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Tell USA news media to focus their lenses on suffering Americans & SOLUTIONS!

If you and/or your significant other lost your job(s) or had a catastrophic medical emergency, how long would your money, savings, 401(k), etc. hold out for you/your family to live on?  Do you have the resources to live over 2 years without income for yourself and/or your family?

The longest unemployed, "99ers", were SHUT OUT of the recently signed Obama-GOP Tax Deal, by President Obama, the Congress, Senate and our public news media, even though S.3706 and H.R. 6556, had been introduced.  Currently there is another Change.org petition targeting President Obama, The Senate and The U.S. House of Representatives, to legislate S.3706, 'The Americans Want to Work Act' establishing a Tier 5 Unemployment Insurance benefits program and Jobs Bill, that I hope you'll immediately sign and support. 

Many 99ers have been without this lifeline since March 2010.  There is no accurate data re: how many 99ers there are currently and estimates are all over the map.  The BLS estimates there are 1.5 million but in June a Dept. of Labor press release stated there were 4.3 million.  On December 12th, OpenCongress.org, through the Congressional Black Caucus announcement of support for the 99ers, stated, "There’s no official estimate of how many 99ers there are already, but most estimates put the number around 5 million".  There are 4 million more that are set to lose benefits in 2011.  These are significant numbers of people that have gone virtually unreported by network and cable news programs and talk shows.

It's unconscionable that the news media were such an epic failure in conveying to America, that the 99ers were NOT included in this legislation.  During the final vote and call-in phase of the live C-Span broadcast, a caller stated, "I'm confused;  Will this bill mean that 99ers will receive unemployment benefits? I'm concerned because I'm a 99er." The moderator ERRONEOUSLY answered, "Yes, 99ers will receive benefits if this tax-unemployment package is passed".  The news media didn't even understand the bill!  Only a handful of reporters occasionally talked about the 99ers being absent from the bill. 60 Minutes did a great segment, and added extra relevant videos but omitted the news re: 99ers exclusion from the bill, since it was unknown at that time that the 99ers would not be addressed in the bill. 

It has become glaringly evident that indeed, many legislators don't understand unemployment, the tiers and intricacies. It's also clear through posts in Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere, that most Americans THOUGHT the 99ers were included and are distressed that the most vulnerable and disenfranchised were left out.  This is the first time in the history of unemployment insurance, that unemployed have not been included, while unemployment rates remain high, especially cruel since 99ers are the longest unemployed in an atmosphere where there are five applicants for every one job.  This is morally objectionable in these United States of America.

It is a travesty this is happening and shows complete dereliction and due diligence by our highly paid & most viewed television journalists!  There are PLENTY of topics to report, that affect the 99ers and thus our economy.

The CBO reports that for EVERY dollar spent in unemployment benefits, there is at least a $1.61 "jolt to the economy" that occurs as the unemployed spend every dollar in benefits for necessities i.e. food, utilities, children's clothing, etc.  This CREATES jobs!  Another CBO report says, that the #1 BEST way to stimulate job growth/the economy, is to extend unemployment benefits.  (Another in depth analysis can be found in previous 'StatPack').

The state of the economy since 2008 has driven an alarming rise of statistics in every aspect of the unemployed person's life including but not limited to; Child Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Suicides, 3.5 million are homeless, 43.6 Million are now categorized as living "in Poverty", 25% of children now live in "low-income" families, record bankruptcies and foreclosures with foreclosures expected to increase and peak in 2011. 50.7 million are without health insurance, 46,000 people died in 2009 from lack of health insurance/care and 1 in 5 Americans suffer mental illness, most going "untreated" due to lack of insurance/psychological care

51 MILLION people are overwhelming U.S. food pantries, 17.2 million of them children, (food banks had 20-30% of their normal turkey donations at Thanksgiving and are closing because of lack of resources to meet the demand!) and 42.9 million people collected SNAP, (formerly known as 'food stamps'), benefits in November.  TANF, (formerly known as 'welfare'), was CUT by 20% to the state governments, by the Senate, earlier this week.  The evidence is mounting that 99er's children are now among the record numbers of hungry and homeless in our public schools and colleges as they try to secure their education.

There are record library closures, while the unemployed need computers & resources the most to file applications for JOBS while recent studies show the 40, 50 & 60 year old 99ers stand little to no chance of being hired the longer their unemployment goes on and that there is employer age bias/discrimination towards long-term unemployed.  We also know that the services and organizations that help the 99ers are hurting when we read that charity giving by the wealthy dropped 35% in 2009, according to Bank of America & Bloomberg).

Many 99ers have lost their homes, cars, etc., sold everything they have and are now living on the streets and/or have moved in with parents, children, relatives or friends, creating untold stress as well as feelings of inadequacy, fear, depression, guilt, anxiety, etc. 

If America can vote to give tax cuts to the wealthy who can afford to pay them then we have a MORAL OBLIGATION to help the VICTIMS of their fraudulent speculation, mortgage deals and free wheeling.  We can not re-build America while our foundation is fractured. Food and shelter are a basic need and right.

Demand that network and cable news media begin reporting immediately of the plight of the 99ers, the associated costs and hardships to them, their children and the economy, on S.3706, 'The Americans Want To Work Act', & H.R. 6556, so America and our law-makers are educated and called to action. 

Time is SHORT!  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Please CALL Congress, the Senate, and contact the White House to URGE them to schedule and PASS S.3706 and H.R. 6556 before the end of the 111th Congress, January 4, 2011. 


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