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2 thoughts on “Etsy Asks Congress to Consider Aid for the Self-Employed”

  1. I think unemployment should be available to all who pay their taxes. Those who don’t make enough to even file taxes are even more vulnerable if they’re living on limited incomes. Many tax-paying citizens can’t get the benefits they’ve paid for in times of crisis, not even a disabling car accident.

    Even when they immediately apply for assistance, if they’ve been out of work too long (I believe it’s two fiscal quarters, which isn’t nearly long enough), then they are immediately and continually denied. Yes, this is my story and I had funds to take time off while pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors, but I had been unemployed for less than a year.

    I had perfect credit at the time, my car was paid off with my last paycheck, and I was working on a business plan to present to banks. Little did I know I was going to fly over a 17-foot bridge and survive, much less that our auto insurance only covers $5K on personal injury.

    So, I was basically forced into self-employment without any means to get the loan I had planned to and it has been a struggle the whole way…still being denied disability because I couldn’t afford to go to doctors to get treated for anything that would be documented. I never even got the physical therapy I was supposed to because the county robbed me of that on a technicality that was their fault.

    Yet, I see so many illegal immigrants getting all the assistance and healthcare they need on MY dime, along with the dimes of so many others in my shoes. And they wonder why we have a problem? Somebody has to pay the bill for them and it’s certainly not the government footing the bill.

  2. It’s people like me who struggle despite having paid into the system with the assurance that we would be covered in times like these. So, yes, there is definitely something wrong with that picture.

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