One big reason Uncle Sam has fallen heavily into debt is the rapid rise of federal spending in recent years. And few parts of the budget have grown as fast as defense: The Pentagon's budget has doubled over the last decade, adjusted for inflation, to roughly $700 billion, thanks in no small measure to spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
So would a cutback in spending on the wars help bring the deficit under control? The Yahoo! Contributor Network's JC Torpey thinks so. "The main federal spending that coincides with the deficit is the Iraq war combined with the Afghanistan war," she writes. "With the start of these wars, federal spending increased by billions per month.
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"Here is how the United States should cut down on its debt and budget: Decrease total war spending."
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