Congress gets the cream while the rest of the country gets the crumbs. Like Mike Savage said, they're a bunch of lying bastards.
Congress targets cutting money from people within society that will generate the most outrage from that society.
Those in the military are one such group.
Usually when the government wants the citizens to vote to raise taxes, as a rule, it is to improve the schools or keep the police or fire fighters on the streets etc. Those at the top, who may mismanage the money they were given, never take a pay cut. They just put a gun to our collective heads and demand the cash!
Notice, they NEVER cut funds to stop that war over in Libya or funds to study the mating habits of a homosexual wart hog or money used to build an endless army of drones to spy on it's own law abiding citizens, etc.