1.3 million losing unemployment benefits Saturday

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 29, 2013 5:09 p.m.

    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 crazy.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Dec. 29, 2013 10:39 a.m.

    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 criticism.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 28, 2013 12:53 p.m.

    @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.

  • Clarissa Layton, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    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!

  • omahahusker Modesto, CA
    Dec. 28, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    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.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 12:22 a.m.

    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 & principles.

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 9:51 p.m.

    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?

  • Hank Jr Draper, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 6:30 p.m.

    Extending unemployment benefits extends unemployment.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Dec. 27, 2013 5:56 p.m.

    "I again call on our government to learn from the LDS Church"

    "There are levers that government can work to enhance employment growth,"


    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.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    '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?

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 3:50 p.m.

    @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.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    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.

  • SportzFan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    Those extended benefits only extend the time before a former employer can afford to hire a replacement that can actually do the job.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    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?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    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.

  • Denverite Centennial, CO
    Dec. 27, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    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.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    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.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 27, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    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.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 12:44 p.m.

    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.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 12:24 p.m.

    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.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 12:20 p.m.


    ‘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 citizens.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    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.