I am responding to a letter regarding emergency unemployment benefits not being included in the budget that was just passed. I am offended by the statement that people who are on the unemployment extension are without ethics. I am so happy for those whom collecting unemployment has not been a issue in your life; you are blessed, however, some of us are not so blessed.
I work in the dental field, where jobs are scarce. After losing full time employment, I started collecting unemployment for the first time in my working career of 27 years; during those years I paid into unemployment every week, so do the math. I feel I have paid in much more than I have collected in the past 6 months. I am certainly not getting rich; it's not even close to what I had been making, but it helps.
If anyone is lacking ethics it is our government and all of the wasteful spending happening in Washington. The government has spent millions on the study of how people respond to romance novels, and also millions on determining the sex of certain birds. The government not extending benefits will only make the situation worse because by June there will be 3 million people who will have lost their benefits. The fact that they did not include unemployment in the budget will not be good for the economy.
Please tell me what agency in Williamsport can you walk into and they "practically hand you a job." I have lived here all my life and never knew such a magical place existed. If you are referring to Career Link, the place I had to attend mandatory meetings and weekly job searches to collect regular benefits, they do not hand out jobs. Do they help out with different job web sites, yes, but you are doing the work not them. When the average person who loses a job, it takes them approximately 31 weeks to find an adequate job to support their family. On unemployment, you can collect 26 weeks, five weeks difference; that's a long time to go without an income and have a mortgage and a family to support.
Why is it OK for the United States to send money all over the world to help others, many who want to harm us, but refuse to help its own people by not extending the emergency unemployment benefits to families such as mine who are in a situation that they did not choose? What kind of ethics do you have to be mean enough to write a letter saying how glad you are that families are suffering because of this. Shame on you.
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