Alex, the total expenditures came in at about $3.8 tril. This puts national defense at 19%.
And yes, when responsible adults have a budget crisis, they look at all expenses, especially when one expense is almost a fifth of their total budget.
Consider the following scenario: You are a financial advisor. A family comes to you in tears because they are borrowing $1,000 per month. Their income is just under $4,000/month, and they have an expense that comes in at $716/month. Would you automatically consider that bill to be off limits?
Did we not just end a war last year? How is is impossible to even consider cutting military spending?