After coming to the conclusion that not only has our economy not been getting better, but is indeed getting worse, I was at an impasse as to what action I should take. I knew I was going to change directions, but on which path would I find any hope for returning to work. After long consideration I decided to create my own job.
As From the Trenches has grown exponentially since coming online, I concluded that the truth might indeed set me free. That is when I made the decision to take out loans and return to school to learn radio broadcasting. It is my intent to add a live broadcast to From the Trenches when I finish school in September.
What I did not know is that in returning to school I became eligible for additional unemployment benefits. I found out by accident and was actually quite angry at first as I was wondering why the existence of this program had not been made known through every news source considering the hell we 99ers have been going through for the past couple of years.
The program is called Training Unemployment Insurance (TUI). When entered into a search engine the results showed the program to be in a lot of states. I, of course, lost fourteen weeks of benefits as I have been going to school completely oblivious to the existence of the program. And no, I do not feel guilty for taking it as I know it does not even represent drop in the bucket in comparison to what has been taken from me.
I’ve gone thousands of dollars into debt in an effort to try to help myself out of this mess. And my number one goal upon seeing a return on the investment will be to pay off every cent so that it is not left to my grandchildren. I will do this if I have to sell everything I own before I die.
President Soetoro did enact another federal unemployment extension benefits for another 13 months, which though thankfully will allow many unemployed to at least reach 99 weeks, it does nothing for the 99ers.
With the recent attack on welfare an issue came to mind. Once a 99er reaches 99 weeks, he or she is automatically removed from the list of unemployed. So tell me this. With the enactment of welfare reform those receiving welfare must be actively looking for work. This being said, why aren’t all the people on welfare who are documenting their work searches counted as unemployed? This has to be a very large number as the neo-cons have been harping on the growing number of welfare recipients. Anyway, it is food for thought.
Meanwhile, if you are a 99er and can find a path to repatriation through school leading to self employment, you might want to check and see if the TUI is offered in your area and if you are eligible. I know there has been a big push by the propagandists to dissuade people from taking out loans and returning to school in trying to solve their unemployment problems. But you have to remember that the people who are trying to dissuade you are speaking for the same people who shipped your jobs overseas and are now trying to say it is your fault you are unemployed because you are not properly educated. They want slaves and educated people are hard to enslave and the more educated you are the harder you are to enslave. And if nothing else, maybe you’ll screw some illegal out of the benefit.
At any rate we are completely justified in whatever we do to survive until we can get Ron Paul into office, take back our Republic, and reinstate our Constitution. After which any meaningful education we acquire along the way will become an asset in rebuilding our country.
God bless this Republic, death to the international corporate mafia, we shall prevail.