I continue to be amazed at how the giant pink elephant in the room, 'Defense' spending, is almost entirely invisible, not just on this board but every other board as well, to both parties' spin machines.
The brie and chardonay Democrats and their fellow neo-liberal Republicans have done a very good job of steering the focus entirely onto programs that already had massive cuts imposed on them over the last 30 years, via bogus CPI index calculations, while the 'Defense' oligarchy keeps rolling right along, increasing every year.
And, how is taxing the working poor more supposed to do any good??? Ridiculous 'fixes' appear to have mass appeal to the growing body of sociopaths the U.S. is producing, obviously. But, if that's your plan, simply quit indexing the personal deduction to inflation, even the hilariously low 'inflation' rates the government keeps lying about, to the benefit of both 'parties', and you can grind a lot more people into poverty. This would suit both parties' utterly clueless policy makers and certainly their loyal puppets.