WHY NO WORKING PERSON WILL EVER VOTE FOR THE GOP AFTER 12/31/2013
The GOP is making a terrible regarding unemployment compensation extensions for 1.3 million Americans this Christmas 2013…
Depression and Crime rise in times of economic uncertainty, and the GOP is further dividing the USA into have’s and have not’s. This latest maneuver of failing to fund unemployment is an excuse to act on something the party doesn’t like looking at; its failure to address Immigrations, Tax Code Corrections, and Permanent Job Creation. The GOP failed all summer to do anything productive. The GOP failed when it shut the government down, destroying economic progress and setting up this current issue. The pain that is about to be created is hanging over the GOP like a guillotine over their heads. If the GOP simply proposed to EXTEND THE SCALING OF WEEKLY SOCIAL SECURITY CONTRIBUTIONS TO PEOPLE MAKING OVER $100,000 PER YEAR, THIS SITUATION WOULD NOT EXIST. But because the GOP has no courage, unemployment funding, SNAP, FOOD STAMPS and other critical subsidies must wither, or worse; have their budgets sacrificed to protect lobbying interests.
There are no good jobs out there this time of year; it’s too close to Christmas. Further, no corporation will hold seasonal employees past January, due to the normal spending contractions consumers feel when their December credit card bills arrive. This is historical fact. Finally, any small part-time or low wage jobs are seasonally scooped up by students off on break or home for the holidays. They are naturally willing to accept temporary conditions because it fits with school plans. These are not good jobs…
WHAT COULD THE GOP POSSIBLY BE THINKING? If the GOP really wanted to cause this pain for working America, they should have cut funding after Thanksgiving. They could also propose funding the extensions until January 31, 2014. Each option, one considerate, one sadistic, would give the job seeker clarity on their budget and needs assessment. Each of these options would also give the labor force time to ‘adjust’ to the forced labor dumped upon them. Of course, the job creators will love not having to give raises to current employees because of the new set of desperate workers frantically searching for work.
America needs skills re-training that dovetails with their respective employment databases. Currently, the DOL recommends things that have historically worked for job seekers, NOT WHAT TYPES OF SKILLS ARE BEING DEMANDED IN REAL TIME. And no database sets an unemployed worker on a point to point path, starting with a real job opening in their current database, working backwards to skills training and funding for that training, all along asking the question, ‘Is this timeline feasible?’ Most often, by the time the new skill is acquired, the job opening or job trend has passed by or closed off. Obstinate thinking like this further demeans the unemployed, and makes inefficient use of State and Government Funding.
Here is my recent experience of being trapped by the GOP ignorance machine. Thankfully, there are considerate people on both sides of this issue. But all are powerless to stop the Menacing Bully GOP tactic of crashing this recovery AT ALL COSTS because they just don’t like The White House’s and DNC’s programs.
To the GOP and Tea Party Members: Good Luck when you get back to your local districts. Your embryonic safety zone of DC will be unable to support you in your ‘Real Worlds.’
Sent: Dec 12, 2013 5:08 PM
Subject: quick note
I wanted to send a quick note in regards to the CT DOL letter I just received. I have not exhausted my 52-week claim. I worked for three weeks, and was unjustly terminated by Bristol Paving. I won my hearing, for the number one reason of ‘NO PARTICIPATION’ by Bristol Paving. I was also threatened with an appeal of my DOL claim by the owner against my unpaid labor hour claim, which I dropped to avoid a nasty situation. Looks like the GOP has granted his wish…
COMMENT: 15 minutes may be a small amount to complain about, but THE LAW IS THE LAW…
When my unemployment compensation was re-instated, I received a letter which stated I had six months of claim time left overall, and I should re-apply after December 31, 2013. The letter I received today made no mention of reapplication, just benefit termination. I feel like I shouldn’t buy any Christmas presents now. Wonder how that will go over.
My family has been making a total mess of my deceased father’s family business, and also with probate court. My complaint is being heard next week. I have chosen to file a written complaint only because if I physically testify, I may be asked about business activities which will cause permanent relational damage.
I will be applying after December 31, 2013, and I EXPECT reinstatement of benefits according to the letter sent to me by the CT DOL, which I saved. I have been applying to three jobs per week, as directed. I have also been preparing to take my Project+ Comp / TIA test. This test costs $265 to take. I am planning to wait until after the holiday to register and purchase my voucher, to enable me another credit cycle to pay this bill.
I realize these are difficult times, but this is exactly why I am writing this letter. As of right now, Christmas is Cancelled.
Anthony Maisano III
THE CT DOL WROTE A KIND RESPONSE BACK, TEEING UP THE CONUNDRUM CREATED BY THE U.S. GOP…
From: CT DOL
Sent: Dec 13, 2013 7:54 AM
To: “ANTHONY MAISANO III
Subject: RE: quick note
When an unemployment claim is filed it is set up for a one year time span called a Benefit Year (BYE) in which a person is payable for 26 weeks of regular state unemployment or until the end of the BYE at which time a new claim should be filed to see if they are payable for a new BYE. Normally, that is all that would be paid but since 2008 the federal government has had an extension, but unless Congress takes new actions that extension will end as of 12/28/13.
In your case a claim was filed effective 12/30/12 setting up a BYE of 12/28/13. You were paid 26 weeks of regular state unemployment ending as of 6/29/13. Since that time you have been paid on the federal extension but the last week that will be paid is for 12/28/13. Since your BYE ends as of 12/28/13 the next week you would call your TeleBenefits line and select option # 3 to file a new claim to see if you can be paid a new 26 weeks of regular state unemployment. We can never tell anyone in advance if they would be payable a claim must be filed.
Sincerely, CT DOL
To: CT DOL
Subject: RE: quick note
Date: Dec 13, 2013 8:09 AM
|I understand, sir. And I apologize for the harsh words. But the three weeks working for Bristol Paving and the DOL hearing that followed, coupled with my family situation [not paying creditors makes things difficult for all with the same name], has made me become ultra cautious. Still and all, this GOP opinion doesn’t give a whole lot of clarity for Christmas spending.Further, I had to float three to four weeks out of my savings before the ‘big machine’ heard my wrongful termination. WHAT SEASONAL JOB WOULD HIRE ME FOR 2 TO 4 WEEKS, STARTING TODAY, 12/13/2013, THEN ENABLE ME TO BE IN ANY BETTER CT DOL SITUATION AFTERWARDS?
The DOL needs to be protective of its funds, no doubt. But, I have to be protective of my life. I don’t think I will be voting for the GOP any time soon…
Anthony Maisano III
Apologies for stealing the microphone on this one, and I can only hope I speak accurately for 1.3 million Americans that will be affected by this GOP blunder.