brian at home

Brian in the morningIt’s interesting to me that there is always someone going on about how people who are unemployed are lazy, as if someone could actually make a living on unemployment benefits.

I don’t know what the situation is for people that have children–beyond the obvious–but as a single male, it’s pretty difficult.

And now, I receive nothing in terms of benefits.

Zip.  Nada.  Zero.  Nothing at all.

Though this isn’t the normal state of affairs.  Traditionally in the District of Columbia, unemployment insurance (UI) lasts five months.  It’s renewable for another five, in which it becomes known as extended unemployment compensation (EUC).

And the truth of it is, even if the economy weren’t as weird as it is now, five months isn’t a long time.

But because our government is a more than a little bit dysfunctional, primarily because  Republicans in the House seem to be doing them damnedest not to allow EUC to even come up for a vote, never mind renewing it.

This means that despite applying for unemployment, I will not receive any support or a monetary nature.

And let’s make things clear:  I have been paying taxes for most of my life, and this is the first time that I have been unemployed for an extended period, so I am not being given anything–if I were receiving benefits because I have been paying into this system for at least thirty years.

So I have no issue with asking something from the system that I have been paying into for quite awhile.

And here’s an interesting little fact:  An average member of the US House of Representative earns $174,000 a year, which is a lot of money.  When I was working, I didn’t earn that kind of money from one year to the next, though if I were I would imaging that I would have significantly more money saved (when things are sunny, I try to squirrel away as much as I can, which came in handy early on).

Which makes me wonder:  Can a person making almost $200,000 yearly even understand what a person is unemployed is even going through, considering that being a government employee Congressmen make quite a bit more, which should enable them to save quite a bit more than a person who makes significantly less.

Which is remarkably cynical and unfair, though it makes a sort of sense because most Republicans seen intent on making government as dysfunctional as possible.


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