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Intro: "Out of work and without a high school diploma? If you're collecting unemployment insurance, you may soon be out of luck."

Under a new GOP proposal, people waiting in unemployment lines may wait in vain for checks if they cannot produce a high school diploma. (photo: Getty Images)
Under a new GOP proposal, people waiting in unemployment lines may wait in vain for checks if they cannot produce a high school diploma. (photo: Getty Images)



GOP Plan: No HS Diploma? No Unemployment Check

By John W. Schoen, The Bottom Line/MSNBC

10 January 12

 

ut of work and without a high school diploma? If you're collecting unemployment insurance, you may soon be out of luck.

As Congress returns from the holiday recess, one of the most pressing items on its agenda will the two-month extension of jobless benefits enacted late last month. The compromise deal, part of a two-month extension of a payroll tax cut, tabled debate on wider reforms to the unemployment insurance program.

Those reforms include shortening the length of time jobless workers can collect benefits and a provision that would require anyone collecting them to have a high school diploma or be enrolled in an adult education program working toward a General Educational Development, or GED, certificate.

Sponsors of the measures, contained in H.R. 3630, argue that the current unemployment insurance program has been ineffective in getting long-term jobless workers back work. Some, including Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., have argued that extending unemployment benefits "doesn't create new jobs. In fact, if anything, continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work."

Opponents of the GOP proposals argue that jobless benefits are an insurance policy, into which workers pay premiums regardless of their educational background. They dispute the argument that benefits are a disincentive to work, noting that even as the job market has improved, there still aren't enough jobs to go around. There were 3.3 million job openings in October, the latest data available, and roughly 13.8 million people out of work that month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some opponents of H.R. 3630 agree that unemployment insurance programs are due for reform especially in a job market with stubbornly high levels of long-term unemployment. In the past, state unemployment offices typically offered services beyond simply distributing checks, including job counseling, resume writing and job referrals. Those programs have been largely phased out, according to Judy Conti, who is following the issue for the National Employment Law Project.

"That's taken away that human contact every couple of weeks and decimated these employment services," she said. "There really aren't a lot of people out there who are working with the unemployed to make sure their job search strategies are effective as possible, especially in this economy."

Job training and high school equivalency programs are also underfunded, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. State and federal budget cuts have stretched adult education programs, producing waiting lists in 50 of the 51 states and the District of Columbia. The number of people on those waiting lists doubled between 2008 and 2010, to 160,000. According to the most recent survey by the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education.

So far, there have been no talks on reaching a compromise measure to renew long-term jobless benefits beyond the two-month extension and none are schedule, according to a spokesman for the House Ways and Means Committee. The group estimates that it would cost about $160 million to eliminate that waiting list.

If the requirement is implemented, the provision would hit older, laid-off workers hardest. Nearly half of UI recipients without a high school diploma or GED are over age 45, and 35 percent are age 50 or over, the CBPP said, citing Census data. In 2010, half a million workers age 50 or over who received unemployment insurance lacked a high school diploma. By contrast, less than a fifth of those collecting jobless benefits without a high school diploma or the equivalent are under age 30.

 

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+54 # psadave 2012-01-10 16:28
Another great idea by scumbag GOP legislators...K yl can't leave the senate soon enough! What an idiot.
 
 
+16 # John Locke 2012-01-11 06:50
I believe it is more than apparent the Republicans are delusional, they continue to look for ways and means to further disrupt the economy, and anger larger and larger sections of it. It's almost as if they are trying to push the people into a violent revolution, when people have nothing left to lose, that is when they will rise up and become violent. The safety nets like unemployment "insurance" allows people to barely survive, and millions have now dropped off this insurance program because their benefits have run out...additiona lly this article also subtly places propaganda on the table, the employment picture has NOT improved, on the contrary it has become worse as more storee and businesses are slated for closure, example Kmart closing 120 stores. there will be others to follow, and the real number of unemployed, assuming we counted those who are no longer collecting because their benefits have expired is closer to 25 million and may be even higher. The failure of the American economic system should be placed squarely on the neck of the Federal Reserve System whose "mandate"
was to give us a full employment economy... but they refused to accomplish their mandate because they want business to be in control of labor and by having at least a 4% rate of unemployment, there are multiple people applying for a job, Management will determine compensation! with full employment labor determines compensation.
 
 
+2 # jimyoung 2012-01-11 10:32
Seems we need to take a look at how many are even covered by Unemployment Insurance. How many are now a (greater?) percentage of part time workers and how many work multiple part time jobs with less coverage and no eligibility if they aren't looking for full time work? (Some states do cover "partial" unemployment but this doesn't seem your parent's unemployment insurance anymore.) I'm concerned that part time workers (many more adjuncts at colleges, in my experience) now might be paying s disproportionat e amount into insurance they will seldom receive benefits from. Anyone have a better overview of what I think is a dark trend?
 
 
0 # jimyoung 2012-01-11 10:38
Forgot to ask (in previous post) if short changed part time workers would be able to opt out of paying into unemployment insurance in states where they won't be able to collect benefits unless they seek full time employment. Better to change in the other direction, would be my first guess.
 
 
+63 # molesoul 2012-01-10 18:02
unemployment benefits "...doesn't create new jobs. In fact, if anything, continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work." Jon Kyl

This is one of the stupidest things I have heard in a long time, and that's saying a lot. It's also one of the most hateful. After all the chest pounding by and about "the job creators," Kyl now says that the UNEMPLOYED have to create jobs?

This is the logic of people who believe that, in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, if you are not employed, rich and successful, it's your own damn fault and you should be punished. And -- if you failed to graduate from high school, you must be doubly punished, because certainly you are just lazy and laziness cannot be tolerated; teenagers (high schoolers), after all, have all the wisdom, resources and support they could ask for as well as the ability to make the best decisions about the rest of their lives.

The consequences of joblessness in the United States are unusually cruel. Poverty, hunger, illness, suicide. It is UNCONSCIONABLE that members of the United States Congress are planning now to worsen those conditions by cutting off the meager life support that unemployment insurance provides. This is simply inhuman.

Even after the 8 disgusting years of the Bush administration and 12 months of this despicable Republican Congress, I have NEVER been more ashamed to be an American.
 
 
-35 # Robt Eagle 2012-01-11 06:53
OK molesoul, what would you suggest instead: the US Gov't will assign YOU someone on unemployment who after a year of govenmental freebies will come knocking on YOUR door every Friday and have his/her hand out and YOU pay them their continuing unemployment check! I believe after about a week you will tell that person assigned to YOU to go get a job! Funnelling payments through gov't programs just makes give aways more tolerable, yet is still MUST be paid by someone out there with a job paying taxes. Eventually there isn't enough to go around so the Fed's print more money and makes everything worthless. This is coming fast as you can see by the US Debt clock going from $14 trillion to $15 trillion in very short amount of time. We Americans are in for the worst financial crisis ever in history because of Obama and his lunacy policies (in every form). We MUST cut spending and have everyone in the US pay tax, not just the wealthy.
 
 
+13 # Alice 2012-01-11 10:24
Unemployment insurance is funded by the employees and the employers, but it is inadequately funded (thanks to Republicans) by the employers. The amount they pay in needs to be increased as more of an incentive against huge layoffs. Obama had nothing to do with this inadequate funding, which happened long before his time.
 
 
+6 # mishanti2 2012-01-11 11:50
There are 4 job seekers for each job available. So where do the other 3 find a job?
 
 
+5 # John Locke 2012-01-11 15:10
mishanti2: actually its even higher, that is a figure the government throughs around, most jobs have as much as 100 and more applicants
 
 
+1 # leedeegirl 2012-01-11 20:23
Quoting mishanti2:
There are 4 job seekers for each job available. So where do the other 3 find a job?


4???? don't you mean 40??????
 
 
+6 # Capn Canard 2012-01-11 12:17
Robt Eagle, you don't seem to understand how the economy works. When people spend money on goods or services then businesses can thrive. If there is less money to spend it is very likely that there will be a recession. Currently we are coming out of recession, and if there is less money available to the unemployed then any recovery will slow or could even possible stop. Not a good idea for anyone, especially struggling businesses. Still, if you are secure then perhaps you may not be effected, then good for you. Problem is that many will be effected through no fault of their own.

And another very basic thing: The Fed doesn't print money. Banks create money by lending "money" that doesn't exist until the loan is actually paid back. e.g. imagine the bank has 10,000 on balance but lends over 100,000. If so, and this is SOP, then it is clear that they couldn't sustain even a very minor run on the bank, but thanks to digital technology they can just move numbers via electronic ledgers. This system will collapse regardless of what you believe. It is just a matter of time. It is an unsustainable system.
 
 
+3 # John Locke 2012-01-11 15:08
Robt Eagle: I have a solution, if they don't want to pay unemployment to people without a High School Deploma, let them refund all the money to these people that they and their employer paid for the insurance! You can't really be this stupid? its an insurance, so you are also advocating that the funds aren't paid out, just like other insurance companies that refuse payments, oh I forgot your kids get free medical paid for by "US"...how dare you complain when your brats are getting FREE Medical and life insurance...and are being paid by us also
 
 
+10 # Alice 2012-01-11 10:22
"if you are not employed, rich and successful, it's your own damn fault and you should be punished."

Remember when Herman Cain actually said this at one of his many on-camera discussions? This is actually the Republican mantra.
 
 
+42 # Psyche 2012-01-10 19:05
It seems like the conservative element in this country is trying to "out-mean" one another. To me, the "GOP Plan" is like saying.... these people are s#!t and low rent... lets put even more pressure on the foot we have on their neck. Ask yourselves this. Why do conservatives appear to hate poor people and minorities. This among numerous other things that will help Americans when they are down. Guess if you aren't wealthy, you are scum.
 
 
-24 # Robt Eagle 2012-01-11 06:55
Psyche, it has nothing to do with being mean, it has everything to do with not being able to afford giving people something for nothing from the government! Which is really from those of us paying taxes. If there are more taking than giving, well you do the math, it is pretty easy to figure.
 
 
+3 # reiverpacific 2012-01-11 15:56
BuQuoting Robt Eagle:
Psyche, it has nothing to do with being mean, it has everything to do with not being able to afford giving people something for nothing from the government! Which is really from those of us paying taxes. If there are more taking than giving, well you do the math, it is pretty easy to figure.

Bullshit as usual. When I HAD employees which I can't afford any more since the Depression hit -can barely afford myself-, it was some relief to me that if things went wrong, which they have, that there would be something for them if I had to let them go and I didn't grudge a penny of it.
And as self-employed, I get bugger-all but don't begrudge it those who do.
If there are "more taking than giving" due to continuing lack of opportunity or incentive to hire, it's not the "taker's" fault but those who would divert or downright rob the funds which are rightly for the common good, to the already over-funded military, or corporate bail-outs, or other useless pork for the already wealthy, bolstered by well upholstered bag carriers or lobbyists!
Mean is too nice a word for it but I'll settle for a nice, mild "mean-spiritedn ess".
 
 
0 # jimyoung 2012-01-11 22:46
Trillions went to the banks (corporations?) , they are the "people" we can't afford to give so much money, credit, guarantees, and ability to hold other peoples debt to. An especially sick turn is their ability to buy even more control through even more acquisitions See http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/287-124/9218-american-paradox-185-million-vacant-homes-and-35-million-homeless#comment-127737 you might be as appalled as I was at who is buying more at bargain basement prices when almost no one else can bid on them.
 
 
+6 # Alice 2012-01-11 10:26
It has everything to do with the fact that the poor and minority people in the US typically vote Democratic. Thus the big voter ID push and all the lies about voter fraud. You are right, they are mean little puppies, but they have been working on this strategy for decades.
 
 
+33 # Tippitc 2012-01-10 22:38
Congress has been on recess - well that's appropriate for a bunch of spoiled little brats!! Changing the rules in the middle of the game - I think that is called cheating, again, the behavior of spoiled brats! What kind of twisted logic is "the current unemployment insurance program has been ineffective in getting long-term jobless workers back to work" - say what?! And then funding for job-training and GED's is underfunded - sounds like the deck is stacked against you and now the repugs pull an ace out of their sleeve. MORONS!!
 
 
-21 # Robt Eagle 2012-01-11 07:00
Unemployment rules were for payments for less than a year and then got extended and extended. Time to pay for the freebies is coming and it will be with inflation, and then everyone loses. It is time to own up to the lunacy of giving away freebies and no one being responsible. If we don't stop the gov't from giving away money it doesn't have, we shall all pay the price with inflated dollars and much harder times than we have now. Taxing the wealthies, those making more than $1M annually will do nothing but give the less fortunate a warm fuzzy feeling. EVERYONE, including the 47% NOT paying tax, now needs to stop getting gov't freebies and pay tax. If that doesn't happen, we are all going to feel the wrath of an inflated dollar.
 
 
+9 # Alice 2012-01-11 10:29
Ah yes, the "47% not paying tax" argument, straight from Fox's mouth to yours. Do you want children to pay taxes? Do you want poor seniors to pay taxes? Do you want those in poverty to pay income taxes? That 47% either HAS worked, IS working and paying payroll taxes, or will be working in the future and paying payroll taxes. We are actually in a deflationary period, but nice try.
 
 
0 # jimyoung 2012-01-11 23:02
In 1927 Calvin Coolidge had reduced the percentage of people paying income tax so that 98% didn't pay (more than twice the current percentage), but they were the wealthiest 2% that did pay taxes back when they were at least progressive. How about going back to tax rates that did both more progressively and I'd argue effectively for the overall performance (real productivity) and more properly values assets. Reagan adjusted tax policy as needed, after the monstrous cuts, restoring 1/3 of the revenue and arguably getting a better mix of middle class income and capital gains taxes (40%?). Clinton appeared to do better than Reagan in boosting productivity though I mistrusted the long term ability to keep real growth so high. Bush got off to a rough start and, among other things, irritated us with his $600 stimulus/early refund on the next years taxes (the wife blew her top when her normal calculation to within 1 or 2 dollars was spoiled by the $598 extra we had to kick in). He bought us a present with our credit card then sent us the bill, was a common complaint. He totally lost me when he ignored Paul O'Neil and the 450 Economists that warned him back in 2003.
 
 
0 # Glen 2012-01-12 13:55
Robt Eagle, never try to get us to think folks don't pay taxes. We pay taxes on absolutely everything, and that includes the poor and working poor.

Every time any of us pays out money for anything at all, it is taxed, either locally, county, state or federal. Telephones? Taxed. Water? Taxed. Food? Taxed. Television? Taxed. Electricity? Taxed. The list is endless.

Robt, take a second look around you and you will see that the propaganda rages and influences even those who are suffering. I know folks who know only a handful of folks receiving welfare or unemployment and they are furious that the recipients get anything at all and call them lazy. You appear to be in that group that denies assistance to even those who have paid into that which helps them, and conveniently overlooks just how much we all pay out, and pay and pay and pay, in taxes.
 
 
+5 # Glen 2012-01-11 07:39
Tippitc, congress are not a bunch of spoiled brats. They know exactly what they are doing, and what they are doing is increasing the amount of control the government has over citizens. As has been said, if citizens are demoralized enough, they will accept anything or any government as a solution to their suffering.
 
 
+3 # sandyboy 2012-01-11 00:19
I see the unfairness. But I must say that in the UK many employers complain that prospective employees - even college grads - often can't spell or add, and they sometimes end up teaching these skills in-house, so pushing people is understandable. I guess the GOP wants to change Clinton's mantra to "It's the stupid, economy!"
 
 
0 # Glen 2012-01-12 13:58
Sandy, in the U.S. education is suffering due to less and less funding. Should the U.S. concentrate on decent education and discontinue using education as a political football, and using all money for attacking other countries, there might not be a need to "push".
 
 
+2 # sandyboy 2012-01-11 00:28
PS: Also meant to say UK public is complaining about impact of immigration from eastern Europe, cos young folk from there are way better educated, keen to get a job (hey, they travelled to another land) and don't expect high wages right off the bat, so they get jobs and Brit underclass don't. So lack of skills is fuelling racial tensions already inflamed by immigrant impact on schools and health services.
 
 
+9 # Progressive Patriot 2012-01-11 02:05
Their logic makes no sense at all. If you don't have a high school diploma, you are more likely to be out of work. Why should the most disadvantaged people be punished. They're already struggling far more than the rest of us.
 
 
+11 # grouchy 2012-01-11 02:08
This case is a sample of the fun that will start if the Republicans totally take over Congress. Just imagine what good deeds they will then dream up! I expect the above case will be tame if that disaster does happen.
 
 
-4 # Robt Eagle 2012-01-11 15:50
No, the Republicans will save America. They will cut spending for crap and make everyone be held accountable for their actions. Welfare in any form will eventually be gone because it will be unsustainable. Get off your sorry ass and creat a business or go find something that makes money. If you are unable to get up, why? Wher is your family to help, or friends, or find a charity...but don't tax the rest of us for your problem.
 
 
0 # jimyoung 2012-01-11 23:03
I'll believe it when they cut off the bankers. I'm not holding my breath.
 
 
0 # Glen 2012-01-12 14:04
You mean spending on decent public programs that has kept this population viable and reasonably healthy? Hell, that has already been cut.

As jimyoung says, how about cutting off the fraud in banking and such. How about cutting off such massive spending in attacking countries and destroying lives? No, it appears your concentration is on citizens, blaming them for the economic disasters that the government and all connected brought down on our heads. If you cannot get a job, which way is up? If friends and family cannot get jobs or only part time time, just how is it they can help with the "up" part of your comment. Moving to China, Thailand, or Mexico?
 
 
+11 # Califa 2012-01-11 02:58
Gee, what about people like me? I'm a high school drop out and never got my GED. However, I went to college and earned a master's degree. So, will I and others like me be screwed?

Is it me or are the Republicans the most stupid, selfish, and stingiest people on earth?
 
 
+1 # hradford5 2012-01-11 06:08
50 of the 51 states???
 
 
0 # NOMINAE 2012-01-11 19:14
Quoting hradford5:
50 of the 51 states???


@ hradford5

While it's astounding that this got past the editors (if they have any), it's a full-blown howler that you seem to be the only commenter who also noticed it.
 
 
+9 # Ninure 2012-01-11 06:43
To the White GOP/Tea Party base, unemployed=Blac k. Now tell me how I am wrong.
 
 
0 # molesoul 2012-01-14 02:07
This has been my conclusion as well. Conservatives are so outraged and feel so victimized by having to pay taxes because they have not gotten over the idea that "the parasites" --black people (and now Hispanic people)-- are unfairly favored by the government, and that THEY, "the REAL Americans" (white, Christian males) have been screwed over for 5 decades. The depth of such anger and bitterness can only come from age-old racial grievance, nursed by the constant drumbeat of righteous anger from talk show hosts, political operatives and (well-financed) ideological groups. God help us if the economy tanks again.
 
 
+2 # dcholley 2012-01-11 06:48
RObospierre - where are you when we need you?!
 
 
+5 # mwd870 2012-01-11 07:23
Whatever the arguments, this clearly sounds like discrimination, which is supposed to be illegal. Agree with all the comments above about the twisted mindset of the Republicans.
 
 
+9 # jcdav 2012-01-11 07:39
I have come to expect these greedy scumbags to consolidate their position...they hide in gated communities behind cops or hired guns while the remains of the middle class either feed the uneducated or kill them. How convienant. Perhaps arming and giving the hungry transport to the wealthy enclaves would better address the problem?
unemployment insurance is not supposed to create long term employment. the oppressed, dwindling middle class drove the economy to its historic highs, now taxed and outsourced by the greedy who control OUR government to give the rich more wealth ... FDR had the right ideas... Hoover cut spending and things got worse. Keep your powder dry.
 
 
+3 # humanmancalvin 2012-01-11 07:44
Twits as usual.
 
 
+5 # BradFromSalem 2012-01-11 11:07
Does this mean that the Republicans are going to pay for unemployed teachers to assist these people in getting their GED? I thought not. So in essence they are creating an unfunded mandate.
And how stupid can you be to expect someone without a job to find money to pay for GED classes, even at minimum wage?

If I believed in conspiracies then this would sound like a plan to force people to take jobs at the lowest pay possible. It would then become a conspiracy to reinstate slavery. But that would be a violation of the Constitution, wouldn't it?

Modern Republicans have bastardized Abraham Lincoln's famous quote to read:

"Government of the Corporate People, by the Corporate People, for the Corporate People shall not perish from the Earth while Corporate People still exist".
 
 
+2 # fbacher 2012-01-11 11:08
It is true that unemployment checks aren't meant to "create jobs." They are meant to prevent more jobs from being destroyed.
 
 
+3 # Henry 2012-01-11 11:30
The Republicans are not "delusional," they are CRUEL.
 
 
+3 # concerned_citizen 2012-01-11 12:08
I thought the Repugs were in favor of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps!

I don't have a high school diploma - but I taught myself and have worked as a programmer for ten years and make decent money. I've worked hard all my life starting at 14. Don't I deserve unemployment insurance if I get laid off and can't find a job?

I am really sick and tired of the "conservatives" reducing people's lives to soundbites.

Oh and BTW, unemployement would barely pay for food and car insurance to look for a job. It certainly won't cover my mortgage, clothes for the kids, dental, or a car payment.
 
 
+7 # mungosforge 2012-01-11 12:12
Im always amazed at comments on here by the likes of Robert Eagle and others. The idea that the problem with taxation isn't that the Koch brothers and GE pay virtually nothing the problem is that Bill and Consuela who are cleaning their bathrooms for minimum wage with no benefits aren't paying ENOUGH. Here's a simple pice of math for you Robert: If we are in debt the only people who can pay it off are the PEOPLE WITH MONEY, people WITHOUT money can't pay. Real simple.

As to kicking people off unemployment, with the jobless rate this high and no jobs for them to go to, what do you propose they do? Die under an overpass, quietly out of sight of your walled, gated GOP communities? More likely, when desperation hits, they'll smash your pampered skull to get what they can to keep their families alive. It's called a Society, folks, and you can't simultaineously be IN it and have no responsibility for it. No matter how rich, arrogant, entitled, and smug you may be, you don't get to have it both ways.
 
 
-4 # Robt Eagle 2012-01-11 15:46
Pampered? I and many like me (small business owners) have busted our butts making a living and employ hard working folks as well who we care about and their families. As for those who made bad decisions, they are supposed to pay the price. I didn't want the banks bailed out, or GM and Chrslyer saved. They should have failed and some other company would have sprung up from their ashes. But no one twisted the arms of those buying homes they couldn't afford or taking out mortgages they could not pay back. Why should the rich pay for their mistakes? Work your ass off and you get what you deserve. Risk it all and maybe you do make it big (Jobs and Gates). Have an incrdible talent and you can make it big too (entertainers and sports figures). Why should they pay for the people who don't struggle or make bad decisions? Seems to me that there are those who expect something for nothing and wish ill on those who have. If those who have CHOOSE to give to the needy it is called charity. The haves should not be taxed to pay for the needy, that is ludicrous!
 
 
0 # molesoul 2012-01-13 19:36
Society. "you can't simultaneously be IN it and have no responsibility for it."

Beautifully said, mungosforge.

Robt Eagle, I'm having a hard time with your fire and brimstone damnation of people who've made bad decisions. Have you never made a bad decision? I'm sure you will respond that you have, but you suffered the consequences. Well, my friend, not everyone has family or friends who can help him back up; and not everyone is a an entrepreneur or capitalist -- who ASSUMES a certain amount of risk of failing and losing all. In fact, I think most people don't want to live with that kind of intentional insecurity. However, many people live permanently on the edge of losing all without any of the entrepreneur's potential to win big. And most of those people DO work hard, as hard as you. The point is that the entire society suffers when life, for the masses, becomes permanently precarious with no hope of success.

Our problem with allowing everyone who ever made a bad decision or became unemployed through no fault of their own fall completely into utter destitution (which, by the way, is happening to millions of hard working folks these days) is that there are huge social costs - aside from paying a little bit more in taxes. Society breaks down in a thousand ways, large and small.

Robt Eagle, your contempt for the poor prompts me to give you some advice: get your head out of Ayn Rand and read the teachings of Jesus.
 
 
+4 # Capn Canard 2012-01-11 12:20
Quoting Holyone:
These Republicans are some strange, I mean strange little puppies.


Holyone, they aren't Republicans, they are FASCISTS.
 
 
+1 # papabob 2012-01-11 16:20
Someone posted a comment that should be thought about.


"Son, do you know what I would be if I were a Republican?" inquired the mother.

"No," replied her son.

"Ashamed," said the mother.
 
 
0 # Avarage Jo 2012-02-26 18:39
Let me remind everyone here who is at fault for are countries economy and jobless rate!
It's the ones who used there education to bend & twist the rules to fill there own pockets giving out loans to those who under normal conditions would have been denied. And to top it off they still get there bonuses and bailouts
If you ask me they should be footing the unemployment bill as repayment for destroying are great country.

oh and by the way we would have plenty of jobs if they weren't out sourced over seas
 

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