The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.
While the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress want to continue the program, the extensions were dropped from a budget deal struck earlier this month and Republican lawmakers have balked at its $26 billion annual cost.
Richard Mattos, 59, of Salem, Ore., has been out of work since March.”I don’t know what we’re going to do,” he said. “We could end up homeless because of this.”
Republican Senator Rand Paul stated that extending the unemployment benefits would be a “disservice” to those out of work by giving them less of an incentive to rejoin the workforce more quickly.
The proposal by Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, and Heller, a Nevada Republican, would extend the federal unemployment benefits for three months. <—Wow! That is touching! Three WHOLE months! Say “thank you!” “Here’s your bone!” Will somebody, ANYBODY….tell those fucking clowns that there just ain’t no goddamn jobs!
Republicans have argued that the federal unemployment benefits were always meant to be temporary and that the program would add to the deficit unless offset by reductions in spending elsewhere in the budget.
So, let me get this straight, it would be a ‘disservice’ to those who are unemployed, for them to continue to receive benefits to keep them from becoming homeless and sick because….? Yes…? Huh….? Why…? What the fuck!!!
U.S. government spent about $718 billion on defense and international security assistance in 2011 — more than it spent on Medicare. That includes all of the Pentagon’s underlying costs as well as the price tag for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which came to $159 billion in 2011. It also includes arms transfers to foreign governments.
Let me interject here AGAIN, I have a suggestion; cut defense spending and that should also include spending for the CIA to arm and train rebel forces in foreign lands to overthrow foreign leaders. Why not cut the ‘drone’ program? Nah! The name of the game is ‘Destroy’!
Shamed into the gutter
and told to just get by.
You’re a multi-billion dollar waste,
and you don’t wonder why.
It’s sad and you should know,
they’ve thrown the gauntlet down.
And tossed to you a 3-month bone,
oh please, send in the clowns.
You’re jobless and a drain,
can’t even pull your weight.
No deadbeats get our help,
we’ll leave you to your fate.
Sort it out or just get out!
Go join the homeless, do!
You’ll not recognize your feet,
once we get done with you!
We’ll lock you up and fuck you up!
Poverty is a crime!
In this military state,
it’s the poor who do the time!
When congress meets again,
‘Randy’ goat will steal the show.
He’ll decry that you’re a drain,
so out in the cold, you go!
Get ready for what’s coming!
Look lively there and all.
Think not of what you had,
into that gutter, won’t you crawl?
Shelby I. Courtland
©2013 Shelby I. Courtland
Sickening! Jobless people to be the next pawn in Washington’s version of Game of Thrones!