Then almost immediately, Republican governors began cutting state benefits to disqualify the jobless from receiving those federal extended benefits. Then the Republican governors began inducing MORE tax cuts for the rich and BIG business, while cutting food stamps and Medicaid for the unemployed (the new poor).
The Republican governors went after collective bargaining and other worker and voting related issues, rather than create jobs. They voted for bans on abortions instead.
Then afterwards, the Republican senators in congress reinstated oil subsidies for BIG OIL companies that paid no federal taxes. Then they turned around and held the debt ceiling hostage to cuts in Medicare and Social Security.
We have just as many jobless Americans now as we did when federal extended benefits were approved last year. The GOP didn't bargain in good faith, and has of yet created a jobs bill.
I predict a landslide win for the Democrats next year. And Obama should use the 14th Amendment to pass a clean debt ceiling bill. The Supreme Court will rule in his favor because (thank God!), the Tea Party doesn't run the Supreme Court yet.