[Guest post by JD]
UPDATE BY PATTERICO: We can’t let them talk about “cuts” because they use that word to describe reductions in planned spending increases. Say they spent $10 billion this year, and planned to spend to $20 billion next year. Now they decide instead to spend $15 billion next year. They will call that a “cut” — even though they’re spending $5 billion more. Because it’s $5 billion less than they planned to spend.
Cute way to lie, huh?
Never ever ever talk about cuts. Talk about how much they’re spending.