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Sam Says: 99ers, I’m Thinking of You!

Posted by anonymous on September 12, 2010 at 6:07 PM

So we’re a week past Labor Day, congress comes back to work tomorrow (Sept. 13) and my TV is starting to fill-up with political ads. And with all that, I haven’t heard anyone discuss the plight of 99ers.

The number of people who have exhausted their unemployment benefits is now estimated at 2.2 million.  Our good friend Mike Thornton writes on (you can read it here ) that right now 53,000 Americans a week are losing their unemployment insurance and by the end of this month that number will skyrocket to 91,000 a week. (You can hear our interview on JobTalkAmerica with Mike here)

And still, not a peep out of President Obama, Harry Reid, John Boehner or Mitch McConnell. There is a bill kicking around the Senate sponsored by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan, to provide additional benefits but it has as much of a chance of passing as palm trees growing in my yard here in Minnesota.

Unless, of course, the unemployed start to speak as one.

There are 20-million unemployed or under-employed Americans. This is not a puny number.  But that number only makes a difference if people vote.

Tomorrow (Sept. 13) there will be another rally of 99ers in Manhattan. It will probably be small but it’s a start.  (We’re going to talk to the organizer of the rally, Kian Frederick with the United Workers Action Group, on Monday’s program)

Now is the time to act.  Because if you don’t, you just might be one of those 91,000 people without unemployment benefits in just a couple of weeks.

And as I say at the end of almost every JobTalkAmerica, “99ers, I’m thinking of you!”