Americans don’t particularly like government, but they do want government to subsidize their health care.
Americans opposed any cuts to Medicare by a margin of 70 percent to 25 percent.
This is the crucial element driving all federal spending over the next few decades and pushing federal debt to about 250 percent of G.D.P. in 30 years
So far, defense budgets have not been squeezed by the Medicare vise. But that is about to change.
Europeans, who are ahead of us in confronting that decision, have chosen welfare over global power.
According to the Government Accountability Office, if we act on entitlements today, we will still have to cut federal spending by 32 percent and raise taxes by 46 percent over the next 75 years to meet current obligations.
How, in short, will Hagel supervise the beginning of America’s military decline? If members of Congress don’t want America to decline militarily, well, they have no one to blame but the voters and themselves.