You're right, Julie: Treat defense spending the same as all other federal spending. Oh, wait, if we do that, it'll go up. You argue we can cut defense spending but ignore the massive amount of government spending unrelated to defense, so my question is this: Are you concerned with cutting government spending or just cutting military spending? If you argue we can cut military spending, why not advocate for cutting overall spending by the same percentage amount? I never hear that argument and I wonder why. Fact is our Constitution mandates providing for the national defense but doesn't mention social program spending.