There are lots of things that can be cut without making us defensless (which is hyperbole).
Yes. I completely disagree with your moment of sunshine. I lived through the Carter years and the peace dividend cuts of the Clinton years. Both hollowed out the military. Both caused deep, sustained damage to our ability to defend the nation. We paid for it the way we always pay for it. We paid in soldiers blood.
Everything needs to be on the table to get us out of this deficit. Not one issue should be omitted.
Social Welfare and Defense Spending needs to be slashed. Unfortunately, taxes must go up to help revenue.
There is no reason to have an 800 Billion annual budget on defense. None at all. We are far and away the biggest spenders on defense. It is far too much and we should cap it at around 200 Billion in the next five years.
Fact is that we are in some dire straights here fiscally. We are all going to have to come to a realization that if we don't put everything on the table for cuts...we won't fix this problem.
Foreign aid should be frozen immediately. We shouldn't give money to other nations while ours is in a deficit. I would love for that to be a constitutional amendment.
We have to reduce the size and scope of government. There are far bureaucracies spending billions that we don't have, and that will come full circle one day.
We cannot continue this path without facing real consequences such as hyper inflation.
Libertarian and Atheist...wow I'm a hated man.
Let's see. What is the total budget today? This was interesting: "Military spending: The military budget of the United States during FY 2011 was approximately $740 billion in expenses for the Department of Defense (DoD), $141 billion for veteran expenses, and $48 billion in expenses for the Department of Homeland Security, for a total of $929 billion. The U.S. defense budget (excluding spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Homeland Security, and Veteran's Affairs) is around 5% of GDP. Adding these other costs places defense spending between 6% and 7% of GDP. "
Our government is spending 25% of GDP. Defense is 20-24% of the budget not 60%. You are uninformed or given your lean you may be using liberal math, a form of math I am uncomfortable with.