I think I might agree with CommieTommie Harkin on something, but for different reasons.
Harkin explains why he voted against plan to increase debt limit
Harkin stated -- “This deal was not about reducing the deficit...".
It appears he's correct, per Rush Limbaugh -- $2 Trillion in reductions off a nearly $10 Trillion, 10 year debts is still more than $7 Trillion in debt.
In the Los Angeles Times -- In the government's 2012 fiscal year, the cut would be $21 billion, or less than 1% of a nearly $3.7-trillion federal budget, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Looks like the old governmental game of getting less of an increase in the budget, than what we wanted, is a cut. Even though it's more than the previous budget.
And the scientific community is united in that fact.
Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) notes -- this agreement does not cut any spending over 10 years. In fact, it increases discretionary spending by $830 billion.