Obama: Renewing Benefits for Long-Term Unemployed Is Priority

The president urged lawmakers to make it their "first order of business"

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In this hursday Dec. 26, 2013 file photo, Richard Mattos, 59, looks for jobs at a state-run employment center in Salem, Ore.

President Barack Obama urged lawmakers to extend an emergency unemployment program during his weekly address Saturday.

Obama, on the heels of his two-week vacation in Hawaii, insisted both parties should focus on passing a three-month extension to providing benefits to the 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans. The program expired when Congress failed to include an extension in a two-year budget deal passed before the holiday break.

“We’re a better country than that. We don’t abandon our fellow Americans when times get tough; we keep the faith with them until they start that new job.”

GOP members, including Speaker of the House John A. Boehner, have said they’re open to extending the benefits as long as costs are balanced.

[The New York Times]

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NTupper
NTupper

I am not sure if people are commenting on this, but there is no money left in the overinflated budget to cover the cost.  Lets way the two options in my opinion.

First, borrow the 6.4 billion to extend the Unemployment for three months.  During that time it will place SOME money back into the market as the unemployed use the money.  Then after three months at maybe 200,000 job creation rate you will be able to send back 600,000 out of 10.9 million. 
Also remember that this number is not guaranteed since..
"The civilian labor force rose by 455,000 in November, after declining by 720,000 in October." US Department of Labor.  Remember also that they are not contributing, in the long run, to the economy with a job.

Second, use the 6.4 billion, that it is estimated cost to extend for 3 months, to invest is the areas of the country with the highest unemployment rate.  Start large projects in the areas of renewable energy, refining, production and create many jobs during the development of these projects as well as after these projects are done.  Not only does the initial investment go into the economy, but also the new employment on top of the current monthly job creation rate.

For me the republican and democrat argument is old, and is used as a distraction stop people from thinking creatively to stimulate an economy.  The "yeah well your party did this, therefore we need to listen to my party" argument does not help create more jobs in the market.  And getting money for nothing might be nice but it is not what the USA was founded upon.

DavidStrayer
DavidStrayer

Just read the comments below.  It seems inconceivable that these people say what they say: the venom just drips from their posts.  


Unemployed people are people who have worked and who (for whatever reason) have been out of work.  How they don't qualify for our help and support in their time of need, and how people can't see their ways clear to that is a mystery to me.  


What better investment can we make than to help someone who is struggling to make ends meet after having been thrown out of work?  Another aircraft carrier?  More F-35s?  Or, maybe, another Middle East war?


What system of values do these people have, anyway?

tom.litton
tom.litton

@DavidStrayerAlso, it's one of the more efficient forms of stimulus for the economy.  


It should be approved for that reason alone.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Amazing the GOP which has done so much to hamper the recovery in the first place now wants to hamper it even more by taking 1.3 Million consumers out of our marketplace.

WalsheDoug
WalsheDoug

@mantisdragon91 Finally. someone who thinks like me! WELL SAID. Pretty soon we will no longer have a 'middle-class' either, thanks in part to the GOP.

DavidStrayer
DavidStrayer

Restoring unemployment benefits?  


The GOP is unlikely to treat kindly those people who were thrown out of work by the Republican recession and kept out of work by the Republicans' refusal to approve an economic package that would allow the economy to grow more rapidly than it has.  They are the worthless, freeloading parasites that the Republicans so vociferously despise.  


(Nobody does hate quite as well as the Republicans.)


Don't expect either humanity or cooperation from the Republicans any time soon.  The facts that they own the recession, that they engineered the slow recovery to handicap Obama, that they lost the election in 2012, that they have nothing to offer the country and no interest in representing the interests of anyone but the wealthiest and most intolerant Americans -- all these facts describe and define today's GOP.  


Humanity isn't on that list.

SteveFolino
SteveFolino

Wouldn't a better, long-term solution to unemployment be to create more jobs rather than to simply pay those who are out of work?  Why doesn't the current administration focus on creating an environment that promotes the growth of business right here in America.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@SteveFolinoSeeing as the GOP obstructionist policies have cost us 2.1 Million Jobs since 2011 alone, perhaps you should take it up with them instead.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@SteveFolinoIt's one of the more efficient forms of stimulus.  So unemployment benefits and job creation go hand in hand. 

Besides Republicans have blocked all democrats attempts to pass jobs bills.  They might not have agreed with them, but they also knew that not passing them would result in doing nothing. 

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

One thing you got to hand to this man. He speaks in soaring rhetoric, but the problem is if he knows what he is talking about. Superficiality your name is Obama.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@DavidStrayer@ReneDemonteverdeAgreed, except that if you ask any of them to provide academic records, they will. Except for Ted Cruz. The testimonial of Alan Dershowitz alone suffices. Obama on the other hand had his records sealed and funny that you would take at face value that what he said is true. From your avatar you dont look like anybody`s fool. Surely you were not born yesterday.

Diecash1
Diecash1

@ReneDemonteverdeAt what point will you stop making yourself look stupid by purveying falsehoods?  I've seen you assert that Obama "had his records sealed" numerous time and it's a lie.  Only birther morons still attempt to make such assertions.


  • Claims #1, 2 and 4, college records. Obama’s college records are not “sealed” by a court order, as this graphic would have you believe. It would be illegal under federal law (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) for Occidental, Columbia or Harvard Law School to give any former student’s records to reporters or members of the public without that person’s specific, written permission. Obama hasn’t released them, but neither have other presidential candidates released their college records. George W. Bush’s grades at Yale eventually became public, but only because somebody leaked them to the New Yorker magazine. Bush himself refused to release them, according to a 1999 profile in the Washington Post.
http://www.factcheck.org/2012/07/obamas-sealed-records/

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@Diecash1@ReneDemonteverdeHere we go again, moron, stupid. I never used those words not unless somebody uses it first. Much as your post confirm your mental competence I will refrain from calling you idiot although obviously you are one. And stop waving those unsealed academic records reports. Have you seen it ? And if you have seen it can you kindly furnish it here. Bush refused to released it and you used Wapo as a source.

Diecash1
Diecash1

@ReneDemonteverde@Diecash1 While you're at it, explain to all of us why it's so important for Obama to release his academic records to the public.  What purpose would that serve?

Diecash1
Diecash1

Look jacka$$, I've proved your talking point to be false. Unless you have something substantive to contribute, p!ss off. You're no better than the average birther.

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

Politicians are alright : they get paid whether they work or not .

joethenobody
joethenobody

We can start by getting all the illegal immigrants out of this country or get them signed up for citizenship. They work for half of minimum wage, out work ANY American and not bitch, their making some money. Living 7,8,9 to a single hotel room, work 10,12 hour days. I wouldn't be surprised if most politicians will hire them ( if they haven't already) over any American.Hell we even educate them, ask for nothing in return and send them on their way.

WalsheDoug
WalsheDoug

@joethenobody ....and immigrants collecting Social Security benefits without working a day in their life in the U.S. Yes, it's true people -I know a few and it really, really pisses me off!! Hell, the way the immigrants think is "let's go to the U.S. so we can get this and that for free"... and people want to know WHY some of us are racist! DAH!!!!!!!! I know I am and willing to admit it. I have worked since the age of 15, and here I am, 52 years of age and never once needed government assistant and have paid into it all these years and suddenly get cut-off? Really, is that fair???? Yet the immigrants get EVERYTHING. WTF!!! I did not ask to be unemployed, nor do I enjoy staying home daily, it's DEGRADING as a father not to be able to provide for his family. If you're not a CEO or an Attorney (upper-class) or leaving in a tent out in desert (lower-class) then we as 'middle-class are basically SCREWED and will not see the day of light in our future!! Who's to blame, GOP, period. I hate knowing my tax money is paying these assholes saleries.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@joethenobody Nobody is even talking about this.  Nobody will ever do this.  If they did, the legal immigrants would ensure they would never win an election again. 

I'm afraid those people are here to stay, along with all the others that cross the borders between now and when it is secured. 

EdWapole
EdWapole

As a proven serial liar, who's only trade-craft is lying, Obama needs to resign.  Nobody believes anything he says any more.  Anyone who believes the statistics put out by his administration is probably too stupid to vote.

EdWapole
EdWapole

@barneydidit@EdWapole  Barney - when a person's mind cannot comprehend simple truths and as a result resorts to reversal reductio ad absurdum for a lame response, the person is pretty well proved to be too stupid to vote.  Please try again to make a cogent rebuttal to the stated thesis.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@barneydidit@EdWapoleHere is a test for you genius. Without making it up which lie did Palin tell ? Come on. Just dont make things up. For one perceived Palin lie, Obama has ten actual lies spoken before cameras.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@EdWapole But we should take everything Sarah Palin tells us as the gospel truth?

barneydidit
barneydidit

@ReneDemonteverde @barneydidit @EdWapole OMG Rene...really? Sarah started lying when she told us the investigation on her abuse of power "cleared her". It kept going with "thanks but no thanks" for the bridge to nowhere, she told us polar bears were not endangered, Ronald Reagan's recession was worse than the one Obama inherited, she couldn't take stimulus money because it required "universal building codes", wind turbines from the stimulus package built in China...the list goes on.  Do you have a more difficult task for me?

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

This welfare president is all about keeping the poor even poorer, and his friends at Google, Facebook, Microsoft even richer!!! He wants to throw those who lost jobs under his watch yet another bone, to keep them on the dole, to keep them starving.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@FeudiPandolaunemployment insurance creates jobs.  It's one of the more efficient stimuluses (stimuli?  whatever).  Look up the economic studies about it.

LLG
LLG

@FeudiPandola....dahhhhhh.....what about well educated people (such as my husband) who was a teacher for 26 years....WELL liked, always a great review....5 years away from retiring....and BOOM....laid off....try finding a job at 51 years old with benefits....NOT EASY TO DO....he has paid into the system and DESERVES Government help (unemployment benefits)....he is not a lazy ass that lays around collecting...he is on the computer EVERYDAY looking for a job.....Jobs....yes, jobs with benefits......  but, the people who have paid into the system for years upon years deserve unemployment until he can find a decent job again.