Here's how your Republican leadership responds to these facts.
Michele Rollins (R) is running for an open House seat in Delaware (unemployment rate 8.7%, over 35,000 people out of work):
"You cannot just keep paying people, cannot keep taxing us to pay people to do nothing, because they will continue to do nothing for a very long time."
Scott Bruun (R) is running for an open House seat in Oregon (unemployment rate 10.4%, over 230,000 people out of work):
"When we're talking up over close to two years and longer with jobless benefits, I think we really start talking about a European style system and all the problems that that sort of system brings...shame on our government, if you will, if the government is in a position where we're encouraging people to stay out of the workplace longer."
Sharron Angle (R) is running against Harry Reid for his Senate seat in Nevada (unemployment rate 14.2%, over 190,000 people out of work):
"What has happened is the system of entitlement has caused us to have a spoilage with our ability to go out and get a job...What we need to do is make that unemployment benefit go down...The truth about it is that they keep extending these unemployment benefits to the point where people are afraid to go out and get a job because the job doesn't pay as much as the unemployment benefit does...You can make more money on unemployment than you can going down and getting one of those jobs that is an honest job but it doesn't pay as much. We've put in so much entitlement into our government that we really have spoiled our citizenry."
Richard Burr (R) is a senator in North Carolina (unemployment rate 10.1%, over 109,000 people out of work):
"The wrong thing to do is to automatically today extend unemployment for 12 months. I think that's a discouragement to individuals that are out there to actually go out and go through the interviews."
Ron Johnson (R) is running against Russ Feingold for his Senate seat in Wisconsin (unemployment rate 8.1%; over 240,000 people out of work):
When you continue to extend unemployment benefits, people really don't have the incentive to go take other jobs.
John Kyl (R) is a senator in Arizona (unemployment rate 9.6%, over 300,000 people out of work):
"It's not a stimulus for the economy, to try to help people through tough times. It's a necessary evil, in a sense. We'd like not to have to raise revenue in order to pay people for not working -- or not to pay them for not working, but because they can't get work."
Zach Wamp (R) is a congressman in Tennessee (unemployment rate 10.1%, over 305,000 people out of work):
"We must resist any more mandates to small business to help the unemployed — that we have continued to extend on a federal level, I think, unemployment compensation so long that there’s disincentives for people to actually re-enter the workforce or go out and look for a job. And this is creating a culture of dependence which we do not need. We want people out there scraping and clawing and looking for work and not just sitting back waiting."
To all the above-named, go fuck yourselves. Come back and talk some shit when you're out of a job.
To the combined million and a half out-of-work voters in the states the above-named represent, remember this come election day. Remember the names of the people who called you lazy and said you don't deserve any help because you're not trying hard enough to get a job.
To everyone else in the country, it can't be more clear: nobody who isn't rich should vote for a Republican. Ever.