and both of you seem equally intransigent about the fiscal realities that face us
As kabar has clearly pointed out, with charts, facts, and graphs - entitlement spending is what is driving us into the ground, and your point would have merit if a vast decrease in the Defense budget was mirrored by the same fiscal realities for entitlements. And yet, the exact opposite situation is occurring and entitlements are "off the table?"
How will these "fiscal realities" you speak of occur that magically exempt entitlements from the same reality?
Moreover, it really isn't a "Guns vs. Butter" debate. That axiom means we are actually producing something with the "Butter" debate. We aren't producing anything other than ATM Direct Deposits to millions upon millions of Americans with borrowed money.
At least Defense produces jobs, equipment, foreign military sales, technological advances, science and medical research, and employs millions of Americans.
There will always be unjust punishment in this world. In the very beginning, Cain murdered his brother Abel out of jealousy. Job suffered unjustly. So did Paul. So did Peter. So did Christ Himself. The fact that there is injustice in the world stands because we live in a fallen world. And one thing I can guarantee you, with 100% certainty, is that there will be more war, disasters, famine, and terrorism that will affect this nation.
The single institution that has answered that call time and time again is the US military. It is also the single institution that is getting raped by both political parties.
“How will these “fiscal realities” you speak of occur that magically exempt entitlements from the same reality?”
They DON’T exempt entitlements. That’s part of the point. But this thread is about the Defense Budget.
The fiscal realities will crush entitlements which will put further downward pressure on Defense budgets. $500B could be the largest budget we see for defense for quite some time.