I heard unmarried couples get 2x the assistance which would be enough to keep your apartment/home. Let us know what happens. And please people, share what you know for all of us. Thanks.

July 6, 2010 at 5:52 am
(1188) Angel says:

Here is a website to see if you are eligible for government programs. http://www.govbenefits.gov You can get Kevin Trudeau’s book from the library but most of his info is here.

July 6, 2010 at 6:05 am
(1189) Angel says:

Sorry to post so much but here is more on Kevin Trudeau. Get his books from the library. Don’t spend money on it. http://hubpages.com/hub/Is-Kevin-Trudeaus-Free-Money-for-Real-or-a-Scam

July 6, 2010 at 7:05 pm
(1190) The Boss says:

I don’t know if you folks have figured out the REAL reason that their will NOT be a TIER 5, but I do know and it is really very simple. Lets say since May 2010 (when most 99ers started to run out of UI), the total count until now is appx 750K. IF you allow a tier 5 to be established, the unemployment rate will jump up no less than .7%. WHY do you think the unemployment rate dropped in June? BECAUSE many people exhausted their UI benefits. If your not on the rolls, your not counted as unemployed!!!

I will leave further comments about being irresponsible with your money for now, but it is working out well for me as I am purchasing over 1.5K of real estate for rentals. It should work out to a 9% return not including my gain on investment. Some of us will make a lot of money on this mess. I wish most of you could too!

July 6, 2010 at 7:16 pm
(1191) The Boss says:

I am sorry, but I forgot to tell you on the forum why I have not responded to your posts about my story. My computer crashed on June 9 and it took me until now to find a good used one. I paid $80.00 for a 2 gig, 1 meg of ram, 500 hard drive with windows XP pro. See, if you just look around you can find great deals. Even though I could have spent over 1K for the same system, why waste the money. After all, my tube monitor still works just fine!

And even though I have been thought of as a “cheap f*%$”, at least I have the cash to be comfortable and to continue investing to make even more money.

July 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm
(1192) Brian McKnight says:

I have been unemployed since 11/08..I have sent 100′s of apps and resumes..but no luck yet..I have also went to Kentucky to apply in a coal mine so .i am trying to find work..i am an experienced surface miner..My bills are due and I am worried i may lose my home..Please help .Come on guys stop taking so many vacations..No one in the work force have the money or time to take a vacation..

July 6, 2010 at 8:58 pm
(1193) Peter says:

Tier 5 will be here by Nov 1st but only 13 checks will be issued according to my cousin who is a Mayor in Mass and who has an inside of what’s going to happen , do you know some of the state senators go to the diners and talk about the situations and decisions are made at the dinner table before the vote , believe me the 99ers will begetting 13 more weeks but you have to wait till Nov 1

July 6, 2010 at 8:58 pm
(1194) Klatu and Gort says:

Boss man, your the greatest, you are very money wise and frugal, good for you

July 6, 2010 at 9:49 pm
(1195) Wm Walter says:

I am only 51, which at one time I considered old, and about ten years I re-evaluated that….but now I am again learning that in the job market, at this age, you might as well be dead. I am a college graduate and spent ten years in upper management in the insurance industry. I then owned and operated a small business and it was successfu for another ten yearsl. In 2006 I suffered a stroke and spent the next two years recovering. I worked hard, but could not come completely back. I still have problems maintaining thought, speech problems and mobility problems, and suffer from severe headaches, but according to our wonderful government I have recovered to the point where I am not disabiled and my claim for disbility was turned down. According to them I should be able to find a nice part time job that allows me to work whenever I can, according to my own schedule and make $ 25 an hour. Do they know of any such job….ofcourse not. There are none. They only exist in the mind of the Government to turn people down. I have lost everything, my savings, my home and am 70K in debt. I paid into our system for 30 years and then was discarded when I needed help.

July 7, 2010 at 3:25 am
(1196) HRA says:

They have give us more extention

July 7, 2010 at 11:16 am
(1197) dlm says:

Ive been unemployed since 2008, and have applied for so many jobs, with no luck. If w, as Americans, can take others into our country, feed them, educate them, and give them money, why can’t we, as American tax-payers get help??!!

July 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm
(1198) HelpPlease says:

I think that we should extend the unemployment benefits to a round 500 weeks.

I have had trouble finding a job myself. I’m not sure exactly whose fault it is, but I’m sure its not mine.

Congress should pass a law that makes the world fair.

Just think about it, if we all had 500 weeks of unemployment wouldn’t that be great. Granted I’m not sure where the money would actually come from, but wait, thats not my problem.

Until we can get those idiots in Congress to pass my 500 week unemployment act I guess we will just have to settle for a measly 99 weeks. I just think its ridiculous to ask some to find a job and get off the government tit in only 2 years.

July 7, 2010 at 9:57 pm
(1199) Howard says:

Your government does not care about your well being only your votes so they can make $147,000 a year !!

July 8, 2010 at 9:15 am
(1200) Angel says:

Ben Nelson said the unemployed are a bunch of lazy drug addicts. And Sen. Judd Gregg said extended benefits undermine the economic recovery because they “basically keep an economy that encourages people to, rather than go out and look for work, to stay on unemployment.”

See article http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20100707/cm_huffpost/637487_201007071346

Contact them and tell him that’s not so.

July 8, 2010 at 2:22 pm
(1201) beN says:

Howard,

They more than 147K, more like 190K annual salary. I can’t believe there is over 400+ reps making that much and none of these useless bastards can introdude a bill for the 99ers.

July 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm
(1202) Klatu and Gort says:

Hello Hello Hello anybody out there!!!!

July 10, 2010 at 12:21 am
(1203) Daniel says:

I’m starting thinking about moving to some other country. There are countries where government cares about people. US government doesn’t. It’s a shame.

July 10, 2010 at 10:35 am
(1204) Doris G says:

Not many left with internet. Fairwell Klatu no support for months must disconnect. Question, Where does one go when homeless? There are no visible homeless in my town, do they just put us in jail? I lack camping equipment and skills.
There are NO social agency’s to go to in many states like mine. I notice many dropping off this blog recently, where do they go. I sadley thought Angel said she’d run out and was going to be homeless, is there a happy ending there? I’m glad she’s still here but now I must disapear. Good luck-we’ll need it.

July 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm
(1205) Angel says:

I feel so bad for you Glatu. We are so sorry you feel so bad. Others don’t want to make others hurt in this world as you do. I know I don’t. That makes me a better person!!!!!!!!! You are the one I will meet in the after life and say, shame on you. What are you thinking? And in your state you’ll be happy I will give you any attention at all. I’ve been bullied by disgusting people like you most of my life. It hasn’t worked yet. I feel sorry for you. Truthfully. I am not living in my mom’s basement. Poor, but still on my own and free.

You chose it. I bet you never had to work a day in your life to take care of yourself (or anyone else) cause if you did, you’d be freaking out “What should I do, where should I turn to??” I want to take care of my own. But your mommy did a bad job with you since she helps you in her basement and didn’t teach you manners.

As much as my life sucks, and it does, God knows, I would rather be me than you, Klatu…any day. Good luck with the rest of your horrible life…

Doris—One goes to DSS or Department of Social Services in your area (google DSS or Department of Social Services XXXX (your town)) If you have kids, you will be surprised at the help. Free food, shelter, phone, (Assurance wireless), cash, and Medicaid or free medical help. Good Luck. PS There is also free rent assistance. Just ask for HHAP application at your local DSS or Department of Social Services. And don’t worry, God made me resourceful. I’ll let you know my status. Again, I’d rather be me than hateful people any day that I have met continuously, why? cause they feel worse than me…wow how is that possible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!… God knows this, too. Good luck everyone.

Special plea to Alison:

Many, many unemployed are just that, NOT WELFARE SAVVY. Please make an article on all the benefits available to them. I can let everyone know NY’s help but this is the start of another article. WELFARE HELP BY STATE. I will keep in touch, Alison.

Thanks.

July 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm
(1206) Angel says:

PS Alison is the best thing under the sun right now with her forums. I DON’T WANT TO SEE ONE CHILD LIVING IN A CAR OR DUMPED IN A LOT CAUSE THEIR PARENT COULDN’T FEED THEM BECAUSE OF IGNORANCE? Thanks Alison. Here is a starter list. Have I mentioned I am completely ashamed to be an American? Why isn’t the President addressing this welfare list or giving us extended unemployment? Because he doesn’t care. THE U.S. IS A BUSINESS. SOMETHING MY WWII FATHER KNEW AND DISGUSTED HIM TOO. PRESIDENT OBAMA—MOST U.S. AMERICANS ARE NOT WELFARE SAVVY. WE DON’T KNOW WHERE TO TURN. OUR CHILDREN ARE HUNGRY. GET OFF YOUR ASS—AND HELP US, ASS—-!@!!!!! WE ARE YOUR PEOPLE! WE ARE NOT THE LYING IMMIGRANTS UTILIZING YOUR SYSTEM FOR YEARS, WE ARE THE UNEMPLOYED, USED TO WORKING, BUT CANNOT NOW. WE ARE NOT WELFARE SAVVY!!!! PLEASE HELP OUR CHILDREN.

————GOOGLE “Department of social services” “BY YOUR STATE” (Virginia, NY, NJ, Delaware, Maine, ETC.)

———http://www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits_en.portal
see what services are available to you. Food stamps, medicaid, cash, etc.

———Call 516 292-0808 Hempstead Urban Renewal, 200 N Franklin Ave, Hempstead. Section 8 is still available!!!! Get an application!!!!

———Do you have a disability? Mental or physical? Go through the process of trying to get aid from the government. The dollar amount depends upon how many years you have been working. Retrieve your medical records by contacting your doctors, clinics, and get a letter from your doctor stating why you cannot work…. There are 2 kinds. SSI (for poor) and SSD (for those that have worked a long time with a hardship mental or physical). http://www.ssa.gov/disability/

———http://www.cms.gov/MedicaidGenInfo/

———http://assurancewireless.com/Public/Welcome.aspx

Am I the only one who needs these services now? Why haven’t you all responded and discussed your knowledge? Afraid? THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!!! Help their parents with the knowledge you know. Add websites, here…..I have never, I mean, never been as ashamed to be an American, not because i am poor, but because people don’t help!!!!!!! Not even our Great President!!!!!!

Alison—you have a great responsibility to tell all unemployed parents the welfare help available. Please exercise that!!! Help!!!

July 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm
(1207) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

It’s important for everyone to remember that this blog is only the tip of the iceberg of the information I have available for unemployed workers.

For example, here’s an article on what help is available when unemployment runs out:

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/unemployment/a/unemploymentrunsout.htm

You can find information by searching the main site:
http://jobsearch.about.com

or by going directly to the section on unemployment:
http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewsnetworking/u/jobinterviews.htm#s19

Alison

July 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm
(1208) Klatu and Gort says:

Hello Hello Hello anybody out there!!!!

1202) Angel says:
I feel so bad for you Glatu. We are so sorry you feel so bad. Others don’t want to make others hurt in this world as you do. I know I don’t. That makes me a better person!!!!!!!!! You are the one I will meet in the after life and say, shame on you. What are you thinking? And in your state you’ll be happy I will give you any attention at all. I’ve been bullied by disgusting people like you most of my life. It hasn’t worked yet. I feel sorry for you. Truthfully. I am not living in my mom’s basement. Poor, but still on my own and free.

angel
out of 6 words, you found reason to respond like this, you are pathetic angel you deserve all the bad luck you encounter in life, i do hope you never recieve a dollars worth of assistence for this day forward.

July 10, 2010 at 9:07 pm
(1209) Angel says:

Glatu—You bother most on this board. Not just from 6 words. From many, many postings. I know God hasn’t blessed you in life worse than us unemployed. Hmm, why so angry, did I touch a nerve? I feel sorry for you. I really do.

You said “i do hope you never recieve a dollars worth of assistence for this day forward.” You misspelled assistance and receive, so I gather you are not very educated as well as not very nice.. Two strikes. But, I HAVE received assistance. 99 weeks UI plus disability insurance for the rest of my life. Will you be living in mom’s basement for the rest of yours?

Thanks Alison. Good articles. Welfare is a different entity than UI but now that we are not blessed with a Tier 5 at least for a long while it seems, lets hear about other benefits for people who cannot find a job. Thanks.

July 10, 2010 at 9:16 pm
(1210) angel says:

I just read http://jobsearch.about.com/od/unemployment/a/unemploymentrunsout.htm

Awesome article, Alison. Thanks!!!! The parents with kids are concerning me most these days. They might not know about welfare or assistance. They should read this. I don’t want to see kids suffering. Thanks again!!!!

July 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm
(1211) Doris G says:

Thank you Angel for trying but I’m afraid none of your suggestions are helpfull for an older(over 30) single person in Tennessee, not your fault I should have been more specific.
There is no welfare, medical care of any kind-none, no assistance. You have to have some kind of income to receive section 8 housing-all are on either ssi or disability-no help for regular working type people under 65. When you run out of unemployment in Tenn. you hit the streets. Sure you can get foodstamps but if your living in the woods or in a box it’s hard to get and keep and prepare food etc. Sorry Alison but your advice tho well intentioned is a bit pedestrian for a grown up. We’ve allready thought of all of your suggestions like save money,sell off possesions on and on, all common sense no brainer survival techniques. All of your ideas I had already used and perfected just to survive with a job 20 years ago. Is there not anyone out there that can tell us what happens to homeless people in this heartless dog eat dog country.Do the police round us up and sell us as organ donors to the corporations or what. I see no homeless anywhere in my town yet know that they’re are hundreds. Do they just evaporate or what?

July 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm
(1212) Jerry says:

Its time ALL unemployed to call your claims in this week and next and step on your congressmans feet for aditional unemployment benefits. If new Tier or Tiers is not implemented and a few thinks this will help them they will see if only a few are seen it will look as if things are going better but in true numbers not everyone is counted. We need a New tier or tiers for one additional year with no deadlines until the ending date. Period Good luck to all unemployed finding these so called recovery jobs or any job that will suport you and your families!

July 11, 2010 at 11:19 pm
(1213) MIKE says:

WE NEED TIER 5 TO BE PASSED ASAP WE ARE FALLING BEHINED AND SOON WILL BE ON THE STREETS HOMELESS WE NEED THIS PEOPLE. WE HAVE PAID OUR TAXES AND THE GOVERNMENT IS PLAYING GAMES WITH OUR LIVES. PASS THE EXTENSION DAMM ITT!!!!

July 12, 2010 at 8:15 am
(1214) disgusted in usa says:

Is anyone collecting on tier 1, 2, 3, or 4? I was locked out at the end of May because I still had $29 in tier 1. I told the guy that I was already approved for tier 2. I guess I would have been alright if I would have skipped a day of work. That right there is disincentive to work. My claim is old because (I am sure many are like me) I worked many months making just at or above my weekly benefit. I figured why not leave that money in there for when I have zero work? I guess I was too dumb to know how messed up our government is!

July 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm
(1215) JoeD says:

I had previously exhausted my standard Unemployment benefits last year and was receiving checks through my first federal EUC “Tier” – that was up until two weeks ago when those extra 20 weeks ran out.
I was told by the people at the Unemployment center that I had missed getting on board for another tier by a WEEK – if my unemployment benefits had run out a week earlier, in other words, I would have been eligible for further assistance.

Wonderful. I’m trying my best to get through this God-Awful recession that the citizens of this country certainly had NOTHING to do with – trying to scrape by while running around like mad to find employment, and now I’m told “Oh gee- we’re sorry – you missed some made up “deadline” the Government put forth and just because you weren’t able to FIND A JOB or your BENEFITS didn’t END on some exact date – now there’s nothing we can do for you”.

Missing it by that one week screws me out of months of potential aid that I need to continue keeping a roof over my head and feeding my kid and myself?
Great. That’s just great. SO all I’m left with is some hope that this tier 5 will pass, because – yeah, sorry I was a bit late to the party… I haven’t USED a Tier Two, or Tier Three or Tier FOUR unemployment benefits…. but WOW – like so many many others – I’m STILL unemployed, and STILL struggling… and honestly I feel like I’m being punished because of why? I didn’t lose my job soon enough last year? By a WEEK?!

I’m really scared of what’s going to happen – for myself and a lot of other people out there who lost their benefits… Washington can spend BILLIONS of dollars on foreign aid, wars, bailing out Wallstreet and the home and banking industry… but Joe citizen? The people who had the LEAST to do with this economic nightmare, but are suffering the worst from it – It’s insane. Just insane.
I was left dumbfounded when our own senator of MA, Scott Brown cited a “need to be cautious with our spending” in regards as to why it’s been “difficult” to pass this proposed Tier 5 Unemployment extension to those who need it most.

Really?
Really?!
The Senate certainly didn’t have a problem going on a spending-frenzy earlier – they all got to enjoy voting themselves a nice pay increase and I’m sure had an absolutely LOVELY forth of July vacation.
Hell of a time to suddenly decide it’s time for “hard choices” and becoming frugal at the expense of the citizens out there hit hardest.

Want to know what I did on MY forth of July, Senators?
I had hotdogs and beans with my kid, courtesy of the food pantry from our local church, and we walked to the beach to watch the fireworks because I sold my car in order to keep some small things of modern life, like an internet connection, alive, so kiddo can still do her homework research and play a game or two with some classmates.

I still go to bed nervous about what’s going to happen in the future for us – I honestly don’t know what we’re going to do after next month if Washington doesn’t pass the Tier 5, and I can start getting benefits again to hold us over until I find a job.
I’m scared for her.

I’m scared for everybody.

July 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm
(1216) In Disbelief says:

When will it be enough? The government needs to pay all the unemployed for what .. the next 5 years..10 years…until they die? what when is it enough. Do you guys realize you people the ones who write on these sites are really the only ones probably looking for jobs. everyone else is riding the wagon as long as they can and then bitch when time is out because they’ve waited till the last minute to look or go to school. adapt your life . most of you have had 99 weeks to adapt to cheaper living most should have been prepared! sorry to those who really look for jobs and have adapted. you are very few and far between. the reason the government has capped unemployment is because most of the people on those benefits don’t even help theirselves. they see it as a free paycheck. you should have never asked the government for more extension you should have asked for tougher rules… drug tests, the little extravagants in life( new car, new house) check and see if those people really apply to that job or not. I bet it would have cut quite a lot of participants and we would be where we are today.

July 12, 2010 at 9:44 pm
(1217) Monique says:

I am suffering with no income with no jobs hiring. There needs to be a tier 5 to help these million of people with the homes, food. New Jersey can not help that no one is hiring and till this day people are still getting laid off in New Jersey they should still be unemployment going out to help these people survive it not fare that they should live on the street suffering.

July 12, 2010 at 9:48 pm
(1218) m says:

I am suffering with no income with no jobs hiring. There needs to be a tier 5 to help these million of people with the homes, food. New Jersey can not help that no one is hiring and till this day people are still getting laid off in New Jersey they should still be unemployment going out to help these people survive it not fare that they should live on the street suffering

July 13, 2010 at 3:21 am
(1219) JoeD says:

In response to “in Disbelief”‘s comments –

You sound like someone who’s got a nice cushy job and hasn’t yet been hit by the unemployment horror that Millions of American workers have been dealing with. Either that, or you’re so far removed from what everyday citizens are going through right now and you just don’t care.

When will it be enough? I’ll TELL YOU… it’ll be enough when EVERY SINGLE UNEMPLOYED WORKER who HAD a job is BACK ON THE JOB, before the people we elected in charge to handle things like OUR ECONOMY and our BANKING INSTITUTIONS and our NATIONAL SPENDING and to protect American JOBS so completely screwed everything up and started us on this financial joyride we call “the Recession”.

you make it sound as if a majority of people who *were* depending on unemployment benefits just to exist were just as happy as clams to sit on their butts and receive less than what they were making week-to-week, and do absolutely nothing… except still having to pay for all their bills that never went away or got any cheaper… or that they were already struggling to make ends meet even when they had a halfway decent paycheck coming in.
To say “Most of us had 99 weeks to “adapt” to cheaper living” is a slam and just plain false. This country has been losing jobs throughout the past two years… a lot pf people I know have lost their jobs just in the past 9 months alone. People like me, who haven’t been riding some gravy-train – I don’t think anyone who’s lost their job looks at Unemployment as a free paycheck… it’s degrading and it’s a struggle just to keep your head above water.

I’ll agree that a lot of people overextended themselves when applying for a mortgage on a $250,000 home – I suppose you can blame them AND THE BANKS THAT APPROVED THEM to a large degree as to why they “lost” their fabulous ritzy accommodations… but in the area I live in, it isn’t those people who are losing their homes or apartments or trying to figure out if they should buy food or pay their electric bill because of being unemployed… most of the people I see suffering were just plain folk with average jobs who lived in modest homes and had a 6 year old car the wife and husband both used and were laid off not because they were “bad people” or did their job lousy or had outrageous payments on a pricey piece of property… these people were victims of a bad economy and the company they worked for either had forced layoffs or closed entirely because of it.

Tougher rules you say? “Drug Tests” and “little extravagants” in life… Oh, gee here’s an idea… “let’s make sure the person we’re hiring actually matches the job requirements we’re seeking”.
What are you, 15? Have you even HAD a job in the past year or so?
Here’s some FYI for you: Drug testing is mandatory for MOST jobs now days, so I think the employers of this country – what ones there still are, have this covered. If what your asking for is that every person on unemployment have to submit to monthly drug testing to keep their unemployment coming in, that’s an impossible task that no state has the money, resources or manpower to enforce. Yes, SOME people on unemployment might be habitual drug users (as with any group of people you might care to list) but I find it curious that seeing as how unemployed people were at SOME TIME actually “Employed” – and likely were functioning at their jobs just fine before they were laid off, and passing any job-related drug testing, how you think spending more money on continued drug testing is going to help anyone. Especially if they don’t have JOBS.
They also usually already demand during an interview that the potential hire has at least SOME of the required skills for performing the job that has been opened.
I think those masses of people at the Unemployment offices in your state even have to fill out pre-interview resumes that state their qualifications before they even begin a job search. Shocking, I know.
“Extravagances in life”. Gee – that’s a tough one… so your saying the woman who’s living in an apartment with her two kids who USED to have a job and did the very very stupid thing of buying a new car (with a 5-year payment plan) because her old car died and she needed to shuttle her brats around (awful, isn’t it) is entitled to NO Unemployment support (or less) just because her company closed their doors suddenly last month? Or the married couple who scraped together enough money to put a down payment on a modest home three years ago should be “punished” because, hey – “new Home”?

People from all walks of life continue to suffer because of this recession… good people who had decent jobs at one time and a majority of most I’d wager were just making it before they were cut lose. The people who were making six-figures annually and paying for a Million Dollar home, sure – there’s those who lost their jobs during this time. But the highest percentage of the unemployed are people like me… John Q. Average who doesn’t own a fancy home or drove a $30,000 automobile… used to make a few hundred a week on a paycheck that supported my family, but certainly didn’t keep us in the lap of luxury or able to buy the latest toys or go on fancy trips or allow for a fat savings account in the bank.

What we need right now is HELP. I feel for those who are in the “99″ club, I really do – but it terrifies me that I’ve already lost my benefits without coming CLOSE to 99 weeks… that I’m busting my hump trying to find a job, but things are so…. God, there’s nothing out there. Every day I look and just… nothing. I don’t want to be unemployed for another DAY – never mind another few months… Am I going to get another few months? Will they pass the Tier 5?
What am I going to DO, me and my little girl, without it?
I feel sick to my stomach a lot of days. I can’t sleep very well. I need to make her lunch, and all I have is #@!% SCRAPS this week. I have to walk around the block because I don’t want her to see me cry or how frustrated I am.

…I don’t think most of us are looking for a 5-year HANDOUT, “in Disbelief”… We want to get back to WORK. We want that normalcy we used to have. We want our damn lives back. Everybody has already adapted in this recession… people WITH jobs and without. I had to adapt as I’m sure everyone else who had unemployment benefits did – to the bare minimum of everything. We could juuust scrape by. No frills, but at least I could keep a home until the availability of jobs – any job, came about.
Now, I fear the worst.
That’s what being unemployed is like… I don’t know anyone who thinks of it as an extended vacation or is enjoying the “wagon ride” as you put it, or who isn’t frustrated and nervous or scared out of their wits about what will they do next month when the bills come in or it’s time to put food on the table.

If ANYONE should be punished because of the unemployment numbers out there due to this recession – why people simply can’t find jobs and support their families – it should be the politicians and heads of office who got us into this mess in the first place. Maybe this November, they will be. I might end up being homeless, but damn sure I’ll be at the polls. I guarantee you that much.

July 13, 2010 at 8:49 am
(1220) Angel says:

For “In Disbelief” — you completely have your head in the sand. I guess you have a job or your wouldn’t be talking that way. Most of us 99rs HAVE adapted and tried to find work. No one will hire older workers for most menial jobs that they are used to hire young people for. That’s what I’ve been trying to find. I have disability but still need other income since it’s not enough. Others are worse and have no income now. I can’t sell to save my life and Walmart won’t hire me since I’m older. The good paying jobs are sought after by not just 6 other workers, by HUNDREDS of others. “It will be enough” when this economy is on the right track and people can find good paying jobs again. So you are in the category that all of us 99rs were sitting around collecting checks? So where is “cheaper living”? Tell us where? Oshkosh, Nebraska? Can we find a job there or should we stick to more populated expensive cities which might yield more work. You are what’s wrong with America. Problems are caused by government not controlling immigration and outsourcing, then idiots like you come on board and say, pick yourselves up by your bootstraps. YOU are the problem. WE ARE NOT THE PROBLEM. Look around. Get your head out of the sand and realize we DON’T want to be hungry or homeless—it’s degrading. We WANT things for our kids!! We DO want jobs. You truly disgust me. The government and you should be in our shoes for 1 day. You will all then understand. JoeD—this sounds like this guy who trolls this board under different names who lives in his mom’s basement. He’ll never get it cause he’s not in the thick of it. How nice for him.

JoeD—read this http://jobsearch.about.com/od/unemployment/a/unemploymentrunsout.htm

Go to DSS or Department of Social Services and ask for TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. (cash) And food stamps. You said you have a child. Tell them that. They will help you. Also churches for cash rent assistance. United Way, Salvation Army, etc. I believe single people will have the hardest time. People with kids need to learn welfare and church help cause they will get it.
See http://www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits_en.portal what you are entitled to.

July 13, 2010 at 8:51 am
(1221) Angel says:

JoeD— see http://www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits_en.portal
and http://jobsearch.about.com/od/unemployment/a/unemploymentrunsout.htm cause you have a child you can get cash rent assistance and food stamps.—welfare from DSS Department of Social Services. Don’t listen to this troll who lives in his mom’s basement.

July 13, 2010 at 8:51 am
(1222) angel says:
July 13, 2010 at 8:52 am
(1223) Angel says:

and http://jobsearch.about.com/od/unemployment/a/unemploymentrunsout.htm cause you have a child you can get cash rent assistance and food stamps.—welfare from DSS Department of Social Services. Don’t listen to this troll who lives in his mom’s basement.

July 13, 2010 at 10:48 am
(1224) in disbelief says:

you know the key word in the last 2 statements made was “degrading” . what you have is a problem with humility. what the flipping burgers, dumping trash bins, bagging groceries job is just not good enough is it. I believe if I were fixing to be on the streets i would get one of those jobs. If I were hungry enough I’d get one of those jobs. I have yet to see anyone die of hunger from this unemployment situation. But no you guys stay on the internet( which is also a luxury) bitching instead of being proactive.

July 13, 2010 at 11:15 am
(1225) angel says:

In disbelief— We can’t get one of those “degrading” jobs. They favor younger workers with no degrees. Understand? PS You are staying on the internet bitching, too, instead of being proactive. Look at your own behavior.

Maybe us unemployed are doing both—bitching AND looking for work. I am.

July 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm
(1226) in disbelief says:

those “good paying” jobs no longer exist. accept it and start over. why are we “as americans” always think we are entitled to something. suck it up and do what is necessary to put food in your tummy and shelter over your head. there is nothing in life guaranteed except for air. so do the hard work and quit fuming about how you are done so wrong buy the government. they can’t take it back now. so what we bitch about it for the next 50 years. swallow that “american” pride. be a survivor!!!

July 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm
(1227) in disbelief says:

i live in south carolina. what we are the 2nd worst in the nation for unemployment right now. I have yet to see a homeless person much less anyone starve. i did a test a few minutes ago. I went to the store and on my way I passed about 200 cars. I counted all the old cars( what I considered old 2006 or older) and I counted 12 and they were really junky about 10-15 years old. So how is it that there are so many new cars on the road but yet everyone is starving and being put out at the end of the month???

July 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(1228) angel says:

We are accepting that good jobs are over, we are sucking it up, but we can’t find a job. Would you please understand? Don’t you hear us? We are trying anything, moving, applying for minimum wage jobs, changing resumes, etc. It’s all losing battle, including talking to you. Once someone is not in our shoes, they don’t understand, including the government.

July 13, 2010 at 1:08 pm
(1229) Tim Swanson says:

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(1230) Tim Swanson says:

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July 12, 2010 – by Donny Shaw

Apparently West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin’s chat last night with election attorneys didn’t convince him to go ahead with appointing an interim replacement for Sen. Robert Byrd [D, WV] before the legislature in his state meets on Thursday. Here’s the latest on the situation, from the AP:

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin says he’ll make a temporary appointment to the late Robert C. Byrd’s Senate seat by Sunday.

Manchin said Monday he could announce his pick as early as Friday.

That means this entire week will go by without any Senate work on the unemployment insurance extension bill unless Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] or another Republican changes their position on it. It does sound pretty certain that there will be a replacement for Byrd by the beginning of next week, but, in that case, even under the best-case scenario, it will take the Senate until the end of next week to get the bill to final passage. And then the process of implementing the extension in the 50 states begins…

On the bright side, when Congress does finally get the extension done and it is signed into law (most likely during the final week of July), the bill is will allow for benefits to be paid back retroactively to everyone who has been cut off since they expired on June 2nd. By the end of July, 3.2 million unemployed Americans will have had their benefits cut off prematurely due to the Senate stalemate.

July 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm
(1231) Nevada says:

This Guy has some very good info…. This one was from 7-11-10 Remember to ck. out the other links.

Here is one of the comments..The cost of helping long-term unemployed
Congress returns Monday from its ten day hiatus to tackle a number of unresolved issues, including the extension of unemployment benefits. Numbers speak volumes when it comes to the unemployed and how some in Congress have treated the jobless.
Since June 2, approximately 2,181,500 have lost unemployment benefits because Democrat Senator Ben Nelson and 39 Republicans have been unable to agree to use non-deficit spending for unemployment benefit extension legislation. The cost of the legislation that they find so offensive is $33 billion over 10 years. That’s right, ten years. That $33 billion is 0.0033% of a 10 trillion dollar total deficit. In similar fashion, it may cost only another $33 billion to fund the 99ers from June 2 till the end of November.

http://www.examiner.com/x-27052-Rochester-Unemployment-Examiner~y2010m7d11-2181500-have-lost-unemployment-benefits-When-will-Congress-vote-to-extend-unemployment-benefits

Also i have read about the reason why Republicans, fail to vote Yah. for extending unemployment, The reason is to cause a 2nd dip or spiral dowward of the Ecomy, Thus making themselves look better for upcoming Elections this fall. {due to the failure of Democrats] Polices,
Repubs also dont allow this to pass as Emergancy Spending. Even though, it has always been for 30 years.
Plain and simple, they want the Democrates to fail. If you dont belive me, Just watch fox news…it is almost anti AMERICAN. to bash our President like they have. I even saw one Woman on their Show, that said Goodie, when one of the others said something Bad about Dememocrats.

By the way,i am not a 99er. and I hope i never will be. But I do know that a teir 5 is needed.for many reasons. one is to keep people off welfair, that includes healthcare, rent,food stamps,gas,utilitys and $2,500 for Auto repairs plus Cash each month for other expences thus in many cases will cost more than unemployment.

So just think what will happen when 10% of American familys stop spending their unemployment Checks.

oh Wait !… I Know, We should close every prison. Turn them into homeless shelters, then have ALL new prisons built on the Border. i think that will serve many functions.

July 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm
(1232) Tim Swanson says:

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Apparently West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin’s chat last night with election attorneys didn’t convince him to go ahead with appointing an interim replacement for Sen. Robert Byrd [D, WV] before the legislature in his state meets on Thursday. Here’s the latest on the situation, from the AP:

West Virginia Gov. J

July 13, 2010 at 9:12 pm
(1233) Nevada says:

Will the 99ers be helped before the House takes its summer recess on July 30?

I hope people will read this…http://www.examiner.com/x-27052-Rochester-Unemployment-Examiner~y2010m7d13-Manchin-to-replace-Byrd-this-week-2235000-have-lost-their-unemployment-benefits-99ers-still-wait

I wonder if they ever “think” that internal bickering has caused the downfall of many Empires, When they fail to protect it as a whole. ( quote from Floyd)

July 14, 2010 at 11:33 am
(1234) Emily P says:

I am 38 single mom and got laid off since June 2008. I only have an associate degree and have been taking online courses for my bachelor degree, I have sent out tons of resume but no replies or my education cannot compete with the newly graduate. I am praying for the tier 5 benefits to pass so I can continue look for jobs, taking care of the kid and complete my bachelor degree.

July 14, 2010 at 11:36 am
(1235) Emily P says:

I am 38 single mom and got laid off since June 2008. I only have an associate degree and have been taking online courses for my bachelor degree, I have sent out tons of resume but no replies or my education cannot compete with the newly grads. I am praying the tier 5 benefits to pass so I can continue to look for jobs, take care of my kid and complete my bachelor degree online.

July 14, 2010 at 6:19 pm
(1236) Bill Reed says:

Tier 5 unemployment??????? Really if you have been laid off for 2 years and have been unable to find a job of any kind you need to either move to a different location, find a job not in your field and take a pay cut, or just plain quit milking the government for all its worth we have enough people on welfare doing that as it is.

July 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm
(1237) in disbelief says:

there you go mr. bill reed. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks this way.

July 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm
(1238) jeremiah47 says:

I have been unemployed for over 2 years because the company i worked for needed to make more money. So everyone with the bigger salaries and long years of employment were laid off. Now they have a 2nd quarter earnings report this year that shows that they make 90 million more in profit. And they are hiring entry level managers for low pay and 70-80 hour work weeks. This is what companies have become. Build the company on the backs of its workers and then let them go so they can reap the benefits at the top. JW what a humanitarian. Paying hundreds of thousands less than minimum wage for 40 years and acting like he did you a favor. Next time your at a funeral for a mom and dad and the costs aren’t even covered to bury them because they worked for the family chain. Remember this, they worked hard for nothing.

July 14, 2010 at 11:14 pm
(1239) in disbelief says:

You guys are so worried about what other people have and how they reap the awards of hard working citizens, but its the REALITY. Forget about them, they can’t eat you. Worry about you and yours. Forget blaming everyone for your misfortune, bad things happen to good hard working people. Does bitching about it help? Does it really? Do you think they log on to the internet and read these stories? Just do anything necessary to live. Work at Mcdonalds or the Dollar General. Even if you fail and lose your home or for goodsake CAR at least you can say you tried. And then the PRIDE you all have so much of… is earned. You’ll be a better person for it.

July 14, 2010 at 11:52 pm
(1240) Nevada says:

Bill?
Move where? Do You think? I will belive that you have anything to do with NAFTA?… (take your buisiness and move to Their Country !
So You are out of MINE.

Or are You so Many Named? that we dont talk?

I say this will Pass

And maybe You will be looked at as a thing off Past.

But Pass it will( 99ers). Only because Americans are here, And counted, as a Vote, or a Person. Right is Right.

Just remember this. many Repubs… Dont even know who the first Replublican was. DO YOU? Lol

DEM…INVITED YOU AND WILL KICK YOU OUT .) you failed.
The Democrates are 1st AMERICANS… not you.

But all you wish is the GOP/ Republican Partys
.
I say You are not invited anymore.

as GRAND OLD PARTY that was never intended to be around. and to go back to the Countrys that You have sent our Jobs. LIVE THERE . BUSH lovers.

I stand Strong in the Democrocy that Is America.

Still can Stand for
.
Many of you know just what I said.

July 15, 2010 at 9:56 am
(1241) Angel says:

You can’t even get support on a message board without idiots trying to bully…I guess free speech is alive and well.

The latest is by November us 99er’s will be getting 13 more weeks. That’s what I heard from someone who has a rep as a relative in Congress. It might be false but that’s what I heard. By then, most of us will be homeless or underemployed.

If anyone knows something else, let us all know.

July 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm
(1242) Michael S. says:

I am among the Tier 5 Unemployed & am in DESPERATE Need to get my Unemployment money!! I have NO way of paying my Bills or put food on my family’s table! Let me also say that i look for work EVRYDAY, fax resumes, Jobs.com & walk In’s with NO luck. I have tried EVERYTHING to get work but have not had any luck. I am NOT one of the people these Senators say “sit on their @ss collecting money”, like Welfare does but them people on welfare seem to get their money & never have the problem we on Unemployment are having now!!! We on unemployment earned the right to get unemployment not the other way around & now the politicians find the need to say were are sitting on our butt collecting $$$, please. I can tell them 1 thing, if i do not get my unemployment money with 2 weeks of today, me & my family will be living on the street, PERIOD & this is NOT a JOKE!!!–Chicago, Illinois

July 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm
(1243) Angel says:

Michael—see above posts for aid. DSS or Department of Social Services in your area have homeless prevention programs like HHAP and free cash and food stamps. Mention you have kids. Also go to your local church and ask for their Community Service Center for free cash and aid. Ask for “Funds to Help Prevent Eviction”. Also churches have referrals for job assistance. See Alison’s http://jobsearch.about.com/od/unemployment/a/unemploymentrunsout.htm

July 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm
(1244) Dedee says:

I was laid off in August 2009 and was just informed by Florida UCT that my benefits are now exhausted and that I qualify for any of the tiers at all. I never got 99 weeks, I got less than a year.

How come they randomly selected dates to extend benefits but people who just got laid off within the last year aren’t getting them too?

It seems rather unfair. And I’m scared to death. :(

July 15, 2010 at 6:58 pm
(1245) Dedee says:

sorry, I left out DON’T qualify for any tiers.

July 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm
(1246) Jeff in CA says:

Angel:

I read a similar post a while back. Don’t believe it. There are no secrets being kept. It’s nonsense and not how these things go.

Forums of all sorts are full of people claiming they know a guy. Just hang in there and get your information from known and reliable sources.

July 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm
(1247) Tim Swanson says:

Dedee says:
I was laid off in August 2009 and was just informed by Florida UCT that my benefits are now exhausted and that I qualify for any of the tiers at all. I never got 99 weeks, I got less than a year.

How come they randomly selected dates to extend benefits but people who just got laid off within the last year aren’t getting them too?

It seems rather unfair. And I’m scared to death.

Dee when did your claim begin, what month and did you get any of tier number one (twenty weeks)

July 15, 2010 at 10:18 pm
(1248) Tim Swanson says:

DEE DEE

THIS ARTICLE SHOULD PUT YOU BACK IN TIER NUMBER TWO ELIGABILITY WHEN THIS VOTE GOES THROUGH NEXT TUESDAY.

Senate Close To Restoring Jobless Benefits
House Already Passed Estimated $34 Billion Bill
STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press Writer

POSTED: Thursday, July 15, 2010
UPDATED: 9:05 pm EDT July 15, 2010

Scott Olson/Getty Images
WASHINGTON — More than 2 million workers who have been laid off for long stretches could get their unemployment benefits restored as early as next week.

The Senate plans to take up a measure Tuesday to restore the extended benefits, right after a new Democratic senator from West Virginia is sworn in, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday.

With the death of Sen. Robert Byrd, Senate Democrats had been a vote short of the 60 needed to overcome a GOP filibuster. West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has said he could name a temporary replacement to fill Byrd’s seat as early as Friday.

The House already has passed a bill to extend the benefits through November, at a cost of about $34 billion. The money would be borrowed, adding to the national debt.

About 2.5 million people have lost their benefits since the last extension ran out at the end of May. The bill would add up to 73 weeks of extra benefits, paid for by the federal government, on top of the 26 weeks typically provided by states.

Reid, D-Nev., said Byrd’s replacement will be sworn in Tuesday afternoon, and a bill to extend the jobless benefits will be up for a vote immediately afterward.

Lawmakers have been sparring for weeks over extending the benefits. Some Democrats have argued that lawmakers have a moral obligation to extend the benefits while the unemployment rate hovers above 9 percent. Many Democrats also see the benefits as insurance against the economy sliding back into recession because laid off workers typically spend their payments quickly, stimulating the economy.

Republicans, tapping into voter anger about the growing national debt, said they would support extending the benefits if the bill was paid for. They have proposed using unspent money from President Barack Obama’s massive 2009 economic recovery package, a plan Democrats oppose.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

July 16, 2010 at 12:50 am
(1249) Charles "Chuckie" E. Cheese says:

recession is dying down. i’m a 99 weeker (got booted back in february in ’08). but now i’m getting interviews and craziness. i just landed a telemarketer job. easy as hell and 12-15 bones an hour. got a bachelors in art but this is mad money compared to the wal-mart/mickey d’s chumps and they also gotta deal with stupid redneck bosses. getting paid again, y’all. jobs are opening up everywhere now. put down the phone and walk down the street. politicians are done with us, get them jobs now. no more excuses.

p.s. buy my pizza!

July 16, 2010 at 9:02 am
(1250) Dedee says:

Tim:

My first claim was filed 8/9/09 according to the benefits page they send. I was officially laid off 8/14/09 so they probably didn’t pay me until a week after that. I’m sorry if my info is lame.

The letter I received yesterday said that my payment this week (7/14/10) is the final payment of emergency unemployment comp EUC on this claim. The last date to establish eligibility under the next tier of EUC was 5/30/10.

When I called a rep about this letter, he said there are no tiers for which I qualify. I asked the same question 3 different ways and basically there is nothing for me to file or receive on any tier. :(

So to answer your question, I don’t believe I was on any tier ever. I hope that whatever they vote on, according to your article, adds me into the mix somehow. Do you think it will?

By the way, thank you for responding to my posts :)

July 16, 2010 at 9:35 am
(1251) Tim Swanson says:

DEE

I THINK YOU COLLECTED 26 WEEKS AND ADDITIONAL 20 WEEKS OF TIER ONE AND YOUR AT THE END OF TIER ONE ON JULY 14, BECAUSE THE DATE TO FILE FOR NEXT TIER IN FLORIDA WAS EXPIRED ON JUNE 2, YOU DIDNT MOVE FORWARD INTO TIER NUMBER TWO. BUT WHEN CONGRESS MEETS NEXT WEEK AND HOPEFULLY PASSES THE EXTENSION DATE THROUGH NOVEMBER 30TH YOU WILL RETROACTIVELY BE ABLE TO MOVE INTO TIER NUMBER TWO WHICH IS ADDITIONAL 14 WEEKS AND TIER THREE AFTER THAT IS 13 WEEKS MORE SO YOU WILL HAVE A DRY COUPLE OF WEEKS HERE BUT THEN YOU WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE INTO TIER TWO AND THEY DO THAT AUTOMATICLLY, IF YOUR CLAIM WAS STARTED IN AUGUST AND YOUR COLLECTING UNTIL JUKY 14TH, THAN IT WOULD TAKE 46 WEEKS TO DO THAT. 26 FROM STATE AND 20 FROM FEDERAL

July 16, 2010 at 9:45 am
(1252) Dedee says:

Tim: I’m so glad I found this page! Thank you for your help.

I had no idea I was on any tier ever. Didn’t even know what they were until I got this letter yesterday. So they do it automatically? That’s good too.

These guys better vote yes! I posted a comment on LeMieux’s facebook wall, but I would bet he doesn’t read comments. :(

Thank you again! *crossing fingers*

July 16, 2010 at 10:06 am
(1253) Tim Swanson says:

DEE,

YEA THE EXTENSION VOTE WILL HAPPEN NEXT WEEK AND YOU WILL GO THROUGH TIER TWO JUST LIKE ME, THE AGENCIES ARENT VERY GOOD AND LETTING YOU KNOW THIS I NEVER GOT A LETTER EVEN TELLING ME I WENT INTO TIER TWO I HAD TO CALL AND ASK MYSELF JUST PRYOR TO ENDING THE INITIAL 26 WEEKS

July 16, 2010 at 10:21 am
(1254) Dedee says:

You think they will definitely vote yes? I’m reading other blogs and comments on them

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-45498-San-Diego-Unemployment-Examiner~y2010m7d14-99ers-challenge-Harry-Reid-Keep-Senate-in-session-until-99er-help-is-passed

and some people are talking about blue dogs and other republicans NOT voting yes.

I should stop reading, it’s scaring me.

July 16, 2010 at 10:35 am
(1255) Tim Swanson says:

DEE, THE VOTE WILL FINALLY GO THROUGH NEXT WEEK, BYRDS REPLACEMENT WILL BE ANNOUNCED TODAY AND HE WILL GIVE THEM THE 60TH VOTE NECESSARY TO GET IT THROUGH, BOTH SIDES OF CONGRESS PRETTY MUCH BELIEVE IN THE EXTENSION, REPUBLICANS WANT IT PAYED FOR, BUT IT WILL STILL PASS NEXT WEEK

July 16, 2010 at 10:43 am
(1256) Dedee says:

Awesome! Thank you again!

July 16, 2010 at 10:58 am
(1257) Dedee says:

So guess what I heard? I’m in Florida and:

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?%2Fcontent%2Farticle%2F15001-1

July 16, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As early as Monday, Senate leaders in Washington could vote to re-authorize extended unemployment benefits, but Florida workers won’t receive those benefits unless state law is changed. That’s according to Florida AFL-CIO executive director Rich Templin, who says state law currently has an expiration date of June 5 for Floridians to qualify; he’s calling on the legislature to fix the problem during next week’s special session by dropping that cut-off date.

July 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm
(1258) Tim Swanson says:

DEE,

UNLESS IM OFF BASE THE JUNE 5 DATE APPLIES NATIONWIDE AND THATS WHAT THE VOTE NEXT WEEK IS ALL ABOUT, WHEATHER TO EXTEND IT THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2010, FLORIDA WILL NOT BE LEFT OUT IF THE VOTE PASSES NEXT WEEK

July 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm
(1259) Melissa says:

To Martin, you are an idiot! Or your either one of the crooks on wallstreet! I want the entire republican congress drug tested!
It is common knowledge that the republicans vote no on every single unemployment issue! Your in your home with your silver spooned mouth eating well I suppose, while millions of children and adults go hungry everyday because they as you think….They do not want to work, and would like to stay on unemployment the rest of their lives. Yeah, I spent 6 years getting a college degree to do just that! Your an idiot, go somewhere else! We do not need another republican putting us down! Your all alike! But we will be voting in november, and have taken the names of everyone that has voted no on our extensions!

July 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm
(1260) Stephanie says:

I have a diploma in Medical Billing and Coding, haven’t find a job for the past year, have a two year old son, and the state won’t assist us with food stamps. I have applied at McDonald’s while they are hiring, and my only guess is that I am not a high school kid they can push around. This bill needs to pass.

July 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm
(1261) SINKING says:

THE EARTHQUAKE THAT JUST RATTLED D.C. IS NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT WILL RATTLE IT IF THE LAWMAKERS DON’T MOVE ON TIER 5 FOR THOSE WHO STILL CAN’T FIND JOBS

July 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm
(1262) FADING FAST says:

D.C. THOUGHT THAT QUAKE EARLIER WAS BAD….WELL, WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS IF THEY DON’T PASS A TIER 5. IT’S NOT OUR FAULT THAT THEY’RE 100 PEOPLE APPLYING FOR EVERY JOB OPENING.

July 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm
(1263) DBK says:

Anybody else out there feel decent paying middle class American jobs are shrinking and what few jobs are out there are all being given to foreign workers that are all too happy to work for far less, maybe because they have no intention of staying here after they make and send enough money home, to their real countries? More and more Americans are being forced out of their jobs for the last ten years or longer simply because they are 50 or older. At the same time millions more foreign legal and illegal workers pour into our country each year to take jobs away from Americans working and unemployed and this continues driving wages and our standard of living down. I do not understand why Americans would allow their elected Politicians to get away with this and allow so many of them to try to paint unemployed Americans as freeloaders, lazy, soft, living above their means, etc. Unemployment Benefits are Not Charity, they are benefits that provide a safety net to our people and our American economy. In my opinion, business, American Chamber Of Commerence, shareholders/investors and Politicians do not care about the pain and suffering being inflicted on our economy and our citizens and are only doing what ever they can to satisfy the greed of whoever sends them campaign donations. Outsourcing millions of good paying American jobs to enter the global is not working and has resulted in forcing tens of millions of Americans onto longterm unemployment and into underemployment, forced many to cashout their entire retirement plans to pay hpusehold bills to keep food on their tables and a roof over their heads. For the last 15 years, the American economy has been on life support, and the transfusion keeping it alive was home equity loans and consumer credit, Greenspan’s doings, his encouraging Americans to borrow, borrow, borrow,knowing the economy was shrinking fast with shrinking wages and and he also produced false lower inflation numbers, to cut social security payment increases, as is still being done today, by his manipulation of the index basket, removing all consumer items increasing too fast, such as energy, insurance, taxes, education cost, to name a few. This produced a lower inflation index, used by many companies to gage wage increases and our government for social security , millitary pension and increases. If we these politicians stay in office, things here are going to get far worst, for the middle class and poor, but the Rich will continue doing well!

July 16, 2010 at 4:24 pm
(1264) Jeff in CA says:

Don’t you all love how occasionally some poster, in one of many forums we view, finds a job and now everything is good again?

“The recession is over!”

FWIW, should I find employment, I won’t soon forget what’s happened here. And I also won’t stop fighting for it.

July 16, 2010 at 8:23 pm
(1265) Angel says:

Since I got disability insurance, I will be giving my extra money to prevent children from being homeless. I will talk to DSS or HHAP and donate. The problem is I am so in debt, my rent is high for the next 6 months, until my lease ends, that I might not have much money to give until then. When my lease runs out, and I get a cheaper apartment which is certain, I will give much more. I cannot fathom children suffering. A good thing came out of uncertainty. That’s when you know they haven’t beaten us yet. How many others will join me to prevent children from being homeless? I will give details to where to donate soon.

July 17, 2010 at 8:25 pm
(1266) hoop 123 says:

Angel,

Your some kind of something!! I just went to the mail box today and I had a letter from The Miami Mission Thanking me for my donation I sent to help feed the homeless, I must say your caring way will come back to you in many ways, to give when you don’t have much to begin with is the best gift of all, Bless you dear. You have done more to help people right here on this site, I read the posts and I must say it is heart breaking to hear what you all are going through. I wish all you get your Benefits soon, and the ones that are out I will say a prayer for you all that God will help you…

July 17, 2010 at 8:40 pm
(1267) hoop 123 says:

It is sad to say I agree with the post that if your over 50, middle America is go, going, gone, It will be the Rich or just the poor, never did I ever think this would happen, but here we are, middle America will be gone, no jobs, I hope all you who believed in all this so called Change, think how they left you all hanging in the wind, From the top of the White House, to the Congress and Senate. I can tell you fool me once, can happen to anyone, fool me Twice, no way, I won’t forget this ever, Just wait tilll around the holidays when there is no more benefits for so many, we will see what happens then. I know what people will do to protect their own. Obama and Congress can keep on taking vacation’s and the hell with the people who are suffering. The one’s that put him and the rest of the blood suckers in offiice.

July 17, 2010 at 9:51 pm
(1268) Kevin says:

I agree with many that we should call our elected officials on a daily basis. There isn’t enough noise being made out there. Unfortunately, I was self employed and cannot apply for benefits anyway. Funny thing, I did everything I was told to do (eg. education, hard work, etc…) so that I could break free from my working class roots. I achieved success only to have it stripped away bit by bit. Now I have nothing but debt and creditors hounding me daily. No one party can fix this, it is the fault of both. I don’t have much faith that it will get better and feel that the current situation is the new reality.

July 18, 2010 at 8:02 am
(1269) Angel says:

Thanks Hoop. Bless you too. See http://www.liveunited.org/ for volunteering and helping yourself. I am not out of the woods. My monthly income will be tough to live on. But believe me, I am grateful. Kevin you know you did the right things in life. It’s not your fault. You are right. There will be no more middle class soon. We haven’t done this. The government has.

July 19, 2010 at 11:22 am
(1270) Jeff in CA says:

Well, moments ago President Obama spoke on behalf of the unemployed. He stood with three unemployed individuals, in the Rose Garden, and explained each of their situations. There was no specific mention of the 99′ers, but he did stress the importance of the bill, mentioned it was a time to put the election aside, and pushed for congress to have it passed.

July 19, 2010 at 10:29 pm
(1271) Mary Massachusetts says:

Hello !! I have sent out over 300 resumes since being laid off in mid-2008. I have a doctorate degree and about 10 different versions of my resume where I dumb myself down, marten myself up — you name it and I have tried it. I have gotten 1 interview in over 2 years. My husband was laid off also — and he can only find temp jobs in the construction field. This country is going to CRAP and there will no longer be a middle class anymore — then who will they get the money from to send to foreign countries and to bail out banks? WE NEED TO ORGANIZE A MILLION PERSON UNEMPLOYED MARCH ON WASHINGTON — Are there any groups out there talking about doing that? We should use cardboard pitchforks as a symbol of our ancestors who fought tyranny with real pitchforks and shovels and anything else. The Tea Party folks have the right idea — except the wrong principals — because whenever they talk about stopping spending the first place they stop spending is on poor unemployed and underemployed people like us. LET’S MARCH !!

July 19, 2010 at 11:31 pm
(1272) David says:

According to AOL there are 1.4 million Americans who have exausted all benefits up to Tier 4 yet some states like Texas can’t even get tier 4.

There are 1.4 million Americans called 99ers. 1.4 million families is a lot who exausted 99 weeks. I’ve been on unemployment in Texas and I didn’t even get the full 93 weeks. I was shorted by about 30 weeks after using up all my tiers from the state because they say “UP TO 93 Weeks”.

So all these congressmen who are saying 99 weeks is more than enough time, most of the 1.4 million families NEVER got 99 weeks. They got UP TO, but most missed the mark because these states are using unemployment wages to calculate what they should qualify for. So they are saying based on your past wages (which are none since you are on unemployment) we are going to short you 30 something weeks. We are also going to count partial weeks as a full week! So if you got a partial week of $50, that counts as one of your weeks in your overall max total of weeks!! Check your records and call your UI office!

My question is will there be a tier 5 or will 1.4 million Americans and their families continue to suffer?

Also how about an extension where you actual get the extension instead of UP TO. This is so misleading, it’s almost an outright scam calling these people 99ers because most are not getting it. Someone should investigate this and writeup a story on it.

July 19, 2010 at 11:56 pm
(1273) Revelation 2010 says:

To All Americans whom are unemployed. READ THIS AND THINK ABOUT IT CAREFULLY…!

THE U.S. CONSTITUTION PRE-AMBLE STATES;

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The Gettysburg address started out as……”Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”.
And it ended up with…”this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”.
Now it seems to me that even a blind man can see the gross incompetence and outright greed by many of those whom are entrusted to do the right thing for the hard working people in this land. We have done our jobs for many years, decades, and in many cases, an entire lifetime.
The U.S. House of Representatives have done their job properly. And Kudos’s to them for an outstanding rapid response to the American peoples suffering. They passed the unemployment extension without ado.
But what in the world is going on with the U.S. Senate..?
Are they all on Crack…?

List of the U.S. Senators who voted against, and continue to vote against our unemployment benefits last:

NAYs —52

Alexander (R-TN) Barrasso (R-WY) Bayh (D-IN) Begich (D-AK)
Bennett (R-UT) Bond (R-MO) Brown (R-MA) Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY) Burr (R-NC) Chambliss (R-GA) Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME) Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID) DeMint (R-SC) Ensign (R-NV) Enzi (R-WY)
Feingold (D-WI) Graham (R-SC) Grassley (R-IA) Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT) Hutchison (R-TX) Inhofe (R-OK) Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE) Kohl (D-WI) Kyl (R-AZ) Landrieu (D-LA)
LeMieux (R-FL) Lieberman (ID-CT) Lugar (R-IN) McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO) McConnell (R-KY) Menendez (D-NJ) Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-FL) Nelson (D-NE) Pryor (D-AR) Risch (R-ID)
Sessions (R-AL) Shelby (R-AL) Snowe (R-ME) Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA) Voinovich (R-OH) Webb (D-VA) Wicker (R-MS)

We have another vote coming up tomorrow. Watch the names closely, and you will see that 99% of these names will not change.

Representative John Linder (R-Georgia) suggested on Thursday that extended unemployment benefits keep people from looking for work. What planet is he on..?

Because it certainly isn’t planet earth.

Do we really need people like this in office…making life threatening decisions for us all..?

And what is to happen to the millions of former hard-working Americans who have exhausted their 99 weeks of safety net…? They only have their lives remaining.
Are they to be blamed for the economic mess that the so few have created..? I think NOT…!
Unemployment extensions should be given, for as long as it takes for them(politicians) to clean up their own mess.
After all, they created it with their greed…..and their Corporate buy-offs..!

Here’s a great idea for all of us (millions+) Americans whom are unemployed with no sign of improvement in the near future.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could re-shuffle the deck of cards in the U.S. Senate. What good are they doing us anyway. They cannot agree on passing anything as simple as sustaining the American tax paying public. They seek pay-offs and favors for doing what they are sworn to do as elected officials by the public.
We hired them, and we can fire them. ROCK THE VOTE in NOVEMBER…!

We did not create the current financial mess that we are struggling through right now. They did..!
We did not allow Wall Street executives to create an economic crisis that has lasted longer than any since the Great Depression. They did..!

We did not bail out a bunch of greedy crooks that should, by right, be locked up in jail. They did..!

When you are playing a card game with friends or family, and you keep getting the losing hand dealt to you., what do you do..?
You demand a re-shuffle, or you demand a new deck of cards….right? Well we have been re-shuffling, and re-shuffling the U.S. Senate deck for decades and decades. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a new deck of cards in the U.S. Senate just to see if things would get better.
After all, we can always go back to the same old deck of cards if we had to…right..? But right now….I am calling on all of the 20+ million of unemployed American workers, (who in spite of Senator John Lind’s naïve point of view), who are hanging on by a very weak thread, and truly do want to get back to work full-time.

While they continue to hold out the necessary votes and go home to their comfortable lives and lifestyles,…when they can be saving American familys from starvation…..living in the streets, and a growing number of suicides, we continue to pray to God that they will somehow magically wake up and see the desperation many of us are going through. What we need to being doing is remembering the names of those hold-outs in particular…and make sure that they are never re-elected to public office again.

The November elections are just around the corner. Try this as an effort of change. Vote anything but Republican or Democrat this November for the Senate elections.

I would advice the same thing for the U.S. House of representatives…but it seems that they are the only ones in Congress who see things as “We the desperate People” are seeing things. We are only trying to save ourselves and our family’s.

ROCK the VOTE in November. Clean house in the U.S. Senate. They are worthless anyway.

VOTE ANYTHING BUT REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT…! And Senator Lieberman Independent party leadership…!

Who knows….maybe the rest of the political parties can get something done when there are no Corporate interest groups lining their pockets with gifts and cash….but rather actually doing what they are already well paid to do……which is the interest of the suffering American people.

We are many millions strong now…..and growing larger each week.

And we should be thanking the U.S. Senators for waking us up to their gross inept services and abuses to the hard-working American tax-payers. We have lost all that we have. (Savings, IRA’s, 401k’s piggy bank savings, homes, cars and positive outlook on our futures). All that we have left is stranded hope. And we keep waiting for them to do the right thing.

ROCK THE VOTE in November…!

Let them know how it feels to be unemployed, and worried about your necessary living needs.
Only an irresponsible elected idiot could possibly suggest that we are spending the little 60% of what we used to earn….on drugs….instead of taking care of and feeding our families.

Are these the kind of people we really need making life-effecting decisions for us…?

I think NOT..!

ROCK THE VOTE…in November…! Vote anything but Republican and Democrat..!

And-by-the-way,…. I can’t think of, or remember when I’ve ever seen, a drug using Junkie hold down a job for more than a couple of paychecks….!

Again I ask…?
What planet are these dumb ass Senators from…?

ROCK-THE-VOTE in NOVEMBER …..2010…..!
We need a new deck of cards..!

July 20, 2010 at 1:03 am
(1274) NevadaMan says:

the Problem is that so Many repubs dont even know one singal issue, thus act like sheep while voting. Lets hope the vote goes though tomorrow, at least that will be a start , Soon after i belive a bill will be introduced for the 99ers hopefully befor their Summer Vacations.

July 20, 2010 at 10:38 am
(1275) hoop 123 says:

Revelation 2010!

You have said everything I been feeling…..
Rock The Vote is the only way I will vote
Rock Steady is what we need to do. Get all of the greedy
bastards out.

I have good one for you all today, had a bill I truly did not pay with AMEX, so I called to get it paid and done with, ok, I talk with someone from some 3rd world Country, (out Sourced for cheaper wages,) I honestly could not understand him, so I said ok, please repeat what you said at least 7 times. and he had the nerve to ask me why this has not been paid, are you working? and how can you pay this bill now, and where are you getting the money to pay it now?
I said need to speak to someone I can understand first off, and another thing it is none of your damn business what, how , or why, I’am paying this debt. So I get someone else and said Son you have a few more minutes of my time to settle this matter or I’m done. How dare you or anyone else ask me where and how I can pay this debt. You know I think of how many people on this site would of loved to have this Job, right here in the States, this is what is wrong with this
nation right now out sourcing the jobs. Rock the vote , your ddamn right I will, I don’t forget anything.

July 20, 2010 at 10:48 am
(1276) hoop 123 says:

Sorry about that had to sound off, just really ticked me off,

July 20, 2010 at 10:56 am
(1277) hoop 123 says:

Not only the Rep. but the Dem. also act like sheep, they both are nothing more then blood suckers both Parties, Dem. were just playing around to make the Rep. look bad, And the Rep. were trying to look like OH, no more spending, Rock the vote is the only way to vote. Throw the whole lot out they are useless anyways.

July 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm
(1278) Travonta Rogers says:

I am in need of a 5 teir. My benfits stop in march and ive had no income. Ive been trying so hard to find a job but nobody is hireing. I mean its crazy i tired every where from fast food to grocery store. I am not looking for a hand out im just look for some money to pay bills to i can get back on my feet and get a job. I hope that they pass the bill the bill soon. Im behind on my rent and also my car payment!!

July 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm
(1279) Sharon says:

There are many of us out here who have been off from work for a long time. We really would like to work, unfortunately the jobs are just not there. We really need a Tier 5 added to this extention package.

July 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm
(1280) hoop 123 says:

Ok, it passed now I hope some of you pay your rent, lights and buy some food, sad state of affairs, they should hang their heads in shame they owed that to you alll, Don’t worry about those credit issues, they don’t worry about you all. Best of luck to you all . May you at least have some peace of mind for awhile, at least feed your kids.

July 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm
(1281) Robert Foster says:

A Tier 5 is essential. The Congressmen and Senators would gladly give the corporations any amount of our tax money away to them. But for the American people they can’t afford it!!! Everyone vote out the Democrats!!! Vote out Obama!!! Don’t vote for any politician if they take one penny from corporate America or any special interest!!! Whether your a Republican or Democrat don’t vote for any politician that takes money from a corporation or special interest. They work for them not you or me!!!

July 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm
(1282) KLEM KLATU JOHNSON says:

clem says:
I want to respond to all of you, This absolutely ridiculus, I don`t want to get anyone`s hopes up, an extension through november 30, This is correct. No tier 5, well looks like everyone will have to contact yelp, looks like there`s no tier five, call yelp first thing monday, This is correct, No tier five, This absolutely ridiculus This is correct. No tier 5,

July 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm
(1283) Jeff in CA says:
July 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm
(1284) Bob Smith says:

YES IT WILL PASS!!! DONT BE SO NEGATIVE MR. 99 WEEKER, HEY DO 99 WEEKERS HAVE A SECRET HAND SHAKE LIKE THE FREEMASONS OR SHRINERS HAVE?

July 20, 2010 at 9:21 pm
(1285) 99ers Beware says:

Their plan is to make you empty out all you retirement plans early so they can reap in the early withdrawal penalty taxes , why don’t they pass a law stating if your unemployed and have to withdrawal no penalty will be bestowed upon you ? They are liars , crooks , fast talkers , remember you voted these fake people in !!

July 20, 2010 at 9:46 pm
(1286) Jeff in CA says:

Bob:

Huh? Who claimed it wouldn’t pass? And “negative”? Where is this coming from? I was simply reporting current news. I hope and expect the Senate Republicans will pass the bill, but facts are facts and they’re what some of us come here to get. I suggest you follow your own advice.

July 21, 2010 at 12:29 am
(1287) Harry says:

Obama has the right to issue an excutive order to activate tier 5, but he wont. He has become a sell out, and has lied his way into office. Our middle class society will sink to poverty and become helpless pawns in a rich mans game. Over 1 million unemplyed will see their lives ruined. One million lives….victims of financial genocide. Keep using taxpayer money to bail out crooked banks, futile wars, and whatever means to present financial opportunites to the politians cronies. Americans will eventually burst and revolt, and make the oil leak look like a dripping faucet compared to their rage. I never thought the country I love would allow such disregard for its hard working citizens. We must look like a county ruled by greed and corrution to the rest of the world. I am scared, and ashamed.

July 21, 2010 at 2:23 am
(1288) bpk says:

Really, this is becoming ridiculous! There is work out there! You now can now celebrate when you get your fed checks with beer and now not have to cry. Well, I hope you get your rest.
Of course it is hard to find work for certain people. Looks bad on a resume that you have been out of work for 2 years. I wouldn’t hire you either. Employers frown on people who are not motivated to work.

July 21, 2010 at 3:22 am
(1289) john says:

I am a 99er I just want to say congrats to the people who got their extension you guys deserve it. Now we will pray GOD helps us 99ers get something so we can help our families. Even though we didn’t receive anything thanks for helping these people with their extension.

July 21, 2010 at 8:39 am
(1290) hoop 123 says:

To Bob Smith,

LOL to what about (BoB Smith) Hehe, I doubt that anyone has that secret handshake, don’t listen to everything you hear, but you will never really know. (wink) More lthen just a handshake. and be thankful!

July 21, 2010 at 8:58 am
(1291) Patricia says:

Bill – love your comment. If you got your 99 weeks, you are lucky.

Dedee – I so agree with you. They should just extend all the tiers to the unemployed and when you finish up your tiers then you are done.

If they have put these tiers out there all that are unemployed should get them and when you drawl on all of them, then you are done. It would only be fair to the people that got laid off in 2009 also. There were alot in 2008, but even more people in 2009 and 2010 that should rep the same benefits. This is America after all. We should all be treated equal!

July 21, 2010 at 11:36 am
(1292) TERRI says:

I have been unemployed ever since January 08. What would a Teir 5 mean for me. I ran out of my benefits months ago.
We have been bearly getting by with only income in our household.

July 21, 2010 at 12:37 pm
(1293) WorkinMan (well, formerly it seems) says:

I’ve been out since May 08. We’re in the same boat TERRI. The Mrs. is working at 12/hr w/ 18/hr OT (which is plentiful in this job). I’m wondering if Tier 5 will apply to me or not. I ran out May 10th.

July 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm
(1294) Pat says:

I also am a 99er – with my background and skill set of 40 years – my position are now off shored to India – so please stop the posting that these out of work are enjoying this – enjoying what ? watching everything we have worked and saved for being lost – our future is lost? our retirement – that we saved for all these years is being used to pay the bills — we did all the right things and now we are losing it — and yet the gov can spend trillions on bailouts and social programs that are not helping us – they could take away 1 trillion dollars and give it to the 15 million of us — did anyone figure how much each of us would get ???? May God bless America and help and support ALL of us thru this time !

July 21, 2010 at 6:04 pm
(1295) michineb says:

It’s a blessing that the extensions have been extended. But it’s still unfortunate for the ones (like myself) who have exhausted all the tiers and are still unemployed. This should have been brought up in te senate meeting today. Nothinghas changed in the economy, the census jobs only gave a temporary par time relief for a few people.

July 21, 2010 at 8:12 pm
(1296) Scott says:

We are all paying the price from what the large Banks and Investment Firms have created in our economy yet bad behavior has been rewarded. The large Banks still have credit frozen and still do not get it. People need to close their accounts in these large banks and support your local Credit Unions. Our Politicians DO NOT GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been unemployed (laid off) since May 2009 and I have never been unemployed before. I have a Science Degree in Business and I cannot find any work. I feel like I am at 48 having to start all over again. (UNREAL) I am on tier 2 unemployment compensation and I hope to still have tier 3 & 4 to go on. Once that ends if I still don’t find gainful employment I could be facing losing my house. NOT RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Between being unemployed and helping my wife who is recovering from a hemorrhagic stroke has been very tough. The only blessing in being laid off is that I have been able to be there for my wife and she is doing great.

July 22, 2010 at 2:28 am
(1297) Erica says:

Scott – Very sorry to hear about your wife but I guess this might fall under the “when a door closes a window opens”! I have been out of work for nearly 3 years. I’m a Graphic Designer with a 4 yr. degree from AI of Tampa. I have applied for EVERYTHING under the sun! As for the past dumb poster who are just heartless, I say this, your time could be tomorrow. I believe in a little thing called Karma and one day you will feel the pain you laugh at another. Sad that you claim to be an American but I think you should study a bit of history. We are in trouble. My Husband was forced to take a job in Afghanistan. So I know what it means to do whatever you must to make ends meet. So I now have two things to worry about. Job hunting, willing to do anything, and worry that I may never see my husband again! I say to you, look for the good in all and realize we are hurting as a whole and people who have zero consideration for other will be the pit fall in the end!

July 22, 2010 at 11:27 am
(1298) J.K. says:

I live in Ohio in a county with 15% unemployment rate in June 2010. I was working for an AIG company that got a lot of government bail-out money. The unemployment extension recently passed will give me a life line until November 2010. After that…who knows. The unemployment situation is much worse than is being reported especially in my state. When will all of this end?

July 22, 2010 at 11:28 am
(1299) beN says:

It seems everywhere u look at there’s is just no hope in site for the 99ers. Would have been great if they included more weeks in this bill that just passed.

No one of these lawmakers wants to step in and introduce something for us.

July 22, 2010 at 11:37 am
(1300) Susan says:

I really do not believe how ‘heartless’ many of the elected officials are. I am one of the 99ers… I have worked Full Time for over 18 years and was let go. I have gone back to school and got more education and have been trying to find a job the whole time I have been out of work, but with no success. I paid into the system and now the system needs to help people like me. The American government needs to put the American people first in their thinking and realize that we want to work, but until we find a job we need help. Enough with helping the rich, Enough with helping Big Business, What about the common man who only wants a roof over our families’ heads and food on the table. It is really sad that there is so much debate going on in Congress over helping American people in need. I am ashamed of what is happening in the government. Helping the people should not be anything to debate about!

July 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm
(1301) Jim says:

99er’s, don’t give up the fight, help me post the below blog in every comment section you can find dealing with unemployment. Cut and paste it everywhere you can, join the revolt.

http://www.tier5tostayalive.blogspot.com/

July 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm
(1302) Marc says:

The following is a letter I wrote to President Obama, which I would like to share.

Dear President Obama,

this letter is in reference and dispute to a general consensus that implies by some, that those collecting unemployment benefits would rather do so than work. I believe that the majority would rather work and be productive.

I am shy of turning 50, and I have successfully maintained employment since age 12 without a problem up until 18 months ago when I lost my job. I am a Print Production Professional, and had successfully been so since 1981, and now on account of this recession, as of yet have found it impossible to land a job in my field of expertise; therefore, I am now currently seeking employment in “absolutely anything available” to me; and without success as well.

I must say that being unemployed has posed to be detrimental to my self esteem as an American and as an individual as well, living in this great land and country of opportunity; but in any event despite the circumstances, I try to stay positive and hopeful and am continuously striving towards landing a job, day in and day out, day after day, and such has been the case since the very first day I lost my job.

With respect to unemployment benefits, I say “thank you”, for it has indeed helped survive, and in all my gratitude am led to a quite possibly a great idea.

My proposal, with all due respect is to continue with the much needed assistance; however, justifying the means, and having us work off the compensation. With that in mind, I can honestly say on my behalf and so many others, that I would have no problem, working the benefits off, to justify those means. Simply said; put those of us on unemployment benefits to carry on with much needed chores and work that needs to be done domestically and abroad. God knows, as well as everyone, that there are indeed so many causes and projects we could tend to and lend a strong hand, such as clean up efforts in Haiti, the oil spill and so on. I would be more than willing and proud to lend a hand in any cause deemed by your administration to justify the means afforded to me by this great country.

I have often said that the only thing that stands between this recession and a depression are the unemployment benefits afforded to Americans, otherwise we would be in the same boat as during the Great Depression when those benefits were not available to us, yet now and then, Americans as always were and have always been so willing to work.

Kind regards

July 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm
(1303) marshall vandeusen says:

Can ANYONE help with my question?

I started unemployment on 11/16/2008 and I am married with no children so welfare is OUT.

I got 23 weeks of regular unemployment and then I went into what minisotta calls E009 which I assume means tier 1.

I got 18 weeks of E009 and then that ended and I was moved to E010 which I guess means tier 2.

I was then moved to E012 which again I assume means tier 3 which I was on for 1 week before moving on to E013 which I assume is tier 3

I was on E013 for 11 weeks then I was moved to E011 which I assume means tier 4 and then after 9 weeks even though it showed a positive balance in my account I was basically kicked off of unemployment. (it was only a 600 balance but I sure could have used it) and the LAST payment was for week 03/28/2010 04/06/2010

When the news said that they had enough votes I went back into my account to reapply to see if that would spark anything. After being now for the first time in my 16 year marriage are flat BROKE, JOBLESS and again for the first time EVER I am now a month behind on 2 motgages.

I am trying to get out of this mess but CANT GET A JOB!!! NO, not one of those lazy welfare types (not saying everyone on it is bad) I want to work just CANT.

after applying online for unemployment again and it automatically denying me I called and they told me why are you off unemployment? I responded because YOUR system KICKED ME OFF.

To my surprise when I logged in I noticed that they are giving me the 600 at 351 per week (which is what I was getting) for the next 2 weeks so my question is:

1. Does this new bill help me any?
2. If I add correctly I only got 73 weeks total so does that mean I am suppose to be eligible for another 26 weeks to make me part of the “99er” club?

Boy if I can get unemployment for JUST another 6 weeks I will be out of the mess I am in financially.

Thank you in advance for responding!

July 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm
(1304) Jeff in CA says:
July 22, 2010 at 9:17 pm
(1305) Mark says:

Blind Guides!!!

July 23, 2010 at 1:40 am
(1306) booboo says:

I do not understand why O’Bama and Senate did not pass all the extension benfits to include the Tier V. I have been trieng to find a job for almost a year or more. I live in Toledo, OH and we are struggling just like every other state. My husband is also la