Shortly before Christmas in 2010 the Republican Party held millions of Americans hostage. How did Republicans hold them hostage? Republicans refused to extend unemployment benefits to those millions of Americans, Americans who lost their jobs because of policies implemented by a Republican President. And what was the ransom? Unless the Democrats agreed to extend the Bush Tax cuts to the top 2% of the wealthiest Americans Republicans would refuse to extend unemployment benefits to the millions of poor and middle-class Americans who would have been cut off right before Christmas.