The GOP doesn't care about the budget deficit. Not even a little bit. For the umpteenth time, they're just using it as a convenient excuse to gut programs they don't like, such as Teach for America.
Teach for America costs the federal government $21m a year.The Peace Corps is also up for a $70 million cut.
That's what happens when you pass an $858 billion tax cut and then try to make up for it with cuts to domestic discretionary spending. Now if we can just eliminate 20,000 more programmes like Teach for America, we might get back to deficit-neutral, though it's an open question whether future Americans will care about our achievement since they won't know how to add.