It just grows and grows and grows. Even if and when we finally leave Iraq, baseline spending continues to skyrocket. Any chance of turning this tide? Not a chance. Americans and politicians alike are programmed by fear, fear of a Soviet Empire that died 20 years ago, fear of third-world countries like North Korea, fear of foreign terrorism.
Most of all: the fear of America as a tiny, defenseless island, eternally beseiged at all sides by comic-book supervillains. It's absolutely preposterous, delusional, and dangerous. Fear will keep the locals in line...and it will lead the Republic to ruin.