Unemployment figures are still discouragingly high, so naturally the Republicans, flexing their newfound muscle, are refusing to extend unemployment benefits. One of their reasons, that this will encourage the unemployed to become lazy and watch Dancing With The Stars instead of getting a job, is laughable to anyone who's ever been unemployed. The other reason, that the extension proposed by the Democrats is unfunded and will increase the national debt, might be taken seriously if they were not simultaneously refusing to pass any Democratic legislation until they extend the tax cut for the wealthy--which, by the way, is unfunded and will increase the national debt. They obviously think we're stupid. And we obviously are, because we elected them.