What do you believe? Should the govt have extended unemployment benefits or not? Should it have gone back to the standard set during the recession beyond 26 weeks? Personally, if you are going beyond 26 weeks you had better be in school because if you have lasted that long without a job, you prospects are miserable. The problem I see with the left and the right is both sides live in a political bubble and neither side sees what employers want and what is reality. Even now employers have options instead of single individuals who want a job. They now have ten to twenty candidates instead of the hundreds they had during the recession. Employers are looking for people with work ethics. Not someone who is on unemployment forever. Honestly, taking unemployment beyond even sixteen weeks is a poisonous pill. You make that decision to stay on unemployment instead of getting any job and employers don't see a hard worker they see an entitled worker. They see someone not willing to make a go out of it. Someone who relies on someone else instead of making his own way. I have survived getting fired and being laid off. Honestly, your in a better position with a job then without one. Even if you have to work two jobs to make up for the one. We are returning to a society where entitlement is being replaced by hard work. Difficult economy will do that. Besides its hard to teach entitlement to the next generation when they are the ones competing for the same jobs because their are fewer ones to go around. Not to mention the college kids don't get the luxury of unemployment insurance. They may live with mom and dad but for how long? And even most of the time they have to pay rent. I know I had to. I did unemployment insurance only once and that was when I made the decision to go back to school. The next semester after it ended I got a job and worked a full time job and school. And it was brutal but it worked out in the end. I got lots of prospects and was able to go to Germany for three months with my own money. Relying on unemployment insurance taught me not to rely on myself.