The problem with US spending is not that we are living beyond our means!! The problem is that government has become a willing funder for big business! We for example spend over 50% of our budget on unnecessary expenditures related to war!! Our national interest should not be EXXON MOBIL or standard oil. We should not be spending money on regime change wars because it makes profits for our oil barons!! THE AMERICAN MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX HAS AN ENORMOUS APPETITE FOR OUR HARD EARNED TAXES!! We need to change our paradigm as to what constitutes American National Interest!! LETS MAKE IT "THE AMERICAN PEOPLE".