If you keep the argument to spending argument, then it is very easy to make a moral and logical case that spending is a problem that requires spending cuts. If you call it a morally neutral based mathematically defined debt or deficit problem you open yourself up to the argument that increased taxes are one reasonable solution to this problem. If a Repubick then fails to agree, he seems unreasonable, uncompromising and extreme. This is why Repubiks like Bob Dole, McCain, Romney and the Bushes always lose the argument. This why they are called "the tax collectors for the welfare state", because they have reduced the argument to one of accounting. The argument should be a moral one about waste, dependency, etc.