With all due respect, Mr. Eskow, you really need to revisit George Lakoff's material on framing.
The recitation of this talking point hides something fundamental to Republicans: They LOVE spending on the military and it certainly represents a government entity:
"Republicans remain steadfast in their opposition to government spending – even for government jobs like teaching, firefighting, and emergency management."
What does support for macho cops, support for foreign wars (and the MIC), and support for the NRA all hold in common? Answer--They are hyper-masculine collective expressions of Yang. And one could make a good case that Republicans are, identify with, and occupy the Yang side of the nation.
That arguably would make Democrats more Yin; and it's Yin to consider the needs of others. That means social programs, investments in education, Head Start, clean energy, restorative justice, and the arts.
Republicans are very uncomfortable with these more Yin expressions and resonant investments.
I've spoken often about the ways that the balance (implicit to this key dyad) is off and what it means to U.S. society and the world, at large.
When pundits leave out what Republicans are very EAGER to invest in (prisons, war, policing forces, border control, TSA, and so many control programs of law enforcement) they unwittingly omit the other side of the argument and thereby reinforce the Republicans' own frame.
It's a worthless (and inaccurate, from an analytical standpoint) strategy.