Comment: How would he balance the budget without defense cuts?

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How would he balance the budget without defense cuts?

Eliminating social security wouldn't work, since it brings in revenue a bit higher than what it spends.

That only leaves defense and medicare really.

If you eliminate medicare then you also have to eliminate the medicare payroll tax, so again, you lose your revenue stream.

So, while the value of social security and medicare are debatable, eliminating them WON'T save us any real money.

So the fat pig in the room is the defense budget. If ANY politician was serious about balancing the budget and shrinking government, that would be the first place to go.