As of 2008, the war in Iraq, and Afghanistan had a cost of sixteen billion
dollars.Almost eight billion came from England.--Bloomberg
Magazine.Some people will blame George Bush, and this job creating
war as a cause for people losing unemployment benefits.This is
Did anyone say this country is broke? Tea Party folks wanted to restrain
spending. At least reduce the growth of spending and all they get is harsh
@Pagan--Exaggerate and blame, blame.What Bush, and Reagan added to
the debt is very small compare to your commander.You know that, but
keep excusing what's going on now.Double an triple the debt?
Let's set the record straight!Obama has spent more money than
any human being in history, and four trillion dollars on the Iraq war is grossly
exaggerated. Wrong!Take that to the bank.
I know of someone who when they lost their job, just stayed on unemployment
until they had to get a job, which they did very quickly when it became
necessary. I was quite shocked, but said nothing to that person. I am also
concerned with the coveting I hear so often about. Take from the rich to give to
the poor. That was okay with Robin Hood, but I am tired of people saying that
the wealthy should be forced to give their money away. If they earned it
honestly and paid their taxes, I say, "Good for You!" People who create
their own companies deserve the highest praise, if he or she is an honest
employer. Think of the good Bill Gates, John Huntsman and others have done.
I'll never be wealthy and I'm okay with that. All of us, they rich and
the poor and the others in between need to help each other. What a wonderful
world it would be!
For once I agree with Pagan, may not happen again. All the money for Iraq, yet
there is none for our own citizens. But just don't put the blame on Reagan
and Bush, Obama and Clinton haven't been our finest presidents either.
Truthseeker, you are correct in pointing out that my statement regarding the
success of the LDS Church welfare system makes it among the best in the world is
my opinion. It is also my strong opinion that the LDS Church welfare system is
based upon excellent principles & operated by very good people, giving rise
to its success. I invite you to study these principles, contrasting them with
those principles upon which the US welfare system is built--many of which will
be similarly good to those of the LDS church, but some of which are actually
poor principles upon which to structure a welfare program. Think upon what the
purposes of welfare should be. There are many who likewise
recognize the success of the LDS welfare system, based upon its purposes &
As a small business owner and former employer, I feel I have a good idea why
there are so many on "welfare" and unemployment. The federal government
under the control of liberal democrats and Barrack Obama, is sucking small
businesses dry with costly regulations and higher taxes! They have decimated the
middle class, given massive assistance to big businesses and unions and bailed
out lending institutions which discourages these banks to make loans to the self
employed. Adding to this anti small business environment, is the force of
Obamacare and we have the perfect storm to destroy jobs. We are unable to employ
anyone, we are unable to grow and most small businesses are just hanging on
hoping that the next election will bring an administration that is business
friendly, and encourages us to higher employees. Our President and Washington
DC, is now offering millions of illegal aliens amnesty. Yep! They really care
about American citizens and American Small business can you just feel the love?
Extending unemployment benefits extends unemployment.
re:David"I again call on our government to learn from the LDS
Church""There are levers that government can work to enhance
employment growth,"Specifics? Does the LDS Church
provide any statistics by which the "success" rate of their "welfare
system" (across the church as a whole) can be measured? For example, number
of recipients, length of time unemployed/receiving assistance/whether assistance
was stopped due to statutory limits or resuming employment. I've never
seen such statistics so any claim regarding "success" is merely an
opinion. It is true that the LDS Church had major construction
projects going on in UT during the height of the recession. However,
Republicans opposed any spending on infrastructure, which would've created
jobs in the sector hardest hit--construction. One-third of the stimulus bill
was composed of tax cuts.
'We are out of money and $17 TRILLION in debt, and cannot afford to extend
welfare any longer for anyone.' This did not seem to be a
concern… when George W. Bush doubled the national debt. And Ronal Reagan tripled the national debt. Let me put this
another way. If 'Trickle-down' economics worked.. why did George W. Bush need to bailout Wall Street?
@DN Subscriber"The solution to unemployment is jobs, from the free
market economy."Jobs come from demand. We don't have enough
demand. That's why the economy is still stalled out. Your solution is to
cut gov't funding, further reducing demand.Maybe there'd
be more demand if the poor and middle class had a higher percentage of wealth.
After all they tend to put money back into the economy much faster than the rich
do. Just a thought.
After 48 weeks let's call it something else.Welfare perhaps?This program has been milked to the point that it means nothing. It should be
returned to a short-term earned benefit program.
Those extended benefits only extend the time before a former employer can afford
to hire a replacement that can actually do the job.
I do not think people realize that a lot of employers will not hire someone who
is over qualified for a position because they know that the person will
constantly be looking for a higher paying job because they have skills that
demand higher pay.Why would you hire someone who has a degree to do
an entry level job? It will just cost the employer more money to keep replacing
people.Also it is absurd to think living off unemployment is great.
I got laid off once and was making 2k a week at my job and unemployment was $425
a week. What would you rather have, 2k a week or $425?
Another Adminstration Propaganda (sometimes called Associated Press) bit of
advocacy journalism pushing the tried and true class warfare and welfare
rhetoric so loved by Democrats.The bill through 2014 for an
additional 47 weeks of jobless welfare will be $19 Billion. Please tell us, all
your sympathetic people and big spenders exactly where that $19 Billion will
come from, or what specific programs you will cut from the 2014 spending to pay
for this if it is such an urgent priority.As Lady Thatcher said
"The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples
money to spend."The solution to unemployment is jobs, from the
free market economy. NOT from more burdensome and silly regulations and
restrictions or bogus "stimulus" spending on crony capitalism and pet
environmental (but unsustainable) schemes.Obama does not want to end
poverty or unemployment. It provides a reliable base of low information voters
trapped (or content) on the liberal welfare plantation who will vote for big
spending Democrats.We are out of money and $17 TRILLION in debt, and
cannot afford to extend welfare any longer for anyone.
Unemployment benefits were originally intended as temporary--a few weeks only
while people figure out what to do next after a layoff. I have been
out of work before, with several kids, and it's always hard getting another
job. But Congress's extending benefits only postpones the day of reckoning
for families as to what will have to change in their lives.This
administration particularly has allowed people to stay on unemployment for
ridiculous amounts of time. It's those people who are (finally) getting cut
off, and they really do need to be cut off, literally, for their own good.
Long-term unemployment benefits literally encourage many people to sit on their
duffs.And if you've never met anyone who only got serious about
a job search after receiving notice their unemployment was about to expire, then
you need to get out more.
I hope those who lose benefits are able to quickly find a job. The economic
growth, and the strength of our economy, has certainly been unnecessarily anemic
under Obama. There are levers that government can work to enhance employment
growth, but Democrats and Obama have consistently acted to reinforce the
addictive welfare system.I again call on our government to learn
from the LDS Church. I challenge Obama to do so. Government leaders should
visit LDS church leaders. They should study and learn how the LDS church has
implemented one of the most successful welfare programs upon the earth. Then
they should reform the US welfare programs to mirror those of the LDS Church.
Such action would dramatically help those in need. It would strengthen our
citizens and economy. It would benefit the national debt and annual deficits.
Very frustrating for school teachers trying to get students to work, learn, and
do their homework.When these students grow up, they blame the ones
who did their work, and took responsibility for their lives.Pathetic
how they use words like discrimination, and greed to take from them.Some are crazy enough to blame George Bush.
Stand by for a flood of hateful comments from people who have been lucky enough
-- yes LUCKY enough -- to have had a job throughout this mess that was caused by
the greed of a few top dogs of Wall Street, Congress and other seats of
power.We have enough to wage war and to pay for airplanes that even
our armed services didn't want. But we don't have enough to help
Americans who are in need of help.When other Americans denigrate
those who were not so lucky and call upon them to "get busy" or
"become responsible," that is nothing but shameless hatred.It's totally disgusting.
In a slow recovery due to lack of demand we're going to cut off money to a
million people that would immediately be spent into the economy. That's not
going to help anything.
Title: ‘1.3 million losing unemployment benefits
Saturday’ It must feel good… knowing that
America spent $4 trillion dollars in Iraq. And has nothing left for
It's certainly time. Life is hard, but taxpayer money to give someone can
be justified for a short time, but when it's already over a year long,
that's more than enough time. Time to take responsibility.