Frustrations are bubbling over for many jobless Americans waiting for a possible 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension. As the clock continues to tick, many more are being added to the already incredible total of those who have exhausted benefits through Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3. Is the Senate going to pass an Unemployment Benefits Extension soon? The latest news on the 2010 Unemployment Extension is there is little news. I wish I had something great to report but at this moment-there seems to be little if any evidence that a 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension is close to happening.
Last night Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi seemingly took a step in the right direction by rejecting a Senate revised bill on Medicare-that did not include the jobs bill or unemployment provisions. Pelosi said the bill was inadequate since it did not address the unemployment benefits extension and other job related issues.
Now it might be back to the drawing board for the United States Senate in this matter that is becoming more tragic as the days pass by. A reported 1.2 million people will have exhausted those benefits by the end of the week. That news should speak volumes about the harm the lack of urgency on the United States Senate will put on those citizens and our economy as a whole. 1.2 million people can’t be collectively sitting on their butts and waiting for a handout. It’s becoming full panic mode for these people-some of which have not received 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions for 3 weeks now. The frustrations are bubbling over and there appears to be no end in sight to the dilemma which is hurting more than 1 million people. Where is the compassion? I don’t get it. Aren’t we supposed to take care of one another? Or is it the generation of me, me, me finally taking over?
Why has the Senate not passed the Unemployment Benefits Extension? They want the bill to be paid for in some manner so it doesn’t further add to the deficit-or so they say. I am starting to believe there is much skepticism from the powers that be that people are legitimately looking for jobs. The job market still stinks. The economy still stinks. The Senate-well, we already know they stink. This whole thing smells of the most foul air since The Great Depression. There are many many good people who are going to suffer as a result of this lack of urgency on the part of the United States Senate. Many are already suffering.
Some Democrats are urgently fighting to get such a bill passed that would aid the people without those benefits. If that doesn’t happen, the frustration will boil over in a fashion we may have never seen before. The politicians are just not doing their jobs and representing the people who are truly being affected by this horrible economic climate. We are not out of it, as President Barack Obama has made clear, but still we have to wait to see the developments and pray for good news each day as the Senate goes home to their comfy houses with relatively nothing to worry about. Where is the compassion? It’s very frustrating that this issue is quickly becoming a tug or war between politicians.
The people who are being truly hurt are those who are living without paychecks now and hoping to find jobs in this horrible economy. The recovery hasn’t happened yet. It won’t happen without this bill. I am not exactly sure why some politicians just don’t get that-or just don’t care. I am sure as the strength in numbers grow and those without benefits continue to increase that common sense will prevail. It will eventually be so great of a number that the politicians will not be able to ignore the dire consequences that so many Americans without jobs through no fault of their own are facing. That is not the optimist in me-because I have lost the majority of my optimism in the political process in the past month. That’s just the logical part of me that say the politicians will have to hear the people speak when so many people are being hurt. How can they not hear us?
Eventually the crisis may be so out of hand that the economy tanks. I also don’t care what some yahoo professor who studies economics has to say about unemployment benefits and the rise of unemployment. It’s of very little consolation to those of us who are being hurt by the news, or lack thereof, that a 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension is in the works. The professor from a college in some little town may study economics all he wants-but what he should study is human compassion and why there is a complete lack of that during what should be deemed a crisis. Most people will take jobs if presented to them-why else would employment be this high if the economy wasn’t to blame? You think after 50 years that a collective group of 1.2 million just decided they were going to be lazy and collect benefits from the government? Where is the logic in that? Unemployment benefits range from around 250-400 dollars a month in many states. That isn’t exactly letting people at home get rich. In fact, many of the people who have lost jobs through no fault of their own are quickly sinking deep into financial misery.
The Senate should have made the decision weeks ago, if not months ago. There was an opportunity to pass a bill that could have prevented what is quickly becoming a tragic crisis with major major consequences. The writing was on the wall and the crisis was going to inevitably happen-yet the Senate has let so many people down despite knowing the risks of not passing such a bill. It should be a crime to turn your back on your fellow Americans. I guess, as we are slowly being taught, that is now the American way to handle things. Turn your back on fellow Americans and say tough cookie. Tough love, as some politicians preach, will turn the economy around. I am sure those 1.2 million people will learn a great deal about compassion when they start losing homes, cars and facing bankruptcy. Those 1.2 million will learn a lesson they will never forget. That, my Senators, will teach them to lose their jobs in bad economies. Lesson learned.