The Tea Party wing of the Republican party who ran on a platform of balancing the budget did so without being very specific on what specific programs they cut. They made a very irresponsble promise to cut $100 billion dollars from the discretionary budget and they produced something with devastating cuts to the budget, eliminating programs despite their popularity or effectiveness.
Cutting spending like this in a recession is a very bad idea. We need serious proposals that tackle long-term entitlement growth that finds ways to make our tax code more efficient, raising revenue without significant impact to our economy and ways to slow down the growth of health care costs.
Seriously, where is Mr. Rogers when we need him: