Confusion on the Budget Front

When budget-cutting is discussed,  the so-called entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.) are called “mandatory,” whereas defense is lumped with the rest of the budget as a “discretionary” item. It should be the other way around; defense is a mandatory item (though reasonable non-leftists and non-pacifists can differ about the details), whereas entitlements are discretionary (“optional frills” is a better term).

Getting rid of government is the only way to get rid of waste, fraud, and abuse. Some parts of government — those which protect Americans from domestic and foreign predators — can’t be got rid of. But that doesn’t exempt them from vigilant efforts to root out waste, fraud, and abuse.