Steve Benen writes today:
Nevada’s Angle believes unemployment benefits doesn’t help anyone; Alaska’s Joe Miller believes unemployment benefits are unconstitutional; Kentucky’s Rand Paul thinks it’s time to cut the jobless off before we’re worse than Europe; and a wide variety of Republican lawmakers have said the aid to the unemployed is encouraging laziness.
It’s ironic, in a way. Unemployment will very likely cost Democrats their congressional majority, but it’s Republicans who seem to actively, personally dislike those who’ve lost their jobs.
It’s actually worse than that.
It’s Republicans who are responsible for the deep recession that created all this unemployment in the first place. It’s Republicans who have strenuously resisted every effort to revive the economy, every effort to stimulate job growth. What Benen calls their active, personal dislike of the unemployed just adds insult to the considerable injury they have already caused.