When President Garfield was assassinated by a member of his own party who did not get a job just for being Republican, it led to civil service reform. Now, for the most part at least, being in the same party as the president doesn't guarentee you a government job, unless you're Mike Brown.
Anyway the point is that a tragedy spurred the country to make long needed changes. Lets make spending cuts to pay for disaster relief, and lets make those cuts permanent, even in years that are relatively disaster free. Its better to do it now than when we really do hit rock bottom and default on all that overseas debt and the economy implodes like the glass jar hooked up to the vacuum pump in that one episode of "Mr Wizard's World".