From here: Will the US debt ever be paid off? - excerpt: The above in red calculates the percentage of Federal-spending on a total basis - that is, including debt. Debt is not discretionary - that is, Uncle Sam cannot say, "Ok guys, I'm not paying off the debt anymore. Thanks! Bye ...!" But Discretionary Spending is proposed by the PotUS and approved by both Chambers of Congress. Today, such spending looks like this when broken down by portion: Oupps: Wow! Fifty-seven percent of the Discretionary Budget goes to just one office - the DoD! Even Veterans Affairs gets more budget-expenditure than Health & Human Services! And for what? To pay your kids' post-secondary education bill? To subsidize a National Healthcare that would reduce humongous medical-expenditures by (at least) half and coverage for all. Nope! That's the question that the NY Times put to an analysis last year. See here: Would ‘Medicare for All’ Save Billions or Cost Billions? Excerpt: I remember my professor of Economics (yes, many, many years ago) puting the question to the class, "Guns or Butter?" It got us to thinking, but no one answered. Because it is a fundamentally important but complex question in any economy. And especially in ours! (As the above chart shows.) Yes, the answer is indeed complex. Still, in one aspect it reduces to this: Comparatively, the European Union (40% larger population-wise than the US) does not spend most of its national budget willy-nilly on a DoD. It spends it upon a National Healthcare Service! (Which is a condition of any nation seeking entry to the EU.) When will America wake-up and come around to the same notion? When will it realize that the good-health of all citizens allowing a longer lifespan depends upon universal healthcare? When will it realize also that the Industrial Age has transformed into the Information Age, thus requiring a general level of higher-study (vocational and college/university) funded by the government to assure that all may attend*? When ... ? *A post-secondary schooling (of four-years) here in France for a degree costs less than $1K a year. And the UK is the only country where it costs more.