I know a Republican. He lives in a "Red State." He has a wife and two babies. He was employed until just recently, when he was laid off due to downsizing. He attempted to get unemployment checks, and they rejected him for whatever reason. He is bitter about this and thinks he should have qualified for unemployment, and is now at a total loss for income until he finds a new job. I'm sure we can all agree that if there were more Democrats in power, that there would be much lower criteria for receiving unemployment benefits, and much greater "government handouts" to the poor in general, and that they would be paid for by taxing the rich. Republican politicians almost uniformly reject the idea that the Government should do such things, and it's Republicans who have recently pushed through things such as Bankruptcy reform to make it harder for people to declare bankruptcy. Republican politicians are the ones who tighten up the criteria for recieving government handouts, wheras Democrats want to essentially take money away from rich people and give it to poor people. So, by being a Republican, he helped create the situation he is currently in; where it is very hard to get the government to give you money when you have fallen on bad times, and in which you're supposed to take personal responsibility for your situation and go out and fix it yourself. Again, I think everyone can agree that if Democrats had more power, they would gladly tax the rich and make government handouts to the poor greater in value and easier to obtain. So, is it just me, or does this seem like a rich Democrat complaining that his tax rates are too high? This fellow was a fervent Republican until recently (perhaps his new experience has changed his politics, I'm unsure), and now he's complaining that the government won't give him free money becuase he was no longer a cost-effective employee. What of Republican faith/trust in market forces? What of the "Do it yourself" attitude, and the mindset that all problems can be solved by personal resolve and self determination? I'll bet you anything that if you ask any prominant Republican politician about unemployment benefits, the vast majority will say that they should be cut and made harder to recieve so as not to give people encouragement to try to live off of unemployment and get back out into the marketplace, and/or that they should be cut so as to be able to lower tax rates.