The central argument, of course, isn't the unemployment extension and paying Americans who need funds it's about the Bush Era tax cuts.
The tax cuts are set to expire at the end of this year, and the Democrats want to expand all the tax cuts that benefit those making $250,000 or less per year. The GOP wants ALL of the Bush tax cuts extended.
However, extending all the taxes will cost $700 billion over 10 years, and that's money that the nation needs now to cover the budget deficit.
Of course, this is a central argument in the mid-term elections. Republicans point to irresponsible spending as the reason for the deficit. Democrats point back at the Republicans and blame the Bush administration. Meanwhile, on main street the Tea Party movement and people all over decide they are tired and just want a change. What do you think about Obama's Tea Party challenge?