After going on line to file my unemployment claim this morning for unfunded benefit payments that I can not expect to receive anytime soon, it dawned on me. We all need to continue to report against our claims so we do not fall off of the unemployment roles simply due to our frustration, depression, and sense of gloom. As one of the soon to be estimated 2 million+ unemployed that will have had a lapse in unemployment benefit payments, I can only give my fellow sufferers my whole hearted support in these very trying times and this simple advise – keep filing your claims and keep filing for extensions!
We must continue to take the steps necessary to keep pressing this issue so we can force the national coverage that it so rightly deserves. The silence of President Obama on this issue is simply appalling. The conduct of the Senate in their foolish cloture process and threats of filibuster have only kept this issue from being subject to a sincere and honest debate; again appalling. We need to continue to try and get our message out before we lose our phone and internet service. I would hate to think that a group of Senators somewhere realized that by simply “un-funding” us, they could force our silence and that we would just dry up and blow away, but obviously the thought has crossed my mind. We have no choice except to fight, fight, and fight for passage of unemployment extensions with our last dying breath, for we have no other alternatives – there just aren’t enough jobs. Period. Our best and last hope is that Congress will take swift action on this issue when they return from holiday recess and that they will fund it retro-actively; and this is the big reason to keep filing.
At almost 57 years of age, it has been quite some time since I earned my merit badge in lifesaving, but I do remember the steps one should take when trying to save a drowning person. Try to reach them with a pole that they can grasp on to so you can pull them to safety, throw them a rope or a life preserver, row out to them in a boat. Only as a last resort is one to get into the water with a drowning person for fear that they will take you down with them for they are fighting for their life and know no better. Never was I taught to throw them a brick! Why would we elect to pursue policies that will throw bricks at additional drowning people as they fall into this sea of fear and despair? It is not just cold hearted, it is senseless. But it is the reality that we are now dealing with.
If the President will not use his bully pulpit to bring attention to the plight of millions of unemployed Americans, and their affected spouses, children, neighbors, communities, counties, states, and the nation, then we must do it for him. Not for his benefit; but for America’s and our own. We must not cower in our despair. We must believe that our collective strength will prevail and this travesty will soon come to and end. We must continue to believe that the people will ultimately prevail and do the right thing. We must do our part as well. Show up. Be counted. Don’t lie down and play dead. Continue to blog, tweet, post, phone, and email our politicians even though they are on recess. Continue to file for extensions and claims! These things are important for reasons much larger and dynamic than our own self interests, for I will guarantee you, as we go, so will the economy.
Our leaders are in possession of the life preservers, the question is whether or not they will be compelled to throw them our way or keep them in reserve for the victims of the next shipwreck.
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