The unemployment extension for the 99er’s was called an “empty gesture” today, by Michael Colliss, who had legitimate concerns about the introduction timeline for this new unemployment extension bill that is said to be created to help the struggling 99er’s. This bill, which was co-sponsored by House Representative’s Barbara Lee and Bobby Scott, may have come a little too late in the game says Colliss, who writes for the website All 247 News.
Colliss’s view, however grim, may be more realistic for the unemployed in Connecticut and nationwide, but it may also be coming from the many disappointments presented already to the 99er’s.
Connecticut’s unemployed have seen positions disappear from some of the bigger employers in the state, such as Hartford’s, United Technologies. This company has cut 18,000 jobs in the last two years, according to the website SF Gate. With no way in place to track the number of 99er’s, one can only assume Connecticut has its share with many of these life long positions like the ones from UT gone.
It is people like the UT workers in Hartford that have seen positions that they have worked at for most of their lives, wiped off the face of the earth. These higher paying jobs with benefits are the jobs that are the hardest to replace, making a perfect recipe to create a 99er.
News that this new unemployment extension has been introduced in the House, apparently has offered some false hope to the many 99er’s who have not yet found a job, according to Colliss.
The question that Colliss asks in his article is “Why did Representative Lee make this announcement?” It was very late in the game when Representative Lee offered the news that an unemployment extension was penned and ready to go. Colliss believes that “this was an attempt for Lee to appease the voters in her district.”
Corrliss, who appears to be a stanch supporter of a Tier 5 for the 99er’s, says that “we cannot allow ourselves to be deluded or sidetracked, even temporarily by such a poorly executed attempt to expand the unemployment extension.”
The unemployment extension bill that Representative Lee has announced, is also addressed on Representative Bobby Scott’s website. Would these two House members actually go through the motions to introduce a bill knowing it was going no where and would they have done this just so they can say, “they tried,” as Colliss suggests? Although the bill may have a big hill to climb, is it really without any hope?
Colliss does bring up some very good points, the timeline is especially disconcerting, with the House on high gear to get on with their holiday break, but again is this coming from a “once bitten twice shy” point of view?
If the unemployed 99er’s just give up the fight for this bill becoming a reality, why would the politicians continue trying to get this passed through, or any other extension for the 99er’s down the line? Without the 99er’s interest, there is no one to appease. This bill will die a quicker death than it may or may not been created to do.
Michael Colliss’s points are valid. The inconspicuous way that this bill literally came out of nowhere at the 11th hour is enough to make anyone wonder. The point is, whether or not the chances are slim for this unemployment extension for the 99er’s to pass, it still does offers some chance. This a better chance than no chance at all.
Reference: All 247 News, SF Gate, Congressman Bobby Scott’s website