Republicans are trying to do the right thing and that is do what they were hired for.
if spending is 3 and income is 1, then the right thing to do is balance those so s=2, i=2. this is how families do it. the job of the republicans is to decrease both, after they are balanced. democrats have the opposite job, but both parties should be working to shrink the gap right now. maybe im stupid and oversimplifying it, but to me this is a clear goal. after that we can argue about which way we need the government to go.
To put in an ultra conservative mandate in 2010 to stop government and bailouts
without the bank bailouts, everyone's bank balance would be zero. with the bank bailouts, we got to keep our money (yeah i know how it sounds, but i think its a true statement) and the government made a nice profit on those loans. i balked at the auto bailouts, but i cant argue with the result. mostly paid back, and lots of jobs.