posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 04:03 PM
reply to post by Sremmos80
You GOT the money you put into it a long time ago. Your ORIGINAL unemployment of 39 weeks was paid for by a state payroll tax on earnings OR directly
by your previous employer on a dollar-for-dollar reimbursement. Once you passed that 39 weeks ALL the extensions, the first 13 weeks and ALL the
subsequent extensions that took you to a whopping 90+ weeks of unemployment checks were paid for by the Federal government with money it DOES NOT
HAVE. It's all borrowed. Every single dime you take adds to the deficit.
the government has supported you for just shy of two full years. Just how long do they need to keep doing this? What have you been doing for two
years? This is enough time to retrain yourself for nearly any trade, which the government will ALSO pay for. If you've been waiting around with your
mouth open for a job to drop into your lap, dream on. You just squandered an opportunity. Two years? My God! You could have taught yourself to be
I'm completely in favor of unemployment insurance to give people a lifeline if they are laid off through no fault of their own, but not FOREVER. If
you're going to say you want the money YOU put into it, and want to pretend that payroll tax was money you would otherwise have gotten in wages if
your employer did not have to pay it, OK. Fine. I understand that. But after 39 weeks you more than used that amount up, so that's then end of your
"entitlement." The rest is gravy. You'll use it to your advantage of you're smart, or squander it and want more if you're not.
I was laid off from my job as a supply boat captain in May of last year. My unemployment ended in Dec. That's 9 months, not 90+ weeks. I spent every
day contacting boat companies across the country, including Alaska and Hawaii, hell, I even applied to Captains jobs working crew boats in Africa.
After about a month I began applying for jobs at local restauraunts, dept. stores, gas stations... Jobs paying sometimes a 10th of what I made
offshore. I was "overqualified". In 9 months I had 6 interviews total, 5 of which told me this, the 6th never giving me a reason. The small amount I
recieved every 2 weeks helped me pay child support (still paying the rate that I was when I had my Captains job), and food, while my wifes checks took
care of the rest. The money didn't help much, but it did take some of the sting off of everything. Now that its gone, I've sold my truck, my ps3, mtn.
bike, surfboard, just about everything that I can to help pay bills.
I'm not about taking handouts, but we would have been in trouble without unemployment. It needs to continue until this mess they created is fixed.
I did get a job today. Part time at a gas station, working nights. Of course, after I got the call, my wife calls me to pick her up, the hospital she
works at as a nurse just laid her off...
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