What is it with the GOP and the tax cuts issues? Why do they hate American social programs, American civil servants, and the US Military so much? Is it the Tea Party influence or has the GOP finally fallen off of the proverbial cliff? GOP Chooses tax cuts over defense spending...again and Romney salutes them. Romney can’t have it both ways on defense spending, tax cuts By Dana Milbank, Published: July 25 A Romney spokeswoman at the time said he applauded Boehner’s negotiating prowess. Romney may have been able to retire from Bain Capital retroactively, but he won’t find it so easy to hold his applause retroactively. That’s because his party continues to choose tax cuts over defense spending. The automatic defense cuts came about largely because Republicans on the supercommittee refused any tax increase. By coincidence, the choice between tax cuts and defense spending came to the Senate floor again on Wednesday — and Republicans again chose the cuts.