The stalemate in Congress over extending a payroll tax cut also affects unemployment insurance. Republicans want to limit federal benefits for the long-term unemployed to 59 weeks, down from 99 weeks now. One Republican says he's willing to go to 26 weeks.
Mitt Romney is running for president on his business acumen, saying he knows what it takes to create jobs. He puts less emphasis on what he knows about eliminating jobs. Marion, Ind., has experienced both via Romney and Bain Capital.