There is so much talk about reducing the deficit and runaway government spending. Why is there never talk about runaway government spending in the Defense Department? The United States, according to a study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, spent 607 billion dollars on military expenditures in 2008. The country with the next highest military expenditures is China with 84.9 billion. No one else in the world even tops 100 billion yet we need to spend 600 billion? Out of all the money spent on defense in the entire world the United States spends 41% of it. If we cut military spending in half we could pay for health care and countless other domestic priorities and still spend 3.5 times the amount China spends on defense. The defense industry is such a huge lobby that no one has ever even mentioned cutting defense spending as a way to solve the nations problems. Two wars or not you can’t tell me a hundred billion a year couldn’t be trimmed from the defense budget without hurting our troops.