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Ask The White House: Question 6 (Long Term Unemployment)

Full story appears on The Huffington PostIn response to a call by to submit questions to the White House, Janet Ritz, editor and published of The Environmentalist, posted this question:The White House has avoided using the term 99ers. Why? There are millions who've lost their jobs and have exhausted benefits through no fault of their own. How can the economy ever come back if 99ers, many middle-aged middle-class, are kicked farther under the bus. Ads say: no unemployed need apply. Age discrimination is rampant and obvious. Mortgage companies will not modify for the unemployed. Even if you get the economy going, how many millions will be forced into poverty that would otherwise be the bulwark of democracy if they were helped now?

Something for the "Party of Lincoln" to keep in mind

"It is not needed nor fitting here that a general argument should be made in favor of popular institutions, but there is one point, with its connections, not so hackneyed as most others, to which I ask a brief attention. It is the effort to place capital on an equal footing with, if not above, labor in the structure of government. It is assumed that labor is available only in connection with capital; that nobody labors unless somebody else, owning capital, somehow by the use of it induces him to labor. This assumed, it is next considered whether it is best that capital shall hire laborers, and thus induce them to work by their own consent, or buy them and drive them to it without their consent. Having proceeded so far, it is naturally concluded that all laborers are either hired laborers or what we call slaves. And further, it is assumed that whoever is once a hired laborer is fixed in that condition for life.Now there is no such relation between capital and labor as assumed, nor…

Dear Congressman

Dear Congressman,Thank you for voting no on H. R. 6419, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Continuation Act.As you know, the most pressing problem with our national economy is the crushing debt we're loading onto the backs of our children and grandchildren, $13.7 trillion and counting. Our nation cannot afford to spend the additional $12.5 billion the CBO estimates this bill would have cost us over the next ten years.The nation's unemployment statistics clearly show that deficit reduction is the right problem to solve, and now is the right time to solve it: as of October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are 13.9 million out-of-work Americans. Of that number, 6.2 million have been out of work for over 27 weeks. 1.5 million have been out of work for more than 99 weeks, and have exhausted both state and Federal benefits. As the Republican candidate for Senate, Sharron Angle, said during the recent campaign, "We've put in so much entitlement into …

Retweet of the Day

Thank you to everyone who retweeted that message. It seems to have struck a chord.

Unemployed Suffer Another Setback

Jeanne Reinman, who is about to lose her unemployment benefits, discusses the GOP's decision to kill the extension on unemployment benefits.Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

GOP Blocks Jobless Benefits Extension

As the GOP voted to cut off unemployment benefits, thousands of American families are wondering how they’re going to survive the holiday season. An Ed Show panel discusses.Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

GOP: 143, Unemployed: 0.

Today's vote on extending unemployment benefits should have surprised no one.Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) introduced H. R. 6419, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Continuation Act, to provide a 90-day extension of emergency unemployment benefits. Without an extension, roughly two million people will lose this lifeline.The bill was introduced under suspension of the rules, a process Congress uses "to dispose of non-controversial measures expeditiously."We've seen, though, that there's very little the GOP will consider non-controversial. You might remember Rep. Anthony's Weiner's floor speech during a similar non-controversial vote to provide health care benefits for the first responders to arrive at Ground Zero on September 11th. That measure failed the first time around, 255-159, with 4 Democrats joining 155 Republicans voting no.Today's vote? 258-154. 275 votes were needed to suspend the rules. Eleven Democrats joined 143 Republicans who…


"We have journalism that is always ravenous for the next rumor, but insufficiently hungry for the facts that can nourish something called our democracy." - Senator Jay Rockefeller's remarks on Television Viewers, Retransmission Consent, and the Public Interest

Question Time

99ers Rally in NYC

America Is Hurting - The Ed Show

Helping the 99ers Helps Everyone

The CPBB has just published a new report, "Emergency Unemployment Insurance Benefits Remain Critical for the Economy" (link, PDF)
One section in particular is worth close attention:
UI Is a Highly Effective Tool for Reviving a Weak EconomyAmong 11 measures analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for increasing economic growth and employment in the next year or two, aid to the unemployed stands at the top of the list. According to CBO, "Households receiving unemployment benefits tend to spend the additional benefits quickly, making this option both timely and cost-effective in spurring economic activity and employment." CBO estimates that providing additional unemployment insurance benefits would boost economic output by as much as $1.90 per dollar of budgetary cost and increase employment by as many as 19,000 jobs per billion dollars of budgetary cost.CBO's estimate of the relative importance and bang-for-the-buck of UI is similar to that of most other …

Rally - Friday, November 12, Noon, 75 Varick St., NY

Kind of says it all...


Tom Stone

Tom Stone... is a documentary photographer known for his portraits of people living along the edges of society. His photography shares perspective with the work of Dorothea Lange, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus and Sebastiao Salgado. A friend on Twitter showed me a link to Tom's photography, which is being shown at the DNJ Gallery in Los Angeles. He's also on Flickr and his own website.

Tom calls the people in his photos "American Outsiders" - but the truth is, they're us. Spend a few moments learning more about them. Please and thank you.

Are Muslims Exempt From Obamacare? (Reposted)

No.Despite the meme travelling through the Interwebs, there is nothing in Obamacare that exempts members of the Muslim religion.Here's the relevant text from HR 3590:SEC. 1411.(b)(5)(A) In the case of an individual seeking exemption based on the individual's status as a member of an exempt religious sect or division, as a member of a health care sharing ministry, as an Indian, or as an individual eligible for a hardship exemption, such information as the Secretary shall prescribe.What that means is that an individual seeking an exemption from the mandate must document that they are:a member of an exempt religious sect;a member of a health care sharing ministry;an Indian;eligible for a hardship exemption.So, the next two relevant questions to ask are:Who are the exempt religious sects?What's a health care sharing ministry?Emma Dumain at answered those questions:...most religious people do not fall under the exemption category.The ones who do must be members of …

An Early Look Back

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