lol, no you don't have your facts straight. 70% of government spending is going to assistance. not defense. You libs love that term, social darwinism because it paints an extreme picture of people dying in the streets. I am not advocating that at all. I am advocating that we the people are the answer to our problems, not government. Somehow we survived and thrived for years before government programs. You want people to be forced to give money to an inefficient government so that you don't have to think about the problems your community faces, you can just say "the govt is supposed to take care of that." It's pure laziness, nothing more, nothing less. This is the reason the democraps charitable contributions pale in comparison to their repub counterparts.
I didn't say cut education. I said get rid of the department of education. Move it to the states. let the local people take care of their kids, because they're the ones that care about the education of their children, not the federal government. I am all for public education, as long as it is managed locally, not federally.
You've obviously never lived in Europe. I lived there for four years and traveled to most of the (safe) countries there. They are a miserable people. Rarely do they smile. In France you have to know someone to get a loan to open a business or be from the right part of town. In Germany they don't have real friend, they don't even tell their friends how their day was. But it's all a moot point because we are not europe, and europe cannot sustain that lifestyle if america goes down that path. Europe has only been able to get away with it because America dwarfs them all in GDP and consumption. You put America on that path and Europe is screwed. And really they already are, see PIIGS.
"And considering that those 'dependent' people Europe consistently come out on top in economic stability, health, happiness and quality of life they must be doing something right."
Please, move there then. I am going to start drafting up a bill to move all of you Europe lovers over there. It will save our country loads of money and cut the fat. You want to have everything given to you, why don't you just move somewhere that does that? Quit trying to ruin the last hope for freedom in the world.