"The package will recoup 30 billion euros ($39 billion) for the public purse with a goal of narrowing the deficit to 3.0 percent of national output next year from 4.5 percent this year - France's toughest single belt-tightening in 30 years."
The above is from this article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/28/us-france-budget-idUSBRE88R0AK20120928 in which raising taxes to an incredibly insane percantage is considered belt tightening.
What? Oh, that's right, so they can 'recoup' 30 billion dollars.
Let's think about those two phrases. Recoup is "to regain something lost." for this to be the case one must start with the premise that all money belongs to the government, no matter what you do to earn it for your self. The work you do is simply done to borrow for a short time the money that the government someday might need to reclaim.
Secondly, belt tightening is defined by the free dictionary dot com (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/belt-tightening) as increased thrift and frugality, a reduction in spending.
Raising taxes is not reducing spending, and the money a citizen earns does not belong to the government to be recouped. The problem is, we allow our news media, our governments, to talk to us like this.
And we lose freedoms.