YES! 16 more weeks of getting paid to do nothing!

Gov. Paterson signed a bill that gives New York residents 16 more weeks of unemployment!  That brings the grand total to 18 months!  I guess that’s why NY residents have been getting less unemployment than CT and NJ!  Now it all makes sense!  Unemployment is great and all but I’m sure most people would prefer a job.

Unlucky: Thirteen More Weeks Of Unemployment Benefits In New York State.

Where the Jobs Are

There’s plenty of hiring going on…just probably not for your dream job…unless you want to be a “fry guy”.  Also, there are 4 1/3 unemployed Americans for every job opening.  Now that’s some reality for you.  And the people hiring don’t want you to take a job ‘just until things better’…even if it is as a cashier at Fairway…they want you to be in it for the long haul.  Le sigh.  What’s a former lawyer/blogger to do in this economy?

Jobless Rate May Be High, but Millions Are Being Hired – NYTimes.com.

Emotional Rescue…I don’t need no stinking emotional rescue

DON'T JUMP!

Well, perhaps I do…after re-reading my last two posts.  I can’t help that NY is suddenly suffering from a case of the Seattles weather wise.  WHERE IS THE SUN!  It’s been FOUR DAYS!  I can see it poking through…but COME ON.  I guess I should just be happy it’s not raining.

Anyhoo, the powers that be have realized that people are feeling a little down in the dumps.  I don’t know what could have possibly given it away!  Perhaps it was the skyrocketing unemployment rate? Or maybe the foreclosure epidemic?  Or mayhap the sudden spike in murder-suicides?  Whatever it is that tipped them off, there’s now help…online…

Website offers emotional rescue from economy | Lifestyle | Reuters.

Health Care Reform-YES WE CAN-and why we have to

Very interesting article on the current health care crisis and one that every American should read.  If the pretty graph that compares your wage increase (or lack thereof) to health insurance premiums increase, read on and figure out if you can come up with a better solution.  I’m one of the lucky few unemployed people who, thanks to the stimulus plan, can still afford her COBRA payments.  If I don’t have a job in 9 months (which is when Uncle Sam stops helping me out with my COBRA payments) I don’t know what I’m going to do for health care.  I’ll be even more broken then than I am now which is going to make private insurance pretty unrealistic…and I’m not going to be alone.  But at least I’m single and don’t have a family that relies on my health insurance too…and at least I’m fairly young and in good health (knock on wood).  But the cold hard facts are that the unemployment rate is climbing to 10% pretty quickly and the health care crisis is just going to get worse if we don’t do something about it soon.  As more people lose their jobs, I betting there are going to be a lot more sugarbabies on that site looking for sugardaddies and this time it’s going to be to pay their health insurance premium instead of college loans or fancy handbags.  There’s something about that sort of desperation that makes it hard to even joke about that site now.  Private health insurance companies aren’t going to lobby Congress or the White House to adopt a plan as radical as this one, so it’s up to the public.  Just something to chew on.  I also have to add that Health Law was one of the scariest classes I took in law school and this article seems to be over simplifying…a bit…but maybe I was over-thinking?  It would be unlike me…but perhaps.

Why consensus health care reform won’t work. – By Timothy Noah – Slate Magazine.

And here’s a Slate editorial response to the above article.  I think the title says it all and I’m too sleepy to ‘splain it to you.

Tim Noah Is Kidding Himself About Health Care Costs

Awesome article everyone should check out

Well, not so much an article as a collection of super interesting stuff Consumerist put together.  Pretty sure I’m not skimping “too much” since I’m on unemployment and broke…6 solid resources to find a job…need that…7 misconceptions about the stimulus-interesting.  And then Things to buy before the economy improves!  Won’t be looking at that…because I can’t afford to buy anything.

Money: Personal Finance Roundup.

Want unemployment? You might have to piss clean first

Not sure how I missed this last week…I guess I had some off days…some lags…some distractions with topics that were a little more fun.  But holy crap this would suck.  Don’t get me wrong, I believe states can put REASONABLE restrictions on public benefits…and make people jump through a REASONABLE amount of hoops to get them…but piss tests…that would be a NIGHTMARE!  Currently, unemployment is pretty suhweet…both on the state side and the recipient side.  It’s all online.  I log on, I tell them what I’ve been up to, if they want me to come in, they let me know…if not, then they send me my check.  Very little work for them and very little work for me-which allows me to spend more time job hunting!  The idea of having to visit an unemployment office once a week, wait in a HUGE line to piss in a room with a city employee watching is horrifying.  It’s like going to the DMV!  On the regular!  That would kill at LEAST a day…and what if you have a job interview!  “Oh sorry I can’t come in and interview for my dream job.  I have to go piss in a cup or NY State is going to sue me for benefits I’ve already taken and prohibit me from collecting future benefits I’m entitled to…but thanks for the opportunity!  I’m sure there are TONS of other jobs out there!”

On the other hand…it could create a shit ton of jobs…even more jobs when you consider the amount of appeals and retesting and everything that goes with this sort of undertaking.  But, last I checked, NYC is supposed to be cutting jobs…and shrinking the budget…not increasing it’s spending.  And COME ON.  Can’t we do something ELSE?  Like more teachers?  Or start more public works projects?  Something productive rather than spinning our wheels with piss testing?

States consider drug tests for welfare recipients – Yahoo! News.

Free Treatment if you’re Jobless and Uninsured!

Walgreens is offering free clinical care for people who are unemployed and have no health insurance.  It ain’t a lot but it’s something!  They treat allergies and that alone is huge as pollen counts are creeping up.

Health Care: Walgreen Health Clinics Now Free For Unemployed.