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    Re: unemployment benefits running out for 1.3m americans saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by shart attack View Post
    I'd say when the unemployment runs out like this, we're soon going to see an increase in the employment numbers.

    The only person I know who uses unemployment as it's supposed to be used is a guy in construction. Everyone else I know who uses it? Take it for a paid vacation.

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    Re: unemployment benefits running out for 1.3m americans saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster Buddha View Post
    The economy is going great from what I heard. So it's time to make temporary benefits, temporary again.
    That makes sense, but so does having a law basing the UI extensions on the unemployment rate instead of "its time to cut this tiny bit of spending" while actually increasing total federal spending. I am all for cutting spending, but to cut aid only to those that were working while leaving it intact for those that did not work (recently) is sending a very bad message.
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    Re: unemployment benefits running out for 1.3m americans saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I'd say when the unemployment runs out like this, we're soon going to see an increase in the employment numbers.

    The only person I know who uses unemployment as it's supposed to be used is a guy in construction. Everyone else I know who uses it? Take it for a paid vacation.
    Seriously? How many people do you know collecting right now? Do you think that you can make an accurate assessment based upon that?

    You must know that plenty of people are out of work of no fault of their own but because of the poor economic conditions and that there are not many jobs available. Checked out your local help wanted ads lately?

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    Re: unemployment benefits running out for 1.3m americans saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I'd say when the unemployment runs out like this, we're soon going to see an increase in the employment numbers.

    The only person I know who uses unemployment as it's supposed to be used is a guy in construction. Everyone else I know who uses it? Take it for a paid vacation.
    Are you implying that seasonal workers should be taxpayer subsidized on a permanent basis? Teachers are paid for 9 to 10 months of work but do not get unemployment during their seasonal break. Construction workers' like golf course maintenance workers, teachers and other seasonal workers know that their are slack times (winter). It should not be up to the taxpayers to pay someone not to work on a regular basis.
    Last edited by ttwtt78640; 12-28-13 at 11:17 AM.
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    Re: unemployment benefits running out for 1.3m americans saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Seriously? How many people do you know collecting right now? Do you think that you can make an accurate assessment based upon that?

    You must know that plenty of people are out of work of no fault of their own but because of the poor economic conditions and that there are not many jobs available. Checked out your local help wanted ads lately?
    Are you slept today, or spent all night at the forum?

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    Re: unemployment benefits running out for 1.3m americans saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by loader View Post
    Are you slept today, or spent all night at the forum?
    How does this relate to the topic and how is it any of your business?

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    Re: unemployment benefits running out for 1.3m americans saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by loader View Post
    Are you slept today, or spent all night at the forum?
    It's "HAVE" you slept today. HAVE.

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    Re: unemployment benefits running out for 1.3m americans saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Seriously? How many people do you know collecting right now? Do you think that you can make an accurate assessment based upon that?

    You must know that plenty of people are out of work of no fault of their own but because of the poor economic conditions and that there are not many jobs available. Checked out your local help wanted ads lately?
    Yeah, you're probably right. Pretty jaded outlook. But that is how people evaluate these programs, like it or not.

    I know one woman who, at 63, lost her job, and began collecting partial SS and unemployment (for the maximum). She never looked for work. When her benefits ran out, she began collecting her full SS. Very well thought out and not what the system was designed for.

    Two other people signed up as soon as they lost their jobs and started their own businesses. Used unemployment as their safety net while they started up their companies. Again, not what it was designed for. They never looked for jobs. When one's unemployment ran out, he had built himself a successful business. (The money was taken in in his wife's name while he was receiving it.) The other got a "real job" immediately after his benefits ran out. While both of these people were collecting, they were not looking for jobs.

    I know two or three other people who got jobs in cash businesses and continued collecting their benefits until they ran out. Then went 'on the books'.

    I know damned well the system is mightily abused. And I also know damned well that it's sorely needed. *shrug*

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    Re: unemployment benefits running out for 1.3m americans saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Are you implying that seasonal workers should be taxpayer subsidized on a permanent basis? Teachers are paid for 9 to 10 months of work but do get unemployment during their seasonal break. Construction workers' like golf course maintenance workers, teachers and other seasonal workers know that their are slack times (winter). It should not be up to the taxpayers to pay someone not to work on a regular basis.
    I know it's legal to do that. Not sure how I feel. (It's not legal in our state for teachers to get unemployment. Don't know about other states. It used to be legal here, though.)

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    Re: unemployment benefits running out for 1.3m americans saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    How does this relate to the topic and how is it any of your business?
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