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Forum Post: Just Four Lawmakers Show Up To Congressional Hearing On Long-Term Unemployment

Posted 11 years ago on April 24, 2013, 9:55 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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There are currently 4.7 million American workers who have been unemployed for at least six months, and the challenges they face are immense. Not only do they long-term unemployed face discriminatory hiring policies that make it nearly impossible for them to find work, they are also losing federal unemployment insurance thanks to state-level cuts and sequestration, which slashed 10 percent from federal benefits.

And they leave themselves wide open again!



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[-] 3 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 11 years ago

We either need a BIG campaign to Impeach 70% of Congress....

or we need to build the "Social Reserve Bank"... to make available the funds necessary to rebuild our middle class economy... it's obvious that congress is incapable of doing it...

or both... however I truly believe that building the bank would be easiest

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

Nobody is under any illusions here, these four will suffice for the moment.


[+] -4 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

Ya! Lemme see, can't read the entirety of a piece of legislation. Usually have someone else write the legislation. Can't seem to get anything accomplished. Can't show up to a hearing on unemployment. Have a bunch of online trolls argue talking points. Smile or frown for the camera and occasionally show up on a talk show. Talk a lot about personal responsibility.

Got it.


[-] 1 points by gsw (3411) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 11 years ago

Yes. They're just blowin off there job and duty. Accountability for all.

[+] -4 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

That's pretty much where I am at. They aren't doing anything else. You don't want to listen to the people. Now, you can listen to the people.

Norquist is one of the biggest lyin' and conniving thugs that I have ever witnessed cross the grand stage of life.

[-] 3 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 11 years ago

why is GF's comment here downgraded ? .... do we have some anti-occupy ass-holes here?

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

It's a game. I'm supposed to be all ticked off and this is supposed to demonstrate a bunch of crap. Technically it merely shows that someone lacks the cajones to step up.

[-] 1 points by Renneye (3874) 11 years ago

Yeah, I noticed it starting about 9pm EST last night. Just indiscriminate down-voting of both GF and DKA. I don't know what set it off.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

The longer I refuse to get on board with the Art 5 the better it's going to be.

When I refuse to do it, certain people have a knipshit. Don't want me to get in the way with the fund raising.

[-] 0 points by Theeighthpieceuv8 (-32) from Seven Sisters, Wales 11 years ago

I don't think you do. This is our government on drugs; it wouldn't surprise me if they are all sitting around snorting cocaine at this very moment.

[-] -2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

Oh, I do. What we will disagree on ;is what we usually disagree on--the solution.

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 11 years ago

lets make sure that we add the MIA legislators to the long term unemployed at the next election



[-] 1 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 11 years ago

Just think if the Unemployed, Poor and Homeless had a strong, loud and tenacious lobby firm to lobby Congress and the American People for their Constitutional Rights, like the NRA dishonestly does for the Weapons Industry.

We 99%ers could out-lobby any swindling and CU-funded NRA if we ignored each other's imperfections and differences and organized and took action. Together, united, we can do anything; divided the 1% does.

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[-] 2 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 11 years ago

[+] -7 points by GirlFriday (14829) 4 days ago Impeachment.

Amazing ... hehe ... neg's for the simple comment "Impeachment" on an activist board ??? ....

[-] 2 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 11 years ago

How about participation?

Then we wouldn't have anti-democracy servants of the 1% doing dirty deeds that require impeachment. That way we'll spare ourselves all the pain and suffering their dirty deeds cause.


[-] 3 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 11 years ago

She should have!


Is there something going on in the zombie world?? Getting a lot of random blow back lately. Is or has there been a Unicorn convention?


[-] 0 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 11 years ago

I see... Black Uruks and Nazgûl mounted upon Fell beasts, and they also had naval support from the Corsairs of Umbar... OI!

[-] -3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

Beg just a little bit more.

[-] 2 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 11 years ago

Please please please!!!

[-] -3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

Because it's you, I'm going to need to see you crawl as well.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 11 years ago

Seems like your cat or bird got sick or something... moving in with mom in Floriduh.

[-] -2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

Now, bark like a dog.

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[-] 2 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 11 years ago

OK, how then do you fill the impeached politician's empty seat? Vacated Congressional seats can be filled by Governor appointments. And since we have not participated (a la 2010) and allowed so many RepubliCons to snatch Governorships (about 65%), the reappointment would most likely be done by a Rick Scott, who would appoint a radical Rightie who could never be elected to do even worse dirty work for the 1%. Then what?

[+] -7 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago


I will not campaign for you or anyone else. Not now, not ever. You will have to figure out how you are going to deal with that because I let you guys know this upfront.

[-] 3 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 11 years ago

OK, Tank Girl. I'm not asking you to campaign "...for me or anyone else... not now, not ever." But you do seem to have let your conspiracy theories edge out reality and reason on this. You seem to have me confused with whatever you're imagining. But you are being played, just not by me, nor do I want to. Keep it real... or at least try.

[+] -8 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

You don't like my stance and that's more than fine but, you come off like a used car salesman and you might want to keep that shit in check.

I will not work on any campaign. I will not support any person that you want to see elected. i will not attempt to garnish support for a lobbyist. You find someone else to do your dirty work.

[-] 3 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 11 years ago

"Impeach" and nothing else is a stance? Whet then?? Rant?? Imaginary accusations?? This is a stance?? It sounds like symptoms.

I'm OK with "used car salesman" coming from someone whose imagination seems to be overwhelming facts. But you have been amping up the insinuations for quite a while, and I should have asked before, but I thought you were being goofy or humorous or joking around.

So you seem to think I'm up to something, and I don't think it's selling used cars. Why don't you spit it out! Bust my sneaky, clandestine, used car salesman ass!! What are the "games"? What am I trying to get you to "campaign" for? "...garnish support for a lobbyist. You find someone else to do your dirty work." ?? WTF are you talking about?? Do you even know?? Are you well?? Did you have a fall?? Let it all out, maybe you'll feel better.

[-] -1 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 11 years ago

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[-] -2 points by Dmooradian (-74) 11 years ago

Maybe, government doesn't produce jobs? If it did then, we could give them all of our money.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

You should slow down there.

[-] -2 points by Builder (4202) 11 years ago

These four have a job, right?

Are they performing their role for their employers?

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

Hence, impeachment.