Let's talk about why the Republicans are really willing to throw millions out of work and further cripple the struglling economy: union busting.
The first line in their Action Alert memo says it all:
Republicans should stand firm and take their first shot against organized labor, instead of taking their first blow from it.
The second line is their cover:
This rush to judgment is the same thing that happened with the TARP. Members did not have an opportunity to read or digest the legislation and therefore could not understand the consequences of it. We should not rush to pass this because Detroit says the sky is falling.
In other words, the GOP wants to kill organized labor (taking away a large source of Democratic funding and votes) while encouraging automakers to move to the southern, non-union states where the GOP still hold power.
As a guy who spent a decade on the factory floor, I can tell you that many workers have been sold on the idea that the union workers making $100 per hour are the reason that we can barely make $10 per hour and that if we attempt to organize all our jobs will be in peril.
Throwing millions onto the unemployment rolls will strike fear into the masses who already believe that organized labor will eventually lead to unemployment.
It's union busting, plain and simple, and we should call them on it.