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Wanted Advert 1Friday, I learned that a job that I thought that I should have aced, I didn’t, and it feels like a kick in the stomach. This is such a frustrating process because all you know is that, typically, that you didn’t get the job.

You generally don’t get the how’s or why’s, and if you do, they often don’t make any sense.

It’s all mildly depressing…so why fight it? Why pretend that what is obvious–the frustration, the worries, the fears–isn’t?

So I allowed myself to be frustrated.

Then I began applying for jobs again, despite the most I seem to be getting for it is a collection of rejection letters and no aid from The District, since the Republicans in the House of Representatives have decided that five months is enough time for anyone to be out of work.

Despite that the politicians, and Republicans in particular, don’t seem to be doing anything to make the situation any better.

Because that would illustrate once and for all that government can do good as well as ill, and we can’t have that, can we?

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.