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NC Senate head: Jobless funds standoff continues

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The leader of the North Carolina Senate says there's no change in the political faceoff with Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue over extending unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.

Republican Senate leader Phil Berger of Rockingham County said Tuesday there's no movement on restoring the benefits nearly a month after they were cut off.

Berger says he hopes Perdue changes her mind after vetoing the General Assembly's move to extend the benefits only if the governor accepts double-digit cuts before budget negotiations begin in earnest. Perdue called the linkage "extortion."

Minority Democrats have been unable to force a vote on a measure that simply changes the formula that would allow the unemployed to keep receiving benefits from the federal government for up to 99 weeks.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Budget Stall

I understand that the head of the Senate has stated that Gov. Perdue has not called him to discuss her upcoming veto if certain things are not done regarding the budget. Undoubtedly, he thinks HE is the Governor of North Carolina (an elected position). HE needs to be calling and contacting the Governor not the Governor contacting him. It appears he has reversed rolls -- his appointed position by his colleagues versus her elected position by the voters of N.C. of which I am one.

Different Situations for Different People

I have read these comments over and over.I,too, am a high paid professional, 54 year old female, and find myself unemployed. Lost my job to no fault of my own. Divorced after 25 years of marrige. I have worked ever since I was 16. NEVER took from the government. I do agree there are abusers in every situation. BUT this economy is in a mess. There are thousands of people out there that are suffering through no fault of their own and their claim is legitimate. Unemployment should not be touched!!!! There are alot of other FREE money programs that could be cut. This is political BS.Where is all the money going from the lottery? What happened to the American dream when the President says it is better to rent than to own. People just don't get it and don' t care if it does not affect them. Being on unemployment is humiliating. Depend on our government? That is a joke.I am sure I will never see my social security. And yes Medicaid is very much abused. So are other programs.

unemployment

THIS IS TOTALLY RIDICULOUS ON HOW GOVENOR PERDUE WANTS US TO LIVE OUR LIVES,WE HAVE CHILDREN TO TAKE CARE OF WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE OVER QUALIFIED FOR JOBS AND CANT GET JOBS...SHE JHAS TO LOOK INTO HER HEART DOR THE PERCENTAGE OF THE PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. WE DONT TAKE BIG TRIPS,WE ARE STRUGGLING, STRUGGLING WHILE YOU ARE VACATIONING,WONDERING OW WE ARE GOING TO FEED OUR CHILDREN SOMEONE HAS TO HAVE CARE IN THE WORLD ABOT US...I HOPE THAT YOU FIND IT IN YOUR HEART PERDUE TO GIVE US OUR BENEFITS BACK I WOULDVE DEFINATELY TOOK THE BUDGET CUT OVER TEARING UP FAMILIES LOOK INTO YOUR HEARTS FOR OUR FAMILIES

UNEMPLOYMENT

PEOPLE ARE LOSING THERE HOMES, AND OTHER THINGS AND YOU SET UP THERE AND KNOWING THERE ARE NO JOBS AND THE JOBS THAT ARE AROUND DON'T PAY MUCH FOR PEOPLE TO KEEP THERE HOME ARE CARS,THE REASON THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS DOWN BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MUNY PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT CAN'T FILE ANY MORE, THESE PEOPLE NEED HELP,THE ONES THAT ARE MAKING THESE DECISIONS HAS A JOB AND MONEY TO DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO , WHAT ABOUT THE MAN OR WOMAN THAT WORKED ON A JOB FOR 15 ARE 20 YEARS AND NOW NO LONGER HAS A JOB AND THERE UNEMPLOYMENT HAS STOPPED WHAT ABOUT THESE PEOPLE,AND THEY ARE TO OLD AND THESE OTHER COMPANIES DON'T WANT THEM WHAT ABOUT THESE PEOPLE.

So how long should the state support you?

Five years? Ten years? The rest of your life?

When do YOU take control of your life?

So, let me guess...you

So, let me guess...you either still have your job or are retired from it? Some of us who are unemployed did not have a choice. Would I still like to have the management position or one similar that I previously had? That is not possible, so I did collect unemployment for a while and exhausted my benefits. It paid the mortgage and one utilitiy. It was not like I was living the high life off of the government. But I did find work. I now work 3 jobs that pay less than half of what I was earning. So now I am also back in college to earn a different degree that will allow me to have a better chance of securing more than just a job. It will be a career. So until you are in a similar situation...shut it!

Your ire confuses me.

You are working three jobs. You are also back in college.

You have taken control of your life. You are not expecting to be supported forever.

Why are you so willing to coddle those who DO expect to be supported forever?

I dont know why I reply to

I dont know why I reply to fools like you but I cant help myself! Number one no one supports me I paid into this system. Number two this is the first time in my working years I have had to draw and I am 56, and I have had 4 jobs my whole life and one was for 25 years!
Its not my fault I lost my job, its not my fault people are looking over my hundreds of resumes for someone younger,and I am having to sell my home thanks to Govenor Perdue! So dont give me this how long do we have to be supported crap! I say I dont wish this on anyone but maybe you need to be put in our position for awhile see how it feels, you and Govenor Perdue and people in the House and Senate let them not know where their next meal is coming from, go to bed at night and not know if that bed is going to be theirs next week. Let your children ask you to take their mother out for Mothers Day and you have to tell them no because daddy doesnt have the money. Thanks! I sit at home every day and night sending out resumes and even been to a few interviews and still nothing, and no help, when we could get help if someone would stop trying to make a bigger name for themselves and just meet in the middle for GODSAKES!

So your vote is "forever?"

Every life has ups and downs. That's why you financially prepare for the hard times when the times are good. You save. You invest. You don't over-extend yourself.

In it's current form of funding, the unemployment insurance system cannot support people indefinitely, and the government was never intended to be a charity.

If you're fifty-six and have lost your job you can start drawing from your IRAs without penalty. You can also take uniform, regular distributions from your 401k based on current life expectancy.

If you have neither, than all I can do is wish you luck until you are eligible for Social Security.

Once again, I agree with

Once again, I agree with you, commonsense...

I am a 50 year old with an advanced degree, years of credible and long term work history, but find myself unemployed, due to company shut down and subsequent lay-offs. AM I angry about paying into a "SYSTEM" and not getting UE benefits forever and ever?

I prepared for this in all the ways that you mentioned above, because I wasn't living the high life with my head in the sand. I knew that my company had potential to be adversely affected by the shift in the economy. That is when I saved more and even more,invested wisely, and remained debt free, while living within my means, which is a GREAT feeling. A novel idea...

I don't care what the Jones have or what makes the move to the beach look like a success to the family left behind. I slept at night knowing that I could afford the MOVE in THE FIRST PLACE.

TWENTY years ago, when we decided to move to Wilmington, we analyzed the sensibility of the move FIRST. We asked ourselve if we could afford to begin all over, at a low wage with no job security, but most of all, could we afford to leave the super-duper, fantastic, great paying, long term year job that we had, and weighed the consequences. We didn't chuk it all in favor of fun in the sun without ANALYSIS!

Lots of people whom I have met have flown to the sunny shores in search of PARADISE and life at the beach, to excape high unemployment up north long before it hit here, without so much as a single thought of giving up a good job.

It's a "me/me ENTITLEMENT society", with caviar dreams and romance in the balmy breezes, until disaster strikes and then it is the governments DUTY to support this fantasy world?

And...how about the dreamers Mc Mansions sitting on the auction block?? No worries, when the same me/me people threw caution to the wind and did not buy within their means? It's the governments fault!

You Dreamers are wrecking our paid off house investments. Thanks, right back at you!

News Flash, Grow Up! It is not the Governments Duty to support you dreamers! Pull yourself up by the proverbial bootstraps!

Life is like playing cards

If you guy's were in the condition that some of us are in you would zip it! No one knows how their life is going to end up, whether there is sickness in your family or just other bad situations that happen through out your life time that could set you back finacially. Like some of us things have never been that easy, from getting a decent job or just fitting in this sociaty without discrimination. You have the right to comment, but don't judge one's ability to save for bad times. If you have'nt walked in their shoes then zip it!!!!!!! Bev Perdue has had a silver spoon in her mouth since she was born, she does'nt know what it's like to go to bed hungry and on top of that worrying about how she's going to take care of her family. This is why theres so much crime in america today and why america is one of the most hated country's in the world, The rich goverment officials playing chess with people's lives. Sooner or later you or someone you love is going to go through something, and there may be nothing you can do but wish that you can help.

Hey there Bubba, my man...

I am so sorry, I am not the heartless wretch that you think I am!

It is such a shame that you never had any breaks in your life!

I am also sorry that you had "stuff" happen in your past!
(like no one else has, right?)

My deepest sympathies for never having the advantage of becoming a Boy Scout.

See, if you had become a Boy Scout.... You would know their Motto,
"Be Prepared".

I am a female, so I was not a Boy Scout either, but I AM ALWAYS prepared, and take responsibility for my life, the GOOD, the BAD and the INDIFFERENT.

And... I have CHOSEN it to be GOOD, and I have MADE it GOOD and my God has rewarded my back-breaking efforts at making right choices, hard work-ethic and mind-numbing, on-going education.

... and I don't blame you for one Single thing in MY LIFE!

Now, You are Bold

those who tend to agree with Common or I are normally subject to attacks by the Liberals, entitlement recipients, and society's leaches.

Nice to know Common and I do not walk alone in southeastern North Carolina.

We are United in our Beliefs!

There are many more who agree with us Surfcity Tom, but they are too busy being the blood, sweat and tears labor force that makes up this country. They work the 12 hour days, the 6 day work weeks, the odd schedules, endure pay cuts and no raises, and usually get stuck with wacco left-wing bosses.

They may sit in an air conditioned office or work in a hot, noisy pin-up postered garage, but they are the individuals who toil and sweat and then give up their tax dollars to Uncle Sam with every paycheck.

They told me to tell all the leeches of society that they "are getting sick of supporting you bums!"

I'm with you

I'm right in this boat with you two as well. I've lost track how many times I've posted that welfare people should be working in the community they live in, doing painting, learning plumbing, learning heating & AC, carpentry skills, picking up trash and landscaping. Then when their free ride is over they will have a marketable job skill to help them become a taxpayer. No more free cell phones, give out phones without service since they can still call 911. No more extra money for producing more children you can't afford.

Be certain

your affairs are in order or your identity stays off the Radar.

Let the entitlement recipients and society's leaches learn your identity, you will become a marked man. Probably one of the minor reasons Common and I both have Carry/Conceal permits.

Of course we're both Marines, once one always one, and we both remember how to defend ourselves.

I believe this is the year there will be more people on some form of entitlement then there will be working and paying taxes. I don't think they've caught on that you can only squeeze the dollar so hard before it dies. Then we revert to a society based on survival of the fitest.

I'm good and in good company

I'm current on all my bills, have full time employment and a part time job to hold my certification active. I also have a CCW permit and usually have a firearm with me. I practice with it and I'm proficient at hitting center mass repeatedly. I'm prepared to protect my family if the need ever arises and take steps to try to prevent it from happening in the first place.

If we're walking right up to the Brink,

why not really do some good? Cut Medicaid from the budget. That alone would go a long way to balancing the budget.

Time to move on

Dear Republicans, let it go!

According to the formula used, they no longer rate unemployment. You offered a compromise, the Dems said no. The facts are there for all to see.

Get over it and get on with new issues.

Stepping Back

Don't say move on until you lived in my shoes. I had a job,that I loved for 9 years. I'm married with 4 kids and 1 on the way. I'm black with a lighter complextion, which blacks are the highest percentage of unemployment. I put in over, probably, 1000+ applications. Some places I applied for said they are not hiring, while the others, as soon as I ask them are you hiring they says no. Then I ask them can I put in an application, and they reply, we are not accepting applications at this time. When can I take my life back? I already used my 401k on bills. I'm two mouths behind on my house and car payment. I've been selling almost everything I have on ebay to make payments. My bills are over 1200 dollars a month. House, electric and car insurance. I never intended on unemployment until now and it sucks. It's always going to be people who don't care. Like some of you who don't care about my family, or we don't need to support black people anyway. We supported many people for years. It's mighty funny how someone from another country can get a job quicker than me. The thing is, I pay taxes while some others don't. The economy is build on cheaper labor, which is not contributing to US fund or tax dollars, therefore, the national dept continues to grow. Unemployment is not hurting the country, money leaving the country is. "GOD bless America."

Am I understanding you correctly?

You lost your job but still decided to have another child? Was that a wise decision?

Here's the bottom line - we cannot afford to support every single family that has no income. The money simply isn't there. How did our parents and grandparents survive the Great Depression when government aid was unheard of?

If you're willing to work for what those illegal immigrants will work for, you can get a job.

You might also have to move. Right now, the Dakotas have the lowest unemployment rates in the country. They have an oil boom, lots of roughnecks but not enough people to support the infrastructure. They need drivers, cooks, waiters, front desk clerks...all sorts of service positions are open. You might think of letting your family stay here for a while, and try your hand in the Dakotas.

BTW, you'll have an advantage if you're Black. The Dakotas are VERY White, and they have few preconceived notions about Blacks.