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Congress got a payroll tax deal. The white House got a victory. Workers got the gold mine and the unemployed and poor got the shaft.

Times are still hard but you would not know it from the payroll tax compromise in Congress. Not all details are known but the summary seems to indicate a payroll tax cut  will be funded by the unemployed. To throw the republican party a bone they are even going to allow the zealots to require drug testing.

I am not on unemployment and have a job. No one asked me if I wanted to take a few extra bucks and require those people without a job to not only pay for my small savings,but be further humiliated by taking a drug test? I do have a few questions.

How do you save money when there is the cost of a drug test? Who pays for this test? Knowing the idiots who proposed such a horrible idea, the cost will be deducted from their already shrinking check. What happens if someone fails a drug test? How did we get from possible extension of unemployment benefits to now cutting off weeks from those benefits.    

This is the same bunch that privatized our prison system and passed legislation to keep those people in prison longer. Seems we have to take care of those terrific prison landlords. Maybe they have combined the two? Soon we may see a new law,fail a drug test and not only lose your benefits but face a mandatory prison sentence.

The bad ideas just keep happening. Did anyone ask me if an extra $25 a month is worth adding to the suffering of so many who have already suffered enough? Did they ask you?

Note: This is my first diary so please play nice.

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  •  Where did you read this? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 04:20:45 AM PST

  •  That has been my thoughts also (0+ / 0-)

    They cut the lifeline that the unemployed so desperately depend on from 99 weeks to 73 weeks (six full months).  Unemployment benefits are the only thread holding some people in their homes while they compete to get one of the few new jobs out there.  

    All statistics point to longer bouts of unemployment - especially for those 50+ (who generally have a mortgage payment).  I fear this will not end well.

    I would have glady forgone the 2% difference in my payroll tax to ensure that lifeline continued.  But again, no one asks us...

    Occupy is not fighting for the rights of a few to sleep outdoors, but for the right of millions to sleep indoors. (VanJones - I think from a tweet).

    by Actbriniel on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 04:41:56 AM PST

  •  Sorry not sure how to edit..update (0+ / 0-)


     Congressional negotiators reached a final deal to extend the popular payroll tax cut for the rest of the year, with Republicans agreeing to tack the $100 billion cost onto the deficit and Democrats accepting diminished jobless benefits as well as some drug testing for the unemployed.

    From Huf Post Link:

  •  How to update (0+ / 0-)

    if you go to your profile - in your Diary section - you will see "edit diary" then you can add or remove things from it - I had the same issue with my diary - had terrible spelling - so many errors ... I was told this is a news blog site - one of the most respected in the world. So I had to try to make sure I documented my sources to give credit where it is due and act like a professional writer. It makes a difference.

    Also using the right "Tags" can really impact who will read your posts. Some of the better ones that get the most reads is "recommended", "Community", "OWS" to name a few.

  •  drug testing the poor and those down on their luck (0+ / 0-)

    Here in FL to get on TANF (temporary assistance for needy families) they are wanting to make drug testing mandatory. but it was put on hold

    Mandatory drug tests are not economical and actually end up costing states much more than they save.
    Excellent topic! It's like they need to find more and more ways to waste our money - it's BS!!

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