posted on Feb, 27 2010 @ 11:14 AM
See if there's a C-SPAN clip from him saying how he was upset over missing some local sports thing, and how he was late for it.
The current reasoning in UI circles is that he's the scapegoat for the repubs in the senate held to filibuster UI/COBRA until the dems agree with
some Tax Credit expansion/extension.
Tax Credits are already crippling and making unemployment worse in this country. It's pretty much a #, no-win situation. Once the dems agree the
repubs will pull Bunning off and the UI/COBRA extension will pass. The down side immediately is the paperwork involved for some states, and as stated:
tax credits are ruining employment for our country.
We live in a country were if you're unemployed, not a criminal, and not a minority you are less desirable to hire for many positions. Being
unemployed for 10 months myself, and being reduced to applying for even fast food and sacking jobs is bad, but imagine you're the company doing the
hiring: would you rather hire someone whom you'd pay an estimated $20K/year, or hire someone that would grant you a tax credit of $10K so that
you're only 'out of pocket" $10K? It's not a hard choice to make.
It just galls me: ex-convicts are entitled to give a $10,000/year tax credit to a company.
Tax Credit abuse is insanely rampant where I am- there are no controls, no auditing (and I've barked up every tree I could find, up to the Ombudsman
for the EEOC). A credit that was meant to help those most in need is being abused so that they're the only ones getting lower-end and entry level
Walk into any grocery store, any fast food place, any doctors office in Houston TX. Spot the Tax Credits working there.
I've started asking employers for specific reasons why my applications are ignored, or what skills I could improve upon should I desire to seek
future employment with their organization. So far only 1 has responded. Only 1.
I submit over 100 applications in a 2 week period. It's a full time job. I have glowing references, great work history in management, and have
lowered my requirements to just enough to marginally live on. Nothing.
Oh, some of you folks seem to think the unemployed are somehow welfare recipients- that we're happy to be on the dole, or that we're all lazy and
I don't qualify for any form of government assistance. I have a 21 year work history. I spend 5-8 hours Mon-Friday, and frequently Sunday night as
guilt sets in for taking a day off, looking for *any* job. Anything.
I'm paid $273/week- a recent reduction by the state of Texas which they're investigating (for 2 months). Do you think this is fun? Do you think I'm
mooching because I want to?
I paid taxes for a long, long time. We'll spend more in 1 week in Iraq or Afghanistan than we would to extend UI benefits and COBRA healthcare
benefits for American citizens. You think I want to pay $580/month for COBRA? You think I can even afford it after the reduction? haha no. But many
try to because they have no choice. Me? I don't care if I die at this point- I have type 2 diabetes and hemochromatosis, and lord I hope I die soon.
I really do.
You people act like there's some magic trick we can do? You act exactly like the government has trained you: It's all OK, unemployment isn't that
bad, or that high (despite the fact the government knowingly doesn't talk about their published U4 and U6 unemployed, because those numbers would
blow you away).
Texas goes from 9.2% one month, published on the TWC website front page, down to 8.3% in December. Yet the claim it never went down, only got higher?
They can't even get their story straight.
Do you know what 8.3% of 24million is? hah, that's over a million unemployed Texans with an estimated 50,000 new jobs in our state in the last
Some of you really are disgusting human beings. Really.
[edit on 27-2-2010 by Meesterjojo]