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    WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill to restore unemployment benefits to millions who have been out of work for more than six months has cleared a Senate hurdle.

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    Unemployment benefits extension clears hurdle

    WASHINGTON A bill to restore unemployment benefits to millions who have been out of work for more than six months has cleared a Senate hurdle.


    The 60-40 vote came moments after Carte Goodwin, a successor to West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd, was sworn in. Goodwin was the crucial 60th senator to defeat a Republican filibuster that has led to a lapse in benefits for 2.5 million people.
    Discussion? I would like thoughts on this from both sides.

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    Re: Unemployment benefits extension clears hurdle

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Discussion? I would like thoughts on this from both sides.

    Article is here.
    To me it is just a waste of money. Unemployment benefits do not really help the economy. We hear all about how it does because that money is spent, but in reality, all government spending does it kill an equal multiplier effect in the private sector.

    Paying people not to work (in the name of economic recovery) is going to get us nowhere. A line has to be drawn somewhere, and with predictions that unemployment will remain high for the coming decade, are we just going to pay out for ten years? I hope the bill fails on the final vote.

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    All it will seem to do is continue the dependence people have on it. It does not make things better only worse and in addition will add to the debt since unemployment continues to climb very slowly but its climbing.
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    So you can now collect unemployment for 2 1/2 years? LOL, wow.

    That's not unemployment. That's welfare.

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    Re: Unemployment benefits extension clears hurdle

    Quote Originally Posted by NolaMan View Post
    To me it is just a waste of money. Unemployment benefits do not really help the economy. We hear all about how it does because that money is spent, but in reality, all government spending does it kill an equal multiplier effect in the private sector.

    Paying people not to work (in the name of economic recovery) is going to get us nowhere. A line has to be drawn somewhere, and with predictions that unemployment will remain high for the coming decade, are we just going to pay out for ten years? I hope the bill fails on the final vote.
    I agree, but now I must ask another question - What is the difference between extending unemployment and giving billions in bailout money to the banksters?

    Could it be that our government is more sympathetic to the banksters?
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    Re: Unemployment benefits extension clears hurdle

    I posted four minutes before you.
    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Discussion? I would like thoughts on this from both sides.

    Article is here.

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    My out of work cousin who's living off the government now for the past year is probably doing somersaults with joy. She makes just as much by staying home and traveling on her husbands money than she would working. I agree... it's not just welfare it's extended welfare. Imagine - staying on the dole for 2 1/2 years going out and getting some 20K job for a few months and then hopefully getting laid off again. Hopefully Washington can keep up printing the worthless money they'll have to use.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Unemployment benefits extension clears hurdle

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I agree, but now I must ask another question - What is the difference between extending unemployment and giving billions in bailout money to the banksters?

    Could it be that our government is more sympathetic to the banksters?
    None. Just different verbiage of the same thing. And why can't the unemployment money be taken out of the stimulus money if we must do this?

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    Re: Unemployment benefits extension clears hurdle

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    My out of work cousin who's living off the government now for the past year is probably doing somersaults with joy. She makes just as much by staying home and traveling on her husbands money than she would working. I agree... it's not just welfare it's extended welfare. Imagine - staying on the dole for 2 1/2 years going out and getting some 20K job for a few months and then hopefully getting laid off again. Hopefully Washington can keep up printing the worthless money they'll have to use.
    And when that 2 1/2 years is up, would your cousin vote for someone who'd extend another couple of years? Hence, the thought process behind all this.

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