Or we can employ the John Podesta counter-axiom of "Hey, now that we've expanded the government beyond imagination, we can't just take it away!"
This is the logic of promising your kid a trip to Disney World, then losing your job, but going ahead with the trip anyway. Because you promised and your credit card hasn't been cancelled yet.
Here's something to remember: for 50 years, tax revenues have stayed relatively stable around 18% of GDP. Over the same period, spending has been a little more than 20% of GDP but in 2010 federal spending will amount to over 24% of GDP with nowhere to go but up.
But, hey, maybe General Motors' stock will spike and we can dump it for a big profit.
Extra - The Corner: "Death by no spending cuts."