Congress is very clever! It passes legislation to eliminate the deficit. Now the members are heroes back home. They have solved the most pressing problem of the day. But have they?
Odds are the Gramm-Rudman Act is unconstitutional. Lawyers are putting together lawsuits to prevent Gramm-Rudman from ever being implemented. If these lawsuits fail (I doubt they will), the President, not Congress, takes the blame for cutting popular programs.