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January 17th, 2011
08:44 AM ET
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  1. Susan

    I am also a 99er living in Florida with a professional background and little luck of landing a job. I am hoping that our government extends the tiers for those who have exhausted their benefits. I am not giving up hope I am thinking of using this opportunity to tap into my creative side and do something I most enjoy. I haven't figure that out yet and of course living without an income doesn't help. Something has to change for people to return to their normal living and I don't think the government is taking heed on the high unemployment. I wish the media stops sending the message that we are out of a recession for who?

    January 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Just watched the bit on the 99er. I've never heard that term before. I am a short 5 weeks away from becoming one myself. I have one job prospect left at this time. If this one fails, I have no idea how I and my family will survive. I was employed for 30 years before the economy came crashing down on me. I worked hard, I paid my bills, I gave my time to others. Now, I am afraid.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  3. Eve

    There would be more money available for 99er's if the states would really investigate and clamp down on those who are on the unemployment role when they should be on the retirement role. Many large and small companies have laid off employees who qualify for their pension and should be collecting their pension not collecting unemployment compensation. By laying off an employee, the company has no intention of ever hiring back, the company avoids using funds from their pension fund. A large percentage of those over 65 who have been on long term layoff are eligible for their pension. These people this age almost never get called to go for a job and if they do it's easy to have an excuse why they can't go. Why should we taxpayers in reality be paying the pension for these people?? If this practice isn't illegal it should be! Let's help those who really need the help and not those who take advantage of the system.

    January 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Ali,
    I just saw you read your letter to the President. I liked it a lot, but I doubt anyone in Washington really cares about those of us who are losing our pursuit of happiness. Thanks for trying.

    January 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  5. I_Rate

    Hard to tell what's worse: Kill yourself, vs Kill those responsible.

    I know what's better: Use all of that excess energy & anger to good purpose, and put it to work resolving the issue, instead of creating new problems.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm |