Really? It's the GOP's fault? At what point did Republicans become the majority. Sorry, Barry Soetoro. You can have any bill you like because your party has an overwhelming majority. At least for another 6 months or so.
Of course, the "teachers and firefighters will lose their jobs" is a standard play. What about the harm to children, polar bears and little kittens?
Student enrollment is only up by 20% over 1971. Interestingly, the number of public school teachers over that time seems to be a moving target. The numbers appear to be up by 8% since 2000, but there seems to be a difference of opinion.
There is anecdotal evidence that the longer people are provided with unemployment, the longer they will stay unemployed. In my view, an empty stomach is a great motivator.
More evidence Barry Soetoro will say anything to demonize the opposition and the press will report is faithfully.