St. Augustine, after his conversion from rake to prig, reflected that while he had long prayed for self-control he hadn’t really meant it. His prayers, he said in retrospect, had amounted to “Make me chaste … but not yet.”
That seems to be the view of budget-balancing within the House Republican Conference. They’re eager to vote for it, as long as it’s not going to happen. When threatened with the real thing, they run away.