SPIN METER: A dubious list of budget 'horribles' - Article Photos 2/6

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 1995, file photo Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, dumps out coal, his so-called Christmas gift to President Clinton, during a news conference about the federal budget on Capitol Hill as Congressional Republicans tried to restart balanced budget talks on day six of the partial government shutdown. President Barack Obama and his officials are doing their best to drum up public concern over the shock wave of spending cuts that could strike the government in just days. So it’s a good time to be alert for sky-is-falling hype. (AP Photo/Denis Paquin, File)