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60 Mins: We’re All Food Stamp Party Now

The latest subtle ploy from the CBS News program, 60 Minutes:


99 Weeks: When Unemployment Benefits Run Out

Scott Pelley Reports On The Growing Number of Americans Who Are Exhausting Their Benefits

October 24, 2010

(CBS) The economic jam we’re in has topped even the Great Depression in one respect: never have we had a recession this deep with a recovery this flat. Unemployment has been at nine and a half percent or above for 14 months.

Congress did something that it has never done before – it extended unemployment benefits to 99 weeks. That cost more than $100 billion, a huge expense for a government in debt.

But now, for many Americans 99 weeks have passed and there’s still no job in sight. Some have taken to calling themselves the "99ers."

"60 Minutes" and correspondent Scott Pelley went to several communities in search of the 99ers, but we didn’t expect to find such a crisis in Silicon Valley, the high tech capital that many people hoped would be creating jobs.

If you want to understand why the economy is stalled, come to San Jose, Calif., and talk with 99ers like Marianne Rose

Incidentally, in the entire article, there is never any explanation as to "why the economy is stalled."

Rose was a financial analyst at a real estate firm. Age 54, she’s single with a grown daughter. After being laid off with about 100 co-workers, she spent her savings, lost her home and finally found herself sitting in a truck with her dog and all of her possessions

"How long did you think you would be in here?" Pelley asked. "Two weeks really. That’s all I thought," she replied. But she told Pelley it has been six month. "And not really an end in sight, yet."

"What sort of things would you be willing to do at this point?" Pelley asked. "Well, I can say that probably the lowest level position for me has been now to apply for a clerk, a county clerk and I just realized the competition is pretty stiff out there," she replied.

Asked what she meant by stiff competition, Rose explained, "There’s a lot of people, speaking of the county. I had applied to those clerk positions. There’s actually four positions that were open. I found there were over 2,000 people that applied for those four positions."

Rose is one of at least a million and a half Americans who’ve exhausted their unemployment checks.

Now, Silicon Valley, the capital of American innovation has a new creation: revival meetings for the unemployed. On weekends, they come by the hundreds.

"60 Minutes" joined a gathering called "Job Connections," held inside a local church. It’s part how-to-find-a-job workshop, part networking opportunity with the feel of a 12-step program.

The people in the group are the faces of unemployment in Silicon Valley, people in their 40s, 50s and 60s who thought they had done everything right: earned a degree, stayed with their company, saved for retirement.

"I’m curious. How many PhDs in this room?" Pelley asked. "One, two, three, four… several. Now leave your hands up. How many master’s degrees? Oh boy. And how many of you went to college. Everybody keep your hands up if you have a college degree, a master’s degree or a PhD."

Many in the room had their hands up. "How many of you expected to retire from the company where you were working?" he then asked. "More than half the room," he noted

This ‘article’ goes on for another four pages. Some observers seem to have gotten the mistaken impression that this report was meant to be a scathing condemnation of the Obama administration, which has allowed such record unemployment. We would contend it is just the opposite.

To us the purpose and timing of this piece was three-fold. The first and most obvious being to push for an extension of unemployment benefits beyond the current 99 weeks.

Secondly, it is another push for yet another ‘stimulus.’ Only increased government spending can get the economy going again, and put these people back to work.

And lastly, and most importantly, these tales of woe are meant to serve as a warning to everyone watching at home that they could be next. That even the most educated and presumably secure among us could also lose their jobs and face economic ruin without little or no warning.

In other words, this is fear mongering at its best — and just in time for the midterm elections. It is meant to scare us all into voting for Democrats.

Scott Peley finds parable after parable to warn us:

[F]our and a half million Americans have taken hardship withdrawals from their 401(k)s. With savings gone, unemployment checks exhausted, many are coming to charities including the CALL Primrose Center, a pantry of free food.

Mary Watts has run CALL Primrose for 11 years. "Before the Great Recession began, you were sending out how many bags of groceries in a year? Pelley asked.

"When I started in ’99 it was 4,000 bags a year," she replied. "It’s going to be 32, to 35,000 bags this year." "You know these people coming into the pantry now, they must look like professionals," Pelley remarked.

"Oh absolutely, yes, absolutely professionals. Career professionals, people that never, ever would have thought they would be coming in our door other than perhaps as a donor," Watts said

The Solons at 60 Minutes are telling us in their subtle fashion: Never mind who got us into this economic mess (which of course is the Democrats, who have controlled Congress since January 2007).

If you vote for the Republicans they will not extend unemployment benefits. Indeed, they will probably cut back on food stamps (which have been wildly expanded since 2007) and the rest of the government’s social ‘safety net.’

In short, their message really is: Yes, Newt Gingrich was right. This election does pit the ‘food stamp party’ against the ‘paycheck party.’ But no matter who you are or how secure your job seems, you could become a member of the food stamp party any day now.

They are pointing at the 54 year old homeless woman living in her truck with her dog, and warning: ‘there but for the grace of Mr. Obama and the Democrats go you.’

Incidentally, in the entire article, there is never any explanation as to "why the economy is stalled."

Rose was a financial analyst at a real estate firm. Age 54, she’s single with a grown daughter. After being laid off with about 100 co-workers, she spent her savings, lost her home and finally found herself sitting in a truck with her dog and all of her possessions

"How long did you think you would be in here?" Pelley asked. "Two weeks really. That’s all I thought," she replied. But she told Pelley it has been six month. "And not really an end in sight, yet."

"What sort of things would you be willing to do at this point?" Pelley asked. "Well, I can say that probably the lowest level position for me has been now to apply for a clerk, a county clerk and I just realized the competition is pretty stiff out there," she replied.

Asked what she meant by stiff competition, Rose explained, "There’s a lot of people, speaking of the county. I had applied to those clerk positions. There’s actually four positions that were open. I found there were over 2,000 people that applied for those four positions."

Rose is one of at least a million and a half Americans who’ve exhausted their unemployment checks.

Now, Silicon Valley, the capital of American innovation has a new creation: revival meetings for the unemployed. On weekends, they come by the hundreds.

"60 Minutes" joined a gathering called "Job Connections," held inside a local church. It’s part how-to-find-a-job workshop, part networking opportunity with the feel of a 12-step program.

The people in the group are the faces of unemployment in Silicon Valley, people in their 40s, 50s and 60s who thought they had done everything right: earned a degree, stayed with their company, saved for retirement.

"I’m curious. How many PhDs in this room?" Pelley asked. "One, two, three, four… several. Now leave your hands up. How many master’s degrees? Oh boy. And how many of you went to college. Everybody keep your hands up if you have a college degree, a master’s degree or a PhD."

Many in the room had their hands up. "How many of you expected to retire from the company where you were working?" he then asked. "More than half the room," he noted

This ‘article’ goes on for another four pages. Some observers seem to have gotten the mistaken impression that this report was meant to be a scathing condemnation of the Obama administration, which has allowed such record unemployment. We would contend it is just the opposite.

To us the purpose and timing of this piece was three-fold. The first and most obvious being to push for an extension of unemployment benefits beyond the current 99 weeks.

Secondly, it is another push for yet another ‘stimulus.’ Only increased government spending can get the economy going again, and put these people back to work.

And lastly, and most importantly, these tales of woe are meant to serve as a warning to everyone watching at home that they could be next. That even the most educated and presumably secure among us could also lose their jobs and face economic ruin without little or no warning.

In other words, this is fear mongering at its best — and just in time for the midterm elections. It is meant to scare us all into voting for Democrats.

Scott Peley finds parable after parable to warn us:

[F]our and a half million Americans have taken hardship withdrawals from their 401(k)s. With savings gone, unemployment checks exhausted, many are coming to charities including the CALL Primrose Center, a pantry of free food.

Mary Watts has run CALL Primrose for 11 years. "Before the Great Recession began, you were sending out how many bags of groceries in a year? Pelley asked.

"When I started in ’99 it was 4,000 bags a year," she replied. "It’s going to be 32, to 35,000 bags this year." "You know these people coming into the pantry now, they must look like professionals," Pelley remarked.

"Oh absolutely, yes, absolutely professionals. Career professionals, people that never, ever would have thought they would be coming in our door other than perhaps as a donor," Watts said

The Solons at 60 Minutes are telling us in their subtle fashion: Never mind who got us into this economic mess (which of course is the Democrats, who have controlled Congress since January 2007).

If you vote for the Republicans they will not extend unemployment benefits. Indeed, they will probably cut back on food stamps (which have been wildly expanded since 2007) and the rest of the government’s social ‘safety net.’

In short, their message really is: Yes, Newt Gingrich was right. This election does pit the ‘food stamp party’ against the ‘paycheck party.’ But no matter who you are or how secure your job seems, you could become a member of the food stamp party any day now.

They are pointing at the 54 year old homeless woman living in her truck with her dog, and warning: ‘there but for the grace of Mr. Obama and the Democrats go you.’

(Thanks to Heykev for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 25th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “60 Mins: We’re All Food Stamp Party Now”

  1. heykev says:

    From those doe-eyed reporters on the “Summer of Recovery” at 60 Minutes:

    99 Weeks: When Unemployment Benefits Run Out
    (CBS) The economic jam we’re in has topped even the Great Depression in one respect: never have we had a recession this deep with a recovery this flat. Unemployment has been at nine and a half percent or above for 14 months…

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/10/21/60minutes/main6978943.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody

    While everyone knows that the recovery has been non-existent thanks to BHO’s stimulus, Obamacare, uncertainty in tax cuts. etc, etc. Many people have now realized that they have awakened and the country they knew is not there. It left along with the jobs.

  2. Melly says:

    My sister had that show on last night. She is currently unemployed. I was finishing up my three pots of Italian sauce in the kitchen and walked by my sister looking downtrodden on the couch. Just listening to a portion of that report and I knew the motive behind it. I told my sister to turn off that sh*$T. “We were raised by a Depression Baby; we’ve been saving all these years for this time while others were indulging. This is not us!” “Now you are sitting in front of a boob tube for a reason. Change the channel and put ‘America’s Funniest Videos’ on.” Damn “60 Minutes” for effecting my sister momentarily.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    60 minutes used to be informative, then it became a tool for the socialists and communist hopefuls in this country by “exposing” how capitalism is bad. Yes, it’s been going on for some years now. A shame. A bloody shame.

  4. proreason says:

    60 idiots.

    But also don’t forget that the common path to totalitarian power has been three steps:

    1. Massive unemployment
    2. Foreign Wars.
    3. Victory

    Consider that ironclad rule of history, just in case you think our current dictator is a peaceful person, or that the cruelest was ever conducted by an American president (the predator war in Pakistan) is just an aberration.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    I was screaming at the TV to GET THE GOVERNMENT OFF THE NECKS OF AMERICAN BUSINESS and un-do the hideous, stupid, self serving, destructive and insane tax codes that drive jobs offshore, hinder employment, prevent the creation of new employment and in every way possible, driving a Democrat Dagger through the heart of our economy.

    Our economy will EXPLODE if we crush the IRS and un-do Title 26. EXPLODE EXPLODE EXPLODE in the most mind-blowing creation of wealth, innovation and employment at any time in history. IF WE DESTROY THE TAX CODES.

    I couldn’t care less about the 99s. If they can’t figure out that the DEMOCRATS purposefully are destroying the economy, our cities, our dollar and the Constitution … they deserve to be a 99’r.

    As Rush said, if you voted for Obama you deserve to be unemployed.

  6. finebammer59 says:

    and where is it all these college degreed jobs have disappeared from???

    CALIFORNIA. this state has been riding business like a rented mule for years. now their jobs are gone! (where ever)

    need anything else be said?

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    When I was unemployed some years back, I did what I could to raise any cash such as odd jobs, etc. But I collected unemployment for 24 weeks. Then that was it. Period.

    In no way am I trying to disrespect the unemployed. However, inasmuch as they get 99 weeks of “help”, I cannot be anything less than a bit cynical to note that there are no jobs being created. That naturally leads me to ask why. The answers may be many but the one thing that stands out is that the socialists have laid a foundation of financial uncertainty and have also out-and-out punished companies for trying to make money. Therefore I lay the blame squarely on the shoulders of the democrats. Their plans and schemes have proven to be ineffective, which we knew they would be but they blew a ton of cash that created exactly zero jobs in the private sector where tax revenues come from.

    I’ll repeat: Nobody of sound financial sense is going to start/grow/expand a business in this economic climate. This economic climate is the result of anthropogenic socialist warming. ASW. That means that humans have interfered with the natural balance of economic cycles and the unemployment seas are rising and the bear markets are so bad that they have to cling to ice floes to survive. To say nothing of eating their young.

    The real “hockey stick” graph is the one that shows unemployment from 1940 to today and starting in 2007, it goes vertical. Hmmmmmm…..how interesting.

  8. Paulajay says:

    Four years ago our unemployment rate in this country was 4.4%. Then the Dems took control on the House and the Senate. Its been downhill since then. I hope and pray that we can take back Congress and stop the downward spiral. It will be a tough battle but there are some great candidates ready to fight.


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