The US government's budget is the biggest in the history of the world and is growing at an uncontrollable rate.
Below is a chart of the budget for the most recent fiscal year, which had a deficit of nearly $1.7 trillion.
Before we get into the specific items in the budget, what is your take on the Big Picture for the US budget?
Doug Casey: The biggest expenditure for the US government are so-called entitlements. It's strange how the word "entitlements" has been legitimized. Are people really entitled to the government paying for their health, retirement, and welfare? In a moral society, the answer is: No. Entitlements destroy personal responsibility, legitimize theft, destroy wealth, and create antagonisms.
The fact is that once people have an "entitlement," they come to rely on it, and you can't easily take it away. The Chinese call that breaking somebody's rice bowl. In the case of the American welfare state, it's more a question of breaking a whipped dog's doggy bowl. It's a shame because many have come to rely on their mother, the State, not entirely through their own fault. The US has become pervasively corrupt.
The World Economic Forum (WEF)—a pox upon them—isn't entirely incorrect when it arrogantly calls most people "useless mouths." An increasing number produce absolutely nothing but only consume at the expense of others. Courtesy of the State.