A new survey released by the Pew Center reveals that Americans want more, not less, spending on education and Medicare, and are divided about spending on defense. Yet Republicans insist the last election was about spending cuts, not unemployment, and are determined to slash the budget even though they do not have a mandate for that. As a result, to keep people happy now, the party is making cuts for the future, allowing them to appease their Tea Party factions without imposing immediate pain on voters without forcing them to admit they are wrong about not raising taxes and only harming the nation down the road.
Krugman is a New York Times columnist.
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