Romney Studied Economics With Cain? Nein, Nein, Nein! Romney's arithmetic problem Bush/Cheney 3.0? Sounds like more of that voodoo economics Bush/Cheney sold us about unfunded programs...the ones Paul Ryan voted for... Doyle McManus: Romney's arithmetic problem | McClatchy ...the biggest problem with Romney's defense numbers is that they don't add up with the rest of his platform, which calls for decreasing federal spending overall while also lowering taxes - and, at the same time, balancing the budget. "My administration will ... make the hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts necessary to reduce spending to 20 percent of GDP by the end of my first term," Romney said in February. "And then, without sacrificing our military superiority, I will balance the budget." A nice trick if he could pull it off, but it flies in the face of, well, arithmetic. Romney's arithmetic problem: Nein, Nein, Nein!