As usual, John, a thought-provoking column.
Re: "Budget cuts"(that aren't): We have to start with the understanding that the public, most of them, have no idea what you're talking about. For several years now, the media has dictated what people think, and therefore, how they vote.
They(the media) are parroting what Obama says; therefore the average Joe thinks the Prez is actually doing what he promised, raising taxes on the "rich" and cutting expenditures.
As you pointed out, the "cuts" are anything but. BUT, we're not hearing enough of this from our Republican leaders. Honestly, when Boehner speaks, I hear a language that I don't understand.
He hasn't figured out yet that he has to explain slowly and in simple language that the President's