I can't seem to get anyone to point out some spending cuts that aren't back door, dishonest tax increase equivilent to someone.
If one is collecting Social Security and "they" change the CPI/COLA calculation so that one gets less of an increase every year, isn't that the same thing as raising taxes that amount for that person?
If we are spending it now, and we cut that spending, we are taking money out of the hands of somebody. We can cut spending and a number of people lose their jobs behind it. How does that help?
The government can do two things: it can put money into the economy or it can take money out of the economy. Tax increases give it more money to put into the economy and help keep money circulating. Spending cuts take money out of the economy and out of circulation.
The "books" may balance by spending cuts and/or tax increases, but "how" we balance the books is important.