The problem is that we haven't paid for the added cost of defense... wars without funding is a big part of why we are in debt. Wars with unintended consequences is why we have a power vacuum in the middle east. If we want to be the world's enforcerer, then we have to pay for it through increased revenues/taxes... Republicans don't want that. Special interests own the Congress, so we need to change our laws to limit the impact of money, but the Supreme Court was recently against that by calling companies people. Get rid of the money influence by getting involved in changing our Congress if you want to make a difference!