We have military bases in countries all over the world. We insist on being the worlds policeman. We partake in nation building. We could easily defend this country, and close the borders, with far less than we already spend. But you know darn well that is not the way it works..... again, it is all about spending money to helps ones district, to get reelected, to keep or get the power. Which is why the parties are the same and the only difference is the emphasis.
I agree with the economic principles in theory, but tax cuts on top of continued high spending will not help the problem. You call them like they are a panacea, and the reality is we had large deficits during the years of the Bush administration, and continue (to say the least) to have deficits with those same cuts still in place during the Obama administration; even including one more tax cut (ironically ridiculed by the right). You prove to me that these cuts are going to help - and do so in real numbers and not partisan politics - and I am all ears. Otherwise continuing to explode the deficit with increased spending, and tax cuts which haven't proved to make up the difference (to say the least) crowds money out of the free market, and hurts rather than helps.
I am 49, bald, ugly, and don't own a single cool thing. Kids like me though.
I say entitlements are where we need to make cuts, we dont need them and they are the vast majority of the cost in government. France is learning this lesson now and we should learn from them.