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Oklahomans Affected by Unemployment Deadline, Blocked Bill

There are 80 comments on the Oklahoma Impact Team story from Apr 1, 2010, titled Oklahomans Affected by Unemployment Deadline, Blocked Bill. In it, Oklahoma Impact Team reports that:

Janet Barrett quit her job to take care of her husband after he was badly injured in an oil rig accident.

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seriously

El Reno, OK

#1 Apr 1, 2010
15 months is far too long to be unemployed, get a job in a restaurant, walmart, AT&T is hiring CONSTANTLY and they start at $10 an hour.. Found it pretty impressive that the family featured in this story also had internet & a shiny new laptop, plus newer cars, but no jobs... she says there are no jobs, that's not true, not even close to true, she's just not wanting to work with what is available.
OKGENERAL

Cheyenne, OK

#2 Apr 1, 2010
After watching this individual on the news has she and her husbanc tried taking
taking their chubby little cheeks over to the Census people I understand their hiring (based on your earlier broadcast), then they wouldn't need unemployment or are they just vacationing on the tax payer.
Truthful

Bradenton, FL

#3 Apr 1, 2010
seriously wrote:
15 months is far too long to be unemployed, get a job in a restaurant, walmart, AT&T is hiring CONSTANTLY and they start at $10 an hour.. Found it pretty impressive that the family featured in this story also had internet & a shiny new laptop, plus newer cars, but no jobs... she says there are no jobs, that's not true, not even close to true, she's just not wanting to work with what is available.
UMMMMM, dumbazz.....companies decide who they will hire to fill a job opening not the person seeking the job.
Just because there is an opening doesn't mean any particular person will be hired based on if they need a job.

WOW!!!....are you that miserable with your own life.
Jose C

United States

#4 Apr 1, 2010
THANK YOU ...there are jobs people are to lazy to just get a job, they rather collect money and they keep on giving it way
seriously wrote:
15 months is far too long to be unemployed, get a job in a restaurant, walmart, AT&T is hiring CONSTANTLY and they start at $10 an hour.. Found it pretty impressive that the family featured in this story also had internet & a shiny new laptop, plus newer cars, but no jobs... she says there are no jobs, that's not true, not even close to true, she's just not wanting to work with what is available.
Devastated

United States

#5 Apr 1, 2010
Many people focus on those that completely take advantage of unemployment extensions, and forget about those that really do need them. My husband had a really good paying job and i was a stay at home mom to help in advancing our children's education and prepare them for school. Then he was laid off. It completely threw us off course. It was planned that i would attend college after our kids were of school age, but with his layoff, had to take a different action. We both decided to become full time students in college to develop a better, easier future for our children. He started his unemployment, and we got our children in to a headstart program. Everything seemed to be getting better, and seemed that we would be able to get jobs opposite of eachothers school schedules, when his grandfather became very ill and declining fast. There are no other family members able or willing to help take care of him, so we are. Now our time is completely overwhelmed with college, our children and their schooling, and now caring for a loved one. Taking care of a loved one is a 24/7 task in itself. It is not that we do not want to get a job. That is not the case at all. Unemployment was helping our family make a future, and also allowed us to give the care needed to our family member . Now we are completely devastated. I believe we were using unemployment in an acceptable manner. Now our family will have to suffer in more ways than one.
Jose C

United States

#6 Apr 1, 2010
im sorry to hear but i do believe that you are taking advantage of the system , why should you go to school and we pay your bills, if you want to get ahead work and go part time just like my wife , she works full time and goes to school part time, and we also have kids and i was lay off but i got a job real fast ...
Devastated wrote:
Many people focus on those that completely take advantage of unemployment extensions, and forget about those that really do need them. My husband had a really good paying job and i was a stay at home mom to help in advancing our children's education and prepare them for school. Then he was laid off. It completely threw us off course. It was planned that i would attend college after our kids were of school age, but with his layoff, had to take a different action. We both decided to become full time students in college to develop a better, easier future for our children. He started his unemployment, and we got our children in to a headstart program. Everything seemed to be getting better, and seemed that we would be able to get jobs opposite of eachothers school schedules, when his grandfather became very ill and declining fast. There are no other family members able or willing to help take care of him, so we are. Now our time is completely overwhelmed with college, our children and their schooling, and now caring for a loved one. Taking care of a loved one is a 24/7 task in itself. It is not that we do not want to get a job. That is not the case at all. Unemployment was helping our family make a future, and also allowed us to give the care needed to our family member . Now we are completely devastated. I believe we were using unemployment in an acceptable manner. Now our family will have to suffer in more ways than one.
Kathy

Scottsdale, AZ

#7 Apr 1, 2010
Families are suffering from lack of employment. New jobs are not being created. How does a family survive without unemployment in a case like this? All we hear on the news any more is how Social Security is going to be defunct in 2037 and how medicare and medicade benefits are going to be cut, recession and failing economy. Still millions of dollars are being expended for things that are not necessary. It is only common sense if you don't have a job, you don't have money to spend to help the failing economy. Lots of people are just holding on by a thread and now no unemployment benefits. However, I suppose if you are wealthy, money is not an issue; therefore no sympathy for the poor man.
Devastated

United States

#8 Apr 1, 2010
Jose C
i guess you missed the job search part of my comment. But that is ok. No, i do not agree with you about taking advantage of the system. Unemployment was helping us in rebuilding our financial situation. And yes, it was helping us in paying our bills. Is that not what it was created for? My husband paid taxes before he was laid off, and that is what is used in calculating how much you are approved for. It is to help you keep going until you are able to regroup and start again. I do thank you for not being so cruel in your comment. It is a very emotional topic for me and my family. Wouldnt you rather someone use taxpayer funds for education rather than sitting at home and watching soap operas? that was the point i was trying to make. I did take part time college to thought before starting school. Grants do not cover part time though. You have to be enrolled in a certain amount of hours. A student loan would be great in that instance, but when i could be granted money and get my degree in 2 years rather than 4 or more and paying on a loan for many years to come, my decision and my husbands relied on time and money. Now i have 2 semesters left and i will have a degree and be putting tax money back in to Oklahoma. It does not replace it, and i do realize that, but soon i will be making a good salary, and with a good salary come a good percentage of taxes. So now that i have explained a little more, do you understand? Or still disagree and believe we are taking advantage?
ccc

Oklahoma City, OK

#9 Apr 1, 2010
You can't find ANY work in 15 months? Then I suspect you're not trying very hard. "There's just no jobs" is the same crap we always hear from people who don't want work. Hit the bricks, sweetie, there's work to be had. And shame on Channel 9 for such a slanted piece of *heh-hem* journalism. Coburn is doing what he should be doing which is trying to stop this blind spending spree the Congress is on. This pathetic woman didn't even realize how you all were using her.
ccc

Oklahoma City, OK

#10 Apr 1, 2010
Devastated wrote:
Many people focus on those that completely take advantage of unemployment extensions, and forget about those that really do need them. My husband had a really good paying job and i was a stay at home mom to help in advancing our children's education and prepare them for school. Then he was laid off. It completely threw us off course. It was planned that i would attend college after our kids were of school age, but with his layoff, had to take a different action. We both decided to become full time students in college to develop a better, easier future for our children. He started his unemployment, and we got our children in to a headstart program. Everything seemed to be getting better, and seemed that we would be able to get jobs opposite of eachothers school schedules, when his grandfather became very ill and declining fast. There are no other family members able or willing to help take care of him, so we are. Now our time is completely overwhelmed with college, our children and their schooling, and now caring for a loved one. Taking care of a loved one is a 24/7 task in itself. It is not that we do not want to get a job. That is not the case at all. Unemployment was helping our family make a future, and also allowed us to give the care needed to our family member . Now we are completely devastated. I believe we were using unemployment in an acceptable manner. Now our family will have to suffer in more ways than one.
Let's see. You suddenly found yourselves with no income and so you thought that would be a good time to become full-time students? Don't waste your time on a formal education sweetie, you have no common sense. Stop being an embarassment to hard-working parents everywhere and support your own kids!
Devastated

United States

#11 Apr 1, 2010
ccc wrote:
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Let's see. You suddenly found yourselves with no income and so you thought that would be a good time to become full-time students? Don't waste your time on a formal education sweetie, you have no common sense. Stop being an embarassment to hard-working parents everywhere and support your own kids!
Whoa! Excuse me! I happen to be a great parent, and I am supporting my kids. I really hope you are not ever put in a position as I am.
Dan D

Edmond, OK

#12 Apr 1, 2010
Truthful wrote:
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UMMMMM, dumbazz.....companies decide who they will hire to fill a job opening not the person seeking the job.
Just because there is an opening doesn't mean any particular person will be hired based on if they need a job.
WOW!!!....are you that miserable with your own life.
Well hey dumbazz 2, my two teenagers managed to get jobs as have their friends. UPS is always looking for some part time night workers to load trucks. Hard work with high turnover. 15 months with nothing? or nothing they want?
wrong answer

Saint Louis, OK

#13 Apr 1, 2010
Your forgetting were not talking about WELFARE.We are talking about unemployment something people pay for when they work
brady

Oklahoma City, OK

#14 Apr 1, 2010
you might pay for it WHILE you're working, but that doesn't mean it's supposed to be there for you just because you're a student. Get a student loan, that's what everyone else does, and they have to pay it back...and I agree 15 mo's is too long to say you can't find a job...be a waitress if you have to, alot of people are working jobs that they might not have wanted..but they are supporting their families, not expecting everyone else to do it.
brady

Oklahoma City, OK

#15 Apr 2, 2010
How can you set on your rear end in front of the computer while your utilities are being turned off anyway? That just makes me mad, think of your kids.
Jose C

Oklahoma City, OK

#16 Apr 2, 2010
and this was my point (Devastated), i got layoff my self in feb, but guess i found a job that pay less, everyone just wants a eazy way to get ahead and instead of finding a way ,
brady wrote:
you might pay for it WHILE you're working, but that doesn't mean it's supposed to be there for you just because you're a student. Get a student loan, that's what everyone else does, and they have to pay it back...and I agree 15 mo's is too long to say you can't find a job...be a waitress if you have to, alot of people are working jobs that they might not have wanted..but they are supporting their families, not expecting everyone else to do it.
James

Macomb, OK

#17 Apr 2, 2010
I think it is time to really consider sucession from the union and drive the liberals out of the state. Use any means necessary to get them out of Oklahoma, become an independent country and live as we would like to live. Free, independent, we could use the constitution to establish our laws, cut our overall tax burden, reduce taxes on business to bring in business, work out a trade agreement with what is left of the U.S., they will certainly want that because of our large supply of oil & gas. We could eliminate unions and educate our children from our own perspectives instead of Washington, DC's perspective. It would not be easy to accomplish but neither was the first revolution in this country. We could cut crime dramatically by getting rid of the liberals and many of their lawyers and by having courts that dispense justice fairly and quickly. Conservatives give this some thought; find some leaders you can support as well as stand with in the rough and tumble that would follow.
Joey59

Vici, OK

#18 Apr 2, 2010
Well, it would be nice to have grants available. My 2 kids will be paying student loans and we will be paying parent plus loans for the rest of our lives as well as our kids paying thier student loans for a very long time. But, they mananged to work and pay their living espenses. One has graduated and went from a full/part time job, taking longer to finish college, but there was not one thing availble to help make his college years shorter. He went built a nice reputation by working while in college and got a job, unrelated to his career, but it was a job and now is in his career job. Our daughter is due to graduate, has a great GPA while working as many hours possible and still mananged to get by. They both learned how to budget and many lessons that will be with them the rest of their lives. But, Grants....where are they for the good kids who stay out of trouble and do well in life, by making good choices? Not anything to help them and they are our future. They have worked for their cars and learned very quickly, life is not a freebie, nor easy, but they are the most outstanding young people who I am proud to say have done this with very little help and nothing fromm the goverment. All I can say is, get out early and keep going back and jobs are availble to those who really want to work. Some of the best jobs I have ever had were gotten by working doing road construction and many jobs that were not what many prefer, but it opened doors to much better jobs. I am kind of tired of the goverment handing out free paychecks when one can do a lower level job. Hey, it has kept me in shape, few health problems. But, where is the help for the youth trying to get an education? My college daughter qualifed for food stamps, 20 bucks worth. She told me she would rather eat cheaper as to take it away from the ones in real need as in the elderly who cannot get by on their small income. So devastated, do you not realise there are many 20 somethings who are in as great a need as you are. They did or do not have the option you have in free college and all that you qualify for with no income.So, yes I feel the same as others on you decision to go to school rather than work a low paying job. That would sure be a nice set up for my young adults. I am not at all sorry for you and despise that my taxes will send you to College, but not my own chidren. I truly hope you take this and actually get a job after college. I have seen many who don't, they find another way to milk the system. Our family has been in the situation you were in, but we just both did the jobs we could and with pride and that lead to better jobs. So,please put the education you get for nothing and use it when done. Talk is cheap and too many would rather not work, just go to school to get out of work. Wake up, this is the real world and you should be a little ashamed there are many going to college that would love to have what you are receiving in the extras. Alonng with the grants comes the what we used to call welfare, and when you put all of that together, you most likely come out better than most. I am just so thrilled to be sending everyone to College. Anyone what to take on some real college out of pocket expenses?? If you only have 2 kids, you qualify for notta nothing except payment of lots of taxes.
David in Arcadia

Oklahoma City, OK

#19 Apr 2, 2010
What kind of misguided thinking is this?
This unemployed couple with kids can't find jobs in a year and a half, are mad at Coburn for blocking the extended unemployment. How many more months of benefits do you need? One, two, ten, twenty-five? We need jobs not more unemployment handouts.
This President will make sure that “we the people” experience enough pain to accept his socialism/Marxism/communist system...that’s for sure. But Coburn is the bad guy because he doesn't want to spend our grandchildren's tax money. How arrogant is this generation of Americans, how self-righteous, how much more deserving are we than our great grandchildren? Apparently, in this generations mind, we are much more deserving than our future generations.Throw this bum out and cut taxes. JOBs will be created. This is a proven method.

Shame on us.
Wheels

Kingston, OK

#20 Apr 2, 2010
There are jobs available! They may not be what you want. You may have to work more than one job to make ends meet. Quit asking for a hand out. You may have to WORK which you have not done lately.

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