How many jobless Americans without Unemployment Benefits Extensions does it take to convince the United States Senate we are facing a huge crisis? Is the number 1 million? Is it 2 million? Apparently the 900,000 mark of those who have exhausted benefits is not the correct number. The United States Senate, with a bill in hand and approved from the House, has not only delayed the bill but has also fumbled any opportunity to quickly pass it. Most Americans have a reasonable amount of patience but how on Earth can the United States Senate take nearly 1 month to get Unemployment Benefits Extensions passed?
The United States Senate is completely dragging its feet with no regards for those are being crushed financially in this weak job climate. It’s not a lesson in patience but perseverance. Except many Americans will not be persevering without help from the United States Senate. Many Americans will only continue to struggle in a completely new fashion. A new fashion that is apparently not comprehended by the United States Senators who had the ball and then dropped it. It’s the most frustrating experience I have ever felt as a United States citizen. When the Senate had an opportunity to bail its own citizens out-they haven’t. When President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have pleaded with the Senate to make a quick decision-they haven’t.
The Senate has horribly failed in this situation. And it doesn’t seem that many Republicans are even trying to get such a bill passed that would help so many people. Now, to boot, some Democrats have jumped off the ship until there is a way that the bill can be financed. Do the politicians of our country not understand simple math? If 1 million or more people, and that number will continue to grow, are facing struggles unlike we have seen since the Great Depression-wouldn’t it make sense to urgently pass such a bill before the economy completely tanks?
The Senators who are voting against the item are individually hurting so many people I feel they should go on trial. There should be a clear and distinct reason from each of the United States Senate members as to why they would oppose something so critical. All we hear is that the National Deficit will grow. What is going to happen when 1.2 million people collectively stop spending money? What will happen when mortgage lenders have houses that are foreclosed in such high numbers? Who is going to benefit from so many people not having a dime to spend? How is the deficit going to be helped by not allowing aid to continue in such a horrible economic climate? The bottom line is that it won’t. Nothing will be gained when our economy continues to tank thanks to the lack of support from our United States Senators. I think those 100 people could quite well be collectively responsible for putting us into another Great Depression. They didn’t by any means start it–but they are certainly pushing us toward another such awful happening by their lack of urgency. I want to express my thanks to those Senators who are hopelessly trying to convince others of the dire consequences we will face without such aid.
Why they should have to work so hard to convince the other United States Senators is as big of a question mark as why 100 people could decide the fates of so many people. Our political system is failing us horribly. This should have been something that should have been an Executive Order. President Obama should have been able to just help the struggling people immediately. Yet-here we are stuck without an answer and for some without hope.
How many jobless Americans without Unemployment Benefits Extensions does it take for the
national and mainstream media to cover the issue? The many jobless Americans, if they mirror what I think and feel, must feel like a horrible punchline to the worst joke ever. Around 1 million jobless Americans, who will have exhausted benefits and reached a certain Tier, will be without a 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension in the coming days.
Still, there is relatively little media coverage. The New York Times has recognized the issue and has printed a very strong editorial. Many other news outlets have seemingly avoided or ignored the issue. Why? Perhaps the Oil Spill is more visual and provides a much better story for visual mediums. Why show the jobless workers crying at the thought of being evicted when you can isolate a 45 second shot of oil dumping into the wrong place pales in comparison? Where is the human element in the oil spill? It’s an awful story, too. But should it override what will soon be a reported 1.2 million people who are without benefits? The repercussions of both national stories are huge-so why hasn’t there been more equivalent coverage from the national media? Maybe it’s because you don’t see Sally in Nevada having to get evicted-or Larry in Birmingham losing his car–or April in Tennessee not being able to put food on the table for her 4 kids. I find it very odd that a reason not to do this story would have anything to do with the lack of video or great stories.
The human emotion in these stories perhaps rivals stories only from The Great Depression. So many people are going to continue to hurt until The United States Senate acts. The stories are out there. And soon there will be over 1 million of those stories that have similarly tragic and predictable endings. People are going to lose homes and cars in epic proportions. What will that do to the economy?
There are still a reported 5-6 applicants for every one job opening. So how can the United States Senate just assume that all of the unemployed workers can immediately find jobs if the aid is stopped?
I find it very odd that this many people are being affected by the lack of urgency from the United States Senate and it doesn’t seem to get even a news mention on a daily basis. Sure, there are articles here and there on various internet sites. You can read some updates on The Huffington Post, The Sun Sentinel and The Norwalk Reflector to name a few. But the mainstream media seems to be completely ignoring the issue so far.
It makes many of us who are in this situation want to pull our hair out. We need the mainstream media to jump aboard this issue to further put pressure on the United States Senate to make a quicker decision. There have been petitions and complaints filed by many of the jobless Americans who are in this fast sinking ship. Yet, the United States Senate either does not hear or refuses to collectively hear our cries. There are going to be 1 million people or more who fall under the category of running out of benefits on the Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 extensions. Those who have exhausted Tier 4 are still hoping and praying for a Tier 5 to the unemployment benefits extension. The numbers are quite scary and it will only continue to grow as the Senate continues to drag it’s feet with no apparent end in sight. I do want to point out that some Senators, particularly most Democrats, are trying to figure out a way to appease the Republicans to earn at least a few votes to get such a bill to pass. Can you believe that one politician has to appease another politician when so many people are hurting by a lack of empathy? I do thank the good Senators, and there appear to be few in number, who have fought the good fight to no avail so far. It means a lot to those of us you are representing. All soon to be 1.2 million of us in July.
The heartbreaking comments continue to come in to my mailbox as many more Americans are added to those who have exhausted benefits as of this week. Some of those people have only received the minimum 26 weeks of unemployment. These are people who have lost jobs through no fault of their own. Yet, during the horrible economic state-the United States Senate does not collectively see that it’s a huge problem. The problem lies in the fact that many of these Senators are apparently completely out of touch with many of the people who elected them to start with. They are supposed to represent the best interests of the citizens-not act on their own interests. Yet here we are-3 weeks after a bill could have been passed to aid so many people. We still don’t have an answer from the United States Senate. I find it completely embarrassing that our politicians, those we elected, have little regard for the well being of people who have been hurt in this economy. Particularly since the horrible economy is a result of the bad decisions politicians probably made or laid the groundwork for to start with.
Now the United States Senate has an opportunity to make things easier on almost 1 million people but yet they look the other way. It’s amazing that we can aid foreign countries, help out with natural disasters but our United States Senate almost refuses to help out United States citizens who have fallen on extremely hard times. It’s not just amazing. It’s quite tragic. Human beings turning their backs on other human beings for fear of a number such as the deficit. There should be apologies and shame. Instead, there is just waiting and more waiting.
Time should be of the essence. Instead, ego’s and politics are coming between one human being helping another.