The Republican Party appears to be ready to contest the elections this year on the basis of "Hey! Unemployed guy! We hate you!"
When they're not objecting to unemployment benefits on the basis that unemployed people are lazy, and don't deserve them, Republicans have another line of attack, that if we are going to pay unemployment benefits to those lazy people, the cost can't be added to the deficit. It must be paid for. If there's one thing Republicans want voters to count on them for right now, it's to prioritize the deficit over all things! Anything that's not paid for -- "Sorry! We can't afford it! It's the deficit! No exceptions!"
Except for one really big exception. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona), who has objected to increasing the deficit to extend $10 billion in unemployment benefits, told Fox News this weekend that it's fine to borrow in order to keep the $678 billion in Bush tax cuts for people making more than $200,000 a year. "You do need to offset the cost of increased spending. And that's what Republicans object to. But you should never have to offset the cost of a deliberate decision to reduce tax rates on Americans," Kyl said.
Just to be clear, a deficit is money flowing into the government as taxes, minus the money going out of the government as spending. Those are the only two ingredients, money in and money out. If you're saying you don't care about one of those things -- if you're saying taking in less money in taxes isn't a big deal -- then you don't actually care about the deficit!
Disregarding one of them would be like saying, "Hey, let me make you a gin and tonic! Here's a glass of ice. Here's some tonic. Here you go! Here's your gin and tonic! Sorry, we didn't have any gin! Enjoy!"