http://hubpages.com - 20 July 2010
It is official, the US Senate Republican Party has blood on its hands! Last week, a Michigan father of three committed suicide by shooting himself when he could no longer handle the pressures of having no money to feed and care for his family. He was losing everything he had worked so hard to accumulate. He became despondent when his sole source of income, his megar unemployment checks, were cut off when congress failed to pass the unemployment extension bill. With no chance of finding a new job, he had lost all hope. This man had worked 32 years at the same company when he became unemployed in 2009. An excerpt from his suicide letter reads ,” I am sorry, I have now lost every ounce of pride I ever had. You will be better off without me.” A Memorial Service was held on Saturday July,17th 2010. He had collected Unemployment Compensation for less than a year. His employer had paid into unemployment for him for 32 years, yet he could only collect benefits for less than a year, how can that be? Michigan has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the United States. The seasonally adjusted rate was 13.2 % in June 2010.
The Republican Party opted to fillibuster and not pass legislation that would have extended unemployment benefits for 2.2 million Americans. They fillibusterd until it was time to go on Vacation. The same scinerio occured in May when they recessed after fillibustering and again went on vacation and left the bill in limbo.
What a shame when we can bailout big business, and forget the average working class American! Shame on all who have delayed the passage of the Unempoyment Extension Bill!
PS: If you harbour suicidal thoughts over your unemployment, do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We can arrange a voluntary counsellor or career coach to talk to you. All our services are free of charge – Gilbert