More than 200,000 jobless Americans were cut off over the weekend from crucial unemployment benefits

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Americans in California, Florida, Illinois, and several other states were kicked off the rolls Saturday – thanks to austerity legislation pushed by House-Republicans earlier this year that reduces the number of weeks of unemployment benefits someone can receive from 99 weeks down to 79 weeks. So far – more than 400,000 Americans have lost their benefits thanks to this new law.

Even though the economy has slightly improved – unemployment is still disturbingly high in places like California – where more than 100,000 people lost their benefits despite unemployment at 11% in the state. And as more and more Americans lose their benefits – and no longer have money to spend and stimulate the economy – then we could be headed for another economic downturn. Of course that’s exactly what the Republican Party wants – the economy to tank just before November to make President Obama look bad.

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So do the Republicans want a violent revolution in this country? When you put people, many well educated and skilled out of work with no chance of finding a job that is what you are bucking for. Do they think people are just going to roll over? Hell no, raise hell!

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Quote Thom Hartmann Administrator: thanks to austerity legislation pushed by House-Republicans earlier this year

"pushed" by Republicans..... 45 democrats voted for this bill in the senate and 147 democrats voted for it in the house.

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Quote Thom Hartmann Administrator: thanks to austerity legislation pushed by House-Republicans earlier this year

"pushed" by Republicans..... 45 democrats voted for this bill in the senate and 147 democrats voted for it in the house.

Are you saying that House-Republicans didn't push the austerity legislation?

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....that reduces the number of weeks of unemployment benefits someone can receive from 99 weeks down to 79 weeks. ...

Come on Thom, 99 weeks is nearly 2 years, 2 YEARS!!

You can earn an Associate Diploma in that time. I'm sorry, but if you can't find in job after looking for 2 YEARS then you are nothing more than a lazy BUM!

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Quote Thom Hartmann Administrator: thanks to austerity legislation pushed by House-Republicans earlier this year

"pushed" by Republicans..... 45 democrats voted for this bill in the senate and 147 democrats voted for it in the house.

You're deliberately mischaracterizing history. Democrats were held hostage once again to Republican demands before they would agree to an extension of the payroll tax cut as an economic stimulus measure. Here's a more accurate characterization of the event:

Republicans who said they supported the deal said they had won several important concessions during the talks, like imposing new conditions and limits on unemployment compensation and making a significant cut in the preventive-health spending called for in the health care overhaul that Democrats pushed through Congress in 2010.

Representative Renee Ellmers, Republican of North Carolina, called that cut “the most dramatic blow to Obamacare yet.”

But she said the overall deal was “a very important breakthrough and shows that we can come together and compromise.”

Democrats, some of whom sharply condemned the deal, saw things differently. Even those who voted for the bill, which the White House supported and Democrats considered a major act of economic stimulus to propel the recovery forward, said many of its provisions were misguided.

http://truth-out.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=6764:congress-acts-to-extend-aid-to-jobless-and-payroll-tax-cut

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Quote Calperson:
Quote Thom Hartmann Administrator:

....that reduces the number of weeks of unemployment benefits someone can receive from 99 weeks down to 79 weeks. ...

Come on Thom, 99 weeks is nearly 2 years, 2 YEARS!!

You can earn an Associate Diploma in that time. I'm sorry, but if you can't find in job after looking for 2 YEARS then you are nothing more than a lazy BUM!

Typical right-wing response. Ordinary people who work hard all their lives end up losing half their life savings in their 401k accounts, lose 25 or 30% of the equity in their home and have a job that they may have worked at for most of their adult life yanked away from them all because a bunch of sleazy mortgage brokers working in cahoots with a bunch of cocaine fueled Wall Street bankers didn't know when to put the brakes on and somehow you can turn it on the victims and make them out to be lazy bums who just want to sit on their asses and live off the government dole. I'm sick to death of arrogant right-wingers making it sound like Americans are just a bunch of ungrateful moochers who expect everything to be handed to them. That is a loathesome and detestable falsehood. Americans are the hardest working and most productive people in the industrialized world and if all those button-down Wall Street types had to scrub their own toilets and cook their own meals they wouldn't have enough time to create all the mischief in the World that they do.

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Thom, I am continually dumbfounded that, even though we were all witness to the rampant real estate speculation, the proliferation of fly-by-night mortgage brokers, the ever more questionable lending practices and the insatiable appetite for consumption on Wall Street, your conservative guests keep repeating the ridiculous assertion that government interference in the marketplace is what's to blame for the economic collapse when the exact opposite is true. Ordinary people who just wanted to buy a house before ever increasing prices put it out of their reach are now paying a price not for what they did but for crimes perpetrated against them by a corrupted system and the conservative response is "don't look at us". And then, to add insult to injury, conservatives aren't even willing to provide a safety net to suffering citizens because they assert that it's just going to make them fat and lazy.

I know that you always push back on this distortion of reality that they are intent on spreading but I'd love to see you really take apart the next conservative who tries to claim that the economy collapsed because the government forced lenders to make loans to people who couldn't afford them. It really, really bugs me when the very people who were party to and championed the conditions that led to the economic disaster turn right around and point their fingers at the victims just so that they can kick them too while they're down.

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I like the Danish system. If you are unemployed, there is an option to attend a University (free) and receive an income as long as you are working towards a degree. If its an 8 year medical degree, it's no big deal.

Denmark also has a minimum wage of $16 an hour. Unemployment benefits are considerably higher there than in the U.S.

The wealthiest nation in the world, so we're told, can't afford such things .Probably because the bottom 20% of the population is sucking 1/3 of 1% of the nations wealth unto themselves with wages that are too high and entitlement programs.

Probably those 65 million Americans should be content to share 1/5 of 1% of the nations wealth among themselves. Their unabated greed is breaking us.

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The banksters formula is very simple. Move a massive amount of capital from one place to another and collect a percentage on the transaction. Then move it again and again. Don't produce anything, don't provide any service, just move money around and collect a percentage. If this results in the crash of the economy that's even better because then the banks can buy real, "hard" assets for pennies on the dollar. With this system, the banksters can make money out of nothing, launder it by moving it around, then use this alchemy to buy real things. Ingenious! Immoral, but ingenious.

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Guess who is going to make a bundle financing all of the privatization that bankers are demanding?

Billion dollar bonuses may not be so skimpy in the next few years. Why settle for a one billion bonus when you can shoot for two? The pillage of Greece is just the beginning.

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This is the problem with MSM. All the news is about how things are improving and people are getting the impression that things will be solved. But the reality is that there is a large group of unemployed who never recovered from 2008. Workers in their 50's and 60's have been left out of the recovery. Supervisors in their 20's and 30's want nothing to do with more experienced employees who could take their job. What new skills can an older worker acquire that will get them hired over 20 and 30 year olds? What expensive degree would be cost effective for an older worker who may not work long enough to pay back the student loans? What company that offers health insurance wants expensive older workers? And keep in mind-all extended benefits will end 12/31 unless Congress extends them. Now some have said that unemployment wasn't meant to be a welfare program-fine. But our system is not set up to deal with long term structural unemployment.

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Quote polycarp2:

I like the Danish system. If you are unemployed, there is an option to attend a University (free) and receive an income as long as you are working towards a degree. If its an 8 year medical degree, it's no big deal.

Denmark also has a minimum wage of $16 an hour. Unemployment benefits are considerably higher there than in the U.S.

The wealthiest nation in the world, so we're told, can't afford such things .Probably because the bottom 20% of the population is sucking 1/3 of 1% of the nations wealth unto themselves with wages that are too high and entitlement programs.

Probably those 65 million Americans should be content to share 1/5 of 1% of the nations wealth among themselves. Their unabated greed is breaking us.

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Do the employees at the University work for free? If not, where does the money come to pay their salaries?

What do you mean by nation's wealth? Can a nation create wealth?

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The U.S. generates an income of $160,000 per year for each family of four...working or not. How the national pie is distributed is simply a matter of government policy.

A primary function of government in all of human history has been to determine how the wealth generated within a society is distributed. It's done with the way systems, structures, tax codes and legislation are implimented. There has never, ever, been an exception to that.

Evidently, the Danes distribute a chunk of the wealth their society generates into Univ. education. Our Universities get a chunk of our national pie as well or they'd close their doors. The Danes just do it differently than we do. Everyone can benefit. Individuals and the society-at-large reap the rewards.

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i agree 99 weeks is crazy long time to be looking for work in a single field part of the money that is spent on unemployment needs to be spent on worker retraining programs all this talk of doctor and nurse shortages with obamacare and the changing demographics just another example of waste and a lck of thinking in our goverment and a complete unwillingness to change for if you cannot get a job in your field of work in more than a year your job is obsolete and/or oversaturated with workers its not being lazy its just being part of innovation need more grey ideas and less black (fat lazy people need to get off there duffs and work) and white (people need more then a year and a half to find a job that is no longer indemand so let em keep looking for the rest of there lives) for im sure if our system was around in the medevil era mote diggers today would still be collecting unemployment checks

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