The problem before America, and it is denied by Democrats, is the debt and deficit problem, which is the result of having NO budget that comes into balance. Even low-information voters understand will understand this. Democrats will be able to muddy the waters on this point, but if Republicans continue to insist on a budget that comes into balance they can, and should, win this argument.
They don't need to worry about spending problems, or balanced approaches, or fiscal cliffs. Insist only upon a budget that comes into balance -- the math will take care of the rest.