Unemployment, Politicians, and My Rant

June 24, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Posted in Economy, Opinions, unemployed | 2 Comments
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WARNING-This is one of my political rants

I’ve become and avid reader of anything I can find about unemployment on the internet.  Below are what my research has found over the past couple weeks.  I don’t think any other preface is needed.

Senator Paul Rand:
“As bad as it sounds, ultimately we do have to sometimes accept a wage that’s less than we had at our previous job in order to get back to work and allow the economy to get started again,” Paul explained.  “Nobody likes that, but it may be one of the tough love things that has to happen.”

Sharron Angle:
I would have voted no, “because the truth about it is that they keep extending these unemployment benefits to the point where people are afraid to go out and get a job because the job doesn’t pay as much as the unemployment benefit does.  Moreover, what we really need to do is put people back to work.”

Senator 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.”

I disagree with all these comments because I’m not given the credit of being a citizen that has self-respect, wants to contribute to the society, and earn my way.  I’m well-educated and have a Bachelor’s degree.  I was told that this education would make me a valuable employee that would be in higher demand.  I don’t know about other people receiving unemployment compensation, but I’m only getting about two-thirds of my pay when I lost my job and I’m not getting any satisfaction in using my unemployment card to pay for things.  I don’t feel entitled or that I’m on some vacation the government is paying for.
I still have to pay taxes on the money I receive from unemployment insurance.  I’m someone who hasn’t been out of work for the past 24 years, I’ve been unemployed for three months now and I want a job!
My dream would be for any of those people, or anyone who believes what they say, to lose their job.  I want them to go through the process of applying for Unemployment Insurance.  I want them to be told to practice saying, “You want fries with that” and take that job just to get off Unemployment.

Remember this: thoughts turn into words and words into actions.  So far, all I’ve heard are things like “we have to get people back to work”.  What’s the plan out there that will help the span of the middle class?  All I ever hear are ideas that seem to be “short-term economy”.  If you think I may have some facts or information wrong, please enlighten me.  I have done several searches to try to find any information, biased or not, that has a real plan for the high unemployment.  I’m tired of reading rhetoric and listing to spin-doctors.  I’d almost rather hear “we don’t know what the plan is yet, but we’re working on it” than the crap I’ve heard so far.

Finally, let’s check the statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics .  According to the most recent stats (those of May), 13.9 million Americans were out of work; of those 822,000 were “discouraged workers”.  Discouraged workers are persons not looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them.  That means that only 6% have stopped looking for work, usually that means they can’t collect unemployment either.  To collect, in most states, you must be able to prove to the state that you have looked for work over the past two weeks.

If you don’t like the situation you’re in, if you don’t like what your government is doing, if you don’t even understand where others stand on the issue of jobs and unemployment let your representatives know and do research.
A good place to start is The Office of the Congressional Whip’s page on jobs.

For more information on how to get in touch with your legislators check out my How To page’s section, Write Congress

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