I've been reading this article at Time.com today, which makes a stunning point:
This was a curious construct for me, one that has begun to foment in my mind. I'll have more to say about this down the road but it seems to me that, after ten years of scaremongering on terrorism, the Republicans have successfully implanted a fear of deficits. It strikes me that perhaps these percentages for deficit reduction, randomly bizarre since most people will deny cuts to any program of any size that factors into that deficit, seems inflated.
It occurs to me that we're looking at a panic, not a rational and reasoned decision made by informed people.