2010 unemployment extension benefits bill has not passed. The unemployment benefits extension is a hot political debate, especially in the state of Nevada. Currently, the Silver State has 14% unemployment and they most recently surpassed Michigan as the state with the highest unemployment totals. It comes as no surprise that during the next election, the unemployment benefits extension bill will be a hot topic.
Sharron Angle is the Republican candidate for the Nevada Senate seat. She is a tea party favorite, and she's made a lot of headlines since winning the Primaries for the mid-term election.
Angle was recently quoted as calling the unemployed "spoiled" much to the dismay of ... well, the unemployed and all those that back helping the unemployed. These are not wise words for a politician seeking election in the state with the highest unemployment level in the country (but at least she was honestly speaking her mind and not giving us smoke and mirrors on her views...)
Recently, she "clarified" the statement - but instead of softening her remarks she further indicated that unemployment benefits should be cut to the point where it's hard to live on them, forcing the unemployed to find work.
Obviously Angle hasn't been job hunting recently.
On the other side, Harry Reid - the Democratic Senator and Senate Majority Leader from Nevada is for the passage of the unemployment benefits bill. He's tried several times to bring the vote to the Senate floor and has tried to block the Republicans' attempts at filibusters.
Angle's stance on the unemployed and unemployment benefits extension may very well be the proverbial nail in the coffin this election year. Unemployed individuals even from other states are outraged by her remarks, and believe that her stance shows how ill-informed she is about the situation in the country today.
On the other hand, her supporters rally behind her, sick and tired of the government adding to the deficit spending all the time.