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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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Steve

Broken Arrow, OK

#66 Apr 14, 2010
Smarterthanyou wrote:
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Are the elite and special interest groups saying show me the money? Stop whinning about the hardships and blaming Coburn. Get up and do something for yourself. If you rely on the government to take care of you then you get what you deserve.
you talked around my comment. You never answered the first line in my comment. Coburn for being the mean person he is blocked the bill for nothing.
Smarterthanyou

Montgomery, AL

#67 Apr 14, 2010
Steve wrote:
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you talked around my comment. You never answered the first line in my comment. Coburn for being the mean person he is blocked the bill for nothing.
And you did not answer my question either. Are the elite and special interest groups saying show me the money?

He blocked the bill to raise attention on government spending without knowing where the funds will come from. Do you go out and buy/rent a house without knowing how you are going to pay the bill?

As I said before if you rely on the government to solve your problems then you get what you deserve.

I have been down the road of unemployment and I did not worry or complain about what the government was doing. I helped myself.
Steve

Broken Arrow, OK

#68 Apr 14, 2010
The elite and special interests are the ones he is supporting and giving money to.

He blocked the bill to be the azzhole he is. The bill passed Monday. He only put hardship on the poor and working class that are in need of the unemployment benefits. He delayed their unemployment benefits for three weeks for nothing but to be mean.

The government is not solving anyones problem they caused the problem and should help people in the recession they caused.

They sure have a lot of money for pork projects, earmarks, and subsidies to Corporations with profits in the Billions of dollars a year. Why are you not crying about that. Maybe you work for a Corporation that receives subsidies from the tax payers and your wages are paid by tax payers.

Check out how much tax payers dollars are going Merck the drug maker that has profits in the billions of dollars a year. That is only one.
Steve

Broken Arrow, OK

#69 Apr 14, 2010
Smarterthanyou wrote:
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And you did not answer my question either. Are the elite and special interest groups saying show me the money?
He blocked the bill to raise attention on government spending without knowing where the funds will come from. Do you go out and buy/rent a house without knowing how you are going to pay the bill?
As I said before if you rely on the government to solve your problems then you get what you deserve.
I have been down the road of unemployment and I did not worry or complain about what the government was doing. I helped myself.
The elite and special interests are the ones he is supporting and giving money to.

He blocked the bill to be the azzhole he is. The bill passed Monday. He only put hardship on the poor and working class that are in need of the unemployment benefits. He delayed their unemployment benefits for three weeks for nothing but to be mean.

The government is not solving anyones problem they caused the problem and should help people in the recession they caused.

They sure have a lot of money for pork projects, earmarks, and subsidies to Corporations with profits in the Billions of dollars a year. Why are you not crying about that. Maybe you work for a Corporation that receives subsidies from the tax payers and your wages are paid by tax payers.

Check out how much tax payers dollars are going Merck the drug maker that has profits in the billions of dollars a year. That is only one.
bild

Sand Springs, OK

#70 Apr 14, 2010
for heavens sake people, quit leaching off the government and go find some work. if you can't find a job after 6 or 7 months you are either lazy or not worth hiring anyway. enough whining already.
bild

Sand Springs, OK

#71 Apr 14, 2010
this country does not owe you perpetual livlehood.
Dr Philurbehind

Edmond, OK

#72 Apr 14, 2010
bild wrote:
this country does not owe you perpetual livlehood.
I want my biscuit too!!!!
Wont work for food

Edmond, OK

#73 Apr 14, 2010
Where's the beer!!!
Work4Beer

Broken Arrow, OK

#74 Apr 15, 2010
That is what I say where is the beer. Lets party. I got my unemployment check.
bigger issue

United States

#75 Apr 17, 2010
There is a bigger issue here than unemployment. It is called the national deficit. Senator Coburn admitted that he wanted benefits to extend, but not at the expense of selling another state to China. Right now, to simplify it, we owe so much to China in loans that they can come in and start choosing a state to OWN if we default on those loans. They decide when that is, not us. That is a huge problem in this country, lack of true knowledge of the big picture. We focus on one issue and fail to see the ramifications that will come down the pike.
I believe the people in this story had a legitimate need for the unemployment funds and I have compassion for them, but at the same time, I have also been in their shoes and I flipped burgers, babysat, cleaned houses, anything I could to pay the bills. Yes, there were funds set aside for that purpose, but unemployment funds paid by companies to the OESC is minimal, starting at .1% for small companies. So, if a person made $3,000 a month, that would be $3 a month paid to unemployment. I do believe that after 15 months, those funds are more than exhausted.
Unemployment was not designed to replace a job, but to cushion or buffer pay in between jobs. There are not unlimited funds available so where is the money going to come from?
Agitator

Broken Arrow, OK

#76 Apr 17, 2010
bigger issue wrote:
There is a bigger issue here than unemployment. It is called the national deficit. Senator Coburn admitted that he wanted benefits to extend, but not at the expense of selling another state to China. Right now, to simplify it, we owe so much to China in loans that they can come in and start choosing a state to OWN if we default on those loans. They decide when that is, not us. That is a huge problem in this country, lack of true knowledge of the big picture. We focus on one issue and fail to see the ramifications that will come down the pike.
I believe the people in this story had a legitimate need for the unemployment funds and I have compassion for them, but at the same time, I have also been in their shoes and I flipped burgers, babysat, cleaned houses, anything I could to pay the bills. Yes, there were funds set aside for that purpose, but unemployment funds paid by companies to the OESC is minimal, starting at .1% for small companies. So, if a person made $3,000 a month, that would be $3 a month paid to unemployment. I do believe that after 15 months, those funds are more than exhausted.
Unemployment was not designed to replace a job, but to cushion or buffer pay in between jobs. There are not unlimited funds available so where is the money going to come from?
I do not care how much it costs just keep the unemployment benefits going. We need more extensions. Sell some government property or what ever it takes. Two years of unemployment benefits should not be too much to ask. Call it another pork project, earmark, or corporate subsidy.
Bikkybob

United States

#77 Apr 20, 2010
So you are using unemployment to get by and head start for day care while you go to school and take care of your Grandfather. While I don't think that was what the system was designed for, You are a good example of how to use the system as a step up. Way to go. May God Bless your family in it's time of trial.
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.
Billybob

United States

#78 Apr 20, 2010
The true cost of the deficit. If we stopped borrowing and started paying the national debt today at 1 million dollars per day it would take 24000 years to pay off. 24 thousand years. And that doesn't include interest that hasn't accrued yet. But what the hey lets go ahead and give people money to not work for another six months.
Agitator wrote:
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I do not care how much it costs just keep the unemployment benefits going. We need more extensions. Sell some government property or what ever it takes. Two years of unemployment benefits should not be too much to ask. Call it another pork project, earmark, or corporate subsidy.
AFLF

Oklahoma City, OK

#79 Apr 20, 2010
Tom Colburn has to go! He is an embarasment to this state. And he is not doing the people's business by refusing to work on anything. This attitude of "We didn't win, so I will hold my breath and take my marbles home." Is not what I, a 4th generation Oklahoman want out of my representative.
jake

Oklahoma City, OK

#80 Apr 21, 2010
when i didnt have a job meny times i never got free money. im a tax payer and that is not what i wana see my tax dollars going to some Lazzy person to just sit at home and do nothing.
use your head

United States

#81 May 6, 2010
Bikkybob wrote:
So you are using unemployment to get by and head start for day care while you go to school and take care of your Grandfather. While I don't think that was what the system was designed for, You are a good example of how to use the system as a step up. Way to go. May God Bless your family in it's time of trial.
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well, i dont think what she (devastated) was wrong. i dont mind my taxdollars going to someone that will futher their education. it is stupid to be mad at anyone for wanting to go to school. sounds like she and her husband were taking on a lot of issues and did need a boost. as long as she and he use their education after graduation, i see no problem at all.
Words

United States

#82 May 11, 2010
use your head wrote:
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well, i dont think what she (devastated) was wrong. i dont mind my taxdollars going to someone that will futher their education. it is stupid to be mad at anyone for wanting to go to school. sounds like she and her husband were taking on a lot of issues and did need a boost. as long as she and he use their education after graduation, i see no problem at all.
So you are fine with the "Devastated" family using Unemployment Benefits for college and still griping about how hard it is to get by? All the while they refuse Student Loans on the basis that they would have to pay those back? Unemployment was not created so two people can go to college at the same time while still raising children and caring for an elderly family member.
Cheryl-OKC

Leon, OK

#83 Aug 4, 2010
i lost my job back in april and was denied my benefits.So much for all the time and effort I put out over the past few years. Just because their are ads in the paper and companies taking applications;does not mean they are hiring.There could be over 200 applications for just a few positions. It took me over 40 applications and a lot of frustration and it is not over. In this economy and Oklahoma low wages it is hard to find a descent paying job without strings attached. Unfortunately I had to settle for something with a lower wage;but I kept with it. Takes more perserverance than what some people are willing to give. I may have to find a part time job as well to supplement this. Not an easy task;hard to get back into the workforce when it has been awhile. Not to many people out their willing to help out either. Best of Luck to anyone looking.
holey moley

Shawnee, OK

#84 Aug 4, 2010
Cheryl-OKC wrote:
i lost my job back in april and was denied my benefits.So much for all the time and effort I put out over the past few years. Just because their are ads in the paper and companies taking applications;does not mean they are hiring.There could be over 200 applications for just a few positions. It took me over 40 applications and a lot of frustration and it is not over. In this economy and Oklahoma low wages it is hard to find a descent paying job without strings attached. Unfortunately I had to settle for something with a lower wage;but I kept with it. Takes more perserverance than what some people are willing to give. I may have to find a part time job as well to supplement this. Not an easy task;hard to get back into the workforce when it has been awhile. Not to many people out their willing to help out either. Best of Luck to anyone looking.
why did you get fired or laid off/ Give reason?????
WTH

AOL

#85 Aug 5, 2010
Steve wrote:
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you talked around my comment. You never answered the first line in my comment. Coburn for being the mean person he is blocked the bill for nothing.
SENATOR COBURN blocked thr bill for one simple major thing,'there were no funding for the bill' he wanted to take the unsed stim. money to fund it and that way it would have funds to pay for it byt no the dem. side along with the obama said do it anyway just crank up the old money machine and go more in debt. Senator coburn is a wise man if yiy have the money ok if not find a way before you make the stupid mistake and just do it for votes. All nnews orginations have stated that surveys show that the unemployed people do not want to work when the money just comes to you on a silver platter and you have to pay no taxes and you never have to pay it back. There are some folks that need the money for food that really cannot find a job because of age. What's gona happen when this extention runs out????????

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