A "strategic reserve" is just that, strategic; not to be used at every bump in the road, but when there is a crisis. The same goes for deficit spending, but somehow we've ended up with 15 TRILLION.
So how did we get here? Well, you can start with Reagan's Star Wars Program and then look at "the shrub's" Iraq strategy.
He sends in a expeditionary force that promptly got it's ass kicked, then he follows up by shipping pallets of $100 bills to be distributed to the locals.
Yes there are plenty of waste, fraud, and abuse examples on both sides of the political chasm; a classic is the GSA's "Vegas, Baby!"
Solyndra wasn't one of them!http://www.usdebtclock.org/