Nov 19 2010
People will not be sitting on unemployment for years anymore, waiting for the perfect job:
The House of Representatives on Thursday voted down a measure that would have reauthorized extended unemployment insurance for another three months, leaving no clear path forward to prevent the benefits from lapsing as scheduled on Nov. 30.
Without a reauthorization, the Labor Department estimates that two million long-term unemployed will prematurely stop receiving benefits before the end of the year.
What these people fail to explain is these 2 million people have been living off the rest of us for YEARS. Sorry, but time is up – find a job.
Federally-funded extended benefits, which give the unemployed up to 73 weeks of benefits once they exhaust 26 weeks of state benefits, have needed several reauthorizations in the past year, and Congress has let them lapse three times.
52 weeks per year mean these people have to avoid finding any job for almost 2 years (104 week) before these extra extensions need to kick in. Want the unemployment to go down? Force people to get out and start working again. And yes, I have been there myself the last few months finding just about any work possible to keep going. Sympathy has an expiration date – and 2 years is well past that point.