Finally…Unemployment gets an extension

Posted: July 20, 2010 in Political Commentary, The Blog!

Carte Goodiwn was sworn in to replace the late West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd, who died last month at the age of 92, and his impact was felt immediately. Goodwin was the 60th vote needed for President Obama and the democrats to finally pass the extension of unemployment benefits for over 2.5 million Americans who have been out of work. Republications have filibustered the bill 3 previous times stating that it would add to the already high deficit but contracting them-selfs by wanting to extend the Bush Tax cuts for the wealthy that would add over $3 trillion dollars to the deficit over the next 10 years. President Obama was very stern and aggressive in a speech yesterday criticizing republications on this very action and today he got it done. People often criticize the unemployed, stating that they would rather stay and home and collect a government check than work. The average unemployment check is $300 a week…$300. That comes out to $1,200 a month which makes it literally impossible to live on. With the cost of rent, bills, gas, food and living expenses $300 a week won’t be helping people live comfortably but it will give them a breather, a relief that they haven’t had for sometime. The unemployment rate is down to 9.5%, the lowest it as actually been since July of last year. It’s a good sign that it is coming down but it is coming down slowly. The same goes for job creation, we were loosing over 750,000 jobs a month at the end of the Bush administration to a net gain now. Things will get better, but if we don’t have patience things will get nasty.


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