Congress clearly doesn’t ‘get’ the struggles of the unemployed

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Regarding Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s comments indicating that our government is doing the unemployed a favor by eliminating the unemployment compensation extension: His statements truly show the opinion of an entitled person who has had the luxury to be well-educated, a doctor and the son of Ron Paul. He can’t even imagine what typical working Americans do to make ends meet.

I am truly offended by his comments, and he is not doing me any favors by cutting the unemployment benefits I have paid into for more than 30 years.

Shame on him for being so heartless.

I am aware that Congress had to cut spending, but he needs to know how cutting the extension to unemployment compensation is affecting me.

I worked continuously for well over 30 years. I was laid off in 2004 (due to lack of work) for three months. The last company I worked for closed in April 2013. I have never been fired from any job and have always been able to learn my responsibilities. I consider myself an “ideal” employee.

Attending numerous job fairs, I am very active with PA CareerLink and attended its “boot camp” along with several workshops it offers. I have applied for at least five jobs a week through different websites and have contacted everyone I know, asking them to keep me in mind if they hear of any job openings. There are so many applicants for every position, I haven’t even had the opportunity to present myself in many face-to-face interviews. The only job offers I have had were selling insurance or kitchen knives for commission only. I don’t have the financial resources to take up to several months for a commission.

I really don’t know what I am going to do. As a lower middle-class employee, I live a conservative lifestyle and always pay my bills and taxes.

I know many programs had to be cut, but why not cut government waste and money that benefits special-interest groups? Shouldn’t there be consideration for people who have worked all of their adult lives and just ran into hard times?

RUTH MARLOWE
McCandless


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