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Petitioning Senator Elizabeth Warren and 3 others

The 99ers need a Tier V added to Unemployment Benefits


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Senators and Representatives:

You should be ashamed of yourself, and here's why:

You have decided to ignore the people you reduced to poverty.  The longest unemployed workers did not create this depression, you did.  You did this with your failure to regulate the banks, health industry, and corporations. People who were fully employed, paying taxes, and raising families are now paying the price for your negligence.  They trusted you to keep something like this from happening. You failed them.

Now you are deliberately failing them again.  This may be a recession for you, but it's a depression for them. You knew this depression would last longer than until March, yet you have no plans to add additional unemployment tiers to keep these people from becoming increasingly destitute.  Tens of thousands  began to lose all financial support on March 14,2010. You know with full clarity that these benefits are the only money keeping food on their tables. You know that their benefits run out in March, and that these American families will be on the path to shelters and soup kitchens.

...and this is not of their making. They're not to blame. You are.

...and you're about to discount them again by allowing their benefits to end with Tier IV.

By the way, don't pride yourself on extending the current benefits for the more recently unemployed, as included in the Job Bill. Of course you should have done this, but as you know, the bill as it was written does not help any of those who have been the longest and hardest hit by this depression.  The Job Bill only half addresses the unemployed, and 50% is an F.

Please make sure that the only choice for Americans who want to work is either a job or unemployment benefits.  Don't end benefits until there are jobs for them. As of now, there is only 1 job for every 6 unemployed workers. Take care of these victims.

ADD A TIER V

Letter to
Senator Elizabeth Warren
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
and 1 other
President of the United States
The number of Americans that need the nation's help is now in the millions. Unemployed workers are seriously and disproportionately bearing the brunt of what for them is a depression. Extending benefits for those who have exhausted the 99 weeks would dilute the hardship on these individuals by dispersing the impact over the entire population and over years.

The longest unemployed workers did not create this depression, Congress did with its failure to regulate the banks, health industry, and corporations. People who were fully employed, paying taxes, and raising families are now paying the price for this negligence. They trusted their elected leaders to keep something like this from happening. They were let down.

Congress knew this depression would last past March 2010, yet there were no plans to add additional unemployment tiers to keep these people from becoming increasingly destitute. Millions began to lose all financial support on March 14. This is increasing to many more millions as Congress does not enact additional tiers. These benefits were the only money keeping food on their tables. These Americans are on lines for shelters and soup kitchens. Families are disintegrating. People are committing suicide. This is real, not a possibility. It's happening now. Congress knows it is.

...and this is not of their own making. They're not to blame. They didn't cause themselves to lose their jobs.
...and you discounted them again by allowing their benefits to end with Tier IV.

Extending the benefits for the recently unemployed does not help any of those who have been the longest and hardest hit by this depression. These bills only half address the unemployed, and 50% is an F.

Please make sure that the only choice for Americans who want to work is either a job or unemployment benefits. Don't end benefits until there are jobs for them. As of now, there is only 1 job for every 5 unemployed workers. If Americans don't take care of Americans, who in this world will?

ADD A TIER V

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