There are just so many reasons. Here're the top ten excuses carried on a 3x5 card by nearly every politician.
It was a grand idea to give local government grants so we could hold police and firefighter jobs hostage.
One sad case always trumps the multitudes.
These same recipients voted for politicians that spent their supposed nest egg.
Joblessness and misery will go through the roof if we cut spending now. We should actually spend more.
There is not a single dime of spending we can cut without a veto, filibuster, or caucus revolt.
We’ll pretend that every dime of defense spending finds its way onto the battlefield.
We'll meet for drinks this evening and chat about keeping our respective bases in line.
Our astronomical spending is sure to pay massive dividends in the future.
Please forget that we made those laws.
If all other excuses fail, this is the trump card. Unless the specific cut under consideration completely eliminates the deficit, it’s just not worth doing.
The really scary part is that the CBO used optimistic assumptions. If the CBO hopeful forecast is close, interest expense would become the third largest budget item, with only Social Security and Medicare drawing more from the national treasury. Then politicians will scream they can’t cut spending because they cannot allow the United States to default on its debts.