Any decrease in government spending means that people will receive less "stuff" from the government. No matter how the Republicans play it they will be vilified if they play a part in this. No matter how you look at it reducing disposable income on high earners by increasing their taxes will change their spending habits, greatly affecting the economy. It's an impossible political situation. Its more than likely the economy will go into a tail spin next year and then maybe voters will look to the Republicans to pull the country out of the mess. Hopefully it's not to late.