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  • #19
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    Oh good grief. Lettum have the unemployment bennies.
    I want the Golden Parachutes, stock options, air travel, living expenses, tax shelters, etc.

    And the key phrase was,'little chance of passing' up there.
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    I can see both sides of this, But if you are going to MAKE me pay for something, I'm just old fashion enough to think I am entitled to a return on my investment. Why else should I invest?
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    First I'd like to know how many millionaires are working for wages and get laid off due to reduction of work force in order to qualify for unemployment benefits.
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    Wake up stupid.... Unemployment benefits are not an Entitlement program. The people paid their hard earned money into that program and they want their money if their job goes regardless of what they have. They paid, it is their money.

    Want to save some money I can tell you how. Pay the politicians by the hour and have them punch in when they are in the office and when they leave punch out. The pay scale should be minimum wage. Because everyone of you guys are filthy rich anyway.

    Make serving the country, as a politician the job instead of the vast amounts of money they make for almost nothing. Also when you leave the job, the insurance and money stops. We cannot afford to pay ex senators that won't work. You retire, you live off your savings like the rest of us.
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    If everyone simply received the amount they paid in, it would not be an entitlement program, and the gov't would not have a debt incurred by unemployment payouts... Unemployment is an insurance program... your premiums are subsidized by the gov't, therefore it is an entitlement program... and considering that the gov't has extended unemployment benefits beyond what a person is actually entitled to based on their employment history, it has become a form of welfare in many cases.
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    "Wake up stupid.... Unemployment benefits are not an Entitlement program. The people paid their hard earned money into that program and they want their money if their job goes regardless of what they have. They paid, it is their money." Umm, no they did not. Unemployment insurance is paid by employers, not employees. And another benefit of being self employed? You get to pay double the FICA and medicare rate that employees get to pay.
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    The one that gets me is when you see unio contractor you know to be laid off, out running around with ladders and tools bidding jobs below scale while collecting unemployment. These are some real principled union members.
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    @tomincali - We gotta stop thinking that DC should do anything at all concerning jobs... This is something that can only be fixed properly through private commerce... every gov't job is a burden on the taxpayer... As long as we keep running to Nanny Fed, we will remain economically crippled.
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  • #20
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    You can't say no, because that would be prejudice. But it should be, because they don't need it.
    But how many millionaires have been fired or laid off and by who?
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    when you boss pays into this account that is what it is for. better way would be clean out the country of all who have no legal right to be here and it will help those who are unemployed.as it stand not doing so it creating poverty among our own citizens
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    Any Conservative who thinks that one person deserves something over another because of how much money they do or don't have, is a RINO and should change their party to something more befitting of a Progressive
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    Unemployment is paid into while you work and paid out when you no longer have your job. I have a better idea. Remove government from unemployment and replace it with a mandatory savings/insurance account. I'm sick of government mismanaging these types of funds.
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    The problem is that the concept of discriminating against classes of people on any basis is wrong. In general the 'millionaires' have probably paid into the program over longer period of time. Unemployment Insurance is in place of lost wages. The maximum payment is fairly small, especially compared to a 'millionaires' likely salary.
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    @denizen_kate

    Here I go again disagreeing with a Republican. You personally claim I never do so, you're wrong and here's proof of my non-partisan centrist viewpoints. I see it like this, if a millionaire has to pay into a system, he should be able to benefit from that system. If he can't benefit from it, he shouldn't have to pay into it. It's just that simple.
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    That sounds nice on the surface, but it could be applied to any benefit. I don't think I should have to pay taxes that go to the school district because I do not have children so I will never use the system. I do not benefit from the local school system so I should not have to pay into it right?

    Paying into the unemployment system, like paying into the school system is a benefit to society. I may not like the impact on my personal budget, but its better than uneducated children and unemployed neighbors.
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    So since I have never once started a war I should get to dictate that my dollars don't go to paying for war, right? That's about 1/3rd of my taxes right there...
  • #43
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    If you are a millionaire why would you need unemployment?! It's called common sense...something that is lacking in America these days.
  • #35
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    That would be stupid. Employment benefits are for workers who can not get buy with out a paycheck. They can. That would be a waist of money.
  • #34
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    Wow.$60 million over a two year period. Can you say "a drop in the bucket"? In government spending terms, that amounts to the change hidden in your couch cushions.
  • #31
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    A better idea is abolish lifetime retirement and benefits to all elected officials and any unused PAC money should be directed to the general fund
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