Ohioans Protest GOP's Opposition To Unemployment Extension At John Boehner's Office

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    Nov 11, 2010 4:48 AM GMT
    "After Marvin Bohn lost his job running the dining services program at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, it took two years to find a part-time gig. He said even Burger King rejected him when he applied for a job.

    He said he got by thanks to $365 a week in unemployment insurance.

    "Unemployment benefits pretty much allowed me to pay my rent, maintain my car, gas, pay utilities and buy food. Beyond that, pretty much nothing. There was no luxuries, but it kept me from being homeless," he told HuffPost on Wednesday.

    That's why he joined a dozen Ohioans in a small protest outside the Troy office of incoming Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday. Republicans, Bohn said, "seem to think it's more important to maintain the tax breaks for the rich than it is to get the unemployed benefits." ...

    The Repugs are gonna pull another 1994! ... icon_lol.gif

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    Nov 11, 2010 4:53 AM GMT
    Good for them! If the "orange weeping Bohner" wants to offset the cost of unemployment extensions, he can donate all the money he gets for 100 golf trips each year to the Treasury. Sociopath.
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    Nov 11, 2010 5:09 AM GMT
    Caslon16000 said"After Marvin Bohn lost his job running the dining services program at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, it took two years to find a part-time gig. He said even Burger King rejected him when he applied for a job.

    He said he got by thanks to $365 a week in unemployment insurance.

    "Unemployment benefits pretty much allowed me to pay my rent, maintain my car, gas, pay utilities and buy food. Beyond that, pretty much nothing. There was no luxuries, but it kept me from being homeless," he told HuffPost on Wednesday.

    That's why he joined a dozen Ohioans in a small protest outside the Troy office of incoming Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday. Republicans, Bohn said, "seem to think it's more important to maintain the tax breaks for the rich than it is to get the unemployed benefits." ...

    The Repugs are gonna pull another 1994! ... icon_lol.gif





    Yup.
    And pretty soon we'll be hip deep in partisan-motivated witch hunt investigtions of Obama and maybe even an impeachment attempt!

    The GOPers and their old tricks - back again.
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    Nov 11, 2010 6:20 AM GMT
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    Yup.
    And pretty soon we'll be hip deep in partisan-motivated witch hunt investigtions of Obama and maybe even an impeachment attempt!

    The GOPers and their old tricks - back again.

    Seems a little alarmist- no?

    I recall when Obama got in I was reading all of the conservatives screaming how he would go on a witch hunt. I remember people concerned that Obama would order investigations into the past administration looking for war crimes, breeches of privacy; just about anything you can dream up somebody was concerned about. Yet after a couple of years that has yet to materialize. This comment seems very similar the comments of the conservatives, only in reverse.

    To comment on the first post: If the economy were not so thoroughly sunk I might be inclined to agree with not extending the benefits. I do not recall the exact numbers, but the vast majority of claimants in the past have found work within a month of their unemployment benefits running out. Past experience would say that most people are not willing to take that job at McDonalds until they are desperate- and the quickest route to that is to cut of government benefits.

    Having said that, this time things seem a little different. The jobs are not there- the competition is too strong even at the entry level and minimum wage occupations. I know a number of people who can not get a job because of their age and the fact they are over qualified. Nobody wants to hire a rocket scientist to work retail. They (rightfully) fear he will quit if offered a better job. They worry he may think himself above pricing clothing or waiting on a teenager.

    This time I don't know what the answer is. To extend benefits indefinitely provides little incentive to take a minimum wage job. It racks up the debt and tells us that even the government does not have any confidence in this economy (why should I have the confidence to buy a house if even the Feds do not have confidence that a rocket scientist can land a job flipping burgers?) However, without those payments continuing it is going to put more strain on the housing market, encourage deflation and charities will not be able to meet demand.