Since then, almost the entire Republican party has taken up the retiring senator's argument that deficit reduction is more important than jobless aid, and extended benefits have been in limbo since the beginning of June, affecting 2.1 million people.
Republicans grew bolder after Bunning caused extended benefits to lapse, and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) led another filibuster of unemployment benefits in April that caused a second brief lapse. The outcry from advocates of the unemployed, apparently, emboldened the Republicans even more. The current lapse has been ongoing for 43 days.
Bunning and other Republicans are also unanimous in their belief that deficit discipline should not apply to the expiring Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
So in a nut-shell, the GOP believes this:
Let's get these people off unemployment and into extreme poverty and homelessness where they belong. It's their own fault that they're unemployed. Just because their employers went under when the banks stopped loaning money and their investment portfolio value dropped like a dead pigeon is no excuse. So what if there are five unemployed people for every job opening.
These people need to learn their place. They are all lazy anyway!
Besides, I've got mine. Who cares about them?Sharron Angle has already said they are just lazy and like those "cushy" unemploymnet benefits. Has the GOP thought about or do they care about all of the unemployed?