View Full Version : Why did dems turn their backs on the unemployed?

08-07-2010, 03:55 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><span style='font-size: 11pt'>House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Congress will not take up any measure to give the long-term jobless more weeks of unemployment benefits beyond the 99 weeks available in some states.</span>

Congress is currently locked in an epic battle just to preserve the 99 weeks for the rest of the year. In a seemingly futile effort to appease deficit hawks, Dem leadership already weakened its "extenders bill," formally known as the American Jobs and Closing Loopholes Act, by shortening the unemployment extension through November instead of December.

<span style='font-size: 11pt'>Hundreds of thousands of people, however, have already exhausted 99 weeks of benefits with no jobs in sight. Thousands signed a petition to demand Congress add a "Tier V" to the four tiers of benefits that currently make up the 99 weeks.</span>

A reporter asked Pelosi at her weekly press conference if there were any plans to help the 99ers.

"No. This bill will go until the end of November, at that time we'll take up something, but not between now and then," said Pelosi (D-Calif.). "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."

But come November, if Congress takes up anything related to unemployment, it will most likely be another temporary extension of existing benefits. The extension under consideration this week is the fourth in the last six months. And while a handful of senators have pledged to constituents that they will fight for more weeks of benefits, Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) has said that <span style='font-size: 17pt'>"99 weeks is sufficient."</span></div></div>

&gt;&gt;&gt;FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST&lt;&lt;&lt; (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/27/tier-5-pelosi-says-no-to_n_592121.html)

Let's discuss this.


08-08-2010, 04:39 AM
Can I assume that our resident leftists are in agreement with giving the most needy of our unemployed the cold shoulder?


08-08-2010, 06:05 AM
Under normal circumstances, I would be opposed to an extention of UE benefits. Under normal circumstances, 99 weeks would be more than enough time for anyone who wants to work to find a job.

These are not normal circumstances we are living in today. And the failing of the economy rests squarely on the shoulders of government policies that created the financial crisis, and by default, the drastic loss of private sector jobs in the country. And since the fiscal policies of the government have resulted in the high and extended unemployment problem, I really think it is the responsibility of Washington to provide a cushion for those victims of those policies.


08-08-2010, 09:12 AM
I haven't stated a side on the UE benefits myself.

I'm just wondering how our esteemed leftists can explain this without resorting to doublethink?

It seems they are wondering the same thing.