In Arizona, they are cutting off unemployment benefits, which have been extended an amazing 79 weeks (that's about a year and half, folks!), and as illustrated in a previous posting here, have made up a huge part of our deficit, as unemployment and welfare benefits have skyrocketed in the last two years - more than doubling since the Clinton years.
"Since 2009, Lynn Broshears has been unemployed and looking for work. Now, the 67-year-old is bumping up against the 79-week unemployment limit.
Broshears has been a school bus driver, a school bus attendant and a receptionist. She's sent out a couple hundred resumes since losing her job, but hasn't gotten many responses. She currently collects about $150 a week in unemployment benefits and is worried about losing that.
"I will not be able to buy my medications. I will not be able to pay the car insurance or the household insurance," Broshears says, adding that she has no idea what is going to happen."
The fifth thing wrong about the story is that it implies that this lady is living on $150 a week of unemployment benefits and has no other sources of income - at age 67 - such as Social Security, Retirement Savings (which a 67-year-old should be living on by now) and possibly a fat pension from the school district (if she was a bus driver in NY, this could be close to six figures alone!). But of course, NPR was very silent about that - it is a better story if we make it out like she is living on $7800 a year. But she isn't - unless she chose to do so.
And of course the sixth thing wrong with the story is the whining about not having enough money to pay for medicines. I guess she never heard of medicare - which you can get at age 67.
And of course, the seventh thing wrong with the story is her whining about car insurance costs - I pay $32 a month through GEICO to insure two BMWs. That's less than I spent on lunch today. Please don't tell me she has full collision on her giant SUV or something stupid like that.
"They think we're a bunch of sluff-offs," she says. "We're not. We have to look for a job. It's basically looking for a job is a full-time job itself.""