According to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the "apples-to-apples" difference between the Reid budget (US$912 billion cut) and the Boehner budget (US$917 billion cut) is about US$5 billion over ten years, which is about a third of a percent of the national debt. Neither one even comes close to a balanced budget (the 2010 deficit alone is over a trillion dollars), much less the surplus that we need to pay down the debt. So where exactly do the Republicans get the gall to claim moral high ground in keeping the budget low?
In their religious fervor for small government, the Republicans and the Tea Party in particular have forgotten one crucial thing: we are a democracy. Regardless of whether their political views are correct or wrong, about half of the country disagrees, and we get the same vote per citizen as they do.
You want your political views to lord over ours? That's called a dictatorship. In a democracy, we compromise just enough to get the laws we like passed, just as Barack Obama weakened his health care bill to make it palatable to the right edge of his party. Bills that have no chance to pass the Senate or be signed by the President are just wastes of taxpayer money. If they stay on this road, they would not only ruin our credit, they could very well ruin our democracy itself.