Medicare and Other Entitlements Are Crowding Out Spending on Defense
Ever-increasing entitlement spending is putting pressure on key spending priorities, such as national defense, a core constitutional function of government. Defense spending has declined significantly over time, even when the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are included, as spending on the three major entitlements - Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid - has more than tripled.
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PERCENTAGE OF GDP
Source: Office of Management and Budget.