scratching my head

I am trying to figure out how we, as individuals, benefit when a government cuts valuable programs that serve children, education, and the old and at the same time raises taxes.  Short term pain?  Long term gain?  What is the long term gain and how will it make me and my family better off?  If you cut 250, 000 jobs, where do those people go?  What do they and their families do?

“Short term pain…” ha I think King said it best while shoveling shit in the movie Platoon: “You gotta be rich to think like that in the first place…”

I guess this will round out my British experience.  This will be the first time I have lived under a conservative (with a splash of lib dem) government.