“The U.S. Senate today got the unemployment extension bill approved by the House last month, but changes have been made and a lot of political maneuvering is expected before a final vote is taken“The 65% subsidy for COBRA benefits, however, has been dropped for those who lost their jobs after May 31.
And the bill doesn't provide any more weeks of benefits for those in high-unemployment states like California who have exhausted their maximum 99 weeks of aid.”
Of course, they're cutting costs via benefits! How the hell else can they afford this?
It's estimated that the U.S. has fired approximately 3,000 Tomahawk missiles during the current War in Iraq. The average Tomahawk cost is $800,000, or COBRA benefits for 184,615 families for a full year.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost us in excess of $1, 005, 300, 000,000 as of 5 minutes ago, or COBRA benefits for 77,330, 769.23 families for one full year.
But what the hell! If we wasted money on COBRA, we wouldn't be able to do this:
“cost is becoming a major battle ground. The House bill, after significant cuts, would cost $111 billion. Changes already have been made in the Senate version, but no cost estimate has been made.
There are also differences over whether extending unemployment benefits simply encourages those out of work to continue to accept government aid rather than take any job.”
MAN! Am I glad we have our priorities straight!
Can't have any lazy-ass Americans living off the feds when they can put that money to better uses.