“Both parties have fairly well-defined ideas about the general role of taxes, spending, and regulation. The difference is that the Democratic Party also has a policy agenda that is specifically related to the special conditions of high unemployment and low interest rates. The Republicans are still merely asserting that their normal agenda applies just as well now as ever. … They just want to get back to normal, and since normality has not arrived, they’d just as soon pretend it has.”
Jonathan Chait, “Why Republicans Have No Ideas About Mass Unemployment,” New York Magazine
They’re certainly good at pretending the long-term unemployed have plenty of jobs to choose from, if they’d just get off their tushes.