In a recent post I commented on a report that said the Obama administration would request a 10% cut in the military budget. Congressional Quarterly reported yesterday that the actual budgetary request is in fact an increase. Apparently the amount is less than the Pentagon would like, so some there decided to spread misleading information and call it a "cut," when it is no such thing.
Characterizing actual increases as "cuts" for political purposes has long been a Democratic tactic. How many times did we hear that the Bush administration had cut funding for something, only to find that there was an actual increase once the details were examined? Even now you will still hear blanket statements claiming that Bush "cut" regulation, even though he massively increased it. Just about any time the rate of increase for some pet program has slowed, it has been characterized as a "cut." It's unfortunate to see some on the right now resorting to the same type of intellectual dishonesty. An increase, even if less than expected or desired, is not a cut.