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    Posted April 29, 2010 by
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    Foreclosures Up to 8.6 Million


    A link was found between 8.6 million U.S. home foreclosures & 99ers, those Americans who acquired the nickname after unsuccessfully not seeking employment after exhausting 99 weeks of unemployment benefits.  So why is it that no major network is willing to share this story? Not ABC, not CBS, not FOX, and only recently CNN when asked its readers to talk about their story.


    Desperate Americans are beginning to sell all of their belongings just to survive because there are no extension of unemployment benefits. This should bring tears to First Lady Michelle Obama.


    Please enact as quickly as possible legislation for those of us, the majority of whom are over 40 years old, well educated, and responsible Americans,  who have exceeded 99 weeks without securing gainful employment. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR. Nancy Pelosi, this means you especially!  I beg of you speaking for the millions Americans out of work by no fault of their own.


    Some say that  80-90% of those receiving unemployment spend it as fast as they receive it. Based on the amount that is received by any recipient of unemployment benefits, it is easy to do. All one has to do is review one's monthly budget to truly understand that the individual receiving these benefits, according to our own government standards, is at the poverty level. The reason I say this is because when one collects unemployment they are unable to collect food stamps which implies one has to be at or below the poverty level.


    In the interim of finding a job I can't express how many people attempt to scam others who are down and out instead of trying to help one's neighbor. I have had people call me to tell me they want me to be part of a executive team headed by Donald Trump. Unfortunately these days it is far more common not to know one's neighbor under the notion of everyone trying to mind their own business.


    First Lady Michelle Obama, you cannot grow enough fruit and vegetables in the White House Garden to feed the thousands of Americans who have lost all unemployment benefits beyond 99 weeks.


    I understand that you don't have beets in your garden. I didn't plant them because I was afraid that the growing period would be longer than I would be in my home because of the fact that I am now in imminent danger of losing my home because I have exhausted all of my 401K funds to pay healthcare bills, fuel, and lodging.


    Please let this be your first and utmost cause not photo opportunities of you talking to kindergarden students or physical fitness videos in front of the White House! If these children's parents lose their home due to foreclosures their children have no place to go.


    L. Pasek


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