PRINCETON, NJ -- Prior to the State of the Union address, a majority of Americans said they favor cutting U.S. foreign aid, but more than 6 in 10 opposed cuts to education, Social Security, and Medicare. Smaller majorities objected to cutting programs for the poor, national defense, homeland security, aid to farmers, and funding for the arts and sciences.
The federal budget is around $3.5 trillion. This size alone virtually guarantees there is room to cut spending everywhere.
We spend hundreds of billions of dollars on defense, Social Security, and Medicare/Medicaid each. I find it hard to believe that around 60% of Americans don't think we can find any room for cuts in programs that run to the hundreds of billions.