Less spending ≠ less deficit

Better bloggers than I have noticed the success the G.O.P has had describing spending cuts as deficit cuts without noting that spending cuts offset with larger tax cuts are actually a deficit increase. But since I haven't noticed any of them point to this recent example from the A.P., I will. The headline in the NYTimes online version of the article is: G.O.P. Pushes $41.6 Billion Deficit-Cut Plan Since I can't get a permalink, and it's an Associated Press story, here's another version with a slightly different headline but the same text otherwise. Anyway, the article is only about spending cuts and the word taxes doesn't appear once, so this is a pretty irresponsible way of passing on the Republican spin on their spending cuts and deficit expansion.