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Should Congress approve President Obama’s request to restore the jobless benefits for 2 million people whose benefits are running out?

Response Percent Votes
54% 554
40% 410
Not sure
5% 61
Total 1025


David Albertson 7 years, 10 months ago

The GOP sure didn't have a problem deficit spending when GW was in office. Now they are playing politics with the issue. This economic crashed happened after 8 years of failed GOP policy and now the GOP is blocking benefits to victims of their failed policies. Then they turn around and (attempt to) protect the interests of the wall street bankers who's greed triggered this whole mess. The GOP does not give a damn about the common man. They have proven that time and time again. To all you conservatives who vote for the GOP, it wasn't that long ago that your party had control of both sides of congress and the White House. Why do we still have gun regulations? Why is abortion still legal? Why is the border still wide open? Why are gays still getting married? Why are gays still in the military? Why did they legislate and sign in to law the largest expansion of government in a lifetime (Department of Homeland Security)? Election cycle after election cycle they use these issues to get your vote and yet NOTHING ever changes. You have been lied to time and time again and yet you still vote for the crooks. Hasn't it become obvious they don't intend to change any of the things most dear to you? So why do you vote for them? They don't represent your interests. The people they represent are the ones that can bring in the most contributions (big corporations). That is a textbook example of corruption. Plain and simple. You should really consider WHO your candidate will be answering to. The GOP leadership (and their corporate sponsors) or the voters?

BorderRuffian 7 years, 10 months ago

Barstop writes, "The GOP does not give a damn about the common man. "

We ARE the common man - we work for a living. And we darned well resent having to pay the way for those who'd rather collect unemployment than pay their own way. One of my own relatives is a spittin' image of the modern-day Democrat. He worked at a pretty decent job for six months, got fired, and has been collecting unemployment compensation for over a year now. He states that it is easier to sit at home watching TV and collecting govamint money than going out and working. He is ELATED that Obiwon KaBama is trying to get this thing passed.

Where else other than in Demolib America can one work for six months and get a year and a half paid vacation?

Kendall Simmons 7 years, 10 months ago

Then report him, for crying out loud.>fraud...

If he's not actually looking for work, he's committing unemployment fraud.

If he's reporting that he's looking for work, but all that means is that he's glancing at, say, at the want ads or online job sites, but not actually applying for these jobs, he's committing unemployment fraud.

If you don't want to get off your butt and be part of the solution, then you're part of the problem...and you can't blame that on "Demolibs".

David Albertson 7 years, 10 months ago

So you would rather deny benefits to everyone that desperately needs it because a few bad apples take advantage of it? In case you haven't realized it, we're all in this together. Cut off the benefits and you'll see a huge spike in foreclosures, which makes the economy that much worse and your property values that much lower. Which lowers tax values, which lowers county tax revenues. Then you'll be wondering why they are bumping the tax rates. It's all interconnected. Maybe if your GOP superhero's would have represented the peoples interests instead of the financial industry's (remember how great deregulation was going to be?) we wouldn't be in this mess. You have every right to be outraged about the situation but your outrage should be directed at the people who are responsible for this, not the victims.

BorderRuffian 7 years, 9 months ago

spoken like a true Demolib... (laughter)

texburgh 7 years, 10 months ago

But don't wait for Lynn Jenkins to support anything that would benefit regular folks suffering as a result of this recession. Maybe a few tax cuts for the highest earners or corporations in the moronic "hope" that they will generously seek to employ the currently unemployed. But no help for the common man or woman in need. Lynn must obey John Boehner. Lynn must obey the tea party. Lynn must obey Rush and Glenn and Sean so they will not be mean to her on TV.

tomatogrower 7 years, 10 months ago

"The GOP sure didn't have a problem deficit spending when GW was in office. Now they are playing politics with the issue."

True, and they preferred spending it on other country's citizens and infrastructure. At least this money would go to people in the US. What do the Republicans have against the US? Their CEO puppet masters take decent jobs out of the US, so they can get bigger bonuses, and the Republicans are only worried about Iraq's infrastructure. Real patriotic of them. With patriots like that, who needs enemies?

Kyle Neuer 7 years, 10 months ago

More loke 5+ Trillion. Combined with Reagan's 4 Trillion in red ink and "Houston, we have a problem."

Tammy Copp-Barta 7 years, 10 months ago

NO!!! I know of two people off the top of my head that are sitting home enjoying their kids and not working collecting unemployment, while I work. They have applied for extensions and are making very little effort and SAY they will continue to do this as long as they are able. MAKES ME SICK!! And there are many more of them out there as well .. it's up there with welfare. Kick'em outta the nest and make them find something - it may not be the high dollar jobs they are accustomed to .. but hey .. we all have to start somewhere. I've done my time flipping burgers and working 2-3 jobs to make ends meet and I'm TIRED of people living off of all of us that are taking care of business!!!!

Kendall Simmons 7 years, 10 months ago

As I said to someone earlier...REPORT THEM.

If they aren't actually doing what they're required to, then they're committing unemployment fraud.

If what you're saying is true, then one of two things will happen...they'll either lose their unemployment and be faced with repaying the $$ they've received, paying fines, and possible jail time...or they'll be forced into actually looking for jobs for which they are qualified AND thoroughly documenting that effort. Who knows. They may find jobs.

Now that you've been told what to do about the situation, if you don't bother doing it, then YOU are part of the problem, so quit complaining about it until you do something, since you are allowing it to continue. Your choice.

Tammy Copp-Barta 7 years, 10 months ago

who do you report them to? The unemployment office here? or somewhere in Topeka?

Kendall Simmons 7 years, 10 months ago

Kansas Department of Labor 401 SW Topeka Boulevard Topeka, KS 66603-3182 (785) 296-5000

I've tried posting the website without luck.

But you can Google "report unemployment fraud kansas" and the link should be second from the top. The result title is "Kansas Department of Labor" and the description is "If you believe someone is fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits, please report it immediately to our Fraud Investigations Unit. ..."

The resulting webpage provides both an online report form and a printable form you can mail in.

Cassie Powell 7 years, 10 months ago

Sorry to break your heart, but reporting does no good. and people receiving unemployment ARE required to turn in so many job searches, I know of at least 3 that just search through the phone book and writes em down... no one ever checks. I say once what the person has paid into unemployment runs out, they need to get a job and pay into unemployment some more, no BS extensions, or more taxes for those of us that have a job. once what you have paid into the system runs out, it becomes nothing more than a welfare check, and should be treated as such!

Randall Barnes 7 years, 10 months ago

look for 2 jobs a week online is all that is required. takes maby 30 minutes a week.yes thats the law.

granny 7 years, 10 months ago

I am really torn on the issue - I know some people are honest and have really been searching for new employment and not able to locate it. However, the thing that really furiates me is there are people out there drawing this money that have no intention of looking for work as long as they can draw unemployment. It has been difficult for all companies and I am fortunate ours was not shut down and managed to keep our doors open. We had a couple layoffs last year (50+ people) and have since tried to call the employees back that were laid-off. "Most" refused to come back because they are drawing more unemployemnt by staying home with their kids, not paying daycare, and getting medical from the county. Must be nice...............As far as I am concerned they should be put in jail. So "no" I don't believe there should be an extension on benefits, again & again & again.

granny 7 years, 10 months ago

I don't own the company by no means, lost 80% of what little 401K I had but I keep working - nobody ever gave me something for nothing - I have been working for at least 45 years of my life and stil have at least 5.5 years longer to work just to be able to get medical. I worked for years in the corner of a restaurant washing dishes, then worked second shift in production plant where it was 100 degrees beside a hot tank and freezing cold in the winter so please don't tell me about a "living wage and working" - life is what you make of it and sitting on your "butt" waiting for others to hand you a pay check is exactly what is wrong with this world today. So you are a painter?????

Liberty275 7 years, 9 months ago

Bright boy, just how much "living wage" does a 17 year old need while working for 3 months in the summer?

The "living wage" only serves to keep people unemployed and starving. This plays well into the hands of progressives that pimp class warfare to the ignorant.

barlowtl 7 years, 10 months ago

How fortunate you all are! To have unfilled jobs when folks around here are going on job interview after interview, lines are around the block, often standing in line all day & having to return the next day, & only a couple of openings. Unless you are in your 80's as I am you no doubt have not experienced anything so deep & widespread before. During the dust bowl I bet there were some who would say people should just quit complaining & pour a little water on their crops. Sure there are a few who would game the system but for every one there are thousands who thru no fault of their own are suffering & like you never thought they would be in this place.

Kendall Simmons 7 years, 10 months ago

It's heartbreaking how much mean-spiritedness comes spewing out of people when times get tough. And how gullible they are to people who want to take advantage of them through that mean-spiritedness.

Apparently they're unaware that unemployment insurance is what allows people to continue to pay for basics, and that spending that money is what keeps other workers from being laid off.

Or maybe they just don't care because they figure it'll never happen to them...or that their savings/investments will be enough to carry them through any crisis.

Mr_B9 7 years, 10 months ago

" lines are around the block, often standing in line all day & having to return the next day, & only a couple of openings."

Where? Please give examples. Sounds like the American Idol try outs.

Kendall Simmons 7 years, 10 months ago

And just how do YOU know that "most refused to come back because they are drawing more unemployment by staying home with their kids, not paying daycare, and getting medical from the county"???

Do you "know" because they personally told you this? Or do you have access to their personnel files? Or you were told by someone else, so are simply passing on hearsay?

Considering that people in Kansas, at least, do NOT 'draw more unemployment by staying home with their kids'...and your 'get medical from the county' doesn't actually mean might want to re-think the information you THINK you have.

Don Whiteley 7 years, 10 months ago

I don't want to deflect blame from the Republicans, because God knows they earned it. In the years our economy was booming, instead of paying down our national debt, which intelligent people would do, they increased deficit spending AND cut taxes. On the other hand, the Obama administration has continued on the same spending path; the only difference is that Republicans funneled money into defense and business while the Democrats are shoveling even more money into Federal entitlement programs. The National Health Care bill that the Democrats passed, even by their own conservative estimates, will eclipse any deficits the Republicans ever racked up. Barstop is the typical political Democrat who blames all the country's ills on the Republicans, and the Republicans do just the same; no positive steps are taken, only a continuation of the same, old blame game. Fact is, we're on the trail of the European economies, approaching national bankruptcy. Unfortunately, we're now in a hole that will be very painful to crawl out of. If we're to avoid national bakruptcy and a complete collapse of our economy, we have to increase taxes until the tax paying public screams, we have to reduce defense spending until the generals scream, and we have to reduce or eliminate the entitlement programs that we could never afford in the first place, until those participating in them scream. There will be riots on both sides, but we have no choice if we want to avoid a national calamity.

DRsmith 7 years, 10 months ago

No...get out and get a job you lazy mofos. Too many people sitting on their butts leeching off society.

Mike Gammill 7 years, 10 months ago

Get out and get a job? Good luck with that one! Especially with 4.7 hunters to every 1 job available out there.

Without a manufacturing base, there won't jobs out there, nor any created fast enough to keep up with the flood of jobless and school graduates looking.

overthemoon 7 years, 10 months ago

if you think living on unemployment allows people to maintain the lifestyle they had prior to losing their jobs, you don't understand the numbers. Federal guidelines allow for 1/4 of previous wages, however, each state has a cap that is much less than this. Kansas has a cap of $430 a week. For unemployed professionals, this means living on 1/5 or less of your previous income. "Learn to live with less" is not an option. It is a stark reality with painful consequences, not just the loss of luxuries..

imastinker 7 years, 10 months ago

The stuff I just read was half of your previous wages, and much better if you are a seasonal worker.

Are you making more than $1720/week?

Kendall Simmons 7 years, 10 months ago


Want to tell us ignorant folk how to post links here? Links that aren't automatically deleted?

I've tried 3 times so far...using 3 different techniques...with no luck.

ksjayhawk74 7 years, 10 months ago

Yea, because they can pay for their rent with deer, pheasants and beaver skins...

Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

17.8 million citizens need jobs to feed our cookie jars. Jobs will save the economy. Use my tax dollars to hire city and federal government workers. These jobs provide health insurance. Republicans may say no but workers back on the job will say thank you, thank you and thank you. The economy is more important than bi-partianship.

The nations economy unfortunately will require much help directly from my government and my tax dollars. Tax dollars going directly to city and federal employees is a win win and eliminates tax dollars going to high CEO salaries,shareholders and golden parachutes.

Send tax dollars home, that once spent will likely create jobs elsewhere in the community. Jobs for two years will boost this economy. How can this be accomplished?

Put thousands on the federal and city government payrolls in each state. This is better than unemployment checks and Social Services. The economic impact will be felt nationwide which is the objective. Rehab old city streets and sidewalks in older neighborhoods. Offer a 70/30 package. Your/my federal government will offer 70% providing city governments contribute 30%. Fixing old streets and sidewalks adds value.

Rebuild sidewalks = Walkable communities = wellness = better health.

Perhaps the same concept could be applied to the rehab of City libraries and public schools. Believe me there are plenty of jobs here for at least two years. Let’s put your tax dollars and mine to work making money for our communities.

Right now adding or constructing miles of new infrastructure is a tax increase with no way to pay for it. No community can afford this.

No doubt the enforcement arm of many departments were depleted during the Bush-Cheney years. This is not good. The USA needs investigative/enforcement staff to protect our tax dollars, food quality,the environment and our investments. Fill these positions.

Which departments come to mind: USDA, FDA, IRS, EPA, Banking and Loan Industry however there must be more. Government jobs are the best for our economy = less waste.

How can the government feed dollars into Hydropower,Wind and Solar without losing so much to wasteful corporate practices? Put all USA military bases and VA Hospitals on alternative energy. Plenty of new jobs here. Bringing tax dollars home.

Reduce all college loans by 50%.

overthemoon 7 years, 10 months ago

Agree. It would be better to exchange work for a sustainable wage. It would also offer training for those whose career professions aren't coming back. And it would provide a competitive environment for businesses who think they can slash salaries by half or more just because there are so many more job seekers than jobs.

ksjayhawk74 7 years, 10 months ago

You're making broad, incorrect assumptions about both topics...

Kendall Simmons 7 years, 10 months ago

First of all, illegals don't bleed public services dry. The Congressional Budget Office reviewed 29 studies on the effects of illegals and, sorry, their conclusions don't agree with your personal opinion.

Second, the United Farm Workers have offered 500,000 farm jobs in all areas of the country that are open to any American willing to take them. As of this past weekend, a whole THREE Americans have accepted jobs.

So Americans apparently won't take backbreaking jobs for terrible wages in horrible working conditions...but illegals will. So what's your solution? Seriously.

I mean, you surely must have thought beyond the short term, right? After all, the knee-jerk, catchy slogan, pissed-off-at-THOSE-people attitude doesn't do us any good. It's just campaign slogan stuff...and nothing changes.

Shane Garrett 7 years, 10 months ago

Anybody even bother to look at the help wanted section anymore? People have become lazy. When in La. after the hurricane, Burger king couldn't get people to work and that co. was offering a 500.00 sign on bonus for one year service agreement. But all the hispanics had jobs, as roofers, gen. contractors and remediation workers. Meanwhile, others sat around wondering where the goberment wuz?!

Kendall Simmons 7 years, 10 months ago

Burger King had to offer a $500 bonus...a month, by the get workers to commit to working in their fast food restaurant for a year after Hurricane Katrina wreaked destruction in the area...and you think that means that people were being lazy and waiting for the government???

Good grief! Do facts and circumstances mean nothing to you?

Have you totally forgotten what it was like there back then? Have you forgotten that people were leaving in droves for other parts of the country because, among other things, they'd lost their homes? Their families? Are you totally unaware that the people who stayed behind faced substantial price increases, including for rent and food? And are you totally unaware that many people who stayed behind were being offered much more money for helping with the cleanup than they were earning in their previous jobs? (Would YOU keep working for the minimum wage of $5.15 an hour when you could earn $15 an hour working on cleanup and rebuilding? Didn't think so.)

BK - and the other businesses who resorted to bonuses - had to offer the bonus because the competition for the remaining workforce was fierce, and they weren't able to hire people for minimum wage anymore. It was NOT because people were lazy and waiting for the "goberment".

Mr_B9 7 years, 10 months ago

" Redumblicans are responsible say for what $10 trillion "

Please validate your source.

granny 7 years, 10 months ago

totally agree rockchalk1977.......we had the census workers come to our door 3 times - AFTER completing the census and returning it in 5 days. My husband said one more time and he is meeting them at the door with a shot gun & calling 911. Are they just prolonging the "Government job" or do they believe we are trying to hide something? Are they counting all the illegals and hounding them? Why hound people to death that are working and trying to abide by the law? Our time can't get here too soon.

ksjayhawk74 7 years, 10 months ago

You're admitting in this public forum that your husband threatened a census worker with a gun?

granny 7 years, 10 months ago

I said "the next time one comes to the door", yes he will. Enough is enough.

Liberty275 7 years, 9 months ago

They came to our house twice. In a strange twist, 2 is the only information we provided on the second form they sent us as well as the only answer we gave them when they came to our door.

  1. It happened a lot!

somedude20 7 years, 10 months ago

Funny, I would walk in a Dillons (19th and Mass) and see help wanted signs. I go out to eat (Esquina) and see help wanted signs. I look in the paper and guess what, I see a number of skilled and non-skilled jobs that are open but nevermind that as there are 52 weeks in a year and 59 weeks of unemployment benefits to be had. I too know a few people that DO NOT (do not) go out looking for work at all. They get their money and spend it on booze and pot and make jokes about how the workforce is paying for their lifestyle. Lets face it, not all that many people like work. Hell, I would not work if I did not have too (life is short I would love to kick back and enjoy more of it) but I have this weird sense of responsibility that the entitlement generation does not have. Are there people who look for work and can not find it, yes. Are their families that need this benefit to survive, yes. Are there people who will forever use a system like a leach that sucks and sucks the life out of things until they get yours, mine, and take things that are not theirs, yes.

Mr_B9 7 years, 10 months ago

I think it would be interesting to see if the people who are avoiding work by being on unemployment are from the left or the right.

love2fish_ks 7 years, 10 months ago

Give me a break. Extending unemployment benefits beyond 99 weeks that the unemployed already get is nuts.

notajayhawk 7 years, 10 months ago

Agnostick (anonymous) says…

"The more I read on the four or five threads about unemployment benefits that we've had in the past several days, the more I'm convinced that @ 80% of users commenting on this issue haven't the slightest clue what they're talking about.

"First and foremost, they can't seem to differentiate between "unemployment benefits" and "welfare." These are two completely different things!!!"

Glad to see you've demonstrated that you belong to that 80%.

Since you (and many others) seem to be missing the point, this story has nothing to do with basic unemployment insurance. That money is paid mostly by employers. This is about the federal government extending benefits - again - for people who have long ago used that money up, and are now being paid out of our tax dollars. And yes, stick, that IS welfare. (Even welfare has eligibility requirements.)

Randall Barnes 7 years, 10 months ago

was laid off over a year ago,sent over 1,000 resumes,finally got a job paying $10.50 an hour (and i applied 6 times) so you say i wasn't looking for a job and just soaking up the unemployment ? loose your job and see how stressful it can be one on my co workers that also was laid of after 1 month took his life so any of you self centered jerks who think it is so easy to find a job well think again and hope you never loose your job.

notajayhawk 7 years, 10 months ago

Sorry to hear about your friend, but I seriously doubt he was a happy, well-adjusted person who took his life for no other reason than one month of unemployment. And, incidentally, at that time he would have been covered by regular unemployment benefits, not the extended ones being debated here.

And I have been unemployed for extended periods. There were jobs - just not jobs I wanted. And I wasn't asking for the taxpayers to pay my bills.

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