The Unemployment Extension news has not been all so good in late 2010. Washington is on the clock–but apparently the situation has never and will never call for swift action. Instead, here we are again waiting on a handful of politicians to determine the 2010 Unemployment extension fates of millions of jobless Americans.
Didn’t we learn a lesson the last time this issue reared its ugly head? Apparently not. We are doomed to repeat the past because we didn’t learn a single thing the last time the issue came to the forefront. I am one of the fortunate ones who landed a job during one of the worst economic periods in American history. There are many others who weren’t as fortunate..and they are still suffering as long term unemployed United States citizens. So what has happened so far? What is the latest unemployment extension news in late 2010?
The bottom line is there hasn’t been much news–even though the unemployment extensions have ended for many. More people will again fall victim to the slow decision making by our politicians and be served up as collateral damage. It doesn’t look as if the 2010 Unemployment extensions are going to be passed anytime soon.
The last time this debate started it lasted nearly 2 months. I was one of the many jobless Americans who fell victim to the lack of decision making by our politicians. Democrats argued the 2010 unemployment extensions should be passed as emergency spending. Republicans argued that such a bill should be funded. Jobless Americans were caught in the middle without their 2010 Unemployment benefits for a period of up to 2 months.
I waited 2 months or more before I received retro-pay. I finally landed a job after just over a year without one. I speak for myself and many others when I say that many many Americans are searching furiously for work.
There is an awful uneducated school of thought out there that many jobless Americans are riding the wave of unemployment money in lieu of finding a job. I would argue this point–and I believe it to be very logical.
Why would anyone in their right mind wait for a handout from a very unpredictable government? Seriously? Why would jobless Americans trust that politicians would do the right thing and pass unemployment extensions during an economic emergency? The truth is most jobless Americans are probably a little reluctant to trust anyone after losing their jobs through no fault of their own-much less trust that rich politicians would vote to keep the 2010 unemployment extensions going. We have learned from experience that our politicians are just as likely to do the right thing as the wrong thing. The last unemployment fiasco taught us that. The fact that many of the same politicians still don’t have a clear resolution after all this time is kind of mind boggling. I don’t get it.
It just doesn’t make sense that 10% of Americans are sitting on their tails waiting for a hand out. I am 100% positive that some jobless Americans are doing just that–but I believe that number to be 1-2 percent or below.
That means 8% of the jobless Americans or more are searching feverishly for jobs that simply don’t exist. There were at one point 6 candidates for every one job. I am fairly sure that statistic hasn’t changed dramatically considering the state of the economy.
So why on earth do we not have great news concerning the 2010 unemployment extensions? It should have been a no-brainer. Politicians had plenty of time to work on a long term issue the last time this issue popped up. But here we are again–watching politicians play it by ear and handle the situation with the urgency of a one legged chicken crossing the road(nothing against one legged chickens by the way). Because one legged chickens at least know how to make a decision.
It’s unfortunate that jobless Americans don’t have the unemployment extension news they were hoping for. It’s more unfortunate that many Americans will be doing without near the Holiday season. There has been talk about a one year unemployment extension bill–but nothing concrete seems to be in place or near it at this point.
So he were are–back at square one waiting for politicians to determine the fate of many unfortunate Americans. I think it’s an absolute disgrace. Not that there is debate about the issue–but that the debate should have triggered a long term fix back in the summer. Those who forget the past are destined to repeat the same silly mistakes in the future–I am paraphrasing a great quote here. Our politicians have certainly forgotten the past and in essence many people who are the great heart of America.
The jobless Americans deserve better. Nobody really wants to be long term unemployed. It’s not something anyone is proud of. But at the same token, it’s not a situation that needs to be deemed as anything other than an emergency. The numbers and stats are direct proof of that. The unemployment rates have stayed at higher numbers for longer periods of time than ever witnessed during the modern era. We are in the midst of a recession no matter what analysts say about America finally pulling through. By the way, there aren’t many analysts on that side of the fence. Most see it as what it is. A horrible circumstance to be in for the country and many jobless Americans. The unemployment extensions should have been passed months ago–not coming up as a major hot button issue just before the Christmas holiday.
Shame on our politicians for not having the foresight to see that this issue would once again emotionally and financially crush many many good people just a few months down the road. Shame on them.