Showing posts from August, 2011

Grand Central Terminal, Saturday Afternoon, August 27, 2011.


Barbara Lee Calls on President to Help Jobless Workers and Their Families

August 25, 2011

Contact Kristal DeKleer (202) 225-1882

Washington, D.C.– Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to address the needs of jobless workers in his forthcoming jobs plan. The letter urged the President to not only maintain the current extension of unemployment benefits to America’s jobless workers, but to also incorporate H.R. 589, The Emergency Unemployment Extension Act. Congresswoman Lee sponsored the bill to extend unemployment benefits by fourteen more weeks for all unemployed workers.

“Extending unemployment benefits for an additional fourteen weeks would serve as an immediate resuscitation for people who have reached the end of their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits,” said Congresswoman Lee. “Not only do jobless workers need assistance for food and shelter month to month, but unemployed workers immediately spend the assistance receive,which stimulates the economy and contributes to jo…

The Daily Show: World of Class Warfare

Out of Whack

From @ediclick:

Sen. Bernie Sanders: We Must Deal With The Jobs Crisis

Links: Part 2 - Part 3

Unemployed or Underemployed and Depressed?

(via Help A Reporter Out)Hey There, I'm looking to write a story on how long bouts with unemployment and underemployment brought on by our weak economy has impacted the mental health and well-being of people living in and around the Washington, DC area. I'm looking for 2 or 3 personal accounts of how unemployment or underemployment has affected individual's peace of mind and mental well being, and how they and their families are dealing with it.To respond, send an email to this address: query-1fms@helpareporter.comThe deadline for responses is 7:00 PM EST - August 19

Can you see the miracle?

h/t Democracy In America, The EconomistMuch is being made of the "Texas Miracle" - an economy that weathered the recession relatively well.Judging from the chart below, it's hard to argue that anything of the sort actually happened. The chart compares the unemployment rates of Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois.Look at the numbers from a different perspective: the number of unemployed in each state: So, where's the miracle?

If you want to create jobs, create jobs.

Rep. Schakowsky on Countdown discussing her jobs bill:

The "Help Wanted" Project

What does 9.2% unemployment mean? How can we understand a statistic like 14.2 million unemployed?Maybe by remembering that each of these numbers represents a person.“I am intelligent, experienced, professional, lead with integrity and have excellent references,” a reader wrote in response to a Post article asking the unemployed to write about their experiences. “How did my life come to this? I am exhausted, I need peace of mind and I need a job. I am scared and recently called a suicide hot line... God forgive me.”“Every application not responded to is rejection – being told I am worthless, useless and unwanted,” another unemployed reader wrote. “Every job posting telling me I am not good enough, that all my life work is worth nothing, tells me I do not measure up. I feel like I have been told a 1,000 times to just die.”The Washington Post has collected stories from six families who have been affected by unemployment. You can read their accounts at Help Wanted: Stories of Unemployment

TRMS: The Patience of Jobs

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"The Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act"

Learn more about Congresswoman Schakowsky's bill on her website.

Eric Cantor Wants Your Resume

h/t and inspiration from Joan McCarter

"Jim, the most important thing we can do for somebody who’s unemployed is to see if we can get them a job."

That was GOP Leader Eric Cantor speaking with Jim Cramer about the July labor numbers. The full quote (from Joan's article:)
CANTOR: Jim, the most important thing we can do for somebody who’s unemployed is to see if we can get them a job. I mean, that’s what needs to be the focus. For too long in Washington now we’ve been worried about pumping up the stimulus monies and pumping up unemployment benefits and to a certain extent you have states for which you can get unemployment for almost two years and I think those people on unemployment benefits would rather have a job. So that’s where our focus needs to be.

KRAMER: I just want to be very, very clear, on a day when we have a good unemployment number, that’s terrific, but not a great one and you confirmed not a great one, you are not in favor and will go against the president’s wi…

President Obama's Call To Action

My concern right now - my singular focus - is the American people. Getting the unemployed back on the job, lifting their wages. Rebuilding that sense of security the middle class has felt slipping away for years. And helping them recover fully, as families and as communities, from the worst recession that any of us have ever seen.Today, we know that our economy created 154,000 new private sector jobs in July. And that’s the strongest pace since April. The unemployment rate went down, not up. But while this marks the 17th month in a row of job growth in the private sector - nearly 2.5 million new private sector jobs in all - we have to create more jobs than that each month to make up for the more than 8 million jobs that the recession claimed. We need to create a self-sustaining cycle where people are spending, and companies are hiring, and our economy is growing. And we’ve known that will take some time.But what I want the American people and our partners around the world to know i…

News Hounds: Erica Payne Challenges Fox News’ War On The Unemployed

h/t @YvonneNYC

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WSJ: Blinder: Forget the Debt Debate, We Need to Create More Jobs

"The budget deficit is a gradually-developing problem that needs to be addressed over the next few decades, Prof. Blinder says. Exceptional 9.2% unemployment is holding back the economy now.

He notes that, despite the growing debt and the political crisis in Washington, financial markets remain happy to lend the U.S. Treasury money at exceptionally low rates.

'So does that tell you it’s an emergency, that the market is about to cut us off from credit? No. Where we have an emergency is unemployment,' he says.

Unemployment isn’t just a social issue; it holds down growth, he notes: 'It’s bad for people; it’s bad for business; it’s bad for the financial markets. It’s bad for everything.'"



"It should not be possible for a small minority to threaten catastrophe if the rest of the government decides not to embrace an extreme agenda of austerity and the dismantling of programs for the elderly and the less fortunate."…"Nor can we ask Americans to accept changes in Medicare and Medicaid if those savings will be used to pay for tax preferences for the most fortunate few."…"And by locking in long-term savings, Congress will have more room in the fall to pass additional short-term measures to strengthen the economy — such as extending the payroll tax cut, which provides an average of a thousand dollars to the after-tax incomes of working Americans; extending unemployment benefits; and financing infrastructure investments. After all, strengthening growth and putting more Americans back to work are among the most important things we can do to improve our fiscal situation today and over the long term."Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner, in today&#…