I know the US is a fairly right-wing country – or, more accurately, the right wing has a particularly privileged position there – but, seriously, a party can threaten to, and in fact for a time actually cut off welfare for the unemployed, leaving them to starve (even refuse to pass health benefits for 9/11 responders), without it being political suicide? In order to obtain tax cuts purely for the richest tiny percentage of the population? And they can gamble this and the other party will be forced to cave?
What a horrible situation. What a place.