Well people it is time to get on my soapbox again…. as you all know by now I have been unemployed since June of 2011, and you are all probably getting tired of hearing about it, but it really sucks.
I have applied for littorally 100’s of jobs but nothing happens, I know in my heart it is due to age discrimination I am 56 years old and will be 57 in March.
I have not sat on my (according to our wonderful governor of Utah and one of the current GOP candidates Rick Santorum) lazy ass!
Utah refuses to extend unemployment benefits
APRIL 9, 2011
Author: Josh Loftin, Associated Press
The offer from the federal government to provide nearly $100 million for an additional 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits expired April 2. Qualifying required the approval of state lawmakers, something the Republican-dominated Legislature never supported.
The issue was discussed during the 2010 legislative session but did not come up again this year despite the approaching deadline. The Legislature ended its 2011 session March 10.
“It’s tax money, and people need to be weaned off of the government paying for everything,” Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, said. Refusing to continue to extend unemployment benefits “is a motivation for people to get back to work.”
The state is also setting an example of self-sufficiency by not accepting the money, Waddoups said.
“Someone has to start pulling back from the federal government somewhere,” he said.
Ending the benefits may impede a person’s ability to find a job because they will lose an important “bridge,” said Senate Minority Leader Ross Romero, D-Salt Lake City.
Plus, the federal money required very little state spending and should have been considered a good investment, Romero said.
“Instead of cutting the budget without regards to federal match money, it would be more strategic to leverage those federal dollars,” he said.
Utah provides 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits, and there is another 47 weeks of federal unemployment available for people after state benefits end.
As part of the federal stimulus package passed in 2009, states with unemployment rates of 6.5 percent or higher could qualify for 13 weeks of additional benefits, and states with 8 percent or higher could get an additional 20 weeks.
In Utah, the current unemployment rate is 7.5 percent.
The extended benefits would have helped 23,432 Utah residents, according to the National Employment Law Project.
Utah is one of eight states that is not accepting the federal money, almost all of them by refusing to change their unemployment laws to qualify. Missouri was unique because it made the changes needed to qualify last year, but earlier this week the Republican-led Legislature stopped an attempt to reauthorize the state’s participation.
The governors of Massachusetts, Michigan and Oregon all signed laws within the past week continuing participation.
Although the money wouldn’t have required a state match, public employers would have been forced to pay extended benefits for any former employees still without a job, which Utah Gov. Gary Herbert opposed. “The real challenge for state government is balancing the needs of Utah’s unemployed with the cost to fund unemployment insurance, which is shouldered by Utah businesses in the form of payroll taxes,” Herbert spokeswoman Ally Isom said. “As Utah’s economy is becoming stronger and we see that new unemployment filings are starting to decrease, we don’t want to inhibit business from retaining or growing jobs.
Wake up you unrealistic jerks, we are unemployed because no one is hiring us!!!
Sorry to muck up the blog, but I have to back up my facts.
I recently wrote to to President Obama, Governor Herbert, Senator Hatch, Senator Lee, Rep Chaffitz, Rep Matheson, and Rep Bishop. I sent each of them a long detail letter of what is going on in my life as a US citizen, and the struggles I am going through in trying to find a good job, I also asked them to personally respond bak to me and here are their responses so far:
February 22, 2012
Thank you for writing. In his 2012 State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out a blueprint for an economy that is built to last—an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.
The President believes this is a make or break moment for the middle class and those trying to reach it. What is at stake is the very survival of the basic American promise that if you work hard, you can do well enough to raise a family, own a home, and put a little away for retirement.
The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while more Americans barely get by, or we can build a nation where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. At stake right now are not Democratic or Republican values, but American values—and for the sake of our future, we have to reclaim them.
The economic security of our middle class has eroded for decades. Long before the recession, good jobs and manufacturing began leaving our shores. Hard work stopped paying off for too many Americans. Those at the top saw their incomes rise like never before, but the vast majority of Americans struggled with costs that were growing and paychecks that were not.
In 2008, the house of cards collapsed. Mortgages were sold to people who could not afford or understand them. Banks made huge bets and bonuses with other people’s money. It was a crisis that cost us more than 8 million jobs and plunged our economy and the world into a crisis from which we are still fighting to recover.
Three years later, thanks to the President’s bold actions, the economy is growing again. Over the past 22 months, our businesses have created 3.2 million jobs. Last year, we added the most private sector jobs since 2005. American manufacturing is creating jobs for the first time since the late 1990s. The American auto industry is back. Today, American oil production is the highest it has been in eight years. Together, we have agreed to cut the deficit by more than 2 trillion dollars. The President signed into law new rules to hold Wall Street accountable, so a crisis like the one we have endured never happens again.
When we act together, in common purpose and common effort, there is nothing the United States of America cannot achieve. That is why the President’s blueprint for action contains policies that businesses can take, actions that Congress needs to take, as well as actions that the President will take on his own. The President intends to keep moving forward and rebuild an economy where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded—an economy built to last.
To watch the President’s State of the Union address, read the blueprint for an America built to last, and connect with the President and Administration officials, please visit: WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU.
Thank you, again, for writing.
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February 23, 2012
Thank you for writing to Senator Lee. I know he appreciates the opportunity to hear from the citizens of Utah at the start of this legislative year. During my meetings with him, I will discuss unemployment so he may take your comments into consideration when determining how to proceed with matters brought before the United States Senate.
For more on what Senator Lee is working on, you can follow him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/senatormikelee and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SenMikeLee.
Thank you again for writing and please don’t hesitate to contact our office if there is anything we can do to be of assistance in the future.
Office of Senator Michael S. Lee
None of the rest have responded and as you can see none of them care!!!
I believe we have lost “By the People, for the People”. If you do not believe me try writing to your congressperson.
Unless you are Big Business, or a powerful lobbying group, this is not one politician I have yet to meet that really cares what you think. Once they get elected they have their own agenda and that is to support Big Business. to hell with the “Little People”. of course in Utah our governor and Sate Legislature only listen to Gayle Ruscika and her Eagle Forum, and the Southerland Institute. they are too afraid of them to really act and change the the laws in Utah, to what we really need. that is why I will say this again it is time to oust every politician do not vote for any incumbent!
I have a group I started on Facebook and from the general consenus, they all agree. Here is the link:
this is our logo
I am going to challenge each of you reading this to write your politicians and let them know you are fed up too, we all need to stop showing so much apathy, I do believe if we all stick together, we can make the change for the good of the people we just have to collectively tell them it it time to change things for the better.
Here is one of my earlier quotes about me:
I am politically active, but I do not follow any one party, I believe we need to do away with the political party system, there are way too many people these days BLINDLY following a party and believing everything they say and that all other parties are wrong. It is no surprise to me that our government is such a screwed up mess when there is so much fighting between the parties, they can no longer make any real decisions that are a true benefit to our country and the people. Even the parties themselves are an example of political infighting, every time one of the republican candidates comes from behind and starts taking the lead it is everyone now in attack mode, not only just from their own party, but from everyone else too. If you do not agree with what they stand for do not vote for them. But spewing political rhetoric about them does not do any of us any good, at least I do not think so. I really wish I could convince all the people who do vote to stand with me and vote out ALL incumbents it and does not matter what level of office they hold, local, state, federal, or what party they belong to… clean house so to speak, it would would take 3 major elections to accomplish this task. The politicians left would all realize that they need to listen to the people and not just the big money corporations and lobbyists. this is not the same as the “Tea Party” wanted us to believe as had their own agenda for themselves and not for the people. Maybe I am wrong but, I think it would make a difference in the long run. I really believe we need to this if this country is going to get back on track for the better.
I am also sick and tired of hearing about the total bullshit employment numbers, if they would release the actual numbers on the news it would be much closer to 15%, but the numbers being released are what the government wants us to hear, so know one will really know how bad it is. The numbers released do not include the people who have run out of unemployment, given up, or taken a low paying bullshit job just to have some income. The current administration and the past administrations do not want these numbers ever released and we will never see them because of that.
I am also tired of hearing there is not real age discrimination in the workforce, there is and that is the one thing that I feel the government owes me to fix, they are simply ignoring it all all levels!
Well, I guess I have bored you long enough, but I post things like this because I care, and all I want is for things to improve, is that asking for too much?
So I hope each you have a great life, and stay happy..
Always remember Rusty Loves you!!!!!!!!