I remember a joke from years ago about a cop who pulls over a brand new BMW for rolling through a stop. The driver argues that he slowed down so as a practical demonstration the cop pulls out his club and starts wailing on the hood. The driver screams STOP STOP what are you doing?! The cop replies, now would you like me to stop or just slow down? Every time I hear politicians pat themselves on the back for cutting the deficit it makes me think of this: do you want me to stop or just slow down?