Everything the GOP (read Wall Street, Koch Bros, Murdoch, Norquist, Rove, etc.) does is part of the right wing plan to eliminate unneeded workers: first cut their jobs, then cut their benefits, and then wait for them to die.
You think I'm kidding? I'm not. Behind closed doors the "excess population" has been much discussed as the rulers of the universe decide how best to increase their own wealth in a global economy and what to do with the masses for whom they have no more use, and it's been decided that since outright mass murder wouldn't fly in today's instant media culture as it did in the 30's and 40's, and since the people they're trying to eliminate don't share a particular ethnicity, race or religion, extermination by attrition is doable, if more time consuming.
And when the American middle class, working poor, and poor have been reduced to manageable levels (they need to get rid of about 60 million people in the United States) then things will get "better" for the survivors, all of whom will by then be thoroughly submissive.
Those rich people: they think of everything.