The brave, brave men and women of the Republican party have decided that federal spending must be cut, and they have courageously decided that those who have it too easy in this country, those who need to make the sacrifices for the greater good are the poor, the elderly, single mothers, and students:

The House yesterday narrowly approved a contentious budget-cutting package that would save nearly $40 billion over five years by imposing substantial changes on programs including Medicaid, welfare, child support and student lending.

Note that this effort has nothing to do with reducing the budget deficit, since Congressional Republicans also hope to pass additional tax cuts this week that will increase the deficit by more than these ignoble, shameful spending cuts would have reduced it.

In future, when someone looks up mean in the dictionary, this action should be included as a perfect example.