Experts will tell you to never, ever slam on the brakes when you're driving on ice -- that's what causes an uncontrolled skid. What we need here is the willpower and guts to stop our spending slowly and safely.
Despite the label "nonsecurity discretionary programs," many of the proposed cuts will reduce our security in a variety of ways, among them increasing our chances of getting sick from unsafe meat and contaminated drinking water.
To deal with the underlying sense of anxiety and anger, nothing will work for Democrats in the fall besides actually creating more jobs -- more short term economic opportunity. The fact is that voting for jobs is always good politics.