So...let me get this straight. Republicans and Tea Party members who were overwhelmingly elected on a platform of cutting spending because of the doomsday scenario of our debt and deficit....are OK with extending unemployment benefits with money that we don't actually have.
And...Democrats are willing to not raise taxes, or revert them back to pre-Bush era rates, even though they know there is no way to dig ourselves out of debt until we bring in more income into the government in order to pay for things that we have already bought.
This is the worst of both worlds and part of why our country is so screwed up.
Politicians are not capable of unflinchingly doing what needs to be done. Either keep the tax cuts and don't continue to spend money we don't have....or spend money to alleviate the financial woes of the citizenry and raise taxes to help pay for it.
This makes Republican leaders look bad because it seems as if they are really only concerned with saving people within their own tax brackets from paying into the system.
It makes Democrats look bad because it seems like they are willing to just spend and spend and spend money that we don't have.
I don't think this is what "bipartisanship" is supposed to look like.