The current impasse between the House and Senate on extending the payroll tax cut and extended unemployment benefits is partly about differing views of unemployment. House Republicans want to show the unemployed some tough love to get them off the couch and back to work. They really didn’t want to extend unemployment benefits at all on the theory that preventing the unemployed from starvation dulled the motivation to find a job. Other like Mark Schmitt have pointed out that there are four job applicants per opening so motivation alone–even life or death–might not suffice to boost employment. Now the GOP has decided that the problem is that the unemployed are druggies or high school drop-outs (read, it’s their own damn fault) and have insisted that states be allowed to test UI recipients for drugs and require those without a high school diploma to get a GED.